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LauraMLP83

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Hello! I'd like to sell some of my childhood G1 pony collection. I am really enjoying using this site, but I'm also looking into potentially using eBay as a resource. The problem is that I have no past seller history on that site. Will this keep people from wanting to purchase from me? Also, do you need to worry about being scammed by buyers on eBay? Thank you!
 
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tulagirl

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It might. What I suggest is that you buy a few things off of ebay to get some feedback going for yourself before jumping into selling.
 

crenshyhearts

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Yes, be cautious by scammers but you can always look at their references first.
 

Winged Mirage

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Is eBay the best place to start as a seller? Or is it better to go somewhere else first? I've only looked at eBay, never bought or sold. I'm thinking of selling a couple pony things and some other stuff in the future
 

evilbunnyfoofoo

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Is eBay the best place to start as a seller? Or is it better to go somewhere else first? I've only looked at eBay, never bought or sold. I'm thinking of selling a couple pony things and some other stuff in the future
eBay is sort of a pain in the butt. if you have problems with a buyer, eBay will side with them no matter how whack-a-doodle they act. I'm not saying that's it's awful though. Most transactions are worry free. I've sold thousands of items there without a hitch, it's just the few nutjobs I had to deal with left quite a lasting impression! Now I find it way easier to just offer my stuff here. Usually you can find a willing buyer pretty fast, and everyone is super nice. If you need any help setting up a for sale page, just ask and people will leap to your assistance!
 

Winged Mirage

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I see, good to know.

What about Etsy? I know they sell some vintage toys in there, and I think you can sell crafts as well?
 

Sweet Daes

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It can really go either way...

In over 300 transactions I've only recently had two huge issues with buyers. One was a person that tried keeping ponies that she bought AND wanted a full refund (which happened about a month ago, and because I expected the product back before the refund she dropped the case), and the other was an unpaid item case that I just closed today.

In all reality, considering how much I have made in sales of those 300+ transactions, and how many ponies I have been able to rehome, and all of this happening in less than a year, 2 people being crappy is not that many. I've been in retail since my first job, so in the last 20 years this behavior is nothing new.

You can protect yourself by making your guidelines for purchasing out in layman's terms, take LOTS of pictures, don't overstate the condition of an item (and encourage them to study the photos), make sure you use insurance on items that you consider a big loss if they get "lost" in the mail, and take actions to block those who others have run into that have had a problem. You can also search the site to find eBay handles of those to avoid.

As a seller, you CAN cancel the transaction if you run into someone that is being on the stupidly-epic side, and they will not be able to leave feedback because no money was kept. Once it's marked as shipped then it can get grizzly with people who are jerks who try to get the better of you. But, again, it's really few and far between, like any other retail position.
 
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Sweet Daes

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I see, good to know.

What about Etsy? I know they sell some vintage toys in there, and I think you can sell crafts as well?
I would assume that you would run into the same issues with Etsy as with eBay when it comes to crappy buyers, with my limited experience with them. I stopped using them years ago because it was more difficult to sell.

I wouldn't personally know for ponies, but there is also a lot less in the way of negotiation compared to eBay which will attract more buyers. They do not have a bidding or Best Offer options like eBay does, and auto-listing your expired listings can get super expensive after a while at (currently) 20¢ a pop which really adds up after a while (again, all I have done is part-time, with 25 listings at a time of hand-made goods). I didn't sell anything on Etsy at all out of all the listings that I made and ended up owing them more than what I was making.
 

Winged Mirage

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This is all very helpful, thank you. I'm not sure when I'll start selling things online, but I want to be as ready as I can be. Though some things you can only learn from experience...
 
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