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Selling a higher value item

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I want to sell a pair of designer trainers  I won as they are not a good fit. They retail at £475. 100% of the proceeds, after costs, will be going to a rewilding project and animal sanctuary run by another MSE member. 

What would be the best way to sell them? I am wary of scams because of the value and would welcome some hints and tips.
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  • soolin
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    Prudent said:
    I want to sell a pair of designer trainers  I won as they are not a good fit. They retail at £475. 100% of the proceeds, after costs, will be going to a rewilding project and animal sanctuary run by another MSE member. 

    What would be the best way to sell them? I am wary of scams because of the value and would welcome some hints and tips.
    How experienced are you on ebay as that might decide my answer. Also, before you do anything work out a value for them, you obviously aren't going to get RRP so look up sold prices, see for instance if you have a popular size or not as again value will reflect on an answer. 
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  • the_lunatic_is_in_my_head
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    https://www.ebay.co.uk/help/selling/selling-tools/ebay-authenticity-guarantee?id=4644

    The program covers "sneakers" with a long list of brands eligible. I should imagine much less chance of being diddled as eBay (or their third party) are the ones getting their hands on the item before the buyer. 
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  • Brie
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    Or simply hand the shoes over to your friend to use in fund raising?  Those as a prize in a raffle might help pull in more than the RRP as long as there are some other good prizes to back things up.
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  • Slinky
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    Brie said:
    Or simply hand the shoes over to your friend to use in fund raising?  Those as a prize in a raffle might help pull in more than the RRP as long as there are some other good prizes to back things up.

    I'd have thought that ebay would be a better choice than your average raffle unless the raffle organiser has a particularly large audience of the sort of people who buy designer trainers and need/want the particular size the OP owns.
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  • DullGreyGuy
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    Ebay, as long as its one of their supported charities you can have the funds go directly to them and they waive the sellers fees
  • Prudent
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    Thank you so much for the replies. 

    I have sold several items on eBay in the past, but nothing this high value. I didn't know about the authenticity guarantee thank you. I tire quickly due to an illness, so will explore this tomorrow. It may be the safety net that I am looking for. 

    Sadly the organisation is too small to be a registered charity so I will not be able to get the fees waivered. I couldn't find the same brand on eBay but several popped up on Vinted (which I have never used). Hopefully this will help me set a price that will attract a sale.
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  • GadgetGuru
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    Ive sold items on eBay at over £800-900 several times in the past. 
    In fact I currently have a listing up at £575, and another at £899 right now. 
    The sale etc itself is fine. I just get a little nervous about the buyer though considering many nowadays like to try the item, then false return by saying its faulty, when it isnt and they've just changed their mind!.......
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