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Getting Addicted to SellingComentários • Getting Addicted to Selling

  • 1pt
    Im addicted to buying good thing i have a steady job that fills my addiction
    11 meses atrás
    4pt
    This is how I got started using ebay back in 2005. The original idea was to downsize and distribute any income toward debt but the reality became debt reduction plus intro affordability into PVC 2012 where I have become broke and poor ever since, lol. I've taken in low 6 figures USD since 2005 selling off items acquired from collecting since 1969. At times it seems magical; other times, sad to say, it's become quite the nightmare.

    Where it starts to become somewhat irritating is dealing with taxation (sales tax, possibly internet sales tax in the near term). I had to get a state sales tax number last year, file quarterly reports with my state even though I'm presently exempt on a technicality from having to collect sales tax on ebay sales.

    Certain buyers are becoming irritating too. Local pickup is what it states, literally...local, not some locale that just happens to be 1500 miles away. I informed 1 guy playing this game that he had 2 weeks to appear in front of my residence to pick up or he was getting his money back unless he paid the $9.69 shipping which was listed using 3 different services: USPS, UPS, Fedx Ground to Washington state. He got such a good deal on the auction I figured he would opt for coming up with $9.69 which he did. I don't add shipping in my auction offer prices because I never know what any item will fetch or where it's going if it does sell. If I do well on an item I give the winner their shipping expense back (free shipping); if I break even or endure a loss the shipping charge remains as part of the sale. I called ebay about local P/U and their response left me with the impression that sellers are to bend over to placate any buyer regardless of situation. I have no qualms handing back full refunds and canceling the sale versus being used/hosed by either a calculating buyer or ebay HQ.

    Those few buyers who are not willing to wait beyond 5 days due to extenuating circumstances beyond my control (10" snow storm east coast followed by freezing rain last April on a VT destination) and will file "Item not Received" claim with Ebay. Usually items delayed will appear eventually 1-4 weeks later. With ebay I have found seller is responsible for everything imaginable until said sold item makes an appearance at the buyer's inner sanctum. 98% of the time this happens; it's the 2% mishaps that take their toll on a psyche. Ebay selling is not for the faint of heart.

    Ebay treats sellers a little better than Amazon but it is becoming a seller beware environment. If you are thinking of selling on ebay do be as honest as possible with item condition, item description. The credit card issuers usually side with the buyer if disputes arise so do be up front on / with your dealings. Also, do ship the paid items out as quickly as possible. The few sellers who squat on their obligations mailing do not get a 2nd chance from me if I'm the buyer since I'm familiar with both sides of the aisle.

    International selling used to be magical too but lately many buyers want me to pony up the additional $20-$40 shipping difference out of my pocket (Priority Mail Int'l offers tracking & insurance whereas 1st Class Package Int'l does not once an item leaves the mainland). Presently on a $30 sale of a $70 my cost originally item I'm throwing in an addditional $19 for the USPS upgrade so I can insure it (Yea, smart buyer; boohoo dumb seller who's been victimized in the past). Because of past losses I have sustained (customs delays that metamorphosize into "Item Not Received" claims = $100 out of my pocket loss on a previous ebay sale 2013 to Bulgaria) and shipping address label issues (2 hours to process a label instead of 2 minutes on above $30 sale) I'll have to eschew Russian Federation on future internet sales even though I'd rather not (PS: ebay Global Shipping Program no longer handles Russian Federation. I've never ever used this Program account it's of no use when you really need assistance...big joke).

    You guys / gals who reside in Russian Federation & Indonesia sure have long street names (nothing wrong w/ that; fact of life). It's irritating as hell to reduce everything down to 40 characters so the outdated USPS labeling system can be accommodated plus I worry any abbreviation I use will handicap the sale even arriving where it's supposed to once the package leaves here.

    Oh, well; c'est la vie. I'm still selling in spite of certain handicaps though monthly sales are declining account aging and deteriorating tolerance level for BS, real & imaginary.
    11 meses atrás
    0pt
    I go through purges every few months and although it's a ton of work to sell and I usually don't break even, I'm just happy to find new homes for things. I really don't like the thought of trashing things, especially anime stuff that's hard to find. At first, I was clearing out extra items, but then I slowly started to go through my collections and I kept adding more and more to sell. Lots of things I thought I'd never let go I was ok with selling.

    Eventually I hit the Truly Hard to Let Go Things. I took a long time figuring out if I really wanted to keep X item or if I was ok with selling, especially since I didn't really need to sell. People say it takes practice to let go of stuff easily, but it's still really hard for me to do!

    On the funny side, I put all my sale photos in folders and it's interesting to look back and see all the stuff I've sold. It's a nice walk down memory lane.
    11 meses atrás
    4pt
    I can't bring myself to sell some of my collection, even if they're old or I don't have space for them anymore. Perhaps I'm too attached and can't say goodbye to them.
    11 meses atrás
    0pt
    Kirenisa I am a collector!
    I wouldn't mind selling but my main issue is the driving due to a lack of car so I have to figure stuff out when I need to sell something (arranging a ride and what not)
    11 meses atrás
    0pt
    I can definitely relate to this. I've gone through my collection several times wondering what I'm okay with parting with. I recently went through all of the posters I had stored (I had all my posters stored in four large frames) and I took out 80 some posters I didn't want anymore. I've sold quite a few already and the best part for me is that a lot of those were ones I got cheap or free so a very high profit margin. I end up using nearly all 50 free listings on eBay each month (though some of those are relistings of stuff that didn't sell before) and I've gotten a decent amount back that's gone straight to my current preorders.

    Feels nice man.
    11 meses atrás
    0pt
    I like selling my figures because it gives me something do with this hobby during downtime. There's a plethora of new figures/series released that I want but due to space constraints I need to constantly sell off some of my older figures to make room and money for new ones so it's a never ending cycle.

    Plus there's a certain satisfaction in packing and sending off parcels and getting nice reviews back :)
    11 meses atrás
    0pt
    dollbyn (11 meses atrás) #22329386I won't lie, I do get a little lazy getting stuff packed and sent out sometimes. But I purposely only give myself the 2 days to ship out time on eBay to keep myself on my toes, haha.
    Not even that helps me sometimes and I've understandably gotten neutral feedback OTL
    11 meses atrás
    0pt
    riringo (11 meses atrás) #22329160Same here! Although I don't really make a profit since I'm more interested in the downsizing aspect of it and want to make sure the item goes, but it's definitely nice to make some money back as opposed to the figure just sitting around.
    Yeah, there's a few things I've sold undervalue just to get it out of my hair and to guarantee a sale. Better than sitting on it for a few months hoping for more!
    11 meses atrás
    0pt
    Yogiotaku (11 meses atrás) #22328828I had a figure collection of 240 figures. I'm down to 9 figures I decided to keep as shown in my profile collection. It was hard letting go of a lot of figures. Most of my figmas, nendoroids, and scales :( but I'm actually more happy I don't have a lot of stuff. My detolfs were cluttered, boxes upon boxes everywhere cause I didn't open my nendoroids or figmas, just opened my scales.
    I loved selling my figures, I made back $18,000. I was like wow when I saw my bank account. A handful of figures I made less than what I bought for, a lot I broke even, and a handful I made a profit. Now after selling my figures I'm looking for anything in my room to sell. Been selling off my comics, manga, older figures, etc. so far non figures I made $6000. Still got a ton of comics to sell.
    Now I'm very careful of what figures I purchased but I think I'm done with anime figures. There is just sinon from alter I'm waiting to be painted and FMA nendoroids because FMA is my favorite and I would love to have the figures on my shelf with the manga. :)
    Good for you for selling your figures and I'm glad we share the same feeling about it! I wish you well in your future figure endeavors!

    Wow! That's really impressive! It would be amazing if I could reach your level of reduction, but it seems like a pipe dream right now surrounded by all my dolls and figures. One day, maybe! My current order and wish lists are pretty low right now and I don't see myself pursuing too much after they get emptied out (unless a miracle occurs and a company produces something from A Silent Voice, haha), so hopefully once my shelves are cleaned off, they'll stay pretty sparse.

    Thank you for your words of encouragement! :)
    11 meses atrás
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