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February 3rd, 2007, 12:50 PM
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Does any one got advice.....I have lots of name brand clothing, and cant seem to get one buyer....can get 5 + people watching the items though!

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February 3rd, 2007, 01:30 PM
~Jess~'s Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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Sounds like you're either starting the bidding too high or not posting enough pictures. Pictures sell clothes. It doesn't matter how well you describe them, ppl want to see pix. If you have a photobucket acct, then you can just use html and post as many pictures into the description as you'd like, absolutely free.

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February 5th, 2007, 06:43 AM
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Sounds like you're either starting the bidding too high or not posting enough pictures. Pictures sell clothes. It doesn't matter how well you describe them, ppl want to see pix. If you have a photobucket acct, then you can just use html and post as many pictures into the description as you'd like, absolutely free.[/b]
Where would I get one of those at? I finally sold my first item...only took 8 posts up there LOL-I've sold more via google doing ISO!

Where I live there is not much work. I am taking a class at the high school to get my ged. Am planning on going to collage this fall and need to do something at home to take care of my son. At first my small family of 3 moved back in with my parents and due to the rules, daddy sucked his thumb back to Tulas, OK!
(he was death or something...couldn't get him to see a medical professional...but man that tv was loud and they (mom/dad) finally told him no tv monday-friday 8 am till 5 pm)

I can do this selling at home via ebay so please help me!

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February 5th, 2007, 09:14 AM
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I used to sell alot on eBay and I am thinking of starting back up. I do still buy a lot. From a buyers point of view I always always always look at shipping price. I refuse to be overcharged. When I was selling I because very good at knowing weights and setting s/h prices. I think that it is okay to charge a small handling fee but don't go crazy. I agree about the pictures, more is better. And I always pay the extra 35 cents for a gallery picture. If you would like you could post your ebay user name and I can take a look at your listings.
Whitney... mommy to three crazy boys.

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February 5th, 2007, 09:35 AM
berrygirll's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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I have been selling on ebay for awhile now (actually getting ready to list more of dd's Gymboree clothes :-) and do pretty well. Of course it's only Gymboree & occasionally Baby Gap clothes and these get the best market value, imo. I just sold 2 small lots of her (used) Gymbo clothing and got $115.
I have found these things help:
1. A good title. List the name brand in capitol letters and if it's new with tags (NWT) or excellent used condition (EUC) along with the size. Always be honest about any flaws.

2. Pictures. Take a shot of the whole thing (outfit or lot) for your gallery picture (this helps too by the way) and then close-ups of any detail on the clothing such as an embroidered flower or pretty trim.

3. *IF you can* This cost money but I subscribe to Seller Sourcebook ( I pay $60 for a year but you can also just pay for a month to try it out or 3 months, whatever). It has beautiful matching auction templates with hundreds of themes and everything is pre-loaded with designs, fonts, etc. You just type in the info., add your pics (many as you want) and get the html code. Copy & Paste it into your ebay description and you're done! And you only pay for the gallery pic (.35)
Like I said, it does cost but if you want to sell part or full time I think it's worth it. If you only sell a few times a year, then it's not. JMO I've found that you get much better results with professional looking auctions than not and you don't have to pay ebay's fees for listing designer & extra pics.

4. If you're selling more than one item, include a link to your other auctions such as "See my other auctions!"

5. Make starting price low. I start all my auctions at .99 unless it's an electronic piece (ex.-camera) or something. If your item/s are worth money, you will get it. Things have a way of finding their own value.
I'm too scared to buy clothing then try to sell it for profit, lol. I thought about it but then decided to buy Layla good clothing, let her wear it, then sell when she's outgrown them. I get most of my money back and don't have to worry about making a profit. At that point (usually a year later) it's all profit for me, lol!
She's our last child so I only keep special things & sell the rest (to buy more!) :-)
**Also--sell according to season. Now is not a ogod time to list winter things. People want to buy spring/summer clothes now. I am selling dd's clothing from last summer. In August I will list her fall/winter clothing. A good rule is that whatever the stores are selling, that's what you should be selling.**

6. Postal scale. I have a scale not only for ebay items but also my hairbows I sell. You can weigh your item/s ahead of time when they're packed for total weight. Then either let the bidder figure out how much say...3lbs. is to his zip or you can give an approximate amount. I also have self-sticking labels to print out and mailing bags. I stick everything in my mailbox or beside it if it's in a box, etc. and the mail carrier picks it up. I never need to go to the post office.
You don't get jipped on shipping & neither does the buyer.

That's all I can think of right now. Here is a link to one of my ended auctions (started at .99 and ended at $68 for a lot of 12 pieces of clothing (used by my dd), you can look and see if there's anything you can use or ideas for your future auctions:

Good luck!
And wasn't sure if you said you had Photobucket or not. Just go to Photobucket.com for a free account.
*you don't need it with Seller Sourcebook* but it's still a good place to store your pics.
- Sherry
Medical Assistant and freelance photographer
mom to:
Jake (17)
Sam (13)
Layla (9)
stepmom to:
Kayleigh (20)
Emilee (19)
Madison (8)

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June 19th, 2009, 01:56 AM
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As mentioned above try starting your auctions off at 99 cents that way you get people bidding.
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March 3rd, 2010, 04:16 PM
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I hate eBay's fees... I always have better luck on Kijijji or Craigslist.
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