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Subject: Re: easy auctions
From: BOB BARNS royb1@...........
Date: Sat, 31 Jul 2004 10:47:46 -0400
My notice was to inform those who would like to realize some money
from otherwise useless items and do not want to bother with the usual
I think your characterization of the service as a "rip off" ignores
the realities of providing a service like this. They obviously have to
make a profit or get out of the business. I'm a little surprized that
they will handle an item for as little as $20.
It takes me at least 2 hrs. to do a whole auction. If my time is
worth $30/hr., this is at least $60. Your having done "1000's" of items
shows that you must have a better process than I do, but I suspect that
I'm more representative of the "common man".
Raul Alvarez wrote:
> Hi Bob and others,
> I went to Auctiondrops's website and was shocked! 38% commission + 2.9
> "transaction fee" + eBay's fees.
> Wow, what a rip off! Comes to about 45% in fees! To make matters
> worse, they start the auction at $1, so if it doesn't make much you owe
> them the $19.99 minimum + transaction fee + eBay fee! They can't loose.
> Also noticed they only want the "cream" items - easy to sell, pack and
> I've been on eBay for almost 5 years now with 1,000's of items. It's
> quite simple to use their basic services. All you need is a digital
> camera and a few minutes - you don't really need any special software or
> hosting site, unless you want to fancy up your ads. And best of all -
> you are in control of your items. Seems scary to drop off your stuff at
> UPS, and hope all goes well.
> Well, that's my 4 cents worth - inflation, you know. :-D
> BOB BARNS wrote:
>> Everyone has things stashed in dead storage in their house which can
>> be converted to cash with almost no effort. (Better than putting it
>> out on the curb.)
>> I have sold about 170 items on ebay and often received much more than
>> I had estimated;ebay has an enormous audience with
>> seemingly unlimited disposable cash.
>> Selling on ebay is somewhat involved;take good digital pictures,
>> write an attractive ad, go thru all the input questions on
>> ebay, deal with possible questions by email, provide a convenient way
>> for the buyer to pay and finally pack and ship the
>> **You can now sell your stuff by simply dropping off the item at the
>> UPS store in Berk. Hts., New Prov., Scotch Pls.
>> Westfield and many other locations all over the US.**
>> You can read about the locations and the details of the process at
>> Briefly, the item should have an estimated value of $75 or more (I
>> don't know who makes this estimate) and it must weigh less
>> than 20 lbs.
>> I looked at several of their ads on ebay and they do an excellant
>> job of taking the photos, describing the item and
>> presenting it in the ad. (To see some examples, you can search ebay
>> by seller name "auctiondrop".)
>> Their min. commission is $20;they take a certain percentage of the
>> selling price--you get the rest.
>> If you try this, I would like to hear about how it worked out.
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