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      Should I sell used items over the holidays? Is that tacky?

      I have a lot of used items that I would love to sell on ebay and I'm thinking of trying to get a small store set up in time for Christmas, but I'm wondering if maybe it would come off as tacky. I'm open to any opinions/feedback/advice.
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      I don't think you have anything to worry about, but I can definitely understand your concern.

      Used items make great gifts and Christmas is actually an excellent time to sell them. For one thing, plenty of people have collections that they're looking to add on to, so there is definitely a market out there for it. Take into consideration that the current state of the economy is extra inspiration for consumers to bargain hunt more than ever before. If you are selling used items that are in good condition and can give consumers an offer they can't refuse, you could actually start a pretty lucrative business. Christmas is the time of year where conspicuous consumption reigns supreme. If you play your cards right, you could make a considerable fortune, especially if you're selling such items as toys, games and children’s clothing. The great thing about it is that you can be successful selling items that are appealing to both children and adults, especially if you're selling vintage items or electronics.
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      Ok! thank you for that! That made me feel a lot better. It sounds like you've got some experience with this sort of thing. Any helpful tips for a newbie like myself?

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      I'd love to help you any way I can. If I had to offer any suggestions, the most important bit of advice I have about selling used items is to make sure that your items are in excellent condition and that you're as honest as possible about any and all damage, both in your description and in your photos. Not being forthcoming about that sort of thing can really affect your reputation as seller, especially if you're planning on setting up a store. My personal philosophy is that if you're going to sell used items, do it honestly and correctly.

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      That is great advice and it makes a lot of sense. I completely agree with you. Thanks!

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      I'd love to help you any way I can. If I had to offer any suggestions, the most important bit of advice I have about selling used items is to make sure that your items are in excellent condition and that you're as honest as possible about any and all damage, both in your description and in your photos. Not being forthcoming about that sort of thing can really affect your reputation as seller, especially if you're planning on setting up a store. My personal philosophy is that if you're going to sell used items, do it honestly and correctly.
      I hope you don't mind me asking a question. I also agree with your tips on selling used items. Having a good business ethic will take you a long way. However, I was wondering if you had any suggestions about the more technical aspect of setting up a used item store on ebay? I had hoped you could help me specifically in regards to some “do's and don't's” that could help you avoid violating any policies or causing any unnecessary trouble for oneself with ebay.

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      That is great advice and it makes a lot of sense. I completely agree with you. Thanks!
      You're welcome! Any time!

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      I hope you don't mind me asking a question. I also agree with your tips on selling used items. Having a good business ethic will take you a long way. However, I was wondering if you had any suggestions about the more technical aspect of setting up a used item store on ebay? I had hoped you could help me specifically in regards to some “do's and don't's” that could help you avoid violating any policies or causing any unnecessary trouble for oneself with ebay.
      That is an excellent question. I know that if you use the words “Like New” in your title, then that could cause problems for you (meaning, your listing will probably be removed). Unfortunately, ebay doesn't always go into an awful lot of detail about the wherefore's and why's about their policies, so I can't give you an in-depth explanation as to why that specific phrase is forbidden. Also, make sure you're up to speed on their new duplicates policy. I'm not sure if you have any items that are similar enough to one another to be identified by ebay as duplicates, but if you do, your best bet is to either fit them into a multiple product listing or make sure that you really emphasize the differences in condition, color, etc.

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      I have a lot of used items that I would love to sell on ebay and I'm thinking of trying to get a small store set up in time for Christmas, but I'm wondering if maybe it would come off as tacky. I'm open to any opinions/feedback/advice.
      Used item selling is definitely on the rise. The benefits of buying used items online makes it a potential goldmine for anyone who wants to clean out the attic and make a nice buck in the process. Buying online is a bargain because sellers are going to price their items less than departments stores selling the same items. It is also convenient because no one has to worry about long lines or missing sales or going back and forth between stores looking for the best price while secretly hoping that no one beats them to the better deal before they make a decision. As long as you're selling good quality items, it's not tacky at all! I say, go for it! If you're trying to push a bunch of worthless junk onto unsuspecting buyers and cheat people out of their money---THAT is tacky! Setting your store up in time for Christmas is actually a practical and savvy strategy, if you ask me! Good luck with your store!

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      Originally Posted by WhenInRome112 View Post
      I have a lot of used items that I would love to sell on ebay and I'm thinking of trying to get a small store set up in time for Christmas, but I'm wondering if maybe it would come off as tacky. I'm open to any opinions/feedback/advice.
      It sounds like you've been given some very good advice. Selling used items can, indeed, turn a good profit. Don't underestimate the power of vintage, though! Used items can be great gifts because they are cost efficient, but for a seller, auctioning off some good vintage could possibly take your selling experience (and profits) to a new level. Vintage/collector's items have the added Wow Factor of being trendy and chic. Like they always say, One man's junk is another man's treasure. Selling a used item is one thing, but appealing to a consumer's ego by selling something they view as rare or special can give you not only higher profits, but it can also help you build your reputation as a seller. Just think of how great business would be for you if you established yourself as the go-to person for this or that vintage/collector's item! What am I trying to say? Selling used/vintage/collector's items during the holidays is not tacky; it's innovative!

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      It sounds like you've been given some very good advice. Selling used items can, indeed, turn a good profit. Don't underestimate the power of vintage, though! Used items can be great gifts because they are cost efficient, but for a seller, auctioning off some good vintage could possibly take your selling experience (and profits) to a new level. Vintage/collector's items have the added “Wow Factor” of being trendy and chic. Like they always say, “One man's junk is another man's treasure.” Selling a used item is one thing, but appealing to a consumer's ego by selling something they view as rare or special can give you not only higher profits, but it can also help you build your reputation as a seller. Just think of how great business would be for you if you established yourself as the “go-to” person for this or that vintage/collector's item! What am I trying to say? Selling used/vintage/collector's items during the holidays is not tacky; it's innovative!
      Very interesting viewpoint! Sounds like you put a lot of thought into that!

      Thank you so much everyone! I definitely feel a lot more comfortable with the idea of selling used items during the holidays! I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised at the insight and postive repsonses. I wasn't expecting so much support; I figured other people would readily agree with me that my idea was wacky, but I guess that's the great thing about forums! I appreciate all of you!

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