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Posted By: MaaMaw In Response To: Re: Ebay... struggling to get the hang of it.... (Margaret MacGillivray)
Thursday, 22 September 2005, at 7:52 a.m.
In Response To: Re: Ebay... struggling to get the hang of it.... (Margaret MacGillivray)
> ..... Next time you walk into a shop, look round the shelves and consider
> that this also happens to shopkeepers :O) - so I can sympathise.
how shopkeepers stay in business.
I have (just for fun) watched certain small shops for a couple of hours at a time during prime business hours (no, I don't sit on the curb and watch shops, bwahahahaha, but often I would be in the car waiting for my daughter, etc.) and absolutely NOBODY went inside -- or maybe one person who then came out empty-handed.
I don't get it.
There's a used book store in town that I just went in for the first time, and the owner told me he's been in that spot for 23 years. I've spent a huge amount of time across the street and have seen a grand total of three people go inside, and one of them was me.
> .... ok, now's the time to figure out what was the difference between the
> items that sold for $50 and the items that you bought to resell. For
> instance, the make of china, the number of pieces; the color. Did the
> other auction titles sell "50s China" - or a "Royal Doulton
> China set" .....
Yup -- that's where a large part of my time goes -- figuring out which descriptions sell and which ones don't. And I always match up the make and pattern and condition when deciding whether to buy something.
My first success was an antique adding machine that had just sold for $21, but I went back and found a totaly different description that sold for $63; I made mine similar to #2 and got $49 and I was happy, and it was a good lesson.
Sell by the place setting? By lots of a single piece?? Who knows.
It changes constantly --
which is why I could never NEVER make it in retail. I just don't have a feel for that kind of thing at all. I had the same problem when I tried to do the flea market thing 25 years ago -- but at least on Ebay, where it's right in front of me, I seem a bit more able to pick up the clues, which is why I'm encouraged to keep trying.
Am I mistaken about this?... I thought you could see completed auctions way back, but now it's only (two weeks). Did they change it, or am I missing something?
> On your driftwood auctions, it might be cool to use your
> lostcoastdriftwood logo at the top of the auction - and that way, you can
> start to market your driftwood web site too :) - and to use the image of
> the sea crashing onto the shore as your gallery image.
Thanks! I never would have thought of that.
> Have you tried auctioning smaller lots of driftwood?
Oh yeah -- I never intended to do "lots," but they were going like crazy for a while... just simple, unfancy pieces like mine. Of course when I put mine up, they stopped.
I really think timing is everything -- but then there are those who just seem to post anything and everything in massive quantities (like 2500 auctions at a time), and they don't seem the least bit concerned that only 15% of those sell and the fees wipe out the selling price six times over.
> ... another wee thought - when you buy items on eBay, what makes You click
> the "Bid" button? is it the description or is it the pictures?
Both -- but I won't buy if there aren't really good pictures, preferably from every angle.
> .... or is it the brand name? If you're comparing/contrasting several
> different auctions for similar items, do you have time to read a long
> condition report?
On used stuff, the condition report makes a huge difference to me, and the more detailed the better -- but like I said in another post, I often wonder if a three-liner would be better.
> You've probably asked yourself these questions thousands of times over -
> so sorry if I'm repeating what you've already said to yourself :O)
No no no!!
The more repeating the better!! I really think a lot of people are interested in this (I hope) (if not, I hope their pinky works and they can just move on).
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