hort.net Seasonal photo, (c) 2006 Christopher P. Lindsey, All Rights Reserved: do not copy
articles | gallery of plants | blog | tech blog | plant profiles | patents | mailing lists | top stories | links | shorturl service | tom clothier's archive0
Gallery of Plants
Tech Blog
Plant Profiles
Mailing Lists
    Search ALL lists
    Search help
    Subscription info
Top Stories
sHORTurl service
Tom Clothier's Archive
 Top Stories
New Trillium species discovered

Disease could hit Britain's trees hard

Ten of the best snowdrop cultivars

Plant protein database helps identify plant gene functions

Dendroclimatologists record history through trees

Potato beetle could be thwarted through gene manipulation

Hawaii expands coffee farm quarantine

Study explains flower petal loss

RSS story archive

Re: Uh Hi!>eBay

Hi David!  More later!
Re eBay & PayPal....
I'm a big fan of it (score 390, 100% positive) but you have to be smart about it. Yes there are fees, but you can build those costs into your auction price and shipping. Do your research first on these fees, figure out how much you need to get for the item to clear your costs and required profit. Then check around on eBay and elsewhere how much similar items are selling for. Especially important is to see how much interest there actually is in such an item and/or whether the venue is flooded with too much of the same thing.

I'm small, it is not a business. I just sell things I have. When I sell, I put 10 to 25 items on all in about a 5 hour span of time on one Sunday afternoon and let them run the week. Then I sell nothing the next week; I use that wk to get the money in, the pkgs out, and to avoid overlap which causes some people to delay payment.

I accept nothing but PayPal. Yes, there are fees, but I work that into my price. I require people to pay w/in 5 days. With PayPal, there are few headaches. The money is there the instant they pay, none of this silliness of watching for when a check clears. In my auctions I make sure prospective buyers know that they don't have to have a PayPal account, they can pay by check or creditcard via PayPal. Yes, you do have to wait for these e-checks to clear, but PP sends you a notification when it does & your eBay summary also reflects the change when it clears.

I know of people who say they have tried to sell on eBay, but didn't get any bids. I always sell at least half the items I post, usually more like 80%, sometimes everything. Some of the success has to do with the items I post, the techniques I use, other reasons.

I think if you want to try eBay, give it a shot. Do your homework, and don't invest too much until you see how it goes. If you'd like other thoughts I have about it let me know.

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: "David Franzman" <dfranzma@pacbell.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2008 7:01 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Uh Hi!

Hi Daryl

Thanks for the welcome. Here's my two cents on Ebay. It's deceptively
expensive. Especially if you use PayPal. Be careful with it and watch
your pennies. We did well on it...I think in one year we had around 300
positive feedback and 0 negatives but the Ebay fees ate up a lot of


----- Original Message ----
From: Daryl <pulis@mindspring.com>
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2008 3:36:36 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Uh Hi!

Welcome back, David!

Sorry about the business, but when it's too much work, and not much fun,
it's time. I decided when I was about 50 that doing it all wasn't an option.
I still loved the retail end, so worked during the season selling and
designing on the spot.
When my knees gave out, I started growing again, but mostly 4" annuals and
gallon tomatoes, plus some unusual perennials.  I don't think I'll do
anything this year with the drought, though I renewed my license.

I've thought about selling tomato transplants on EBay, but I've never sold
anything there before. It's a big investment in growing supplies for
somebody who knows diddly about the on-line selling process.

----- Original Message ----- From: "David Franzman" <dfranzma@pacbell.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2008 6:08 PM
Subject: [CHAT] Uh Hi!

Well it's been a long time hasn't it? It's like old home week when I got
home today and saw all of these emails from folks I have always cared
for so much. Almost like going back in time. I want to say hello to
everybody on the list and I have missed all of you.

I did close down my business this year after 8 years because the rising
cost of energy was just making it so it wasn't worth it anymore. We sold
out every year but without a lot of money to increase our size I was
working about 3 months for the energy companies. Besides I have to tell
you that I am tired...so was Linda. I ain't as young as I used to be. We
did good though! It was a great ride and we have appreciative customers
all over the world. Pretty amazing. Now if anybody so much as whispers
hibiscus I'll have to kick them in the shin! Just kidding Cathy, I'm
happy to answer anybodies questions to the best of my ability. I still
bow to the greater knowledge that is present on this list.

So, howdy!  Hope you are all well.


To sign-off this list, send email to majordomo@hort.net with the

To sign-off this list, send email to majordomo@hort.net with the

No virus found in this incoming message.
Checked by AVG Free Edition.
Version: 7.5.516 / Virus Database: 269.19.10/1240 - Release Date: 1/23/2008 5:47 PM

To sign-off this list, send email to majordomo@hort.net with the

  • References:
    • Re: Uh Hi!
      • From: David Franzman <dfranzma@pacbell.net>

Other Mailing lists | Author Index | Date Index | Subject Index | Thread Index

 © 1995-2017 Mallorn Computing, Inc.All Rights Reserved.
Our Privacy Statement