Another round of eBay auctions have completed and, as always, I’m going to do a little wrap up for my record-keeping. I had a total of 76 auctions available this round, all of them were Eldar related, all started at $.01 and all wound up selling (big surprise).
The best sellers really should come as no surprise: things that are great in the Eldar codex (jetbikes and tanks) and old Armorcast stuff that’s in great shape (I couldn’t believe that the falcon grav tank went for $76–nobody locally wanted to buy it at $25!). Other things that I found fairly surprising were that old style guardians (From circa 1990) still sell relatively well–which isn’t so surprising, but their arms alone sell for more than the guardians do!
Things that didn’t do well include:
- High quality painted models (they never do–at least not in this format)
- Weapon platforms (all four auctions for 2-3 guns with full crew ended under $10 each)
- An old school farseer sold for $15.27. That same model with four extra warlocks attached to him sold for $17.50
What I wound up selling was:
- 1 Bitzbox
- 101 Guardians
- 16 Rangers
- 199 Aspect Warriors
- 1 Heavy Weapon Sprue
- 22 Wraithguard
- 19 Weapon Platforms
- 4 Warlocks
- 36 Jetbikes
- 2 Farseers
- 10 Phoenix Lords
- 3 Eldrads
- 11 Vypers
- 5 Warwalkers
- 2 Avatars
- 5 Wraithlords
- 4 Falcons
- 3 Armorcast Scorpions
Doing the math, that comes up to $4085.47 in retail cost. My historical goal of selling is to get 60% of retail (but that’s probably not terribly realistic), so my “actual target” in the past has been more like 40% of retail value net. So how did I actually do? Not bad, but not quite that amount. See the number below:
- Ebay sales: $1915.52
- Auctions Paid: $1759.48
- Outstanding Auctions: $156.04
- Ebay Listing Fees: -$34.2
- Ebay Final Value Fees: -$256.94 (13.07%)
- Paypal Received: $2071.48
- Paypal Balance: $1999.41
- Shipping Collected: $312
- Paypal Fees: -$72.07 (3.48%)
- Shipping Total: $249.08 + ??? (to be determined)
So the final auction price was 46.88% of retail, so it’s almost 50%. I’m attributing the lower total this time to the excessive cost of Eldar models by GW. Seriously, they’re asking almost $7 per aspect warrior combined with the fact that most of my models are the older style. So, I’ll never make the 60% goal, but it’s possible I’ll be able to pull off the 40% MSRP net goal (as long as shipping comes in under $261.32).
[Edit: The first wave of shipping (for all auctions except four) came in at $249.08, so it’s unlikely that I’ll hit that total, but it’ll be close).]
By the way, if you’re doing the math on the numbers below, things won’t add up. This is because not everyone has paid yet, so I’m extrapolating the outstanding unpaid auctions into the total. (For the record though, after just one day, all but four people have paid in full, so that’s pretty great).
In total, I’d say it was a successful round of auctions though. I didn’t do the math in advance to have a target in mind, but my initial rough estimate was that I’d pull in between $1000-1300 for this round, so I was pleasantly surprised to see it almost crack $2k.
So, I’ll be shipping out most of these tonight, and my goal is to try to bust my hump this weekend to put up another round of ebay auctions next week. The goal? Epic & Battlefleet!