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Selling: ebay auction vs store?Selling: ebay auction vs store?

maggiemaggie3 days agoAsk MFC
Hi all, I'm doing some spring cleaning and am steeling myself to get rid of everything I've been wanting to sell. At this point, it's hundreds of items (figures, promo posters, vintage plushies, keychains) and I'm wondering if it would be easier if I made an ebay store instead of just making auctions? Has anyone done this? I feel a benefit would be that buyers could combine shipping so I wouldn't have to quote people all the time through PM, and I could put the store on 'hold/away' if I go somewhere, I wouldn't have to relist items manually that aren't sold? I'm not really sure how many items I could handle at a time but this is pretty niche and in some cases very rare stuff that I don't think would sell immediately/the right person would see it right away.

Please let me know your experiences with the two types of ebay selling to help me make my decision, thank you!
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EnvyNeko (3 days ago) #32708659
Just uh, price your items well. It frustrates me seeing people try to sell used manga for retail price :/ if I wanted to pay $10 for it I'd go to barnes and noble and skip the shipping fee.....


Thanks for the info! And LOL nah manga should always sell for half or less, usually I hawk mine for $2-3/volume unless they're rare (I need to unload my Boys Over Flowers and those are rare). I look for the same deals when I buy so I know what pricing is as far as that goes. For other stuff I'm going to have to experiment and ask for more initially, because I just don't see things things for sale so I'll essentially have to troubleshoot the price heh.
2 days ago
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As others have said, a store requires a consistent volume to operate a business to be worthwhile, I suspect.

The 50 free listings is usually enough. When I had a lot of old stuff to sell, I tried to post related groups of items in the 50 free, or items that seem to sell for a lot on e-bay, and as they sell down, cycle the next group of related items in. As it is, now I have under 50 things to sell so it's fine.
3 days ago
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maggie (3 days ago) #32699462Do you have advice on how to find Facebook groups?
And eh, I kind of have a list, but many items (like plushies and promo posters) aren’t on MFC. Nostalgia is strong right now, so I’m hoping Utena, Slayers, Escaflowne promo posters will sell well...


Finding Facebook groups is easy. You really just type in the search bar. I use terms like anime sell and that usually brings up a ton of them. Go for the ones that have a lot of members for the most exposure. I usually delete my post and repost it every couple of days so it stays fresh and I've sold off a ton of older items. No need to worry about what you're selling because someone WILL want it.

I also find I do the best when I list prices including shipping cost, at least for US. For international peeps they gotta give me the info to give a shipping quote.

Just uh, price your items well. It frustrates me seeing people try to sell used manga for retail price :/ if I wanted to pay $10 for it I'd go to barnes and noble and skip the shipping fee.....
3 days ago
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gwendal738-2 (3 days ago) #32700792I've seen people on here (and also bought some from personally) sell their stuff on tictail or storenvy (whatever the spelling is). Personally, i would buy from those sites as well, though im not sure how store policies for sellers there work. You could also try etsy, I suppose?
Also, if you want to sell off stuff faster, be willing to ship internationally! :D I'd buy some stuff off you if it interests me ;)


Heh selling internationally is a pain, another reason for eBay. I set up to sell with eBay forwarding, so it takes the risk off of me. Sold a lot internationally, actually. If people want to pay to ship items from the USA with our current shipping, they must really want the item, and that’s fine by me! Like I said it’s some rarer (ie old) stuff so when the right buyer comes along... someone overseas offered me $200 to buy a whole set if I didn’t want to break it. Crazy.
3 days ago
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I've seen people on here (and also bought some from personally) sell their stuff on tictail or storenvy (whatever the spelling is). Personally, i would buy from those sites as well, though im not sure how store policies for sellers there work. You could also try etsy, I suppose?

Also, if you want to sell off stuff faster, be willing to ship internationally! :D I'd buy some stuff off you if it interests me ;)
3 days ago
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EnvyNeko (3 days ago) #32697004I find that I make the most profit from selling on Facebook groups. I’m a part of 5 different anime groups and I get a decent amount of sales there compared to ebay. Bonus of not having to pay a 10% fee on top of PayPal fees ^^
If you’re set on eBay then I’d just use the free monthly listings you get since there’s a lot of charges to having a store. A store is only really worth it if you have a regular flow of goods to sell on a monthly basis.
Btw, do you have an album of the stuff you’re selling? I’d love to take a look :D


Do you have advice on how to find Facebook groups?

And eh, I kind of have a list, but many items (like plushies and promo posters) aren’t on MFC. Nostalgia is strong right now, so I’m hoping Utena, Slayers, Escaflowne promo posters will sell well...
3 days ago
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I find that I make the most profit from selling on Facebook groups. I’m a part of 5 different anime groups and I get a decent amount of sales there compared to ebay. Bonus of not having to pay a 10% fee on top of PayPal fees ^^

If you’re set on eBay then I’d just use the free monthly listings you get since there’s a lot of charges to having a store. A store is only really worth it if you have a regular flow of goods to sell on a monthly basis.

Btw, do you have an album of the stuff you’re selling? I’d love to take a look :D
3 days ago
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I was tried to sell on eBay but it don't work for me.. if want to sell things in there eBay want to call me..because I'm born deaf..so I gave up on selling in there I only buy in ebay..

storenvy is best not call you like ebay do want sell on thing. :) to be honest, I like to see sales things into sold out to make easy. :)
3 days ago
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Yeah, as someone who sells on ebay it isn't the best place to sell things like that. Ebays algorithm makes it hard for people to see your items, if even at all. The thousands upon thousands of bootleg merchandise doesn't help either (even more so with anime goods than clothing). Most people watch things for a while and you may have to relist the item many times before someone bites and actually bids. You also get punished for having too many watchers without selling the item so in turn your item gets buried even more (not sure if that applies in auctions). Ebay always sides with the buyer in disputes. Lets say you sell a figure and the buyer asks to return it saying it's "damaged", you could get a paperclip in return and Ebay will still side with the buyer. Things like that actually have happened before (not to me but you get the point). Also you being a new seller means a lot wouldn't be as trusting to buy from you, unless you're linking through myfigurecollection of course.

I say sell on places like depop or mercari. I don't know how they treat their sellers so I can't say for sure how it will go, but your items would probably sell faster there.
3 days ago
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agentmozell (3 days ago) #32689595Ebay charges you if you want to set your store on vacation. It’s about 25 per month or some stupid crap.
As for me I use both Depop and Ebay while advertising on here. Wherever an item sell it’ll get deleted everywhere else. I’ve never had an issue doing this, but ultimately it’s up to you.
Personally I hate auctions because you’re relying on the other person to pay before doing anything and sometimes they don’t which wastes everyone’s time and possibly makes you lose a sale.


Yeah, that's true... I was trying to sell things before I moved but someone didn't pay me and I had to basically toss the figure because everything was already packed and picked up in the storage cubes. I was not pleased. However, I find MFC even worse in this respect, people PMing a lot to ask for a shipping quote and then never messaging back.
3 days ago
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