Who Made the Grade?

I started listing on two new platforms about a month ago. Bonanza and Depop.

Bonanza was attractive to me because of the ability to link it to my eBay. Your listings can be imported all at once from eBay to Bonanza, and when something is sold on eBay, it’s deleted from Bonanza automatically.

I have done quite well with Bonanza. 10 sales in the first month, which is a great start!.

The only thing I don’t like about Bonanza is that they charge a fee to print a shipping label from their website. I solved that problem by printing all shipping labels for Bonanza on the website Pirate Ship. Pirate Ship is free, and will find you the cheapest way to ship your package. Just make sure that you mark your item on Bonanza as shipped and fill in the tracking information.

Depop is a platform that sells clothing. I listed 40 items of clothing on Depop about a month ago. Listing on Depop must be done on the Depop app on your phone. You can buy on your desktop, but you can’t list.

I haven’t had any sales, offers, or even inquiries. A few of the listings have been shared by members but that’s all. Because of the seemingly “lack of interest”, I’ve decided to delete my listings on Depop.

I had considered deleting all listings on Mercari after not selling anything during the Christmas season, but then decided to leave it for a bit longer to see if sales would pick up. I even lowered the prices of the 30 items I had for sale on the site. It didn’t have any effect. No sales, offers, or inquiries again. After a certain period of time, Mercari deactivates any listings with no action. Just last week over half of my listings were deactivated by Mercari, so I deleted them and all the rest.

On some figurines and collectible items that I’ve had listed on eBay for awhile, I added the “make an offer” option. I have sold several of these items by accepting offers that were made. Buyers seem to really feel good about a purchase that they fee they got a good deal on. I’m finding it’s a good way to clean up slow moving inventory.

Don’t be intimidated or frustrated with low-ball offers. Buyers are going to try to get something for as low as they can, that doesn’t mean that you have to accept it. More of then not, they are willing to meet you in the middle.

As for the question who made the grade? That would be Bonanza. Depop and Mercari did not.

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