selling on Ebay....

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by winds-of-change, Oct 20, 2012.

  1. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member Admin Moderator Lifetime Supporter

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    Has anyone here ever sold things on Ebay. I am cleaning out my garage and I have some items I would like to sell. I have some Carnival glass figurines, a metal pedal car from the late 50's/early 60's, some hubcaps, nice TI calculators, children's toy snowboard and ski's, etc.

    I'm not sure how to go about selling/shipping these items on Ebay, especially the pedal car.

    Please share your experiences with me. Maybe I can make enough extra money to buy that Henry Lever I want so bad. :cool:
     
  2. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    I sell alot on Ebay(mostly gun parts). I try to sell only small, easy ship items('cause I'm lazy). I use only USPS flat-rate boxes and envelopes(super easy).
     

  3. dog2000tj

    dog2000tj New Member

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    selling on Craigslist is free ;)
     
  4. bkt

    bkt New Member

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    Not sure about ebay but I can always wring the info out of my son if necessary. :)

    I'd like to think you could take pictures of your stuff and post it here - maybe we can help you out without the overhead ebay charges.
     
  5. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member Admin Moderator Lifetime Supporter

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    None of the items I have for sale are gun related items.
     
  6. astroman

    astroman Supporting Member Supporter

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    +1 on the Craigslist deal - sold a bunch of stuff that way lately - we just moved recently to smaller house and sold a formal dining room set today, some bar stools, lamps, bedroom set, etc - Not making millions, but it beats putting the stuff in storage just to toss out one day... Just keep in mind that CL attracts alot of undesireables as well - I often will meet people at public place to sell rather than have them come to my house.
     
  7. bkt

    bkt New Member

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    Understood. I suggest a "Garage Sale" forum where folks can post whatever they have for sale that isn't gun-related. There should be no liability to the forum itself; every sale is an agreement between seller and buyer and that's it.
     
  8. LONGHAIR

    LONGHAIR New Member

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    I'm still not-sure how Pay-pale works ???....:confused:...
     
  9. BigB

    BigB Active Member

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    You link it to a bank account, credit card, etc or both. It's all secure and easy. It's mainly for buy it now, and some sellers only accept Paypal.
     
  10. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member Admin Moderator Lifetime Supporter

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    I swear, it's magic. That's how I explain things I don't understand. Kind of like the tooth fairy, etc.

    Not necessarily only for "Buy it Now" items. I pay for all my ebay purchases on Pay Pal, even if it was through bidding. You can also pay for a lot of other things with Pay Pal that you buy online. What I like about Pay Pal is if you have a problem with an item you bought or the seller, Pay Pal will fight it for you.
     
  11. Blueguns

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    Craigslist is full of weirdos do make sure to meet in an open public place like a coffee house, pizza parlor etc.

    eBay is fairly easy to use. They walk you through the listing process and listing fees are usually under a dollar. eBay is great for the smaller stuff, but if you put the pedal car on there be prepared to charge a lot for shipping. It can be shipped, just for a price.

    Craigslist is the ideal place for the pedal car. Most other stuff can go on Ebay.

    If those TI calculators are graphing calculators, they WILL sell fast. Start them at $25 and watch em go for 35-40.
     
  12. donthav1

    donthav1 Well-Known Member

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    i buy & sell alot of stuff on ebay, been on there since '99.

    first thing to remember is take enough pictures, if there are scratches, dents, paint loss, etc., try to get a picture of it & mention it in the listing. yeah it may cost a bit extra but usually prevents the people from complaining or using it as an excuse to try & get their money back.

    always ship with either delivery confirmation or a tracking number. through the years i've had a few people claim to never receive the item & ask for a refund. when i tell them i have confirmation it was delivered, they quickly say thank you & that's the end of it.

    start the bidding price a bit lower than what you want to get out or it, ie: if you want $100 for something, start the price around $75. people are more willing to bid if it starts lower than if it starts near the value of the item

    i use USPS to ship most anything i sell because they're the cheapest & most convenient for me. shipping prices on bigger items have gone through the roof in the last few years, so craigslist might be a better option for the pedal car & large items like that
     
  13. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member Admin Moderator Lifetime Supporter

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    I was more worried about protecting the buyers I could attract on Craigslist from the weirdo like ME! Hahaha........

    As for the awesome TI graphic calculator, I some had sold on ebay for around $40-50, Then I texted my kids about it and my oldest son said, "I was wondering where that went. I thought I lent it to someone and never got it back," So I told him he can have it back for $35 storage fee. :D I also have some shelf speakers.

    I also have a couple old Schwinn bicycles and some of these scooters. Remember these? My kids had them about 20 years ago. I don't see them anymore.

    I have about 3 of these.... and one of the smaller scooters.
     

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  14. Blueguns

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    Lol :D Those calculators are a pain considering a new one is $100+. They are well worth your "storage fee" :)

    Some of those old pedal cars can be worth a ton. I saw one go on American Pickers for like $500+.
     
  15. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member Admin Moderator Lifetime Supporter

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    I'm not really going to charge my son for his calculator. LOL


    My pedal car is from about the late 50's/early 60's and is not that rare. It does need some rehab work. This similar to what I have......it's a Murray "Dude Wagon".......srsly. LOL This is not my actual item but just like it. Mine has some rust on it.

    Seriously, who doesn't want a "Dude Wagon"?
     

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  16. astroman

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    the one thing that I dont like about paypal (which ive used countless times) is that it defaults to your bank (checking) acct - I prefer it to default to a credit card - this allows me the extra 30 or so days to pay for something since I wait for the CC bill to arrive. Plus, I believe this gets you additional protection from fraud as most credit card companies will fight on your behalf easier than your bank will - (paypal also is good too) so, what i always do is when going thru the paypal process to purchase something, I just change the payment option to use my credit card instead.
     
  17. Blueguns

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    I didn't think you would charge him. And yes Dude Wagons are the coolest! :D And the scooters and stuff should do alright. Looks like you can almost smell the factory grease on that Golden Boy!
     
  18. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member Admin Moderator Lifetime Supporter

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    Not Golden Boy.........youth model Henry Lever. I'm very short and have trouble finding a rifle with a LOP short enough for me.

    I also have one of these, though this is not my child and our car is red. It is front wheel drive but steers from the back. It's a Little Tikes pedal car now discontinued but made in the late 80's/early 90's. My youngest had a BLAST on this thing.
     

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  19. Blueguns

    Blueguns New Member

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    Well no matter the Henry at least your closer to ownership. The Little Tikes pedal cars were cool. I had one when I was very young, and it was pretty cool. I'm sure a new parent that remembers their pedal car would want that one for their child.
     
  20. Yunus

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    Those TI calculators confuse me. I buy a cell phone that costs $500 without subsidy, 1 year later I can buy it on craigslist for $30. But a TI-84 that is 10 years old is still worth $50 or half it's original cost!

    My cell phone has about 4000x the processing power and it's touch screen and capable of doing pretty much anything the calculator is?!?