What are your selling on ebay tips?

2 days 16 hours ago #685841 by Fitch
I'm dusting off my old ebay account to sell some old gear.  It's been something like 8 years at least.  Actually come to think of it, it might be even upwards of 11 years since I have used it.  I've cleaned out my gear closet and put together a pile of stuff I'm not using.  I'm going to sell on ebay.  Any tips you can share so I can tread on the safe side of doing business there?


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2 days 12 hours ago #685864 by Rawley Photos
Don't sell to someone with new reviews.  There are conartist on there.  


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1 day 23 hours ago #685902 by Jon East
Tip for using ebay?  Sit down and get reading to get all sorts of expenses for listing and selling.  Watch out for buyers with no history.  Take plenty of photos and give a detailed description.  


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1 day 20 hours ago #685915 by garyrhook
All of the above.

The only major issue I've had over 15+ years is that someone with 0 history won an auction, then didn't want to pay right away. Then they ghosted me. Very annoying, as I had to go through the eBay process to cancel the transaction, which wasted a couple of weeks. I believe there's a way to cancel bids from people with 0 feedback, but I've not had to deal with that since.

The only other odd thing was someone wanting to make an offer but not pay for a week. I declined, suggested they watch the auction, which would likely get relisted. It did, but then someone bought (the lens?) for more than the one offer, so that worked out well.

I've allowed offers, but they tend to be lowball. It took two listings to sell a Nikon 85mm f/1.4D, and the lowball offer I received up front (and declined) ultimately ended up being the single (winning) bid on the second go-round.

All that to say: don't accept offers unless you're really desperate. Bids are better, as is Buy It Now.

Take good photos, be very clear on the condition (be realistic... I hate when people list something as "mint" when it clearly has had heavy cosmetic wear), and tell why you're selling. If it's a lens, include photos taken with the lens. I think the more personable one is, the more good will one can engender from potential buyers. And that can translate into higher bids. It's all selling, right?

Offer free shipping. People are stupid, but camera equipment is heavy. Or charge $8 and use USPS Priority Mail fixed size packaging.

Oh: fees. 10% value fee on photo equipment. And final selling fee (less). They take care of sales tax for you.


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1 day 18 hours ago #685918 by Stanly
+1 The problem with eBay is the fees and there are some shady people on there.

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1 day 16 hours ago #685921 by icepics
I think the latest terms seem to allow for other ebay sellers to use your photos. Although it could have changed. Check the terms.

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1 day 5 hours ago #685951 by Colorado Mike
Sorry, but eBay sucks


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