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At some point, many collectors
decide to sell off their duplicate glasses on eBay. Here's
some tips on how to do that with minimal pain and maximal
gain. As in most areas of this website, the
following represents just one collector's experience and
thoughts - if anyone would like to chime in, please
contact the glassmaster
to have their own views added to this page.
Before launching into the step-by-step guide, we should note that selling successfully actually requires considerable time and effort. Getting a good price on a glass requires as much luck as cunning and sometimes the luck just isn't there. Consider also that eBay is going to take a significant chunk of your sale in listing and closing fees. So -- before putting a glass up for sale -- consider trying to work out a trade instead. When you trade a glass, both collectors end up adding a glass to their collection. Given that pre-pro glasses are so rare, turning a duplicate glass into a new glass is much more satisfying than pocketing twenty or thirty bucks. How do you find traders? Advertise them here! Contact the glassmaster for details.
eBay rules now require that you to take electronic payments, meaning you are going to need a Paypal account. Now is a good time to set up an account with them. If you're willing to take checks and moneys orders also, you need to mention that in the listing.
Step 2. Take a nice photograph of the glass. This is probably THE most important step of the entire process. Think about it - how many times have you put a few extra dollars on a glass because it looks so irresistible? And how many times have you passed on a glass on eBay because the photo is blurry or too dark or taken from an impossible angle? Some ideas about how to get a good photo of a shot glass are presented under "Collecting Shot Glasses" on this site, but the process boils down to i) wash the glass, ii) put it on a dark piece of card or cloth to serve as a neutral background, iii) put the camera on a tripod or rest it on a chair back or a pile of books or some other form of support, iv) try to keep reflections to a minimum.
3. Write a description. There are a
couple of things to think about here and it's best to do it
before you log into you sellers account and create the
listing. Sit down with a pen and notepad or keyboard
and screen and take a close look at the glass. Are there any bruises
or dings in the rim? Are there any scratches? How is
the label - is it strong or weak? Is it
scuffed? While one doesn't want to dwell on defects
to the point where a potential buyer may turned off, there is a
responsibility to note significant damage. Take a
measurement of the glass' height and perhaps also a measurement
across the rim. This is to let bidders know they're
looking at a shot glass rather than a rocks glass, for
Step 4: Choose a title for the listing. Think of a catchy title for the glass that consists of 48 characters or less. It's generally a good idea to include "pre-pro", "etched", and "shot glass" in the title, which leaves room for the city or distiller of origin.
Step 5: Choose a listing category. eBay is a massive site and it's easy for a glass to get lost unless careful thought is given to location. This is becoming increasingly difficult because of the metastatic nature of eBay - its listing categories are continually dividing and enlarging and dividing again. The obvious place to list a glass is under "shot glasses" (category 3273). But you may also give thought to listing in a second category or alternative category depending on the type of glass.
Step 6: Log in and list. Now comes the trickier and more frustrating part, even though it appears outwardly simply. Listing a glass requires that you make a series of choices. The more important ones are as follows:
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