I am continuing my total bailout, as Don Lancaster puts it.
I have three hundred or so pounds of military surplus bearings.
Little lots of 10 or so bearings in a lot, of various kinds.
The question is how to sell them, with relatively small effort but
also to get not too little for them.
Should I sell them as one lot, or should I sell them in little lots of
all bearings of one kind in a lot?
You know, when you start measuring bearings by the pound, I think that
yes, that's a _lot_.
Iggy, if you sign up for an eBay store, you can list things, with
gallery image, for 3 cents a piece. Set a buy-it-now, and they stay up
for a month at a time, and autorenew for another 3 cents if not sold.
You still pay closing item costs but the listing price is low enough to
make it worth listing cheap stuff, cheaply, and individually. I"m doing
it with US Silver coins, stuff that'd cost more to list on an auction
than they're worth. This way, it works for all concerned:
Nothing dramatic as far as presentation, but eBay does a good job of
getting the stuff in the right faces. At 3 cents an item, it's not too
pricy to list.
Sell 'em to me and I'll piece 'em out? Give 'em to me and I'll sell
them, and take 10% plus costs? Sell 'em yourself? If you want me to
broker for you, eBay tells me I'm now allowed to do that sort of thing.
"Sales assistant" they call it. I'm just a couple hours away from you,
as you may recall, so a road trip wouldn't be a problem.
I like the idea for the low price crap.
Sounds interesting, esp. for oddball bearings and such that would have
few enough listings to make buyers see them.
I am fully open to this idea actually. Instead of 10%, I could give it
30%. 10% is a pittance, you will lose interest etc. 30% is barely
enough to make it worthwhile for a retired person, in my opinion. Give
me some time to think though. I am not yet sure which way to proceed.
Your ebay store idea is a a good one. I have a few things that fit the
store concept. Is that really 3 cents per listing?
Sounds like a deal. And the USPS flat-rate boxes might be easier, how
many are we talking? But, you're just down the road, and I need an
excuse to hit Chicago anyway.
Yup. They show up last in the searches though, after the auctions. If
it's a rare item, that's not a problem. If it's something that
everyone is selling, buyers will never see it unless they sort by price
I'm about to list a bunch of location-specific touristy postcards for
the Christmas shoppers looking for their hometowns. I'm thinking that
those, they search for by name, so the 3 cent listing will get me to
them, just as well as the 70 cent auction listing. Probably the same
with your bearings - guys don't need a dozen of something, they need one
or two of that something. Price 'em for individual sale, and you're
good to go.
Let me know, I'd be happy to do the broker thing. Might work into
I think that here's what I will do.
I will try to sell them in boxes of 50 or so lbs in each, for say $30
I will think what I do with the rest, but, I think, such a brokering
makes some sense. No commitment yet, but your idea about brokering is
an interesting one.
I doubt that I would load it to 70 lbs, the bearings are still in
factory packaging. (I can throw packaging away if you want, but feel
that it would be silly). But in any case, a USPS PM $7.70 box full to
the brim, with no space left at all, I would say would be $30 plus
$7.70 shipping plus delivery confirmation plus tape, say $39 total
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OK... I am going to take some photos tonight...
Some are small, some are big, etc.
There are also 3 heavy pieces, looks like parts of differentials. Appx
6-8" in diameter, no moving parts, four opposing holes in the sides
about 2" in diameter.
No visible identification.
I use one as a weight for making sauerkraut.