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#1 Lucretia Borgia

Posted 19 November 2012 - 08:44 AM

I did a bit of a trinny & Suzannah on my wardrobe yesterday and threw out heaps of stuff ....but I've got a pile of stuff in really good condition which for one reason or another I won't wear anymore (maternity clothes etc) ...and baby stuff as well, so I thought I might try selling it. Even if I only get $100 for the whole lot hey- that's $100! I'm a complete novice at this so not sure whether to go down the eBay path or gumtree..anyone have any recommendation either way? I am registered at eBay to buy stuff and I have a PayPal account. From what I can tell eBay takes a cut of any money I may get, whereas gumtree seems to be a free ride...? Any tips or experiences would be welcome! Thanks!

#2 Jessley2

Posted 19 November 2012 - 09:03 AM

I've sold a lot of baby clothes on eBay but by the time eBay took their percentage and the hassle of going to the post office it just wasn't worth the time or money. Plus I found people weren't willing to bid too much on eBay knowing the postage of about $6 on top made a bargain not quite a bargain. I like that gumtree is free and they come to you.

#3 noi'mnot

Posted 19 November 2012 - 09:07 AM

For the things that I buy on online auction sites, I've found ebay to have a bigger range and better quality of items. This is particularly true for clothing, in my experience.

Because of this I'd be inclined to go with Ebay, but I do understand your hesitation due to fees and such. I don't think the postage pain is such a big deal if you make all of your auctions end at around the same time so that you only do one trip to the post office for everything all together, or get prepaid satchels for postage.

#4 SeaPrincess

Posted 19 November 2012 - 09:10 AM

QUOTE (Jessley2 @ 19/11/2012, 07:03 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I like that gumtree is free and they come to you.

Me too. I've sold mainly toys that the children have grown out of, a few books, things like that, but it is so much more convenient than eBay.

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#5 Therese

Posted 19 November 2012 - 09:17 AM

I think it's worth trying gumtree first as it is free.

#6 livvie7586

Posted 19 November 2012 - 09:20 AM

OP there are also the buy and sell groups on facebook (if you're on facebook).  that's how i've been selling bits and pieces lately, it's still local pick up, and no fees

#7 causeway

Posted 19 November 2012 - 09:23 AM

What about a buy/sell/swap facebook page? Some areas have ones dedicated to baby & kids stuff. In our last town the stuff moved very quickly... A very effective way of buying & selling. My new town has just started one. I will definately be using this option when it is time to get rid of our stuff!

#8 Becca1605

Posted 19 November 2012 - 09:31 AM

I've sold quite a bit successfully on gumtree - it's great cause it's free! I would try there first.

#9 Lucretia Borgia

Posted 19 November 2012 - 09:37 AM

Thanks for your replies everyone...I am on Facebook so I will check out the buy and sell groups there...

Also, does anyone have any recommendations for reselling a designer item? I have one piece which is a Dolce & Gobbana silk top..it was a present from a friend of my mothers (she lives overseas), its a lovely top, it just looks awful on me! I imagine I might be able to re sell it for a fairly decent price, however it may not attract many offers on eBay or gumtree. There used to be a place near where I live (inner west Sydney) which specialised in "pre loved" designer wear, but they have closed down. Any recommendations would be welcome! Thanks

#10 msro82

Posted 19 November 2012 - 09:38 AM

most states/locations will have a baby and kids buy and sell facebook page. I have found these great to sell of maternity items, toys and kids clothing. It's free and like gumtree they come to you.

#11 SUSIE25

Posted 19 November 2012 - 10:33 AM

I prefer the FB pages. I get more no shows on Gumtree. Ebay to exxy when it comes to fees when you are selling small value items.   On FB, if you are able to put the details on the actual photo itself before you upload, it will save retyping details into other pages.

#12 75etd

Posted 19 November 2012 - 06:04 PM

In my experience Gumtree is full of unreliable buyers, scammers, thiefs and a few genuine buyers:

- I have had numerous people just not turn up

- I've received messages saying "I'm really interested, but won't be in Sydney until next week, give me your bank account details and I will put the money in and then collect when I'm in Sydney

- then there's the Paypal deposit scam which seems to be used for car purchases - I've just heard about this one

- and I've had my home broken into during the process of moving.  I don't have proof but I'm pretty sure it was the guys who collected the "free BBQ" who needed to clean their hands afterwards thereby checking out the TV in lounge.  What a shame for them that we moved the TV before they broke in.  They got our old laptop and that was about it.

- oh and the buyers who are sooooo interested they can collect in 1 hour, but then when you suggest a public place for pick up you never hear from them

So saying all of the above, I have bought numerous items on Gumtree and had no problems.

My tip is to stear clear of Gumtree to sell items.  Ebay is much cheaper than getting scammed, broken into or just being let down.  Of course you can get let down on ebay but everyone has a rating to protect.

#13 MAGS24

Posted 19 November 2012 - 06:09 PM

The problem that I find with Ebay is having to compete with the Ebay stores If I lower my postage as much as the Ebay stores then I am losing money, plus all the time and effort into advertising the item, then hoping the person who "wins" the bid will actually pay, since Ebay doesn't allow sellers to give negative feedback.

I have a lot of books and dvd's to sell so am thinking that a garage sale might work out better for me than Ebay.

#14 Lucretia Borgia

Posted 19 November 2012 - 06:28 PM

Hmmm...thanks guys...a lot to think about! Might look into the FB thing. I agree a garage sale is a good idea, not sure if I have enough items to make that worth my while.....




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