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February 16th, 2010 (09:42 pm)
distressed

current mood: distressed

Sick and tired of being sick and tired.

I have a sinus infection and have been home two days with it. Thought I had a bad flu Monday. Got drugs from the doc today.

I CANNOT afford to miss more work.

I go to the rheumo tomorrow and I've spent this evening writing up all the hell I went through during January with the smoke poisoning, Prednisone hell and all the reactions I got from it and the withdrawal problems, and finally moving to the smoke-free apt next door.

The meetup Saturday helped my dolly deprivation a little. I definitely MISS them.

House-hunting is fucking DEPRESSING. Looking at all my credit card debt and knowing if I didn't have it we COULD afford the kind of house we really WANT makes it doubly depressing.

The only doll worth selling in this current doll economy is my Hound. In a perfect economy, if I sold all my dolls at the prices I originally paid for them and all their clothes I know I still couldn't pay off my debts.

Note to those who are just starting their credit card trek - PAY them off every month if you can. You have to have credit cards to build a good history but watch yourselves.

I stopped using a credit card for dolls some time ago, taking it out of my checking account instead. My debt is from other things besides my first few dolls.

I give too much away. I need to start selling stuff to people instead of just passing them on with a smile. But that's not my way.

eBay intimidates me with all their nickel and dime-ing fees or I would have tried to sell things there a long time ago. Is there a way to put images on eBay via a third party like Photobucket? Is it better to do a store than item-by-item and does it cost more initially to do that? What kind of alternatives are out there to sell different things?

Sorry, I need to stop thinking now and watch cute guys ice-skating instead.

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Posted by: Dnce (starshipangels)
Posted at: February 17th, 2010 04:03 am (UTC)
boxie hearts

I hope you feel better soon! *hugs*

I wish I could sell my dolls at least at somewhat around the price of what I paid for them, but I guess the economy is really, really bad. I'm personally very dishearten... I don't recommend eBay to anyone for buying or selling, I had a very very bad experience long time ago & don't use the site since. DoA's MP is ok. You could try Etsy, I think its user friendly, listing fees are not that bad.

Posted by: onnas_baka_gaki (onnas_baka_gaki)
Posted at: February 17th, 2010 05:49 am (UTC)
Hands - Shuichi and Eiri

I thought Etsy was for homemade items only, at least that's what I read there.

I need to get rid of doujinshi, jewelry I didn't make and other things, too.

I know I won't sell my dolls or doll clothing on eBay! Better on the DoA marketplace, or with locals, or post something here.

Posted by: Dnce (starshipangels)
Posted at: February 17th, 2010 06:15 pm (UTC)

I've seen barbies & household stuff & other things that aren't handmade, maybe you can try selling the small stuff there ^^

Posted by: Lisa (mew_risachan)
Posted at: February 17th, 2010 04:25 am (UTC)

Regarding Ebay, yes you can use third party photo sites like Photobucket. Also, I'm not totally sure, but I -think- the first pic you use is free (they changed things recently, I don't know if that's true anymore).

(Going off of what my mom has told me about Ebay) I don't think a store would be beneficial to you. It sounds like you'll just be selling individual dolls/items, not really opening up a business. Here's a page about costs (not sure if everything is up-to-date, but helpful nonetheless): http://www.allbusiness.com/sales/internet-ebay-selling/3257-1.html
With a store you can list an item and leave it there for ages. The rate is cheaper to have something listed for a long time, but if you're selling dolls you probably won't need that (unless you anticipate the dolls all taking a long time to sell). For business sellers, a store makes it easy for people to find you again and helps build up a clientele.

Posted by: Lisa (mew_risachan)
Posted at: February 17th, 2010 04:38 am (UTC)

Oh, also, I personally like Ebay. It opens up alot more options for buying/selling like how you pay, how safe you are when you make a purchase, and who you can buy from.

My mom mostly deals in (real) jewelry so her customers are normally older and more mature. The amount of problems you could have will depend partially on the type & age of the people that your items attract.
My mom has had over 760 transactions, with, on her part, 100% positive feedback. She said that since she opened her shop she's only had two difficult transactions, which were more time-consuming than they were hard to deal with.

Posted by: onnas_baka_gaki (onnas_baka_gaki)
Posted at: February 17th, 2010 05:55 am (UTC)
Eiri

I buy there. It's daunting to sell there. Thanks for the tips!

Posted by: onnas_baka_gaki (onnas_baka_gaki)
Posted at: February 17th, 2010 05:54 am (UTC)
megane - Ki

Thanks for the info!

Posted by: kerikochan (kerikochan)
Posted at: February 17th, 2010 04:49 am (UTC)
Cain

Have you thought about using DoA or LJ communities to sell various things? No fees there other than paypal.

Perhaps go through old doll stuff and sell off the stuff you don't use anymore. We can have a local doll market of our own! ^_^

Posted by: onnas_baka_gaki (onnas_baka_gaki)
Posted at: February 17th, 2010 06:02 am (UTC)
Sharp-Dressed Man: Hatori

I want to dump most of my doujinshi. You saw the amount of boxes I have - ugh!

I wonder if getting a dealer's table at one of the cons would help me get rid of that stuff, especially if I sell it real cheap. Most of the anime collectables (most dbz) I had I've already given away. I figure I can't sell doujinshi or manga in any Artist's Alley since I didn't do the art.

Yeah, a local doll market is a good idea. I know I DON'T want to swap stuff. I'll need dollars, sadly.

Posted by: kerikochan (kerikochan)
Posted at: February 17th, 2010 06:09 pm (UTC)

you can sell your doujinshi on japan garage sales LJ community!

As for doll stuffs, just mention you don't want trades. I'm sure loads of locals (self included) would hop at the chance to see what you're selling. ^_^

Posted by: kyrenea (kyrenea)
Posted at: February 17th, 2010 05:52 am (UTC)

I would also suggest using DoA or a LJ community. You have to worry about PayPal fees, but not other fees.

As Keriko mentioned, maybe we could find a way to arrange a community market/swap meet. Something along the lines that a few of the larger BJD communities host...almost like a mini convention, but just the artist alley portion.

If you still have some cosplay/costume items, I could list them at the TMCC boards for you.

I hope you get to feeling better. Hugs.

Posted by: onnas_baka_gaki (onnas_baka_gaki)
Posted at: February 17th, 2010 06:09 am (UTC)
Hug - Eiri and Shuichi

Can't do DOA with doujinshi, sadly.

I know you seem to know everything (LOL!), so I'm thinking I can't sell yaoi and gag doujinshi I didn't draw in Artist's Alley. I'd have to get a Dealer's booth, correct?

No costume stuff at the moment.

The market thing/mini con could work but it would be nice to get more exposure than just the locals. Is this something we could do during a con (maybe a sales panel?) or would they frown on this?

Posted by: kyrenea (kyrenea)
Posted at: February 17th, 2010 02:47 pm (UTC)

I would start by looking for an LJ community, or another on-line no cost source, to list the non doll related items. Most people who do this will put a post in their own journal listing all the items.

On etsy, you can post finished items as well as supplies - at least you could post supplies in the past. But you have fees.

If you have books, manga and dvds - you can use half.com. I love half.com - there is one shelf on the bookcase in the office dedicated to the things I have listed there. You can leave them as long as you like, you just need to add new stock or adjust prices 1x every 72 days. Again with fees.

If you needed help with getting your doll items up on DoA, I'd volunteer to come over and help. Technically you shouldn't use flickr, but I know people who sell through flickr.

Anything you have anime related, I can post up on TMCC. My SPAM thread there needs to be reworked anyhow.

For the mini-con thing, it most likely would only draw locals and other people w/in Texas. You might get some out-of-towners who could drive in for the day. Kinda like the community garage sales you see where people pay $10-$20 for an area to set-up shop for the day. I'd be happy to look into places we could rent and then pass on the rental fee to people wanting booths by charging for the space. But that wouldn't be a quick solution.

Speaking of garage sales - Euless lets me have 2 a year and I usually do one in March...I always invite friends down to peedle their stuff. You're welcome to a table in my driveway or front yard if you had things you thought would be of interest. I've sold a ton of anime, NewType mags, manga, old posters, Gundam figures...so many things. We have a healthy supply of tweens and teens in the area.

Posted by: keeley_keena (keeley_keena)
Posted at: February 18th, 2010 06:04 pm (UTC)
laruku yuki (by icontemplation)

I'm so SORRY to hear that you are sick yet again. Bless your heart . . . it's just seems to be on going, huh?

Basically I've not been well since October . . . January was the flu, and I just found out from the doctor I have chronic bronchitis, . . . so I can definitely sympathize.

Be well!! *hugs*

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