here's the thing I sell on eBay. and yes I do both buy it now
and auctions .now e bay is a divisive
with the majority of complaints being about high buy it now prices.
well my take is this .if I list a miniature I have to consider that a
big dealer will buy it and relist it a a higher price. for me
personally I want my items going to people who will actually use and
paint up the figure .and not go to a e bay scalpers. so let me break
down how I prepare items for sale .
miniature is stripped of paint and checked for damage
then identify the miniature
pictures are then taken
using the sold listings feature I then price the item when doing this
I ignore buy it now prices.
all this I then list the item
I am lucky and the item sells I have to package the item and post it
after all this I then have e bay and PayPal take their cut (roughly
15% of the sold price)
why do I go to all the effort why do I not just photograph the
figures and list them well the answer is simple I care . I want my
buyers to be able to open a package prep the figure undercoat and
ready to go.
annoys me is sellers that put no effort into there listing its not
hard to to strip a miniatures not hard to identify a figure either
.but so many sellers just don't put the effort in.
I greedy ?.no far from it I am happy to consider offers (just don't
take the piss)
see its a double edged sword yes I make money selling miniatures but
I also am a collector and painter my self
like to think my time is worth it.
moving on to scenery and terrain
of you may be aware that I build and sell terrain also .these items
take time to make plus I have my materials cost to factor in as well
.so how do I figure out a fair price .again sold listings I compare
similar sold items to mine and price accordingly .all scenery
listings have a buy it now or best offer
again I am happy to consider offers. so let me ask you would you take
a cut in your wages. would you consider it acceptable bearing
in mind you have invested time and money training to be able to do
your job. well here's the thing I have spent over five years taking
courses in various art and design courses my qualifications are below
1st diploma in art and design
level 2 carpentry and joinery
fine art sculpture
to mention skills and techniques that I have developed and
learnt from various jobs I have held (mostly building trade)
you can see I have the skills I have invested time and money honing
those skills so I can make and produce items that can be unpacked and
used straight away from the box .I think I offer these items at a
fair price considering my investment in time and money.
don't know maybe my items are rubbish maybe I am overcharging .who
knows at the minute I feel like I am banging my head against a brick
I don't want to come across as ranting disgruntled e bay seller
to me it just seems that people would rather buy some rubbish mdf kit
of a building than a hand crafted unique item.
what are your thoughts . I am throwing this out to you guys I really
would love to hear your thoughts on this .
if you have made it this far thank you for reading this
promise normal service will resume on the next post
if by any chance you want to buy an item send me a message .and for
the record anybody wanting an item gets a 15% discount on the listed
e bay price or you can make me an offer thanks
well I have not posted for a bit and I did promise to myself I would .
but I have not been idle. i have just finished some more bits of scenery. i have been the recipient of all
sorts of odds and sods for making scenery. mainly because over the years I have slowly brainwashed nearly every body I know to be on the look out for bits that I can use for example this piece. the main ruins are an old fish tank ornament with some small foam additions a few plastic plants .and the usual sand and flock..
and I have a new tool to my arsenal .what is it you may ask ? that's right a hot glue gun. well what can I say I bloody love it I have become a hot glue addict lol .my previous choice of glue was pva. now don't get me wrong p.v.a is good but the bloody drying time is a joke .glue something then wait overnight for it to dry it sent me nuts. but now I can glue with out waiting for hours before I can work on the piece again.
anyway enough of my waffle here s the pics but if you don't have a hot glue gun then get one you wont regret it ( just don't touch the hot end) kind regards kat
just a quick post .more scenery i am afraid.i recently have started
building scenery to sell.and have finally gotten my arse into gear and actually started to shift some bits.so i guess this post is also an advert for my business as well.so what am i selling ?.
well the answer to that is simple what do you want to buy.you see i don't really talk about my personal life i figure you don't want to hear that.quite simply i love to the point of obsession building small things .i remember being bored at my Granny's and making things out of match box's .i was most happy at school in the junk box making blue peter specials.in short this obsession led to miniatures..and miniatures led to scenery.i find there is something nice about a fully set up table that adds an extra level of immersion to the game .i recently read a post on seans wargames corner about unpainted figures in a game.in a way i think the same about scenery i can never understand why you would spend hours painting miniatures only to then play them on a piece of lino with some m.d.f boxes stuck on top.i think good scenery makes a game .and good scenery is out there .or you could go the commission route.i think its fair to say we all have a dream board or table that one certain scenario you have always wanted to try that one particular building you have always imagined.
well look no further
normal service will now resume
so before i pack it and send it some pics of the stilted mansion
i see this as a dwarf out post building built high on top a rock it can keep a lookout for raiders and attackers.
a few hours to spare last night so put the finishing touches to my
other unit of undead .another sixty zombies I call the wolfsbach
butchers. the banner is an attempt to do some freehand which is
something I really need to practice also made a unit filler just for
the fun of it .doing the gore effects on the unit filler was great
fun .I used uhu glue and paint for the blood and gore and pink
painted string to make ropes of entrails to dangle about the place.