Dear eBay Queen;
I received some really far out stuff for Christmas this year. For a white elephant gift at my office Christmas Party I received a funky odd-looking doll. The doll is about 18” tall, and she is made from wool or fabric. She is cute, but I don’t really like dolls. My in-laws are the sweetest people, and I know they love me, I just don’t think they know what size clothing I wear. I received 5 new outfits, all in different plus sizes. The outfits are cute, but I wear a size 10. Maybe they think I need to gain a few pounds. I don’t collect dolls and I have no plans to gain any weight. Could I sell this stuff on eBay? My husband says donate the items.
To answer your question, YES! You can sell all of that on eBay. Plus size clothing does very well. Make sure you take good photos. The best photos of clothing are taken with a model or on a mannequin. Even an old sewing dress form would do the trick. If you don’t have a dress form or model, hanging the clothing on a door and taking a full-length photo of your outfit will do the trick. Don’t forget to take a few close ups of special details that stand out on each outfit.
Your white elephant gift is another story. After looking over your photos you included, I believe you have a vintage googly eyed Lenci Doll. I believe she is made from felt. I did a completed search on “Lenci Doll” and found they sell any where from $100.00 to $7,000.00 depending on condition. Googly eyes are also rare in dolls, and refers to the wide open eye that moves. I would do some more research on this doll, and with any luck, you could take your entire office out to lunch with part of the profits.
Dear eBay Queen
A few days ago, I listed a 7 toy cap guns. I listed them under toys, put in the description that they are collectible toys and not firearms, etc., and included detailed pictures. One of them didn’t even work, was just sold as is. Within minutes all my listings were pulled for violating the firearms policy. I looked on eBay, and there are a lot of listings for toy cap guns (355 last I checked) and more than half were similar to my listings.
I understand someone turned me in, but why? I have written to eBay, twice, no response from them yet. Other than I got "turned in" what the heck happened? Why do 355 other sellers have toy cap guns listed?
Cap Gun Charlie
Just know you are in good company. I had 2 broken cap guns I was trying to sell this summer. They were removed within two hours of being listed on eBay. I also received an odd email, saying I had violated the eBay Firearms policy. eBay will respond to your emails, but because of the holiday it will take every bit of 48 hours.
After a bit of research, I learned eBay will allow you to sell cap guns on their site, but they must have a blaze orange tip on the end. This complies with California Firearms Regulations. Because eBay’s home office is located in California they require you and I to be in compliance with those laws. It is probable that someone turned your auction in, or it could have been an eBay employee who’s job it is to watch for violations in the cap gun category. I don’t really have an answer about the other 355 toy cap guns that are currently up for auction. But if they are in violation of the firearms policy, eBay will catch them. For more information on eBay’s fire arm policy go here: http://pages.ebay.com/help/policies/firearms-weapons-knives.html Click on the box “SHOW MORE” for the complete firearms policy. For more information on the California firearms rules and regulations go here: http://search.doj.ca.gov/AGSearch/
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Suzie Eads is a nationally known eBay marketer and eBay trained Education Specialist. She lives in Rantoul. Do you have a question for the eBay Queen? E-mail: email@example.com .