|Mon Sept 3 2012 14:38:32|
Selling 'Vintage' Items on Amazon Compared to eBay
By: Julia Wilkinson
With sellers already thinking about the ramp up to the holiday selling season (some folks would say it really starts with back-to-school time), there was an interesting discussion in one online group about selling vintage items on Amazon vs. eBay. Most people agreed that they look to eBay to sell vintage stuff in general. However, one seller said her sales for vintage (as in collectible) games were through the roof during the holiday season on Amazon -- as well as her sales for new games there.
This got me to thinking, what other types of "vintage" items might be good candidates for Amazon? In the Books category, you need Amazon's approval to list items as "collectible." And to sell toys in general during the holiday season (starting Nov. 12 and running through the first week in January, you have to meet other criteria). [Update: to clarify, these criteria do not apply if you are fulfilling items via FBA, Fulfillment by Amazon, though your seller account must be in good standing.] And as a side note, if you sell any kind of used or "collectible" games or toys...make sure they have all their pieces, unless you are very specific about what is missing, lest you get a costly feedback ding. Per Amazon's Condition Guidelines, it is prohibited to sell if "Item is missing essential accompanying material or parts. (This does not necessarily include instructions.)."
But I have seen other vintage items -- that are not dubbed "collectible" per se -- on Amazon selling for healthy sums. For example, these two "Vogue" magazines from 1983 have healthy asking prices:
Vintage catalogues can also do very well. But although earlier this year Amazon dipped its toe further into the Collectibles market with its launch of a Sports Collectibles Store, eBay is still the 800-pound-gorilla in the collectibles world.
My question for you is, what vintage items do you sell on Amazon? Or do you stay away from vintage stuff entirely there? If you do sell vintage stuff on there, what things might sell even better on there than on eBay? And what do you think is still solidly in eBay's domain, and not likely to go anywhere anytime soon? Post a comment here!
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