|Thu Apr 19 2012 11:53:44|
Are Antiques and Collectibles Dying on eBay?
By: Julia Wilkinson
|There's an interesting thread on eBay's Seller Central discussion board: "Is the Collectibles & Antiques Market on eBay Dead or Dying?"|
Many opinions and theories are being offered up; from agreeing with the decline and citing reasons for it, to disagreeing that one exists, and theorizing that sellers who do the right things are doing as well as ever.
Here are some examples of the points being made:
- People are aging out of the collectibles market, changing the market. An example given is the baseball card market, as highlighted in the Kovels' article "Baseball Cards Are 'Out.'"
Others disagree, saying new, younger collectors are simply replacing older collectors, and the types of things being collected are changing.
- eBay ignores reproductions in Collectibles and Antiques categories. "For a company that doesn't allow reproductions and bootlegs, eBay sure turns a blind eye in collectibles. Probably half the items in 'Victor Phonographs' are Chinese and Indian junk knockoffs," says "gramophone-georg."
- What some consider lackluster ad campaigns on eBay's part. "eBay showed unattractive and unlikeable people with 'EBay on their mind,' supposedly," wrote one board member. "What focus group did they use for these ads? Dullpeople.com?"
- eBay's focus on brand new/retail items; the "decision to undermine auctions in favor of BIN (the preferred format for NIB consumer retail) and the decision to load virtually all of the fees onto the back-end were both just brutal in terms of the A & C market and in term of holding the existing buyer base both," said "ted_200."
Others say sellers who do the right things can still do well, and should avoid doing things like relisting or selling similar items "at the same price for eternity," overpricing on shipping, poor customer service and shipping materials, and overpriced listings.
- And some say the A & C market is fine, but off eBay: "Sellers can be doing GREAT behind the scenes here as they can sell off of eBay to customer bases & buyer relationships developed over the years here," writes "bizybeez." "No, it's not dead...just slowly fading," they conclude.
What do you think? Is the Antiques & Collectibles market on eBay indeed dying, or just fading? Or do you think it's as strong as ever, and why? Post a comment here!
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