Tips for eBay Sellers
Updated: July 12,
Hi, I am one
of your potential mould buyers. I am going to tell you how to get me
interested in your auction by sharing with you some observations, both
positive, and negative.
observed thousands of eBay auctions for bullet moulds, and have sold and
purchased moulds on eBay for many years. Here is what I have to share:
- Take photos of your mould.
Take a lot of photos. Take close-ups. Show me the part of the
mold that is the heart of the mould, the mould cavity. Telling me in
five paragraphs what this mould has done for you isn’t as important as
showing me what it is, today, when you are trying to sell it. If I
can see dust mites in the cavity of your mould, then I am probably going
to bid on it. That’s the kind of picture we need to accurately
decide if we want to bid. This example photo is your auction picture
taking goal - Click!
Post a photo like that, and I guarantee you, you will get more bidders.
- Cavity condition is everything,
- Sell the handles with the
- Offering me the option of Parcel
Post, or the cheapest shipping alternative.
- Carefully packing your mould when
it’s shipped to the winner. Bind
the mould halves together, use a large rubber band, a plastic “zip” tie,
or tape if you have too, but bind the halves together so they don’t bounce
around inside the box and get damaged.
Moulds are fragile, and if you don’t pack them carefully, they will
get damaged in shipment.
- Contacting me for supplemental
information regarding the mould. Yes, I have it. No, I don’t
charge for it. And it won’t affect whether or not I bid on your
auction. For years I have freely supplied supplemental information
at no charge to sellers on eBay. Sometimes I bid on those auctions,
sometimes I don’t. I share because I want my fellow casters to know
what they are buying, and sometimes, I know the bidders, who are more likely
to give me more information regarding the mould, than the seller.
- Taking the time to answer my
questions, and sharing those questions and answers with everyone.
You have the option, as the seller, to have eBay automatically post the
question/answer message *automatically* to the auction. Use it.
- Taking one photo of the
mould. From a distance. If I have to email you asking for close-up
photos or gamble that your description is accurate I will probably pass on
your auction. What you may think is a minor flaw in the bullet mould
may mean to me an unusable piece of junk that may result in negative
feedback at the end of the spat. I never bid on auctions that have a
single, bad photo. Never. And I assure you, I am not the only
person who does that.
- Not posting information about the
mould. Hensley & Gibbs bullet moulds have information stamped
all over them. Post that information with the auction.
- Separating the handles from the
mold to maximize your profit. If you list a set of handles in the
next auction for the same mould you are selling, be forewarned, I advise
everyone that asks me for information on Hensley & Gibbs bullet moulds
to not buy moulds unless they come with handles. There is too much
of a risk of handles not fitting correctly (note “correctly”) to separate
handles from moulds.
- Charging an unfair amount for
shipping. I know moulds are heavy, but it doesn’t cost $30 to ship
an 8 lb. - 10 cavity mould across the country. Excessive shipping
charges are the #2 reason I pass on bidding. By now, all of us eBay’ers know that shipping can be a tempting profit
center to avoid or minimize eBay’s fees.
- Throwing the two mould halves
into a priority mailer box and letting them bounce around all the way
across country. The moulds will
arrive damaged, and it will be your fault.
Pack the moulds carefully as if they were fine china, they are
precision tools, please treat them this way.
- Hot linking one of my photos to
your auction site. Hot linking is using
one of my photos from my website linked directly to your auction
listing. This causes a tremendous
increase in my bandwidth, and rather than use one of the many tools I have
to prevent this, I simply respond to this rude behavior by temporarily
replacing what you think is the photo you expect to see, with one I have
randomly chosen from the vase internet universe. Creativity is the key to making this a
very unpleasant experience for you. So, please don’t hotlink my photos.
auction listing will have:
- A Lot
of photos. Minimum of 10. Half of the photos will be
close-ups. If you only have the option of posting one photo, then
post the “ideal” photo as described above. Cavity condition is
auction listing will state every single piece of information stamped on
the mould blocks and handles.
will be consistent with the mould weight.
listing will contain supplemental information from the Hensley & Gibbs
Factory ledger. I will supply this free of charge. Just email
Luck with your Auction!
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