Selling on eBay forum: Your starting point as a seller...

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Imageknoxred
Jul 27, 2011 6:26 PM CST
Name: Red
Knoxville, TN
eBay has an excellent answer center set up to handle questions about how to use their site.
LINK TO SELLING
ImageMitchF
Aug 3, 2011 10:11 AM CST
Name: Mitch Fitzgerald
Oklahoma
I guess I need tips and tricks... I sold a bunch of stuff a few times... and in the end just broke even or lost money on the deal... - bow can I list items that will sell for good money and not just almost kill me?
Mitch Fitzgerald
Imageknoxred
Aug 3, 2011 8:08 PM CST
Name: Red
Knoxville, TN
That's a great question - what items sell well and are worth the hassle.

I think it has changed a lot from the early "garage sale" days of eBay. The power sellers are eating the little guy's lunch on any type of commodity item.

Unique items will bring more money, but then each item requires research, pricing decisions, guestimating the shipping, etc. Also, it's harder to point out how different your item is when all the listings scream "RARE".

What is everybody selling, and are there things you won't bother with selling any more?
ImageMitchF
Aug 4, 2011 6:01 AM CST
Name: Mitch Fitzgerald
Oklahoma
I gave up on books - tossed a bunch and gave a truck load away. Stamps went to Craigslist, never could get anything out of them, Coins are a joke.... I guess the only things I can list and make good on at at times plants and seeds.... even then you never ever know and it is the luck of the draw.
Mitch Fitzgerald
ImageNisiNJ
Dec 19, 2011 12:34 PM CST
Name: Denise Warner
Bordentown, NJ
I try to sell seeds on eBay also. Since I am not yet a seed saver, I buy large packets, split them up and make smaller packets with pictures (from my own camera so they're legal!) and sowing instructions. The flat Paypal charge per transaction impacts tiny sales (like one seed packet) more than it hurts the profit of a higher priced item. I was making only a few cents on each packet.

Now with the new eBay policy of charging final value fee on S&H, even those few cents are just about wiped out. Sending the seeds in a bubble mailer was costing a couple dollars because the Post Office considered it a "package." I am considering sending them in a Tyvek envelope, wrapped in a single layer of very thin bubble wrap, and hoping it will pass as a first class envelope.--lower cost; lower FVF.

Meanwhile I am trying to figure out how to assign a shipping "rule" to my various-sized items so that they can go into eBay's new shopping cart. Ultimately it will have to be entirely automatic--no more asking the seller for a revised invoice.

So, Mitch, what is your process for acquiring seeds and listing them? Do you save your own seeds? I wouldn't mind bagging the blossoms of tomatoes; it's the fermenting that makes me squeamish.

And Red, do you have an approach to assigning flat shipping rules for different sized items?

Denise
Psalm 100 (look it up)
ImageMitchF
Jan 24, 2012 9:48 AM CST
Name: Mitch Fitzgerald
Oklahoma
I baggie everything - everything... list them with that on there and yes I make very very little off seeds... but I sell things I buy at Yardsales also and that makes the bulk of the profit and then the seeds I feel are just passing on the plants and flowers.
Mitch Fitzgerald
ImageNisiNJ
Feb 21, 2012 11:27 AM CST
Name: Denise Warner
Bordentown, NJ
Thanks for your response, Mitch.

With the latest postage "increase" I actually pay less than I did before..because delivery confirmation for first class parcels is now free. It used to cost nineteen cents online. So it costs me $1.64 to mail a Tyvek envelope with the seed packets wrapped in bubble wrap..and the price doesn't go up until I pass three ounces! I took the Tyvek envie with the seeds wrapped in very thin bubble wrap to the PO and the clerk said it was still too thick to be considered a letter...anything more than 1/4".

I am going to start hitting those yard sales. Maybe there will be more of them when the weather warms up.
Psalm 100 (look it up)

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