Originally Posted by astrocyte
I have some clothing I'm looking to get rid of. I've sold things at second-hand shops before, but I've realized I could do much better if I put a little effort in and sold on eBay. Having never sold anything on eBay before, I'm a total noob and have a ton of questions, but I'll try to limit it to three (I've read a bunch of this thread and it is highly informative but I think a lot of it is a bit advanced for me as I'm not wondering how to best package a vintage Canali
suit for shipment to Burkina Faso).
1. Since I'm a first-time seller, I obviously have no feedback as a seller. I assume people would be skeptical of buying from me. Is there anything I can do to improve my credibility off the bat? I do have half a dozen feedbacks as a buyer, showing that I've always paid promptly--not sure if this does anything toward showing I'm not a total scumbag. Should I expect to sell my first few items for lower prices than the than the typical going rate since I might be viewed as a risk?
2. Traditional auction v.s. buy it now? Are there any general guidelines to help in making this decision?
3. Aside from this thread, can anyone recommend a good primer that I should read to help answer some more of my noob questions?
Thank you in advance.
I'll echo what most said on here, but thought I'd add a couple of things.
If you're listing nice/popular things with accurate descriptions and good, clear photos, your feedback probably won't factor into many people's decision. Ebay has enough buyer protection these days that unless something is being sent directly from China from a seller with 0 feedback, a lot of buyer confidence exists.
Your format will depend on what you'll list. Niche items/brands/sizes are better off with a buy-it-now format or having an opening price of what you are fine with receiving (assuming there will only be one bid). If you want quick sales, auction format is likely the way to go. If you want a guaranteed minimum, go with a buy it now or at least open with a minimum price ($50 rather than $0.99, for example).
It can be a good amount of work to do a lot of listings well, so everyone here would be able to offer you several recommendations for consigners (several within the thread) that are trustworthy and work to get you the best price. Of course it will cost you in commission fees (a percentage), but it takes the work out of it from your end and you'll often see speedy results.