It’s not all that often that you get an inside scoop on ebay sales, so I figured I’d let down the veil a bit.
Granted, I won’t go too deep into things, as ebay has changed significantly since my last round of sales. For that, I’ll save a future post for griping about the changes, but until then, let’s just take a little peek behind the curtain.
From an ebay’s seller dashboard, I get to see a list of all of my items along with how many times they’ve been viewed, bid on, and how many watchers each item has. Of course, it also includes a current auction price.
I used to get worked up about auctions when the numbers were low, but I’ve since found that the only thing that really seems to matter is the number of people watching a particular item. Having a high price at the beginning can be either a blessing or a curse for sellers, but the one constant that I’ve seen is that auctions that don’t have many people watching them, tend to sell low.
In that regard, this isn’t an altogether magnanimous posting. If I alert you to the items that I think are going to sell cheap, you’ll bid them up a little higher and I make a little extra money. Make no mistake though, I don’t think these will skyrocket, because there just isn’t an overall level of interest to make them expensive. So, I look at this more as a way to reward followers of the blog. If I have to sell something cheaply, why shouldn’t it be to someone who reads the blog?
With that side, these are the auctions I have with a disturbingly small number of watchers:
These are older metal models, so maybe people aren’t all that interested in them. They’re not 2nd edition era, so there’s no real collector value that I know of (though they are at least in the blister still). I suspect these also have fewer watchers because they were bid up fast and early, so paying $12 for the lot is already fairly reasonable.
I’m not sure why these are low. Six watchers with the auctions half over is a bad sign. I think they’re missing an arm or two each (or maybe I’m just overestimating the number of appendages on an ork ‘nought?). I would figure that these should fetch a higher price since it’s so easy to make replacement parts for ork vehicles out of plasticard. Right now, this is my guess for biggest steal of an auction.
This isn’t too surprising because the front picture only has two models when I have 25 in the lot. Plus, I don’t have any more warmachine stuff, and I really know nothing about them, so I don’t know how to advertise them. Again, I suspect this will go relatively cheap for what it is. I can’t say what that means though, other than to say I’m sure I paid at least $60 for this stuff.
I don’t think anyone really plays this specialist game, and even if they do, who is after Quovandius? He’s some sort of mutant, but if you’re in the market for a 54mm figure that looks kind of silly, he’s your guy.
Whatever the case, I expect at least some of these auctions to go cheap. Best of luck to you in getting a steal….