How to Best Present Your Goods on eBay to Get the Best Price

How to Best Present Your Goods on eBay to Get the Best Price

How to Best Present Your Goods on eBay to Get the Best Price

In this day and age, we’re always looking to get the next best thing. Some of us won’t step foot in a restaurant until we’ve read at least 20 Yelp reviews. And all Amazon devotees know not to mess with something that has less than four stars.

If you’ve recently done some cleaning and you’re considering selling on eBay, you may not know where to start. Look no further! Our comprehensive guide to getting the best price on your goods is here for your pleasure and profit.

A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words (or Dollars)

When you’re looking to make some serious cash on whatever valuable you’re selling, getting the perfect picture is absolutely essential. If you’re not a professional photographer with all the right equipment, never fear! The digital age has delivered smartphones into all of our lives. Now the mini-computer in your pocket can be used for more than just Facebook and pictures of your grandkids.

Art of Downsizing is happy to take eBay photos for you, but you can try it yourself. Review the following tips for great photos:

  • You may think “the brighter, the better” when it comes to showing off your item, but the flash is never a good idea.

  • When selling on eBay, stick to natural lighting with little to no shadows. Keep the photo aesthetically pleasing in natural light, and it’s more likely to be bought.

  • Take advantage of eBay’s photo editor options located under picture when you post it..

  • Make sure your item is always in focus, so every detail can be seen.

  • Get as close as possible; this isn’t the time to show off backgrounds or ambiance.

Declutter and Destress for the Holidays

Declutter and Destress for the Holidays

Don’t Deck the Halls

It can be so tempting to fill your home with the knickknacks of the holidays — and there’s nothing wrong with that! But when you’re trying to make room for the bevy of new gifts and gadgets you’re going to receive, showing some restraint by decluttering your home just might prove to be the cure for clutter this holiday season.

Sure, a tree is always one of those must-have items of holiday cheer. Concentrate the majority of your holiday spirit on and around the tree, leaving the other space-hogging decorations in storage — or better yet, donate them to a worthy organization so that some other families can find joy in the season.

Focus your attention on the decorations you can hang or wrap around something, as those don’t take up as much space. Mistletoe and garland, for example, add some holiday flare to your home without messing with space you actually walk through.

Collectibles Are Only as Valuable as the Sale Price

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They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. While often true, no one wants to face the fact that someone else may consider their well-curated treasures as trash. How you’ve come by your treasures can vary, of course:

  • You could have spent years collecting things. And you may be able to remember where you got each addition. You remember the thrill of finding it and anticipating it's resale value.

  • You might have inherited a large collection, meaning each piece may have sentimental value for you. There may be family stories eluding to it's worth. You've seen something similar on Antiques Roadshow.

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But when it comes time to downsize your own things or clear out a loved one’s belongings, you may be faced with the harsh reality of their true value. Of course, it’s always possible you have some hidden treasures. Hidden Treasures, When Appraisals Lead to Profit. Your best bet to sell collectibles may be through Ebay consignment or brokering to collectors and national auction houses.

It’s not always easy to let go of things.  Downsizing Services in Asheville— either your own or someone else’s — but at Art of Downsizing, we have trusted partners who can help you value and sell the collectibles through Ebay. So, arm yourself with a few of our tips and we’ll make the process much easier for you.

Do Your Research

The prominence of the internet is both a blessing and a curse for selling your collectibles. The obvious advantage is being able to connect with other collectors all around the world. The disadvantage is oversaturation of the marketplace. With online auctions, though, the benefit often outweighs the risk. But understand the limitations, it can be a gamble since nothing is guaranteed unless you set a reserve price.

Before deciding what to sell, hop online to see what similar items or like-minded collections sell for. From this research, you can determine your starting price. Alternatively, you can turn over the entire process to Art of Downsizing because we have experience and resources to help determine value and take care of the actual selling, shipping and negotiating with potential buyers.

With thousands of counterfeit collectibles out there, establish your items’ credibility with an appraisal if it is rare and unusual. An appraisal more than pays for itself, ensuring that your item is priced correctly. For example, sports memorabilia have a distinct market, but some high bidders require certification. Without it, the items aren’t going to sell.

The Real World

A classic example of difficult collectibles to sell is illustrated by the Beanie Baby craze of the 1990s. When production of these toys stopped or became “limited edition,” there was a mad dash to hoard as many of the furry friends as possible. That drove the price up.

But in the real world, the price of these collectibles was determined by the marketplace — the buyers. When few wanted to pay thousands of dollars for them, the artificial market dried up, and the price of all Beanie Babies plummeted back to earth. The issue with Beanie Babies, as with many collectibles, was an overabundance of people trying to sell them without a large population willing to buy. It’s simple supply-and-demand economics. Usually sets sold as “collectibles” aren’t going to appreciate much in value and may even devalue rapidly.

Your Options

With online auctions or direct sales, finding legitimate websites to sell your loved one’s prized possessions can be difficult and confusing. Navigating eBay by yourself is hard. That’s why one of the services we offer is finding the right online platform, collector or auction firm for you.

We can set up online auctions whenever you need. Our personalized service includes an expert team analyzing buying trends, photographing your items, and listing them in the optimal way to find you a buyer. Contact us today! <>