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Selling Discards Through An Online Auction

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  • start with an attention-grabbing title for your product
  • include any brand names
  • describe the condition -- emphasize "new" items
  • be honest about any flaws, damage, or wear
  • provide as much description as necessary
  • usually no space limit -- the more information the better
  • size, color, and any special features
  • indicate gender (men's, women's, kid's) when appropriate
  • include photos and close-up's of features and "minor damage"
  • place your item in a category with other similar items


  • can participate in a traditional "auction" setting
  • decide on a starting price
  • set the bidding increments (i.e. minimum of $1)
  • determine if you want item not to sell below a "reserve" price
  • set a time limit for how long you want bid to be open
  • item goes to highest bidder at end of auction
  • if no one meets reserve price, item does not sell
  • can also set "buy now" option that skips auction process
  • purchaser can buy immediately for a pre-determined price


  • let bidders know shipping method up front
  • best to choose a flat rate shipping method
  • or find shipping cost to farthest point from you in the country
  • indicate that shipping may be higher for overseas bidders
  • let bidders know if insurance on package costs more
  • choose an escrow service to handle payments
  • they receive cash payment from buyer and hold until delivery
  • avoid problems with bounced checks and bad credit cards
  • choose an escrow recommended by your auction service


  • ask up front what the auction service's fees are
  • see if fees are flat or a percentage of your sale
  • also find out what protections you have from the service
  • see how you are covered in case of a dishonest buyer
  • know your rights and responsibilities before signing on


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Ramona Creel is a modern Renaissance woman and guru of simplicity -- traveling the country as a full-time RVer, sharing her story of radically downsizing, and inspiring others to regain control of their own lives. As a Professional Organizer and Accountability Coach, Ramona will help you create the time and space to focus on your true priorities -- clearing away the clutter other obstacles and standing in the way of that life you've always wanted to be living. As a Professional Photographer, Ramona captures powerful images of places and people as she travels. And as a travel writer, social commentator, and blogger, she shares her experiences and insights about the world as we know it. You can see all these sides of Ramona -- read her articles, browse through her photographs, and even hire her to help get your life in order -- at www.RamonaCreel.com. And be sure to follow her on Twitter and on Facebook.

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