|Selling your stuff in an online
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Lay a ruler next to the lunchbox for one of the pictures.
This will allow bidders to accurately judge size.
Now you click on the option to preview your page.
You check for any spelling errors or any mistakes in the description.
You click on each of the photos to make sure they appear clearly.
Then you ask your girlfriend to double check for errors. She tells
you to add:
If you do not choose insurance, I am not responsible
for lost or damaged items. Winning bidder pays for shipping. I will
only ship to bidders within the United States.
Let the bidding begin
You are finished building your page. Now you just have to check
your e-mail inbox for questions and watch your auction to see the
bidding. You want to answer all e-mails as quickly as possible and
remain polite and friendly, even if the bidders are not.
Day one: No one has bid. You are disappointed but
hopeful -- someone will bid tomorrow.
Day two: No bids.
Day three: Someone named GreenMachine places the first
bid for $9.99. No other activity occurs.
Day four: You receive an e-mail from Dbanner:
Would you charge extra to ship to Alaska?
No, I would not. Priority mail from the U.S. Postal Service charges
the same rate for shipping within all 50 states.
Dbanner e-mails a reply asking for your name and phone
number. Realizing that this bidder wants assurance that you are
not the take-the-money-and-run sort of online auction seller, you
politely send your contact information.
Dbanner bids $10.49. GreenMachine immediately counters
with a bid of $10.99. They bid in 50-cent increments until the price
reaches $20.49, with GreenMachine in the lead.
Day five: Nothing happens.
Day six: Nothing happens.
Day seven: You receive an e-mail from Shifty850.
HULKFAN -- THIS LOOKS LIKE A PIECE OF JUNK. HULK
STINKS. I'LL TAKE IT OFF YOUR HANDS FOR $22. OK? SEND IT TO ME FIRST
AND THEN I'LL PAY -- IF I DON'T LIKE IT, I'LL SEND IT BACK -- PROMISE.
YOU'RE AN IDIOT IF YOU DON'T TAKE THIS DEAL.
Thank you for your offer, but the deal remains as stated in the
Shifty850 bids $20.99. GreenMachine counters with
$21.49. Nothing more happens.
This is the last day of the bidding. While you met your reserve,
you are disappointed bidding never reached $40. You frequently check
the auction and your e-mail but nothing has changed.
Then, at 4:45 pm, Ferrignoloo bids $21.99. Beebixby
immediately bids $22.49. Greenmachine counters with $22.99. Colvin82
counters with $23.49. Retaliating bids continue until 4:57 pm, ending
at $39.99 with Beebixby on top. You get an e-mail from Ferrignoloo:
Will you throw in a peanut butter and jelly sandwich?
Sorry, I'm out of peanut butter. My basset hound
ate all of it.
Ferrignoloo bids again anyway. Top bid is now $40.49
with one minute left. Colvin82 pounces, then GreenMachine and in
the last 10 seconds, Dbanner reappears with a bid of $41.99 and
the auction ends.