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Old 11-05-05, 07:59 PM
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When's a good time to start selling on eBay (for the holidays)?

It's time for me to put a bunch of CDs and DVDs on eBay to sell to all those crazy holiday shoppers. When is the crazy eBay time? Now? In 2 weeks? Just looking for the best time to list my stuff.

Props to eBay for massive advertising lately, hopefully this leads to lots of bidding on my auctions....
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Middle of November, I'd guess. You have to take into account:

1) Roughly 7 days for length of auction
2) Time to receive payment. A few days via paypal or a couple weeks to receive a check and for it to clear.
3) Shipping time... say 5 days avg... but you might want to add days for holiday slowdown.

This doesn't take into account those that are slow in confirming auction results and slow in paying.
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So in maybe a week or so I'll start up...
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My mom starts Christmas shopping in July. She doesn't know what Ebay is, so that may not be your target audience.
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i would start soon.. not to state the obvious, but as the amount of buyers increase for the holidays, so do the amount of sellers... so if you have something rare to sell, supply and demand is in your favor.. if it is just an ordinary CD/DVD, it could be a disadvantage

also you may want to think about half.com so you can gauge the market
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People usually don't buy used stuff as gifts unless it's underwear, vintage, or OOP. You might try selling after Jan after people get cash for Xmas.
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Originally Posted by j123vt_99
also you may want to think about half.com so you can gauge the market
Do people really shop on there? I got tons of CDs and DVDs (used) to sell, so I need to get rid of em somewhere....
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Middle of July.
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Originally Posted by PJsig08
Do people really shop on there? I got tons of CDs and DVDs (used) to sell, so I need to get rid of em somewhere....
sure.. the cool thing about it is you can throw your stuff on there, name your own price and forget about it...
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But do people really look at half.com? I have a feeling 95% of people use eBay and 5% use half.com....
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Can't wait to drive to my middle of nowhere Wal-Mart when the Xbox 360 comes out. Buy one or two. Go home and put those mothers on ebay. Ca-Ching!
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There is honestly no set in stone guide as to when you place an auction. eBay is so fickle that you should really just list the auction whenever you like and whatever is supposed to happen will happen. You could also change auction lengths as I find that 7 day auctions are pretty pointless since you could get the same amount of revenue from a 3 or 5 day auction. Everybody waits until the last 5 minutes to bid anyway. Also if you want to make the transaction run smoother and quicker, make a set amount of time for when you are to be paid buy, or do a buy now with immediate payment required.
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FYI - 10 cent fixed price listings on 11/8...

http://www2.ebay.com/aw/core/200511....05-11-07165522
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Fixed price means what? Are these the buy-it-now type listings? Confused, because today I will list a lot of stuff at 10 cents a listing....
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Good luck, its so beyond saturated. Someone here mentioned Fletch dvds so I found some and it looks like I return them, they bottomed out already.
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Originally Posted by madara
Good luck, its so beyond saturated. Someone here mentioned Fletch dvds so I found some and it looks like I return them, they bottomed out already.
Ya missed it by a couple weeks (I did not!)
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Originally Posted by PJsig08
But do people really look at half.com? I have a feeling 95% of people use eBay and 5% use half.com....
I've sold some used and new DVDs on half.com and most of it went pretty quickly (but my prices were good) - within weeks for a time reference.

Couple of things to keep in mind though. Like j12 mentioned - you may have to sit on the product for longer than you anticipate. But, you can set the price (and reset if necessary) and go.

I never chose this route, but I believe half.com inventory can be listed on eBay's auction site as well (though I don't know if its an additional cost).

Just try both sides and see which works out the best ..
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Originally Posted by Mopower
Can't wait to drive to my middle of nowhere Wal-Mart when the Xbox 360 comes out. Buy one or two. Go home and put those mothers on ebay. Ca-Ching!
Not gonna work, my friend. People will be able to walk into Best Buy and buy one on launch day.

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