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Old 05-19-06, 06:56 PM   #1
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tips for selling a fairly 'big ticket' item on ebay?

I know there are some ebayers out there, so I ask you this;
Do you have any general tips for me when I attempt to sell an item which I expect to sell around the 600 dollar range?
I've sold plenty of smaller things, but never over 150 dollars in value.
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Old 05-19-06, 07:35 PM   #2
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You have to surround the title description with 'LQQK!!!!!!'
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Wait till you get cash in your hands, no checks, no money order, no Paypal balance...

And lots of pictures, link to a seperate page with as many pictures thats relevant (geocities or something) and put the link in bold in the ad multiple times. Well, thats the cheaper way to get pictures in...
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Just use HTML in the description block to call the pictures.

Lots of well sized pictures, fast loading and detail showing ones. Get excited in your verbage. If you're not excited why should potential buyers. Remember: You don't buy steak at a steakhouse, you buy the sizzle. A good feedback helps too
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I wouldn't exactly call $600 a big ticket. The slr lens I was looking at was around 4 grand, that's where I'll start worrying.
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Old 05-19-06, 11:04 PM   #6
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If you were selling oil paintings, for instance you say, e.g., "not a Gauguin or Renoir."
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If you have what people want, you will get the going value for it.

It is all about advertizing.

Attractive ad; Great feedback;
Searchable title; Galary Pic;
Honest declaration of condition;
Communicate with potential buyers;
Demand 100% positive feedback buyers only (you can cancel bids from people who don't follow instructions);
Allow verified Paypal on a bank draft only (big deal to a lot of people to pay with PayPal);
Be flexible with shipping options;
Charge reasonable shipping rates (even if you eat a few bucks).

Use a reserve price if you're not sure interest will be high enough.
Good quality pictures (informative ones!) help a lot.

Good Luck!
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You have to surround the title description with 'LQQK!!!!!!'
Or another variation "L@@K" and then spam the title beginnning with the word "NOT" and the in caps list all the other manufactures of alternative items.

For example for a set of bars you can do: "L@@K not CINELLI PROFILE SHIMANO CAMPY" etc. Be creative.
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I wouldn't exactly call $600 a big ticket. The slr lens I was looking at was around 4 grand, that's where I'll start worrying.
Thats why I said Fairly big ticket. I know people buy houses and million dollar cars on ebay, that is something I call big ticket.

Thanks folks. My plan was to take a lot of pictures of good sized resolution, and host them through comcast. Then get a thumbnail gallery on ebay. That way people can click the image and comcast is pretty fast in loading I found.

Question. Is it better to set a reserve for the amount I want, or start the bidding at this price?
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Old 05-20-06, 07:24 AM   #10
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Start low, then have a friend bid it up to within 50 bucks of what you want about 4-5 hours before the auction ends.
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Here's my opinions when I see either a reserve, or high starting value:

reserve: I bid, it's still low, I bid some more, still low...I just leave.

high value: I think about it a while, and either bid or don't.

So it's a toss up. Do which ever Ebay will charge you less for.
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Old 05-20-06, 11:36 AM   #12
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Reverves keep people looking. Well worth the few bucks.
...And I don't recommend the shilling advice above.
You could end up paying the listing fees and still not have sold anything.

If no one met your reserve but a decent bid was placed, you have the "second chance" offer available if you decide you will take less.

And if it doesn't sell the first time, ebay offers you a deal for re-listing the item. If it sells, you don't have to pay for the listing twice.
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Old 05-20-06, 11:43 AM   #13
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Start low, then have a friend bid it up to within 50 bucks of what you want about 4-5 hours before the auction ends.
I hope you're being ironic, because shill bidding is not exactly legal.
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Old 05-20-06, 12:57 PM   #14
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I hope you're being ironic, because shill bidding is not exactly legal.
Yeah, shill bidding is pretty unethical if not illegal.
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I have had lots of experience with "big ticket" items on ebay. The same rules apply, for example, to craigs list, the samba online classifieds, etc.

I posted my 1958 sedan online on the samba (vw classifieds), fair price (500.00 for the shell and pan), lots of pics, fair and discriptive of the evaluation, etc. Car sold in 20 minutes, and I got over 60 calls in 2 days... yah - 60 calls for a project car!

Also... no sales outside USA without cash (or postal money order cashed) - I got scammed once out of a 1100 dollar laptop this way, no paypal out of the country - without paypal protect, etc.

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I have been pretty successful on ebay. I have a feedback rating of 218 with 100% positive. I have sold around 40 - 60 bikes on there as well as a honda goldwing and a bunch of miscellaneous stuff. I never use a reserve, I hate them. I won't even bid on an item with a reserve, not worth my time. I always put the minimum bid as the minimum I will accept. This way the first time I get a bid the item is as good as sold. Any future bids are just a bonus.

Also, protect yourself. This is what I always put as my last paragraph.

If you have any questions please ask them before bidding. For payment I prefer paypal but I will also accept a USPS money order. Fed Ex insured shipping will be $xx in the Continental US. I will ship to Alaska and Hawaii, however buyer will pay actual shipping costs. I will not ship outside of the US. Please do not bid if you do not intend to pay. I will ship within 2 business days of receiving payment. I will notify you with the FedEx tracking number once the item ships. With that said; Good luck and happy bidding!
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Yeah, shill bidding is pretty unethical if not illegal.

It is illegal, will result in jail time, and fines at the least.

Shill bidding is also taken seriously be Ebay....if you see someone with 12,000 feedback, sells many large items, but is still not a "power seller", than that person probably got busted for shilling in the past. That is often one of the things Ebay does to shill bidders.


Honestly I wish if they kept them on, they would add a "shill" tag to their auctions, so people would know.
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Honestly I wish if they kept them on, they would add a "shill" tag to their auctions, so people would know.
Of course not. Ebays most vaulable asset is the sellers, not the buyers. Ever wondered why you can't filter to see negatives? That's why.
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I would love for someone to tell me how he's gonna get caught for selling a one time thing and having a friend bid for it. Honestly, tell me how cause I'd love to know.
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I would love for someone to tell me how he's gonna get caught for selling a one time thing and having a friend bid for it. Honestly, tell me how cause I'd love to know.
You may not get caught but it would suck if your friend ended up being high bidder. You wouldn't sell the item but you would get the ebay fees.
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I would love for someone to tell me how he's gonna get caught for selling a one time thing and having a friend bid for it. Honestly, tell me how cause I'd love to know.
INteresting morality....so if you don't get caught it is ok. I see.

I've sold a lot of stuff on ebay but generally nothing real big. I too suggest lots of GOOD pictures. Also make the pictures look professional, and if you have background showing make it a good background. I see so many people photo big ticket items in a dirty room with an open mayonaise jar next to the item.
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You may not get caught but it would suck if your friend ended up being high bidder. You wouldn't sell the item but you would get the ebay fees.
Then he'll have to buy it...
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Of course not. Ebays most vaulable asset is the sellers, not the buyers. Ever wondered why you can't filter to see negatives? That's why.
I always wondered what happened to that feature, had a feeling it was that
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