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Poor DD - it looks like it's going to hard work selling her dinghy; should we ebay it?

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KatyMac Mon 27-Jun-11 21:49:03

It's been on the market weeks & no interest

But I am worried about selling something so high value iyswim

How much do I lose to ebay if I put a high reserve on it? Is it better to put a high starting price?

DD is saving up to go to summer school, so we need to get the best price possible

NetworkGuy Mon 27-Jun-11 23:13:29

Ebay has both listing and sales fees which you can check on the site. Gumtree ads on TV say it is free.

Do think about how to accept payment - eg deposit of cash at bank to avoid forged notes. Paypal takes 3.4% if you use it.

KatyMac Tue 28-Jun-11 07:47:41

Thanks I'll have a look

Payment does worry me, you are right.

fergoose Tue 28-Jun-11 08:46:58

you wouldn't accept paypal for a collection item anyway so you can forget those fees. You should only accept cash to protect yourself from chargebacks.

You are probably looking at roughly 10% in fees if you sell on ebay

KatyMac Tue 28-Jun-11 09:21:05

That's quite a lot for a little girl

I'll keep trying on Gumtree & maybe NM

PurpleFrog Fri 01-Jul-11 10:50:44

You are probably better targetting specialised sailing places. Where does she sail? Is there a noticeboard at the local Sailing Club or something? Or try to find a sailing website/magazine/forum that won't charge for adverts.

TalkinPeace2 Fri 01-Jul-11 17:43:56

Ebay will be EXCELLENT for a dinghy.
I have friends who buy and sell on there.

Have a GOOD look at the completed listings
see what descriptions work, how many free pictures you get etc etc
start at the minimum you'd accept - say £100 - and let the auction run to the end.
I always do high value for 10 days, start on a friday night to finish the following Monday (2 weekends worth of searching)
aim to finish around 8pm - when people will remember to be back at their puters

cash on collection only
go for it

KatyMac Sat 02-Jul-11 13:10:21


The prices aren't great, but I suppose a sell is better than nothing

Poor DD it has cost her loads

TalkinPeace2 Sat 02-Jul-11 20:23:17

It really all comes down to the description, quality of photos etc etc

It may also be worth her "chatting" about planning to sell it on every forum, bulletin board, social network etc that she has access to - so that everybody who knows anybody she knows who might be interested can find the item number without a problem ..... otherwise known as viral marketing

and remember if you do use ebay, all the action is in the last 40 minutes especially on a 10 day listing

KatyMac Sat 02-Jul-11 21:40:58

Oh - do you fancy doing crash course in "how to sell your dinghy"?

DD is giving up sailing so she can go on the stage......we need all the help we can get

I have photos; would you like to see them?

seeker Sat 02-Jul-11 21:46:39

Am I the only person who think that's sad - why can't she go on the stage AND keep her dinghy?

KatyMac Sat 02-Jul-11 21:49:55

She needs to rise £1000 by next summer; I really can't fund it Seeker, I'd love to

She has raised £65 so far, by ebay/carboot/pocket money

She has decided not to sail as it 'takes too much of my dancing time'

I am heart broken as I sailed into my 20's

TalkinPeace2 Sat 02-Jul-11 22:13:56

I'm not a sailor. But I've been selling on ebay since 2001 odds and sods
which type of dinghy is it (Laser / topper / etc) and I'll do a quick check of ways to advertise it....

seeker Sat 02-Jul-11 22:17:49

Oh, ksty, are you sure? Please don't let her give up a lifetime of pleasure for one summer school!

reallytired Sat 02-Jul-11 22:18:09

could you not try and sell it on mumsnet? Depending on where you live and what type of dingy it is I might be interested.

I had a Topper when I was 18 for two years. I sold it for the same price that my parents bought it. Where have you advertised it?

Antidote Sat 02-Jul-11 22:18:26

What kind of dinghy is it Katy?

To sell well she will need a good description and lots of photos.

I've bought and sold a fair few in my time, some on eBay and some not.

KatyMac Sat 02-Jul-11 22:22:08

It's topper (Norfolk Broads)

I can't over-rule her Seeker; I want to, but aren't I supposed to be teaching to be independent and make decisions for herself

seeker Sat 02-Jul-11 22:23:58

How old is she?

KatyMac Sun 03-Jul-11 05:44:03

13 (& a half wink)

seeker Sun 03-Jul-11 06:38:50

Could you put off selling it til the Spring? That way she'd know how far she had to go towards her 1000, and whether selling it would get her enough money?

What's the summer school - it must be pretty amazing to cost that much!

KatyMac Sun 03-Jul-11 07:05:38

We have to book in January apparently in order o get the accommodation

I'm sure there are others tbh; but teenagers are difficult to reason with

here it was about £800 this year so with train fares etc

seeker Sun 03-Jul-11 07:21:07

Oh katy - are you sure? So much money for just a week! Sorry - not what you want to hear, is it?

KatyMac Sun 03-Jul-11 08:04:29

I really don't know; I know I need to put a lot of effort into keeping her off 'Britain's got talent' et al. I feel (perhaps mistakenly) the best way to do this is to support her in doing 'safe' (ish) stuff

But who knows?

Heifer Sun 03-Jul-11 08:14:03

I agree with Seeker, even if she doesn't have time to sail now, she may well want to again when she is older.

Also, if she does sell and goes to the "very expensive" summer school this year, what is she going to do next year, she will want to go back.... and you will feel bad if you can't fund it.

Are they are in your area for her to attend? or even in other cities that may well be cheaper. Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts is an example. Obviously accomodation not included, but only £150ish. There may well be others closer to home.

She could sell the dingy and make the money last a year summers, so she can attend several over the years... or you feel you can fund a cheaper one.

Sometimes not matter how much our children want to do something, it's just not realistic. If you can't afford to keep it up, I personally wouldn't start.

saltyseadog Sun 03-Jul-11 08:20:05

Rather than ebay what about a boat specific sales website? I used one to sell my Laser and had loads of interest. It was free to list IIRC. Also, what about ad on Topper Class Association website?
Will try snd remember the name of the other website.....

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