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Not sold on Ebay for some time. Is it worth it for low value items?

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firesidechat Mon 20-Jun-16 12:52:00

I'm having a clear out and wondered about Ebay, but it appears to have changed and not sure that it's worth the hassle any more.

I want to sell off some unused craft items - knitting yarn and fabric. Lots of sellers seem to offer free postage now and I can't work out how they make any money at all. Balls of yarn need to go as a small parcel and the lowest price for this, using Royal Mail 1st class is £3.35. Doesn't seem worth it to me or am I missing something?

DarlingCoffee Mon 20-Jun-16 15:45:55

Could you sell several items as a bundle?

Hopelass Mon 20-Jun-16 16:02:20

Not really worth it. I worked out that if I sell something like clothing for 99p and send second class (parcel) charging £2.95 (postage costs £2.85) I make about 65p once fees have been paid.
Bundles are the way to get better value I think.

Stargirl82 Mon 20-Jun-16 16:05:52

How about shpock? I've managed to shift a few bits on there and they can collect from your house

thereareworsethingsicoulddo Mon 20-Jun-16 16:11:18

Don't use Royal Mail- Hermes is normally £2something for anything under 1kg...

AveEldon Mon 20-Jun-16 16:23:09

I think facebook selling is better

firesidechat Mon 20-Jun-16 16:56:42

Thanks for the advice. I've listed a couple of lots of yarn which may make it worth the effort and will see how it goes. I think I may have better luck with my patchwork fabric as it can probably go as a large letter and it seems to sell well on ebay.

SistersOfPercy Tue 21-Jun-16 11:08:06

Was just going to say Shpock. It's not always the quickest platform, but I've sold everything I've listed and it's free.
The downside is I find myself browsing and buying blush

ZippyNeedsFeeding Fri 24-Jun-16 00:20:15

I'm a full-time seller of (as it happens) craft items and knitting yarn. Yarn can sell well and reach good prices, but only in larger amounts and if the brand is a good one. If you have lots of colours but only one ball of each, you can make up packs for people who knit blankets- it's a good way to get a far better price that you would if you sold each one individually. Selling in larger packs also makes the postage proportionately less expensive.
Other craft items can be tricky and it does depend on what you have.

sixinabed Fri 24-Jun-16 00:33:44

eBay take their commission from the postage price as well as the selling price nowadays - so I don't bother listing anything low value any more.

SistersOfPercy Fri 24-Jun-16 23:56:57

The simplest way is to offer free postage and factor it into your start prices.
Less fees and an automatic five stars in the p&p category.

MaybeDoctor Fri 29-Jul-16 09:54:43

I sell lots of low value items, generally 99p to 3.99, but I view ebay as a way of 'constructive recycling' in that I know the item is going to someone who wants it - it helps me to part with the item, declutter and the small amounts do actually begin to add up quite nicely after a while.

smilingeyes11 Sat 30-Jul-16 17:10:51

it really is a waste of time selling for 99p - start higher, there is no point starting at 99p as free listing can be for a higher amount now, has been that way for ages.

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