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redsmetz
02-20-2007, 07:19 PM
I know someone mentioned this topic once before, but who else sells things on eBay? Not just baseball related, but other items as well.

How have your sales been lately. My sales are down two thirds from three years ago. I thought they were picking up again at Christmas, but they've tanked again.

Are folks selling on other sites with any success. I sell books on Amazon with better success than I find on eBay. I've tried Overstock.com, but with very mixed results.

I've got a lot of stuff to relist, particularly my baseball items since the season's getting ready to start.

How about others?

Dom Heffner
02-20-2007, 07:28 PM
I sell on ebay occasionally, and my mother used to make a living at it. She complains now that it's pretty hard to sell anything for even close to what it's worth, which in my opinion is how auctions run in general.

Unless you have something out of sight, it normally goes for well below book value. Mom doesn't do a fraction of what she used to.

Before ebay there was a false sense of rarity. Now, things we thought were rare are listed on there every week, and there is never a shortage of people who just want to give things away.

oneupper
02-20-2007, 07:29 PM
Haven't sold stuff for a while. I usually wait till I have a nice lot o' junk and start making sales. I'm oneupper on ebay, too FWIW.

I agree that Books on Amazon is better (done that too). Plus, its free to list.

My stuff is mainly just household junk. The kids' old videogames, old computer parts, plus anything I don't need anymore and is cluttering up the house.

Not a business. What do you sell?

redsmetz
02-20-2007, 07:35 PM
I sell on ebay occasionally, and my mother used to make a living at it. She complains now that it's pretty hard to sell anything for even close to what it's worth, which in my opinion is how auctions run in general.

Unless you have something out of sight, it normally goes for well below book value. Mom doesn't do a fraction of what she used to.

Before ebay there was a false sense of rarity. Now, things we thought were rare are listed on there every week, and there is never a shortage of people who just want to give things away.

I know what you mean. I've found things at thrift shops, come back found one on eBay that was getting a good price and then, bam, mine won't sell (I had that happen with some P&G Millenium champagne glasses, still have them, dang!).

BTW, I sell under tscsales - I may try to clear out my stuff and take a bit of a hiatus.

HumnHilghtFreel
02-21-2007, 04:55 AM
I used to sell a lot more with my dad. He'd go out to yard sales, auctions etc. and find some stuff, I'd throw it online for him and it gave us something to do together. I have my own account now, but I don't do a lot of selling with it, but every once in a while I will.

zombie-a-go-go
02-21-2007, 05:57 AM
I sell OOP D&D and other RPG stuff from my (in my wife's opinion) 'disturbingly-large' book collection, as well as trade paperback comics that I don't read anymore. I'm also a fairly decent painter, so I can occasionally paint up a model and sell it on eBay for more than I paid for it - but if I didn't enjoy the painting itself, I'd never do it, because the ROI isn't exactly white-hot.

I don't do it as a business - just to trade in whatever old geek stuff I no longer dig for new geek stuff - currently the Warmachine miniatures game. :)

Ltlabner
02-21-2007, 06:58 AM
I sell on ebay occasionally, and my mother used to make a living at it. She complains now that it's pretty hard to sell anything for even close to what it's worth, which in my opinion is how auctions run in general.

Unless you have something out of sight, it normally goes for well below book value. Mom doesn't do a fraction of what she used to.

Before ebay there was a false sense of rarity. Now, things we thought were rare are listed on there every week, and there is never a shortage of people who just want to give things away.

It's amazing that you can search for anything...I mean anything and almost always find it or something like it on Ebay.

Not to mention, all the "make a living selling stuff on Ebay" courses/programs. More competition = lower prices.

And I think the rose might be off the Ebay bloom a bit. For a while Ebay seemed to be a "go-to" web desitation. You'd plop infront of the computer and search for stuff just to see if you could find it. Now, I think more people go to Ebay either for (1) niche items (2) as a store of last resort.

Just my $.02.

macro
02-21-2007, 08:09 AM
I think the one thing that has ruined ebay more than anything else is that the sellers of new merchandise have taken over the site, thus destroying the uniqueness of it.

Six or eight years ago, searches would turn up a larger percentage of unique, harder-to-find items from a given category, and only one or two of each. Today, 90% of the hits are sellers listing multiples of the same exact items, just in different sizes or perhaps listing all the teams (in the case of licensed sports merchandise). I've grown so tired of clicking and scanning through page after page of mass-produced new stuff that I hardly ever go to the site anymore at all. And this is coming from someone who used to spend at least an hour a day on ebay.

It was once a novelty and unique, while now it's mostly just another outlet (among many) to buy stuff. The choice to accept new merchandise may have paid off for ebay in the short term (more auctions, more revenues), but in the long term, it will make it just one of several players in the same game.

redsmetz
02-21-2007, 08:48 AM
I think the one thing that has ruined ebay more than anything else is that the sellers of new merchandise have taken over the site, thus destroying the uniqueness of it.

Six or eight years ago, searches would turn up a larger percentage of unique, harder-to-find items from a given category, and only one or two of each. Today, 90% of the hits are sellers listing multiples of the same exact items, just in different sizes or perhaps listing all the teams (in the case of licensed sports merchandise). I've grown so tired of clicking and scanning through page after page of mass-produced new stuff that I hardly ever go to the site anymore at all. And this is coming from someone who used to spend at least an hour a day on ebay.

It was once a novelty and unique, while now it's mostly just another outlet (among many) to buy stuff. The choice to accept new merchandise may have paid off for ebay in the short term (more auctions, more revenues), but in the long term, it will make it just one of several players in the same game.

So what other alternatives do folks see for someone not looking to "make a living on eBay" (that's a rare bird there - I know they exist). As I said, I've tried Overstock Auctions, Yahoo Auctions. I did okay on Overstock, but a recent retry didn't perform. I've enjoyed the fun of finding items and also selling some regular items (Skyline Chili, a regular political bumper sticker), but it's down to snail's pace these days.

FutureRedsGM
02-21-2007, 09:16 AM
I think an interesting side story is what eBay is doing to "normal" businesses.

Example:

I was recently at the Louisville Golf Show and I was looking for a particular golf club (Cleveland Halo Hybrid). I had done my research and knew that this club could be bought on eBay for around $80 including shipping. I stopped at each booth that had these and no one could go less than $90. I actually had one seller go off on a profanity laced tirade about how eBay is going to put everyone out of business.

minus5
02-21-2007, 10:57 AM
I still go to Ebay very often to look for things. The only thing that makes me mad though is the seller that want to sell a used 45 rpm record (for example)for $3.00 and then charge $8 for shipping and a $2 charge for handling. The unrealistic shipping & handling really drives me crazy. :angry:

Other than that I still like Ebay a lot.

justincredible
02-21-2007, 11:12 AM
I still go to Ebay very often to look for things. The only thing that makes me mad though is the seller that want to sell a used 45 rpm record (for example)for $3.00 and then charge $8 for shipping and a $2 charge for handling. The unrealistic shipping & handling really drives me crazy. :angry:

Other than that I still like Ebay a lot.

No doubt. The best are the people selling sports cards.

$.50 for the card yet they want $2.50 to ship it.

oneupper
02-21-2007, 11:16 AM
I still go to Ebay very often to look for things. The only thing that makes me mad though is the seller that want to sell a used 45 rpm record (for example)for $3.00 and then charge $8 for shipping and a $2 charge for handling. The unrealistic shipping & handling really drives me crazy. :angry:

Other than that I still like Ebay a lot.

If you sold on eBay you'd understand why they do that. eBay takes its (hefty) fees off the sales price, but not off the shipping/handling fees.

People who sell low priced items have little choice but to structure their prices that way to avoid seeing their margins evaporate.

HumnHilghtFreel
02-21-2007, 11:18 AM
No doubt. The best are the people selling sports cards.

$.50 for the card yet they want $2.50 to ship it.

You've got to make up for listing fees somewhere. I'm guilty of doing it too, but when ebay keeps jacking up the prices to list something, it almost doesn't make it worth posting some things unless you think you can get the money back in outrageous shipping.

zombie-a-go-go
02-21-2007, 01:32 PM
I think an interesting side story is what eBay is doing to "normal" businesses.

Example:

I was recently at the Louisville Golf Show and I was looking for a particular golf club (Cleveland Halo Hybrid). I had done my research and knew that this club could be bought on eBay for around $80 including shipping. I stopped at each booth that had these and no one could go less than $90. I actually had one seller go off on a profanity laced tirade about how eBay is going to put everyone out of business.

I buy Warmachine minis from eBay sellers because the two gaming stores in Cincinnati have a craptastic selection and take, like, a month to get anything specific in from their distributor if I place an order with them. I still prefer brick-and-mortar stores for music, books, etc. Even if I end up paying a few dollars more, it gets me out of the house.

macro
02-21-2007, 11:31 PM
I stopped at each booth that had these and no one could go less than $90. I actually had one seller go off on a profanity laced tirade about how eBay is going to put everyone out of business.

...and the reason they can't sell on ebay is what?

I hate to hear people bellyache about what someone else's fair competition is doing to their business. Either compete or find another line of work.

If I may go on a tangent for a moment...

A few years ago a local grocery store closed because Kroger (and then Walmart) moved in with brighter stores, wider aisles, and better selection. When the story of the store's closing ran in the local paper, the store owner was quoted as saying that "the community had let him down" by moving their business to the new stores that he couldn't compete with. :rolleyes:

I don't often write letters to the editor, but in this case, I fired off a letter pointing out that this same man most likely put a few Mom and Pop country stores out of business when his "nice, new, modern" store opened up in town back in the 60s, but now that the shoe was on the other foot, he was ready to blame the community for the failure of his business.

redsmetz, back to your original question...I have no idea. I haven't sold on ebay since last summer, but the stuff I listed did okay, I guess. I have more things that I plan to list in a few weeks, and I'll go to ebay with them, too. I'm just not motivated to learn another system right now.

jmcclain19
02-22-2007, 12:09 AM
I sell OOP D&D and other RPG stuff from my (in my wife's opinion) 'disturbingly-large' book collection, as well as trade paperback comics that I don't read anymore.
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redsmetz
02-22-2007, 07:12 AM
...and the reason they can't sell on ebay is what?

I hate to hear people bellyache about what someone else's fair competition is doing to their business. Either compete or find another line of work.

If I may go on a tangent for a moment...

A few years ago a local grocery store closed because Kroger (and then Walmart) moved in with brighter stores, wider aisles, and better selection. When the story of the store's closing ran in the local paper, the store owner was quoted as saying that "the community had let him down" by moving their business to the new stores that he couldn't compete with. :rolleyes:

I don't often write letters to the editor, but in this case, I fired off a letter pointing out that this same man most likely put a few Mom and Pop country stores out of business when his "nice, new, modern" store opened up in town back in the 60s, but now that the shoe was on the other foot, he was ready to blame the community for the failure of his business.

redsmetz, back to your original question...I have no idea. I haven't sold on ebay since last summer, but the stuff I listed did okay, I guess. I have more things that I plan to list in a few weeks, and I'll go to ebay with them, too. I'm just not motivated to learn another system right now.

I understand what you're saying. To some degree that's the nature of competition and I don't know what the solution is for smaller stores. I know the one item I was selling regularly (Skyline chili) has a lot of competition and, frankly, I don't know how some of these folks are pricing it because they've got to be losing money. I've just got to ride that out.

I'll probably add some more things this week to see if I can spark it. I'll be putting up my baseball stuff with Spring Training starting. I've got a number of Reds items (including a Kearns bobblehead I forgot I had!). That might do some good.

MaineRed
02-22-2007, 07:47 AM
I hear you macro. A large town near where I live is going through the same thing. One example is one of the largest lumber yards in Maine complaining about Home Depot. Do you know how many lumber yards were put out of business by the guy doing the complaining now?

These people now being affected by the Home Depots of the world didn't care who they drove out of business when they came into town.

Why is a Mom and Pop Pizza store that comes into town and blows everyone away with how good it is, eating up the competetion along the way, any different that Pizza Hut coming into town?

Back to ebay, how do you sell chili? Is it still warm when I get it?

redsmetz
02-22-2007, 11:10 AM
Back to ebay, how do you sell chili? Is it still warm when I get it?

Canned.

redsmetz
02-28-2007, 09:51 PM
Some folks asked to let them know when I put up my Cincinnati Reds items. I listed them tonight.