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Old 01.06.2018, 11:55
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Tips for selling on Ricardo

I thought I would share my tips for selling on Ricardo:

- clean your article first (and let it dry)
- take good photos in a good light of your article, high enough quality that buyers can use the zoom option when you post
- name and describe your article as clearly as possible, search for comparable articles for any swiss naming conventions
- use online instructions or documents screen shots to supplement your pictures
- if you are going for a full auction then post a reasonable low price to start, with a reasonable increment option eg 2 Francs - your aim is to get attention and get people to follow your auction
- Give enough time to the sale, eg a week to 10 days
- Choose the end time cleverly, based on your likely audience. If it is families, then put the end time after the kids would have gone to bed eg around 20.00
- with any luck, you'll get a nice bidding war and a tidy profit
- don't shy away from direct pick up cash in hand, I find many swiss buyers travel a long way, and often round up their purchases when it actually comes to paying face to face for article

I have been selling recently alot of kids stuff, as our grow up.. incidentally I am using the reverse tips to make some great buys
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Re: Tips for selling on Ricardo

As a reminder, the seller is liable for any fees if the buyer doesn't pay. I tried to sell a van which someone bid on but wouldn't turn up. After phone calls and emails, he refused to pay. I told Ricardo this and they refused to help and made me pay their fees - legal help would have been more of course. At least Ebay allows fees to be waivered.
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Re: Tips for selling on Ricardo

Top Tip .. Be prapared for the fees!

~10% of your sale.

Another Top Tip .. Try anibis first
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Re: Tips for selling on Ricardo

Excellent advice!

Apart from the auction part, of course, this list is applicable to tutti and anibis, etc., too.

I'd add:
upload as many photos as the website will allow
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- name and describe your article as clearly as possible,
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  • all measurements, and
  • clear desciptions and photos of significant defects.

Some ads include: "from a smoke-free home", "from an animal-free home" or "from a smoke- and animal-free home", as applicable.
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Re: Tips for selling on Ricardo

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Top Tip .. Be prapared for the fees!

~10% of your sale.

Another Top Tip .. Try anibis first
i would never do a fixed-price offer on Ricardo, for such offers anibis, tutti, EF etc are much better.

however, if you have something of either low value or something where you expect a high demand, then an auctioning system may work very well to either get rid of the stuff and not having to pay for disposing it or to get the highest price.
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Re: Tips for selling on Ricardo

Based on my experience as a buyer:

* Try to sell damaged goods but don't specify any flaws in the description.
* Do also try to quote a postage cost in excess of the standard b-post cost.
* Also, if any buyer approaches you with an issue, ask them what do they expect - the item is not new.
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Top Tip .. Be prapared for the fees!

~10% of your sale.

Another Top Tip .. Try anibis first
Yes, I would second that.
Just got my Ricardo.ch invoice for 1 x 900chf sale. Specialist piece of kit so I needed to reach a big audience.
Their commission was 86chf. Wow.
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Re: Tips for selling on Ricardo

ricardo has some crazy deals on their sometimes.
picked up an xbox one s 500gb unopened that the guy had sitting in his apartment for a year for 100chf !

the advert was in english so maybe the guy thought he had a limited opportunity to sell it :S

pretty sure the guy could have sold it to a gamestop.ch store for more than I paid

My partner sometimes tries to sell stuff on their but doesn't have much luck.

recently she tried to sell loads of baby clothes for the second time, most look new still, she went to the effort of washing/ironing taking loads of pictures, organising them all in to bundles by size 0-3months etc and only managed to sell 2 of the bundles she did and made a whopping 86chf.

some of the items of clothing were really nice winter clothes that cost a fortune to buy brand new in shops as any of you with small children will know.


seems like a decent site to buy on but not so great to try and sell things
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Re: Tips for selling on Ricardo

For ads to sell children's goods, try www.liliput.ch.

Also, from what I hear from some busy young parents, they prefer not to spend their time using auctions, and therefore shop more on www.tutti.ch or www.anibis.ch (both with fixed prices).
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Re: Tips for selling on Ricardo

A while ago sold two cars using auction method in Auto-Ricardo.

I chose that method because I wanted to be certain that cars will be sold by a specified date. I trusted market forces will provide me a reasonable outcome, especially if I paid the extra better location for higher exposure.

The starting bid was very low in order to attract interest. I placed both cars at 10 CHF (yes, 10 Francs) initial price.

Good pics, all specified, invited for test drive during a specific date/time.
Both transactions turned out to be good for everyone involved. One car sold for little less than 6K CHF and the other one for little more than 12K CHF.

Meanwhile, I've noticed that Ricardo fees have gone up.
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Re: Tips for selling on Ricardo

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Based on my experience as a buyer:

* Try to sell damaged goods but don't specify any flaws in the description.
* Do also try to quote a postage cost in excess of the standard b-post cost.
* Also, if any buyer approaches you with an issue, ask them what do they expect - the item is not new.
This is my experience of ricardo.
Usually it's a single blurry photo with a one or two word description.
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This is my experience of ricardo.
Usually it's a single blurry photo with a one or two word description.
I find that private individuals selling their own stuff tend to be quite good with descriptions.. But "usiness sellers" or those with thousands of sales are worse, this one i was looking at tonight for example..

Overall i like it though.. I buy the kids ski gear on there, high quality stuff, use it for a season then sell it again and buy more.. Sometimes i get back more than i paid!
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