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Mon Sept 3 2012 14:38:32

Selling 'Vintage' Items on Amazon Compared to eBay

By: Julia Wilkinson

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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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by: JordanMalik.com This user has validated their user name.
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Mon Sep 3 22:46:19 2012

You don't need Amazon's approval to sell used ('collectible') toys now, it's only beginning in November. And amazon's approval only applies if you're self-fulfilling orders, they don't have the restrictions at any time if you're an FBA merchant (however, your seller performance needs to be in good standing).

I have had great success selling vintage games and toys (that is, if 1980s-era games are considered vintage) and sellers can typically get quite a premium in price if they sell them on Amazon (versus eBay)

Jordan Malik
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This user has validated their user name. by: juliawww
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Tue Sep 4 11:05:01 2012

Hi Jordan,

Thanks for the info..looks like it is Books and not Toys that need the approval to be ''Collectible,'' as opposed to ''Used.'' I will post a clarification. Also it is true the holiday Toys restriction does not apply to FBA merchandise as long as you meet the  seller performance criteria. And yes, the ''Toys'' approval window for holiday selling starts Nov. 12. Thanks again for your input!

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by: JoJo This user has validated their user name.

Tue Sep 4 11:30:06 2012

I only sell new items on Amazon.  I sell new and vintage on Etsy.  And, of course, I have it all on my website.  eBay's not even a consideration.

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This user has validated their user name. by: juliawww
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Tue Sep 4 11:48:03 2012

Hi JoJo..curious..what sells better for you on Etsy, new or vintage, or is it about the same? In terms of games, I feel a lot better about selling new games on Amazon, because used games run such as big risk of parts missing. :/ But I sell plenty of used books and other media.

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by: Mr. Me This user has validated their user name.

Tue Sep 4 12:29:35 2012

my advise is "dont!!!" , amazon gives scant space to product description "which buyers dont read anyway" and has a draconian one sided return policy which rivals e-bays, poor customer (offshore)service Amazon shorts sellers on shipping and charges high fees..forget amazon/ebay,,,,. for collectibles... Etsy is the way to go......

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by: RAOTFLMAO This user has validated their user name.

Tue Sep 4 12:40:52 2012

Several years ago I thought about listing antiques and vintage items on Amazon but at that time it was not "antique" friendly. Ebay was my first choice for years but now I list on Etsy and Bonanza, very little on ebay anymore.  

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by: JoJo This user has validated their user name.

Tue Sep 4 13:08:09 2012

Juliawww.  New and vintage on Etsy sell well.  I'd have to say it's kind of a toss up for me as to which one does better.  With new items on Etsy you have to sell specific things.  So either new supplies or new handmade/art/etc. (which has to meet certain guidelines) but there's a lot more flexibility in the vintage section.  So it's just a matter of what works for you and what you're into selling.  Hope that helped.

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by: mylifeisgood This user has validated their user name.

Tue Sep 4 13:49:52 2012

The real problem with both sites is the word VINTAGE.

There are plenty of sellers who think VINTAGE means anything over 2 years old or that item that is stinky dusty and dirty.

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by: Sierra This user has validated their user name.

Sat Sep 15 23:18:47 2012

Just because someone is ASKING $44 or $49 for a 30 year old magazine doesn't mean they're going to sell it!

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This user has validated their user name. by: Spartacus

Sun Sep 16 09:44:06 2012

Initially I started out on eBay selling off vintage items I'd collected since childhood. What started as a part time hobby to clean out closets at my wife's request, slowly turned into a stressful business.

These days, I wouldn't touch vintage or collectibles. After all the stress dealing with scammers and bottom feeders in vintage and collectibles, we invested in shiny new merchandise.

Now we carry several product lines that are all related. Everything ships in standard mailers. Buyer issues and returns are very rare. Stress levels are down and profit margins are high.

Vintage? I hear that word and it makes me cringe.




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