Give me your opinions...

Discussion in 'Transformers General Discussion' started by Sochie, Aug 27, 2010.

  1. Sochie

    Sochie Well-Known Member

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    Hello! I'm new to the forums, but long time lurker.

    Sadly for me, the time has come to massively reduce my collection of TF's to a...shall we say... more manageable size. Problem is, not only would like them to sell in a timely fashion, but I'd also like to give them good homes.

    I know the forums here have a buy/sell/trade area. But there's also eBay. I'd also considered selling them en masse to a website like BBTS. So...where should I go?

    I've got stellar feedback on eBay because I sell Legos on there. But obviously there's fees. Upside is, if a deal goes bad, there's seller protection.

    If I sell here, no fees! Items go to someone who appreciates them! (You don't know how torn I feel making a hefty amount off a vintage Lego set I lovingly took care of and restored, only for the buyer to say something like "Hey, my kid will love this!" and knowing full well the kid will decimate it :/) Downside here is, no one knows me yet, so I'm sure there could be trust issues. I know people have to look out for themselves on forums like this, as I personally was ripped off a few times on another forum's buy/sell/trade section ><

    BBTS (or similar) might pay me store credit, which is the last thing I need. Not to mention they might not give a fair amount, since of course, they're planning to resell them as well.

    So, I humbly beseech you all: give me your opinions as to what you would do. I've got 100-150 that need to go.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Moriarty

    Moriarty = ♀

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    Welcome to the forums! =]

    Personally I would recommend selling the more common figures on eBay, and saving the less common/rare ones for the Buy/Sell/Trade section of this forum - after all, this is where most hardcore TF fans are going to be, so you might find an quicker selling base. It's also easier having access to your buyer's Junkion Feedback threads, and being able to PM/e-mail them easier than through eBay's message service. There's also the fact you don't have to pay fees on figures that might not sell the first time around, and can negotiate prices. And if you're ever confused about a figure, the nice fellas over in the Toy Discussion section can always give you a rough estimate of how much its worth.

    Good luck!
     
  3. Auto Morph

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    I would go eBay all the way.

    I know there are fees and stuff incurred from selling that way, but there are also lots of stupid people out there willing to bid lots and lots of money on your items. When I say 'stupid' I just mean that they are more likely to pay over the odds than people on here are (TFWers are more likely to know an items true worth and pay accordingly).

    Just make your auctions honest and detailed with lots of clear pictures and you can't go far wrong.

    I know a lot of people out there truly hate eBay, but for 99% of the times I've used it, it hasn't let me down, as a buyer or seller.
     
  4. TheMonarch

    TheMonarch Still arching Venture

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    I say send an email to BBTS. I've sold to them before for both cash and store credit. I've been pleasantly surprised by their offers. If you don't like their offer, go to eBay.
     
  5. Tigermegatron

    Tigermegatron Banned

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    ebay is your best bet.

    you really can't control what someone does with your toys once they buy them at a price you are happy with. it's best not to think that someone might destroy them like a kid.
     
  6. doomboy536

    doomboy536 Universe Onslaught fanboy

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    Ebay:
    Selling on the forums isn't an issue as long as you look at everyone's feedback and only deal with people who have decent feedback - just like on eBay!

    I've also heard things about BBTS, try them out and see what they'll give you.
     
  7. transtrekkie

    transtrekkie On the level.

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    I say send me a pm with what you have. I tend to buy lots on ebay and repair damaged bots, so if you're looking for a good home, this would be it.
     
  8. brr-icy

    brr-icy G1 Collector

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    ebay is your best bet to get rid of them fast, i put mine up on here first for a couple days, let people take their picks, after that, gone to ebay
     
  9. Sochie

    Sochie Well-Known Member

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    First off, thank you all for the welcomes and the great viewpoints!

    Seems like there's no real consensus, but there's good points for all the options posed. I need to take some time and organize them, as they're really all still packed up from when I last moved, because I don't have room for them ><

    Here's another few questions though:

    What is considered rare these days? Back when I first started rebuilding my collection, the G1's were the rares. Then they started doing the Takara and Hasbro reisusses, so I'd assume that those aren't as rare anymore, or are they?

    99% of these are loose figures. I used to save the boxes, but then again, ran out of room. How much of a hit would that cause to it's ability to sell?

    Sorry if I sound like a complete noob about all of this, but I just tend to research a lot before doing something. I don't wanna charge too much, or offer something as rare when it really isn't. Like to know all the facts, so I can offer a pleasant and honest selling experience :D 

    I'm leaning towards offering them here first, then selling anything that doesn't sell on eBay.

    You guys are great! Thank you all for the help!
     
  10. doomboy536

    doomboy536 Universe Onslaught fanboy

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    Rare stuff? Wow, there's an open question. Expect lots and lots of different answers on that one.

    In my experience there's plenty of scope to sell stuff without boxes, as I think more people collect unboxed than boxed stuff. As for ability to sell...well I think it will depend on the figure, but by and large it will still sell but just for less than a boxed figure.

    I would suggest taking photos and uploading them and let the forum get a good look at all of your figures. You'll get some wildly different figures thrown around, but you should be able to work out an average. Also look on eBay to get a good idea of what some items are going for.
     

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