Are E-bay Sales Slowing Down??

Are E-bay Sales Slowing Down??

Post by Sweetie » Wed, 12 May 1999 04:00:00



Or is it just the stuff I'm selling?  I've noticed a decline since tax time
(hmmm).  What's going on with everyone else??

Bobbie

 
 
 

Are E-bay Sales Slowing Down??

Post by Reyn » Wed, 12 May 1999 04:00:00


Too much merch - not enough bidders.
The higher end seems to still sell well but the middle of the road is dwindling

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Are E-bay Sales Slowing Down??

Post by 13 Ghost » Wed, 12 May 1999 04:00:00



Quote:
> Or is it just the stuff I'm selling?  I've noticed a decline since tax time
> (hmmm).  What's going on with everyone else??

> Bobbie

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Why did you add that "Re:" to the Subject line of your post?

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Post by dam.. » Wed, 12 May 1999 04:00:00


Things are better than ever! I have noticed that it takes longer for
things to be bid on, suppose its from a flood of people or items or
something...   You may be suffering a decline due to many things, tax
time, lack of buying spree holidays, more competition, etc...
Chris


Quote:
>Or is it just the stuff I'm selling?  I've noticed a decline since tax time
>(hmmm).  What's going on with everyone else??

>Bobbie

 
 
 

Are E-bay Sales Slowing Down??

Post by Tsu Dho Ni » Wed, 12 May 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

>Or is it just the stuff I'm selling?  I've noticed a decline since tax time
>(hmmm).  What's going on with everyone else??

Bobbie-
  Ebay is seasonal.  As are sales in real-world shops.  Blame
Mother's Day, NBA finals, and killer tornados if you want to.
  And it is VERY quirky and merchandise dependent.  I have bids
on half the books I put up Sunday, and a friend just had her $5
mechanical calculator run up to $300+ with user emails from
university math and physics department servers behind the IDs of
the bidders.  You know it's serious when cern.ch and mit.edu get
into it.

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Post by Joseph P. Ric » Wed, 12 May 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

> Or is it just the stuff I'm selling?  I've noticed a decline since tax time
> (hmmm).  What's going on with everyone else??

> Bobbie

It probably depends on the category, but following the "general
antiques"  I agree that it seems down. I think this is due to a number
of factors:
1. Sheer volume. I used to scan through the ENTIRE category quickly each
morning. Now I usually can't even get through the "ending today"
listings.
2. High percentage of "run of the mill" items. Most of the items look
like the contents of every antique mall from Maine to California. I
frequently used to have bids in on several items a day - now I might go
several days without any bidding.
3. Burn out - Just as when the group shops opened, there was e***ment,
and some good stuff came from people who might not have opened a
single-owner shop. Stuff that was fresh sold so well that people thought
"anything will sell on Ebay" I can just imagine it: "Gee, that old
Rookwood vase did really well. Maybe we should try selling this here
Tupperware". Now the novelty is wearing off, and there seems to be a
never-ending stream of "stuff" up for sale. If you don't go on for a
week, so what. There will be more next week.
4. I think bad experiences (or fear of them) keep prices down. How much
time to you want to spend emailing to find out complete descriptions,
condition etc. Or even repacking if you have to return something?
5. There are so many sellers who seem clueless, why take a chance?
Here's an example: I saw something I was interested in - a four piece
set of china. No mention of marks (or lack of marks), dimensions etc.
One piece described as repaired (they couldn't see the repair, but this
was based on a tag when they bought it, and no mention of condition of
other three pieces except for the fact that they were purchased in
Connecticut (as if that meant something). Hoping for a clue, I looked at
their other sales/purchases on ebay: selling some apparently nice items,
buying some crappy collectible stuff. Now, this could have been
wonderful (and if so, the final price was a bargain), and if I saw this
for sale in a shop and could examine it, would have purchased it for
much more than they got. Yes, I could have emailed, but you are still
hoping they are accurate in that communication. This is by no means a
unique occurence; it's not reasonable to spend all day emailing people.
So, as a bidder, you have little to go on other than blind faith in the
seller, which may likely be a disaster. In fact, one of my most
infuriating Ebay experiences came from a dealer with full page ads in
the magazine Antiques! (It was only the threat of the credit card charge
reversal that got a response.)

As an experiment, you can try the following. Search for items in an area
of your expertise, and see how many are totally off base.

These are only my (free) opinions, and you know what those are worth.

Sorry to be so wordy.

 
 
 

Are E-bay Sales Slowing Down??

Post by Annie Alper » Wed, 12 May 1999 04:00:00


Ebay sales seem to follow the same marketing pattern as direct mail
promotions: Good sales through Tax Day--slow down until early Summer
when there is a short revival--Dead Dead Dead Summer through early
fall--wild wild fall and winter.  I don't expect to sell much this
summer, but I sure will be buying then!

Quote:

> Or is it just the stuff I'm selling?  I've noticed a decline since tax time
> (hmmm).  What's going on with everyone else??

> Bobbie

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Post by 13 Ghost » Wed, 12 May 1999 04:00:00


It seems to me (and I do not watch faithfully, so I may not really have
enough data
to go on) that there used to be a lot of good art glass sold on eBay.
But the last several
times I have looked, there was not a lot of good art glass being sold
there anymore.
I mean good, solid, name art glass. Does that stuff still sell well on
eBay?
I formed a half assed theory that what might have happened is that the
good
buyers got burned and that they no longer really buy much glass from
eBay.
I hate to say something like that, though, not knowing the real truth
of it.
I mean this as a just a VERY casual observation.

13 Ghosts
P.S.  Sweetie, are you going to answer my question about the "Re:"?

And Jeez, I have been editing so badly lately that I am afriad to push
the
send button. I hope I have not left any orphaned words in sentences
again.
Misspellings I can live with, but whole words that have nothing to do
with
the sentence are pretty distracting, eh? ;)
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Post by Esen » Wed, 12 May 1999 04:00:00


Quote:
Annie writes:
>Ebay sales seem to follow the same marketing pattern as direct mail
>promotions: Good sales through Tax Day--slow down until early Summer
>when there is a short revival--Dead Dead Dead Summer through early
>fall--wild wild fall and winter.  I don't expect to sell much this
>summer, but I sure will be buying then!

Now that my customers are past tax time sales have been hopping.   I'm looking
forward to a busy summer (as usual).   Winter is the slow time in my shop.  
     I  can only hope that the Ebay frenzy is dying down and that people will
realize the value of "hands-on" shopping.    That's my business.   See ya!  
Fayette
 
 
 

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Post by Reyn » Wed, 12 May 1999 04:00:00


Art glass isn't selling well there either, unless its the higher end.  Middle
of the road and low end gets little to no bids.  Too much to look at

R

 
 
 

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Post by Michele Maur » Wed, 12 May 1999 04:00:00


I'm still doing okay, but bids seem to be slower in coming - right now,
not as many items gets bids the first day listed. It might be the
weather, folks are more inclined to go to garage sales and flea markets
now that the weather's warmer.

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Quote:
> Or is it just the stuff I'm selling?  I've noticed a decline since tax
time
> (hmmm).  What's going on with everyone else??

> Bobbie

 
 
 

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Post by cb.. » Thu, 13 May 1999 04:00:00



 I think this is due to a number

Quote:
> of factors:
> 1. Sheer volume.
> 2. High percentage of "run of the mill" items.
> 3. Burn out -
> 4. I think bad experiences (or fear of them
> 5. There are so many sellers who seem clueless,
> These are only my (free) opinions, and you know what those are worth.

As a fairly new Ebay user I want to thank you for educating me.
Additionally, beginners may feel comfortable offering less valuable
items, being uncertain of risks involved.

I did make $55 in one week on 3 items. I was elated.  Now I am
considering some more valueable items. But for a novice, it takes time
to research value and proper descriptions for your auction. Yet that is
the only way to be a good seller.

Claire

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Post by A2Gum » Thu, 13 May 1999 04:00:00


Quote:
> Now I am
>considering some more valueable items. But for a novice, it takes time
>to research value and proper descriptions for your auction. Yet that is
>the only way to be a good seller.

My suggestion is to wait until you have a proven track record (positive
feedback) before placing higher end items on eBay.  I think a lot of people are
hesitant to bid high amounts on an item being sold by someone with less than 10
or more positives.

Ashley
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Post by Annie Alper » Thu, 13 May 1999 04:00:00


Glass is a PAIN to pack and ship--

Quote:

> It seems to me (and I do not watch faithfully, so I may not really have
> enough data
> to go on) that there used to be a lot of good art glass sold on eBay.
> But the last several
> times I have looked, there was not a lot of good art glass being sold
> there anymore.
> I mean good, solid, name art glass. Does that stuff still sell well on
> eBay?
> I formed a half assed theory that what might have happened is that the
> good
> buyers got burned and that they no longer really buy much glass from
> eBay.
> I hate to say something like that, though, not knowing the real truth
> of it.
> I mean this as a just a VERY casual observation.

> 13 Ghosts
> P.S.  Sweetie, are you going to answer my question about the "Re:"?

> And Jeez, I have been editing so badly lately that I am afriad to push
> the
> send button. I hope I have not left any orphaned words in sentences
> again.
> Misspellings I can live with, but whole words that have nothing to do
> with
> the sentence are pretty distracting, eh? ;)
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Post by dam.. » Thu, 13 May 1999 04:00:00


I don't know about that...when I had zero feedbacks, I put up some
(about 30) fairly expensive items, in the $500+ range and they got
bidded right over a thousand. Didn't get quite what I wanted, but at
least I made a coupe of bucks. :)  I think that it would be more based
on negative feedbacks...If a person has one, I always check to see why
they got it... Some folks have thousands of positives and a dozen
negatives, so this doesn't bother me, ya can't please everyone..
Chris

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A New Yorker by the grace of God Herself.
(sorry, I just had too :)  )


Quote:
>> Now I am
>>considering some more valueable items. But for a novice, it takes time
>>to research value and proper descriptions for your auction. Yet that is
>>the only way to be a good seller.

>My suggestion is to wait until you have a proven track record (positive
>feedback) before placing higher end items on eBay.  I think a lot of people are
>hesitant to bid high amounts on an item being sold by someone with less than 10
>or more positives.

>Ashley
>American by birth.
>Southern by the Grace of God.