When eBay offered 100 free listings to entice me back, I put 30 pieces of art up for auction and decided to test the eBay waters, so to speak, with 50 buy-now listings for button products. It is not the best venue for low-end items, what little profit there is consumed by fees, but I’m thinking eBay is good place to sell off those “leftover” buttons made for local venues.
I sorted out the trays of 1.25″ magnets yesterday, tossing out the worst and packaging the rest up as (mostly) sets of 8… decided to sell them as “used” since they were transported repeatedly and displayed at outdoor venues in open trays. Some look new, fresh off the button press, but too many have minor scuffs on the shiny mylar surface to call them new. I created a few sets the same so one listing could have a quantity of 2 or 3. I’m still debating if they should go up for 7 day auction, with opening bids of 99 cents, or if I should just post them as 30 day buy-now items.
I photographed each set with the camera on my cell phone before packaging, then emailed the photos to myself… it’s faster and easier than trying to upload via a cord to this computer.
Want a sneak peek before the listings go up?
One of the photos shows how they are packaged… thinking ahead for mailing since the USPS has rules for magnets. They must not be able to move a compass needle… so they’re packaged back to back on a strip of paper (to keep them lined up) inside 2″ wide cello bags, then they will be wrapped in bubble wrap and cardstock to further insulate the magnetization before tucking inside padded mailers.
I’ve always had better luck selling on eBay than anywhere else, even had a little eBay store years ago, and still occasionally sell off a few things… mostly some tools and odd junk. When you consider that I’ve sold over 3,000 items on eBay (a lot of repeat customers when I sold jewelry making supplies, so my feedback score is only 2,000 something) as compared to less than 50 on Etsy, it sounds like an easy decisions… eBay should be my main selling venue.
So, test the waters… will my buttons sell on eBay?
For the curious, here’s a link to my eBay profile page: http://www.ebay.com/usr/hoppyscotch
UPDATE 2/17/2018: Magnet Sets that did not sell are now in my Webstore shop, which is like a “field of dreams” store… stock the virtual shelves and maybe shoppers will come?
I like Webstore because it is a free to list and free to sell online marketplace (no fees) as it is supported by ads and donations. One perk is Webstore does not hold your “buy now” items hostage until the listing ends, so if someone wants to buy art or whatever via email or in person, we can do that… all I have to do is delete the listing, no big deal. On eBay, you’re not allowed to sell the item anywhere else as they want that 10% fee when it sells.
The downside to Webstore is lack of traffic… it is a LOT smaller than eBay and is not as well known. I post most everything at fixed price as I don’t think there is enough bidders there to sell much of anything for more than the opening bid, if they sell at all. They do have a Facebook page and try to promote it, but sellers need to promote their own stuff just as they would if they had their own stand alone website.
You can find my items there at https://www.webstore.com/~ybworks
Thanks for reading!