Post # 1
I have posted a coat on Ebay. This is the third time I’ve posted it, and the first two times I got ZERO BIDS. This time I put the price ridiculously low ($35 on a coat that was originally like $220) and it’s gotten eight bids! The grand total so far: $37.
GRRRRRR!!! I knew I wouldn’t make anywhere near the $220 back on it. That’s why I set the buy it now at $75. But really? $37 for a nice coat that’s never been worn?! I apparently epic fail at Ebay. 🙁
I’d just consign it, but I know Platos would probably offer me about $5 for it, like they do for everything else I have that’s nice, new, and was originally moderately expensive.
Anyone else have epic Ebay fails? Does anyone even use Ebay anymore??
Post # 3
@EffieTrinket: Kinda.I bought a shirt for $40 bucks once and it only sold for like $21 dollars on e-bay. I set the auction price pretty low to try and reel people in but it only went up like a dollar each person. Oy. Better than nothing I guess.
Post # 4
@EffieTrinket: I hate eBay!!!!! It just seems like someone, somewhere is waiting to screw you over. That and Craigslist!
I hope you make more on your coat :-/
Post # 5
Ugh I am having this issue with my veil. I spent nearly $800.00 on it and thought maybe I’d get half…nope. Every time I drop the price without any bids I get a little more annoyed. At some point with the price so low you start to think you might as well keep the item and save yourself the hassle of shipping.
Post # 6
Hmm, I’m trying to think what might help you. I buy stuff on ebay constantly — both brand new and very gently used items. I might pay $150 for a $400 dress, for example, or 2/3 to half the price for jeans, and think it is a good deal.
I have noticed however that brand names (J.Crew, Tory Burch, etc.) sell for way more than not well known brand items that may be just as expensive or more expensive. For example, usually when I find Anthropologie items, they are at a far greater discount because they are miscellaneous “brands.”
Just make sure you have good pictures and a great description and you should be all set.
OH! Super important. Some people are scared to buy stuff from people without feedback, so you might have to sell a couple of inexpensive items to get good feedback on your transaction and shipping before people will buy more expensive items from you.
Post # 7
@maiziekate: Thanks! The brand is Gonsalves and Hall. Which is apparently somewhat known, just not so much in the United States. I’ve had two people ask me about shipping intenrationally, but the thing is, I don’t want to go through the hassle, plus I can’t imagine anyone paying $40 for shipping for a coat. That’s absurd.
@Treejewel19: Truly. If I didn’t share a 660 sq. ft. apartment with FI, I’d definitely think about it. Plus it fits me weird because I’m really short-waisted and apparently this coat is NOT cut for me. So I’d have to get it altered, and it would just seem like throwing good money after bad, or whatever.
Post # 8
I hear you! This week was the third in a row I listed my Coach shoes (they’re definitely “gently used” but I originally paid $112 for them). I started the bidding at $15 or $12 and had no bids.
Post # 9
I know it is annoying, but still think ebay is probably your best bet? OR depending on your tax bracket, and whether you have earned income, donate it to charity and take the deduction. Good chance that the deduction would be worth more than the $35.
Post # 10
You could give an upscale consignment shop a try.
What you said about Platos is so right… I went there ONCE in college, cussed them out, took my bag an left… $20 for 6pcs of Ralph Lauren, BEBE and BCBG…no maam!!!
Now I just give my clothes to a new home…or have a swoop party with friends