Thursday, 18 October 2012

To Sell or Not to Sell

That is the question. Forgive me for such a naff heading but I couldn't think of another one. I am, of course, talking about the world's biggest market place - Ebay.  Now I don't mind buying a few things on ebay - I prefer the 'buy it now' option rather than bidding against other people. I can't be doing with 'watching items' as invariably I always forget what I'm meant to be 'watching' and getting into a bidding war does nothing for me. I'm quite old fashionned in the sense if I see something I want to buy it and have it now please. I'm a basic ebayer type. I'm sure there's many an ebayer expert who have all manner of technical devices available to them to make sure they are not out bid at the last minute. I am not one of them.

I rarely sell on ebay as I always think time is money and faffing around with presenting items, taking photos, uploading them, writing descriptions, wrapping them, weighing them and queueing in the post office is a whole lot of time wasting and for what? A bit of shrapnel (South London talk for coins) or possibly £20 or £30.  In short too much effort for too little gain.  Having said all this, I have gone against all my natural instinct not to sell on ebay and have sold some stuff namely baby clothes.  Now when you look at baby clothes on ebay (normally they're in bundles) they aren't worth a wank. Another choice phrase - I always ponder when someone uses that term what would be worth a wank? Could that be a phrase in its own right i.e "I had a great day out shopping today and bought lots of stuff it really was worth a wank! Back to selling clothes.


1970's set of weighing scales - picture...ebay!

So I have had bags of baby boy clothes, babygrows etc in the loft for ages - about 6 massive bags. They have served me well for both boys and still look very good. All from Next, Mothercare and Marks I have you know. I have on many occasions thought I should sell them - I do give stuff away to friends and to clothes banks but no one I know is having anymore children. 

I had 9 bundles and guessed the postage (in my mind I still have the wishful thinking that a first class stamp is 30p its not my friends its 60p) on all of them based on what others had their postage up for. Big mistake. Huge. Rule number one NEVER EVER GUESS YOUR POSTAGE!  Get the scales and weigh them.

My catalogue of mistakes just escalated from there. I never stood a chance on the ebay selling front. I listed them on a Sunday to finish on a Friday just around tea time. Yes that's right the time when mum's are cooking the dinner and not watching items finishing on ebay. My friend said "oh no, don't do that you list them on a Sunday (or on a free listing day - doh!) to finish at the weekend as people shop more then." Bloody amateur. Amateur I tell you. 

I think my most successful item was my daughter's jacket that went for £10.00 and a growbag for £6 everything else went for nominal amounts. I was out of pocket on the postage overall too. On one bundle of clothes, the woman paid 99p for the lot but I got the postage so wrong, that I paid her to take them. Just to confirm my status as the crapiest seller on ebay, one buyer turned up on my door on Saturday morning clutching her £1 coin for a bundle of lovely Next bits and pieces. I even had the penny change ready for her. She waved her hand letting me off the penny, took the bundle and skipped merrily down the road with her bounty. Now I don't really mind that. At least someone is getting some use out of the festering baby clothes in the loft but paying people to take them is never going to make me a small fortune. Rest easy Richard Branson. Rest easy. I made about £25.00 in the end but should have made £35.

You would think that after this sorry tale I would now be well and truly put off this selling malarkey but strangely I have a taste for it. I am now trying my luck again making sure to put all my wrongs right this time. Let's hope my faffing with this selling pays off otherwise the answer to my question will be a big, massive, huge......

NOT TO SELL!

10 comments:

  1. That made me laugh so much! The first time I sold stuff on eBay I did exactly the same with the postage and it really p'ed me off! I am a bit of an expert now as I have two or three clear outs a year and put stuff on there. It is seriously addictive though, beware!

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    1. I'm glad someone else has had the same sorry experience!! I might have to nab some tips off of you. I am finding myself going around the house thinking "mmm what can I sell!" x

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  2. You made 25 instead of 35 - sounds pretty good to me. I mean you don't have to pay rent, salaries, tax or anything out of that.

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  3. Oh, yeah, been there with completely misjudging the postage. That's not a mistake I plan to make again!

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    1. It does kindof wipe out any profit you would have made!! When did the post get so expensive?! I'm still stuck in the 90's on this one! x

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  4. We have been thinking of sellling on our version of ebay which is called Trade Me - thanks for some of the pointers of what not to do! Have a great week!

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    1. Yes make sure you do and I'm sure there's lots more selling tips out there on the internet! x

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  5. At least you no longer have your eBay Selling Virginity! snort.

    I used to sell loads on eBay it became a bit of an obsession but nowadays I can't be bothered - like you say it's so much hassle. My best eBay selling story is picking up a NEW retro computer game for £5 at the charity shop (I had that inkling that there was something spesh about it) and I sold it on eBay for .. wait for it... £120.. best profit ever :)

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    1. Oh mythat's amazing! Well done you - yes think this will be my last batch of selling! x

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