Best time to finish auction on Ebay if selling a guitar?

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Guilt has consumed me too much into buying an unnecessary guitar, with having a bunch that are untouched. I just want to know what is the best time to end an auction so that it is most profitable? Im also thinking of selling a JCM 900. Thanks
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  • John_PJohn_P Frets: 1934
    edited December 2
    Advertise them here if you need to sell them.  

    If you decide to use eBay then I prefer a buy it now with offers but if I do an auction I set it to finish mid evening when people will find it easy to be online - sun or mid week evenings are usually good - plenty of pics and description and you’ll usually find a decent piece.  
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  • crunchmancrunchman Frets: 4065
    Best time to finish it is before you start the auction.  I wouldn't sell a guitar on EBay.

    Unless you are desperate for cash quickly, you will probably get the most money by selling on consignment in a shop.  If you sell on Ebay, you will lose 13% or so in their fees plus Paypal fees.  Charlie Chandler charges 18% commission on consignment sales, and he will get a lot more for it than you will be able to get on Ebay. It will more than make up for the 5% difference in fees.
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  • thermionicthermionic Frets: 5090
    Not December.
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  • mixolydmixolyd Frets: 346
    This has been studied and written about you can just google it, the answer is Sunday evening.  You get hammered by eBay fees pus PayPal fees though.  If you do sell on eBay rather than here then look out for a £1 final value fee promotion there come along every few weeks of late.
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  • WhitecatWhitecat Frets: 2034
    I only list on eBay during £1 FVF promos. Can be worth it. Best day of the week to end is apparently Thursday... but that’s statistically “in general” and not guitars per se. 
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  • JezWyndJezWynd Frets: 2581
    Avoid Saturday evening. Sunday evening seems to be a good time ime. Might be best to go with a Buy it Now type listing, perhaps with the option to receive offers (you can specify that offers below a certain figure, which you determine, are automatically rejected).
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  • Thanks Guys. I did Google, and found lots of stuff but wanted to get a heads up specifically on guitars - though may not be a major difference. Ooops, missed the £1 FVF by 1 minute. How did that happen? Yes, I will take your advice and hold on till next year unless I change my mind. When is the post Christmas dip likely to wind up and be a good month to sell again?
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  • mark123mark123 Frets: 301
    Thanks Guys. I did Google, and found lots of stuff but wanted to get a heads up specifically on guitars - though may not be a major difference. Ooops, missed the £1 FVF by 1 minute. How did that happen? Yes, I will take your advice and hold on till next year unless I change my mind. When is the post Christmas dip likely to wind up and be a good month to sell again?
    i think the £1 fvf ends tonight 23.59pm 
    i may be wrong
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  • mark123mark123 Frets: 301
    just cut and pasted from hot uk deals so offer ends monday night 23.59

    Valid from Friday 30th November 2018 00:00:01 until Monday 3rd December 2018 23:59:59. Maximum fee per sold listing. Applies to final value fees on up to 100 listings. No insertion fees apply. Item must sell within the first listing period. Private sellers only. T&Cs apply.

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  • usedtobeusedtobe Frets: 2622
    Great username, btw!
     so if you fancy a reissue of a guitar they never made in a colour they never used then it probably isn't too overpriced.

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  • clarkefanclarkefan Frets: 474
    Do for deals apply to buy it now listings, or is it just for auctions?
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  • robertyroberty Frets: 666
    clarkefan said:
    Do for deals apply to buy it now listings, or is it just for auctions?
    Sold a few things with BIN and £1FVF
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  • Treewig1Treewig1 Frets: 92
    edited December 3
    I’ve had a lot of eBay success. I always go Buy it Now or best offer, over 30 days and using the £1 deal.
     I recently listed 15 guitar-related things (here and on eBay) and sold 12 through eBay within 9 days.
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  • Sell today, zero percent fee promo ending this evening. 3.4% PayPal but you can ask for cash on collection, which avoids hassle.
    Make sure it sells within 30 days and you won't pay fees, under their terms and conditions.

    Don't do an auction, do a buy it now with offers - and doesn't really matter when you start or end it, if you do that. 

    If you really want to do an auction, then end it on Sunday evening at 7-9pm.
    That's when internet traffic across the UK is at its highest. 

    Alternatively list it on here :-) 
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  • The best without a doubt is payday, list it so it ends when people are flush. For example, people get paid the week before Christmas then January is a 5 week months so people the week before payday in January are broke, pubs, restaurants etc are all quiet for the love of god don't end it then. If you've got a pocket full off cash over January and people are desperate there are some baragins to be had.
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  • fretfinderfretfinder Frets: 2221
    usedtobe said:
    Great username, btw!
    Yeah, he’s probably thin and a really nice bloke!  :)
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  • DB1DB1 Frets: 683
    Yes, the £1 offer end tonight at midnight. It's unlikely that I'd use eBay other than the £1 offer, but I've found that it's easily the best source of sales. Yes, you have kiss a few frogs to find a prince, but if you can cope with that, it's OK. It's like that everywhere, to be fair, but eBay seems to offer a wider audience than anywhere else. Gumtree is worth a go, and I've sold a few through there, but that seems to have dried up a lot recently.

    I have a few that I'm listing before midnight, but not sure which ones I want to sell (I'm only selling because I have an 'incoming' before Christmas)  so I'll just see what the level of interest is first and then withdraw the ones that I don't really want to sell. I only need to sell one really and am a terrible seller, as I will only deal face to face, which means a few miles, but it's worked fine so far.

    I only do the 'buy it now, with best offer' generally, but when I've put things up for auction I've found that listing a week before pay day helps and a Sunday or weekday mid-evening finish helps.
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  • usedtobe said:
    Great username, btw!
    Yeah, he’s probably thin and a really nice bloke!  :)
    Actually you are in the right direction on the former, while the latter is more subjective. I have been able to bulk up (in a bad way) very rapidly due to my fondness for cakes and alcohol at various times in the past. No one would think I'm particularly heavy now, but nicknames tend to stick.
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  • robgilmorobgilmo Frets: 1730
    The item you are selling will dictate the target audience, a guitar? I try to do it at the last week of the month ending on a Friday tea time, or shortly after tea, Friday is the end of the week, people are happiest, possibly drunk and more inclined to put their hand in their pockets. Too late on Friday and your targets will be in the pub.
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  • Try to end it Sunday approx 6:30-7pm. Early enough so it’s after Sunday roast, not too late so everyone is in bed prepping for the week ahead.

    Being a Sunday evening, most people are at home.

    I can’t find the link/source but there was a study done on this (albeit not guitar related) but the best time to end any general eBay auction is Wednesday evening or Sunday evening. 

    FWIW I reckon Friday night is the worst possible time, unless you strike it lucky with a drunk
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  • hootsmonhootsmon Frets: 9307
    edited December 5
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    tae be or not tae be
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  • robgilmorobgilmo Frets: 1730
    Try to end it Sunday approx 6:30-7pm. Early enough so it’s after Sunday roast, not too late so everyone is in bed prepping for the week ahead.

    Being a Sunday evening, most people are at home.

    I can’t find the link/source but there was a study done on this (albeit not guitar related) but the best time to end any general eBay auction is Wednesday evening or Sunday evening. 

    FWIW I reckon Friday night is the worst possible time, unless you strike it lucky with a drunk
    Its always worked for me, Sunday maybe if you are selling a lawn mower or walking aid.
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  • robgilmo said:
    Try to end it Sunday approx 6:30-7pm. Early enough so it’s after Sunday roast, not too late so everyone is in bed prepping for the week ahead.

    Being a Sunday evening, most people are at home.

    I can’t find the link/source but there was a study done on this (albeit not guitar related) but the best time to end any general eBay auction is Wednesday evening or Sunday evening. 

    FWIW I reckon Friday night is the worst possible time, unless you strike it lucky with a drunk
    Its always worked for me, Sunday maybe if you are selling a lawn mower or walking aid.
    And I don’t doubt that. Reality is any evening is a good bet. Just don’t end your auction at 9am. 
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  • RandallFlaggRandallFlagg Frets: 5921
    John_P said:
    Advertise them here if you need to sell them.  

    If you decide to use eBay then I prefer a buy it now with offers but if I do an auction I set it to finish mid evening when people will find it easy to be online - sun or mid week evenings are usually good - plenty of pics and description and you’ll usually find a decent piece.  
    In my experience high end gear isn't easy to sell on here at all.

    Michael Fish is God

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  • TheMarlinTheMarlin Frets: 1477
    List Thursday, around 8pm for 10 days.  Potential buyers have two weekends to see the auction.  
    Should get you the best buying price.  

    But....then.... there is PayPal and auction fees, plus dodgy buyers out to scam sellers...and get something for nothing. People who will
    destroy an item to get their money back. Rare, but it happens....

    Personally, I think it’s a crazy risk to sell on EBay these days. 
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 33966
    Cut out the middleman - box the guitar up, drive your car over it a few times, then draw the equivalent amount of money out of the bank and set fire to it. That covers most of the possible outcomes.
    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone."
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  • DB1DB1 Frets: 683
    edited December 6
    TheMarlin said:
    List Thursday, around 8pm for 10 days.  Potential buyers have two weekends to see the auction.  
    Should get you the best buying price.  

    But....then.... there is PayPal and auction fees, plus dodgy buyers out to scam sellers...and get something for nothing. People who will
    destroy an item to get their money back. Rare, but it happens....

    Personally, I think it’s a crazy risk to sell on EBay these days. 
    I have to say, with certain caveats, eBay seems to be by far the most effective place to sell. I'd go along with all the above though, so I just take advantage of the £1 offers, and only sell face to face, and don't do PayPal. It sometimes means travelling, but if you get to speak with, or message, the buyer/seller first, then you tend to get a 'feel' for the person that you're selling to. It obviously depends on the value of the stuff you're selling, as to whether all of the above is worth it, but I tend to buy and sell a lot, having only lately got into playing with any seriousness and trying to make up for lost time!

    The other 'plus' in doing that is that you get to meet a nice bunch of like-minded idiots. 


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  • ModellistaModellista Frets: 944
    Ending on Friday at pub time is the best time! People are merry, have their phone on them, aren’t being distracted by wife and kids... perfect. 
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  • ModellistaModellista Frets: 944
    Have those that don’t like eBay actually had the bad experiences they talk about or is it just hearsay?
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  • paddybpaddyb Frets: 29
    edited December 6
    Time the end just after pay day for most people and wait for one of £1 max fee offers which seem to be pretty frequent these days
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