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Post Posted: Wed Dec 08, 2004 4:18 pm 
 

Howdy all - I'm a sporadic lurker/first time poster and had a question:

Would you tend to get more money for your Ebay auctions in the weeks leading up to the holidays or during the weeks after the holidays?

I have some D&D stuff and other FRPG odds and ends to get rid of and was curious when would be the best time to sell it.

I would think before the holidays since people are buying presents, but perhaps after the holidays when people have all that "gift money" to spend. Thoughts?

  

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Post Posted: Wed Dec 08, 2004 4:32 pm 
 

Best time to buy is now conversly it is the worst time to sell.  Selling in the spring usually tends to yield better prices.


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Post Posted: Wed Dec 08, 2004 4:45 pm 
 

In the Spring? Why do you think that is? That seems very counterintuitive to me.

  

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Post Posted: Wed Dec 08, 2004 4:53 pm 
 

outskirtsofinfiniti wrote:In the Spring? Why do you think that is? That seems very counterintuitive to me.


It just seems that the is the best time, christmas is definatly the worst.  I have sold about 3000 items on Ebay and it just seems that spring brings the most and highest bids.

This is of course only my opinion, sell at christmas if you like!


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Post Posted: Wed Dec 08, 2004 5:31 pm 
 

My experience is in line with Blackmoor's.  RPGs sold in December get a smaller return than those sold in other months.  Possibly people Xmas shopping IRL and spending less time on the Internet.  In my experience January is the best month for sellers.

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Post Posted: Wed Dec 08, 2004 5:55 pm 
 

Also during January through April people get their tax returns back! Hell, I'm getting around $5K. What to buy, what to buy! Of couse I have to get some of that out of my wifes hands :(


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Post Posted: Wed Dec 08, 2004 7:34 pm 
 

all I am doing is buying and boy have I got some good deals latly....

  

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Post Posted: Wed Dec 08, 2004 8:27 pm 
 

draco76 wrote:all I am doing is buying and boy have I got some good deals latly....


Me too, if not for the rediculous SH charges that is.....  :lol:

  

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Post Posted: Wed Dec 08, 2004 8:31 pm 
 

Here's my take on this:

December: Okay but usually best for items considered "new" since people are buying presents and "used" doesn't cut it.  Usually a good time to buy the rare items since the market gets saturated so sellers can get some cash.

January: Great! people have cash and students are back to school and gaming.

February-April: Winds down until April.

May-June:  Starts picking up and goes well until July.

July-August:  Pretty slow and prices lower.  Good time to buy since people take vacations.

September-October:  Picks back up and prices higher.  Students have cash!

November:  Pretty slow but picks up towards the end going into December.

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Post Posted: Wed Dec 08, 2004 8:47 pm 
 

about right, but students dont get there cash till feb, or really late jan.

  

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Post Posted: Thu Dec 09, 2004 12:24 pm 
 

dbartman wrote:Here's my take on this:

December: Okay but usually best for items considered "new" since people are buying presents and "used" doesn't cut it.  Usually a good time to buy the rare items since the market gets saturated so sellers can get some cash.

January: Great! people have cash and students are back to school and gaming.

February-April: Winds down until April.

May-June:  Starts picking up and goes well until July.

July-August:  Pretty slow and prices lower.  Good time to buy since people take vacations.

September-October:  Picks back up and prices higher.  Students have cash!

November:  Pretty slow but picks up towards the end going into December.

Thoughts - comments?


My biggest months the last few years have been January through April....a combination of people getting cash for Christmas gifts, new computers for Christmas and logging onto Ebay for the first time, and tax refund checks trickling in.  Late May/early June is ok, lots of people get home from school/college and want some books or D&D stuff. Fall is not so good usually, although the weak dollar has made my international sales go up this last part of the year, in the last month almost HALF my sales are Euro-loaded Europeans. This October was my worst month in years; that business picked up right after the election says to me that both candidates managed to scare the hell out of voters about the economy.

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