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Ebay Auctions Results disappointing
I would like to ask you a question.
We recently started auctioning genuine chinese antiques via Ebay auctions. The results however are rather disappointing. We are not looking for a load of profits. but we see that the amount of bids we receive is really low. We do have little to no feedback as we are just starting. what we have is positive. Is this a dealbreaker for people looking for authentic antiques on ebay? Or are there other things that might impact the 'traffic'?
Sehr & de Ridder Antiques
Hi Frank, I'm not a dealer, only have sold a few surplus items on Ebay. And I was always disappointed by the outcome. If you're not in a hurry and don't want to get rid of things (as I did) I would recommend selling for fixed prices until you get more feedback. Our member Greeno would be a great help to you, I really miss him here. Maybe you can find some of his selling advice by using the search function.
The 1st four words in your description are the only ones that count. Make sure you hit all the major search terms, regarding the item, in those four words. Lots of clear pictures, in natural lighting is good. Can you post some links to your auctions?
take it with a grain of salt
Same, hope he is ok.
Frank, I don't get high prices or many views for most of the things I sell. After selling something for £1, I stopped doing auctions and now use buy-it-now pricing, at least with Chinese pieces, for the time being anyway. It doesn't make any difference to my visibility but I have some control over what I am happy to accept. I have done better with middle eastern metalwares, maybe because the market isn't so flooded.
I just bought something tonight for 1 euro. Nice for me, but I can't help feeling pretty bad about it. I tell myself that other people had time to look and bid but maybe were put off by the size and the bit of damage.
Thank you all much.
Pictures definitely could be better. We recently updated our photo-methods.
Hi Frank, I think your pictures look really good and professional, I also like that the size is given in the picture instead of being hidden in the description.
Your listing are exceptionally good. Great pictures with clear and precise descriptions. There is nothing I can fault with your listings.
Thank you both 🙂
@franridd I saw you guys on Instagram and honestly have thought that your listing photos, descriptions, etc are WAY better than most. I have to say, I too have noticed in my last bunch of listings that the prices and interactions have been low. I think @watership is spot on with his point, as that seems to be the winning combo in addition to good images. That link to Peter's Cassini advice is particularly helpful. But honestly, your listings are very good. I think it will come with more traffic, as I have experienced the same lately.
Keep up the great work guys, really nice items!
All the best,
If u send me a message on instagram we can stay in contact 😊
OMT, I always do an advanced search to see what similar items have SOLD for on eBay. How do you determine your asking price?
It might help if you cropped your images. If I need to zoom in on an item because it’s not tightly cropped, then I move on to the next one Maybe it’s my iPhone but resolution and /or photos aren’t sharp. I cropped the left one to compare with yours
@julia I also do Buy it Now when I know it’s priced right. It takes longer but it gets sold.
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