Discussion in 'Ebay' started by geo__, Nov 11, 2011.
I'm currently on ebay, but not many sells.
I currently have the same problem. Cards that are 30+ years old are worthless because of the oversaturation of supply in the 80's and 90's. To give you an idea of what to expect, here is my experience:
I emailed a lot of dealers. Most of them said to create a spreadsheet with the most recent Beckett Price Guide. When I finished that I would send it to them and they would make offers. At the very least I knew what my inventory was since I had not looked at the cards for a long time. Dealers are in it to make money, you're going to get 10 centers to 30 cents on the value of the card.
Ebay is your best bet honestly. But this is the type of product that you're going to get bottom feeders and people who again want to pay pennies.
Consider getting PSA grades on the cards. Those seem to carry more value than a snapshot of the card on a table.
Common cards you will find are going to be 1000 cards for every $1. I would often see $5-$10 for 5000 common cards. One dealer told me that any card worth less than $5 to value as a common for the sake of the deal I was cutting with him.
Bottom line is dealers (like jewelers I am finding) are running a retail business and will try to pay you as little as humanly possible. Directly dealing with a buyer on an auction site will help you recover more value.
Thank you for that, But how can I attract people to my auctions on ebay?
While it is in the interest of <insert non-ebay buyer here>, to make money. I think this is a prime example for why it's sometimes in your interest to make the transaction despite the drop of 10-30% in profit on your end.
Reason is simple, buyer has access/experience in the market already, and knows where to make the sales that turn him a profit. On the other hand, if you do it, you have to learn it yourself-- Which also equates to work, and potentially uneeded expenditures (like paying for ebay listings).
Just my 2 cents anyhow
You can sell graded cards at ThePit.com. It is like a "stock market" with bids and asks from buyers. You can withdraw your profits to paypal or have a check mailed.
You mail them your cards and they credit them to your account, then you can buy and sell. They also own a sister site a little more similar to an ebay where you can have a storefront and/or auctions.
If you like I can list them on my ebay account with 1000+ feedback.
I may be able to generate more sales.
honestly... now probably isn't the best time to try to unload sports cards. Around the 2000-2004 timeframe was a great boom for cards but now nothing is worth quite as much or moving quite as well (from what i've seen). I'm holding onto my stash of stuff and hoping they come "back into style"
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