These are general instructions for most venues.
Please read these instructions first,
then click the links at the bottom of the page to proceed to more detailed
Something to consider before selling online ~ I know there are people out
there that say they have made a good living selling online but it doesn't happen right away.
Online selling takes time, effort and commitment to not only
get it going but to also keep it going. There are many secure selling venues
available. Each is different in both cost and what is services are offered not
to mention procedures. Be prepared to spend some time figuring out the
procedures. I would suggest that you pick one, see if they have a tutorial or an
information video on YouTube so you know what you are in for both in time and
money. Once you have mastered one, you can cross over to others using the same
information. Keep in mind, though, that you will have to keep track of what you
have offered so when something sells, you will need to remove it right away from
the other selling venues.
options to choose from.... Here is a list of some of the more secure online
selling venues. You will need to set up an account for the ones you choose
before getting started with the listing processes. Sometimes that requires
receiving and/or verifying your account which could take some time to
accomplish. Don't forget to write down the user name as well as your password
for future reference.
Best Online Doll Selling Venues with 'Doll Specific' traffic ~
- Listing Fee
- $.19 ea.+
Monthly Fee - $69. (See below for link.)
Up to 80 Items. No
at this time (Doll Category is easy to locate on page)
- Listing &
of 10% on sale and shipping. (See below for link.)
at this time (Doll Category is easy to locate on page)
Other Online Selling Venue Options ~
Anything for Free! Final Fee of 3.5% for sales under $500 and some
shipping. Can be synced with your Ebay account. (See below for link.)
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First things First ~ Set up online payment options:
Paypal.com ~ Paypal
is just like a bank only online. The account number is your email. You may have
up to 8 emails listed per Paypal account. Your Paypal account has one password
that you use no matter the email you use to log on with. You will be required to
connect your Paypal account with either a credit card or a bank account in order
for it to be verified. Sign up online at
Side note: Be careful that you do not sign up for the Paypal credit card
when they ask if you want to pay later and save $10 (or whatever the deal is at
the time). You can always do that later but to start, lets just keep it simple.
If you are a buyer, there usually is no fee to pay with Paypal. If you are a
seller, you will usually have to pay a fee to accept payment. To "withdraw" your
money out of your Paypal account, you can either transfer it to your bank
account or request a check.
Square Up ~
If you have
Up. It is
send you a
you plug into
ready to go.
There is one simple
you use the
monthly fee. You can also hand enter the card number for a little higher rate. (3.5% + 15¢)
Paypal has something similar but doesn't
work on all devices.
Pictures & Work Space ~ Set up a picture taking station with a tri-pod (they do have little table top
try-pods), nice background and good lighting. I use the cardboard "science
project" displays that you can get at any craft or big box store in different
colors or you can purchase a little picture box with lights pretty inexpensively
Check to see if there are any picture size limitations for the venue you choose.
Ebay picture policy requires that each picture be 1600 pixels along one side so
it may be better to make the photos at least that large and then resize the
pictures for others that require smaller pictures. To resize your photos, follow
the instructions at
DollSaleMarketplace.com/resize-picture-in-paint. If the photo also needs to
be rotated, same instructions only rotate.
Pictures need to be clear and detailed with
a clutter free background. If the pictures are blurry or hard to see, buyers
will think you are trying to hide something and be less likely to bid or
purchase. Show the flaws and attributes. Show the entire doll, both naked
whenever possible as well as dressed. Take a picture or two with a ruler or a
Set up a packing station. Gather boxes, envelopes (all sizes, manila and
padded), tissue paper, priority boxes from the post office, bubbles, peanuts,
air packing pillows, baby diapers for doll heads, plastic bags, zip lock bags,
packing tape (not the super cheap stuff) with holder, scotch tape, box cutter
and heavy duty scissors. I save everything and don't purchase supplies unless I
really need to. I also ask family and friends to save stuff for me. I do try to
be mindful as to what I have for sale or what I intend on selling so I'm not
caught off guard when the item sells.
Inventory Items ~ The
key is to start off organized thus making it easier to stay organized. Make an
inventory list or chart of the items you are going to list. If you type it into
a page on the computer, then the information is very easy to cut and paste into
the appropriate fields when you list. Start out with maybe 10-12 items so you
don't get overwhelmed at first and you can add items to your list as you go. If
you are listing on several different venues, be sure you mark that on your list
so when you sell the item, you can pull from the other venues right away.
Information for each item should include:
Title: Type out a title for your listing that has keywords that someone
may ask to find your item. Use "specific" words to help with the searches. You
usually have 50 - 200 characters.
* Maker - if known
* Media (what is it made of)
* Marks - type & location, if applicable
* History or Story (provenance)
* Age: Antique (Dolls more than 75- 80 years old are considered
other items are 100 years old); Vintage (75-35 years old)
Modern (35 - 10 years) or New (10- years or younger)
or state circa (means approximate)
1732B1799, both years shown and date range are
c. 1732B1799, only second year shown is certain, first
1732 B c. 1799, first year is certain, and second year
c. 1732 B c. 1799, both years shown and date range are
* Size: Again, you can add a ruler or tape measure to one of the
but also include in the description.
* Overall Condition: poor, fair, good, very good, excellent, NIB
(New in Box),
NRFB (Never Removed from Box)
* Specific Condition: I use the word "authentic" rather than
sometimes "original" can also mean that it could be "original" art
One Of A Kind (OOAK). Always state whatever is authentic, any work
that you did to paint (touched up, repainted), hair (washed,
replaced), attire (laundered, mended, replaced), body, (mended,
replaced, repaired, repainted). If repainted, state the type of paint &
sealant that you used.
Box size & Weight: Find a box that will fit the item. Weigh the item in
the box adding a few ounces for packing material. Boxes over 12"x12"x12" are
considered oversized and priority shipping is about double. I do not use the
flat rate boxes as I feel they are a rip-off and not worth the extra money they
charge for them unless you have a very heavy item small item.
Auction or Fixed Price: Some venues are Auctions, some Fixed
First, Research the item on Ebay so you know what price you want for it and what
it looks like you can reasonable get for it. When researching, be sure you check
the price it sold for and not what they were listed for. If you get stuck, you
can ask the professionals at
Auctions start out at a price and go
for certain length of time. At the end of the time, the highest bidder at wins.
Some like to start an auction at a very low price knowing that the item will get
a good price in the end because of the type of item. Some Auctions can have a
reserve attached to it for an additional fee. This means that the item will not
sell until the reserve price is met. Keep in mind that many people will not bid
on a reserve priced item. If you do have a reserve, people will often ask what
the reserve is. They do this even when you state that you will not disclose the
reserve in the description.
Fixed Price is the price that you want for it. Some are listed
indefinitely but most have some kind of time limitation at which point, in order
to continue, you would have to renew your listing. Some allow you to accept
offers as well.
Storage: If you have several items and are storing them in boxes or
containers, you may want to put the number of the box on the chart so you will
be able to locate the item easily once it has sold.
Ready, Set, LIST ~ Each
venue is different but basically you would log
into your account and go to the list items screen listing your items by cut and
paste information into the appropriate fields using your inventory chart.
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Good luck and happy selling!