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Blog entry by Dan'um Style posted 07-08-2007 11:39 PM 2263 reads 13 times favorited 75 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello
Thought if there is interest I’d start a blog about selling projects on eBay.

Regards
DAN

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain



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Paul

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#1 posted 07-08-2007 11:48 PM

So, do you believe you get a fair price on e-bay?

What kind of items sell best?

-- Paul, Texas

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#2 posted 07-08-2007 11:59 PM

I have had and still have some of my product on Ebay and found that most of the time the people are looking for a bargain on eBay. I have it listed for what my product sells retail in the locations I supply and sell some things every now and again. What ideas and advice do you have Dan?

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#3 posted 07-09-2007 12:11 AM

Go for it..

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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#4 posted 07-09-2007 12:26 AM

I have experience in selling both retail and on eBay. Currently ,What I try for is something better then the 50-50 or 60-40 split that I might get if I sold my items in a gallery. In Memphis I had small booth for a few months in “Southern Creations” crafts store. I made out ok, enough to cover the booth fees etc, but nothing to talk about. My first experience selling on eBay was selling hardwood … small boards, ends etc. Made out very well. When my booth became more work then it was worth , I took photos and listed the items on eBay. Sold them all the first try and even better prices then I would have gotten in the store. At that time, I made small clocks, tables, collector cabinets, cutting boards, wooden spoons etc. All in the mission /arts and crafts style.

DAN

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#5 posted 07-09-2007 12:59 AM

So you are not trying to get full retail for your items on eBay then? Most retail outlets mark up your goods 100% or double what you would sell it to them for.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#6 posted 07-09-2007 01:26 AM

Hello Max
Why sell for wholesale only to retail outlets? Wholesale is what I aim for or set my reserve price at. Really it depends what you willing to part with it for or have bills to pay etc. Ebay prices fluctuate / sway quite abit. If a item sells for $100 one week and the next $250, I’m usuall a little disappointed with the $100 sale, but then thrilled with the $250. The average is what I aim for.
I do batch my work so as to not pile up a lot of labor into one project. I just listed an item on ebay …. link .... I batched about 8 projects together on this run of items.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#7 posted 07-09-2007 01:37 AM

Very informative ebay listing (the one in the link) Dan. I can see why you do well selling on ebay. This would seem to be a good way to get your work some exposure. Do you do any advertising in any arts and crafts related publications?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#8 posted 07-09-2007 01:51 AM

Hi Dan,

So is your buy it now price what it would retail for? If so I take it then the wholesale price would be half of your buy it now price correct?? This is a good discussion….

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#9 posted 07-09-2007 01:53 AM

Hello Wayne
Since trying ebay, I’ve never advertised or sold anywhere else other then comission work from ebay buyers via email etc. For me this is hobby. Maybe 20 hours a week. Can’t get too serious or my real job would suffer.
Will be listing a few more items in the next few days …. etc etc.
Regards
DAN

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#10 posted 07-09-2007 01:57 AM

Matt
I start out with a retail price as buy it now. I set the reserve a little bit past half way. As bidding and ebay watchers build up, depending on activity, I will lower the reserve. When I lower the rerserve a few bucks, Ebay, notifies the watchers and buyers via email. This sometimes helps with the bidding activity.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#11 posted 07-09-2007 02:31 AM

things that if I had the time I’d make and sell on eBay …
tiger maple medicine cabinets, small mission clocks, tile frames, collector cabinets, small curly maple boxes, pet beds, mission lamps with mica shades, tile easels, mission book racks, mission candle holders, pet caskets, pet cages, more to come …....................... link .... to ebay auction

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#12 posted 07-09-2007 04:51 AM

I can see this working. I’ve spent, what I’d consider, a fair amount on art prints. One-offs, and reprodutiond – things I know I can’t get locally. There are also painters making a respectable amount auctioning off mini one of a kind original paintings. If we can reach the collector or savvy shopper vs the bargain hunter, there is a great potential to reach an audience we’d otherwise never see at the local town or church craft fair (where people really are looking for a bargain)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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#13 posted 07-09-2007 05:15 AM

What I see is a wonderful product. Good luck to you!

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#14 posted 07-09-2007 05:34 AM

Dan this is a very interesting thread.

I have commented on your previous projects, finding them a real artistic delight. It surprises me that ebay works for you given the high-end nature of your work.

I’d like you to go back to the beginning, if you have the time and are so inclined, and outline the whole approach in a step-by-step way. You use a lot of pictures, most very similar, and go to considerable length to “hype’ your work. To quote your advertisement, “No amount of bragging or hype can make a product a “thing of beauty” or an art work.”

So what’s the thinking behind the approach? What have you discovered that makes your approach work?

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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#15 posted 07-09-2007 05:38 AM

Great info Dan. You’ve got a good thing going there. That looks like a fairly expensive (for ebay) listing. Do you have many items not reach your minimum?

I’d definitely be interested in hearing more.

You must have a nice stash of tiles around.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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