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06/07/2018 at 5:59 pm in reply to: Snipping on eBay as way of sourcing – only pros, no cons? #41925
Ostap, I snipe on eBay quite often. I have a buying account different than my selling account. Even if you use the same account, I don’t think this type of seller will notice. And even if they do, so what?
The best sniping targets are the lower quality and amateur sellers; listings with bad pictures, vague or wrong descriptions, etc. So the other negatives to that strategy include the issues that arise from buying from unprofessional sellers. I have experienced very late shipping (and having to open a case just to get them to ship), items arriving damaged due to poor packaging, hidden major defects never mentioned or pictured in the listing, etc.
The other big negative is simply the time you’ve wasted sniping an item when you don’t win it. But compared to the time one takes driving around to source locally, it’s not so bad.
I don’t believe there is a single word in English to describe these plaques. Here are a couple sold examples of similar items:
and one from a Ukraine seller:
I’d have no idea on a price.
Israeli cities are a bit quirky. I’ve sent items to Ashdod, Beer-Sheva, and Shimshit, among others. Though the UK can be a close second. How’d you like to live in Newry Down, or Kidderminster?
I can’t find it without the link. Not showing on Worthpoint, either, though I think Worthpoint may not catalog items right away.
If you end up making a flat cardboard sandwich, whether a single or double, alternate the direction of the corrugation inside of the cardboard pieces when you put it together. Even though it is flat it will be very hard to bend. A great tip I learned here on SL.05/03/2018 at 7:05 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 358: Knowing What You Know Right Now, Would You Start Your Business Today? #39008
It changed for me once, with an elderly widow yard sale seller who, after I bought a number of her deceased husband’s WWII souvenirs at the sale, invited me to come back the next day to see all the rest of his stuff in the basement that she hadn’t brought out. I went down in the basement with her and there were multiple closed footlockers and also WWII uniforms and wool Army overcoats hanging up. The first things she showed me were the overcoats and I said “those are nice but I can’t get much for them” (which was true at the time). She stopped up short and kicked me right out of the house, saying she thought I was buying for myself. Also there is an indy thrift shop I go to now that has big signs that say “No Reselling” and I’ve seen them confront people who are too obviously looking up prices on their phones.
So with amateur sellers and some shops there’s always a chance they’ll get offended that you might be making a dollar off them. If I get asked why I’m buying something, I say “I can use it” or “I like it”, both of which are true. If they push and ask what I’m going to use it for, I say “oh I never tell” with a big smile on my face and that has always been successful in fending off further inquiries. But I will admit it if I think it will work in my favor.
On the other side of it, if it was my yard sale or I was set up at a flea market, I would give other dealers discounts. Some, like Len, would come right out and say it, and I gave them good deals and they’d buy a lot of stuff. Sometimes if I suspected but they hadn’t said either way I would ask a browser if they were a dealer and they would deny it. Then I would say that’s too bad because I give a substantial dealer discount. The reactions were amusing as they tried to decide whether to admit their lie or what.
Congratulations on the haul! Those are some awesome hats. It’s a good lesson supporting J&R’s mantra to go all in when it feels right. Also good on you for getting to 750 listings as a side hobby. I’ve been eBaying as a hobby for over 20 years and don’t think I’ve ever gotten to more than 150. I probably don’t go high enough on my prices so my stuff sells faster than I can add listings. To your second question, I sell to low and zero feedback buyers and those remailers frequently and have never had a problem.
As to your pricing quandary, you could try auctions for some of those hats to prevent the feeling that you’re leaving too much money on the table. There is obviously so much immediate activity on them that you could do 3 day or even 1 day auctions which helps keep the attention of your immediate gratification buyers. I did that once with a cache of ungraded early silver dollars I was going through one by one and I was very happy with the resulting prices.
I have complimented others’ purchases as well, just spreading good karma. But I’ve gotten some funny looks in return. It’s often a “what are up to?” suspicious look, like I’ve got something nefarious in mind.
Ryanne is partially correct about the $750 number for eBay. For items $750 USD (or local currency equivalent) or more (based on the total amount of the sale, including the cost of the item, shipping, any other fees seller may charge, and any sales tax), proof of the recipient’s signature to confirm delivery is required to qualify for eBay Seller Protection, where such signature confirmation service is available from the shipping company. In such cases signature confirmation is supposed to be preselected when you go to ship. But eBay does not require it for the shipment, it can be deselected.
Many of us use Shipsaver to insure some shipments. Its coverage requires signature confirmation for jewelry over $500 and ALL laptops, phones, and related.
Worthpoint says you got $23K for it. No wonder you can’t stay away from auctions, both attending live ones and using them on eBay. 🙂
Kenny, a sniping strategy I use sometimes when I’m in the mood is I pick a Collectibles or Antiques subcategory I feel like browsing and sort for Ending Soon on the entire subcategory. I refine for Auction, and US Only. This works best on off times like early weekday mornings. I don’t bother with this on a Sunday night. I don’t use a keyword because half the fun is finding poorly titled items that have been ignored. There are tens of thousands of auctions ending every day in some of these subcategories. The odds are astronomical that you’ll be bidding against me so have at it!
Yeah, I admit it, I’m a tender.
Thanks for the analysis, Kenny. I’m doing that right now with a rarer Swatch watch. Jay we’re with you for BIN as an everyday strategy and I use it sometimes in situations like Kenny describes. If it might be worth $2000 just put it up for that and wait to see what happens. But it is harder for me because my store is small enough that I’m well aware of the items that have been sitting for a while. I lose patience. It’s really hard to list it and forget it with a smaller number of items active at a time so I end up doing a variation on the Dutch auction. After a couple months I’ll keep dropping the price on items I think are pie in the sky. I do stick to my guns when I have confidence in my price.03/23/2018 at 3:09 pm in reply to: Video Post Test: 1930s Silvertone … got it working. Great sound. #35980
Uh – I shouldn’t have clicked on that. My cats are going crazy looking around here for those kittens. One just stuck his head in the printer.
Meh. There’s one in every neighborhood, isn’t there? Well, no. Pretty unique, I’d say.
I would naturally try to picture the owner(s) but I don’t think I want to go there.