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Ebay selling

So how does this all work.. and what are the fees for this.. is it even worth it?

I am considering selling some of E's clothes and shoes .. but I have only ever bought.. I do plan on reading and watching videos for doing it .. but as always I am sure some of you have IRL thoughts and suggestions.

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bump back to top!!

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i have no idea..i have only ever bought on there too...lol...i'm ascared

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I think Ruth and Julie have sold stuff before. Maybe Mel, too.

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I've never sold clothes or shoes on there but I think if your lots include namebrands that you can put it the listing title that helps. I also think that the more/better the pics - the more the items sell for.

I also tend to think that for kids clothing, "lots" of things sell better and will be way easier for you to ship.

Maybe somebody else can advise on starting price for auction, shipping, Buy It Now price or not, reserve...

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Just watch similar items or look up what similar items have sold for. Watching will show you what people started the auctions at, looking up what similar items went for will tell you what to expect. I've always started at .99, I think it's a mental thing. I've watched auctions for the same item, one started at .99, another at say $10. The item ended up going for well over $10, but no one bid on the item starting at $10. If its something you are pretty sure is popular, I recommend starting at .99....but then you can't be pissed if that's what it ends up going for lol! I think it's a waste of fees to start higher and have no o e bid, but that's just me. Get yourself a postal scale, you'll need to know what to charge for shipping if you calculate to a specific zip code. Or you can just look at what other people are charging for similar items and be in that range. Don't shoot yourself in the foot with shipping charges, going too high will make people not bid. You get feed on the total sale, shipping included. It is a double dip, you get feed from eBay and again from PayPal. It's called Feebay for a reason lol!

Clothing will sell if it's name brand, especially if it's a recent line. Lots are definitely better for the most part, but single items can sell.

You might want to check out consignment pages on FB. I've been buying and selling on there, no fees except PayPal....and if it's someone you've bought/sold before and there's trust, you can gift the PayPal money and there are no fees. Just an example, I got a new with tags Swanky Baby dress for $20 shipped. I looked on eBay, and I got a super steal, no way I would have gotten SB on eBay NWT for $20!!

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Thanks!
Maybe I will just go to the consignment store and trade in LOL
seems like a pain .. ebay

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I think it is a hassle until you sell your first thing...then you realize it's really easy and sounds more complicated than it really is lol!

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ebay is great for selling some things, especially specialty items, but you do have to be careful that you don't fee yourself to death... they charge fees to list, take approx 10% commission if it sells, now they've started adding fees to shipping, and like Julie said - they double-dip because they own paypal and they charge fees for that, too. BUT i've also made a lot more selling certain items on ebay than i would have anywhere else. For example, last year I sold some old, i mean vintage Wink Winnie the Pooh bookends for about $40, which is WAY more than I would have gotten any other way. Can you imagine spending that kind of money at a yard sale? And where else does one sell something like that, anyway?

The first thing I would suggest doing is looking the completed listings for whatever you're thinking of selling. That will give you the best idea about whether or not they're actually selling and what they're going for.

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Kelly, what about kijiji or craig's list? I buy a lot of the kids clothes off there, I like the option of just picking them up on the way home (and they usually ask me to keep their contact info for next season). That way I get to look the stuff over and negotiate if I want. Usually, its lots for around $100 of gymbo/ON/TCP that include most of a season's clothes.

Nicole