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    You could sell your fabric here. (?) Maybe too many people were not satisfied with the fabric they purchased.
    Instead of 'good' quality fabric they were getting cheap fabric. (?) Too many quilters got burned.

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    From a buyer's point of view, I personally have slowed down on buying on Ebay. Seems like the prices are lots higher than they were and by the time you add in shipping , it just isn't a good deal too often.

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    Hey Sandy,

    What kind of machine? What model,?? I am a machine addict and one more wouldn't hurt much. Carly

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltNama View Post
    My husband used to sell on ebay all the time. The last few items he listed to sell cost him so much in fees that he has not sold anything else for quite awhile. Now he lists on CL and some other places.
    My dd has stopped selling on e-bay for the same reasons......

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    1) The seller still pays a fee to PayPal for items paid through PayPal. For me, it's $0.30 PLUS 2.9% of the entire transaction. That really hurts on a $3.00 transaction ($0.30 + $0.09 = $0.39)

    2) Yes, postage adds up. But so does gas if driving around to the various shops.

    3) Packaging materials (tape, envelopes, plastic bags, etc.) are not free. Priority Rate packaging (envelopes and boxes) are 'free' - but, the packaging costs are built in to the cost of using Priority Rate mail.

    People are kind of funny at times (including me) - sometimes we think nothing of driving 100 miles round trip for a $2.00 item (at a fuel cost of approximately $15.00 or more) - and fuss and fume at paying $3.00 for shipping for the same item.

    4) As far as getting 'a house full of fabric for $5.00' - I consider those deals to be in the same category as getting a big win gambling. It happens, but the majority of the time, it doesn't.
    Last edited by bearisgray; 08-21-2012 at 06:16 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptquilts View Post
    I find Ebay is pretty dead lately, from a seller's point of view. The worst it has been in the last 10 years.


    I'm holding all listings until after Labor Day weekend...This isn't a good time to list...people are trying to get the kids outfitted for school and off on late summer vacations.
    Tink's Mom (My name is really Susie)

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    Why not sell here on the Quilting Board?

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    75% of my stash comes from this board - I appreciate sellers here knowing that the fabric was once loved and taken care of. I have not been disappointed on any purchase.
    Quilting makes me happy!..

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    I used to buy scrap fabric from ebay. All of the bags purchased were listed as being 100% cotton. It"s quite a dissapoint ment to open the package and find poly /blend mixed in. Many folks are purchasing from who knows where [and that's really o.k] but they don't all know their fabric. I'm a quilter who enjoys sewing with 100% cotton.Used to be , I would give those polys to mom [she used whatever; and loved them all]. Mom passed away last May.I really do miss her.Now I have alot of those same fabrics back that she got from me. That part makes me smile.Mom used what she could. Her scrap bag never did go empty.
    Postage also is something I considered when I placed my bids.
    I think that the biggest reason for smaller purchases is "people". We are not the same as 10 years ago. We are more into "Decluttering"."Get Rid Of It";"Go to my stash first"; "I'm on a fabric diet".
    Also, how much the fabric cost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raedar63 View Post
    I am getting ready for a major de-stash and was looking on ebay to get prices. Has anyone noticed that fabrics are not selling like they used too ? I used to buy a lot of fabric off of ebay and the bidding competition was fierce . Now I am seeing huge box lots of fabric not even being bid on. Just wondering , I really need to de-stash and it is a lot of work to list everything and not get a bid .I have tubs and tubs of fabric and plan to only keep about 10 projects that I have made into kits for myself . I am tired of no room to work and being so overwhelmed I do nothing so the time has come to simplify
    I used to sell a lot of my pattern glass on Ebay but when shpg. costs went through the roof, all sales almost stopped. There are very few bids on others as well. I think Ebay has lost out in favor of Craig's List.
    You might do better offering it out to QB members.
    Last edited by Pat G; 08-21-2012 at 08:57 AM. Reason: misspelled word

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    Why not plan a big yard sale and call it a Quilter's Delight? Put that on direction signs (will get the quilters who did not see ads) and advertise on Craig's List and grocery stores butteton boards, etc. Be sure to have some help as I am sure you would get a lot of quilters looking for fabric. I do not buy on ebay, so do not pay attention to what sells and what doesn't. Good luck, take care.
    Linda
    P S if you have so much fabric and want to do a 2 day sale, maybe you can use a church social hall and give church a donation or whatever they cost to rent it.

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    I agree with the person who said that it's postage prices factoring into the low amount of sales on eBay. I've been an eBay seller since 1999 and I've never seen it this slow. And, of course, they just keep jacking up the fees (especially now that eBay and PayPal are in cahoots with each other - now they get to hit us TWICE with fees - it's crazy). Plus I've never gotten over the fact that we, as sellers, are no longer allowed to ding buyers with bad feedback if they are truly nightmares to deal with (and some are). Unfortunately I'm not comfortable with Craigslist so it's eBay, or selling here or on SewItsforSale, for me and that's about it.

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    contact your local quilt guilds and see if there are any shows they have planned and see what it takes to get a table there.. no shipping and targeting the right audience! good luck
    <^..^> Jyll <^..^>

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    i would love to sell on this board, but i have not hit the correct member status yet. i wish that my ebay numbers (100%) could count toward selling here. i have plenty of really nice collections to sell. i guess i will have to wait or list elsewhere. as far as hitting the correct member status, i have read the rules, and i found that i have to make a true contribution to the group. this means that i should not say something like "good job" or "love your quilt" and leave it at that. there is not much i can do to further my member status, so i comment when i have a true comment to make.

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    I almost hate to ask this... but... don't you think that Fabric.com has hurt all other sellers, including folks who sell on eBay? I know a lot of you love buying from them because of the free shipping deal. Since they are owned by Amazon, well, they can get prices from UPS that nobody else does. It's not hard to connect the dots, and see what's happening.

    Amazon put out of business lots of little local bookstores (I still miss our "Borders" stores). Don't you think that the same thing is going to happen to all the little fabric sellers, too? We might be able to compete on the price-per-yard, but there's no way that we can compete with their %off coupons, and the free shipping on top of that.

    The fabric manufacturers are aware of what's going on - it's been a hot topic at Quilt Market (the trade show) - but based on my conversations with several of the manufacturers, it does not seem that they care. Perhaps it is just as good for their bottom line if they sell only to Fabric.com and the chain stores, rather than to numerous small businesses.

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    I had a garage sale with fabrics priced at 1/2 the original price. Sold alot. The balance was going to charity with a slip for the total yardage and I can write off on my taxes It has to be a 501c charity.

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    The requirements for selling are a bit too much for me...

    I would love to use this board for selling some of my extensive stash, but the requirements are a bit much for me. I look at my posts and I need to post several more times to qualify and it feels phony to me to just post for the sake of qualifying. I do post occasionally when my heart is in it, but I don't want to do it just to qualify.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fmhall2 View Post
    Why not sell here on the Quilting Board?
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    Exactly my point!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by rush88888 View Post
    i would love to sell on this board, but i have not hit the correct member status yet. i wish that my ebay numbers (100%) could count toward selling here. i have plenty of really nice collections to sell. i guess i will have to wait or list elsewhere. as far as hitting the correct member status, i have read the rules, and i found that i have to make a true contribution to the group. this means that i should not say something like "good job" or "love your quilt" and leave it at that. there is not much i can do to further my member status, so i comment when i have a true comment to make.
    You have brains in your head.
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    You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
    You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go. (Dr. Seuss)

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    MAYBE WE SHOULD ALL SWITCH STASHES!!! Call it a stash swap, I will send you 5 yards (you choose colors/types) and you send me 5 yards.... Hmmm.
    You have brains in your head.
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    You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
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    I check out ebay for price comparision but rarely buy there anymore. I get fabrics online much cheaper other places and of course local stores. Things have gotten really expensive on ebay now. I usually buy vintage things so I have gone over to ETSY .. Its cheaper and for the most part friendly since its not big businesses selling there. Craigslist is where I just got my bed.. for $65 yeah!! its an antique too. I shop in a lot of different online places depending on where I can get the cheaper price.

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    I know I hardly even look on ebay anymore, used to all the time.
    If a woman's work is never done....why start?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corky View Post
    I would love to use this board for selling some of my extensive stash, but the requirements are a bit much for me. I look at my posts and I need to post several more times to qualify and it feels phony to me to just post for the sake of qualifying. I do post occasionally when my heart is in it, but I don't want to do it just to qualify.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunnie View Post
    I agree. We used to sell a lot of antiques and that is dead too. I think the shipping costs are keeping many from buying there. The post office prices are insane.
    I agree...shipping is what is killing everyone...I was going to bid on a bedspread $12.00 that I really liked and was looking for, shipping 16.50. NO Way was I falling for that...they hurt themselves
    Retired and living in NE Michigan

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    Quote Originally Posted by LindaR View Post
    I agree...shipping is what is killing everyone...I was going to bid on a bedspread $12.00 that I really liked and was looking for, shipping 16.50. NO Way was I falling for that...they hurt themselves
    But how do you know that it wouldn't actually have cost the seller $16.50 to ship it? Since it was a bedspread, it was probably too bulky to fit in any of the USPS flat-rate boxes. It can cost more to ship big-and-puffy things. And shipping by UPS or FedEx can be quite pricey. Plus if the seller is in the middle of nowhere, and he/she has to drive to the Post Office/FedEx/UPS shipping center, there is an actual cost to the seller in terms of the fuel spent. Not to mention that a portion of that $16.50 also goes to eBay/PayPal for the fees. They take a cut of everything, including the shipping fees.

    Just sayin' that to understand the big picture you have to try to view it from all possible perspectives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raedar63 View Post
    I am getting ready for a major de-stash and was looking on ebay to get prices. Has anyone noticed that fabrics are not selling like they used too ? I used to buy a lot of fabric off of ebay and the bidding competition was fierce . Now I am seeing huge box lots of fabric not even being bid on. Just wondering , I really need to de-stash and it is a lot of work to list everything and not get a bid .I have tubs and tubs of fabric and plan to only keep about 10 projects that I have made into kits for myself . I am tired of no room to work and being so overwhelmed I do nothing so the time has come to simplify
    I notice the same thing the other day. I went into ebay just to check the going prices on fabrics and old magazines. Nothing! I mean like you said, it's not worth the fees if noone is going to bid or even Buy Now. Good luck on your destashing! I'm keeping mine or selling on here at a later time.
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