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    • Irn-Bru-Kid
    • By Irn-Bru-Kid 21st Sep 12, 10:02 AM
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    Irn-Bru-Kid
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    • 21st Sep 12, 10:02 AM
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    • 21st Sep 12, 10:02 AM
    I have never bought or sold anything on Ebay or Gumtree but I now need to bite the bullet and sell things that we do not need anymore.
    Ebay appears to be more popular than Gumtree but from what I understand Gumtree is free.
    So, is it better to pay to sell on Ebay then to sell for free on Gumtree?
    Any advice would be much appreciated!
    Thanks
    Clare
    Originally posted by clare64
    Gumtree is good for large collection only items. Your buyers will most likely be local.

    You can offer smaller items on gumtree and offer to post, but tread carefully. There is a lot of scammers on gumtree. I would avoid selling expensive electrical items, mobile phones, jewellery etc.

    You will make more money on Ebay and you will be surprised what people buy.

    Good luck
    Last edited by Irn-Bru-Kid; 21-09-2012 at 10:03 AM. Reason: typo
  • No Eye Deer
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    • 21st Sep 12, 10:02 AM
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    • 21st Sep 12, 10:02 AM
    I tend to do Gumtree for larger items, local pick up and cash on collection.

    Ebay, smaller items that can be posted.
  • clare64
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    • 21st Sep 12, 11:05 AM
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    • 21st Sep 12, 11:05 AM
    Thank you both for your replies. All the stuff will be larger,collection only,items so I think that Gumtree would be the best option
    Clare
  • Mindless Clone
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    • 21st Sep 12, 11:32 AM
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    • 21st Sep 12, 11:32 AM
    You could also try Preloved too. I've managed get rid of some things I might otherwise have binned on there. Not for much, true but, hey, saved them from the bin.
  • art_for_arts_sake
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    • 21st Sep 12, 12:14 PM
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    • 21st Sep 12, 12:14 PM
    eBay and Gumtree are both owned by the same people. I've never understood what's in it for them for private sales on Gumtree unless you choose an enhanced listing, but judging by the number of Gumtree ads popping up when I visit other sites there must be something.
  • melliott1963
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    • 21st Sep 12, 12:55 PM
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    • 21st Sep 12, 12:55 PM
    You could also try Preloved too. I've managed get rid of some things I might otherwise have binned on there. Not for much, true but, hey, saved them from the bin.
    Originally posted by Mindless Clone
    I second Preloved too!

    Haven't managed to sell anything on Gumtree, but so far have 100% success rate with Preloved.
    • Blackjack Davy
    • By Blackjack Davy 21st Sep 12, 3:26 PM
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    • 21st Sep 12, 3:26 PM
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    • 21st Sep 12, 3:26 PM
    You'll get far more interested on eBay than on Gumtree, stuff I'd had listed on Gumtree for weeks that didn't shift sold in a week on eBay and for 3x what I'd listed it for on Gumtree. In fact eBay pros seem to use Gumtree as source to sell on eBay.

    Unlike the above I wouldn't bother with Preloved they'll try and get to sign up to a pro account or otherwise find some way to slap hefty charges on you. Avoid at all costs in my experiance.
    Last edited by Blackjack Davy; 21-09-2012 at 3:28 PM.
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  • Mindless Clone
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    • 21st Sep 12, 3:56 PM
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    • 21st Sep 12, 3:56 PM
    In fact eBay pros seem to use Gumtree as source to sell on eBay.
    Originally posted by Blackjack Davy
    Oh, how does that work? Sorry my brain isn't working today and I can't figure it out. Do you mean they list on Gumtree that they have something listed on Ebay?


    Unlike the above I wouldn't bother with Preloved they'll try and get to sign up to a pro account or otherwise find some way to slap hefty charges on you. Avoid at all costs in my experiance.
    Pre loved have never tried to get me to sign up for premium membership - no more than Gumtree or ebay try to get me to pay for extras on listings.
    The only downside is that adverts are not immediately visible if you don't have a pro account; you have to wait a short period by which time a lot have gone. You can still list and buy things for free though.
    The only other downsides are that the categories you can list in are limited and the overall use is a lot smaller so you will get less coverage. Things generally seem to be a lot cheaper on the site though, which is good for buyers but maybe not for sellers.
    Incidentally, the pro membership costs 5 a year. If you do a lot of buying on there, it's worth it for some real bargains.

    I've managed to sell things on all three sites. Ebay is, obviously, the one with the most success and very good if you don't know what to list things at as you can put a minimum you'd like and let the bidding commence. But they take by far the biggest cut.
    • porto bello
    • By porto bello 21st Sep 12, 8:47 PM
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    porto bello
    I've just had a look at Preloved. Optimistic opportunists or what?!

    It seems the general idea is to try list something second-hand for more than it cost new and write how wonderful it is...

    ...so wonderful that it's for sale!
    "The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing.
    ...If you can fake that, you've got it made."
    Groucho Marx
    • hermum
    • By hermum 21st Sep 12, 11:02 PM
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    hermum
    It's always worth checking out local facebook selling pages as well, if you can find one in your area, ask if there's any others.
    I've had better success selling on our many pages than ebay lately.
  • Mindless Clone
    I've just had a look at Preloved. Optimistic opportunists or what?!

    It seems the general idea is to try list something second-hand for more than it cost new and write how wonderful it is...

    ...so wonderful that it's for sale!
    Originally posted by porto bello
    Yeah, you do have to look around a bit for the bargains; they are there to be had if you're tenacious enough. I saw someone selling some broken GHD straighteners on there for 40. So, um, 40 for something that doesn't work that I might be able to fix, or, a tenner more for a working pair... better still, forget the desirable make and go for a much cheaper - but just as good - set for a lot lot less.


    It's always worth checking out local facebook selling pages as well, if you can find one in your area, ask if there's any others.
    I've had better success selling on our many pages than ebay lately.
    Originally posted by hermum
    Urgh, mine are useless. Put loads of things on it and never managed to sell anything (or had silly offers for it). Full of people wanting 100 for kittens, selling dangerous beaded clips for dummies (the suckable type, not the idiots who buy them) or asking silly amounts for "replica" goods. I asked one who was selling some Ray Bans whether they were genuine and he outright said no they were fakes but have the serial number etc. So, um, clearly a counterfeit product designed to fool people into thinking they're real. And seller's just publicly admitted to committing a criminal offence. It take a certain kind of special to be that stupid!
    • soolin
    • By soolin 22nd Sep 12, 8:14 AM
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    soolin
    It's always worth checking out local facebook selling pages as well, if you can find one in your area, ask if there's any others.
    I've had better success selling on our many pages than ebay lately.
    Originally posted by hermum
    I second that. Nothing at all sells for me on Gumtree anymore, but I am doing very very well on Facebook. As usual though there are a lot of time wasters, but they can usually be reported to the admin of the selling page if you have issues.
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    • soolin
    • By soolin 22nd Sep 12, 8:20 AM
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    soolin



    Urgh, mine are useless. Put loads of things on it and never managed to sell anything (or had silly offers for it). Full of people wanting 100 for kittens, selling dangerous beaded clips for dummies (the suckable type, not the idiots who buy them) or asking silly amounts for "replica" goods. I asked one who was selling some Ray Bans whether they were genuine and he outright said no they were fakes but have the serial number etc. So, um, clearly a counterfeit product designed to fool people into thinking they're real. And seller's just publicly admitted to committing a criminal offence. It take a certain kind of special to be that stupid!
    Originally posted by Mindless Clone
    That could be a scam actually and you are right to avoid. I posted about it when I first started using Facebook selling. The scam is that seller openly sells fake goods, he makes sure people realise they are fakes- they usually put something like 'the best ones I've seen without being real' or 'can't tell them apart from the real ones' basically he wants it out in the open they are fakes. Takes loads of money by bank transfers or paypal gift and keeps promising delivery- then does a runner.

    The one we came across then came back and gloated that the buyers couldn't even go to the police as it is an offence to buy fake goods- so they trusted someone who was obviously a crook and then were surprised when they themselves got ripped off. This was discussed at length, and someone did ask at the police station (apparently) and were told that it was probably not a good idea to go in and complain that your illegal goods did not arrive.

    It is an almost perfect scam as the buyers could do nothing without getting into legal problems themselves
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  • Mindless Clone
    Blimey Soolin, that's devious, I would never have thought of that. I was in two minds whether to report the seller for offering fake goods, but don't actually know how to go about reporting it. Things is, he's pretty celever and takes the pictures down after a few hours (although I have taken to doing screen caps of them to send to my brothers for a laugh.
    I have no objection to people making money on these facebook pages but for legitimate stuff, not dodgy fakes.
    • soolin
    • By soolin 22nd Sep 12, 12:46 PM
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    soolin
    Blimey Soolin, that's devious, I would never have thought of that. I was in two minds whether to report the seller for offering fake goods, but don't actually know how to go about reporting it. Things is, he's pretty celever and takes the pictures down after a few hours (although I have taken to doing screen caps of them to send to my brothers for a laugh.
    I have no objection to people making money on these facebook pages but for legitimate stuff, not dodgy fakes.
    Originally posted by Mindless Clone
    Facebook selling seems to be completely unregistered, at least half the items on the various pages I use are fakes or pirates and no one seems to care. We even have several DVD sellers saying how good their copies of the latest film are- even saying things like 'buy now before this is even in the shops'.

    Absolutely blatant
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