Second item sold on eBay. $45 for Lily Munster costume.
For a long time, I was wary of selling online. (No, that's not me reacting to the prospect of selling online but it could have been.)
And then I finally opened an Etsy shop. Four years and more than 660 sales later, I’m happy that I took the plunge.
But I soon learned that not everything sells on Etsy, and at this point what I'm looking for are consistent sales and consistent reduction in clutter. I knew I had to take on what I had long resisted: eBay.
Vintage valentines sold on eBay for $41.
Quite frankly, eBay scared me. I was intimidated about the sheer size and complexity of it. To start with, there are so many ways to list items (auction, Best Offer, Buy It Now, with reserve, etc.). And I was bit wary of the people on eBay too. I have had many wonderful experiences (and very few bad experiences) with Etsy buyers and I worried that it wouldn't be the same on eBay.
But last fall, I finally decided to stop being an eBay chicken and I started listing.
I finally unloaded this on eBay for $25.
Since September, I have sold about 10 items. No, it's nothing to get that excited about, but it's a start. I’m taking it slow by listing just a few items a week. So far, it's been OK, and I've had just one bad experience, which was my third sale. The buyer didn’t pay me for more than a week and didn't answer my emails except to say he would have the money after he hold some stuff (?). Later he had the audacity to ask why I didn’t leave him positive feedback. Really?
But other than that, it’s working out. The biggest positive is that if things sell, they move quickly. But, like Etsy, not all of my listings attract bids. But I’m able to flip things back and forth between eBay and Etsy and that helps too.
Obviously, I’m always looking for an item that will ignite a bidding frenzy, which explains why I was so excited to find a Blythe-like doll recently. Shara had sold the head and torso of one for more than $500, but she had the real deal: a marked 1972 Kenner doll. it turns out that mine is a repro from the early 1990s. I can't bring myself to toss it aside just yet but every one else in the VS household is creeped out by the weird changing eyes. I think they're kind of cool.
The closest that I have come to making what I call stupid money was when I sold these holographic discs for $56. There were 10 of them and I paid a buck for them. I wasn't sure what to do with them until I noticed that the choir boys on the discs bore a striking resemblance to John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Luckily the buyer, who must have had a Beatles collection, saw it too.
So there you have it -- my slow, but I hope steady, embrace of eBay. Baby steps, I keep tell myself, baby steps.
I'd love to get some tips from eBay/Etsy sellers. How do you decide what to list on which site, and do you have any tips to offer a newbie?