Guess What! It Sold For the Asking Price, and I’m Happy, Happy, Happy!

 

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OK.  Just  kidding.  It didn’t really sell, but I’m still happy, and I learned a lot!

 

What am I talking about?  The Muhammad Ali photograph I wrote about a few weeks ago, silly!  After the auction ended unsuccessfully, I relisted it as a one-day auction, but that didn’t work either.  I’ve been an eBay seller for 11 years, but most of the items I sell are listed in the clothing, shoes, and accessories category.  I wasn’t sure how to sell a piece of celebrity memorabilia, and I think I made a few mistakes.

 

First of all, I ran the item at auction for a week.  I thought I was being smart as this would give people a chance to find it.  In retrospect, I’m pretty sure it would have been better to run a one-day auction.  I heard Jason T. Smith of Selling Past Your Expiration Date mention that if a celebrity dies unexpectedly, the amount of time people are interested in memorabilia featuring that celebrity is longer.  On the other hand, if someone has been a train wreck for years, you have a limited amount of time to sell your items for top dollar because the death isn’t a shock and people lose interest quickly.  Even though Ali wasn’t a train wreck, everyone knew that he was in failing health.  His death wasn’t a surprise, and, in my opinion, I should have struck while the iron was hot.

 

Another reason running a seven-day auction was a bad idea is that the day after Ali died, the whole world started listing Ali souvenirs.  This made my picture impossible to find.  I searched for it several times during the week that it was listed, and every single time I searched for it I had to do some serious digging to find the darn thing. Had I listed it as a one-day auction, it would have gotten quite a bit of visibility Sunday night (two days after he died and one of the overall best days to end an auction) which I really think would have helped.

 

Did we price this piece too high?  Well, we based the starting price on what auction houses were asking for the same print.  We didn’t base the starting price on eBay’s completed listings because only a few had sold in the recent past.  We added a bit extra to the starting price because Ali signed it “AKA Cassius Clay.”  I ran the picture at auction because I wasn’t really sure how much value the AKA bit would add. The auction house that originally sold the picture told us that the AKA Cassius Clay signature made the piece more valuable.  I recently saw a video featuring one of the guys from Hardcore Pawn.  He was talking about the fact that he doesn’t think the AKA bit adds much value.  The auction house we talked to, however, had nothing to gain by telling us that we had a valuable piece.  In fact, we didn’t even realize the picture we had included these words until the auctioneer asked us to look for them.  Not sure what to think.

 

The final mistake I made was that I left an important keyword out of the title of my listing.  A few days ago, I was doing research on Ali items, and I realized that I’d forgotten to include the word autographed.  Noooooooo!!!!  Instead, I only included the word signed.  Not sure how I missed that one. Oh well.  That’s life.

 

So what’s the plan?  Well, I have yet to find our photograph with the AKA Cassius Clay signature anywhere on eBay or on the internet, so I’m not lowering the price.  In fact, I just relisted it, upped the price, and added the best offer button.  I do this all the time with my collectible items.  If I am the only person selling something, I shoot for the stars no matter what the research tells me the item is worth.  Some sellers don’t know what they are doing, so you have to use common sense when pricing your merchandise.

 

I think the key to selling this photograph is to focus on one thing: visibility.  If nobody sees my item, nobody will buy it.  It will be exciting to see if this awesome piece of history eventually sells.  If it doesn’t, I’m going to keep it and put it up in my future man / woman cave.  Isn’t eBay fun?

 

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Posted by ebaylife 22 / 06 / 2016 Comments 0 Comments

eBay Shine Awards Announces Woman-Owned Business Finalists!

 

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Love this!  The eBay for Business Blog is currently featuring the eBay Shine Awards finalists in the woman-owned business category! Click here to read all about these interesting entrepreneurs!

 

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Posted by ebaylife 14 / 06 / 2016 Comments 0 Comments

Let Them Have Tape!

 

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Attention, eBay store owners!  Don’t forget to use your quarterly discount coupon to order free eBay-branded shipping supplies!  I tried to order tape the minute I received the coupon, but it was already out of stock.  Today I was finally able to get my hand on three rolls.  Yay!

 

In order to access the coupon, hover over the “Account” tab, and click on “Manage My Store.”  Then look for the “Subscriber Discounts” tab at the bottom of the page.

 

FYI:  You can only use the coupon once, so choose your supplies wisely.  For example, you can’t spend $10 today and $40 next week.  And the coupon expires at the end of the month, so hop to it!  Don’t miss out on the opportunity to get some eBay freebies!

 

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Got Pool Noodles?

 

Jason T. Smith has produced yet another new show.  This time he’s hanging out with his mom.  The name of the show is Selling Past Your Expiration Date, and it’s aimed at senior citizens!  Be sure to watch the show to find out why pool noodles are so useful!

 

 

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Excuse Me, Are You Cassius Clay?



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50+ years ago, my grandma was standing in an elevator in Boston, Mass.  She looked up and thought she recognized the man standing next to her.  “Excuse me, sir,” she said.  “Are you Cassius Clay?  And if you are, may I shake your hand?”  It was, indeed, Cassius Clay (AKA Muhammad Ali), and Grandma got the “thrilla” of her life.

 

Fast forward to the year 2016.  The greatest boxer of all time dies.  The next day, I list a Muhammad Ali/Joe Frazier framed print on eBay.  Where did it come from?  Well, we purchased the print several years ago at a Sunday yard sale. We were the first people to arrive at the sale, and the sellers were still putting things on the lawn when we got there.  Early bird gets the worm!  The print was originally purchased at a charity auction and comes with a certificate of authenticity.  I thought it would be a cool addition to a man cave.

 

What’s special about this particular print?  Well, it was signed by both Ali and Frazier, and Ali signed it “Muhammad Ali – AKA Cassius Clay.”  We called the auction house to find out more info about this unique souvenir.  Turns out Ali rarely added the AKA bit to his signature.  I did a completed listing search to see what similar prints had sold for.  Nobody else has this triple-sig print, so we listed it at auction at $2,999.  If it doesn’t sell, we might keep it.  (I’m still planning on having a house with a man cave someday, and it would be a fun piece to display.)

 

Anyway, check it out if you get a chance!  Such a cool way to remember one of the greatest boxers of all time!

 

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