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A trap for young pups.

I am new to eBay and am trying to learn the ropes as an auctioneer. Selling is nothing new to me. I was selling newspapers at eight years of age, spruiking at the market at fourteen, and now carrying over that experience plus a lifetime of learning to auctioning on eBay. It doesn't matter what I auction, I am only comfortable to sell within the bounds of my knowledge.

Luckily for me, I have a broad general knowledge. Honesty is also extremely important, to me in any case. I have worked professionally as an electronics technician in th film and television industries, as a semi-professional musician, actor, writer, and have studied electronics, music, theatre and literature at tertiary level. This helps when I come to describing items and communicating with bidders; honesty in combination with knowledge means you generally get an answer you can trust.

This is because I am genuinely interested in market value. I am also committed to keeping the customer happy, the owner happy (when that's a third party), and lastly content within myself. I like to sleep soundly at night. If I don't know the answer I'll simply tell you something like; Good question! Have to look into that one. Could be a bit difficult but I'll try....etc.

I have no idea what other sellers do. Have they ever read a book? Studied literature, poetry, philosophy and theatre? Did they do well? (I have 1st class honours and post grad diplomas, research, etc.). Why wont they sell at ninety nine cents? What are they scared of?

Well, that's a rhetorical question. Of course, they're scared that what they sell may not be worth what they think it is. I found this out the hard way at my first auction, and why I am now so curious, not to the price of anything, but to the value of everything. I don't decide the final price; it's out of my hands.

But I know my books, music and art. I choose carefully when I buy. I have an educated  eye, and sense of touch. I know the authors, publishers, songwriters, poets, painters thank to some very good teachers. If you're looking for a bargain, sure shop around, I do. Trouble is, if you don't know what you're buying you may also pay too much.

Or instead, you an just let an  me do the shopping for you and only ever pay market value! Nothing more and nothing less, guaranteed!






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