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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-11-2006, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
 
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Selling on eBay

I have some stuff I'm going to throw out on eBay. Any tips? I've heard some people say never use a reserve because most bidders will be scared off and bidding usually stops once someone hits the reserve...? I dunno...

Stuff includes some B&W Speakers, SVS Subwoofer, Motorcycle etc etc. Not cheap. I don't want to just give it away, but at the same time I'd like to get it out of the garage...
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Set a reserve for about 1/2 of what you want to let them go for...


that way you get some money and I have never heard of anyone getting scared away once the reserve is hit..


oh and make them pay for shipping on all of it for sure...



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be ready to ship it immediatly after, most ebay buyers expect shit shipped within hours (bastards).

that said, I'm lazy and usually say in my auctions "will ship within 7 days"

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You're going to put the Duc on ebay?

And how much do you want for the 57mm?
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Yeah - I'm thinking about putting the Duc up on eBay - hence my not wanting to part with it for less than whatever amount... I'd be beside myself if I didn't set a reserve and someone walked away at $18k...

If I had the stock system (like you reminded me I should have kept) I would easily set you up

*sigh* I'm still looking for ways to keep it... Lots of calls & emails but no qualified buyers...
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Yeah - I'm thinking about putting the Duc up on eBay - hence my not wanting to part with it for less than whatever amount... I'd be beside myself if I didn't set a reserve and someone walked away at $18k...

If I had the stock system (like you reminded me I should have kept) I would easily set you up

*sigh* I'm still looking for ways to keep it... Lots of calls & emails but no qualified buyers...
Yeah, don't put it on ebay without a fair reserve or you may end up regretting it

I really hope you can keep it
But if you don't, maybe i could send you the stock system plus some $$ and you would send me the the 57mm system
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My .02 for you. I'm no "Superseller" or whatever, but I've been doing ebay for a few years. Hope some of this helps you.

**Reserve: I've always used the reserve for exactly what it's intended for...the bare minimum you'll take for an item. That way you're never stuck getting too little for it. Sometimes items don't sell, but oh well...at least you didn't just give it away.

**Pictures: Don't skimp on the pictures!! I can't stress that enough. I don't care if you host them yourself or pay ebay's fees to host them, but have good, clear pictures of your items. Even go as far as finding a good background to take the pics....a clean professional backdrop looks ten times better than seeing the items laying on your floor or bedspread. And the more professional you come across, the easier it will be to get people to trust you and bid on your items.
Maybe everybody's not as picky as me, but I won't even bid on an item if there's no pictures of it. And if given the choice between two items described as exactly the same, I'll pick the one with the clear pictures so that I'm sure of what I'm getting.

**Description: Try to come across as knowledgable and literate in your descriptions. I can't stand people that type descriptions the same way they would talk. Anyone ever heard of grammar and spelling? If someone is too much of an idiot to type a few paragraphs clearly enough that I can understand them, I'm sure as hell not going to buy anything off them. And be honest in your descriptions. If the item has a flaw...list it. It may not neccesarily stop people from buying. However, if you don't disclose it, you'll end up with bad feedback, which will stop people from buying off you in the future.

**Shipping: Do you're homework on shipping. Weigh the items and use the online shipping calculators to predetermine shipping costs. I always use USPS Priority. Ebay has it set up so that after I input the type of package and weight, all a pontential buyer has to do is input their zip code, and it will tell them how much shipping will be. And have the items ready to go as soon as you can after they're sold. Again, it comes down to feedback....if a seller's feedback all says "quick shipping", you can be pretty sure he'll get picked next time over someone who is "slow to ship". You can state your own policy in the shipping area...I usually put "Item will ship within 3 business days of end of auction"

**Protect Yourself: I've made a habit of only offering Priority shipping, in combination with Delivery Confirmation. Add the 50 cent charge for confirmation right into the shipping charges and don't give people the option not to take it. That way your never stuck with refunding money for an item that you shipped out, but they "claim" they never got. Also, I usually state Insurance is optional, but if it's refused, I won't be responsible for damaged items.


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My .02 for you. I'm no "Superseller" or whatever, but I've been doing ebay for a few years. Hope some of this helps you.

**Reserve: I've always used the reserve for exactly what it's intended for...the bare minimum you'll take for an item. That way you're never stuck getting too little for it. Sometimes items don't sell, but oh well...at least you didn't just give it away.

**Pictures: Don't skimp on the pictures!! I can't stress that enough. I don't care if you host them yourself or pay ebay's fees to host them, but have good, clear pictures of your items. Even go as far as finding a good background to take the pics....a clean professional backdrop looks ten times better than seeing the items laying on your floor or bedspread. And the more professional you come across, the easier it will be to get people to trust you and bid on your items.
Maybe everybody's not as picky as me, but I won't even bid on an item if there's no pictures of it. And if given the choice between two items described as exactly the same, I'll pick the one with the clear pictures so that I'm sure of what I'm getting.

**Description: Try to come across as knowledgable and literate in your descriptions. I can't stand people that type descriptions the same way they would talk. Anyone ever heard of grammar and spelling? If someone is too much of an idiot to type a few paragraphs clearly enough that I can understand them, I'm sure as hell not going to buy anything off them. And be honest in your descriptions. If the item has a flaw...list it. It may not neccesarily stop people from buying. However, if you don't disclose it, you'll end up with bad feedback, which will stop people from buying off you in the future.

**Shipping: Do you're homework on shipping. Weigh the items and use the online shipping calculators to predetermine shipping costs. I always use USPS Priority. Ebay has it set up so that after I input the type of package and weight, all a pontential buyer has to do is input their zip code, and it will tell them how much shipping will be. And have the items ready to go as soon as you can after they're sold. Again, it comes down to feedback....if a seller's feedback all says "quick shipping", you can be pretty sure he'll get picked next time over someone who is "slow to ship". You can state your own policy in the shipping area...I usually put "Item will ship within 3 business days of end of auction"

**Protect Yourself: I've made a habit of only offering Priority shipping, in combination with Delivery Confirmation. Add the 50 cent charge for confirmation right into the shipping charges and don't give people the option not to take it. That way your never stuck with refunding money for an item that you shipped out, but they "claim" they never got. Also, I usually state Insurance is optional, but if it's refused, I won't be responsible for damaged items.

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My .02 for you. I'm no "Superseller" or whatever, but I've been doing ebay for a few years. Hope some of this helps you.

**Reserve: I've always used the reserve for exactly what it's intended for...the bare minimum you'll take for an item. That way you're never stuck getting too little for it. Sometimes items don't sell, but oh well...at least you didn't just give it away.

**Pictures: Don't skimp on the pictures!! I can't stress that enough. I don't care if you host them yourself or pay ebay's fees to host them, but have good, clear pictures of your items. Even go as far as finding a good background to take the pics....a clean professional backdrop looks ten times better than seeing the items laying on your floor or bedspread. And the more professional you come across, the easier it will be to get people to trust you and bid on your items.
Maybe everybody's not as picky as me, but I won't even bid on an item if there's no pictures of it. And if given the choice between two items described as exactly the same, I'll pick the one with the clear pictures so that I'm sure of what I'm getting.

**Description: Try to come across as knowledgable and literate in your descriptions. I can't stand people that type descriptions the same way they would talk. Anyone ever heard of grammar and spelling? If someone is too much of an idiot to type a few paragraphs clearly enough that I can understand them, I'm sure as hell not going to buy anything off them. And be honest in your descriptions. If the item has a flaw...list it. It may not neccesarily stop people from buying. However, if you don't disclose it, you'll end up with bad feedback, which will stop people from buying off you in the future.

**Shipping: Do you're homework on shipping. Weigh the items and use the online shipping calculators to predetermine shipping costs. I always use USPS Priority. Ebay has it set up so that after I input the type of package and weight, all a pontential buyer has to do is input their zip code, and it will tell them how much shipping will be. And have the items ready to go as soon as you can after they're sold. Again, it comes down to feedback....if a seller's feedback all says "quick shipping", you can be pretty sure he'll get picked next time over someone who is "slow to ship". You can state your own policy in the shipping area...I usually put "Item will ship within 3 business days of end of auction"

**Protect Yourself: I've made a habit of only offering Priority shipping, in combination with Delivery Confirmation. Add the 50 cent charge for confirmation right into the shipping charges and don't give people the option not to take it. That way your never stuck with refunding money for an item that you shipped out, but they "claim" they never got. Also, I usually state Insurance is optional, but if it's refused, I won't be responsible for damaged items.
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post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-11-2006, 10:10 PM
 
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i have sold and bought tons of stufff...only got screwed once which was sorta by bad i was naive
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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-12-2006, 10:12 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks a million guys! You've been a ton of help!!!

MV - I will think about doing the swap - it's a pain in the azz to get the stock unit back on, swap ecu and filters and un-degree the cams... ugh!
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MV - I will think about doing the swap - it's a pain in the azz to get the stock unit back on, swap ecu and filters and un-degree the cams... ugh!
Ok, let me know what's your decison when you make one.
And don't think you have do un-degree the cams, althought i'm not sure??
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post #13 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-14-2006, 09:39 AM
 
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I got banned from ebay because back when paypal started.

I needed some money and didnt want to pay the credit card fee and ebay let me take money from my credit card and put it in my paypal without charging me. I did it for 5grand and they didnt like getting hit with the fee and banned my ebay account...

Probably a good thing since I have an issue with buying computer junk...and its probably saved me thousands of dollars over the past years
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i always put in there no reserve but state "this item is being sold locally and i reserve the right to end it at any time". if i don't like the directions it's at a few hours before the end...i close it


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i always put in there no reserve but state "this item is being sold locally and i reserve the right to end it at any time". if i don't like the directions it's at a few hours before the end...i close it


you cant close it if there is less than 12 hours...
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you cant close it if there is less than 12 hours...
i didn't know that....one thing ebay screwed up was not letting me respond to some messages when i was contacted about an item that didn't sell....it just flat out would not let me send any messages back
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