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I have decided to sell most of my old railway models. They consist of approximately 20 locos, 15 coaches and 60 wagons.

All the locos are boxed as are some of the wagons & some of the coaches & all date from the 1980's. All are in very good condition.

The question is simple. I am an Ebay virgin & I want the best price. I have no sellers history. I do have access to a camera. What is the best way to sell them?

I guess the locos will be single lots but what about the wagons. If I sell them singly they are not worth much, I have to pay an ebay listing cost for each & what I charge for postage becomes very significant.

What should I charge for postage & how (recorded delivery etc) do I send stuff? Do I have to send overseas at the same postage cost as the UK?

Advise please.

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The loco's are more my area and a good clear shot of each one is usually sufficient (the first pic is free on ebay) I try to combine 3 pictures into one to prevent having to pay.You don't have to upload them onto an online picture service unlike posting them on here as ebay upload them for you. A word of warning though it isnt always easy to take a clear shot of such a small loco as you'll probably see if you look at a few listings. For p&p I usually quote £3.50 first class recorded but bear in mind that covers for up to about £30 compensation so if its worth more than that the more expensive special delivery should be quoted for(or offer both).
As for the wagons if you have any duplicates you could combine them as a rake and the same with coaches. Any boxed ones i'd sell individually and unboxed offer as rakes again. Postage wise about £1.00-£1.50 seems the norm for wagons and £2.00-£2.50 for coaches.
You don't have to sell overseas if you don't want and certainly if you do be aware of postal times abroad and charge more.
For a full list of postage rates the royal mail website is here...
http://www.royalmail.com/portal/rm/jump2?c...ediaId=11200122
I'd post an example picture for you but for some reason the forum is resizing them to gigantic size and throwing the page size out.
 

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Thanks Spongebob.

Now I just need to work out what reserve to set. Too low & I risk giving things away but looking at the ebay items too high a reserves seems to be putting people off bidding altogether even if the bid price would eventually go above the higher reserve.
 

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For reserves the minimum if you don't already know it is £50. Annoying but thats ebay for you. Are you planning to wait until Tuesdays 15p listings day? Oh one other thing don't make the basic error of listing on ebay.com instead of ebay.co.uk or all your listings come up in dollars. You can always make your reserve price known in the listing rather than face a barrage of questions (its amazing how many bidders are unaware of the minimum reserve anyway).
 

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Tuesday sounds good!

The reserve bit surprises me. Having looked at wagons a lot have a high price eg £5 but show no bids. I had guessed that this was the reserve price but apparantly not.

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To set a reserve you have to have a certain level of feedback (not sure of the level, sorry).

I think you can set the starting price which would explain items with £5 but no bids.

HTH

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I know you need to have something like ten feedback to offer things for a buy it now only auction. As for the £5 wagons I suppose they are merely starting the auction at the minimum price they are prepared to accept. They may only get one bid but starting at 99p may only go for £3 Just as an aside the US ebay site has a minumum reserve of $5 which is more sensible and there is a bit of a theme on the community forus asking for a reduction in the minimum reserve. Ebays response was that a signinficantly higher percentage of items sell without reserve than those with one. I think to work for ebay you have to score pretty low on the intelligence test, somewhere around Baboon i suspect.

You never know Chris I may be one of your customers! Don't panic I have a perfect 100% positive feedback score (well so far anyway) despite selling to a couple of people who could quite easily've been stroppy gits. There was a guy who thought I should post something recorded as it didn't cost any more. And one who pestered me 3 days after I paid a cheque in asking where his item was. I've currently got a slow payer in spite of my complete the checkout and 7days to pay rule but it is Easter so I'll give him a couple more days. I know he's been online 'cos he listed some stuff over the weekend.
If you do have any problems or any questions I'd rcommend the discussion forums on the community section. You can post any questions or look through for a topic relating to your problem 'cos most of them will've happened to someone else before.
 

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QUOTE (spongebob @ 17 Apr 2006, 11:21) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Ebays response was that a signinficantly higher percentage of items sell without reserve than those with one. .......

Well there is a real shock - approaching 100% I wouldn't be surprised!

I will look on the community forum. I am afraid that it had not occured to me that there was one.

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You've been given some good advice here, Chris, but one thing is missing.
Put a keyword or two for each item you want to sell in the BUY box and Search. Then look for the Completed Listings box on the left hand side of the page, tick it and Show Items. You will now see what identical items have actually sold for during the last month of two (remember most high bids are placed in the last twenty seconds of the auction so looking at current bids is extremely misleading).
If ten Hornby Lord Beaverbrooks have sold for around say forty pounds recently then that is what you will get for yours. You could even safely put it on Buy it Now at 40 to sell it quickly or put a selling price starting at 35 to ensure your item does not end up the bargain that everyone is searching eBay for!. You are very unlikely to get a lot more than that. On the other hand if some of your items do not come up on a Completed Listing search you may have something rare and it's worth spending some time on the item description. Start at 99p ... and pray.
As others have said:
Sell items separately, even though it is a pain.
Describe honestly and accurately (buyers often don't mind faults as long as they have been told - some seek them out to get a bargain)
Post First Class to reduce the risk of handling damage or loss. Make sure your postage charge covers the actual cost (buyers expect to be charged a _little_ more to cover packaging costs). Look up the Post Office website.
Always answer emails promptly and use PayPal for all except the smallest items so you can post immediately you receive the money.
Never give any Feedback until the Buyer has given his to say he's happy. In particular don't give negative feedback. You will only get retaliation.
Good Luck.
 

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Just be wary with keywords... NOT is unaccepteble as a comparison eg lima class 37 not bachmann or hornby.. but compatible with is acceptable it appears. Its called keyword spamming and despite the recent crackdown it has reared its annoying head again. I listed some nameplates as being "suitable for" hornby and had 2 listings pulled, as much ebay ignorance of things as my own.Ebay don't carry out their own monitoring of what is on sale they rely on other users to grass on sellers breaking the rules. Thats why so much counterfeit stuff goes unnoticed until its too late.
 
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