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Christmas Challenge! £300.00 by Christmas.

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BenedictsCumberbitch Sun 26-Aug-12 16:51:07

I'm getting back into my eBaying, massive clear outs will keep me busy over this free listings weekend, wondered if anyone wanted to join me in making Christmas as cheap as possible and having the good people of eBay pay for most of it!

LineRunner Sun 26-Aug-12 17:19:15

Yes, I'm in.

But why am I so slooooooooooow listing things?

Tell me what to sell. For pity's sake. grin

BenedictsCumberbitch Sun 26-Aug-12 17:50:16

If it aint nailed down I'm listing it this weekend. If it sells then smashing, if not I've lost nothing but time. I love my iPad app for selling, makes life so much quicker and easier!

notcitrus Sun 26-Aug-12 18:31:18

I'm in - got injured out of the Olympics challenge after the £100 bronze medal (camera got broken), but now have an old but functioning camera to use and a large sorted pile of stuff to sell. (and bags for charity shop/recycling)

People like bundles of Next/Gap baby clothes, right?

lljkk Sun 26-Aug-12 18:32:58

me me me.

BenedictsCumberbitch Sun 26-Aug-12 19:04:22

Squeeeee I have watchers already. I forget how exciting this is!

BenedictsCumberbitch Sun 26-Aug-12 19:08:38

I don't know how to link to a list of all my items but for those inclined I'm sure you can look through the above link.

What is everyone else selling?

F4ttyBumBum Sun 26-Aug-12 19:09:08

I'm in, but I need to make that by the end of Sept. No income now sad

I've thrown a load of baby equipment on yesterday and today I've put women's clothes on. Tomorrow I'm going to have a blitz of men's clothes and accessories. If it's not nailed down in this house, it's getting flogged! It has felt really slow over the summer and I've had loads of 99p sales and postage losses. Not many watchers on my auctions so far though, get a bit obsessive checking ;)

dizzyday07 Mon 27-Aug-12 02:17:46

I have made £200 in the last fortnight (selling some Ikea furniture!) but can't see me making a lot more before Christmas but I'm in to try. We are moving in a week's time so I have binned piles of junk but have (hopefully) left myself with a few decent items to sell!

milkteef Mon 27-Aug-12 03:09:46

I'll join you. I'm not sure that I'll make £300 by Christmas but I can damn well try.

I have some clothes of mine and the children's to sell. I just want to get rid of them and the money would be very helpful for rebuying via PayPal for Christmas and DD2's birthday in November.

What are you all selling?

BabylonPI Mon 27-Aug-12 03:15:52

I'd like to be in again please??!

I've had good success over the last few months and I've made between £300 and £400 pounds each month since February time this year.

I've sold hundreds of clothes, shoes, baby stuff, maternity wear, toys, games, hats, virgin vie stuff, and underwear (new stuff) wink

I've got 56 listings ending in next 12 or so hours and this has been the slowest month by far.

Going to have another major clear out between now and next weekend and get as many listings on as possible smile

iamstitch Mon 27-Aug-12 06:57:50

I'd like to be in please? Lots of random stuff floating about here blush

Mirage Mon 27-Aug-12 10:01:26

I'm in.I started at the beginning of the month with some bits that I was going to bin/charity shop and am up to £130 so far,which I'm pretty amazed at.I had a bidding war break out over a well loved cuddly toy,it went for over £20.I can only think people wanted it as a replacement for a lost one.

I think I'll have to do a car boot too,there is a lot of heavy stuff that I can't post.

VoldemortsNipple Mon 27-Aug-12 10:15:09

I'm in smile

I've got a pair of Dr Martin boots I've been waiting to put on and I coulld do with having a sort out.

It will give me something to do on a wet bank holiday.

lljkk Mon 27-Aug-12 10:22:52

I've got about 44 items listed from last FLW. I've an idea to list as many new items as just sold, so if I sell 6 items this time I'll find 6 more to list next time.
So far only one item selling, but it's got 5+ watchers, so good start.

I've 2 items on Gumtree, too.

We are talking seriously about moving house, birthdays coming up as well as the obvious Christmas, so very motivated to reduce possessions!

Good luck to everyone else smile.

lljkk Mon 27-Aug-12 10:24:39

£300-£400/month, Babylon? shock. I think I'll be very pleased if I can touch £200 by Christmas. You lucky sausage I only hate you a little. wink

BenedictsCumberbitch Mon 27-Aug-12 11:25:15

I've got ten items on, don't expect great things from at least half of them so need to rustle up some more stuff. I have a brand new with tags on flower girl dress but it's probably the wrong time of year for that. I could put it on with a reserve on a free listings weekend though couldn't I?

dizzyday07 Mon 27-Aug-12 11:42:28

Benedict - the min. reserve you can put on an item is £50. As it's free listing just up your starting price.

I have a couple of bxes of toys - suitable for car boot etc - but don't know whether I should list them as a job lot hmm

BenedictsCumberbitch Mon 27-Aug-12 12:02:58

Ah good plan.

Do other eBayers make sure their listing end in the evening? Or just take your chances, I know there is something to say that it's better for it to end on a Sunday night. Any truth in it?

VoldemortsNipple Mon 27-Aug-12 12:15:23

I like them to end on a Sunday, only be aide I think more people have time to sit and watch them.

I've just found a binbag full of Disney beanies from about 12 years ago. Some have tags and others don't. Do people still collect those things? Im sure I could list them as rare now.

PurpleFrog Mon 27-Aug-12 12:23:47

Count me in again!

I'm not sure I have £300 of stuff left that I can eBay, but I do find that these challenges help keep the momentum going. And since my main aim is de-cluttering that can only be a good thing! grin

Cinders22 Mon 27-Aug-12 12:26:04

Oh no, have I missed a free listing weekend? Does anyone know when the next one is/might be?

With regard to listing I always end them in a evening, after the soaps have finished when there is not usually much on.

EmptyCrispPackets Mon 27-Aug-12 12:29:39

I made £200 last week and paid it off my huge mamas and papas bill for this baby.

I'm going to list some more today although am annoyed as eBay have cut my listing powers as I had too many branded items this month for sale hmm

BenedictsCumberbitch Mon 27-Aug-12 12:39:21

I think today is free as well Cinders with it being a bank holiday.

VoldemortsNipple Mon 27-Aug-12 12:40:05

Ahh bollocks! There are loads of beanies for sale but nobody is buying them.

Oh well, I've got a few pairs of shoes, a rucksack, golf practice thingy and a few odds and ends. That will start me off smile

BenedictsCumberbitch Mon 27-Aug-12 17:00:01

My Stuff So Far

I'm listing more stuff now!

LineRunner Mon 27-Aug-12 17:28:18

The flower girl dress is lovely.

BenedictsCumberbitch Mon 27-Aug-12 17:32:15

It's so creased as useless DH dropped it off it's hanger in the cupboard the other week and neglected to mention it! If it doesn't sell I'll give it an iron over and rephotograph it. Though it wouldn't harm to try on a free weekend.

BenedictsCumberbitch Mon 27-Aug-12 17:32:33

What is everyone else selling?

membershipcard Mon 27-Aug-12 17:38:09

I should join you. hmm

LineRunner Mon 27-Aug-12 17:44:52

I'm selling a couple of DS's xbox 360 games, some clothes that he and DD have grown out of, and a few 'collectable' books.

We usually get a very good price for the xbox games, much better than trade-in value. (DS writes the blood-curdling descriptions.)

Katiekitty Mon 27-Aug-12 19:32:21

Just got off the sofa and have listed 22 items today.
Am now back on the sofa and obsessively checking watchers.

Good luck all Mnetters selling stuff!

CagneyNLacey Mon 27-Aug-12 21:23:00

Count me in, I need dosh for Christmas too. I havent listed since Feb so took a guess at postage. Bit of a mistake as looks like it's increased quite a bit. Have had to start amending my postage costs.

I have 30+ items listed here but really just threw them on without making my photos or description look very good as I'm knackered. Will revise tomorrow if I get a chance.

Most of the stuff listed is what was within grabbing difference of the loft hatch blush so it's all a bit random and I have tonnes of clothes and baby crap to get rid of too.

I put some used girl's tights on and immediately got a few watchers on them for some reason confused so I put some used socks on too!

griphook Mon 27-Aug-12 21:26:04

Ooh can I join, just started selling and wanted to ask a question and saw this thread.

Not sure I will make anywhere £300, but can only try

McPhee Mon 27-Aug-12 21:31:58

Count me in too.

It's going to take me a few days to get organised, but I really need to make some cash.

MrsKwazii Mon 27-Aug-12 21:33:49

Count me in - need to declutter and any extra cash is always welcome.

Car boots are awash with beanies for 50p at the moment Voldemort - would have thought Disney ones would have a bit more of a following though.

I've only started selling a few bits this year - are there certain things that sell better in the run-up to Christmas at all? Have some 1980s toys that I'm thinking it might be worth holding fire on for a little while longer if people are looking for them as gifts.

MrsKwazii Mon 27-Aug-12 21:36:06

Oh, I've got 21 items listed over the free weekend - all finishing next weekend. Mainly toys. Am a bit worried about getting them all packed and out into the post/courier if they all go though. What do the rest of you do? Pack them up once you've listed, or wait until they've sold? Have tended to wait but I've never had more than five or six lots on at the same time confused

Bongaloo Mon 27-Aug-12 21:47:50

I'm going to give it a go. I've never sold on e-bay before (bought plenty).

I've put just 6 items up so far - just baby bits - sleepsuits mainly. Can't see reaching £300 off sleepsuits.

I'm sure I'll be bending your ears for tips. Like , it hadn't occurred to me to put on the higher start price while it's free listings.
How often do they do these free listing weekends - is it worth getting prepared for the next one, or just get stuff on regardless?

CagneyNLacey Mon 27-Aug-12 21:52:39

Oh Bugger, should I not have linked to my stuff? I thought everyone did that on these threads blush

Bongaloo Mon 27-Aug-12 22:07:59

I have no idea. Here's mine.
I daren't look too much at other people's - I'll end up spending more than selling. (Although if I use any money I make to get next sizes up it's probably quite a good thing).

CagneyNLacey Mon 27-Aug-12 22:17:19

<feels better>

About postage, is it easier to sell bundles now rather than individual small items? as the postage for recorded 2nd class seems to be almost a flat rate, unless I am missing something. Which is likely.

I really want to go on holiday next year, nothing fancy but going have to sell everything that isn't nailed down smile have listed a few bits tonight of plus size ladies clothes.
I am going to list some girls clothes too - do babies/pram shoes sell? They are so cute --but useless--If not may save them for a car boot!

bluecarrot Tue 28-Aug-12 22:16:18

Hi - Im joining please but will be a joint ebay / gumtree / any other selling outlet possible challenge for me smile

Ive sold a lot of stuff in the last two weeks, gaining over £350 cash. My target is £500 by which time I think I may have run out of things to sell...maybe. <eyes up sofa we dont really sit on often>

BabylonPI Wed 29-Aug-12 08:54:18

Well I spoke too soon sad

My eBay account has been restricted for selling permanently due to low DSRs apparently - even though they have been improving steadily since April.

I've bitten the bullet and registered as a business seller which means I can now buy to sell IYSWIM wink

I will link to old account so customers can see previous good feedback, but as of today I am starting from scratch sadgrin

lljkk Wed 29-Aug-12 09:01:45

Eek, how bad are your DSRs, do you mind saying?
These debates about overcharging on postage, get kinda heated, anyway I'm in the minority & folk keep saying stuff like "You can't charge that, your DSRs will get marked down!" but they don't, not terribly. Do I just have very laid back buyers?

I am exemplary about other stuff, like posting quickly & good quality packaging.

lljkk Wed 29-Aug-12 09:08:10

Kwazii I don't package anything until it's paid for. I say 3 days for dispatch precisely so that I don't get too overwhelmed. 1 day dispatch is too stressful.

I don't want to detail what I'm selling, except that it's mostly books, technical stuff (eg, phone recharger, USB cable things) & some toys. Several items going for spares. I have TEN watchers on a 99p Spiderman mask. confused

BabylonPI Wed 29-Aug-12 09:12:10

My feedback was at 98.5% due to 3 negatives in 12 months sad

My DSRs were all fine except postage was too high on some items - this had been remedied though and I had altered all postage costs and been refunding excess postage.

Apparently they have been giving me notice to improve since April and they were going in the right direction but just like that, they've pulled my account sad

I can still use it to buy stuff, and I will, but I'm bloody gutted it's taken me 12 long years to get a feedback of over 500!

lljkk Wed 29-Aug-12 09:21:20

Oh bummer sad. Gumtree it is!?

Twinkletoes91 Wed 29-Aug-12 09:52:26

Defo in!! Newbie to eBay so not 100% on how selling works. I have 2 items up at starting bid of £0.99. What are the PayPal costs etc? Any help would be greatly appreciated!! smile

BenedictsCumberbitch Wed 29-Aug-12 10:03:14

I've got one bid on something. That's it. A few watchers on others. I'm gonna have to search more things out to sell.

EmptyCrispPackets Wed 29-Aug-12 16:20:00

Anyone who has bigger items / bundles use drop & collect.

Basically go into their site, add address and label can be printed out. Money deducted from PayPal and you drop at your local shop. It's £4.99 for a 5kg parcel £2.99 for 3kg do much cheaper than royal mail.

LineRunner Wed 29-Aug-12 16:43:50

I've got some larger items that I just don't want to post so I'm trying Collection Only at first. At least then people can see what they're getting before they part with the cash.

lljkk Wed 29-Aug-12 17:28:10

That drop & collect service intrigues (strokes chin hairs, I presume you mean this service).
Funny that the only drop off point in our town is only 400m from the actual PO!

Twinkle Ebay takes a cut of sales in 3 ways:

1) Listing fees, this is why we get so excited over free listing weekends!

2) Final Valuation fee: 10% of sale price. You sell something for £10 + £4 postage, Ebay takes £1. You sell something for £14 with "free postage", Ebay will charge you £1.40.

I think most everybody pays their Ebay fees out of Paypal balance.

3) Paypal charges, which are hard to avoid. Ebay owns Paypal, too.
Paypal is a swine, but then I suppose any credit-debit card type system is for the recipient. Paypal charges to seller 20p+3.4% of the transaction value. So suppose you sell something for £10 + £4 postage. Paypal recieves £14, but then gives you only £13.32. Or you sell for £14 but with free postage, your net after Paypal is still £13.32.

Here's a calculator to play with.

My general rule of thumb is to assume that Ebay will get 20% of the sale price. UNLESS I can arrange for cash on collection.

If you get powerseller status or some label like that, the Ebay % cut goes down (a teeny tiny bit).

dizzyday07 Wed 29-Aug-12 17:50:59

I've used Collect+ and it is great for small but heavy items as they have a max size of 50x30x30cm. I've also used Hermes through Parcel2Go which is also reasonably cheap but gives you the flexibility of something being up to 1m long

BabylonPI Wed 29-Aug-12 18:10:51

Well I've bitten the bullet and registered a new account as a business seller. I've relisted all of my items and a few for my parents too, including a trailer with a start price of £300 which already has 4 watchers!!

If this sells, does it count and do I get gold??? grin

LineRunnerFlameBurning Wed 29-Aug-12 20:25:49

I've just had the weirdest day. I decided to try Gumtree and have had more sales and interest there in a day than I've had from ebay in a month.


Cash at the door, so no worries about 'SNADs'
No fees
No waiting for PayPal to release money after 21 days
No aggressive messages from scam buyers wanting to keep the item plus a refund
No worring about Seller Account Status


People have to ring you up / come to your front door / front room. (But that can happen with ebay anyway for Collection.)

What am I missing? grin

LineRunnerFlameBurning Wed 29-Aug-12 20:26:35

Babylon Yes you will get gold!

notcitrus Wed 29-Aug-12 20:46:33

Well I got some items listed on Monday, but little interest so far: here

Also have created photobucket account for pics of nappies for listing on clothnappytree, and have some things to go on Gumtree.

I'm even more motivated as I opened my payslip today and had nasty surprise - I thought this was my last month on full pay, not first on SMP...

CagneyNLacey Wed 29-Aug-12 20:55:19

Oooh that's interesting, LineRunner. I will put an ad on my local Gumtree now and see if anything happens soon, thanks for tip smile

BabylonPI Wed 29-Aug-12 21:39:36

Woohoo!! We're up to 15 watchers and two msgs asking me to end early!!
I've politely declined and shall let the auction run grin

dizzyday07 Wed 29-Aug-12 21:43:05

I have listed a few bits to hopefully go before we move next week!

LineRunnerFlameBurning Wed 29-Aug-12 22:21:20

And you get to put loads of free photos on Gumtree.

I have to say that my 'ebay training' makes my Gumtree adverts look pretty good - keywords, accurate descriptions, nice photos. Thank you ebay!

notcitrus Wed 29-Aug-12 22:26:20

Ooh, that CollectPlus service looks good - there's a shop for it on my nursery run. Time to create bundles of baby clothes...

VoldemortsNipple Wed 29-Aug-12 22:39:06

I've hot over 20 watcher on two pairs of shoes. One pair are trainers that dh bought off eBay but didn't fit. We have the money back on them already. I also put Dr. Marten's on for 99p because the soles had a lot of wear to them smile

EmptyCrispPackets Wed 29-Aug-12 23:12:01

Ive listed some unwanted gifts, kids books and shoes. Lots of watchers on some of it.

Im interested in the business seller thing as last month I had to stop listing as the branded products totted up. What do I have to do? Do you pay more fees?

BabylonPI Thu 30-Aug-12 05:55:27

I haven't paid anything so far smile

I know I won't be able to take advantage of free listings anymore but hey ho smile

Only downside so far is that I can only have 10 listings until DSRs start to arrive confused

BabylonPI Thu 30-Aug-12 05:57:18

I am going to look at gumtree too smile

I have listed 11 items of clothes and 6 have 1 bid so far (only a £1 or 99p), all ending this weekend smile. I have a loft full of girls and ladies clothes that no longer fit sad - plus sorting out a bag to sell by weight to local recycling group as not worth listing individually.
I have been looking on Facebook - alot of places have facebook local selling pages - I am not sure if its ok to mention the dreaded fb on here blush but it might be good as there are no selling fees?

CagneyNLacey Thu 30-Aug-12 10:28:10

Bloody hell, I love Gumtree! Put something on late last night and got a text for it this morning. Thanks LineRunner!

LineRunnerFlameBurning Thu 30-Aug-12 14:11:24

smile Good old Gumtree!

Can someone tell me, is it frowned upon to list an item on Gumtree and ebay at the same time? How would that work?

lljkk Thu 30-Aug-12 14:46:01

Out of 45 items, I have
bids on 5
37 watchers on 10 items (including most of those with bids)

I'm very satisfied with that, especially with 2-5 days still to run on many.
And about 10 more items to list next FLW.

My problem is I see too many things on my premises I am tempted to list, having to sit on my hands almost.
Does anyone know, Free-listing-weekends are limited to 100 items, and 99p items are free to list up to 100 listings per month, but does that mean I could do 100x99p listings in a month, AND 100 FLW listings per FLW, even if there were 2xFLWs in a month, or is the free cap = 100/month from all sources?

If there were 2xFLWs in the same calendar month, could I do in that month
100 x 99p listings
and 2 x 100 x FLW listings? Or 300 listings in total?

Sorry if that's garbled, hopefully someone knows what I meant!

lljkk Thu 30-Aug-12 14:48:57

LineRunner Ebay rules allow you to advertise & sell stuff elsewhere, Gumtree doesn't take a cut of your sale price so they don't care. No conflicts.
BUT, on Ebay you'll sometimes get private msgs: "Can I come collect today & buy that from you today for £10?" type of thing, which is potentially a temptation to let them come, they collect & pay, and then you could end the auction on Ebay saying you sold it elsewhere but having paid no fees inspite of using Ebay's advertising service.

It's immoral, obviously, and against Ebay rules.

LineRunnerFlameBurning Thu 30-Aug-12 14:50:01

I think you can, Iljkk.

The normal 100 per month quota is for auctions starting at 99p.

The FLW quota is for items starting at at least £1.

Tortoise Fri 31-Aug-12 07:54:44

I'm in. Listed lots on FLW and just had email about free listing all this week! I'm going to be busy I think lol.
Have a fairly new business account to run at same time so its going to be tricky to do 30 hours on that and list on other account.

Babylon Did you know that as a business seller you are self employed and need to register with inland revenue for tax?

BenedictsCumberbitch Fri 31-Aug-12 08:06:32

I got that email too! Free listings between the 1st & 6th September, gonna make the most of that.

PurpleFrog Fri 31-Aug-12 08:51:28

No, BenedictsCumberbitch, free listing between 1st and 9th Sept inclusive! grin

BenedictsCumberbitch Fri 31-Aug-12 09:32:49

Haha yep you're right, I had a spot of number dyslexia there I think! Even better!

HiccupHaddockHorrendous Fri 31-Aug-12 13:13:41

I'm in!

Have had an eBay break over the summer except for relisting a couple of things.

I am on a serious mission to clear the clutter and try to recoup a little bit of the money I've spent on my bloomin car over the last couple of months!

The car is the first thing to go up for sale! Will try Gumtree first though.

HiccupHaddockHorrendous Fri 31-Aug-12 14:43:49

Right, the car and two buggies are now listed on Gumtree and one of the buggies is already on eBay. It has 7 watchers so far...please may someone bid on it so I can make a little bit of space!! grin

I have recently discovered freecycle so will be trying to offload as much stuff as possible that way to speed up the decluttering process. I have held on to so many things thinking I will eBay or carboot them but a few years on and they're still here!

Now I am heading upstairs <gulp> to make a start on ds' bedroom...wish me luck!

LineRunner Fri 31-Aug-12 14:47:26

Be brave, Hiccup, and go boldy ... I finally got a load of old school stuff shifted from DD's room (books, musical & sports stuff, uniform ...). Yay.

dizzyday07 Fri 31-Aug-12 22:50:15

Hiccup - I too am trying to use Freecycle to get rid of some of out unwanted tat! We are moving next week so I've tried to only keep bits that should sell so I'll give that a go in the run up to Xmas.

I had my washable nappy bundle pulled by Ebay (which I hoped would sneak through blush) so I will have to find another place to sell them.

I have a few watchers on some of my bits so hopefully they will go and I'll have even less to pack!

LineRunner Sat 01-Sep-12 16:09:06

Well, there's certainly a lot more interest in my ebay listing than there has been since early July. Looks like things are finally picking up!

So it's free listing now till the 9th - is that the final FLW till Christmas?

Mirage Sat 01-Sep-12 19:08:38

I'm over half way already-£167 so far.I'm running out of things to sell now though.I'm eyeing DH's collection of old shooting/superhero magazines,all 4 storage boxes of them!

EmptyCrispPackets Sat 01-Sep-12 20:45:22

Ive sold about £20 of stuff so far hmm

Have a box in the bedroom of dresses etc that's going to go on.

Bongaloo Sat 01-Sep-12 21:26:55

So what happens about the ebay & paypal fees?
Do they come off automatically, or should I expect an invoice afterwards?

BabylonPI Sat 01-Sep-12 22:28:52

I have just the one listing at the moment. It's got 61 watchers and 2 bids, with the highest being £310 grin

I requested higher selling allowances this morning, and after confirming my phone number, I can now sell up to £3500 per month grin I started off with being allowed 10 listings and a max of £650 grin

LineRunner Sat 01-Sep-12 22:31:25

Bongaloo, I get a monthly invoice. I can either pay this from my PayPal account; or if I don't I have set it up to be deducted from a bank card. You can see what you owe if you go to your 'Account' tab.

Bongaloo Sat 01-Sep-12 22:38:36

Thanks LineRunner
I've much to learn as I go along.

But have made about £7 today. I guess the idea for me (selling little cheap items) should be to just bombard ebay with listings
<charges camera battery for morning>

VoldemortsNipple Sat 01-Sep-12 22:46:17

Up to now I should have at least $70 (pound) by Monday. Hopefully it should raise quite a bit more than that. I have 41 watches on my doc marten's which started off at 99p smile

I have a couple of winter coats to go on tomorrow. I've also got a couple of coast dresses but I need to get them cleaned first.

bluecarrot Sat 01-Sep-12 22:55:44

Well, I have two items ending today from last weekends free listing time and made a whopping £6 before fees.

However, watchers on everything that ends tomorrow, plus 25 new listings started this evening.

Have a few ready to put on tomorrow night but going to sort a few more similar items and then make them live at the same time (ish) in the hope it will encourage people to buy more than one thing!

HiccupHaddockHorrendous Sat 01-Sep-12 23:31:55

Wow, Babylon! What are you selling?!

I have finally, after how many years months, listed the bloomin Playmobil Victorian mansion grin. I think I spent the whole of last year planning on listing it then listed it many times with the aim to edit the description and add photos but every time I pulled it with no bids.

I've also put the second pushchair on.

I started taking photos of Winter clothes but I'm not sure whether to bother or to just send them to the charity shop. I only got rid of about half of the summer things I wanted to and almost all went for their start price.

Any opinions?

LineRunner Sat 01-Sep-12 23:40:07

Hiccup, I know that 2nd hand clothes are a pain in the arse to sell on ebay, but I am using the free listings to start bids at £3.99, £5 etc, and getting some interest, to make it worth my while!

The summer lull seems to be ending.

HiccupHaddockHorrendous Sat 01-Sep-12 23:54:31

What sort of clothes are you selling?

In the past, I've sold ds' better stuff and found it a bit hit and miss. Last year, I sold some of my clothes and was surprised at some of the things that sold well (eg George/Sainsburys).

Nearly all my summer stuff I sold earlier this year was from Matalan.

LineRunner Sun 02-Sep-12 00:03:29

Outgrown teenager stuff mostly. Mix of H&M, New Look and Adidas! Some nice coats and jackets, rarely worn.

F4ttyBumBum Sun 02-Sep-12 09:30:43

I can't believe that I have 4 watchers and no bids for a reasonably priced Missoni jacket and 13 watchers and 3 bids for a pair of Sainsbury's trousers!!

Sold some of the baby stuff last night, got women's clothes ending tonight, come on buyers!!

lljkk Sun 02-Sep-12 12:30:01

I once had 8 watchers but only one bid, on a 99p item. Then she didn't pay, which turned out to be a good thing, despite the aggro. After NPBing her I put it in the Freeads & sold for a decent price, local collection.

DH & I have agreed to flog one of the bicycles (we have nearly 2 dozen blush). Once that goes, I should easily have £300 smile.

I'm going to join this challenge in the hope that it will get me back motivated.

You can list 150 items between now and next Sunday for free but not got much on yet need the kids to get back to school and stop taking stuff back smile.


Here is what I have on the moment smile

Wishing everyone lots of luck hope ebay starts picking up !!

It still amazes me that top stuff can sell for a pittance and you get a bidding war on a primark dress.

I suppose thats what keeps us all interested smile

HiccupHaddockHorrendous Sun 02-Sep-12 14:01:35

Maybe I should just concentrate on the cheaper lines of clothes...which would be useful as I rarely buy anything else these days grin.

There is a Matalan clearance shop near me and they often have things for £1/£1.50 so I buy loads of random things for £20 or £30 in the hope that some of it will fit and look ok on. There are no changing rooms and you can't return things so I now have a pile of BN items which are no good.

Very slow start for me today. I could do with a little snooze before the next listing session but I fear the rest of the day will be gone if I sleep now.

fergoose Sun 02-Sep-12 14:13:56

If you process listings during the day but schedule them for future (say couple of weeks) then before that scheduled time go in of an evening at say 9pm and edit the listings so they are listed immediately. You then don't pay the 6p scheduling fee, can list throughout the day at your leisure, but have items ending at a far better time of day to attract buyers.

I never end listings during the day - you don't get nearly as many buyers as you do during the evening.

Tortoise Sun 02-Sep-12 14:16:43

Here's last weeks listings.

I'm finding since postage changes i'm checking postage before i bid because i know that a pair of jeans for example, won't cost £4+ to post and would only be £2.70. It has made listing and pricing postage a lot easier.

Loads more to list when i get around to taking some photos! Running out of space to store my stuff and business stock! grin

Tortoise Sun 02-Sep-12 14:17:42

fergoose I use that tip loads. Makes life a lot easier.

Bubbless Sun 02-Sep-12 14:32:42

okay, havent had time to read the entire thread- but plan on later- so hi!

ive got 10 items up on ebay at the mo, but its saying ive hit a limit blah blah blah
so ive got to wait for them to send me a letter so i can sell more at a time ¬¬
also; how do you calculate how much it will cost to send the item? im useless at charging the right amount for postage and some money always ends up coming out of my profits!

chihiro Sun 02-Sep-12 14:35:22

I am so in on this this year. Just had an email from ebay about no insertion fees this week, but the twins only do mornings at school from the 10th and full days from the 17th so I'm not going to find much time to do listings before then.

Got loads of baby clothes and equipment, books and DVDs - some of which may get decent amounts, others prob. only a quid, but hopefully it will all add up.

I not only need enough for a decent Christmas, but a new battery for my car, some new autumn/winter clothes and I want to get the sewing machine repaired so I need a lot of sales.

Good luck to everyone - hope you're getting lots of bids.

lljkk Sun 02-Sep-12 15:03:30

It helps if you can get a good set of kitchen scales, some that weigh up to 3kg accurately.

Small packet 2nd class rate,
up to 749g, is £2.20 charge from Royal Mail.
750g-1kg 2nd class is £3.50.
Parcels up to 2 kg is £5.30,
and £8.80 for up to 4kg.

I add 30-70p to the RM prices (prefer to duck out of the debate over whether that's outrageous, that slight overcharge helps to make for the many times I get the charge way too low).

By now I can usually guess just holding something in my hand if weighs under 750g, over 2kg, etc. I go to desperate measures to keep the weight of packaging down.

I've sent a few things for just a 2nd class stamp recently, nice to put the P+P charge down to 80p!

2nd class.


Bubbless Sun 02-Sep-12 15:11:06

thank you so much! id hate to rip someone off, but on the other hand dont want to be caught short!
will see how this goes...

BabylonPI Sun 02-Sep-12 15:14:24

It's a car transporting trailer wink

There are smaller ones listed with buy it now prices of £700-£900 and they're selling!!

We're now up to 72 watchers and still 2 bids but am expecting a bidding war in a week or so grin

Best of all, anything it clears over £350, we get to keep too grin Dad said the trailer had cost him £350 and that's all he wants back - anything over that is mine!!!!

EmptyCrispPackets Sun 02-Sep-12 15:44:57

Don't forget collectplus, 5kg for £4.99, £3.99 for 3kg

dizzyday07 Sun 02-Sep-12 16:29:23

Just sold a box of mixed toys & games I was going to give to the local charity shop for £25. Result!

Tortoise Sun 02-Sep-12 16:45:30

Only problem with collect+ is that they use Yodel and they are shite lol. Been waiting over a week for a parcel to arrive!

EmptyCrispPackets Sun 02-Sep-12 16:45:52

How do I stop eBay trying to put a maximum on postage of £4 for heavy / bulky items? I've got some books for sale and it will be £5 to post..

lljkk Sun 02-Sep-12 16:56:22

You can't, it sucks. You have to raise the starting price to cover the postage excess, which means you'll pay 10% FVF to EBay, on that part (the excess just to cover postage) of the starting price.

Can you split your book lots up to come under 1 kg? Or use CollectPlus as linked to above who only charge £4 up to 3 kg? But watch insurance, conditions, etc.

Tortoise Sun 02-Sep-12 17:23:41

I put it in the description that postage will be x amount but ebay won't let me put in a price above x.
Also ive got a feeling job lot items don't have a postage cost restriction so could put there instead of books.

EmptyCrispPackets Sun 02-Sep-12 19:15:51

Yes was planning on using collect & plus.. I'm thinking maybe I'll edit the listings as I have some journals for sale so may list those as books

I've just tried adding some of mine and OHs branded items and it won't let me as apparently I've reached my allowance this month hmm any idea how to get around this? I've requested higher allowances. Can't see why as I've been a member 6 years and 100% feedback

EmptyCrispPackets Sun 02-Sep-12 19:29:08

Also I did the scheduled listing thing, so I can come back tonight and edit. Just went into edit and it's now charging me to list! I don't know where I've gone wrong blush

It is coming up 15p listing fee and 6p for scheduled listing? Hmmm. Help.

fergoose Sun 02-Sep-12 19:31:25

Is the 15p for a buy it now?

It will say it is charging you 6p for scheduling, but as long as you edit and send to live auction before the time of the scheduling you shouldn't be charged.

EmptyCrispPackets Sun 02-Sep-12 20:26:27

No bit it's starting price was £1.99 could that be why it's not free listing?

I went into list now but it gave me a few minutes ahead of time, using the eBay iPad app so maybe I need to switch to safari?

fergoose Sun 02-Sep-12 20:41:27

no - it should be free due to the free lisiing.

LineRunner Sun 02-Sep-12 23:55:54

Can I ask about addresses?

When I sell something I get an email from ebay (with a shipping address) and then when the buyer pays I get an email from PayPal (with a shipping address).

98% of the time the addresses are the same.

Today I've had two sales where the addresses differ. (Not 'gift' addresses.)

I have messaged both to say, can you confirm you are happy that I post the items to your PayPal shipping address, as it differs from the address ebay sent me?

Heard nothing back. What do I do? I'm worried I'll get hammered on dispatch time.

Tortoise Mon 03-Sep-12 06:54:06

I always send to paypal address otherwise I don't think you are covered by paypal if it gets lost in the post. Because I print labels through ebay I assume its the right address!

lljkk Mon 03-Sep-12 09:49:25

I never notice if there are different addresses at all.

Is Paypal address the same as the one that comes up with "Order Details"?

fergoose Mon 03-Sep-12 10:06:09

You have to send to the Paypal address otherwise you lose all seller protection.

I'd like to join again but not sure how much I have to sell after clearing loads for the house move. Will start ebaying once kids are in school.

HiccupHaddockHorrendous Mon 03-Sep-12 17:13:19

Yay, just made my first sale of the challenge! I now have £11 in the pot - woohoo!!

Desperately need to shift some buggies next grin. I currently have four cluttering up the hallway with two of them listed. 9 watchers on one of them...might drop the price just to get a couple of bids.

LineRunner Mon 03-Sep-12 17:50:08

Thanks, everyone.

I've now got a buyer whose PayPal shipping address doesn't make sense - 18, Something Avenue, Leeds, East Sussex (with a Leeds post code).

Why does PayPal accept these mistakes?

VoldemortsNipple Mon 03-Sep-12 20:49:06

I've just sold my doc marten's for 47.50 grin They were two years old too. Putting them on for 99p definatly paid off.

Im over a third way there. I made $120 this week smile

LineRunner Mon 03-Sep-12 20:56:35

Nice one.

I found some old doc m's in my shed. They are ruined!

I am IN! Got loads of junk to get rid of. Do you reckon it's coat selling time yet? Ready to dive in to my coat cupboard!

Linerunner, get them on! Just describe them as 'full of character'!

Bubbless Mon 03-Sep-12 21:45:17

okay.. this may sounds stupid! im new to all of this!

but i sold something on ebay..
money went into my palpal..
transfered money from paypal into my bank (halifax)
its no longer in my paypal.. nor is it in my halifax?!?!

Tortoise Mon 03-Sep-12 21:53:43

DMs, even well worn ones, do seem to sell well.
Bubbless How long ago did you transfer it? Think it takes upto 5 days to get to bank account but goes straight out of paypal.

Sold a few items tonight. Converse sold for £13 which im happy with.
Surprised that some Boden/Mini Boden didn't sell. Wondering if its partly to do with low feedback so far on new account. Need to list more to get feedback up.
Will be re-listing tomorrow night.

CagneyNLacey Tue 04-Sep-12 03:21:27

Well so far I've made £210 all together, which I'm shock about, but so pleased as we are completely skint. I now don't have to worry about Christmas as have money for presents, quite a relief.

I think some stuff I listed at too low a price but it went, Christmas is sorted and the house is getting organised so it's ok.

Got more bits finishing today and relisted what didn't sell. Thanks for starting this thread!

lljkk Tue 04-Sep-12 10:11:33

Ooh!!! Free extra photos (so excited). Hope that's all week, is it only on bicycles or other categories, too? Anyway, am well pleased.

OTOH, I have a buyer claiming that an item arrived in pieces today. There are only 2 pieces, one of which I myself couldn't manage to detach from the other piece. It's a sports heart monitor, so unless the packaging was shredded, I don't see how item could arrive in pieces. Not worth postage to ask for it back (sigh). I have said I'd like to see a picture. I sold it for spares which meant spare strap to many of the buyers, I think.

Think I will give full refund & put him on my blocked list.

PurpleFrog Tue 04-Sep-12 10:59:05

I managed to get 8 items up on Sunday - 3 new ones and 5 re-lists. I have watchers on 3 items of the items so far. I hope to get some more stuff sorted and listed over the next few days while the Free Listing continues.

I made £10 from Gumtree yesterday, so only £290 to go! grin

Bongaloo Tue 04-Sep-12 12:10:30

Cor well done Cagney!

Thanks for the tip earlier about the rescheduling/editting fergoose - that's going to really suit me. You know how it is, trying to do stuff in the cracks of the day: the ebay bits have been going on in such dribs and drabs and not finishing at the best times.

Anyway, first 4 packages went off yesterday, I hope the buyers are happy.
I'm about £15 up - I could clear a couple of hundred by xmas at that rate.

FoofyShmooffer Tue 04-Sep-12 12:22:39


I'd like to join in. Wanted to do the last one but couldn't my backside in gear. Anyway, listed 13 items last weekend sold 10 made £54.00 so I'm pretty pleased about that.

It's absolutely all for Christmas or it'll be slim pickings on the present front.
I'm quite new to ebaying and I think I might be putting my postage too low and my starting price to low but I'll get used to it.

How often do free listing weekends come about?

7 of my items sold and I have made £20 - £280 to go grin

Cremolafoam Tue 04-Sep-12 19:10:49

Just did a PO run this afternoon . I am £ 41.75 up! And postage cost less than my estimate( cooking scales plus Postie app)

£ 300 attainable if I do a proper clean out.
Good idea to have a support thread.
iPhone has streamlined selling for megrin

LineRunner Tue 04-Sep-12 19:12:53

I don't know about free listings after this week. They are usually every 2nd or 3rd weekend but this is my first 'ebay Christmas'!

Tortoise Tue 04-Sep-12 22:47:31

Listed some more items tonight plus re-listed unsold items.
I've gone for 5 days, then as soon as they end Sunday i can re-list for free!

Lots more to list but am slacking on business account listing. I think i need to tell WTC that i am doing less hours. Really shouldn't have listened to the woman at the job centre who said put down 30 hours a week. I really can't do that much!

Mirage Tue 04-Sep-12 23:20:23

I've got £20 so far on an old plastic cowboy and horse that I found in the loft.It has 10 watchers and 3 days to go yet.I've lost one of my jobs so have a lot of lost wages to make up.

notcitrus Tue 04-Sep-12 23:33:30

Off the mark - bids on 2 items for £15, and an item I put on Gumtree sold as someone on Twitter asked if anyone had one for sale and I replied 'yes actually' - £50, cash, no fees or hassle!

Have taken a wad of other photos for selling, and sorted out lots of baby clothes in good condition. How many items in a bundle is best? All Next/Gap type brands.
I also have some adorable snowsuits that I'm a bit sad dd will never wear, but she's in 9-12 month clothes and anything smaller has to go.

LineRunner Tue 04-Sep-12 23:40:59


Is there still a 30 hour WTC threshold? i.e. if you work 30+ hours you get a little extra tax credit? <out of touch>

God these listings take forever.

BeaWheesht Wed 05-Sep-12 07:14:36

Hi all
I'm amazed by your selling prowess!!
I've never sold on eBay before. Is it still Free listings?? Would you mind giving me some top tips of how to get started? I have an iPhone but am clueless with it so far !! Only had it few days.
Thanks in advance

Tortoise Wed 05-Sep-12 07:18:16

Linerunner 16 hours is the minimum for wtc but get more for 30 hours. I like Ebaying but not up to listing 5 hours a day 6 days a week lol. 20 hours might be better.

BenedictsCumberbitch Wed 05-Sep-12 08:07:58

Bea you need to download the eBay app onto your phone, hit the selling tab and it's pretty self explanatory from thereon in.

BeaWheesht Wed 05-Sep-12 10:03:53

ok, Ive downloaded the app - will try and work it all out. Thanks

Cremolafoam Wed 05-Sep-12 10:47:15

Bea- how are you getting on.?

I have set up a photo corner in the spare room for taking decent shots of items. Old white sheet and in good daylight. It's great you can have up to 12 photos now for free in

Just to say if you can get the listings to end on a Saturday afternoon or Sunday evening it's better as people tend to do bidding at the end of

Bea - the Postie app is good for estimating postage costs. I always lost out by underestimating so have to be a bit careful.
Pound land has packets of 10 post bags for a quid ATM . Handy for clothinggrin

Cremolafoam Wed 05-Sep-12 10:50:39

Tortoise I'm giggling at the donkey kong bongosgrin

Tortoise Wed 05-Sep-12 11:00:21


TeWiDoesTheHulaInHawaii Wed 05-Sep-12 11:14:15

Getting on the thread, will start listing after we've moved house.

Good luck everyone!

BeaWheesht Wed 05-Sep-12 11:30:53

I haven't started yet dd is being a nightmare. Glad i read thread though as I have several pairs of doc martens I can sell.
Other things I have to sell are maternity jeans and toys.
Is posture app a separate thing from the eBay app? Off to have a look.

Bongaloo Wed 05-Sep-12 12:26:29

Tortoise: "I've gone for 5 days, then as soon as they end Sunday i can re-list for free!"

<kicks self>

Cremolafoam Wed 05-Sep-12 12:31:47

Yes it's called Postie and it's a free
Also handy is the Paypal app.

BeaWheesht Wed 05-Sep-12 13:38:13

Thanks - I have the app - looks good smile

Is it still free listing?

PurpleFrog Wed 05-Sep-12 14:55:23

Yep - free listing continues until Sunday !

BabylonPI Wed 05-Sep-12 21:53:55

Well I've done it!! My trailer is at £435 so far with 2 days 20 hours remaining!!!

I've had 6 bids, 812 views and there are 143 watchers shock grin

BeaWheesht Wed 05-Sep-12 22:39:43

Well I've listed five items - wish me luck!!

Tortoise Wed 05-Sep-12 23:40:20

Wow that's fab Babylon.

PurpleFrog Thu 06-Sep-12 08:45:11

Fab? In my book it is definitely cheating! wink

TeWiDoesTheHulaInHawaii Thu 06-Sep-12 08:54:40


TeWiDoesTheHulaInHawaii Thu 06-Sep-12 08:58:38

good work!

BeaWheesht Thu 06-Sep-12 09:26:45

Ive set a starting price of £5 can I also set a higher reserve?

lljkk Thu 06-Sep-12 09:37:15

Don't you have to pay fees to set a reserve? I'd just start auction at my reserve price, keep things simple.

Oh bum, I've had to refund £7 for an item that arrived damaged; I could claim off of Royal Mail but I can't face it (this is second time it's happened to me, though, I should grit my teeth & figure out how to do that).

The item (hard rubber, about 12" long by 2.5" wide) arrived in 4 pieces but the packaging (just an A4 envelope & 2 layers of thick plastic inside) was undamaged, how does that happen? confused I usually send everything in Jiffy bags, was just experimenting with how to keep the weight down, will go back to padded bags I guess!

BeaWheesht Thu 06-Sep-12 11:08:16

What on earth was the item???

Tortoise Thu 06-Sep-12 11:21:33

12" long, hard rubber shock hmm grin

lljkk Thu 06-Sep-12 13:30:56

lol, a heart rate monitor. Like this, only no watch. Sold for spares.

btw: has anyone gone thru the process of claiming from RM for damaged items ?

I am writing off this loss. I don't want to antagonise buyer still further by asking them to take their time to package it up & send it back. I would pay the buyer for their time & trouble to post it back, if it were a much higher value item. Maybe I need to understand the process for future ref. Would RM refund me postage cost for them to return it to me to make the claim, for instance? I am trying to figure out when it becomes cost-effective to put in claims for damage.

PurpleFrog Thu 06-Sep-12 14:02:29

I have claimed a couple of times for items - one lost, one broken - and been reimbursed each time for the item and postage. You can download a form from the Royal Mail's website. I enclosed Proof of Posting and eBay invoice when I sent it back.

In one of my cases, I was actually the buyer. The seller sent me the Proof af Posting and told me to claim... hmm I didn't realise at the time that it is the sellers reponsibility to refund then claim themselves.

notcitrus Thu 06-Sep-12 23:20:53

Listed a few more small items - though looks like the world and its dog are listing atm so baby clothes fetching almost nothing.
Have listed lots of nappy wraps and nappies on clothnappytree though - never sold there before so will see how that goes. (here if interested...

BabylonPI Thu 06-Sep-12 23:31:23

PurpleFrog why is it cheating??!! confused

You got me all confused that I've done something wrong now confused

Oh, and we're up to £520 now grin. I don't know how to link to it, but if you search for Indespension Twin Axle 3 Tonne Trailer - it should appear! grin

CointreauVersial Thu 06-Sep-12 23:37:08

I did the Easter challenge, and sailed into Gold Medal position (thanks mainly to my old box of 1970s Pippa Dolls and clothes which my mum found in the loft and which raised over £200).

But I didn't list anything in the summer, because I ran out of steam. I MUST get back to it.

Free listing is until Sunday, is that right??

CointreauVersial Thu 06-Sep-12 23:40:43

Hey, Cremola, fancy seeing you here?!

The Easter eBay thread was very motivating; let's hope that I get my arse in gear once more so I can spend the money on scarves.

lljkk Fri 07-Sep-12 04:21:36

I have claimed for lost stuff before, but damaged is a new experience, it means getting damaged item back from annoyed buyer & sending it off after that to RM, lots more faff than merely lost.

At least the buyer of my broken item agreed to cancel the transaction so no risk of Neg Feedback (whew). I sent something else this week (a baseball cap) in just plastic bag & envelope & now I am panicking that will arrive in pieces too. Never again! Didn't even save on postage cost, either (slaps forehead).

I am listing about 30 items tonite & 30 more tomorrow. shock

BeaWheesht Fri 07-Sep-12 04:46:48

Well I have 2 bids and 13 watcher on some Shoes. Bids only at £5 and was offered £15 last night buy it now but refused - think may have made mistake but oh we'll you live and Learn. My other items have a few watchers each so we shall see. Nothing is major value though, one item is being roundly ignored too!!
I can only list ten things this month apparently is that cos I am new? If so will it increase ?

PurpleFrog Fri 07-Sep-12 07:47:38

Sorry Babylon. You haven't done anything wrong. I was just jealous that you passed the £300 mark with one item. envy I think there should also be a challenge to see who can sell the most items to trickle over the £300 mark - I would definitely be in the running for that! grin

Cremolafoam Fri 07-Sep-12 10:38:28

<Waves at CV from under a pile of bubble wrap and tat>

BabylonPI Fri 07-Sep-12 11:40:45

Oh phew!! I thought I'd done something bad!! Lol!!

I'm usually the one with 100s listings and make about £50 profit hmmconfused

I'm in but I a newbie only sold about 10 things to date, I've got a velour green and pink Juicy Couture bag to sell, never used. Is it better to wait until closer to Christmas for this to get a better price? Thanks

I'm going to count NCT NNS in my total though or I won't get anywhere near.

Mirage Fri 07-Sep-12 15:42:49

Arghh! I listed a wax jacket and put in the listing twice that it is collection only,due to weight.A numpty with 1 feedback has bid on it,won and paid.I emailed to ask her when she wanted to collect-turns out that she lives 100 miles away and wanted to know if I could post it.I've sent her an invoice for the postage via paypal,which she hasn't paid and she has just emailed to ask if I've posted it yet.I've replied that as soon as she pays the postage that she agreed to,I'll post it.I've just got a feeling that this is going to go bandy and would rather cancel the whole transaction now and start again.Can I do this if I just refund her what she has paid? Thanks.

CagneyNLacey Fri 07-Sep-12 17:12:56

Not sure as never experienced this but i would want to cancel, refund, email her with explanation and then block her for being a tool.

BeaWheesht Fri 07-Sep-12 17:39:04

I need help from you eBay experts

Someone has asked if they can bid from the USA is there a reason to say no????

Cremolafoam Fri 07-Sep-12 18:53:22

Well not really but be vv careful about the postal price. Wrap item and take down to PO and get a quote . Can be v expensive .
You can add international shipping on your listing through the edit your listing button.

Or you can just say no not available if you don't want the hassle.

BeaWheesht Fri 07-Sep-12 19:13:22

Thanks so would the postie ap not work?

Cremolafoam Fri 07-Sep-12 19:41:42

Oh yes bea sorry it's been a long weekgrin

Got neutral feedback today after putting a lengthy honest description of a thing with 12 photos .
Some people are v hard to please. She paid £ 1.54 for it. FGS and says it doesn't fit her.sad

BeaWheesht Fri 07-Sep-12 19:45:07

Some people just like to moan!!!

--looks pointedly at children-

HiccupHaddockHorrendous Sat 08-Sep-12 09:35:51

I'm a bit fed up of refreshing my listings and realising there are still no bids sad.

I have 34 watchers on the PM dolls house. I massively reduced the start price in the hope that it would encourage someone to bid. Now I'm a little concerned that it's not going to reach a good price.

There are also 12 watchers on a buggy. Just one bid on that would make me very happy grin.

There are a couple of watchers on another item but that is it.

I really hope things pick up a bit.

HiccupHaddockHorrendous Sat 08-Sep-12 11:43:09

Woohoo, got a bid!! And picked up a couple more watchers...feeling happier now grin

Tortoise Sat 08-Sep-12 15:03:53

Things aren't looking good for my listings on either account! Barely any watchers and no bids.

Beats me, two watchers and no bids.

Damn, some things haven't even been viewed.

BeaWheesht Sat 08-Sep-12 17:56:16

Well my bids are currently totalling £40 which is ok- they fjnish tonight.

When are you allowed to list more than 10 items a month?

LaVitaBellissima Sat 08-Sep-12 18:01:30

I've just seen this, I'm a bit late to the party but am going to get going tonight whilst watching x factor
I'd love to earn a few hundred pound!
Good luck everyone smile

ukulelelady Sat 08-Sep-12 18:02:49

It's free until a minute to midnight tomorrow. The trick is not to buy more stuff on eBay, which is hard cos you have to do your market research, right. Next thing your thinking oh that's nice.... I do like a challenge, I'm trying to make £25 a month on eBay, that way it's manageable and there's usually free listings once a month.

lljkk Sat 08-Sep-12 19:28:14

How do you know if items have been viewed, do I need to include a counter, will it count my own viewings, too?

HiccupHaddockHorrendous Sat 08-Sep-12 19:41:44

Lljkk - my counter shows automatically on the app I use but you can include a counter on the main eBay site when you list the item.

I now have 45 watchers and three bids on the PM mansion so am a little bit hopeful that it will sell well <fingers crossed the watchers aren't all selling the same thing and checking out the competition!>

Still no change in bids / watchers. Do you think everyone is just listing items onto ebay for the free listing and not buying anything?

BeaWheesht Sat 08-Sep-12 21:20:09

Ah quick someone help me again please???

My auctions are all ending - how do I check they've paid / do I need to send an invoice?

Tortoise Sat 08-Sep-12 21:46:21

I have 1 bid! All ending tomorrow. This week has been deadly quiet. I can only assume it's because everyone is too busy listing!

Bea You will get an email from paypal telling you that you have received a payment also will be marked as paid in your sold items on ebay. You don't have to send invoices but i do if they haven't paid by the next morning.

BeaWheesht Sat 08-Sep-12 22:15:57

Thanks tortoise

I've made £66 grin

Now, I haven't used PayPal in ageS- is there an idiots guide anywhere?? I'm lost

BeaWheesht Sat 08-Sep-12 22:19:24

Also sorry to ask more advice but I don't know what account my PayPal is connects to?? Ie which bank account - so.... Where will I find put or does the money stay in PayPal? I'm concerned it may be connected to a defunct bank acc.

fergoose Sat 08-Sep-12 22:37:19

log into your paypal account then you can view your bank account details from there and if necessary add a different account

Tortoise Sat 08-Sep-12 22:43:20

The money stays in paypal until you transfer it (or spend it on ebay lol!)
Your acccoun

Tortoise Sat 08-Sep-12 22:44:37

No idea how i managed to post that before i finished!
I was going to say account info will be found in paypal account and can be changed to whatever bank account you want.

BeaWheesht Sat 08-Sep-12 23:13:59

Thanks somuch tortoise you're a wee star!

Bubbless Sun 09-Sep-12 14:30:44

im with everyone else, ive got a couple of watchers on stuff but no bids.. everyone is too busy listing!

SomebodySaveMe Sun 09-Sep-12 14:40:41

Can I join in please? I have this lot ending today and in a few days. More to list tonight as well.

Sorry I can't do links on my phone

notcitrus Sun 09-Sep-12 16:54:00

Ebay really is dead atm, isn't it! Might be worth waiting and paying listing fees.

Hit another hurdle as ds played with my replacement camera and snapped the memory card, which is now stuck in the camera...

SomebodySaveMe Sun 09-Sep-12 17:17:15

I have a build a bear going for £10. I'm in shock as it was a 50p bootsale buy that DD hasn't really played with!

Does anyone buy to sell? It's something I'm considering but I'm not sure about rules, tax etc.

Tortoise Sun 09-Sep-12 17:22:07

Somebody I've bought 2 build a bear teddys cheap that have ended up selling well when DD didn't want them.

If you buy to sell you need to register as a business seller and also need to register as self employed with hmrc for tax purposes. I recently did this to get off of job seekers

LineRunner Sun 09-Sep-12 19:17:17

Not a bad day - lots of things didnt sell though so I'm relisting (for free!) to finish this time next week.

But things are definitely picking up.

lljkk Sun 09-Sep-12 19:46:24

Do you suppose a nice quality wooden puzzle but with no box, or box in poor condition, would be worth listing?

51 listings & 23 watchers on 2 bikes with starting prices of £120 or £350 smile.
Sadly we plan to replace them with a pair of wheels (used wheels, and no tyres or even quick releases, you understand, just wheels) costing £180ish, but even so, good start.

I have about 10 other things I could list tonite if I wasn't feeling so frazzled, but tbh, I am having trouble keeping track of my Pile of things to sell. Was sweating hard earlier when I couldn't find 2 very small things that sold last night (phew, now found). One of those still not paid for yet, mind <<frown>>

ps: Before you hate me, I usually only profit like £7/month.

TeWiDoesTheHulaInHawaii Sun 09-Sep-12 22:23:53

I would say good condition toys are always worth a shot. I buy without boxes (cheaper!)

Tortoise Sun 09-Sep-12 22:35:14

Sold 2 items tonight! Out of 30 odd.
One for £2.99 and a clothes bundle for £7.75.
Just re-listed all and listed DS's xbox, ipod and badly knackered iphone. Will be interesting to see if the iphone sells at all!

BabylonPI Sun 09-Sep-12 22:38:56

I sold an old knackered iphone3g last year for £82 so they do go grin

My trailer sold for £670.00 and is being collected on Tuesday. Ive got another 60+ listings to put on this week, including a couple of yummy mummy changing bags which seem to be selling very well and a 6 berth canvas frame tent - which may or may not shift, but we'll see!!

Tortoise Sun 09-Sep-12 22:46:33

Babylon It is the iPhone 3g. Even a tenner will be better than nothing.

LineRunner Sun 09-Sep-12 22:49:56

You know when you completely cock up P&P? I think I have just made a profit of 24p on a coat!

Tortoise Sun 09-Sep-12 22:50:42

Oh no Linerunner. I hate it when that happens.

LineRunner Sun 09-Sep-12 23:02:27

I think Babylon's trailer is fab, though!

Ah well lesson learned. I only started ebaying in June. Hopefully the buyer will appreciate her bargain and not want me to pay for her to return it!

PurpleFrog Mon 10-Sep-12 10:25:47

I had quite a good week overall. I had 8 items finishing on eBay yesterday, and sold 3. Better still, one of these items was on its 4th relist! I also had a sale on Gumtree and one in the local paper's £50 and under column - both things that I have advertised on and off for a while. I am beginning to feel that I am at last clearing the "backlog".

I managed to get 5 more things listed for free yesterday evening, and also relisted the things that hadn't sold. I have another 2 items finishing on eBay tonight, and one of these has bids. I definitely feel that things are picking-up again. smile

EmptyCrispPackets Mon 10-Sep-12 12:50:47

I've made £70 this week - not bad and some stuff I have to relist so hoping to get to £100 by end of week smile

Babylon, I'd be interested in the bags, can you link please?

lljkk Tue 11-Sep-12 12:00:20

I reckon quality toys are best listed between 15 Oct & 1 Dec (Xmas rush, & all). Cheaper toys I'll list every FLW going between now & forever.

I finally had a BNIB veg steamer sell after about 7 realists... could have blown me over with a feather when it went.

Currently, 46 watchers on the 2 bikes.

DH is amazed, I have talked the bikes down as much as I dare in the listings, great big pictures up of them, enormous enlargements of their rusty areas. One needs minor work, probably, too. I suppose buying quality to start has paid off in resale value.

35 watchers on the other 49 items.

Mirage Tue 11-Sep-12 13:58:00

I'm up to £181 odd now,but am holding off listing anything else until the next FLW.My instinct re my idiot buyer were correct,10 days late and she still hasn't paid for postage,and hasn't responded to my messages,so I've applied to cancel the transaction.I'm really annoyed at the amount of my time that she has wasted and I've been nothing but helpful and polite.arghh!

Might put the jacket on Gumtree of FB instead.

McPhee Tue 11-Sep-12 21:17:16

I've finally made a start grin

Only three items listed so far tonight, but tomorrow is 'E' day. Now I've got the ball rolling it'll be easier to get back in to the swing of it hopefully.

Anything which isn't tied down tomorrow is getting listed wink

HiccupHaddockHorrendous Tue 11-Sep-12 21:27:18

Yay! Just sold the PM mansion for £92 grin.

My current total is now £103.

I've only got three more items listed at the moment and not particuarly hopeful of any of them selling so I'd better get digging for more saleable goodies grin

Now, is there a way to disable the buying side of my account? I seem to be getting far too carried away with buggies blush.

Tortoise Tue 11-Sep-12 22:18:56

That's good hiccup.

DS2 is happy. His xbox has a bid! Only 1 other item has a bid but plenty of time.

BeaWheesht Wed 12-Sep-12 00:21:52

Sold another £14.50 worth tonight so sitting at about £80 so far I think

McPhee Wed 12-Sep-12 04:41:33

Is being given a limit of only being able to sell 10 items a month normal? I've just seen this on my selling page. I'm sure I've never had that before>??

BeaWheesht Wed 12-Sep-12 07:29:24

I have that too I presumes it was because I've lot sold before??

TeWiDoesTheHulaInHawaii Wed 12-Sep-12 07:40:48

Well done hiccup! I remember the ma.sion from last year...

McPhee Wed 12-Sep-12 09:22:49

I went in to my selling page via the free listings link. I wonder if that could be why?

Been selling on ebay since 2006 and never had a limit before hmm

Bongaloo Wed 12-Sep-12 10:44:08

Really must do some ironing and photographing today, get more on.

Just about £20 so far - pleased with myself though as I'd normally have just given it to school jumble sale or something. I'm really glad I caught this thread and got into the selling.
I have a couple of things running out tonight with 11 watchers and a bid.

I have got at least one larger item that'll boost my total - but it's the cleaning up of it. I hope I get it together.

CagneyNLacey Wed 12-Sep-12 14:31:37

I sold quite well the week before last. I'm selling the same sort of stuff this week and only sold one item confused

LineRunner Wed 12-Sep-12 21:46:10

I have managed to sell and save up £400 since June!

So pleased, it's helping me be able to look forward to Christmas. And start to tackle my hoarding problem tbh.

MrsKwazii Wed 12-Sep-12 23:24:59

Hurrah, am halfway already with £150 made grin. Got a few more toy bits listed to end this weekend, hoping to edge over the £200 mark.

Packing and posting is a PITA though. The local Hermes courier is my new BFF.

lljkk Thu 13-Sep-12 09:45:45

35 hours to go until auctions end, 60 watchers on the 2 bikes, but still no bids. <<tickles my sense of black humour there may be no bids ever>>
Handful of other items with many watchers, but no interest in about 30 listings.

In theory I could have like 80 listings next FLW shock. If I can find time to list them all.

lljkk Thu 13-Sep-12 20:06:51

65 watchers on the 2 bikes, & finally, one bid.

Up to 12 watchers on a few other items. 31 items with no watchers or bids.

I'm having a fairly crud week, btw, pity for all the poor watchers who think they might have spotted a bargain only they will be canny enough to snap up, is the only thing cheering me up. I think it's Kinda evil that Ebay doesn't tell you how many other watchers there are on something.

LineRunner Thu 13-Sep-12 20:13:37

God, my listings are dead.

Good point about watchers, llijkk.

CagneyNLacey Thu 13-Sep-12 20:19:53

Does anyone know when the next free listings weekend may be?

BlueberryHill Thu 13-Sep-12 20:52:34

Couple of watchers and bids on two items, at about £3, super. I'm starting to think FLW are a bit of a con, they still charge for extra photos and stuff but just zero out the price I think? I just sell low value stuff so I think I'll avoid these in future, it seems really dead.

MrsKwazii Thu 13-Sep-12 21:14:30

I have watchers on all of the items I've listed at the moment, mainly 2 or 3, expect for one listing that has 28 people having a butchers. That's the most I've ever racked up. If it goes over 30 I may pop with excitement - lljkk I'd be totally beside myself with your number of watchers!

lljkk Fri 14-Sep-12 07:52:24

69 bike watchers this morning, still only one bid.
We were bidding ourselves on a bike recently, which jumped £240+ in price in the last 10 seconds.
Only 5 of my other items are even sure to sell.

Bongaloo Fri 14-Sep-12 12:28:02

I met a man in the post office yesterday who is just about to go abroad for the first time and he's paid for it by selling bits on ebay.

LineRunner Fri 14-Sep-12 13:59:56

I am now on quite friendly terms with my post office staff! They love ebay because it keeps the post office really busy and thriving even on a Sunday, so their jobs are more secure.

They are very helpful about about trying to keep things to a £1.10 large letter charge, rather than a £2.20 packet charge. Apparently clingflim is good for keeping items of clothing flat! Not sure about the buyers' perceptions of that, though - although if they were aware they got cheaper P&P as a result might be ok.

HiccupHaddockHorrendous Fri 14-Sep-12 18:12:20

I've scheduled 5 items for tonight. I've also put them on Gumtree and FB - hopefully they'll attract more interest than the last lot grin.

Only got the ABC buggy listed at the moment. Trying to decide whether to list and pay to have a higher start price, list at 99p and risk selling for 99p or wait until FL for a couple of other items.

BlueberryHill Fri 14-Sep-12 18:36:08

Linerunner, do you wrap the clothes in cling film before putting it in the envelop, does that stop them bunching up?

HiccupHaddockHorrendous Fri 14-Sep-12 21:38:10

Woohoo! My items have only been on 10 minutes and I've already got a bid!!

HiccupHaddockHorrendous Fri 14-Sep-12 21:40:34

Also, meant to add, I've just organised postage through the drop box on the selling page and it's so easy grin. I usually send everything through the post office or through a courier company that I've used for years. I didn't realise you could book collect+ directly...learn something new everyday grin

LineRunner Fri 14-Sep-12 23:42:52

Blueberry, apparently you wrap the clothing item (eg a shirt) directly in clingfilm to keep it flat and keep the air out, so it fits through the large letter slot.

I'm a bit wary of how that might look to a buyer.

MrsKwazii Sat 15-Sep-12 08:52:25

Re: the clingfilm, for small bits you could also try comic bags. You can get self sealing ones and can also buy acid-free backing boards that fit them perfectly. Would look professional. Best to get silver age bags as they're bigger, and modern age comic boards. 100 bags and boards are £15

MrsKwazii Sat 15-Sep-12 08:53:52

So 15p per item to pack. Probably best for children's clothes though. Tbh

dizzyday07 Sat 15-Sep-12 09:56:14

I made @£200 just before our house move - but thiswas mostly from selling some Ikea storage units! Had a real declutter and only kept what hopefully will sell!

BlueberryHill Sat 15-Sep-12 10:07:11

Thanks all, I need to have a look at how I can pack items better, using Jiffy bags which are safe but bulky and up the postage costs. Bags and boards sound like a great idea. I sell mainly childrens clothes so anything that keeps the relative cost of postage down is great.

Sold a couple of items for a grand total of £5, but at least its £5 and I'm creating space. Or at least that is what I keep telling myself.

LineRunner Sat 15-Sep-12 10:45:34

I agree Blueberry - the de-cluttering and making space are worthwhile even if the financial rewards aren't that great!

IwishIwasmoreorganised Sat 15-Sep-12 14:28:06

I've not sold anything since Easter, but have just put 3 things on.

I used the iPad app for the first time, but didn't mahpnage to edit the typing in the description to make it more professional and eye catching. Has anybody managed to do that?

It's a start and I could do with getting lots more on before our great run of birthdays start and then Christmas!

How are things going generally ATM?

LineRunner Sat 15-Sep-12 14:50:04

I am so slow at listing. I annoy myself.

lljkk Sat 15-Sep-12 16:42:30

It takes absolutely friggin' ages, LineRunner. Totally does my head in.
That's why I now schedule listings & sort of work on them like a piece of art, can take ages to finish a listing properly, honing them together until I am sure all okay & ready to go live. Getting a good picture up is always the biggest hurdle.

Update: Dozens of watchers on the 2 bikes, but only one bid, although that buyer seems legit at least & is coming next week to pick up. Luckily, someone who was watching came up today & bought the other bike smile. Had 11 watchers on something else that didn't sell, too, but I expect it to go fine closer to Xmas.

LineRunner Sat 15-Sep-12 16:49:31

Glad you sold the bikes, lljkk. Weird how loads of watchers didn't result in more bids. EBay is a mystery to me.

I'd better take some more photos whilst the light's still good.

lljkk Sat 15-Sep-12 16:55:11

I chatted about that with the guy who came & bought today (I told him I wouldn't cut him a great deal because the 32 watchers made me think it would be worth listing again at same price). He said he often only watched because he wanted to sell similar & wanted to see what things sold for, he didn't know about the Completed listings tickbox to see what stuff had previously sold for. And I thought I was a techo-ignorant luddite. Common, maybe?

Bummer if we can't shift DS's metal dectector for a good price, though there's still many weeks to Christmas.

TeWiDoesTheHulaInHawaii Sat 15-Sep-12 18:12:21

I used to watch things for that reason too. I am techy too so not sure how I missed completed listings!

A buying question if you don't mind, if you're collecting something from a seller would you paypal them in advance or do the transaction once you are there and have checked it?

LineRunner Sat 15-Sep-12 18:13:12

About 15 weeks till Christmas! I am hoping October and November are busier.

I have lots of decent condition children's books and toys.

McPhee Sat 15-Sep-12 19:53:11

Finally my arse is in gear.

Only listed 6 items at the moment. Mainly Maternity clothes and stuff I got for Dd and she's never going to wear. People are watching things, and I've already got 1 bid on a Maternity top. It's a start smile

Hopefully I'll get a chance to dig out more stuff and list tomorrow.

Bongaloo Sat 15-Sep-12 21:02:40

Yes it's a long winded way to declutter. I've cleared cupboards faster than this before.
But, I'm on about £30 now - it's great.

McPhee Sun 16-Sep-12 11:03:11

I've only got one bid so far, but 5 watchers on a M&Ps Maternity top. So fingers crossed one of them bids.

LineRunner Sun 16-Sep-12 11:12:54

I need to get off MN and start writing descriptions!

I've made up some boxed bundles of books, eg ten books by Maeve Binchy, a dozen books by Iain Banks. I'm going to stick them on Ebay and Gumtree, collection only, on the off-chance they'll sell.

Anyone like to suggest a reasonable price? I just want them gone, but would dearly like to recoup a few quid.

lljkk Sun 16-Sep-12 12:43:04

TeWi the seller is best protected if they only take cash on collection, not paypal on collect-only items. However, if they are happy to accept Paypal then I would just ask seller what they prefer. Some sellers even insist that you make a 10% deposit on an item within 36 hours of winning or they threaten to relist it.

TeWiDoesTheHulaInHawaii Sun 16-Sep-12 14:34:21

I thought that about cash and offered, but they are a newbie so want to do it the paypal way... if we pay now and they go awol would it be fairly easy to get a refund do you think?

TeWiDoesTheHulaInHawaii Sun 16-Sep-12 14:38:50

Linerunner, 25-50p per book? (how much is postage for that many?)

HiccupHaddockHorrendous Sun 16-Sep-12 14:43:10

I have watchers on everything and bids on two items so am pleased...still have another week to go aswell smile.

Got to tidy all of downstairs this afternoon and if I'm finished early enough will list a couple of things later.

Re iPad eBay app...I haven't found a way to edit the text but I'm not really too bothered anymore. I think as long as you have a good photo and a clear description then that is more important.

Certainly when I'm searching on the iPad, it's far easier to read the plain, normal sized text descriptions than the ones c&p'd.

bemybebe Sun 16-Sep-12 14:51:27

can i join you guys? need to sell some maternity items and need some first time hand holding...

bemybebe Sun 16-Sep-12 14:55:04

...and diving equipment.

lljkk Sun 16-Sep-12 17:06:36

I've never claimed back money from Paypal, TeWi, it's called chargeback, but it's supposed to be frightfully easy. Sellers moan a lot about it. Here's a guide.

Right, <<slaps own wrist>>, need to get a load more stuff listed.

LineRunner Sun 16-Sep-12 17:19:52

TeWi, I don't think books are worth selling when postage is factored in, tbh. I was thinking of Collection Only, and maybe a fiver a box.

Might suit avid readers (like me!) or people looking to stock up for car boots or for 2nd hand book shops.

Hi, bemybabe, I only started in June! Thank the lord for MN, otherwise I would never have got going. smile

TeWiDoesTheHulaInHawaii Sun 16-Sep-12 20:18:01

Oh crikey, very easy - remind me to make sure I get a tracking number for all parcels in the future! shock will just pay now then.

Collection only for big bundles of books is probably the way to go.

notcitrus Sun 16-Sep-12 22:06:33

OK, help needed! I listed some items and laboriously ticked the boxes for every one saying where I do and post to, as they didn't carry over to the next listing. For most stuff I said I will send to EU but nowhere else, and then went to the 'block bidder' bit for blockign countries to which I don't post, but the site kept needing refreshing.

So somehow some 0-feedback person has bid on some item, from Mauritius, but going into the listing I can't see anything saying where I post to. Can I cancel the thing, and more importantly, how do I set Ebay up to save who I block?!

Tortoise Sun 16-Sep-12 22:15:47

DS2 is happy. His xbox sold for just over £122 and the broken iphone sold for £26! grin Now just need his ipod touch to sell!

notcitrus Sun 16-Sep-12 22:17:12

Update- have cancelled the auction as I don't really care if someone with 0 feedback leaves a neg, and gone through the help centre and should have non-Europe bidders blocked permanently now.

On the plus side, a BNWT dress just went on BIN so even with undercharging for postage for a couple items, I'm on around £92.

Hoping Ebay picks up over the next couple months - it's really dead. Apparently Facebook is the place to sell baby stuff now?

LineRunner Sun 16-Sep-12 23:00:54

notcitrus, you need to go on your main account ('Site Preferences' 'Block Bidders'), to manage and block bidders, e.g. bidders outside the UK, so you just do everything once.

McPhee Sun 16-Sep-12 23:11:05

A couple more items listed tonight.

Still only 9 listings though...Dd has been a pickle so not much spare time.

Still, I've got watchers and a bidding already so not too bad. Some interest is better than no interest <thinks positive>

MrsHoarder Mon 17-Sep-12 07:58:25

I don't try to force borderline items to be large letters, but try folding around (cheap wrapping) tissue paper. So paper under item and then fold together. Still looks tidy and stops the package bunching and becoming a parcel.

milk Mon 17-Sep-12 09:51:41
IwishIwasmoreorganised Mon 17-Sep-12 11:23:30

4 items listed last night.

One's got 6 watchers and 1 bid and another's got 1 bid.

Unfortunately they're both at 99p so I'm not going to be getting rich anytime soon!

MrsKwazii Mon 17-Sep-12 11:40:21

Had ten items sell last night so am up to £270 grin Am amazed and eyeing up everything in sight to sell! Am up to my eyeballs in boxes and bubblewrap getting everything ready to send off - my Hermes courier is going to be on my Christmas card list at this rate.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Mon 17-Sep-12 11:50:05

What have you been selling Mrs Kwazii?

I sold loads of baby stuff earlier in the year, are toys worth doing or is it a bit early for Christmas buys yet?

Bongaloo Mon 17-Sep-12 12:15:07

Oh go on then please tell me. Where can you see completed listings? I've been looking all over.

lljkk Mon 17-Sep-12 12:29:37

Go to "Advanced search" & it's a box just below the Blue Search button, under a heading that says "Search including". Tick Completed listings only.

My strategy is to list cheaper quality toys at every opportunity between now & mid December, but to save the best quality toys (sure sells, best prices) for listing from 1 November onwards. Research what things have sold for recently & start price (including P+P) about 10% the general minimum.

I am thinking my next lot of listings will be about 60 in total. My head would explode if they all sold (I couldn't keep track). Only expect 6 or so to actually sell, for better or worse. About 10 of those will be for other people (charity sales & for DC).

Bongaloo Mon 17-Sep-12 12:30:19

Ah ha found it. Thanks anyway.

PurpleFrog Mon 17-Sep-12 12:30:48

I sold 5 of the 10 items I had finishing yesterday, so am quite pleased. Assuming everyone pays up I am already up to £109, including a Gumtree and Local Paper sale! smile

I haven't put anything else on at the moment as my next batch of stuff all requires "work" of some kind before it can be listed... and I couldn't face doing any of it yesterday. As my main motivation is de-cluttering I am trying really hard to spend my time sorting-out the stuff that is taking up the most space first!

IwishIwasmoreorganised Mon 17-Sep-12 12:55:37

I was going to try relisting a few things that didn't sell earlier in the year.

It seems that I need to do the entire listing again because it was more than 60 days ago.

Is that right or is there a sneaky place that I can find my original listings?

Cremolafoam Mon 17-Sep-12 13:27:55

I am up to £ 149.20
Delighted as nearly half way there and life has been so hectic/ nightmarish

MrsKwazii Mon 17-Sep-12 18:17:48

Iwish I've been selling unworn shoes (the shame at having never worn them!) and good quality toys from ELC and the like. Selling well so far.

BlueberryHill Mon 17-Sep-12 19:11:04

I'm on £21, I have a long way to go. But at least its a start, I need to do another batch of listings and try to use the schedule bit that fergoose suggested to add them all in and then reschedule.

Well my total is about 37 gbp with 50 items on and only one selling ...thinking of taking it all to the cash for rags buyer took ten days to pay and i posted the next day and never got any feedback sad

my stuff :)
Need to edit two items but hgetting very dissillusioned with ebay ....hoping picks up ten weeks to xmas smile

lljkk Mon 17-Sep-12 19:44:18

Wow, gotta bid on something that I imagine I've listed at least 10 times previously shock. I've sold several things for spares/not working lately, too. Hope that buyers are realistic!

Does anyone know what happens if you try to sell something norty, like, er, Not Quite New cloth nappies? If Ebay catch you, I mean, do they pull it & that's that or do they go nuts & revoke your account? Are there any penalties for giving it a try?

TeWiDoesTheHulaInHawaii Mon 17-Sep-12 20:52:05

Just got keys to our new house, and there's 2 massive wardrobe left behind... more to ebay I guess!
Have to wait until our internet is switched over at the beginning of next month to get going though.

TeWiDoesTheHulaInHawaii Mon 17-Sep-12 20:53:18

Lljkk I had all my listings pulled when I tried. Apparently Facebook is the place for baby stuff now.

LineRunner Mon 17-Sep-12 20:55:09

The Fergoose Reschedule Gambit works a treat. Thanks!

IWish I don't know what happens to listings after 60 days. Have you looked in the thing on the left of your Active screen called 'Archive'?

lljkk I think if you are norty you might get a policy violation 'strike'.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Mon 17-Sep-12 21:04:27

LineRunner. I can't see the archive section that you've mentioned!

Bongaloo Mon 17-Sep-12 21:04:27

I sold a nappy amongst my listings, they seem to sell quite well.

LineRunner Mon 17-Sep-12 21:14:43

Where in buggery have I seen it, then? Sorry, IWish, I'll have a look and report back.

Meantime you could always send a message and ask eBay Customer Support (ha ha hollow laugh).

dizzyday07 Tue 18-Sep-12 11:48:34

I had a whole birth to potty set of nappies pulled 12 hours before listing ended(with lots of watchers too sad ) and got a message off ebay saying I couldn't sell them and it was my first misdemeanour and not to do it again!

TeWiDoesTheHulaInHawaii Tue 18-Sep-12 13:54:51

I got really annoyed about the nappies when I listed mine, because it doesn't say anywhere that you can't, it only mentions used underwear. Since it used to be allowed how are people supposed to know?

lljkk Tue 18-Sep-12 13:59:37

Seems like if you get Five Policy Strikes they wipe your account, does that sound right? What is the procedure & set of penalties for policy violations?

Have tried flogging them here, on Facebook & Gumtree already with no joy. And the worst part is that I don't even know if they are used or not. They seem brand new. Had some joy with local free ads but no interest since.

Will hold off for now. It's not worth the aggro, not until I run out of other things to sell, anyway smile.

HiccupHaddockHorrendous Tue 18-Sep-12 18:11:46

Is there a list of banned items somewhere?

I have an ecig kit that i want to get rid of but there don't seem to be any for sale on eBay which makes me think that they're not allowed.

There are bids on 4 out of 6 items with lots of watchers on everything so i'm really pleased with this week's ebaying smile.

I have 4 big bags of stuff from my sister to put on so am going to try and work through one of the bags tonight. There are lots of pairs of shoes which I'm not an expert on so might be back later for advice on how to describe them grin.

BeaWheesht Tue 18-Sep-12 18:48:15

Someone's just messages me asking if they can buy something which didn't sell as they forgot to bid - how do I arrange this?

fergoose Tue 18-Sep-12 18:54:11

Bea - you just relist it from your unsold items, and you can edit it to add a buy it now price too if you want.

lljkk Tue 18-Sep-12 19:21:48

Hiccup there's a list of prohibited items here, but I can't see used nappies or underwear on it. confused

Just see if someone else is selling same thing, or has done recently?

LineRunner Tue 18-Sep-12 19:26:00

Used nappies are 'Not Allowed' in the 'Uesd Clothing' section of 'Restricted Items'. It's a minefield!

LineRunner Tue 18-Sep-12 19:26:24

Used typo

HiccupHaddockHorrendous Tue 18-Sep-12 20:33:28

Thanks, lljkk.

E-cig is on the prohibited list, though not quite sure whyconfused.

BeaWheesht Tue 18-Sep-12 21:51:09

Thanks fee goose that's what I thought but how would I ensure no-one else bought it?

Bongaloo Tue 18-Sep-12 22:08:36

Bea I sent a buyer a link in my reply message to her. I knew she was on line at the time as I'd offerred to do it straight away

Bongaloo Tue 18-Sep-12 22:20:46

So, I'm still bombarding ebay with listings (I say bombarding it's way more drib and drabby than that). When do you need to worry that you're listing too much and getting into the realms of business selling then?

Just watched a baby's clothes bundle go for more than 3x what I'd hoped for

I'm on £75 now smile


LineRunner Tue 18-Sep-12 23:09:45

Bongaloo, my understanding is that private selling is selling things you own and no longer have a use for; and not making a living out of it.

I don't think HMRC will be getting excited about your £75 and my £25 from the past week/month grin . HMRC did do a big swoop earlier this year and ask eBay for sellers' details, but that was where there was a lot of activity that seemed at odds with 'private seller' status. If you are happy that you are a private seller then your eBay and PayPal accounts should be able to prove that.

Most of my eBay sales are the DC's stuff.

fergoose Tue 18-Sep-12 23:19:04

If you are selling your own items you are a private seller, but if you buy to sell on you are a business seller and need to register as such with eBay and HMRC.

LineRunner Tue 18-Sep-12 23:23:35

I saw someone on the community boards on eBay lambasting private sellers who sold clothes in lots of different sizes as being people who bought in charity shops to 'sell on'.

I thought, get real. I have lots of clothes in two sizes. My DD has lots of clothes she has outgrown or doesn't want over three other different sizes.

It's called having a growing family!

Bongaloo Wed 19-Sep-12 10:02:26

That's okay then. (I was getting a bit excited about my £75 :D )
When I think now of all the stuff I've actually thrown away in the past....

lljkk Wed 19-Sep-12 12:44:31

ARGH. I just read the fine print for Collectplus & I think (anyone wish to correct me??) that you can only send something for £4 if it's in a jiffy bag, or similar soft bendy padded materials. So I can't send a small box of fragile items for £4. <<Sulk>>. Unless there's a way to pack fragile items safely in soft packaging (I don't think so).

Anything in a box has to go their standard parcels rate (£5, only just below RM rate of <= 2kg for £5.30). Collectplus works out much cheaper than RM for items between 2 & 5 kg, or the odd heavy item that can go in soft packaging, between 1 & 2 kg.

Oh well, I've mispriced something and going to end up 20p out of pocket on it.

fergoose Wed 19-Sep-12 13:24:02

but you will get a signature with Collect Plus, you won't with standard parcels will you. Have you tried Hermes for a quote too?

lljkk Wed 19-Sep-12 14:03:01

Hermes website says £4.19 without a sig. Thing that makes me nervous is I've tried these online quotes before & then when I go to actually order & pay that low rate isn't available any more, I end up spending stupid amounts of time trying to find the lowest rate after all. So it's impossible to predict ahead of time & get delivery price right on the Ebay listing. And you know how some p people like to tirade if you charge a grasping 30p over the actual Courier/Royal Mail price!! I prefer consistent pricing.

I know it's only Internet Gossip, but Hermes not getting great reviews here.

Also, whilst I understand the sig thing, I'm sending some items basically FFP so not too bothered. Is Hermes one of the couriers will you have to agree to wait in for them during big time windows? I strongly prefer a service where I can go there & drop off & be done with it at my convenience.

mirpuppet Wed 19-Sep-12 20:58:56

Woo Hoo

Total sales:


from the last 9 days free listing period. I am a happy camper!

LineRunner Wed 19-Sep-12 21:01:38

Wow, what are you selling?! <amazed>

I have made £25.

So far I'm at £84 on ebay, £31 from a car boot, and I've also made £110 from selling a dolls Silver Cross pram, but I'll decide whether to count that nearer to christmas, when I see how close I get!

I've made a whole £29.14 this week but got about 60 listings lined up for tonight.

LineRunner Thu 20-Sep-12 13:26:15

Does anyone know whether it's worth trying to sell 'used' cosmetics and toiletries. My DD has a fair bit of stuff (usually presents) where she's opened it and tried it once, put it away and never used it again. Perfumes, lotions, nail polish, the list goes on. Is it tacky to try and sell?

lljkk Thu 20-Sep-12 16:50:41

Are they on the banned list? I saw something about cosmetics, maybe used ones are banned.

I read once on MN that used cosmetics go very well at carboot sales.

LineRunner Thu 20-Sep-12 17:19:00

Ah yes, thanks, there is lots of into on the 'Potentially Infringing' page.

I can sell some stuff, but not some other stuff. I think I can box up the 'Infringing' stuff and put it on Gumtree as a potential carboot lot.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Thu 20-Sep-12 20:54:58

Could I have some advice please?

I have a breast pump listed, for UK delivery only.

I have had one bid so far (it runs until Sunday), by a bidder from the Ukraine who has got terrible feedback (when you read it through, everyone has had to give a positive score though!) and who frequently doesn't pay.

Is there anything that I can do?

fergoose Thu 20-Sep-12 21:13:08

yes add them to your blocked bidder list and block buyers from countries you don't ship to

IwishIwasmoreorganised Thu 20-Sep-12 21:19:01

Thanks, I think that I've done that.

Does it take a bit of time to come I to effect?
in the meantime I've messaged the buyer explaining the situation and asking the, to retract their bid.

Hopefully I'll get it sorted one way or another.

fergoose Thu 20-Sep-12 21:27:54

you can cancel their bid - adding them to the blocked list should have done that shouldn't it?

IwishIwasmoreorganised Thu 20-Sep-12 22:00:55

It doesn't seem to have cancelled their bid.

Can I do it? Perhaps I'll ask eBay if they can

fergoose Thu 20-Sep-12 22:03:42
IwishIwasmoreorganised Thu 20-Sep-12 22:09:04

Brilliant! Thanks so much for that link. I've managed to cancel the bid.

I really struggle to find my way around eBay to find things like that blush

McPhee Fri 21-Sep-12 07:28:26

Two maternity tops finishing today, which each have 8/9 watchers. No bids on them as yet, but I'm hoping for a bidding war grin

A couple of other items have bids on already, and aren't due to finish for a few days. It's a start!

PurpleFrog Fri 21-Sep-12 08:49:09

Free listing again this weekend (21st and 22nd Sept). Usual conditions apply!

McPhee Fri 21-Sep-12 09:07:06


More clearing out to be done over the weekend I think.

Thanks for letting us know

fergoose Fri 21-Sep-12 09:10:12

Iwish - rather than searching within eBay just google - if you just type in 'eBay cancel bid' the link will be there at the top - far quicker than trying to find within eBay itself

FreddieMercuryforQueen Fri 21-Sep-12 09:13:52

Going to have another big sort out for this weekend as I need to boost my total!

HiccupHaddockHorrendous Fri 21-Sep-12 09:20:58

Bugger, listed a couple of things last night not realising it was gng to be FL this weekend hmm.

Oh well, there's plenty more to list grin. I'm doing an airport run in the morning then the rest of the weekend will be spent ebaying/sorting!

MrsKwazii Fri 21-Sep-12 09:55:20

Hurray for more free listings! Need to get my finger out and get more bits on.

Am still chasing the last payments for stuff that sold last weekend. The excuses some buyers come out with for slow payment are rubbish. Oh well.

Mirage Fri 21-Sep-12 12:25:46

Hooray,there is a towering pile of stuff for me to put on.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Fri 21-Sep-12 19:48:37

Thanks Fergoose.

McPhee Fri 21-Sep-12 22:03:16

Two Maternity tops sold tonight!

I'm off the starting blocks with £19.40

LineRunner Fri 21-Sep-12 23:09:39

That's good. Well done. I've got loads on 99p!

McPhee Fri 21-Sep-12 23:15:39

Well I started listing stuff tonight, then I saw the free listing over the weekend.

Gonna hold off until tomorrow night now. I'm never sure whether it's better doing 5 day or 7 day listing?

What do you guys tend to prefer doing?

McPhee Sat 22-Sep-12 08:47:10

Another Maternity top sold this's starting to add up now.

I'm feeling very spurred on smile

HiccupHaddockHorrendous Sat 22-Sep-12 13:48:26

I have a few bids and plenty of watchers but am losing my nerve on two of my auctions. I started them at 99p to avoid listing fees and am now torn between ending the auction early and relisting at a higher amount or letting them run and knowing that they'll free up a fair amount of space at home when they've gone. Both have a couple of bids and a few watchers each but I'm pretty sure they won't reach the price I'd be happy with. I've previously listed them at the price I want a couple of times but they haven't sold so maybe I just need to accept that I'm not going to get the big bucks and let them go for less.

I need a rocket up my whatsit to get me off the sofa, up to my room and photographing my next lot of listings! grin

kekouan Sat 22-Sep-12 16:55:37

Just a handful or stuff listed to start tonight, I'd appreciate any feedback on my listings (note they're not due to go live until 8pm tonight)

LineRunner Sat 22-Sep-12 17:07:52

I'm going to list tonight, but for 10 days, because I can't post out till the next Tuesday.

Hiccup, I have just let some things go for 99p. It hurts a bit, but I have just got to start getting rid of stuff in my house! Also, people who get a bargain are much more likely to give rave 5* feedback.

I only started eBaying in June but have now got up to 70 good feedbacks with only one nasty buyer.

LineRunner Sat 22-Sep-12 17:09:00

kekouan, we can't see them till they go live. But I'll have a look then, and you can always revise them on the basis on any feedback you get on here.

kekouan Sat 22-Sep-12 17:09:50

Thanks - I didn't think you'd be able to see them, just wanted to mark my place on the thread before I forgot about it grin

kekouan Sat 22-Sep-12 19:42:49

Listings are live - would appreciate any feedback smile TIA

BlueberryHill Sat 22-Sep-12 20:18:15

Listings look good to me, like it where you've shown the crossings out on the jacket.

Just on the car seat and ISOFIX, I didn't know you could sell used car seats. I've got an ISOFIX base on and I put a start price of £10, I'm getting messages asking for a BIN price of £25 and I only put it on today. Price looks low to start and it is a free listing weekend. It'll probably rise anyway but you could increase it?

Could I ask ebayers, I'm thinking of rejecting the BIN price and and leaving the auction to run. WWYD?

kekouan Sat 22-Sep-12 21:03:19

Thanks. I think it's OK to list car seats? Mine certainly hasn't been in an accident or anything. I just went on the other similar listings - the highest ones with an EasyFix were the ones that started at 0.99. The ones that didn't sell started at £20 plus. <shrugs>

Bongaloo Sat 22-Sep-12 21:15:19

ooo I don't know about the BIN Blueberry. If you're getting messages it looks like it'll sell for a good price on auction.

I'm starting to lag a bit now. I'm on £90 odd (kerching) - and some of that was 99p ers - so you can imagine how busy I've been with it. A couple of household items boosted it a bit.
But I think the best stuff has gone now, and the idea of faffing about with more baby clothes and bundling them together, charging the camera, isn't very appealing.
I've got about 20 things on just now and hopefully a bigger item to be ready in a couple of days to give it another boost.
There just aren't enough hours in the day!
I'll get back with it in the week.

Iggly Sun 23-Sep-12 09:08:34

Hi ladies I'm late to the party but wondered if I could join in? Will be rummaging later to see what I can sell!

LineRunner Sun 23-Sep-12 09:42:36

Welcome to Faff Central!

Iggly Sun 23-Sep-12 10:13:15

Thanks! So far I've found:

Baby boden coat
Bug in a rug to keep baby warm in a carseat (a blanket with feet)
A baby sleep positioner for reflux babies
An old digital camera
A couple of dresses for autumn weddings

HiccupHaddockHorrendous Sun 23-Sep-12 12:14:28

I must stop refreshing my selling page! The problem is, when I see a new bid it encourages me to refresh more frequently!! grin

Welcome to new challengers smile

I have a whopping 52 watchers on a cosytoes...a bit worried that people think it's more special than it is. Will be glad to see the back of it though, it's quite big and takes up lots of space in my drawer... I've already thought about how many things will replace it in the drawer and that has made me smile.

Right, one more refresh then I'm off to start photographing.

Five items ending tonight, four with bids and all with watchers.

LineRunner Sun 23-Sep-12 13:14:20

Odd, isn't it, with watchers? I've got 20 on a very ordinary jumper. Do they think it has magical properties?

I hate photographing stuff. I'm not creative. And I just got drenched going up the post office.

HiccupHaddockHorrendous Sun 23-Sep-12 13:26:30

I'll stress me out until I know the winner has received it and isn't going to leave me neg fb for misleading isn't even a branded has no makers label so I couldn't even say where it's from!

good luck with the jumper...maybe it does have magical properties and you just aren't aware of them yet!

envy that your post office is open on a Sunday!

Oh and I've only got three items ending today...all 99p starters...but I'm keeping everything crossed for a good end price!

LineRunner Sun 23-Sep-12 13:37:59

I am really lucky being five minutes away on foot from a main post office that's open on Sundays. And that opens at 8.30am on Mondays, which I walk past on the way to work.

And when I get to work, there's another main post office right next to it.

I don't think I could cope with eBay otherwise. grin

Just going to check the bizarre jumper frenzy. I expect it'll sell for 99p in the end.

HiccupHaddockHorrendous Sun 23-Sep-12 13:45:39

Actually, I'm also very lucky because my post office is just a few doors away. My problem is that it is quite small and cramped inside, I nearly always have a buggy during normal opening hours and it's a very busy PO. However, the post mistress is extremely helpful and lets me drop off a bag of parcels with an amount of money I estimate will cover postage then I pop back in at the end of the day or next day to pick up receipts/change.

I hope your magical jumpers fetches more than 99p!

lljkk Sun 23-Sep-12 13:50:33

I put up 86 listings last night, 5 more tonite. About a dozen in total for someone else (charity, DC). I only expect about 9 to sell.

Remember I had a combined 69 or 72 watchers on 2 items, and only 1 bid at all. I don't think watchers count for much, now.

I made reductions on start price last night on quite a few of my recurrent listings, just want to see the back of them now.

LaVitaBellissima Sun 23-Sep-12 13:52:39

I posted ages ago but have only just started listing, 6 items so far!

HiccupHaddockHorrendous Sun 23-Sep-12 14:05:46

lljkk - oh my goodness, 86 items? shock

Lavita - well done...I'm yet to get the camera out blush

<must get off my arse and do something productive>

LineRunner Sun 23-Sep-12 14:17:03


LineRunner Sun 23-Sep-12 15:40:38

I have listed four bloody items all afternoon.

Thank you to the cats for sitting in the boots I was trying to photograph.

PurpleFrog Sun 23-Sep-12 16:14:05

Ahh.. so it is "Puss in Boots" you are selling LineRunner! smile

LineRunner Sun 23-Sep-12 16:39:52


Bongaloo Sun 23-Sep-12 17:00:38

2 items this afternoon.
And it's pesky trying to get a decent photo in my place on a gloomy day - they are better with natural light.

HiccupHaddockHorrendous Sun 23-Sep-12 18:07:38

4 hours later and I have 9 items sceduledblush. It would have been 10 except I have chickened out of listing ds' baby snowsuit (he's now 10 years old hmmblushgrin...I'm a terrible hoarder!). I got as far as photographing it but I can't quite take the last step to getting it listed!

Off to make some dinner then hopefully will have another hour to list a few more things before everything goes live at 9pm.

lljkk Sun 23-Sep-12 18:42:20

Flog the snowsuit next FLW!
Set up the auction now but scheduled for some time almost 3 weeks hence. Then list it or reschedule as required, after you upload a pic.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Sun 23-Sep-12 19:37:36

Well all 4 of my listings have sold, but I've just been messaged by a buyer asking if I will cancel their bid as she was getting it for a friend and it's the wrong size!

It only sold for 99p, somi'm happy to do this and realist it, but I don't know how now thatbthe sale's ended.

Is it possible to do this?

IwishIwasmoreorganised Sun 23-Sep-12 21:09:28

I used eBay chat! They were very helpful and as long as the buyer agrees, which they ought to as they requested it, the transaction can be cancelled.

Never used eBay chat before but it was excellent.

HiccupHaddockHorrendous Sun 23-Sep-12 21:40:48

Glad you got it sorted! Good to hear that eBay chat is useful for times when this section is quiet grin

I just sold two out of three items and I'm up to £369.99 now grin

Re-listed the unsold and have 9 new auctions just started.

The bids are creeping up on the cosytoes. The only other one similar to it on eBay is currently at £54 shock ... I can't imagine anyone paying that much for this one.

McPhee Sun 23-Sep-12 21:52:38

Another maternity top gone

Money is creeping up smile

IwishIwasmoreorganised Sun 23-Sep-12 22:20:49

Well I'm off the mark at £24 and one item relisted.

Got some great fleecy baby suits to list and then I'll need to start thinking about some toys in the run up to Christmas.

BabylonPI Sun 23-Sep-12 22:28:22

Woop woop!!!

£112 for a tent tonight
£30.90 for a yummy mummy changing bag
£38.75 for a mobile phone signal booster thingy (DHs gadgetry !)

Photos taken today and another 88 listings ready to be put on over the next week or so grin

I'm thinking that if I can do 10-15 listings a day, it's not eating into my time as such as I can sit and do listings while BFing DS -instead of nosing about on MN--

Double bonus gringrin

Christmas just got a bit more sparkly!!!

BabylonPI Sun 23-Sep-12 22:28:44

Oops strikeout fail blush

Mirage Mon 24-Sep-12 14:31:11

I've listed a few more bits this morning,I'm not optimistic that they'll do very well or even sell at all,but who knows? Ebay can be very surprising sometimes.

PurpleFrog Mon 24-Sep-12 16:15:27

I only managed 8 listings at the weekend, and only 3 of these were new.....

Despite my plans to concentrate on sorting-out large items to release space, I didn't stick to that, so will be lucky to gain the volume of a shoe box if all 8 items sell! blush One of my re-lists was due to my first ever never-paying-buyer. I have had buyers who have mucked me around before, with all sorts of excuses, but have paid eventually; but this was the first one that didn't contact me and didn't pay at all. sad

I really need to make a list of what needs to go next, and what needs to be found or done to it before it can be listed, and actually get it done before another FLW appears. Sigh!