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Old 11-01-2011, 06:25 PM
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Does anyone here have one? are they worth the time and effort? I have a whole house full of antiques and collectibles I want to sell. Any advice would be appreciated.

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To get "stuff" exposed to a national audience this ebay thing is valid in my opinion. For example my friend with the lung cancer reciently did not survive. His son asked me how to dispose of his die cast collection and get reasonable prices for the "stuff".

There is no major demand locally so without ebay I suspect he would be stuck with the items or have to almost give them away. The fly in the ointment in your case may be packaging your type of stuff for shipping.

I have also suggested this to the wife after I go to where you shovel coal into furnaces. I have aquired quite an eclectic collection of this and that over the years. It should not go through a yard sale and realise only pennies on the dollar at best.

Although I also asked her to throw my clothes out as I do not want the next guy to get them. She has informed me that it is not an issue at all as they do not fit him anyways.
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How does a ebay store differ from regular ebay auctions?
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Lower listing costs perhaps. My daughter has a steady ebay store running out of Ottawa, Canada. I believe it has done fairly well.

She actually buys store inventories and moves them. She started out selling sweaters. Still markets to only women and has a good customer base in europe.
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Old 11-01-2011, 07:15 PM
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Lower listing costs perhaps. My daughter has a steady ebay store running out of Ottawa, Canada. I believe it has done fairly well.

She actually buys store inventories and moves them. She started out selling sweaters. Still markets to only women and has a good customer base in europe.
Are they hard to set up?
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CLK Man,

Have you done much selling on eBay? If so, have you done so recently - say, during the past six months or so? They've made a number of substantial changes.

Here's the 2011 Spring Seller Update, which includes some fee charts. Note that in some cases, different fee schedules apply to those who have store subscriptions.

If you're not a store subscriber, then you can list up to 50 auction-style listings in a month without paying any basic insertion fees. The Buy It Now feature is available for those at no additional cost, too.

Of course, you pay a final value fee for any item that sells. That fee is based on the sales price plus shipping & handling costs.

Even with the "free 50", there could be some up-front fees to list, depending on optional features you could use. Look at "optional feature fees" on their regular page of selling fees. For example, some folks pay a lot of money to let eBay host their pictures. However, some categories - Collectibles, Art, Pottery & Glass, and Antiques - get a certain number of eBay-hosted pictures for free. Some sellers (I'm one of them) host their images elsewhere and avoid eBay picture hosting altogether.

See how nice and simple it all is with eBay?

You might try working with the "free 50" for a while, and see how it goes before considering a store subscription.
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CLK Man,

Have you done much selling on eBay? If so, have you done so recently - say, during the past six months or so? They've made a number of substantial changes.

Here's the 2011 Spring Seller Update, which includes some fee charts. Note that in some cases, different fee schedules apply to those who have store subscriptions.

If you're not a store subscriber, then you can list up to 50 auction-style listings in a month without paying any basic insertion fees. The Buy It Now feature is available for those at no additional cost, too.

Of course, you pay a final value fee for any item that sells. That fee is based on the sales price plus shipping & handling costs.

Even with the "free 50", there could be some up-front fees to list, depending on optional features you could use. Look at "optional feature fees" on their regular page of selling fees. For example, some folks pay a lot of money to let eBay host their pictures. However, some categories - Collectibles, Art, Pottery & Glass, and Antiques - get a certain number of eBay-hosted pictures for free. Some sellers (I'm one of them) host their images elsewhere and avoid eBay picture hosting altogether.

See how nice and simple it all is with eBay?

You might try working with the "free 50" for a while, and see how it goes before considering a store subscription.
Thanks for the advice man. btw how do I get the 50 free auctions?
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I have hardly any experience using the "free 50", but I don't think you have to do anything to get them. Any fees you incur - by using non-free "extras", or by listing in a non-free format, or by listing additional items past the free 50 - get added to your eBay invoice.

Before you finally submit an eBay listing, I think you are shown exactly what up-front fees are going to be associated with that listing.
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I have hardly any experience using the "free 50", but I don't think you have to do anything to get them. Any fees you incur - by using non-free "extras", or by listing in a non-free format, or by listing additional items past the free 50 - get added to your eBay invoice.

Before you finally submit an eBay listing, I think you are shown exactly what up-front fees are going to be associated with that listing.
There must be a monthly base fee for having the store-- all the store listings are for 29 days, and feebay is not gonna give sellers that kind of exposure for free-- You pretty much have to run a buy it now with each item, or you could add a note in to perspective buyers make your offer-as long as its not lower that the starting price--and then choose to accept /end the sale in the first week etc.. Thje regular auctions-- starting out low and setting a reserve -I dont do, I just start it at the lowest ill accept , and rerun till people get the picture-my auctions are not craigslist and im not relisting any lower.
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There must be a monthly base fee for having the store-- all the store listings are for 29 days, and feebay is not gonna give sellers that kind of exposure for free-- You pretty much have to run a buy it now with each item, or you could add a note in to perspective buyers make your offer-as long as its not lower that the starting price--and then choose to accept /end the sale in the first week etc.. Thje regular auctions-- starting out low and setting a reserve -I dont do, I just start it at the lowest ill accept , and rerun till people get the picture-my auctions are not craigslist and im not relisting any lower.
Yes, there is a base monthly fee for having a store. I have a "Basic" store, which costs $15.95 per month. The insertion fee I pay for a Fixed Price listing is $0.20. I run them all with a 30 day duration, set to automatically be relisted if unsold (eBay calls it "Good 'Til Cancelled").

Other types of stores have higher monthly fees, but lower insertion fees, and a bunch of other features that aren't of much interest to me. Here's a comparison of different store subscriptions.

The "free 50" I mentioned earlier applies to auction-style listings for sellers who do not have a store subscription. If I want to use the "free 50", I have to use an eBay ID other than the one that has the store.
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An Ebay store is for fixed priced listings only. You can accept best offers on your items therein. However, in order to get the best price a regular auction style listing is usually best. People like to fight for things. When they're just offered as a fixed price item, they oftentimes think it's overpriced and/or undesireable. That's because, in their minds, if it weren't, it would have been sold already.

EBay has become very problematic for new and established sellers alike. They have "listing limits" now. That is, a new seller just can't come along and throw 50 items for sale that have, for example, a cumulative value of $10,000. To begin they are only allowed to list a very low quantity of items with a low total value for the first month. You'll have to go to eBay's site and see what the exact limitations are. After 30 days you can ask for an increase in the limits and they will usually do it if you have good ratings.
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An Ebay store is for fixed priced listings only.
Those with eBay store subscriptions can list items in the regular auction format, too. Some higher-volume auction sellers prefer to do it that way because store subscribers have a different schedule of final value fees for auction-style listings than non-store-subscribers do.

See fees for eBay stores.
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An Ebay store is for fixed priced listings only. You can accept best offers on your items therein. However, in order to get the best price a regular auction style listing is usually best. People like to fight for things. When they're just offered as a fixed price item, they oftentimes think it's overpriced and/or undesireable. That's because, in their minds, if it weren't, it would have been sold already.

EBay has become very problematic for new and established sellers alike. They have "listing limits" now. That is, a new seller just can't come along and throw 50 items for sale that have, for example, a cumulative value of $10,000. To begin they are only allowed to list a very low quantity of items with a low total value for the first month. You'll have to go to eBay's site and see what the exact limitations are. After 30 days you can ask for an increase in the limits and they will usually do it if you have good ratings.
Ive never heard of listing limits and that dosent make sense-The only thing ebay cares about is income--The more -the better. New sellers waste a good chunk of change before they figure out the ins and outs.
I enjoy seeing what some people will pay for certain old "junk", I usually list 15 items a week -and wait a week or two to relist stuff that didn't sell, that gets inquires on stuff and a lot sells outside of ebay that way-but paypal still gets their cut. Out of the 15 usually only 4 "turn green" per week.
Ebay means EbayMotors to me,Sooner or later im gonna run out of valuable scrapmetal and I dont want to have to be a strictly buy wholesale, resale chinese repop car parts-thats the tough way IMO.
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Ive never heard of listing limits and that dosent make sense-The only thing ebay cares about is income--The more -the better. New sellers waste a good chunk of change before they figure out the ins and outs.
I've never bumped into listing limits in person, but from some of what I've read on the eBay community message boards, I am inclined to believe that they exist.
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Thanks for all of the advice guys, I guess I will stick with the auction style.

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