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I've been listing books for sale on eBay for the last several weeks, always using the "7 days" interval for length of auction.

But with Christmas (and then New Years) sitting like inconvenient elephants in everyone's browsing time, I'm tempted to try a few at the "3 days" interval instead.

Do you think the interval makes a big difference to the interest (and therefore sale price)? Do you think it's just silly to be listing things right now anyway?

The majority of the books that I'd like to get moved out of here don't go for much in the collectibles market, but it seems a waste to let them go for 10 cents each (if that) at the used book store.

At least I'm getting to see the folks at the Post Office more often!


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Dec. 19th, 2010 07:57 pm (UTC)
For people like me, who use the technology to do automated searches and alert me when something is posted, I don't think that the time of auction matters.

For other folks that just browse when they feel like it, the 7 day is slightly better as it gives more time to be found.

I'm not sure if either will overcome the simple fact that over the holidays, people are busy so you have fewer visitors. I wouldn't be surprised if there were generally lower prices for similar items over the holidays vs other times of the year.
Dec. 19th, 2010 10:37 pm (UTC)
For me, there's the balance between probably (but not necessarily) lower sales prices because other people are too busy, and the fact that I have almost nothing going on this holiday so I have more spare time than usual.

Also pushing me along is that this extra time on my hands has resulted in moving some bookcases around, which triggers looking through everything that was on it, and decided I really didn't need to keep every single thing I have.

Also, also, there's some small chance that we may need to move, and I most seriously do not want to have to move all of this at once. Much better to get batches of it shipped out now.
Dec. 19th, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)
I don't think the time matters much either. I have always used 7 days, but I doubt it matters. I hardly ever have anyone even view the item for the first few days unless it's unique, so clearly the 3 day option would be just as good. Since eBay lists auctions that are going to end soon first, unless you have a unique item, few people will drill past pages of items to find yours.
Dec. 19th, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC)
I think in the past I've always used 7 days because it was the cheapest (no extra fee). But for this month at least, it looks like 3 days is also free. So I'm going to try some of that.
Dec. 19th, 2010 10:25 pm (UTC)
If your regulars check your page every week, 3 days might not be a good idea, but I'd be surprised of eBay gives you that sort of traffic information.
Dec. 19th, 2010 10:40 pm (UTC)
I don't think I've been listing things often enough to have regulars, but eBay does indeed tell you how many people are "watching" your auction. Not who, but how many is all you really need to get a feel for it anyway.
Dec. 20th, 2010 01:00 am (UTC)
There's an O'Reilly book called, I think, "E-bay Hacks". I've read it and I think it says some stuff about this - unfortunately, I can't remember what!
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