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Any suggestions for selling obsolete corporate hardware on eBay?

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Any suggestions for selling obsolete corporate hardware on eBay?

CharlieSpencer
I've no eBay experience as a buyer or seller, but it gnaws at my soul to throw out functional hardware. (Well, it would if I had a soul; I'm not really sure what's getting gnawed on.) I've received clearance from the Legal department to try to move some obsolete equipment on eBay. The Accounts Receivable dept. has agreed to process credit card payments. Any suggestions to help a newbie cut the learning curve and not commit any social gaffes?

Thanks.
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    Leee

    Many buyers may be hesitant to give out a credit card number, especially to a non-established seller. The majority, it seems, of buyers and sellers use PayPal, which is a credit card clearing house that also allows for bank withdrawals if people don't want to use a credit or debit card. Neither party sees the card number or bank information, and PayPal takes a very small percentage (as does Ebay) for the trouble. The payments are processed instantly and so the transaction can be done and the item out the door in the time it would take for you to receive, say, a check or money order.<br><br>

    Another tip: Find a listing for the same item you're selling or do a search on the left side of the Ebay page for "Completed Items" (I think that's what it's called) so you can get an idea of how much things go for. You aren't going to get much money for a lot of old stuff, but if you price it appropriately you may have a better chance of selling it at all. Not everything sells, but you can always re-list it if it doesn't go the first time around. Good luck!

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    CharlieSpencer

    Where does the money go, and how do I get it to the company? I've read the PayPal FAQ but I'm still unclear on the concept.

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    Leee

    You sign up under "For Casual Online Sellers" (if all you're going to do is sell). When people pay for an auction, PayPal deposits the money in your account, less a small fee. That way, buyers can use their credit or debit cards without you (the unknown quantity) seeing the information. You can then either let the money stay in your account for you to draw upon, or you can ask PayPal to cut you a check which you can then turn over to your department.<br><br>

    GG mentioned descriptions. Be thorough and friendly -- "You're looking at a 356kb McFlibbit whatchamacalit from the late 1980s, used in all XYZ computers. It's been gently used and wiped clean for mutual security. Great for building your own PC from scratch or collectors," etc. At the end, thank them for their time -- "Thanks for looking!" -- and be sure to leave feedback on your transaction (and include a note in your package that feedback is appreciated; that's how you build your reputation). Also state the shipping; if you can offer free domestic shipping that's a good incentive, or state that you always ship within one working day via Priority Mail (or whatever). And use a picture, too! You can upload one for free, and people will see what they're getting.<br><br>

    I agree with another poster that paying someone to sell your stuff (you've seen them -- "Let me sell your junk on Ebay") is a waste of time. You can browse descriptions and get an idea of what's good and bad. You don't need to be flashy or have big or colorful type. Business is business. I have a 100% feedback rating since I've been on Ebay (1998), having both bought and sold things. If you can figure out what some of that old dinosaur stuff is, you can do this too.

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    CharlieSpencer

    "agree with another poster that paying someone to sell your stuff (you've seen them -- 'Let me sell your junk on Ebay")' ... "

    No, actually I haven't seen them. I've never been to eBay before last week; hence my rampant ignorance. Maybe I should put a copy of "eBay for Dummies" on an expense report.

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    mjd420nova

    I've had too many bad experiences with bith E-bay and Paypal to ever trust them again. I suggest you contact your local school district and either sell or donate to them.. Donations can be tax deductable so monetary considerations would not be a factor.

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    CharlieSpencer

    I'm selling bar code scanners, SCSI flat bed scanners, dot-matrix printers, and other stuff the school district has no interest in. Even when I have systems or monitors, they're so old the district has no interest in them. I gave up on that years ago; now we raffle off old systems to employees.

    Thanks anyway.

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    gadgetgirl

    it's the descriptive ones!

    I'm a regular eBayer, babz - I'll pm you some guidelines and things to think about as soon as I can!

    GG

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    kiko_sa_senado

    The thing is from the start it's really hard to trust on online buying/selling and if you don't hesitate, think enough there are many factors concerning this. It's better to D.I.Y than to rely on these businesses there are many ways to sell your things better than this.

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    CharlieSpencer

    "It's better to D.I.Y than to rely on these businesses"

    I'm not sure what you mean. I thought selling on eBay was DIY. What businesses are you talking about?

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    Leee

    Many buyers may be hesitant to give out a credit card number, especially to a non-established seller. The majority, it seems, of buyers and sellers use PayPal, which is a credit card clearing house that also allows for bank withdrawals if people don't want to use a credit or debit card. Neither party sees the card number or bank information, and PayPal takes a very small percentage (as does Ebay) for the trouble. The payments are processed instantly and so the transaction can be done and the item out the door in the time it would take for you to receive, say, a check or money order.<br><br>

    Another tip: Find a listing for the same item you're selling or do a search on the left side of the Ebay page for "Completed Items" (I think that's what it's called) so you can get an idea of how much things go for. You aren't going to get much money for a lot of old stuff, but if you price it appropriately you may have a better chance of selling it at all. Not everything sells, but you can always re-list it if it doesn't go the first time around. Good luck!

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    CharlieSpencer

    Where does the money go, and how do I get it to the company? I've read the PayPal FAQ but I'm still unclear on the concept.

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    Leee

    You sign up under "For Casual Online Sellers" (if all you're going to do is sell). When people pay for an auction, PayPal deposits the money in your account, less a small fee. That way, buyers can use their credit or debit cards without you (the unknown quantity) seeing the information. You can then either let the money stay in your account for you to draw upon, or you can ask PayPal to cut you a check which you can then turn over to your department.<br><br>

    GG mentioned descriptions. Be thorough and friendly -- "You're looking at a 356kb McFlibbit whatchamacalit from the late 1980s, used in all XYZ computers. It's been gently used and wiped clean for mutual security. Great for building your own PC from scratch or collectors," etc. At the end, thank them for their time -- "Thanks for looking!" -- and be sure to leave feedback on your transaction (and include a note in your package that feedback is appreciated; that's how you build your reputation). Also state the shipping; if you can offer free domestic shipping that's a good incentive, or state that you always ship within one working day via Priority Mail (or whatever). And use a picture, too! You can upload one for free, and people will see what they're getting.<br><br>

    I agree with another poster that paying someone to sell your stuff (you've seen them -- "Let me sell your junk on Ebay") is a waste of time. You can browse descriptions and get an idea of what's good and bad. You don't need to be flashy or have big or colorful type. Business is business. I have a 100% feedback rating since I've been on Ebay (1998), having both bought and sold things. If you can figure out what some of that old dinosaur stuff is, you can do this too.

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    CharlieSpencer

    "agree with another poster that paying someone to sell your stuff (you've seen them -- 'Let me sell your junk on Ebay")' ... "

    No, actually I haven't seen them. I've never been to eBay before last week; hence my rampant ignorance. Maybe I should put a copy of "eBay for Dummies" on an expense report.

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    mjd420nova

    I've had too many bad experiences with bith E-bay and Paypal to ever trust them again. I suggest you contact your local school district and either sell or donate to them.. Donations can be tax deductable so monetary considerations would not be a factor.

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    CharlieSpencer

    I'm selling bar code scanners, SCSI flat bed scanners, dot-matrix printers, and other stuff the school district has no interest in. Even when I have systems or monitors, they're so old the district has no interest in them. I gave up on that years ago; now we raffle off old systems to employees.

    Thanks anyway.

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    gadgetgirl

    it's the descriptive ones!

    I'm a regular eBayer, babz - I'll pm you some guidelines and things to think about as soon as I can!

    GG

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    kiko_sa_senado

    The thing is from the start it's really hard to trust on online buying/selling and if you don't hesitate, think enough there are many factors concerning this. It's better to D.I.Y than to rely on these businesses there are many ways to sell your things better than this.

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    CharlieSpencer

    "It's better to D.I.Y than to rely on these businesses"

    I'm not sure what you mean. I thought selling on eBay was DIY. What businesses are you talking about?