Everything that is rare can be potentially precious. While there are exceptions to the rule, essentially if you get your hands on an item that you know is popular on the market but hard to find, there is a huge opportunity to sell it for a profit.
However, selling rare items also comes at a high cost. You need to be able to provide a safe transaction process to your buyer. This can be tricky when you are not an experienced seller or don’t have access to commercial solutions. Hopefully, these few tips can help you make sense of the transaction and keep your buyer in the loop.
Provide an exact description of your item
You are surely familiar with the eBay platform to sell second-hand items. While you may choose to upload your item on a specialist platform instead, there are a few photography tips you can learn from eBay sellers. Indeed, the quality of your pictures can make a big difference when it comes to maximizing profits.
It can be a good idea to experiment with different angles on a white background so you can create a series of photos that show the product from every side. This is especially crucial for items that have been used before or that are not in their original packaging anymore. You want to display any potential flaws, so buyers don’t come back to you with complaints.
Additionally, long and detailed descriptions that state dimensions, date of production, material, and other unique features are more effective.
Research the safest shipping method
The last thing a buyer wants is to receive an item that has been damaged in shipping. So, you want to take preventive measures to protect the item. It can be helpful to read more about how to ship a watch or a bottle safely. Additionally, you may want to take shipping insurance to ensure that you can handle the situation should the item be broken in transit.
If you wish to avoid risk, you could also consider asking your buyer if they want to pick up the item. This can be a good idea for large items, such as a vintage bicycle, or especially fragile objects such as a limited edition Whiskey bottle. Some buyers may also prefer organizing shipping themselves so they can decide on the best courier and protection.
Never release the item BEFORE payment
Some buyers may promise to send the money once they receive the item. However, the risk of being scammed is too high. You want to make sure you have received the full payment before you agree to ship the item.
Payments can be made through online transactions, using Paypal, for example, bank transfer, or even in cash if you meet the buyer. If you arrange for a face-to-face meeting, make sure to take someone with you who can act as a witness to prevent any risks.
Selling a rare item, whether vintage luxury, limited edition, or even memorabilia from the past, can be a fantastic source of profit. However, rare items require special care so you can ensure they arrive safely at their destination and are paid in full.