Paul, what are you basing your prices on? $70 is a good price for a select clone of maxima x veitchii - Leilani's list price is $95. Besides, as soon as you say EP selected clone (not to mention the size of the entire plant) that kind of quality is not going to be cheap. EP does NOT have this hybrid for sale right now, in fact it's not readily available for collectors. We know Jonathan started his bids at the price he needs to cover his own cost, what's wrong with that? The bids only start jumping during the last minutes anyway.
paul, I don't think you should try and under value the price of someone else's plants! Like sunbelle said he is only starting them at what he values them at and let the buyers decide if the price is right.
Paul, If Jonathan sets the starting bid at $20 and they are bid up to $50 (but he needs $70 to cover the cost) your scenario would cost the seller money. His prices are not out of line. He has excellent taste, too.
If no one bids until the last minutes, fine. It's market value.
Post by SgtSarracenia on Jul 23, 2012 0:06:16 GMT 7
Or start the bidding lower but have a reserve set (if Ebay still has that option). Some people would say you are just gauging a response, but quite a few times I would contact the highest bidder, even if reserve was not met, and sell it to them anyway. That way you are not obligated to sell at a lower price, but have the ability to do it anyway.
Which costs the seller money, as noted. If I'm resorting to sell on ebay, it means I NEED money. So spending money on a reserve isn't always an option. In which case, a minimum sale amount is the starting bid.
If ya want the plants, ya gotta be willing to at least pay his minimum price. Perfectly understandable. I'd rather take one acceptable bid over 10 tiny bids any day.
I never bid on reserve auctions bc usually the reserve is more than I am willing to pay as a buyer. As a buyer I tend to favor BIN auctions but it cost a bit more to list(or at least it used to).
I haven't looked at these auctions but as a seller offering free shipping usually helps a sale(just add a few bux to listing price) as well as the timing of the auction. I usually spend 0.10 to schedule an auction and shoot for 9:30 pm est on a monday. That way it isn't too late for the east coast buyers and not too early for the west coast buyers..i don't go for weekends bc it is easy for perspective buyers to forget the auction when they are going about; however during a normal week an average buyer's schedule is more routine.
Lastly, I generally do as the op does and just list the item for what I would be willing to accept for it.....if you have trouble selling maybe some of these tips might help.