Buying and Selling Collectibles

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I buy and sell collectibles, what about you?A friend called me today and said that recently eBay has lost over 50% of their sellers.
I found that figure quite incredible.
I would think that a number of those might be sellers that have more than one account.
But then I began to think about it some more and decided to do a little research.
On a July 10, NY Times report, I found an interesting article that page views on eBay were down over 30 percent in May from a year ago.
That is a significant drop.
I then looked at the number of items up for auction in the category that I shop (oh, my wife would be razzing me for using that word), which is Militaria and the number of items that are available is at least 1/2 of what it was a year ago.
So what is the correlation? Could it be that eBay wants to get rid of all the smaller mom and pop sellers? these are the type of sellers that have that little antique shop.
The items they sell are '1-up'.
So they have continued to increase their fees, force settlements through PayPal and be difficult with resolving disputes.
It certainly appears that way.
Since they have a stake in Craigslist, that could be where they want these people to go; I see fees starting on this site soon.
Nothing against PayPal.
I don't have any personal issues with PayPal myself, I know of some people out there that do, but you need to look at each site that uses it, or in some cases the seller that uses it, whether on eBay or other sites and check the terms and conditions of purchase before you buy.
Hey, is my check not good anymore? Many merchants still like to do business this way; they don't take credit cards for whatever reason they may have.
Most certainly don't want to pay the processor and their bank a fee for the transaction and cut into their profit.
I don't blame them.
A lot of people are not companies, so they cannot get a merchant account anyway.
That is where PayPal and other companies have come in.
But as individuals they want to do business as an individual and that is selling an item, they want to be paid in cash, money order or check.
So maybe it's time to branch out and search for some other sites where you can buy, sell and auction.
Do some searches.
Maybe checkout a site that lists different auction sites such as: http://auctions.
So what's in my wish list for a site as a seller of collectibles? How about reasonable fees.
Either low commissions or maybe even a flat rate.
Auction and selling options.
A reserve amount for auctions of my choosing.
A site that simply puts the buyers and sellers together.
I can transact my business with the customer.
So I set my terms, the how and the method with which I want to be paid.
That will be a good start.
Business is a bit slow even on eBay, but I am in it for the long haul.
Just need to find some new places to sell my stuff, its gotta go! Copyright 2009, R.
Coalter, InterNet Partners, Inc.
, All Rights Reserved.
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