Ebay or gumtree...?
, Nov 19 2012 08:44 AM
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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!
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.
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.
Posted 19 November 2012 - 09:10 AM
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.
Posted 19 November 2012 - 09:17 AM
I think it's worth trying gumtree first as it is free.
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
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
Posted 19 November 2012 - 05:31 PM
Think it depends where you live too. I find Gumtree not useful out of the big cities.
Maybe I haven't been on it enough, but I don't like how Gomtree is formatted, I can never find what I want to buy or sell very well.
I'm not a big e-bayer either though, but do find it easier all round.
They don't always take a cut of sales. Depends on the price and how much you are selling etc.
I do hate that E-bay has been taken over by "stores" and professional sellers though. I liked it much better when it was a genuine 2nd hand goods auction site. I hate that I type in lights, for example and get page after page of the same light from the same professional shop...and even if you narrow down, somehow they get around it and you still don't get genuine 2nd hand sellers stuff
I also have found, several times, the "australia only" option doesn't filter. I bought a phone, wich said it was from Central Qld, only to find that it actually was just the account set up and it was from Hong Kong
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.
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.
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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