Hey Kestral! Long time no see buddy! I went back to MacNN a few days ago and took a look around.... and came back here. As much as I appreciated that place as an alternative to AI when it was down, I just can't get into MacNN. It's the members that make a forum, and frankly, we have much better members.
Some quick thoughts for you CosmoNut
I am not certain about this, because I had a buyer tell me different during one of my auctions... but I don't think you can actually say in your ad that the buyer has to pay your 2.9% PayPal fee. I know that an auction of mine was ended by eBay earlier in the year for this reason, but it may have changed. I haven't looked into it.
What I do is say that I do not accept PayPal, only money orders, certified cheques, and wire transfers. I've had Canadian buyers go to the same branch of bank I deal with and deposit cash into my account as well after I gave them my banking info - instant payment! Put a line in there saying anyone who really wants to use PayPal has to contact you before
bidding on your auction. Then tell them in your reply email that you will accept it if they pay the 2.9% fee (or you may split it with them - whatever you want).
Just tell people that "the buyer will pay all actual shipping costs through the carrier of their choice". Most people email me during an auction, and I will go to <a href="http://www.canadapost.ca
</a> or <a href="http://www.fedex.ca
</a> and get a quick quote for them, since I already have the box dimensions and weight. If not, just do it afterwards and add it to the total.2.
I have seen some really nice ads done up like this, I guess it's up to you if you know what you're doing. Personally, I just write a nice little ad up and include some good photos of the product. That alone makes it stand out from lots of auctions. I can't believe the number of auction descriptions that have no spaces in them! (throw a <p> where you want to add a space between lines)3.
Make it one of the first things you mention in the ad. Use the date : "Covered by Apple Care until August 2003" - makes it sound sooo far away.
The new owner registers the PowerBook with Apple - it's automatically transferred. I've never had to bother with this.4.
I try to put them up in the evening, when people are likely to be surfing then net. I never do more than a 3 day auction personally. Most people don't bid on things until the last or second to last day anyway. I just know that when I'm looking at auctions, if I see one that is interesting and it's not ending for 8 days, I just keep looking. I won't even bother to add it to My Auctions, because I won't want to wait around for 8 freakin days to see it end. Just MHO.5.
If you've never sold anything there before, you won't have to worry about Buy It Now. You need a feedback rating of at least 10 before you can use it.
I do use it - I will set a reasonable reserve, but not too low, and have a pretty high Buy It Now price. It stays up there until the reserve is met, which is why you don't want a really low reserve - keep that BIT option up there as long as you can to give the right person the chance to see it.
And make sure you check your email lots during the auction. People appreciate a quick response.
Oh, and Mediaman
, I wouldn't say most people browsing eBay are likely to be a pro, and more knowledgeable... just the opposite in fact!
I sold an iBook not too long ago on eBay. I pulled the auction because of some errors in my listing, and I got an email right away from an orthodontist in Maine. He asked if the iBook was still for sale, and I said yes. It was a combo drive, 600 MHz, 20 GB HD. It had a huge Buy It Now price at the time, one of the reasons I was pulling it off. The guy sent me $2150 US for the sucker! (with PayPal mind you - that included the extra I charged him for that) Anyway, not bad for an iBook that cost me $1875 (with tax and extra RAM) He asked me on the phone after I got the payment and had shipped it out "So I got a good deal, didn't I? I mean aren't these things like $2500?"
Me: "Well, um, I don't know exactly what they charge down in the states, I always get messed up with the exchange rate... it might actually be closer to $2000, but you still got a pretty good deal with the extra RAM." (that's it - play dumb) heh heh Yeah I made pretty good on that one.
As for other brainiacs... I just sold a year old set of SoundSticks for (I am converting these figures to US...) $147.50, after having bought them a year ago
for $160 from my local reseller. And they paid shipping to New York!
I think eBay is the best place to sell Mac hardware, bar none. It's like a game to some people "That bastard thinks he's going to get MY PowerBook? HA HA!" click. bid. click. bid. ....
Gotta love eBay.
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