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Help me with my first selling on ebay.

Discussion in 'Exploring everything under the sun!!' started by Redrig, December 11, 2004.

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    1. Redrig

      Redrig Elite Explorer

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      I have just a few questions.

      What happens if my item doesnt go higher than the starting bid I select?

      Its a baseball, How do I determine shipping costs?

      Its a 1997 Orioles opening day ball, probably not worth much but how much do you think a good starting bid is.

      This is my first sale so any tips are greatly appreciated.
       
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      celly disturber of the peace Elite Explorer

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      I always start my opening bids at $1 no matter what I'm selling. It gets more people interested in the bidding early and usually results in more people "fighting it out" for your item. Supply and demand will dictate your final price. Don't use a reserve price. It attracts fewer bidders. Too many sellers set their reserve too high and then they don't end up with a winning bidder.

      If item doesn't go higher than "opening bid" (assuming there is a bidder on your item), then it goes to that bidder. If no bidders, then you'll need to re-list.

      re: shipping, pack it up in the box you'll ship it in and hit a post office. Get it priced out for the fathest point away in the US (assuming you're one of those "US Only" sellers) and use that as your shipping cost. Otherwise, list that you'll ship for "actual costs" and costs to be determined after auction. Those auctions suck, IMHO. I always want to know what shipping will cost BEFORE I bid.

      No idea what your baseball is worth. Let the market decide.
       
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      That's all I've got for you, one of the more active ebayers around here should have more suggestions. Good luck. :p

      Edit: Beat me again. I really need to learn to type faster. :D
       
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      Hi, I am quite active selling on Ebay,I have just had my 1yr anniversary of selling , I just turned 200+ positve feedback.
      I would first do some searches on Ebay to find some items like yours to see what they are selling for.
      If you just want to sell your item and don't care how much you get for it than just start it out at $1.00
      Or if there is a specific price you have in mind that you won't take less than, start it out at that. Most of the things I sell are Buy it now type auctions.
      As for shipping I package up the item and weigh it.
      Since your item is small and light I would use a kitchen scale if you have one.
      Then you can go to the UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE web site, At the top off the page there is a spot that says calculate postage, Click on there and just follow the directions, Also I would type in the farthest state away from where you live.
      I live in Michigan so I use a California Zipcode.
      You should be able to send the baseball for $3.85 priority mail?
      If it ways less than 1 pound, ( I have no Idea what a baseball weighs ) but I would think it would be less than 1 pound
      If you have any more questions feel free to ask,
      BUD
       
    7. huskyfan23

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      I also start everything at $1.00. It used to be a penny until something sold for that much :D The lower the price the more bidders it'll attract. Many people wait til the last minute to bid and add the item to their watch list. You can see how many people are watching your auction in My eBay.

      For shipping I just ballpark it. I look at previous auctions of the same item and get my price from there. I try to keep it a dollar above actual costs for handling and all that.

      Make PayPal your preferred payment method. Over the past year ALL of my buyers have used PayPal, and eBay has a search for auctions with PayPal as the preferred method.

      List your location, don't just write "low prices" or something like that. Give an accurate description and make sure to list any problems, though with your baseball it's probably not necessary. Take good pics and upload them through eBay. I used to use my own host but it went down for a couple days at one point. Really ruined my auction.

      Keep good contact. Any questions should be responded to quickly. A few occassions I've had people ask me specific questions about the item that I overlooked when listnig and had to add to the description.

      List with a good layout. Make the text easily readable. Try not to use a background in case people have the background loading option turned off.

      That's all I can think of right now.
       

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