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Would you be nervous to sell a high priced item on eBay?

The highest price item I ever sold on eBay was a 1985 Nike Michael Jordan card several years ago for $1,200. I was nervous then that there were could be problems with the buyer but it was a smooth transaction. I I can only imagine selling a card for more than $10,000. I see some of those 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle cards selling for more than $100,000. Egads! That’s 50% of a price of a home for some!

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    miwlvrnmiwlvrn Posts: 4,227 ✭✭✭✭✭

    ebay's authenticity guarantee program where you ship it to an intermediary has alleviated most of the concern with shipping expensive items.

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    @miwlvrn said:
    ebay's authenticity guarantee program where you ship it to an intermediary has alleviated most of the concern with shipping expensive items.

    Yes, I agree for graded cards but I don’t think for other high priced memorabilia yet.

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    82FootballWaxMemorys82FootballWaxMemorys Posts: 1,295 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Yes I would be!

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    JoeBanzaiJoeBanzai Posts: 11,222 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I would be very nervous.

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    coinpalicecoinpalice Posts: 2,435 ✭✭✭✭✭

    why be nervous? a 6 figure sale just fly or drive to new owner

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    pab1969pab1969 Posts: 1,087 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @coinpalice said:
    why be nervous? a 6 figure sale just fly or drive to new owner

    It is still eBay, and I would be very nervous. After you fly home and check your eBay messages, you see that they started a return for item not as described. Then I would start to worry "am I getting my item back or is he switching it out on me?" This has happened twice to me on higher end items. Ebay will always side with the buyer. If I'm flying to somebody it will be for cash transaction outside of eBay.

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    @pab1969 said:

    @coinpalice said:
    why be nervous? a 6 figure sale just fly or drive to new owner

    It is still eBay, and I would be very nervous. After you fly home and check your eBay messages, you see that they started a return for item not as described. Then I would start to worry "am I getting my item back or is he switching it out on me?" This has happened twice to me on higher end items. Ebay will always side with the buyer. If I'm flying to somebody it will be for cash transaction outside of eBay.

    So how can one sell a high valued sports card or piece of memorabilia without worrying about it?

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    burghmanburghman Posts: 807 ✭✭✭✭

    Many auction houses out there offer more seller protection. Higher costs (these can be negotiated down) and fewer eyes, but they kind of act as a middleman to guarantee the item and limit / eliminate returns. Heritage, Leland’s, Goldin, Hunt, and many others. You send your item to them and they do the rest, typically including a pre-authentication if it’s not already graded / authenticated.

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    Jayman1982Jayman1982 Posts: 464 ✭✭✭

    ^
    what they said, let a professional auction house handle it

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    pab1969pab1969 Posts: 1,087 ✭✭✭✭✭

    So how can one sell a high valued sports card or piece of memorabilia without worrying about it?

    @burghman said:
    Many auction houses out there offer more seller protection. Higher costs (these can be negotiated down) and fewer eyes, but they kind of act as a middleman to guarantee the item and limit / eliminate returns. Heritage, Leland’s, Goldin, Hunt, and many others. You send your item to them and they do the rest, typically including a pre-authentication if it’s not already graded / authenticated.

    This!

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    Morpheus1967Morpheus1967 Posts: 173 ✭✭✭

    @Yankeefan320 said:

    @miwlvrn said:
    ebay's authenticity guarantee program where you ship it to an intermediary has alleviated most of the concern with shipping expensive items.

    Yes, I agree for graded cards but I don’t think for other high priced memorabilia yet.

    Doesn't have to be a graded card. I think it's any card over $250.

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    82FootballWaxMemorys82FootballWaxMemorys Posts: 1,295 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @miwlvrn said:
    ebay's authenticity guarantee program where you ship it to an intermediary has alleviated most of the concern with shipping expensive items.

    If Card is paid using Paypal, can a scamming buyer still get away with various nonsense?

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    coolstanleycoolstanley Posts: 2,461 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I would sell using probstein, or a auction house. With a auction house, no sellers fee.

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    Jayman1982Jayman1982 Posts: 464 ✭✭✭

    @82FootballWaxMemorys said:

    @miwlvrn said:
    ebay's authenticity guarantee program where you ship it to an intermediary has alleviated most of the concern with shipping expensive items.

    If Card is paid using Paypal, can a scamming buyer still get away with various nonsense?

    Yes, if it's a good and services type transaction on Paypal the buyer has Paypal's Buyer Protection, much like ebay's, which is open season for scammers. Only way to avoid that on Paypal is to use a Friends and Family type transaction.

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    82FootballWaxMemorys82FootballWaxMemorys Posts: 1,295 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Jayman1982 said:

    @82FootballWaxMemorys said:

    @miwlvrn said:
    ebay's authenticity guarantee program where you ship it to an intermediary has alleviated most of the concern with shipping expensive items.

    If Card is paid using Paypal, can a scamming buyer still get away with various nonsense?

    Yes, if it's a good and services type transaction on Paypal the buyer has Paypal's Buyer Protection, much like ebay's, which is open season for scammers. Only way to avoid that on Paypal is to use a Friends and Family type transaction.

    That means even with eBay's authenticity guarantee program the door is still open for buyer scams. Glad i don't sell cards

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    RufussCkingstonRufussCkingston Posts: 1,490 ✭✭✭✭
    edited July 3, 2023 10:32AM

    @82FootballWaxMemorys said:

    That means even with eBay's authenticity guarantee program the door is still open for buyer scams. Glad i don't sell cards

    Ehh, not really... In the past when you would use your own paypal account maybe, but since the scammer would be paying eBay via Paypal and not you, since eBay "authenticated it" and paid you out, I don't think you are responsible for charge-backs against ebay if you did everything properly. And in this case there was 3rd party proof of the item, so I doubt it can be held against the seller.

    Do we know of a eBay Authentication guarantee sale that passed but then the seller got screwed by the buyer and eBay sided with the Buyer?

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    82FootballWaxMemorys82FootballWaxMemorys Posts: 1,295 ✭✭✭✭✭

    ^ I am curious although as mentioned I don't sell

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    craig44craig44 Posts: 10,537 ✭✭✭✭✭

    the last few years, all of my big sales have been via various FB groups. none bigger than the high 4 figures. all went very smoothly. If i were selling a card of 6 figures or over, there is no way i would sell vial ebay or trust it to the usps or any other carrier. Me and the card would be boarding a plane for face to face transaction.

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    82FootballWaxMemorys82FootballWaxMemorys Posts: 1,295 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @craig44 said:
    the last few years, all of my big sales have been via various FB groups. none bigger than the high 4 figures. all went very smoothly. If i were selling a card of 6 figures or over, there is no way i would sell vial ebay or trust it to the usps or any other carrier. Me and the card would be boarding a plane for face to face transaction.

    ^ did you mean vial? vile? or via?

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