Wednesday, September 12, 2007

A guide to selling postcards on eBay

eBay Powerseller and guru Skip McGrath comes out with a newsletter every month at his website. This month he talked about something that looks very appealing to me, selling vintage postcards on eBay.

Skip writes that:

Old or vintage postcards are one of the best-selling and potentially most profitable collectibles to sell on eBay. But not just any old postcard --there is just ONE postcard type that virtually anyone can sell, without experience, without prior knowledge and without risk. This one postcard type regularly breaks auction prices, rarely goes unsold, can be picked up for pennies and uploaded to eBay in three minutes flat.

They call this type of postcard 'topographical' and they depict known geographical locations, such as towns and cities, small villages and hamlets, in the US, UK and many other countries. Topographical postcards are hugely popular and highly collectible, and they can be bought for under a dollar at auctions, flea markets, garage sales, estate sales, thrift shops and even on eBay itself.

They can be resold for ten, twenty, sometimes hundreds of times the price you paid. And they are collected all over the world. You can sell cards to buyers in almost any country including the US, UK, Canada, Germany, India, Australia, Ireland, and Japan.

Skip is a great source of information, and wrote a great book about selling on eBay that I highly recommend, you can find more information about him on my sidebar link.

Anyway, back to the postcards. A book was recently written about selling them by Avril Harper. She is a triple eBay PowerSeller and author of BANK BIG PROFITS SELLING VINTAGE TOPOGRAPHICAL VIEW POSTCARDS ON EBAY. If this sounds interesting to you, you should read more about it at Avril's Website

I can't wait to get a scanner so I can start selling postcards too. It looks to be much easier and more profitable than selling jeans on eBay.

1 comment:

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