Cx flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6450 posts, RR: 56 Reply 2, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 5778 times:
When Geminis and Starjets came out, the quality of them was (and still is) far better then Herpas. Also it gave me the chance of buying a collection from model#1 onwards, where as I missed quite a few of the very original Herpas. I could not afford to collect all Herpas, Starjets and Geminis so I stopped. Now my SJ and GJ collections are getting large and I need the room, so out go the Herpas!
Matt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 50 Reply 3, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 5757 times:
Just a bit of constructive criticism here.
As a seasoned Ebay user myself, I can tell you right now that no one is likely to touch your auction.
You can either set a reserve with a low opening bid (lower bids will attract more bidders). Or you can have a no reserve high opening bid. (less likely to get bidders, but one bid, and the item is sold)
Having a reserve AND a high opening bid is going to turn away any potential buyers.
Of course, you can re-evaluate the price for which you will part with your Herpas.
Matt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 50 Reply 5, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 5714 times:
There are several reasons. First, since no one knows what the reserve is, they figure they'll have a shot at it. True, there are a lot of cheapskates out there that actually think they're going to get the item for $5.00. Second, a lot of people don't understand the proxy system. So they'll nickel and dime the bids up, slowly nibbling away your reserve. That also will increase the chances of a successful sale.
Second, you have zero feedback. You have no prior history. And you're out of the country. And on top of that, you have NO picture. So who knows if you're a legitimate seller, or if you're trying to pull a fast one-especially with that kind of price.
As for changing the price on an existing auction, I don't think you can. I think you'll have to cancel the auction early and re-list it. But since there are no bids, you may be able to make the change. I don't know. I've never tried it. I try and set the price right when I open the auction.
And lastly, why try and take the lazy way out and lump them all together in one auction? What do you think the chances are that someone is going to be in need of that exact same set? You may have some models that one collector wants, but the rest, he already has. So to him, it makes no sense to bid on your item. And other models, another collector may want.
You will have far better odds of success running several "smaller" auctions as opposed to one big one.
If you are looking to get-say $700, why not run seven auctions, for $100 each? Put the planes together by type, or airline, or whatever. True, not all of them may sell, and you may only end up with $350. And you still have some models to try again later with. Isn't that better than nothing?
And who knows, you just might get lucky on a couple of auctions. You may do a "right" set, and the "right" collectors may start a bidding war. Who knows, you could conceivably end up with a lot more $$$ than you otherwise would've with the one auction.
But take my advice. Split the models into multiple auctions. Use a reserve, or your minimum "selling price". Don't do both.
Cx flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6450 posts, RR: 56 Reply 6, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 5685 times:
Thanks for the advice Matt. I did consider a different way of selling them, but I only have a few 'gems' in the collection. If I sell them seperately, I have no hope in hell of selling the whole collection. If I sell them together, it may take some time, and the price may clowly get adjucted downwards, but at least I will get rid of them all.
Secondly, if someone is willing to pay for the whole lot, I assume they know quite a bit about herpas. If I took pictures, it would just be a photo of lots of boxes. Any collector should know what is what just from the description. I might remove the reserve price, or change the selling price.
Matt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 50 Reply 8, posted (11 years 6 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5647 times:
Well imagine that!
I did a follow up on this. The original auction was a dud. The seller ended it, and took my advice: he removed the reserve. And now, even with a much higher opening bid, voila! There has been a bid on it by a buyer with a good feedback history-provided of course that the seller isn't in cahoots with someone and that the bid isn't a shill, or "bait" bid.
Cx flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6450 posts, RR: 56 Reply 9, posted (11 years 6 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 5641 times:
Matt, Thanks for your advice. I said I would consider it, and I did use it. The original auction had only been up for 3 days, so who knows if it would have led onto greater things. This auction was also up for a couple of days before anyone bid, but at least someone has, so I guess I have sold my collection!!