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Captain Log
Oct 2, 2006

Captain Log posted:

"I AINT DYING! Choo choo motherfucker!"
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Thread Goal Ė Get TFR people active on Ebay through peer review of auctions and helpful tips.



For many years of reading these forums, Iíve often seen a theme. That theme is simple, ďGun poo poo is expensive.Ē Lamenting about the woes of buying fifteen AR brakes but needing fifteen more is a common trend. Don't make your own soap, kids. We can help you afford all those AR brakes.



But, as Goons are concerned, they have an advantage. Unabashed nerdery abounds, resulting in a lot of oddball collecting habits. By my calculations, every Goon was also once a child. Those childrenís toys are just gathering dust these days. How on earth is any of this stuff an advantage?

https://i.imgur.com/hJ7qT0u.mp4

Ebay! Ebay provides an auctioning platform that is extremely cheap to use. Most major and minor auction houses, including Christies and Sothebysí, have about a 35% commission and nobody bats an eyelash at that. Ebayís fees tend to be about 15% or less. Yeah, it sucks to not get all ďyour moneyĒ for a sale, but do you have an alternative place to sell sometimes literal trash for money?


(Someone bought this for $600)

Ebay Ė The Basics

Iíll be using my store for our guinea pig. Everyone calls their auctions their ďStorefrontĒ or ďBusiness.Ē It just refers to your homepage. I sell everything from antiques to toys, but my bread and butter is loving Funko figurines.

Starting out, you just need to register an account. Just registering an account will get you an average of fifty free listings a month. Ebay makes their money by charging a listing fee between .35 cents and multiple bucks depending on the options you use, and charging a final value fee of about ten to fifteen percent of the sale price. I rarely spring for something like a bolded title (2.00 bucks) or listing an item in additional categories (1.00 buck). Be careful, if you put up things that donít sell and also donít change your ways, itís possible to have a month in which all you do is sell enough to cover your listing fees. This is not ideal.

Paypal Ė You need a Paypal

Ebay functions almost exclusively through use of PayPal. Once youíve linked your account to Ebay, you can use it like a money bank. Postage can be purchased directly from your paypal funds, ebay invoices (listing fees) can be paid, etc. If you are one of the two people on the internet without a PayPal account, youíll need one.

Shipping with Discounted Rates Ė



By being someone who was able to register with a website, youíll get discounted postage through USPS. For ages I stupidly didnít use this feature. If you purchase your postage through Ebay, youíll save ten or twenty percent, and it will automatically load your tracking number for the end user to see. The tracking number is a huge way Ebay measures you as a seller. Just use their postage system.

Photos Ė Buy (make) a light box



If you look through my auctions, youíll see a jump in the picture quality. I used to take a cell phone picture in front of my keyboard. Then I made a little photo area near my desk, but the shadows were awful. I ordered a twelve dollar light box and my photos improved tenfold. I also may have purchased the absolute cheapest piece of poo poo light box ever made. Itís ďSLOW DOLPHINĒ brand. Donít buy that one.

On eBay, youíll be competing with CHINA and a lot of big corporations. The people like me who sell single items at a time are the minority. The photos are your main way to beat the ďbig guysĒ who just use the stock photos. Pick a bright background, donít have items that arenít for sale in the picture, light that motherfucker, and get every possible angle. Less than three pictures will get your auction flagged and it wonít appear in most searches.


Prohibited Items Ė Itís weird

Ebay had a poo poo load of everything, but there are some prohibited items. Soiled undergarments (gross), body parts (all from Chinese prisoners), explosives (fireworks), and poo poo like that isnít allowed. The only hard NO Iíve run into with firearms related stuff is magazine limits. Nothing that holds more than ten rounds is allowed. Also, no receivers are kosher. But you can sell slides, holsters, and knives all day long.

Getting Scammed Ė Itís normally unintentional!

There is a saying that eBay always sides with the buyer. This isnít true. Iíve had one issue go to arbitration as the seller, and I won. How? Good COA. That stands for ďCover Your rear end.Ē



I take photos of everything and save all my receipts. If itís an expensive item, Iíll take photos of the item in the box, the box taped up, and the receipt. Act like a crazy person diagnosis themselves with Morgellonís. Save loving everything.

Most of the horror stories are just misunderstandings. Iíve had three people, probably kids, ďloseĒ their packages. Instead of contacting me, or the post office, they just open up a case against me and literally say something like, ďWhere MY THING?!Ē

I will calmly reply with some version of the following, ďThe United States Postal Service covers all packages with fifty dollars of insurance. Have you filed a claim at your local post office? Here is their address.Ē Two out of three times this solved the problem. If a case is opened and you respond to eBayís satisfaction, that seller cannot leave bad feedback against you.

This is rapidly getting into three pages in word single spaced, so Iím going to JUST POST and leave this whole section up for edits. The goal of this thread is for us to post auctions and talk about out successes and failures. I easily clear 500ish a month when I put my mind to it. EBay can become your new gun/computer/baby/booze fund!

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Captain Log
Oct 2, 2006

Captain Log posted:

"I AINT DYING! Choo choo motherfucker!"
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Reserved for Goon Ebay Pages!

Captain Log - OldCaptainLog
https://www.ebay.com/usr/oldcaptainlog

Infrared35 - Infrared 35
https://www.ebay.com/sch/infrared35/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=

Captain Log fucked around with this message at 22:38 on Sep 1, 2018

Captain Log
Oct 2, 2006

Captain Log posted:

"I AINT DYING! Choo choo motherfucker!"
:toot::birddrugs::toot:



I'll be editing and adding to the OP as appropriate. I could rattle off a five hundred page treatise about loving Domo Qee figurines, let alone all the particulars of Ebay. But as with the forum mantra "JUST POST" on ebay, "JUST SELL!" I normally run between fifty and one hundred auctions and it takes up to about...thirty minutes a day.

Captain Log
Oct 2, 2006

Captain Log posted:

"I AINT DYING! Choo choo motherfucker!"
:toot::birddrugs::toot:



infrared35 posted:

Also, eBay lets you purchase first-class postage where appropriate, which is way cheaper than going through the usps.com web site which only lets you buy Priority Mail labels.

Here's my eBay page, I guess? I don't have anything listed right now but by tonight it'l be a veritable beehive of used holsters, gun parts, and ancient camera gear!

https://www.ebay.com/sch/infrared35/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=

Added to the Ebay Goon post!

Here is something I'm trying to add to the OP but can't quite figure out how to phrase it -

The cell phone app is roughly 800% easier to use than the physical website. Their website is trying to join in on the Web 10.0 bullshit and it doesn't work at times.

With the phone app, you can set an auction to relist up to ten times. I RARELY have an item sell in the first week it's up.

Captain Log
Oct 2, 2006

Captain Log posted:

"I AINT DYING! Choo choo motherfucker!"
:toot::birddrugs::toot:



infrared35 posted:

Okay, so what's the deal with bulk selling? What is it, should I do it, how do I do it?

Excellent question!

Ebay will try pretty hard to get you to use their bulk selling "tool." I'd recommend against it unless you have hundreds of an item. It will want exact weights, dimensions, and all sorts of poo poo. Here is how I do it -

Method One - Using the phone app, when an auction is complete, you can open up the completed sale page and scroll towards the bottom. Select, "Sell Similar Item" not "Repost Item." This will make it look less like you are AliBaba and more like a person. It will also give you an option to replace the pictures. Do this if the item got less than 25 views.

Method Two - When beginning an auction, on the final page, go into preferences. You can add an item quantity to the auction.

I have not done this second method too often personally. After an auction with multiple bids, you will have the option to send "Second Chance Offers" to people who bid but didn't win. Use this option wisely, and you'll unload excess items a good deal quicker.

Also, descriptions - Be exact, but let the pictures do the talking. This isn't GunBroker, nobody wants to read the entire second amendment and your personal opinions about politics. Stick to the basics.

On questions from buyers - If a person sends you a single question and thanks you afterwards, that's a sale. If a person sends you fifteen questions, that's an rear end in a top hat who is wasting your time. Respond, but don't try and facilitate having eighteen interactions with a rando per sale.

Captain Log
Oct 2, 2006

Captain Log posted:

"I AINT DYING! Choo choo motherfucker!"
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TheNothingNew posted:

I appreciate this thread, and was wondering how you figure out pricing.
Like, it's an auction but you still do minimum bids and a Buy It Now, yeah? So any tricks to figuring out value?

Great question and will probably be added to the OP.

Personally, I grew up in an antique shop and was really into nerdy collecting. It's largely a gut feeling. But if you are starting out, I'd say do the following -

Search Ebay Auctions - Take note of which ones are just ridiculous BUY IT NOW prices that will never sell. You want to look for stuff with active bids OR an active "X amount sold" listing under the price.

Check Amazon - Tons of people sell stuff secondhand there, and many ebay people maintain a presence on both sites.

General Google Search - I have no loving clue how it all shakes out, but sometimes completed auctions are searchable through Google. This is the best info, because you know a price that the item sold for, how many watchers, etc.

For anything deeper, I rely on my own knowledge or have some friends and colleagues I can ask. Is there something specific in mind that you are looking to auction?

Also, some things are really hot, sell fast items (looking at you, Series One Mystery Mini Horror Edition Blind Box Vinyls) and some stuff that will sit for months. (Looking at you, Soldier 76 Funko POP) Getting to the point of predicting trends takes time, but can make you money.

Hit me with questions, folks. The OP is a living, breathing thing and I can put the best questions up there.

Captain Log
Oct 2, 2006

Captain Log posted:

"I AINT DYING! Choo choo motherfucker!"
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Seriously, people. This thread is so you DON'T have to use fake detergent that involves Borax.

I think my next effort post will be "A tale of two auctions" showing differences in types of pictures. We'll see.

Captain Log
Oct 2, 2006

Captain Log posted:

"I AINT DYING! Choo choo motherfucker!"
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Miso Beno posted:

but what if goons want to maximize their profits?

I'll send them a quarter and they can spend their time doing something, anything more useful than making soap. I can say unequivocally that any goon's time is more valuable than that.

Captain Log
Oct 2, 2006

Captain Log posted:

"I AINT DYING! Choo choo motherfucker!"
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Numlock posted:

How do I ship things cheap?

I have a life time of random nerd and gun junk in storage but I doubt I could get much for any given item.

Is there some cut off where something is too cheap and or heavy to be worth bothering with?

Excellent Question -

A common newbie mistake is to think, "This isn't worth selling." The correct thing to think is, "This isn't worth shipping."

I'll be completely open with my numbers on ebay for the past year, because Sept. 20th I'll have reached the "Power Seller" status. The requirements for that are 100 sales in a year with over one thousand in cash being made. We'll get back to that in a minute.

My personal cut off is as follows,

First ten items you sell - Sell them for the ratings alone. Most people will not deal with a person who has below ten sales.

After ten sales - I try to clear five bucks on everything. I sell a poo poo ton of funko stuff for about ten bucks. A 3oz first class USPS package costs 2.66 with your Ebay discount. This equals about seven bucks profit per sale.

After one hundred sales - Five bucks profit minimum.

In the past year, I've made 1200.05 bucks off ebay. This doesn't count private auctions, which is where heavier money can be made.

Why you want to be a Power Seller - I'll report back in a month, but having a Power Seller icon with a 100% satisfaction rate is supposed to increase sales and solely by showing you are a trust worthy person who values customer satisfaction. For your first one hundred ratings, you just need to be doing everything to get them. Nobody wants to buy from someone they perceive as a teenager.

How to offer "Free" shipping - People get downright pissy about having to pay for shipping. They assume you have the same buying power as Amazon, and should offer comparable shipping rates. Unless it's a "carded action figure" or a piece of art, I offer free shipping. This means no arguing about shipping rates (happens about 50% of the time) and saves a good deal of time. So, just pad your item cost with three to six bucks, this will more than take care of shipping whilst offering the appearance of being competitive with Amazon.

I'll post about photos later on, I'm paging through auctions looking for good examples. You don't want to look like a big box store, but you also don't want to look incompetent.

Captain Log
Oct 2, 2006

Captain Log posted:

"I AINT DYING! Choo choo motherfucker!"
:toot::birddrugs::toot:



infrared35 posted:

Is there any advantage to having a "store" versus just listing a bunch of stuff with a "buy it now" price?

That is mostly just how you phrase it. People like to say, "My Ebay Business" blah blah blah rather than "My auctions."

Personally, I give most things a high "Buy It Now" and a low auction starting point. It's burned me a few times (looking at you, boxed Corgi cars), but normally works out in my favour.

Things that you aren't sure about that have appeal, try just doing a straight auction. But there is a known, "Weekend Drunk" factor that you can take advantage of it things that are nerdy. Apparently nerds like to get drink and go shopping.


DeesGrandpa posted:

How many hours went into the $1,200? Has your endeavor been a low intensity spare cash generator or are you putting decent amounts of time into it?

The first ten auctions were a little time consuming. Once I mastered the, "Sell Item Like This" feature, I'd say about fifteen minutes a day. The time consuming thing is research. If you are operating in an area you are good in, it will go quicker.

I may have to expand to doing eBay full time depending on my legs, and it's totally doable. I find as a rule of thumb, about ten percent of your given auctions in a week will sell. This number goes up tenfold if you factor in multiple months. It's why I try to have five auctions up a day. I've been slacking lately, but really busy.

Captain Log
Oct 2, 2006

Captain Log posted:

"I AINT DYING! Choo choo motherfucker!"
:toot::birddrugs::toot:



infrared35 posted:

I guess what I would like to do is the "5% discount for buying two items, 10% for buying three or more" kind of thing. How do I do that?

I'm honestly not sure you can do that "officially." Ebay will automatically bundle your shipping to save money. You are completely allowed to say in your terms, "DISCOUNTS FOR MULTIPLE PURCHASES!" but I honestly don't think anyone would notice. Ebay tends to be bottom of the barrel, price-wise.

If you have a great deal of an item, I would mention bulk discounts being available. But that would be between you and the buyer.

Keep in mind that it's against the terms of service to use an outside email address and conduct business outside of ebay. It's considered really lovely and shady, but about once a week I get a SOB story saying, "I'm trying to save up for some silver and was hoping you could knock three dollars of the price of your silver rum decanter." If you stick to using ebays channels for communication, your rear end is covered.

Captain Log
Oct 2, 2006

Captain Log posted:

"I AINT DYING! Choo choo motherfucker!"
:toot::birddrugs::toot:



infrared35 posted:

I just listed 20 items thanks to this thread. I plan to add items as things sell, hoping to keep it at 20.

:respek: Keep us posted! I keep paging through your auctions every day or two. :)

Captain Log
Oct 2, 2006

Captain Log posted:

"I AINT DYING! Choo choo motherfucker!"
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Flatland Crusoe posted:

I have a person eBay cutoff that I wonít try selling something that wonít net me $100. I tend to resell high end hunting gear and nice bikes/frames/components so that isnít particularly hard. I usually run 2-4 auctions to end at the same time so I ship at the same time.

Sorry for the double post, but if you'd like I'll add your page to the OP.

Captain Log
Oct 2, 2006

Captain Log posted:

"I AINT DYING! Choo choo motherfucker!"
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infrared35 posted:

Granted, I've been on eBay for twenty years, but my all-time total is over $24,000. That stuff does add up.

Just don't ask me how much I've spent on eBay over that time frame. :negative:

And apparently I'm at 80 sales for the year, so I only need twenty more to get Power Seller status or whatever.

I just tried to find a gif of The Waterboy "You Can Do It!" thing, and Imgur came up with dick all.

We're getting old.

Captain Log
Oct 2, 2006

Captain Log posted:

"I AINT DYING! Choo choo motherfucker!"
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Ophidian posted:

I searched "you can do it gif" and got this:



e: sorry for the lack of steak pictures recently, i have not been eating much rare meat

I find your lack of steak, disturbing.

Captain Log
Oct 2, 2006

Captain Log posted:

"I AINT DYING! Choo choo motherfucker!"
:toot::birddrugs::toot:



infrared35 posted:

Ugh; I just had a first in my eBay "career" - dude made an offer on a holster I'm selling. I accepted the offer. He paid immediately with Paypal, I printed off postage and got it packed and ready to go.

Ten minutes later, he sent me a message. "Uh, don't ship that holster because I will ship it back as defective. I don't know what's up with it but it doesn't cover the trigger guard and Galco's web site clearly shows that model of holster covering the trigger guard. That holster is unsafe and may be a factory second or something, I found another one that I'm going to buy instead. Just send me my money back; I'd prefer not to get eBay involved."

The holster isn't defective. It's just thirty years old. Some time in the late 1980s or early 1990s holsters started covering up the trigger guards on revolvers.

Please God save copies of everything and call eBay. That dude needs his account banned.

Related -

When making a new auction, in preferences, you'll see a weird tab that says, "BUYER RESTRICTIONS" that is automatically off. If you turn this on, eBay doesn't love it, but you absolutely should. It keeps buyers who have had an unpaid item in the last month or two unpaid items ever from bidding. Since I do a bunch of toys, this is a loving must.

USE BUYER RESTRICTIONS!

Also, flipping the switch that says, "Require immediate PayPal payment with "Buy it Now" is also helpful to weed out idiots.

My biggest re-occurring problem is peoples not paying on time or at all. It almost exclusively happens with pocket knives.

Captain Log
Oct 2, 2006

Captain Log posted:

"I AINT DYING! Choo choo motherfucker!"
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Hasselblad posted:

I did Ebay for parts some time ago. Hated that both ebay and paypal took a cut, and that paypal was unavoidable. Did a mess of selling on gunbroker. Flawless rep on both but these days I mainly sell stuff over forums to avoid paying fees.

As you should. Private sales are awesome for that reason.

But I have to say, those fees are nominal. Itís hard to beat for a large scale auction house.

Oh, if you want to experience insanity, sell on Facebook. Itís like the only people who sell on there forgot their medication for a solid decade.

Captain Log
Oct 2, 2006

Captain Log posted:

"I AINT DYING! Choo choo motherfucker!"
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I have a question to help me improve my auctions -

How the hell do you all take nice, well lit pictures without a light box?

Captain Log
Oct 2, 2006

Captain Log posted:

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The Automator posted:

a real camera

Thank you. So helpful.

My main question is about lighting and how to make it work in a small residential setting.

Captain Log
Oct 2, 2006

Captain Log posted:

"I AINT DYING! Choo choo motherfucker!"
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Miso Beno posted:

here are some lazy ideas becuase i dont feel like typing. if the diagrams dont make sense i can use more words later






That is actually precisely what I needed to know. I've been pointing lights directly at the objects, rather than letting them do their thing indirectly.

Also, thanks Parts Kit, that was a good write up. I have a small light box and I'll eventually get a bigger one, but here is a prime example of my photo lighting woes -

https://www.ebay.com/itm/183423614093

Compared to this, with my lovely light box -

https://www.ebay.com/itm/183423622436

Captain Log
Oct 2, 2006

Captain Log posted:

"I AINT DYING! Choo choo motherfucker!"
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Also a friendly reminder - If anyone would like their ebay store linked in the OP, just let me know. I'm thrilled that we got one person auctioning (Infrared) and would love it if anyone else got going.

Captain Log
Oct 2, 2006

Captain Log posted:

"I AINT DYING! Choo choo motherfucker!"
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I now have so much freaking stuff saved to my "Buy Eventually" list. This thread is expensive! I really appreciate the info. I'm probably just going to spend about fifty bucks on a decent light box that can hold something bigger than a can of Coke.

Captain Log
Oct 2, 2006

Captain Log posted:

"I AINT DYING! Choo choo motherfucker!"
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Thanks to this thread, I ordered a bigger lightbox kit thing. If I like it, I might have an extra "Free to Goons" small lightbox I can send out soon.

Captain Log
Oct 2, 2006

Captain Log posted:

"I AINT DYING! Choo choo motherfucker!"
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Got my bigger lightbox set up thanks to thread recommendations and have a question -

Is this digital camera I've not seen since 2005ish good for what I need? I might have to order a charger if so.

Captain Log
Oct 2, 2006

Captain Log posted:

"I AINT DYING! Choo choo motherfucker!"
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Miso Beno posted:

It will do the job but there's a good chance your cellphone will take comperable quality photos.

Itís a good thing because the battery is long dead. I even found the loving charger.

Iíll probably grab a dedicated tripod point and click. Any CHEAP recommendations?

Captain Log
Oct 2, 2006

Captain Log posted:

"I AINT DYING! Choo choo motherfucker!"
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infrared35 posted:

Oh, ghost of Miso. You so ginky!!!

Edit for content: I listed the first item from that giant tub of basketweave duty gear that I picked up. :sweatdrop:

Iíll check it out!

Thanks for the recommendation. Itís about, A LOT more than I want to pay, but this forum has never steered me wrong.

Also, who wants a tiny LED light box? I have a spare. :)

Captain Log
Oct 2, 2006

Captain Log posted:

"I AINT DYING! Choo choo motherfucker!"
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infrared35 posted:

I guess I wouldn't mind playing around with it; if it's too small for me, I can always pay it forward.

You could go back a couple models to like the G9 or G8; they still take good pictures and have a hotshoe but I don't have any personal experience with them.

Iím phone posting, but if you got PMs send me one. Itís yours!

Also, there might be other random things in the package. No promises. :)

Captain Log
Oct 2, 2006

Captain Log posted:

"I AINT DYING! Choo choo motherfucker!"
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I finally hit "Top Rated" seller status, which will hugely improve my sales in high priced, rare, and antique items. People typically only like to purchase high dollar items from established people.

The downside -

I don't HAVE to, but for my Top Rated seal to appear I have to offer to pay shipping on returns (I've never had one) and offer a thirty day return period (Never had one.)

The upside -

Bigger shipping discount (10%), bigger discount on final value (sale) fee of 10%, and top billing. I'll report back in a month about how it's working.

Captain Log
Oct 2, 2006

Captain Log posted:

"I AINT DYING! Choo choo motherfucker!"
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Applesnots posted:

As of Saturday my mother retired from the post office, she gave me two 50 gallon trash bags of gear she bought from the offical post office store. I am talking rain gear, snow gear, cardigans. Pants. All the stuff, is there is a market for this, she was telling me she bought her rain coat for around 200 bux. She wants me to sell it all for her.

Dude, have you started a store yet? I was going to make an effort post about, "Creating Provenance", which is something all good dealers do when needed. It was mostly going to apply to IRs posts, but now I'll make a note to do it tomorrow as it could help you too. :)

Captain Log
Oct 2, 2006

Captain Log posted:

"I AINT DYING! Choo choo motherfucker!"
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Applesnots posted:

No not yet, i had a ebay account back aroun '97 or so and it was linked to my yahoo email which is now toast. So i get to start over fresh.

Might as well!

If you, or anyone, is just starting out you need to know this -

If you have less than ten ratings for transactions, which you get purchasing as well as selling, many people will hesitate to buy from you. For the first ten auctions, if you don't have the ratings from purchases, try to keep them under ten bucks. People don't run many ten dollar and under scams.

Captain Log
Oct 2, 2006

Captain Log posted:

"I AINT DYING! Choo choo motherfucker!"
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Provenance - That Words that Makes Random Items Worth Money

Most people who have ever collected anything are familiar with provenance. Simply put, it means, "Record of Ownership." Many Certificate of Authenticity type documents set out to establish provenance. But, there isn't an official place that cranks out those documents. Many people just print something up and sign it. This can also be a big red bullshit flag, but you'll find out why soon.

There are some organisations that do object grading, which would be the closest thing. The main company is PCGS - Professional Collectible/Coin Grading Services. There is also CAC, ANACS, etc. They do everything from rare coins to comic books, and also encase items in a little plastic sleeve. A good mark on a coin (MS-65 on a Morgan Dollar for example) can multiply the value multiple times over.

But, with many antiques and older items, the provenance can just be a series of stories. So and so sent it to so and so who bought it from whoever. Well, let me give you a good example of establishing provenance -

My grandmother, Ann Forsyth, had the premiere America located British antique shop in the country, if not the world outside of England. The shop was open from 1984 to 2000. Recently, I was tasked with selling the fine silverware collection she had. I got it valued at 10-15k. Two days later, I sold it for 15k to a friend of Ann's. Needless to say, the sale would not have happened without the information about where they came from.

It wasn't needed, but what if the person wanted me to give a document attesting to the items owner? Simple!

A. Print up a nice looking word template document. Think of the Smith and Wesson research letters.
B. Sign it.
C. Don't lie.
D. Notarise it (optional but effective)
E. Don't lie.

How could this apply to Applesnot's Mom's stuff? Or Infrareds Police equipment?

A. List the postal items, without the name of your mother, but with the name of the department, region, etc. Offer to send a CoA or Certificate of authenticity.
B. Infrared's Police Stuff - Same deal. List everything but the very particulars of how you purchased it. If able, list where they are from, the era, and offer to send a CoA.

99% of people WILL NOT want the document. But offering it gives an appearance of legitimacy that can move your stuff.

On the flip side, know that unless it's notarised, the person can just openly sell a lie. If it sounds too good to be true, it is. Even a notarisation doesn't really mean anything. It's just...I've never seen a liar go through that trouble.

So, make some documents if you think it's worth it. If you don't, that's cool too! But list all your particulars. If a holster is from 1979 and made by Big Ole' Dick's Tube Holders, list it. If it's from Idaho, list that. Do everything you can to paint a picture.

So, that's today's rambling. Have Pig-uin. :)

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Captain Log
Oct 2, 2006

Captain Log posted:

"I AINT DYING! Choo choo motherfucker!"
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Applesnots posted:

Thanks for these posts, you are really helpful.


infrared35 posted:

You've inspired me to list the source (where known) on my auctions.


I really appreciate it! :respek:

I'm not talking to you guys, but to anyone out there - Don't bullshit, in any form, with sales. I promise that someone out there knows more than you, and a mislabeled item can look malicious. Even at the "Toys and poo poo" levels of auctions, word travels, and it's too easy to get blacklisted. Be honest. There is NOTHING wrong with saying, "I have no clue what this is, but I'll take more pictures if requested!" (The photo thing is a standard policy of mine)

Captain Log
Oct 2, 2006

Captain Log posted:

"I AINT DYING! Choo choo motherfucker!"
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MazeOfTzeentch posted:

loving christ, the previous owners of this house had an ebay account associated with this address and havent changed it and i dont want to contact CS right now gently caress you ebay i dont know their username, i just wanna sell some poo poo

Thatís...thatís a special kind of weird. I didnít know that could happen! They must have been bad sellers.

Captain Log
Oct 2, 2006

Captain Log posted:

"I AINT DYING! Choo choo motherfucker!"
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MazeOfTzeentch posted:

I think it's some sort of anti-alt-account rating dodging thing. I'll call and talk to them eventually. Got a few miniatures, a phone, and a gift card I wanna flip, maybe get enough cash to finish this AR build.

I've found ebays customer service to be on point, but very much located in India. I've heard horror stories, but my only horror stories are from customers, not the ebay team.

Captain Log
Oct 2, 2006

Captain Log posted:

"I AINT DYING! Choo choo motherfucker!"
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infrared35 posted:

Thanks, eBay thread!



:respek: Hell yeah man, you're on fire right now. I'm in a slump and need to get back to it.

Did that light box work at all? It's so tiny.

Captain Log
Oct 2, 2006

Captain Log posted:

"I AINT DYING! Choo choo motherfucker!"
:toot::birddrugs::toot:



infrared35 posted:

Double post because I just broke two grand.

Assuming the last three bidders pay me.

The absolute number one problem I have is people flaking on payment. It never fails, itís always something to do with guns, knives, or old fart poo poo.

Captain Log
Oct 2, 2006

Captain Log posted:

"I AINT DYING! Choo choo motherfucker!"
:toot::birddrugs::toot:



infrared35 posted:

That's what I do on my listings, but it still happens. Guys just aren't reading the descriptions, I guess.

Edit: Also just had a dude file a return complaint against me because I didn't get him a scope mount in time for a match, but I guess he decided to keep the mount because he never sent it back to me, and eBay dropped the complaint.

What?! Did you miss your shipping window?

Because I don't do much, I don't have problems getting packages out on time. But I've had a shitload of sellers get me stuff late and never made a fuss. That's lovely of the person.

"Hmmm, I need something NOW! Amazon? Wal Mart? Naaaah, I'll buy something off ebay and bitch a lot try to get it for free." :strokes MOLON LABE hat:

Captain Log
Oct 2, 2006

Captain Log posted:

"I AINT DYING! Choo choo motherfucker!"
:toot::birddrugs::toot:



infrared35 posted:

Yeah, I said three business days' handling time, and because work got weird it took four business days.

I was in the wrong, but if he had told me that he needed it in a hurry, I would have made shipping it out a higher priority.

Do you print your labels at home? Saves money and time.

Captain Log
Oct 2, 2006

Captain Log posted:

"I AINT DYING! Choo choo motherfucker!"
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Sixgun Strumpet posted:

By the way, I might have missed it because sleep not happen.

But you guys know that Ebay reports sales to the IRS right?

Iíve always heard they report sales over a certain amount, but that number always changes. Iíd be interested to read the official line on it.

My sales have been small enough to not be reported. But IR? He hits at a higher cash level than I normally do.

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Captain Log
Oct 2, 2006

Captain Log posted:

"I AINT DYING! Choo choo motherfucker!"
:toot::birddrugs::toot:



infrared35 posted:

Dang government, taking taxes out of my income. Income which goes toward buying things. Which I pay sales tax on. And then I have to pay income tax again when I sell that same stuff? Thanks, Obama.

Itís the tan suit fiasco all over again!

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