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Old 04-11-2017, 10:19 AM
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I have a number of high dollar autographed baseballs, that I'm thinking about selling. I usually sell on eBay with decent results. I decided to look into selling via an auction house, as I see sometimes they will get higher dollar values compared to eBay. However, I had no idea that they charge a sellers fee of 15%. So here's my question, what is the advantage of selling via an auction house? The final prices are not that much higher than eBay and the commission is higher. If you look at the bottom line, eBay seems like a better deal. Plus, I have to cover authentication fees or any other incidental charges. Just the same as eBay. Am I missing something?
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Old 04-11-2017, 10:37 AM
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The BST here is the best deal....
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Old 04-11-2017, 11:33 AM
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I still don't understand why an auction house would charge a sellers fee on top of the buyer premium. It's double dipping.
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Old 04-11-2017, 12:29 PM
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Depending on how high the value of your collection is you should be able to negotiate and waive the seller's fee, and possibly keep a percentage of the buyers premium. Individual auction house policies on that may vary, but go with the one you feel will give you the best return. And as someone else mentioned it doesn't hurt to list here. No fees at all.
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Old 04-11-2017, 04:37 PM
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I still don't understand why an auction house would charge a sellers fee on top of the buyer premium. It's double dipping.
They charge it because they can get away with it.
It was not that many years ago that there was no buyers fee.
Christie's & Sotheby's, those paragons of virtue, started the buyers fee.
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Old 04-11-2017, 06:30 PM
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A lot of the legit auction houses will reduce or do away with with sellers premium, or pay you to have certain items in an auction. Just depends how much attention they believe an item will draw. Just don't settle with what's stated online, negotiate.
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Whenever I began to sell parts of my collection I negotiated my sellers premium with the 2 AHs I use no matter if I send them 1 item or 10 items . They also pay for the grading and LOAs and photographing/ listing fees ( one AH charges a fee for photographing and listing per item on top of sellers fee ), so I have no out of pocket expenses.
For me it is a no stress deal.
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Old 04-11-2017, 08:07 PM
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They charge it because they can get away with it.
It was not that many years ago that there was no buyers fee.
Christie's & Sotheby's, those paragons of virtue, started the buyers fee.
i can remember bidding in auctions 25 years ago and paying a 10% buyers premium. i'm not sure what the definition of "not that many" is.
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Old 04-12-2017, 08:10 AM
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I don't have a problem with buyer premiums really but to charge the seller too for generating the buyer premium seems out of order.
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Old 04-12-2017, 11:46 PM
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After you pay eBay's basic listing fees, final value fees, PayPal fees and such, you'll see it all adds up. If you set a reserve, it jumps even more. The differences between eBay's fees and the AH fees can be very minimal if you negotiate properly.

Plus, you won't have the worries of doing the write-ups, uploading photos, dealing with unfounded disputes and deadbeat buyers. To me, the auction houses are just easier and better. EBay's only real advantage is the speed in which you get paid. But to each his own
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