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I put three paintings up on ebay. My first time trying to sell anything there. Nervous I'm going to somehow fuck something up. :)

Mayan Man, Shattered Redhead, and Fish/Space Whale.



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May. 23rd, 2004 05:34 pm (UTC)
You may want to consider adding some terms. The legal stuff is unavoidable, so you may want to specify it up-front. Stuff like accepting returns, doing refunds (total amount, bid amount only (i.e. not the postage), or bid amount less the ebay fees, or not at all? While it was sorta helpful for ebay to specify various shipping options, you may want to add an extra couple of bucks to cover packaging, and perhaps something about the cost of insurance being the buyer's responsibility.

Finally, ebay's rules state that the buyer doesn't take possession until receiving it, meaning, in theory, that it's the seller's risk if the item is lost or damage. That's part of what makes the insurance clarification important. You can add "item sold as is, where is" (or spell it out even more clearly) to give yourself some CYA.

I hope I've not scared you off ebay; 99% of the transactions I've been involved in as a buyer or seller have been no-problem. Just some food for thought, good luck with your auctions. I'll be watching and depending on where the prices go in the next couple of days, bidding. I really like the Mayan Man.
May. 23rd, 2004 06:15 pm (UTC)
You've scared me a bit, and I already was a bit. But those are both probably good things.

If you see anything at http://erif.org/art/ that you also like, I'm open to negotiation for any that aren't simply NFS. :)

What can I really get away with? I'd like to say "no refunds", but I don't want to come across as sketchy. Certainly "bid amount less ebay fees" seems ... reasonable, ish. But then what for, if item is sold "as is" if no insurance is selected... Confusion, confusion, confusion. :/
May. 23rd, 2004 07:15 pm (UTC)
You can change your description until you get a bid, and then you can add to it up until 12 hours are left on the auction. I'd add that there will be an extra charge for not-optional postal insurance based on the bid amount. A simple "all sales final" might be what you are looking for as well.

You can look through other listings in that category and see what other seller's terms are and kibbutz from them too.
May. 23rd, 2004 11:10 pm (UTC)
I've just started using ebay, and everything has gone quite well so far. I don't think you have *too much* to be worried about. People might be more worried about you since (if) you don't have an ebay history.
May. 23rd, 2004 09:22 pm (UTC)
How do you do that so well? I dig the style, and I'm thinking hanging one in front of me would be fun!

Have you ever considered art rentals? ;) Stock a place with your paitings and cycle them monthly for a fee...
May. 23rd, 2004 09:41 pm (UTC)
Mmm. Style is "just natural, I suppose". Doing it well... practice. I don't think I do it very well yet, but every bit gets the slightest bit better. I just need to get rid of some (#*$&(# paintings, preferably for enough to get more supplies...

Rentals could be cool. Could be more effort than it's worth, though. It would help if I had a car. ((or van))


I need to show in more coffee shops, really.
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