Too common? Too vague? Too new?

Discussion in 'Trader Help & advice' started by EmberLeo, Feb 14, 2017 at 5:39 PM.

  1. EmberLeo

    EmberLeo Teeny Tiny Baby Pony

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    Hello,

    I'm obviously quite new here, and not hugely into older MLP (I missed that boat as a kid, and can't afford to let myself start collecting them now).

    I've got a box of ponies to try and sell at least some of them, and use the rest for craft projects. I got the ball rolling with pics and IDs posted in the Sell area, but have been too exhausted and massively busy with other stuff to finish pricing them. None are mint.

    I guess I'm wondering, are folks just waiting on more precise pricing? Are folks wary of a stranger? Are these ponies just too common?

    Would people be more interested in OOAK art ponies?

    -E-
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    MustBeJewel Administrator Staff Member Moderator

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    Hi there, welcome to the forum! :)

    I had a look at your thread, and I think in all honesty that your price estimates may be a bit lofty. I (and many other sellers) often sell McDonald's ponies for maybe a quarter or 50 cents at most, and most of us end up just giving them away. Also, G3 ponies aren't terribly popular right now, and though you have a few that might possibly get you $7 in excellent or mint condition and fully cleaned, I think you might have more success if you tried to sell them around $3-4 each, or as a lot.

    There are a few that I would definitely not customize, because they would be more sought after: The G1 ponies (Baby Stockings, Firefly), Autumn Crisp, Butter Pop, Pretty Pop, Chocolate Chipper, Boogie Woogie, Candy Apple, Finger Paints.

    Sales are generally slow this time of year, but they'll pick up again once people start getting their tax refunds :)
  3. EmberLeo

    EmberLeo Teeny Tiny Baby Pony

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    Fair enough, thank you. I don't think I can afford to deal with the Happy Meal ponies on their own at that price, but perhaps as add-ons to other orders...

    I'm a little confused by it, as I did actually look up the sales on EBay, which, for the regular ponies ran from 5-12$ for the examples I checked.

    But I'm noticing threads here seem to sell for consistently lower than EBay, and I'm wondering if EBay is including shipping fees up in their totals or if I'm somehow just reading things all wrong.

    ~sigh~ This is not my area of strength, I just want to recover the cost of having snagged the box and reduce what I will be storing in my craft room, that's all.

    There's a few that are so pretty I'm seriously considering removing them from the sales list entirely, I admit... ;) Maybe I should just delete that thread and start over in March when I have more time and energy...

    -E-
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    EmberLeo Teeny Tiny Baby Pony

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    @MustBeJewel - You suggest that I not change Autumn Crisp because of demand. She's one of the damaged ones. Is that not much of an issue? I figured the damaged ones were the most eligible for craft projects...

    -E-
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    MustBeJewel Administrator Staff Member Moderator

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    Pricing ponies can be a bit tricky sometimes, not only due to the market and demand constantly fluctuating, but because comparing forum prices to ebay prices is rarely very equal. Because of all the fees ebay charges its sellers (listing fees, paypal fees, final value fees), prices on ebay tend to be a bit higher. Also, Ebay has an extremely large worldwide audience, so people from all over the world (many more people than we have members here) often bid against each other to drive prices up. That doesn't really happen here.

    Also (and I really don't mean to nit-pick or be negative, I promise :) ) your photos are a little hard to see details on, which may deter some buyers. Photographing in outdoor lighting might help you get better detail. I couldn't even tell that Autumn Crisp was damaged at all (and yes that absolutely affects value).

    If it's a bit overwhelming right now, I would see no harm in taking a little break and getting back to it when you have a bit more time and energy. :) Another option would be to take offers on your ponies, and see what collectors would like to buy them for. I'm an Ebay seller as well as a seller on here, and sometimes the best way to find a price that's fair for you and your buyer is to do the offer, counter-offer, thing.

    If I can be of any assistance to you, please let me know :)
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    EmberLeo Teeny Tiny Baby Pony

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    > I really don't mean to nit-pick or be negative, I promise

    I asked for input, it's fine. :)

    Yeah, those aren't the best photos I've ever taken. I wanted to just get *something* out there, so you can see which ponies they are, that I really have them, that they're correctly identified.

    The paint damage on Autumn Crisp is really small - it's just a bit of the heart on her hoof is rubbed away. So I should take special photos of details of concern, then?

    -E-

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