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Would anyone buy expensive jewellery on Ebay?

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splodge2001 Thu 10-Jan-13 20:21:57

I ask as I've set myself up as a seller of second hand luxury jewellery brands. It fits in nicely with the kids and the turnover is ok but I'm convinced that there is a potentially untapped market of people who would be interested in what I've got to sell (>50% off genuine Tiffany) but are too scared to do so.

So I'm keen to know, if buying precious items on Ebay is an outright no no or if there might be anything an Ebay seller could do to make you feel more at ease about it?

Nuttyprofessor Thu 10-Jan-13 20:26:22

I have sold Chanel on eBay. You need to photograph whatever details show that it is genuine. Give a 100% genuine money back guarantee. IME most buyers were international. I always photographed receipts but if second hand probably not possible.

fergoose Thu 10-Jan-13 21:02:15

I think the thing with Tiffany or the likes, as a buyer I would worry they were fake, so would be very wary of buying. Plus you risk a buyer returning a fake item for a refund maybe.

splodge2001 Thu 10-Jan-13 21:10:48

Would you buy expensive items like jewellery on another website fergoose

fergoose Thu 10-Jan-13 21:45:17

Gosh I don't know - is very difficult isn't it. Question of trust, and I know with jewellery lots of people want to try things on don't they.

noisytoys Thu 10-Jan-13 21:50:17

I have bough Tiffany off eBay and I have had it verified so it won't be a problem for me. If it is fake, there is buyer protection so I wouldn't worry. You may find if you are starting out, there is a limit to how many designer items you can sell and eBay will stop your account if you sell more than the limit

Tryharder Thu 10-Jan-13 22:56:39

I personally wouldn't. Also as Fergoose said, a buyer could swap your original for their fake and claim their money back from you.

splodge2001 Fri 11-Jan-13 20:06:23

What if you saw a Facebook ad advertising 50% off second hand Tiffany and when you clicked you went through to a web shop? Would that seem more appealing than Ebay. What would you have to read/see to feel 'safe'?

fergoose Fri 11-Jan-13 22:23:29

I don't know if I would trust it to be honest. I think something like Tiffany I would only buy online from a big retailer.

Yogagirl17 Sat 12-Jan-13 22:46:19

Aha - finally found the ebay topic! Interested in this thread as I tried to sell a Chopard necklace on ebay - with original box and certificate - but no one bought it. Not sure whether to try and relist it after what folks have said about the buyer potentially returning a fake and asking for a refund.

fergoose Sat 12-Jan-13 22:49:56

probably wrong time of year to sell a pricey necklace really

how much do they normally go for?

Yogagirl17 Sat 12-Jan-13 22:51:39

New one would go for £1370, tried to sell it for £500. (Posted in chat as well because I didn't know there was an ebay topic and someone pointed out valentine's day not far off)

fergoose Sat 12-Jan-13 22:59:40

depends what your feedback is like, quality of pictures, ending time of listing, etc - but i would imagine quite difficult to sell on ebay - trust issues, etc. The site is rife with fakes so many buyers are very wary.

Yogagirl17 Sat 12-Jan-13 23:01:28

I have no seller feedback - never sold anything before. I do have a friend who sells stuff so she has good feedback. I could ask if she'll do it for me but she'll want a commission. Do you think that would have a better chance?

Yogagirl17 Sat 12-Jan-13 23:02:00

I had good photos though.

fergoose Sat 12-Jan-13 23:03:21

no seller feedback is probably a lot to do with it. It is a lot of money to spend on a second hand piece of jewellery - I think you need very good feedback, excellent professional looking pictures with lots of detail, end the item at the right time of day (ie evening).

Yogagirl17 Sat 12-Jan-13 23:09:30

Well the photos were pretty good and it ended at 9pm tonight but the lack seller feedback could be a problem. Might ask my friend who sells on ebay what she thinks - don't knwo if she's every sold jewellery.

fergoose Sat 12-Jan-13 23:12:11

well you could relist with a best offer option - did you have lots of views and watchers?

It is free listing this weekend too

Yogagirl17 Sat 12-Jan-13 23:14:56

It had about 100 views and 10 watchers.

Yogagirl17 Sat 12-Jan-13 23:15:36

If I want to change the options from auction only to best offer or buy it now I don't know if I can 'relist' or if I have to create a new listing.

fergoose Sat 12-Jan-13 23:21:49

you can edit the listing before relisting I think can't you?

Yogagirl17 Sat 12-Jan-13 23:24:33

I don't know, never done it before. Might wait til tomorrow evening to relist, given the comments on having a good ending time.

fergoose Sat 12-Jan-13 23:26:14

doesn't matter what ending time a buy it now is at - it only matters for auction listings

Yogagirl17 Sat 12-Jan-13 23:30:30

ah, good point! (duh)

NuclearStandoff Sun 13-Jan-13 15:55:41

I wouldn't sell anything high-value on ebay.

Too much risk to the seller IME. so many dodgy people using it now.

Yogagirl17 Sun 13-Jan-13 17:01:50

Ok, new question! Item was unsold, was considering relisting it but haven't as yet. Have just had an email (through ebay) from someone offering £350 for it (was originally listed at £500). Can I do this? Does it violate ebay rules? Does ebay still get their % if I do it this way? Help please!

Cinders22 Sun 13-Jan-13 17:22:27

If you sell it outside of ebay you will not have their protection if something goes wrong. You need to relist it as a buy it now and get the buyer to purchase it at the agreed price. I know this will incur fees but is the safest way as far as I am aware.

fergoose Sun 13-Jan-13 17:27:52

no you are not allowed to sell outside of ebay and it is against their rules. Also make sure you send fully insured, recorded only covers up to £47.

Yogagirl17 Sun 13-Jan-13 17:39:12

Ok thanks, I think i mean express delivery which will cover it for up to £1000. So I will relist as a buy it now and get them to do it that way.

WinterWinds Mon 14-Jan-13 09:54:53

Op i would be very wary of buying expensive jewellery from ebay quite simply because there are so many fakes on there.
I love Tiffany jewellery, so kind of know what to to look for with regards to being genuine but i would still be wary as if it did turn out to be fake, then i have the hassle of getting it verified, returning and trying to get a refund.

The amount of fakes on ebay are horrendous but they always seem to have bids, i do think alot of people bid blind.

It would help if you managed to build up a good reputation as a genuine seller.
If you offered a 100% guarantee and refund policy, also if you offered viewings on said jewellery first but distance may be a problem with this one.
Lots of photos with all the makers marks/hallmarks shown.

And of course there is the risk that you will be scammed yourself by someone buying genuine and returning fakes.

I have only ever bought Tiffany from the official Tiffany site and TBH wouldn't buy from anywhere else without seeing it first.

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