All the rolling bases were picked up this weekend. I agree they were
probably worth a lot more, based on the number of inquiries.
I've taken your advice and put up a small sampling of stuff on Ebay.
Some of the items have gotten hundreds of views, but so far no bids.
Hopefully I didn't set the prices too high.
If this works, I owe you one - I've got a whole storage unit full of
duplicates of these things, plus a bunch more related stuff, that I
need to get rid of. I can't seem to resist buying stuff at these
"plant closing" auctions, just to sort through the lots and see what I
might want to keep :)
I still don't have my own Ebay account but I had a good friend list
this stuff for me last week when Ebay had a 20-cent sale on listings.
That's why the composite pictures, I was trying to get by on the cheap
and not pay for "extras" until I got an idea of whether Ebay was a
good way to unload this stuff.
I've gotten an education on this. The guys (from this newsgroup, I
think) that commited to the stuff on Craigslist did so in good faith,
so I wouldn't dream of backing out on their deals. But I will, as
suggested, try an Ebay listing for the other two bases that have the
Y tables attached. I've never sold anything on Ebay myself, just
listed some machine parts and miscellaneous stuff through a friend's
account. I guess I'll have to get a Paypal account and a throwaway
checking account to link it with.
These suggestions are a little late, since your items are already
listed on Ebay, but maybe someone else will find them useful.
My experience selling on Ebay (some from selling old equipment for a
consulting company I worked for, some from selling my own stuff as
1. Do an "advanced search" for similar items, looking for "completed
listings" to get a ballpark price. If the items *always* sell within
10% of that price, you can start the bidding at $0.99 to encourage
more bidders (I always listed the company's used laptop computers at
$0.99). If the prices are all over the place, then set the starting
price (or a reserve price) at a level you're comfortable with.
2. If an item is worth listing, it's worth at least two good pictures
($0.15 for each pic after the first one). If there is a display,
controls, etc, include a picture of each.
3. If an item will sell for more than $20 or $30, include pictures of
any defects (scratches, cracks, missing knobs, etc).
4. If an item may have application in more than one field, include
both in the title or pay for the subtitle to have room to include the
proper wording. If the item will sell for $50 or more, pay to have it
listed in both categories.
It worked for me - some old ham and photography gear went out, some
new woodworking tools came in.
Sounds like good advice, John. I just didn't have much time in this
case because the 20-cent listing special came up so quickly (about 8
hours notice for me before it expired). I really wanted to try this
out, so I had to gather up a few things and submit them to her for
listing "right now".
The reason I didn't start the bidding at 99 cents is that I couldn't
find much identical material in the linear motion category. It seems
they only let you see back about a month. The special didn't cover
reserve prices, but there was no additional charge to up the starting
bid, so that's what I did to make sure I didn't have to give away my
stuff. She normally starts most of her auctions on the cheap side
because the fees increase with starting price, but that doesn't apply
to the 20-cent specials.
If nothing sells, I'm only out a dollar :)
If everything sells, I'm going to go crazy over the next few months.
Maybe downsize from a 10x15 plus a 10x20 storage unit to just one or
the other :)
I am no expert on selling things on Ebay. But I have worked for a couple
guys who have been fairly successful at it. Ane they conducted it like a
business. They took the long view. They developed reputations and stores
(webpages) so people could contact them independently of the Ebay ad.
If you really have a nose for certain types of products and can get them for
a good price, you could do well. But you need to look at in terms of a
business if you want to do this long term.
I don't know that I have a "nose" for this stuff. My goal at present
is mainly to downsize enough to regain some elbow room without feeling
like I'm throwing good stuff away. I'll admit that I have a lot of
fun buying lots and then going thru them for the gems, but I don't see
myself trying to make a living at it. Having a lot of stuff pass
through your hands is really tempting for a packrat such as myself to
hoard nice things I don't really need.
This experiment went pretty well. We sold two of the $150 Thomson
linear tables, one to the winning bidder and another via a "second
chance" offer to the other bidder. None of the THK linear bearings
got any bids, but I think we'll wind up selling four of them to
someone who emailed with questions too late to bid.
I'll probably put up a bunch of the other stuff soon, have some large
linear tables with gear-motor-powered lead screws. The long tables
seemed to sell better than the THK bearings.
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