Selling Collectibles on eBay
The BIG pictures
Selling on eBay is a popular topic for discussion. You can find ebooks and courses on selling on ebay everything from eBooks, to cars and trucks, to collectibles. And yes, I confess, I have invested in some of these so called "wonder tools" to find out how to sell breyer collectibles on eBay.
However, what I learned may surprise you. When I opened the store More Than Equine, I was experimenting. I was looking for answers on how to bring in more money. Within a couple of months, I learned what I needed to know.
I was right.
The ebay gurus don't tell you this, but to make money on eBay you have to put in a lot of time, especially at first. You also have to put certain systems into place and learn key strategies.
Now if that is your desire, go for it. Yes, you can make money selling Breyer Model Horses on eBay, but you have to be willing to work hard for it as well. What you put in is what you get out.
I haven't scared you off yet? Ok .. keep reading
Taking Great Photos of your Breyer Horse Model
Packaging, Shipping Model Horses with the Care they Deserve
- Determine your "why". This will keep you focused.
- How much time you can devote to ebay? Draw up a schedule and stick to it.
- Read all the articles that you can find, read them again.
- Read eBay's documentation and test all of the free things that eBay offers to Sellers. Make sure to keep abreast of changes in the eBay marketplace.
- Read my articles (links below)
There are some major changes that will be taking place on eBay once again. In October of 2008; eBay will insist that all buyers use only PayPal for payment. Sellers will have to use PayPal or Merchant accounts to accept payments. No one will be allowed to use the option of money order or checks of any kind.
Michael S. Malone's article on a post-auction future for eBay
shows that eBay is slowly doing away with the auction format. In the furture you will only be able to "Buy It Now". Note Malone's comments on ebay's possible aspirations to be a bank and think about that in light of the fact that they own Paypal and that will soon be the only payment method of choice.
Sellers of collectibles on ebay are dismayed. One previous eBay Power Seller of Antiques and Collectibles has told me that he feels this will hurt everyone. Not everyone will want to set up a PayPal account. Collectors will start looking elsewhere.
If you are looking for a quick sale or two, go ahead and sell on eBay or one of the other auction sites. But if you are serious about a greater return on your time and cash investment, we might just suggest another approach. Why let eBay own the internet traffic to your wares? Why let eBay own the relationship you have with the buyer?
Instead of waiting for another auction site to open up to take over where eBay has left off, why not take charge of your own future and choices? It is very possible to do. Then you will own the traffic, and then you decide what the rules are and who gets to play.