Anything to garner attention........but of course the problem is that
if *everyone's* putting "L@@K!" in their auction titles then nobody
notices it anyway except to sneer momentarily as they skim past.
My personal disfavorite is seeing "RARE!" included in an auction for
something like a brass locomotive that was built in quantities of
several thousand, and which can be found almost underfoot on a daily
It makes one wonder who the sellers think they're fooling.
Bigger idiots than themselves?
I contrast this to my own selling experiences on eBay, a couple of years
ago. I sold a bunch of stuff, mostly photographic equipment, and had
very good results and got good prices for my stuff.
My approach was pretty simple: I gave concise and accurate descriptions
in the title (no "L@@K!" or "MUST SEE!", certainly not ALL CAPS). I
described the item completely and honestly, pointing out any flaws as
well as the good points. I didn't try to hype how rare or "mint" the
item was. I put up nice big photos, again showing any obvious flaws as
well as how gorgeous the rest of the item was. I answered any questions
that prospective bidders asked me.
The other thing I learned is that you really don't have to be so
paranoid about setting the right starting bid. I emulated another seller
of photographic goods, "dagor77", who always starts all of his auctions
at the same bid: 77 cents! And he ends up getting hundreds of dollars
for his items. The reality is that if you do as I did, and if you have
something that has intrinsic value, it will rise to the proper price,
even if you start the bidding at a penny. No need to set a $19.95
starting bid. (By the way, I *never* set a reserve price, which I find
extremely annoying when I bid on an item.)
I had a 100% feedback rating (which has disappeared, unfortunately,
since eBay very unwisely changed the way they present feedback scores).
Meaning that I got absolutely no negative feedback.
Made From Pears: Pretty good chance that the product is at least
My $0.02 is that they're idiots that waste valuable space in the title
line that they could be using for keywords to help with potential
buyers search parameters. Plus pissin' most people off, I reckon.
My pet eBay peeve is the incorrectly and over used term "vintage". The
dumb s**ts think if an item is over two weeks old it is 'vintage',
which is totally inappropriate usage. If you're going to use the word
you also need to include a freakin' year! I don't think they own a
Filtering GoogleGroups & Goobers with extreme prejudice!
On Apr 3, 5:28�pm, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
And speaking of not knowing how to spell
And thanks alot, now I'm wasting my time looking at all the auctions
listed with "RARE" in them.
We could at least do a weekly contest on who finds the worst
I know one eBay seller who uses "~" instead of spaces in his listing's
titles. I asked him why and he told me to attract buyers attention
and to be different from other sellers.
I have no idea if his method works and I don' t think there is a
relabel method to measure if his method is more successful than plain
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