This past 6 weeks I've been selling on eBay. I am fully into the swing of selling things and enjoying it at the same time. I'm slowly shifting clutter and making money at the same time - its a win win situation. I started off with simple items, ones that I could pack and post off myself, but now, I've slowly started to list bigger items, i.e. wardrobes, garden table.
These I've listed as 'Collection only', which at first I thought would limit the interest my items would get, i.e. only local people would look to bid - but this is not necessarily true and this is because I didn't realise that a buyer can organize and pay for a courier to collect the 'Collection only' item from the seller.
Expensive for you as a buyer? well, this is not the case. Companies like Shiply, work to match you with couriers and/or a man with van type, who are willing to pick up the eBay item and deliver to you for a fraction of the normal cost as they are heading in the same direction.
Have you ever watched Shipping Wars on TV?
Shiply is really easy to use, you just put what you want to get delivered, dimensions and weight, pickup, and delivery locations and watch the quotes roll in.
As the couriers are bidding for your delivery in a Dutch style auction format, the quotes will be cheaper than standard couriers. When making a decision on what couriers to choose, you can read their previous feedback before deciding.
So, if a buyer falls in love with my single white wardrobe with glass handles, but they live 200 miles away, they can now liaise with me about collection. Where they can log into Shiply and get some quotes. The buyer can enter the eBay item number into the Shiply website and it will bring up the item picture so that couriers can see exactly what they're collecting. It's so easy!