I'm getting ready to put a bunch of tools and such up on Ebay.
I know there's a passel of Ebay aficionados here on the Wreck and I am
soliciting their advice/advise.
What do I need to know?
Thanks for the advise/advice.
Thomas J. Watson-Cabinetmaker (ret)
Real Email is: tjwatson1ATcomcastDOTnet
1- they've got a short, but pretty informative "tutorial"--worth the time!!
2- have all the info, including pictures ready ahead of time!
3- Check with USPS in advance so you'll know the approximate cost of
shipping and insurance!
Seriously----check out their tutorials!!!
In golf, it's not the score that counts--it's the company!
Lots of pictures if possible. An accurate description and if you don't know
what it will cost to ship an item, state that the buyer will pay only actual
shipping costs. I no longer bid on an item unless the seller states shipping
amount in the ad or makes the above statement.
Be very honest with your descriptions, so your buyers won't give you any
negative feedback. People put a lot of weight behind sellers feedback
ratings when it comes time to decide whether to bid on your items or
not. Good luck, Mark
P.S. How about a shipping discount for wreckers???
Tom Watson wrote:
But, don't put extra brand names in the description just so your item
comes up when someone searches for another brand name.
If I'm searching for a Powermatic table saw, I want Powermatic items to
come up. Not Craftsman, not Jet, and not Delta.
Yeah, no kidding. I reported Bibb Tool a few days ago:
Message: Seller is keyword spamming, a practice specifically prohibited
by eBay. http://pages.ebay.com/help/policies/listing-keywords.html
Search for "Powermatic planer" in titles & descriptions turns up item
2595484134, which is a JET brand planer, not Powermatic. JET and
Powermatic have the same parent company, but they are NOT the same
brand. Powermatic is the parent company's high-end brand, whereas JET is
their low-end brand. Listing this tool as a "JET Powermatic" is akin to
listing a Chevy Corsica as a "Chevrolet Cadillac".
and got this response from eBay today:
Thank you for contacting eBay about item #2595484134.
I have reviewed the information you sent us regarding a possible
violation of our guidelines. At this point I do not have enough evidence
to show that the member has violated any current eBay listing policies.
Therefore, no action will be taken at this time on this issue.
Doug Miller (alphageek-at-milmac-dot-com)
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On Tue, 24 Feb 2004 00:08:31 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Doug Miller)
Yeah, it was me. I didn't even get a response. However, when I did a
"powermatic" search the other day, there were NO jet powermatic hits,
and Bibb had at least three tools on there. Of course, for some reason
he never puts jet on his powermatic tools...
Master Woodbutcher and seasoned termite
Shamelessly whoring my website since 1999
Do a 'search' for the items you intend to list. This will give you an idea
as to which categories they are in - as in should you list in more than one
Also, how are the items described - I've seen identical items actually
SELLING for both low & high prices, the only difference seeming to be the
Sometimes having a LOW 'starting' price - with a 'reserve' of 85 percent of
what YOU WANT is the way to go.
DON'T get 'antsy' when you don't see bids - sometimes nothing happens until
the LAST DAY or so.
DO follow the 'tricks' to paragraphing & fonts.
[You have my telephone number & e-address - - - give me a call or drop me a
note for particulars - - - I've sold a lot of my shooting & photography
stuff. Even an old steamer trunk that an 'antique dealer' said no one would
What you may already know is any numbnutz can sell and buy
on eBay. In other words, got credit card?
Now, as for presentation, this is where the vast majority of
"amateur" eBayers fall down. It's actually simple really.
If I may?
First, the eBay Kisses of Death (eKoD):
1) No or a bad picture. A bad picture is as bad as no
picture. Take a minute to clean up and crop a picture.
Lighten them as need be and please, please, please don't
have the item back lit as in, "let's put it over here in the
doorway where the sunlight will shine on it". Also, we
don't care about your cats, don't need to see them in the
picture and, well, don't like your cats. Also, remove all
the crap that's piled on top of the item before shooting it.
Bring home some cardboard, the stuff that comes on top of
the 4' X 8' units of particleboard at work and make a
makeshift background. Though we like to see your shop, it
makes for a cornfusing picture when it's all jumbled
2) No or bad description. An over described item will also
cut down on the number of questions e-mailed to you. Do
your research. As a for instance, you have a Yankee
screwdriver. Is it a pre-Stanley North Bros. or a post
North Bros. Stanley?
3) Pick up only. You've cut the number of likely bidders
to those capable of or willing enough to make the drive to
Second, key words, disclaimers and the fine print:
1) Use as many words as possible that may be on someone's
list of search key words. For instance, a Rockwell saw is a
Rockwell saw but teknikally it's also a Delta. Also, is it
a pre-Stanley North Bros. or a post North Bros. Stanley?
See how I was able to get in key words that may not have
been present had I not done the research.
2) Purposeful misspellings or altered spelling. There are
band saws and there are bandsaws. There is Delta and there
is Delat. Any of these will bring back hits.
3) State very clearly all the things that people don't take
the time to read like, "This item weighs a gazillion pounds
and ships via USPS from zip code XXXXX". It also doesn't
hurt to state that you don't do postal calcs prior to the
auction's end and that the prospective winners should visit
the USPS site for rates. You don't want to be chasing rates
down for people who will then decide they don't want to pay
$5 to get it from there to here and don't bother to bid.
4) Use the word B*tch*n to describe the item. Don't ask,
just do it. And, always end the auction with PEACE!!!
For some examples of well thought out and written auctions
that didn't take a long time to compose (some same text cut
and pasted from one auction to the next) visit this auction
Click on the link at the upper right to see other well
thought out and written auctions.
Good eye. One of the problems of per-writing the text and
not following through with a good proof read.
None the less, the seller is happy with what the item is
currently bid up to and thinks that it wouldn't be bid to
that without the thorough research done.
Ditto that. I've seen some items go for a song because I
intentionally search for items that have misspellings in the
description. E.g. a (like) new Unisaw went for like $400 because it
was listed as "tablesaw" rather than "table saw."
If you can hit a lick just right, you can get as much as the new
retail value of some items. People freak out the last hour of an
auction or so and your blurfl that has 2 bids on it will go to like,
50 bids the last hour. Go figure.
Good luck, Tom.
Not to disagree but my explanation of this is, a smart
bidder won't draw attention to something by ramping up the
bid. I mean, the auction ends at a pre-determined time.
There's no need to exert anything until it's necessary.
I also think that there might be a sub-culture who wait and
watch to see what's being bid on and attach a value to that.
In other words, "Hey! There are five guys here bidding on
this. Maybe I oughtta". Yeah, it's a stretch and a view
into the shallower end of the gene pool...
Me? I load a snipe, go to work, go to bed, go about my
business and let the chips fall where they may. Snipes do
show up as one of those "last minute bid-ups" but I'm not
there frantically hitting the Bid button
ten/five/four/three/two/one seconds before bidding ends.
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