Ive given Ebay some thought, and am still reluctant to list my work,
for a no of reasons They, Ebay, keep emailing me, asking me to start
selling via their auctions.
I keep replying to say, Their terms and conditions are quite
unacceptable for example, They want unrestricted access to my bank
account, they provide a high level of protection to the buyer, but
virtually no protection to the seller, leaving one open to all kinds
of buyer fraud.
They make it very difficult to contact their customer services.
In exchange for what? If I wanted to sell via an auction, id use a
local auction house, where I can meet the organisation, discuss my
ideas, and agree any issues in advance.
Then I compare all this to the marketing i have done since 1968.
Where I get to meet my customers as said elsewhere, on a one to one
basis, payment is there and then, They get to see and try out the
item their interested in, or we can discuss a contract for a
production run from 100 to 5000 items.
Ok. So it takes 3 days to build the exhibition unit I use, but
because I offer something no other person can, I expect to have free
space, electric, parking, and sometimes a fee up front to take part
to cover what it costs to go, for example to the National Railway
museum of Holland and mint their plaque at the event for the event.
Other event organisers see what I do and ask me to go to their
event. I need of course at least a 3 day event, and a minimum of
25,000 through the gate for me to look at it. Finally, I do enjoy the
interaction with the customer, its always a stimulus and sometimes an
idea develops from this interaction that would not otherwise happen.
If you love making beautiful things it shows in the work. Let it
speak for itself.
Ebay just doesnt compare to what is above. If they want my work on
their auction it would be on my terms.