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Old 01-09-2013, 10:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I finally found the motivation to start selling some comics/collectibles i've been sitting on for awhile. I'm also planning on posting up some superiors and asm 700s when i get them. would it be hard for me to attract buyers since i have no selling history? i do have a 100% score as a buyer, but not sure if that will help much. i put up a couple BIN items to test the waters and i've had no luck selling any.
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Old 01-09-2013, 10:47 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Might be a struggle at first but everyone starts somewhere. Just have to get a few people to take a chance and leave positive feedback. Its important to please your customers at such a critical point.
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I finally found the motivation to start selling some comics/collectibles i've been sitting on for awhile. I'm also planning on posting up some superiors and asm 700s when i get them. would it be hard for me to attract buyers since i have no selling history? i do have a 100% score as a buyer, but not sure if that will help much. i put up a couple BIN items to test the waters and i've had no luck selling any.
Post a link to your auctions. Sometimes it's as easy as really good photos to show the condition of your item. Are you at least getting looks?
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Post a link to your auctions. Sometimes it's as easy as really good photos to show the condition of your item. Are you at least getting looks?
i haven't done any auctions yet, just BINS. out of the 3 items i'm selling i got 9looks and 1 watch at most. i know i definitely have to get my photography skills up.

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Old 01-09-2013, 11:49 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Its a Good Idea to research your item, to see the going price on ebay. You can do this by typing it in and click on the sold listings tab this will help you set a good price.
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With Ebay Buyer Protection, buyers take more chances with new sellers. Sellers' feedback doesn't have the same meaning as it used to with the buyer's protection plan.
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can anyone suggest the safest and most cost effective shipping option?
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:24 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Pack your comics very well. I always pay attention to that in a sellers feedback. If they don't, no way I'm risking buying from them.

You can ship the comics media mail unless it's going to Hawaii or Alaska. Then send Priority because it takes too long. I've had shipments get to a buyer in CA from me in VA in two days frequently.

Service doesn't necessarily matter as much as how you pack the books.
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:27 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Oh no postal rates are going up! Priority mail will be more expensive but delivery confirmation will be free.

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Old 01-12-2013, 07:47 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Finally got my first sale today. I ended sellin hardcore #1 sketch for $24.99. I missed the boat on selling these when they were hot. kinda feel like i undersold, but it feels good to actually sell something for once. Hope the shipping goes smoothly
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Old 01-12-2013, 07:59 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I would say be careful with grading stuff. No matter how many pictures I put up or how many times I stress I'm not a professional grader - even giving ball park grades with a 2 point leeway has given me my only ever bad comment. He still put it as positive but in the comments was like "the pages weren't white enough for the grade you gave it" - dude...I ball park guessed, said I wasn't a pro and provided open book pictures...what more can I do?

I just don't even bother estimating anymore.
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Finally got my first sale today. I ended sellin hardcore #1 sketch for $24.99. I missed the boat on selling these when they were hot. kinda feel like i undersold, but it feels good to actually sell something for once. Hope the shipping goes smoothly
Congrats on your first. Sometimes its better to sell for a loss than not sell at all.
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Old 01-12-2013, 10:02 PM   #14 (permalink)
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What's the best strategy for choosing the number of days for auctions?
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In my experience, comics do best ending on Saturday or Sunday evening when most people are home chilling, at least it seems comic lovers are.
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In my experience, comics do best ending on Saturday or Sunday evening when most people are home chilling, at least it seems comic lovers are.
Makes sense, how bout 3 day vs 6,10?
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Old 01-12-2013, 11:37 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I always end my auctions between 9 p.m. and midnight eastern time. Best time to end an auction is Sunday, but any day between 9-12 is good. Maybe not a Friday night.

I usually do a standard 7 day auction. If it is a hot item that is going to cool off fast like the spidey stuff a 5 day auction might work well.
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:53 AM   #18 (permalink)
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it's been day 2 after selling 1 of my items, and the buyer has yet to pay. how long do you guys usually wait before taking action, and what kind of action do you usually take?
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buyer finally paid. guess i panicked a lil to quick. kinda dissapointed that i only sold my midtown pony or only 10 bucks and change.
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:11 PM   #20 (permalink)
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This is not for everyone, but something I do when mailing out comics is put a quick 2 minute sketch on the shipping label. It both identifies the comic to the buyer and I hope puts a smile on their face. I have received a lot more feedback since I started doing it, so I'll continue.

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Old 02-04-2013, 01:15 PM   #21 (permalink)
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This is not for everyone, but something I do when mailing out comics is put a quick 2 minute sketch on the shipping label. It both identifies the comic to the buyer and I hope puts a smile on their face. I have received a lot more feedback since I started doing it, so I'll continue.

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That is pretty awesome! Great sketches, but just hope that the mailman isn't a comic collector and sees...hmmm...that is a Todd and they are selling pretty good

Nonetheless, great job!

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Old 02-04-2013, 01:24 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Ebay fees is a killer. 9% and paypal 2.9%+.30 geezzz
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:25 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Your lucky to break even if selling for a cover price.. I wish we have our own buy sell secrion here.
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:30 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Love the sketches. Wish I could draw. I know someone who writes on their package, "Do not bend, awesome inside!"
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