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Benefits/Drawbacks of Ebay August 17, 2004 8:21 AM

I've had a lot of fun buying and selling stuff on ebay but I haven't started to sell things I make yet and wondered if anyone has any advice out there for selling their jewelry? I would also love to hear your ebay stories and if you have any sellers you would recommend. I have had luck with: - beadaholic has been a great source of beads for me, they are very professional - calrampgirl has neat and interesting stuff and sent it pretty fast When it comes to selling on ebay, jewelry is a great idea since you really don't have to charge very much for shipping. I tried selling clothes on ebay and got nailed when it came to shipping all the time. Plus making your own jewelry is so much fun. Let us know if you love or hate ebay and why!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 August 17, 2004 5:08 PM

Hi :) I've sold a bit over there, with varying degrees of success. Usually a very unusual item (like green garnet or kunzite) will sell well, and also the very mundane (I sold a big lot of seed beads). As far as my own jewelry tho, it's trial and error. Sometimes you'll have no bids, then get an email after the auction ends from a member offering you a ridiculously low sum for your art, and sometimes ppl will use "buy it now". So I usually list an item more than once. I'm a fan of "rainbowquartz" a pkg was lost by ups, and she went above and beyond to make sure I got my insurance refund by the post office. "casluve" has a good selection of bali silver too. Jill  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Thanks Jill! August 22, 2004 9:23 AM

It's true, it seems that selling jewelry is pretty hit and miss, perhaps because there is so much competition out there. Making something very unique is the key. Do you think using "buy it now" is worth the extra cost? I checked out the sellers you recommended and they both look great. It helps getting someone else's feedback in deciding who to trust, "casluve"'s stuff is really gorgeous, I hadn't come across them before. Thanks for bringing them to my attention. Anyone else out there buy and/or sell on ebay? Do you love it, HATE it, could live without it?  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Hi March 02, 2006 4:26 PM

I wanted to *bump* this I am going to try to sell my jewelry on Ebay ...I also thought some of the bead sources may be of use to many of us.. I am a Newbie here ...but I know a couple of you from my other groups.. Joe thanks for the LINK *thanks* Pam  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 March 03, 2006 2:14 PM

Do you already sell much on ebay or buy Pam? You need some feedback to give people confidence to bid what your stuff is worth - so it is worthwhile to lead with a little junk from the closet to get some recent feedback from other buyers. That's all I really use ebay for (selling anyway - I'm a crazy buyer) - cleaning out my closet. I can't imagine selling my crafts there unless I could generate some buzz somewhere else - there is too much competing craft from real professionals and highly skilled artisans in low wage countries for me to have any hope of getting enough money for it to make sense. But if your crafts are clogging your closet...  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 March 26, 2006 7:55 PM

Hi guys, I've bean selling a few things on Ebay. It's hard, I have to figure if it's worth the extra charges on showing in more than 1 category and how many pitures. Whether to make insurance manditory . I did have to spend more than I wanted to for shipping to Canada. The tarif paper. It charges more. I like to come up with different ideas and see what people like the best. My pictures suck and that is a lot of what catches the peoples attention. YOu have to have good clear pictures. I'm still working on that.I was talking about catagories. If you put into 2 catagories they charge you double for everything. And you have to click gallery to get the picture on the listing for the viewers. I mean on the page where they hunt for stuff.So they say to start your bid low so people can have a chance . But what about your supplies you used. I know my work is not perfect so I 'm really using this as a tool to get experience. You have to weigh the cost of how much you will gain plus how much you to spend to list it. Then they charge a small fee when you sell it.This all adds up. I have been putting my things for 10 days ,which cost $.40 more than 7 on down. I'm experimenting till I get the right routine. But most of the people are really looking for a good bargain. There are a few who will pay the money that is fair. I've had a few people bidding on one item and I came out ahead that way . So you really need something that is eye cathcing and different. So look over the jewelry to see what sells and what doesn't. It's hard to put a starting price on it. That's a price that you will not go below. Sometimes it scares them away if it's too high. But then you get someone that will bid $.99 then fight for the piece because they really want it.I have not made a lot of money by no means. I have to relist a bunch of stuff, but I'm going to take all new pictures first. They one main key. Right now I'm in the practice stage. So it's a hobbie not a business yet. So I can loose a little I guess. But when someone bids on your stuff you get a great feeling. Thanks Lou C.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
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