Tuesday, April 22, 2008
To eBay or not eBay... that is the question.
I have recently started to sell the older doll that I have made during the past few years on eBay. They may be older, but they are still very beautiful dolls. Some I have liked better then others, in fact there have been a few that I wish I had not sold. I have sold them because being an artist who is not independently wealthy, I need to have money to buy supplies so that I can continue to sculpt, so, in turn I can continue to improve. I’m sure other artist out there understand the need to create. It is a driving force that unless you have felt it would be had to explain. I’m lucky to have three sisters who also understand this creative drive. Well, on eBay if you are just starting out and have not received feedback, buyers are not going to buy from you. I realized this so I have priced my dolls with a very low starting bid in hopes that I would generate interest, sell the doll and gain feedback. So far it has worked pretty well. I now have a whopping 11 positive feedback and have earned a yellow star by the number. Can we all say YAHOOO!!!! Now for my dilemma and question. I’m coming near the end of the older dolls that I’m willing to sell at the lower prices. I’m thinking about starting the eBay auction with a higher starting price, and also setting a reserve on the auction. I have not done this with the earlier auctions. I feel that my dolls are worthy of a higher price and I’ve also show with the feedback that I’m a reputable seller. (I know that 11 is not the highest… but it’s better then 0). So… should I do this? Do I risk making potential buyers unhappy with a reserve on the auction? What will they think when I do this? I don’t have an auction up at this time. But my eBay name is: happy_sculptor. I would appreciate comments on this. I will be thinking of how I should handle this. Hoping and praying for some answers until my next auction.