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Hi everyone,

I posted over in the Auctions forum a link to my eBay sales, but I thought I'd pop over here and say hello in the meantime.

I'm 32, so I was around for the G1 craze as a kid and absolutely loved them! Somehow, over the years, my mother had made me get rid of old toys before I was allowed to get new ones and most of my G1's disappeared, sadly. All I have left is a Dazzleglow with a partial mohawk, and a Baby Brother Whirly Twirl whose tail falls out!

Then when the G3's came out and I was an adult with a paying job, of course it made sense to buy every single pony I came across and to go pony shopping at least once a week! I ended up with over 100 loose ponies and then got smart and started keeping them in the box, quite honestly, to sell later.

So "later" came and my hubby and I decided we wanted to buy a house and I figured it would make sense to sell some stuff on eBay so we didn't have to move it all and also make some extra money. Not too long after this, he lost his job, so now he's my full-time picture-taker-pro and I do all the listing. So I gathered up all my ponies, and started listing the boxed ones on eBay.

Then I started doing some reading here and over at the Arena and I worry about eBay's reputation!!! I am an honest seller and buyer, and I only want to deal with other honest sellers and buyers, and I guess it's the usual old saying: "One bad apple spoils the whole bunch." Sad! I hadn't sold on eBay for years prior, and it was only a few things. I hope it wasn't a mistake to go back to it!! I've also been buying some stuff for my friend's gothic-themed wedding, and where else but eBay can you find some of this one-of-a-kind stuff?!?!

Anyhow, thanks for reading! You all seem to be such a great bunch of people, and I definitely am not any kind of expert and I don't even think I want to consider myself a collector, because I'm not up to par with what most of you guys are doing here!

Before I sell my loose G3's, I wanted to get an opinion (if anyone is still reading this far down....) on what to do with their hair. I've seen all the tutorials and the advice with the shampooing & conditioning or not and the ironing or curling or not and I just wanted to throw out this opinion I have. Personally, I feel that anything I do to them could end up making them worse, or ruin them or something.... and I think I'd just prefer to brush them, and in a very unruly case, maybe just wet it down a bit. I'm scared to mess with them too much and all I have ever done with them (as an adult collector) is take them out of the box and put them on a shelf, then put them all in a big box to store, so they're as near-mint as anything can be that's been handled that way. I feel as though I'd want to preserve what's left of them, the way they were right out of the box, since they hadn't been played with by a child, especially if I were buying them, but again, that's just my two cents! I haven't been able to see concrete proof that they sell better after the hair has been styled, so I figured for 100 ponies, I just don't have the time and it wouldn't even be worth it. What do the buyers want, I wonder????
 

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Hello, and welcome to the Trading Post! :smilepony: Thank you for taking a moment to introduce yourself to us.


I'm 32, so I was around for the G1 craze as a kid and absolutely loved them! Somehow, over the years, my mother had made me get rid of old toys before I was allowed to get new ones and most of my G1's disappeared, sadly. All I have left is a Dazzleglow with a partial mohawk, and a Baby Brother Whirly Twirl whose tail falls out!
Your Dazzleglow could be rehaired with authentic MLP hair if you so chose. There are several methods for restoring manes and tails of those who have been victim to haircuts over the years. You can even hire someone to do it for you, we have a lot of experienced re-hairers in this community. :) Also, your Baby Whirly Twirl's tail probably comes out because the washer that holds the tail in place has fallen off inside the body (very common in older ponies). Unfortunately the Peek-a-Boo babies have heads that are difficult to take off and restore properly because of the shape, but that still could also be repaired if you chose to--Just look into it before you go popping his head off LOL.

Then I started doing some reading here and over at the Arena and I worry about eBay's reputation!!! I am an honest seller and buyer, and I only want to deal with other honest sellers and buyers, and I guess it's the usual old saying: "One bad apple spoils the whole bunch." Sad! I hadn't sold on eBay for years prior, and it was only a few things. I hope it wasn't a mistake to go back to it!! I've also been buying some stuff for my friend's gothic-themed wedding, and where else but eBay can you find some of this one-of-a-kind stuff?!?!
Ebay can certainly be unpredictable, and as sellers our reputations are solely at the mercy of our buyers. With Ebay, you may end up getting a higher sale price due to bidding wars and a wider international audience, but at the expense of fees and the risk of ...cantankerous customers.

Selling on the boards, you can see each person's personal feedback, and you can contact a moderator for assistance in any transaction. Prices here tend to be fairer than Ebay's on the part of the buyer, but you also won't have to pay fees or worry so much about feedback extortion. So it's really up to you which you prefer :) Most of us do both!


Before I sell my loose G3's, I wanted to get an opinion (if anyone is still reading this far down....) on what to do with their hair. I've seen all the tutorials and the advice with the shampooing & conditioning or not and the ironing or curling or not and I just wanted to throw out this opinion I have. Personally, I feel that anything I do to them could end up making them worse, or ruin them or something.... and I think I'd just prefer to brush them, and in a very unruly case, maybe just wet it down a bit. I'm scared to mess with them too much and all I have ever done with them (as an adult collector) is take them out of the box and put them on a shelf, then put them all in a big box to store, so they're as near-mint as anything can be that's been handled that way. I feel as though I'd want to preserve what's left of them, the way they were right out of the box, since they hadn't been played with by a child, especially if I were buying them, but again, that's just my two cents! I haven't been able to see concrete proof that they sell better after the hair has been styled, so I figured for 100 ponies, I just don't have the time and it wouldn't even be worth it. What do the buyers want, I wonder????
This really depends on the pony's hair to begin with. If it has the plastic piece still woven into the mane and the plastic sleeve on the tail, it might be worth just leaving it as is as further testament that it was only removed from the box and never played with. If the pony has curled hair, it's probably best to try to preserve it, or risk ruining the curls.

Personally I wash every pony I sell (and yes, it can be a daunting experience to do so many of them). I try to bring out the best in every pony in order to get what they're worth, and my method is: Warm water and a Magic Eraser to remove surface dirt and marks, brushing out the dry hair, wetting it, shampooing it, rinsing, applying conditioner and letting it soak a few minutes, then rinsing with hot water and wrapping the mane and tail around a leg so it has some shape when it dries.



If you have any questions about anything related to restoring ponies or cleaning them, feel free to post in the General Discussion or check out the forum's FAQ or Tutorials section. :winkpony:
 
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Hello and welcome to the TP :CJ:

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:Welcome:

Hoping the trading post helps with your pony journey.


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Hello, and welcome to the Trading Post! :smilepony: Thank you for taking a moment to introduce yourself to us.




Your Dazzleglow could be rehaired with authentic MLP hair if you so chose. There are several methods for restoring manes and tails of those who have been victim to haircuts over the years. You can even hire someone to do it for you, we have a lot of experienced re-hairers in this community. :) Also, your Baby Whirly Twirl's tail probably comes out because the washer that holds the tail in place has fallen off inside the body (very common in older ponies). Unfortunately the Peek-a-Boo babies have heads that are difficult to take off and restore properly because of the shape, but that still could also be repaired if you chose to--Just look into it before you go popping his head off LOL.

Ebay can certainly be unpredictable, and as sellers our reputations are solely at the mercy of our buyers. With Ebay, you may end up getting a higher sale price due to bidding wars and a wider international audience, but at the expense of fees and the risk of ...cantankerous customers.

Selling on the boards, you can see each person's personal feedback, and you can contact a moderator for assistance in any transaction. Prices here tend to be fairer than Ebay's on the part of the buyer, but you also won't have to pay fees or worry so much about feedback extortion. So it's really up to you which you prefer :) Most of us do both!


This really depends on the pony's hair to begin with. If it has the plastic piece still woven into the mane and the plastic sleeve on the tail, it might be worth just leaving it as is as further testament that it was only removed from the box and never played with. If the pony has curled hair, it's probably best to try to preserve it, or risk ruining the curls.

Personally I wash every pony I sell (and yes, it can be a daunting experience to do so many of them). I try to bring out the best in every pony in order to get what they're worth, and my method is: Warm water and a Magic Eraser to remove surface dirt and marks, brushing out the dry hair, wetting it, shampooing it, rinsing, applying conditioner and letting it soak a few minutes, then rinsing with hot water and wrapping the mane and tail around a leg so it has some shape when it dries.



If you have any questions about anything related to restoring ponies or cleaning them, feel free to post in the General Discussion or check out the forum's FAQ or Tutorials section. :winkpony:
Thank you so much for all the info!! I will definitely think about having Dazzleglow rehaired, but honestly, I might just sell her as-is to make things simple.

My brain almost exploded when I thought of trying to do all that to 100 ponies! I have gotten varied advice on whether or not buyers want to buy ponies that are all cleaned, shampooed and conditioned or if they just want to do it themselves. If I didn't have so many, I'd definitely try it, but you're right, it's a very daunting idea for so many!!! Every flat surface in my house would be covered in ponies, hahaha! Plus, my husband takes my pictures and I need to be here to help him pose the ponies and make sure the hair looks good! We have limited time to do that together because of work and it would probably take us months to get through all of them. They all went back in the closet for now so I can take some time to do some other things first and try to figure it out.



And thank you everyone for the welcomes!!!!!!!!! :tongue:
 

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Thank you so much for all the info!! I will definitely think about having Dazzleglow rehaired, but honestly, I might just sell her as-is to make things simple.

My brain almost exploded when I thought of trying to do all that to 100 ponies! I have gotten varied advice on whether or not buyers want to buy ponies that are all cleaned, shampooed and conditioned or if they just want to do it themselves.
If it's any consolation, I'm a massive eBay-pony addict and I prefer my ponies to come "raw" with all the play-dirt still on them! Then I can clean them up my own way. It's very satisfying.
If I'm buying grubby ponies I want lots of pics, though. It gives me a better indication of what the damage is and whether I can fix it.
Really I think the most important thing when listing ponies on eBay is to give the buyer plenty of info so s/he will feel confident about the pony's condition when buying :satisfied:
 

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Welcomes, welcome (I think I already said welcome in the other thread but I never know what I did one moment to the other)!

I'm with Sparkey, I sorta like buying beat up Ponies. I love to fix them up and get them pretty again. Besides, once they're outta my paws and into a kidlet's grubby mitts, they're going to be filthy once more half the time anyway.

(I always keep the cutest for myself though. Bwahahahaha!)
 

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(I always keep the cutest for myself though. Bwahahahaha!)
LOL I don't have any kids yet, but I have a hard enough time keeping my 15-year-old sister off my ponies! :D
They're just too much fun. That's what!
 

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is may belle the pony for may?

in your ebay store i noticed you have several that are for months
 
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