Weekend Wonder #5

It’s “Weekend Wonder” once again!

This is the place to ask questions and share your knowledge about the biz with others!

Last week, we had a discussion about selling cards and whether it was better to sell one at a time or as a lot. Thanks for everyone’s information and questions!

The Late Night Coffee Facebook page will also have a “Weekend Wonder” link so you can start questions there as well!

Have a great weekend and happy hunting!

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5 Responses to Weekend Wonder #5

  1. Nancy says:

    I’m wondering if you or any of the Late Night Coffee readers are eBay Trading Assistants, or considering it? Pros…Cons….I saw it in their recent newsletter and although I’m already behind listing my own things I’m wondering if this is something worth trying.

  2. I’ll weigh in…but keep in mind how neurotic I am about things.
    When I first started Ebay in 1997….I was having a ball. Selling like crazy. Knowing this, an antique dealer friend of mine wanted me to sell an VERY old (1700’s) knife box she had. Gulp. Well….I listed it for her. And it sold. For a lot. Like over a thousand..a lot.
    And then my ulcer began.
    I had the box professionally wrapped and shipped. It went all the way to New Hampshire from Missouri. Made it there in one piece.
    Well….a few days later…the people write and tell me they aren’t happy with the box. (What I figured out was they were on the antique show circuit and it didn’t sell for them…so after they shlepped it through their show…they wanted a refund).
    After some pretty tense emails…some awkward moments with my antique dealer friend who was not happy to have it returned after its lengthy journey….the people ended up keeping it.
    However, I ended up gulping a gallon of Kaopectate and vowing never to sell another person’s piece again. And I haven’t.
    This is when Ebay’s rating system was pretty fair…so that wasn’t a worry like it is today.
    I think if you have nerves of steel, a good rapport with people, and can handle some added stress of the business….then try it!
    And as you know, there’s a lot of people who want to sell junk..”Seriously? You don’t think my ceramic ashtray collection will bring very much?”…..so being able to be honest about that too is a skill.

    I guess I’m not adding to the “pro” list…..I would LOVE to hear some positive stories about someone’s trading asst. experience!

    Great question Nancy!

  3. Nancy says:

    Thanks for the answer. You pointed out things I hadn’t considered which make me think twice. I’m neurotic as all get out. Nerves of steel? More like nerves of porcelain china 😉 I would do some serious thinking before signing up for that. Glad I asked! I’ll leave that option out there but work on my own huge, waiting to be listed, inventory first.

    • I feel like a Debbie Downer on your idea….I know some people have done it successfully. Hopefully they’ll comment too.
      I just wasn’t one 🙁

      • Nancy says:

        Don’t feel like a Debbie Downer. I wanted to know the real deal. I realize other people might have different opinions and yours is only one opinion but I relate to what you say so I’m going to tread carefully in that arena. I appreciate your candor on your blog! Actually I have unofficially sold for a couple of people and I feel a lot of pressure when I have their items sitting around and don’t get on them soon enough. I don’t like that feeling so that was the first thing I thought of when I considered being a Trading Assistant.

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