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Advice for listing on Ebay

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I have a motorcycle I want to put on Ebay. Any advice on best method to list there? I have never used Ebay before.


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There are a couple of ways to sell it on ebay. You might choose to list it as strictly an auction item where whatever the highest bid is at end of auction takes the bike. This could be as little as a few hundred dollars if it doesn't go well for you. The better way is to put a reserve price on the bike that ensures the bids at least have to get up to the preset reserve before anyone can get your bike. The bids can go higher than reserve depending on how badly people want the bike. The last way is to list it with a "buy it now" price which is the full price you want for the bike. That eliminates the bidding fun and is basically a "take it or leave it" offer to potential buyers. There are a couple of other variations on the above combinations but the three I mentioned are the most popular. I would use the reserve price auction or the buy it now listing if you don't want to gamble on ending up selling your bike for pennies on the dollar if not enough of the serious potential buyers you're looking for see your bike listed on ebay. That way you still retain ownership of the bike and can try selling it again later on ebay or some other venue. The arrangement for shipping of the bike should be left up to the new owner and not become your responsibility in any way. State that in the add description of the bike when you list it on ebay. Don't release the bike or the title until full payment has cleared your bank.
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To add to the above, but I have never sold on ebay, only purchased. As long as you have a good idea of the book worth, you can have the bidding start at what you are willing to accept. For example you place your ad with a starting price of $100.00, or some other price that will get people to bid. Make sure your ad is open long enough, and let them go at it. Ebay here have a free day on Sunday, so you will have to hurry to get the words right. Have a non-interested party look over your ad, to get their view, first.

In your ad, dont tell fibs. Leave an accurate description, and show that pickup is free, when payment is received, otherwise freight can be arranged at buyer's expense, also paid in advance. The title should be mentioned, as any maintenance record. How are you to accept Paypal? Good luck!
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I really wouldn't sell a bike on eBay, simply because eBay charges such astronomical fees nowadays. I'd go for a no-fee site like Craiglist, or something similar (or a site that charges a fixed fee, not a percentage of the sale like eBay).
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Thanks guys. Now I am even more confused. lol. I am trying to sell the Rune that I Inherited. I have had it listed on Craigslist for 6 months and mostly spammers have responded and a bunch of lowball offers. Not like selling a Goldwing, there only a limited number of buyers for this bike. May list it on Cycle trader next. It seemed to me there would be more exposure on Ebay.
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If you do use Ebay.

1 Take full advantage of the included photos you are allowed - 12 in the UK. Before taking pictures make sure the bike is very clean and really sparkes. Take photos from all angles, include any dings or scrapes. Try to use as neutral a background as you can, keep the bike the centre of attention. If the machine has any extras, make sure you get these in the pics too. It can be useful to take a pic of your documentation too, especially if you have a lot.

2 People like lots of information, don't be shy. Include all the essential stuff, how big is the engine, MPG figures, history, colour (it doesn't matter what colour it is, say that it is the best one for the model you are selling), comfort, anything you can think of. Be honest about any problems, if you don't it is just extra bargaining power when a potential buyer comes to view.

Good luck.


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