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Auction or BIN?

Any advice when to list something as an auction vs a BIN on eBay?

I have a lot of mid-grade PSA/BVG vintage football. Part of me just wants to auction it all, get what I can, and be done. Another part of me worries that since most aren't super hot cards, I'd end up selling them way under value if only a few people bid (plus eBay fees on top of that). Or do I send them all to COMCS, set my price, and just forget about them until they sell?



  • 76collector76collector Posts: 589 ✭✭✭

    What he said... ^^^ +1

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  • mtcardsmtcards Posts: 3,201 ✭✭✭

    Unless its a very hot or popular card, listing anything for auction on ebay is asking to not get full value.

  • AC000000AC000000 Posts: 187 ✭✭✭

    You could list them all with BIN listings- with best offer if you are open to offers. Then see if there are a lot of views & or watchers. If you have watchers on the item, you could send them offers you’d be willing to take. Or if you have a lot of viewers/watchers you could put a card or two up for auction to see what happens. If you get a good price, you could place more auctions. If not, stick with the BINs.

  • swish54swish54 Posts: 392 ✭✭✭

    I would do bin/bo on them. Set an auto-accept price and an auto-decline price and check pay immediate with bin. I've found by having an auto-accept, 95% of the time the buyer pays right then when they see it's been accepted, so you bypass the waiting in-between messages/offers which could be days, which in turn just delays in you getting your money. Doing bin/bo might take 6 months to sell or get an offer you like, but at least you get out of them what you're looking for.

  • miwlvrnmiwlvrn Posts: 3,485 ✭✭✭✭

    Or, do an auction but set the opening price at a high starting point. There is no rule that says you have to start it at $0.99. You're not asking to not get full value if you start the bidding at a buy-it-now price you're comfortable with, and you may even get more than you're looking for that way too. If you like, you can add a best-offer feature to your auction listing too.

  • Great ideas. Thanks!

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