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WHO AM I?
Firstly, let me introduce myself with all of my chipping identifications. I
am Alan Borenstein of Staten Island, New York. I am member # R-1611, Atlantic
City Chapter member #60, and New York Metro Chapter member #16. My email address
is email@example.com and my eBay id is alanb. I have been online since about 1995,
having started with the Prodigy.com gang. I have been using eBay for
about 2 years originally buying lots of chips and then I began selling also.
I started selling primarily to be able to pay for my purchases of chips. I started
at first selling my duplicates. Over the past year, I have been selling off
most of my United States collection to concentrate on foreign chips. I have
over 700 positive feedbacks with a rating of over 400 with no negative feedback.
The rating reflects only unique users. That is why it is lower than the actual
number of feedbacks.
Now, I normally have about 50 to 100 auctions each week.
I gave a presentation on the subject of eBay at the CyberChipping
seminar at the recent CC>CC Annual Convention at the Las Vegas
Tropicana. Some members could not attend the convention and not all of the
convention attendees were able to make it to the seminar. I felt that putting
my presentation into the form of an article would be useful for those Club
At the seminar, I asked: "How many of you out there have computers and are
online?" and "How many of you have used eBay?" I was amazed to see about 95%
of the audience's hands go up affirmatively for both of these questions.
WHAT IS eBAY?
eBay is an online internet auction site. Anyone can register and sell items,
or buy items, but only by using a computer on the internet. The auctions are
arranged by categories and sub-categories. Casino chips are under the category
COLLECTIBLES; subcategory CASINO; subcategory CHIPS. I
randomly checked one weekday evening before the convention and found that there
were about 6,000 auction lots for sale under Casino, of which 3,000 were under
Chips, 2,000 under General, 500 under Strikes, and 300 under Tokens. In Chips
alone, there were 60 pages of 50 items per page! That is on a weekday. During
the weekend there are many more!
There are no fees for buyers. There are two fees for sellers. There is an
Insertion Fee, which one pays to list an auction based on the minimum
up to $9.99=$.25
up to $24.99=$.50
up to $49.99=$1.00
$50.00 and over=$2.00
There is a Final Auction Fee, based on the selling price:
5% of the first $25 ($1.25)
2.5% over $25 up to $1000
WHY eBAY IS GOOD?
The number and the variety of items that are up for auction at any time
There are no buyers fee (most mail auctions have about a 10% buyer's fee).
The seller is often an amateur, not a dealer or a pro. This can be good
or bad. You must be careful about the description of the item and the condition.
The greatest plus in my mind is the recruiting of new members for the
club. Last year, I believe that I was the second highest recruiter (without
even having a website). I ask each buyer or seller that I deal with, if
they would like information on the club.
A PICTURE is worth a thousand words. I am very hesitant to buy
anything without a picture.
If the lot description does not spell out shipping and/or handling fees,
immediately contact the seller. Same thing applies if anything else is
vague. If the seller does not answer you now, they probably will not answer
after the auction if you have a problem.
There is a search function in eBay. Without the search facility most
items would be too hard to find among the millions of items being offered.
Most people search for items by entering "casino chips", or a key phrase
in which they are interested. I find it most productive and efficient
to look each day at the lots "ending today" in the subcategory: "Casino
Chips". Also look at the lots "new today". In that way, I have two chances
to see a lot subject heading.
A Picture is worth a thousand words. I find that lots that have a picture
of the item sell much better than those that do not.
Consider the ending day and time. You can list a lot for 3, 5, 7, or
10 days. An auction that ends at 3:00 am on a Tuesday will not draw many
last minute bids. I find the most action is with Saturday evening auction
endings. Don't forget about the 3 hour time difference between the East
and West Coasts.
Please email me if you have any questions.
I am always happy to help.