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User currently offlinevirginblue4 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2008, 916 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2092 times:

Hello everyone,

In my spare time I often like to design word art posters on photoshop. I have had quite a few comments how some of my creations look really nice and that I should sell them on eBay.

I use eBay a lot, but only to buy, I have never sold anything. I've created a nice word art poster and ordered 10 copies to be printed. I'm going to sell them on eBay, not sure on the price yet though.

For all I know, they may not sell at all, or they may sell really quickly. I figured 10 was a nice number as if they don't sell, I've barely spent anything. As for the moment it's just a hobby to see if people like my creations, do I have to alert HMRC as I will be making a profit if they do sell? Or it is not worth it until I find out if it is successful or not?

Many thanks,

Jordan  


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User currently offlinecmf From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2088 times:

I think you should consider etsy instead.

User currently offlinevirginblue4 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2008, 916 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2082 times:

Quoting cmf (Reply 1):

Not that I'm saying eBay is better, but I've been advised against etsy. Not only is it not particularly popular in the UK (cheaper postage, although I am willing to ship internationally), I've heard it is much more difficult than eBay for newcomers to get their products noticed.



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User currently offlineeinsteinboricua From Puerto Rico, joined Apr 2010, 3379 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2037 times:

Depends on how much you'll sell them. Remember, once you start selling it's your own little store, except it's through the internet. You determine the price, you determine to whom you'll sell. If you're not making a living off it, I don't think you'll have a problem.


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User currently offlinecmf From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2032 times:

Quoting virginblue4 (Reply 2):
Not that I'm saying eBay is better, but I've been advised against etsy.

Sorry, didn't notice you're in UK. The knowledge I have is from US and here it is no question that you should use Etsy but for UK I have no idea.


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40076 posts, RR: 74
Reply 5, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1995 times:

Quoting virginblue4 (Thread starter):

My best advice is to give very detailed information about what you're selling and take several photos so prospective buyers know what they're buying.
My pet-peeve with some Ebay sellers is when their description is brief (1 or 2 sentences) and then they go on a long 3 paragraph list of their rules on shipping and all their sob stories of how they've been burned in the past over people not paying and misunderstanding shipping requirements.
Selling internationally also enhances your chances of attracting more buyers.



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User currently offlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6181 posts, RR: 31
Reply 6, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 1510 times:
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Quoting Superfly (Reply 5):
Selling internationally also enhances your chances of attracting more buyers.

male sure you mention that they are responsible for any duty charged by their country. I learned that the hard way, selling used car parts internationally.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 5):
My pet-peeve with some Ebay sellers is when their description is brief (1 or 2 sentences) and then they go on a long 3 paragraph list of their rules on shipping and all their sob stories of how they've been burned in the past over people not paying and misunderstanding shipping requirements.
Selling internationally also enhances your chances of attracting more buyers.

My pet peeve is is when a seller calls something rare, when there are several listed, form various sellers, at any given time. My other pet peeve is when people date things much older than they really are. I can't tell you how much 1970s breweriana listed as 1940s. 1940s, listed as 1910s, and 2000s listed as 1970s. It seems that people want to think they have items 30 years older than they really are and then jack up the price.



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User currently offlinezckls04 From United States of America, joined Dec 2011, 1526 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 1486 times:

Quoting cmf (Reply 4):
Sorry, didn't notice you're in UK. The knowledge I have is from US and here it is no question that you should use Etsy but for UK I have no idea.
Quoting virginblue4 (Reply 2):
Not that I'm saying eBay is better, but I've been advised against etsy. Not only is it not particularly popular in the UK (cheaper postage, although I am willing to ship internationally), I've heard it is much more difficult than eBay for newcomers to get their products noticed.

I would agree that Etsy is the better choice, even in the UK. Its user base is smaller but it's far easier to stand out. Also Etsy users tend to be willing to pay more, and advertising on Etsy costs less.

Having said that, why limit yourself? If you're selling stuff which can be easily duplicated (i.e. not one-of-a-kind) it's a very small overhead to advertise on both.

Quoting virginblue4 (Thread starter):
As for the moment it's just a hobby to see if people like my creations, do I have to alert HMRC as I will be making a profit if they do sell? Or it is not worth it until I find out if it is successful or not?

Wait and see how it goes. Nobody's going to come after you for selling ten posters. Once you're getting regular sales you can start thinking about the business side.



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User currently offlinetype-rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 1436 times:

I've been selling audio equipment on Ebay on and off again since 1999. Here are some of the tips I use that seem to work (in addition to the tips above)

Time your auction to end on a Sunday around 8-10pm your time. Seems to be more people on ebay then.

Actually weigh your item so you get an accurate shipping price. Do Not offer a super low sales price and then nick every one with a super high shipping price. Yes, you see people doing this but you won't see people doing this for long.

Have good quality photos of the item. All sides (can be done in two photos) Show in insides if possible. And clean the item up!
At least take the time to throw a tea towel at the item before photographing it. Dusty, grimy, dirty items don't fetch top dollars on Ebay. Also use a proper camera, not some cheap cell phone for photos. Also reduce the colors in the photos to 256 for fast loading of the photos. a 14MB photo loading can bore a buyer to death while loading and they'll just move on if they get tired of waiting.

If the item has any scratches, dents, etc. mention it or maybe even include a photograph of it in your listing.

If you know the history of the item (how many owners, where you obtained it, etc.) put it in the item description. People love that kind of stuff.

If it is an electronic item TEST IT! Do not put in "worked last time it was used 25 years ago".

Make sure you mention the brand name of the item. I can't tell you how many times I have seen a GE washing machine being listed as a Maytag, or a Electrobrand radio being listed as a Grundig. List the brand name and the proper model number.

These tips should get you going! Best luck!


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40076 posts, RR: 74
Reply 9, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 1407 times:

Quoting type-rated (Reply 8):

Agreed!
Let me know if you come across a broken Akai CR 80D SS. It's one of the most coveted quadraphonic 8track player/recorders.
I want one that is already broken so I can use for parts for an existing one and also I really want the head.
Those have a glass tape head surface which never wears down. I want to use that for the factory Motorola quadraphonic 8track player in my 1977 Lincoln Continental. The Akai head goes up to 16,000Hz frequency. The Motorola only goes up to about 10,000Hz.
I plan on re-wiring the car unit with new motor, belt, bulbs, springs, solenoid and any capacitors or resistors that need to be replaced. Then run that through two 100 watt amplifiers discreetly mounted in the trunk and four 3-way speaker cones that fit the size of the original speakers. (two 6" in front doors and two 5"x7"s in the trunk).
Then have a trunk mounted compact disc changer and AUX. port that will be hidden under the dash with an AUX./CD actuator switch. That signal will run via FM modulator.
The plan is to have the most advanced stock car 8track player while still being about to play modern contemporary digital formats while not being able to 'see' any of the audio enhancements.

Quoting type-rated (Reply 8):
TEST AND Irtysh-Avia (Kazakhstan)">IT! Do not put in "worked last time it was used 25 years ago".

Exactly!
I've sold a few quadraphonic 8track tapes on Ebay and earned huge bids by simply stating that. I showed up close photos of the new pressure pads, new pinch roller and new spliced sensing foil done with a proper splicing block. I also mentioned that I tested the tapes in both my home AND car 8track player. (car players tend to have weaker motors).
I typed out a good description that only 8track collectors would understand.
Next thing you know, I'm getting $260.00(USD) for a Dolly Parton 8track tape.
$120.00 for a Neil Diamond 8track tape
$90 for a Best of Mountain 8track tape.

My starting bids are $9 for quad 8tracks which is reasonable considering I'm using NOS sensing foil which is out of production and using quarter inch weather stripping as replacement pressure pads (these are the parts of 8tracks that fail over time).
I do 10 day listings and I like for my bids to end on a Thursday night 10:00 Eastern (7:00 Pacific).
Seems to have the most people online at that time. Also it's just before the weekend before they go out and spend their paycheck.
Direct deposits sometimes go in at that time or the following morning.

Buyers understand that I respect the hobby and not doing it for profit. I've made over 200 8track purchases and only sold about 11 or 12 and none of them are tapes I've bought on Ebay.
When buying 8tracks at yard sales, people usually sale me their entire collection which is usually about 15-20 tapes.
I keep the ones I want, others I give to friends that want them or sell the ones I don't want on Ebay.
The quadraphonic 8tracks all have some value to them so if I see one at a thrift shop or yard sale, I'll buy it regardless of who it is.
I don't like Aerosmith but I know they have a lot of fans. I had two quad 8tracks of theirs; 'Get Your Wings' and 'Toys In The Attic'. I paid .25 cents for each at a thrift shop and put them on Ebay. They sold for $150.00 a piece.
This thrift shop destroys items that sit on the shelf too long so I'm glad I saved them by selling on Ebay. It went to a diehard fan and quadraphonic 8track collector that really wanted the tape badly. The buyer lived in Newfoundland, Canada where there aren't that many quadraphonic 8tracks going in and out of thrift shops.

I am a Messiah for the 8track tape. If people like me don't care for the 8track, no one else. will.



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User currently offlineidealstandard From France, joined Apr 2009, 411 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week ago) and read 1362 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 9):
Let me know if you come across a broken Akai CR 80D SS. It's one of the most coveted quadraphonic 8track player/recorders.

Umm, that's a bit of a coincidence. We recently cleared out an old TV studio in Manchester and there were two of these. Sorry, long since sold on eBay. We still have a couple of ADAT 8 tracks though!


User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7719 posts, RR: 21
Reply 11, posted (1 year 5 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1345 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 9):
If people like me don't care for the 8track, no one else. will.

It is massively cool that you care so much about your hobby. Big respect.



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User currently offlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6181 posts, RR: 31
Reply 12, posted (1 year 5 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1332 times:
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Quoting type-rated (Reply 8):
Time your auction to end on a Sunday around 8-10pm your time. Seems to be more people on ebay then.

I do the same thing.

Quoting type-rated (Reply 8):
Do not put in "worked last time it was used 25 years ago".

I hate that. I "love" seeing that on cars; " ran when I parked it", that means is junk and doesn't run. My other favorite is "needs a minor repair" which means it needs more work than it is worth.



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40076 posts, RR: 74
Reply 13, posted (1 year 5 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1320 times:

Quoting idealstandard (Reply 10):
Umm, that's a bit of a coincidence. We recently cleared out an old TV studio in Manchester and there were two of these. Sorry, long since sold on eBay.

DAMN! ! ! ! ! !   
Although it would have cost a fortune to have shipped from Europe.

Quoting idealstandard (Reply 10):
We still have a couple of ADAT 8 tracks though!

Well they can record 4 individual tracks and are good to just have a copy.
The quad tapes I record that I sell I record on to 1/4 inch reel to reel tape.
My Teac A3340-S has 4-channel record.

Quoting RussianJet (Reply 11):
It is massively cool that you care so much about your hobby. Big respect.

Thanks.

Quoting falstaff (Reply 12):
I do the same thing.

Thursday evenings tend to work for me. Sunday night is still a weekend and some people may not have made it home or have taken off Monday.



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User currently offlinedesertjets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7811 posts, RR: 16
Reply 14, posted (1 year 5 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1305 times:

I collect retro video/computer games and for a lot of my stuff eBay is the primary source to find stuff.

For loose video game carts usually one good picture is enough. But for things like consoles and computers I want more images and ideally an image showing the thing running something. Blurry pictures taken in a dimly lit room with a crappy cell phone camera do not cut it.

Avoid use of the word rare unless the item is truly rare. I see this with wholesale lots of Atari 2600 carts all the time. Your set of Combat, Pac-Man and Pitfall! are not rare -- they made millions of those.

Other advice given is good, especially about taking 10 minutes to clean up the gunk and filth. Also don't use your shipping charges as means of padding your profit (I do know that eBay and PayPal fees suck). I've seen items come up that I would bid on and bid aggressively that I did not because of unreasonable shipping charges. At least in the US, both USPS first class/parcel post and Priority Mail are very inexpensive for small parcels.


But if you are doing graphic design work to sell Etsy may be the more appropriate place, Bigcartel.com is an alternative. My SO moved to bigcartel for her stuff after getting annoyed at Etsy.



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User currently offlinetype-rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (1 year 5 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1304 times:

Quoting falstaff (Reply 12):

Quoting type-rated (Reply 8):
Do not put in "worked last time it was used 25 years ago".

I hate that. I "love" seeing that on cars; " ran when I parked it", that means is junk and doesn't run. My other favorite is "needs a minor repair" which means it needs more work than it is worth.

Or even worse the seller states "It worked the last time I used it" without specification of when that was. Last weeK? Last year? Last century? Be as clear as you can in your descriptions.


User currently offlineMD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8508 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (1 year 5 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1257 times:

Quoting type-rated (Reply 8):
Also reduce the colors in the photos to 256 for fast loading of the photos. a 14MB photo loading can bore a buyer to death while loading and they'll just move on if they get tired of waiting.

I would not do that myself. I reduce the size to a max of 1400 pixels wide or 1200 pixels high instead. The compression algorithm eBay uses seem to up the noise of pictures but I think reducing them in size works fine.

Here's a 50mm Voigtlander Nokton lens I'm selling for my dad as an example of what I think good pictures are. Took those with a Nikon D5100 and 35 1.8G lens.


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