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Ebay Fees!

Just a final note regarding EBay fees. Having not sold anything large for quite sometime I was taken back when I recently sold my T-84 headlights. I had "estimated" shipping cost at $45.00, I was way off on that guess! Cost was $73.70 as I had packed the lights extremely well. I should have done my homework as I forgot insurance costs and the extra packing material weight, not a big issue.

Lights sold for $951.00 plus the $45.00 for shipping. EBay first hit me with a $29.18 fee for receiving the money, (now I see why everyone wants it sent by friends and family, good idea!) Then they take 10% of the shipping fees I received, there is $4.50, then 10% of the selling price $95.10 for a total of $128.78 off from the price you just received. Getting quite pricey!

Now days with all the various "snipe" programs you don't receive any bids until the last 5-10 seconds, great for the buyer. The last five seconds I received the first bid of $901.00, immediately followed by $950.00 and ended with a $951.00 bid. This really cuts down on the potential amount you item can or would sell for. I tried to put a "reserve" price but EBay charges you an extra 4% for the "reserve price", this you must pay if the items sells or not.

Bottom line is I am happy for Scott out of CO, the lights are going to a wonderful home and will be a great addition to his all ready super duper SS.

Just a little food for thought when you choose to sell on EBay.

Larry
 

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Just a final note regarding EBay fees. Having not sold anything large for quite sometime I was taken back when I recently sold my T-84 headlights. I had "estimated" shipping cost at $45.00, I was way off on that guess! Cost was $73.70 as I had packed the lights extremely well. I should have done my homework as I forgot insurance costs and the extra packing material weight, not a big issue.



Lights sold for $951.00 plus the $45.00 for shipping. EBay first hit me with a $29.18 fee for receiving the money, (now I see why everyone wants it sent by friends and family, good idea!) Then they take 10% of the shipping fees I received, there is $4.50, then 10% of the selling price $95.10 for a total of $128.78 off from the price you just received. Getting quite pricey!



Now days with all the various "snipe" programs you don't receive any bids until the last 5-10 seconds, great for the buyer. The last five seconds I received the first bid of $901.00, immediately followed by $950.00 and ended with a $951.00 bid. This really cuts down on the potential amount you item can or would sell for. I tried to put a "reserve" price but EBay charges you an extra 4% for the "reserve price", this you must pay if the items sells or not.



Bottom line is I am happy for Scott out of CO, the lights are going to a wonderful home and will be a great addition to his all ready super duper SS.



Just a little food for thought when you choose to sell on EBay.



Larry

I'm not an eBay expert, just a couple thoughts. First, congrats on your sale.

I think the reason you didn't have any bids until the last minute is because you started the auction with a $900 price with no reserve. Anyone who bids makes an immediate commitment to buy.

So for example, if you started the bidding at $1.00 with a $900 reserve, you would receive many bids gradually working up. Unless you tell them, they don't know where your reserve is until it's reached by someone.

While this doesn't make your item worth any more, it has the potential to create a pi$$ing contest mentality where you have more bidders, none of whom want to lose. eBay will tell you that more watchers, bids and bidders will lead to a higher price.

The best price technically could be had by starting a 10 day auction at $1.00 with no reserve, and having it end at 10:00 PM Eastern time on a Sunday night.

I have two sets of T84's, and I paid much more than your price for each set, one on eBay and one here. I did get lucky one day and get a left side only on eBay for about $150.00.

For the record, I would NEVER have the balls to put up a set of T84's on eBay with a starting bid of $1.00 with no reserve. That might be OK for a gold watch that everyone wants, but not for an item that few know exists and even less want to pay for. It would seem the market has softened for T84s, but that's still a good amount of coin for a set of headlights.
I was out bid on a set years ago at around twice your selling price.

It may be the effect of more aftermarket options, or perhaps just the economy.

I didn't look at you bid history, but you might've only had two people bidding against each other.

Anyway, just random BS, congrats on your sale. :)
 
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