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Online Auction Sellers, How Are Sales?

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my sales have been so poor that i am only going to list on free listing days + when free, i have never seen sales so poor on non-electronic items, and on electronics theres still a fall off in sales.

(worst sales activity i can recall, and i've been selling online for many, many years)

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Funny you should mention this, have just tried to sell a few odds and sodds this last week and compared to previous auctions a very poor response. Looks like we are at the tipping point IMHO.

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Funny you should mention this, have just tried to sell a few odds and sodds this last week and compared to previous auctions a very poor response. Looks like we are at the tipping point IMHO.

i'm inclined to see it that way too, things that normally sell arent selling even at knock down 99p, only one thing sold all week and i was literally the only seller on ebay with that hard to find item and it took 3.5 days to find a buyer for it (BIN), that uniqueness would previously usually attract a buyer in hours

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i'm inclined to see it that way too, things that normally sell arent selling even at knock down 99p, only one thing sold all week and i was literally the only seller on ebay with that hard to find item and it took 3.5 days to find a buyer for it (BIN), that uniqueness would previously usually attract a buyer in hours

We're up on last year, but mainly because 50% of our product goes to US & Canada, although our UK sales are slightly down. A couple of mates who are in the secondhand / antiquarian book trade say their online sales to U.S.A. have never been better - mainly because of the cheap pound. It sticks in my throat when I see Gordo / Darling deliberately sabotaging Sterling since its our savings they're f***ing around with and devaluing, but in a twisted way, I can see what they're trying to do, if ebay export sales to the U.S. are a sort of microcosm of the larger export picture.

Not that I'm sticking up for the pair of them, you realise. :o

I should maybe mention that we specialise in a couple of very niche market products, so our own experience may be wildly different from those of other ebayers.

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We're up on last year, but mainly because 50% of our product goes to US & Canada, although our UK sales are slightly down. A couple of mates who are in the secondhand / antiquarian book trade say their online sales to U.S.A. have never been better - mainly because of the cheap pound. It sticks in my throat when I see Gordo / Darling deliberately sabotaging Sterling since its our savings they're f***ing around with and devaluing, but in a twisted way, I can see what they're trying to do, if ebay export sales to the U.S. are a sort of microcosm of the larger export picture.

Not that I'm sticking up for the pair of them, you realise. :o

I should maybe mention that we specialise in a couple of very niche market products, so our own experience may be wildly different from those of other ebayers.

interesting, also noticed a very slight rise in overseas bidders but typically they are the only bidder on an item so realising poor money anyway.

just come back from a boot sale. guess how much i spent...

60p

and 30p of that was the admission charge

over-priced rubbish, except a little electronic item i bought for 10p which i know i can get £10 to £15 for in 'boom' times, probably £5 to £8 now.

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i'm inclined to see it that way too, things that normally sell arent selling even at knock down 99p, only one thing sold all week and i was literally the only seller on ebay with that hard to find item and it took 3.5 days to find a buyer for it (BIN), that uniqueness would previously usually attract a buyer in hours

I've just sold on Ebay for the first time in a couple of years. It was sucessful in as much as the stuff sold, but the fees are eyewatering now (I could have checked beforehand, I suppose) and also Paypal insisted on keeping my cash until the buyers had confirmed receipt of the items - how long has that been going on for?

On reflection, I won't be bothering again in a hurry.

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I've just sold on Ebay for the first time in a couple of years. It was sucessful in as much as the stuff sold, but the fees are eyewatering now (I could have checked beforehand, I suppose) and also Paypal insisted on keeping my cash until the buyers had confirmed receipt of the items - how long has that been going on for?

On reflection, I won't be bothering again in a hurry.

eight

I carefully follow the price of Jaguar E-types, one because I adore them, two as I intend buying one again. Yesterday two very sought after roadsters were on e-bay, one failed to get bids higher than 23.2k which for a totally restored example in the right colour and spec is a joke, it did not reach it's reserve. it is or was worth double that and probably a bit more. The other even more desirable, a very early outside bonnet catch model which is simply ultra rare. You can call it as rare as hens teeth. I have only ever seen two for sale in ten years, it also failed to sell. It also was worth at least double the highest bid it achieved. I can tell you it's the same as houses, the spring bounce came and went and now classic cars are struggling to sell again. I noticed that the cars that were priced to high to sell in Spring are still for sale. Those in the auction were not getting great prices at all the whole summer. I think in auction prices have come down in the last 4 months a good 15%.

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I carefully follow the price of Jaguar E-types, one because I adore them, two as I intend buying one again. Yesterday two very sought after roadsters were on e-bay, one failed to get bids higher than 23.2k which for a totally restored example in the right colour and spec is a joke, it did not reach it's reserve. it is or was worth double that and probably a bit more. The other even more desirable, a very early outside bonnet catch model which is simply ultra rare. You can call it as rare as hens teeth. I have only ever seen two for sale in ten years, it also failed to sell. It also was worth at least double the highest bid it achieved. I can tell you it's the same as houses, the spring bounce came and went and now classic cars are struggling to sell again. I noticed that the cars that were priced to high to sell in Spring are still for sale. Those in the auction were not getting great prices at all the whole summer. I think in auction prices have come down in the last 4 months a good 15%.

You weren't tempted then?

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I've just sold on Ebay for the first time in a couple of years. It was sucessful in as much as the stuff sold, but the fees are eyewatering now (I could have checked beforehand, I suppose) and also Paypal insisted on keeping my cash until the buyers had confirmed receipt of the items - how long has that been going on for?

On reflection, I won't be bothering again in a hurry.

eight

i agree, the usual fees (which vary depending on what you are selling) are now too high. my use of ebay goes right back to the days before paypal, when there was billpoint. ebay is now rather costly to sell on, because theres a lack of serious competition.

i didnt know that about paypal keeping hold of your money. maybe if i tried to do a 100% withdrawal i would find that out too...

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i didnt know that about paypal keeping hold of your money. maybe if i tried to do a 100% withdrawal i would find that out too...

I've heard so many horror stories about Paypal that I always do 100% withdrawals as a matter of principle. Seems they're wise to that too now....

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needs a "dont know" answer for us what dont do it and would like to see the poll.

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BLOO, i appreciate you not skewing the results by voting just to see them, i'll note that important point for next time.

you can see them by not being logged in of course.

heres the results

business as usual - no better/no worse [ 2 ] [22.22%]

slightly worse [ 0 ] [0.00%]

slightly better [ 1 ] [11.11%]

a lot worse [ 6 ] [66.67%]

a lot better [ 0 ] [0.00%]

btw this weekend the 1 auction item that sold (yet again i am only seller in country to have this item, highly collectable usually) got a last minute bid from nowhere, no one was even shown as watching it.

at other times you can get 25 watchers and maybe only 1 bid.

edit to add my price was mega rock bottom, a fiver, usual price 20 to 25

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I sold a working typewriter for 0.99p, it started at 99p and i only had one bidder, felt gutted as i purchased this for £300+ about 10 years ago.

The wife who told me to sell it was shocked at what it made i did not put on a reserve price as i expected it to sell for about £50.

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You weren't tempted then?

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Oh trust me I was tempted alright, but I'm on my yacht, ready to sell her but stuck here in Trinidad until it is sold. As far as the e-type go's, well it's just what I want, V12 roadster in signal red and manual...........I just love these to death. Having said that I am now 90% sure I'll live in the Canary's now, so a LHD is really what I should go for. I have just found it back on again, up to 17k now.

RHD / LHD who cares, this baby looks fantastic!

e_type.jpg

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needs a "dont know" answer for us what dont do it and would like to see the poll.

Don't you have a button that says "Show Results" just next to the "Vote!" one? That lets you see the results without voting.

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...........another place i sell at apart from www.ebay.co.uk is

www.play.com

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I'm only an amatuer trader, selling stuff I no longer need to fund new purchases and, yes, ebay in recent months has been incredible. Items that would have sold easily before way have a bunch of watchers but fail to sell. I don't put high starting prices on items as in the past almost everything sells for something sensible but recently an item went waaay low. Oh well!

It just feels as if people aren't using eBay like they used to and that the average Joe sellers are now swamped out by the tat-peddlers.

For stuff that isn't too obscure Gumtree seems to work.

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Oh trust me I was tempted alright, but I'm on my yacht, ready to sell her but stuck here in Trinidad until it is sold. As far as the e-type go's, well it's just what I want, V12 roadster in signal red and manual...........I just love these to death. Having said that I am now 90% sure I'll live in the Canary's now, so a LHD is really what I should go for. I have just found it back on again, up to 17k now.

RHD / LHD who cares, this baby looks fantastic!

e_type.jpg

I think you and I might move in somewhat different circles.....

I am also trawling Ebay for a classic car, but in my case I'm looking for a Fiat X1/9. It's in a slightly different league to the Jag.

eight

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Oh trust me I was tempted alright, but I'm on my yacht, ready to sell her but stuck here in Trinidad until it is sold. As far as the e-type go's, well it's just what I want, V12 roadster in signal red and manual...........I just love these to death. Having said that I am now 90% sure I'll live in the Canary's now, so a LHD is really what I should go for. I have just found it back on again, up to 17k now.

RHD / LHD who cares, this baby looks fantastic!

e_type.jpg

Tim,

Wherever you decide to land next, have a look at the import restrictions and duties. Some countries are brutal. However, if it's a defined classic, this often attracts exemption.

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I'm only an amatuer trader, selling stuff I no longer need to fund new purchases and, yes, ebay in recent months has been incredible. Items that would have sold easily before way have a bunch of watchers but fail to sell. I don't put high starting prices on items as in the past almost everything sells for something sensible but recently an item went waaay low. Oh well!

It just feels as if people aren't using eBay like they used to and that the average Joe sellers are now swamped out by the tat-peddlers.

For stuff that isn't too obscure Gumtree seems to work.

some of my buyers cant believe their luck, been some real giveaways, one of them got something for a pound from me which i know just a few weeks later are selling at 30 quid plus, she was really lucky that night.

on the flip side, my old shaver with a1 photos and fully cleaned sold for 20% less than an identical rival's the next day who used a library photos, very brief description, 50p higher p+p, less/lower% feedback than me, go figure

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some of my buyers cant believe their luck, been some real giveaways, one of them got something for a pound from me which i know just a few weeks later are selling at 30 quid plus, she was really lucky that night.

on the flip side, my old shaver with a1 photos and fully cleaned sold for 20% less than an identical rival's the next day who used a library photos, very brief description, 50p higher p+p, less/lower% feedback than me, go figure

I sometimes think the library pictures actually give an object more legitimacy; like they somehow seem more "official" to the easily impressed.

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