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Ebay alternatives for shakuhachi listings?

 
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Itamar Foguel
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PostPosted: 2012-06-02, 17:49    Post subject: Ebay alternatives for shakuhachi listings? Reply with quote

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Hey everyone,
i have sold over the past 2 years few shakuhachi's on Ebay.com, but i must admit im not very happy with this site.
Seller auction fees are very high (about 15% of every auction goes to ebay and paypal)
and when you search for shakuhachi, you end up with a huge list, cluttered with a lot of Chinese and what not junk (no offense) that isn't related at all to shakuhachi other then the fact that its a musical instrument as well.

on the other hand i must admit that i only succeeded in internet selling through ebay, not our lovely trading post forum, facebook, or some other local advertising site i used.

any viable alternatives?
i have seen some people use their own sites or Etsay but i dont think you get as much exposure there...


sooo... i would love to hear what you have to say about the subject.

thank you
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PostPosted: 2012-06-13, 11:56    Post subject: Ebay alternatives for shakuhachi listings? Reply with quote

Hi Itamar - I succeeded selling through the 'trading post' pretty much instantaneously - I would have though that this is precisely where the serious Shakuhachi buyers would come. I know if I'm looking - as I am at present - I would come here. To state the obvious - and please, no offence meant - it has to be the right product at the right price at the right time - and if you meet these criteria, what you have for sale should sell.
Actually come to think of it, I think I'll post a 'wanted' request to this site.
Thanks for reminding me Itamar. Best wishes with your sale. I look forward to reading what you have for offer.
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PostPosted: 2013-04-26, 00:46    Post subject: Ebay alternatives for shakuhachi listings? Reply with quote

hi dave, well i wish i could agree, thing is ebay gets a lot more views, and im selling my flutes there usually rather fast, and the buyers are always very pleased with the flutes and prices...
but still, also when i browse ebay, its all full with random stuff that is all but real shakuhachi no matter how many filters i use in my search query.

but guess that if it works it works Smile
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PostPosted: 2013-04-30, 03:22    Post subject: Ebay alternatives for shakuhachi listings? Reply with quote

Hey again Itamar,

eBay has become increasingly challenging. As you noticed people are selling all kinds of fake shakuhachi and mislabelled instruments. There are two things I've found which I believe helped myself stand-out from the others and I believe trying these two things may help you. The first is to put your name at the beginning of the title for those who read. Second, and perhaps more importantly, take your "thumbnail" pictures in such a way that is distinct from others. A unique background can accomplish this well.

I wish you the best. Jon~
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PostPosted: 2013-05-05, 11:25    Post subject: Ebay alternatives for shakuhachi listings? Reply with quote

good tips, thank you Jon Smile
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PostPosted: 2013-05-06, 22:50    Post subject: Ebay alternatives for shakuhachi listings? Reply with quote

The best idea is to follow both Jon Kypros and Perry Yung and post actual videos. This gives the prospective buyer the assurance that the instrument is both a properly working instrument and is also being sold by someone with the knowledge and expertise to provide more information and valuable support after the sale has completed.
These two always stand out on ebay.
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PostPosted: 2013-05-08, 03:45    Post subject: Ebay alternatives for shakuhachi listings? Reply with quote

yup that as well, i never put a flute for sell without a demo video.
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PostPosted: 2013-10-30, 15:46    Post subject: Ebay alternatives for shakuhachi listings? Reply with quote

I go through ebay, but I contact the seller for my latest purchase. Of cos, you should have your own website.
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