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Very happy to buy your antique corkscrew or if you
have a few, your collection of antique or vintage cork
screws.

Top prices paid!

Send a picture or two to:
ed@corkscrewcollecting.com

There is no doubt the ubiquitous website is difficult to
avoid. As much as collecting corkscrews, or collecting
anything for that matter can be addictive - ebay
definitely can be too.

If you're going to spend some of your hard earned
cash in your Cyber pockets buying corkscrews on ebay
then here are some buyers tips to help you.

  1. Inspect listings carefully & ask questions
  2. Be aware of fakes & reproductions. If you're
    unsure - don't bid.
  3. Pay by Paypal. This gives you buyer protection.
  4. Work out your bid & stick to it. I've watched
    hundreds of pieces sell on ebay for twice the
    true value or more. Don't fall into the over
    enthusiastic buyer trap.
  5. Bid at the end of the auction. This will avoid
    being outbid by chasing buyers.
  6. Use snipe software to block out other bidders.
    This software will bid on your behalf in the last
    few seconds. Many different companies offer this
    service - auctionsniper.com & justsnipe.com are
    two reliable snipe companies that I'd happily
    recommend.
  7. Build a rapport with the regular corkscrew
    sellers. They know what they are selling & will be
    honest with you. Effectively you'll get what you'll
    expect.
  8. This means be more cautious with other sellers
    that don't know corkscrews. They could say
    something is in excellent condition when they
    have little idea about what they actually have.
If you're contemplating selling a corkscrew on ebay & would prefer a quick &
easy deal at a fair price without the complications & uncertainty then feel free to
drop a line to Ed

ed@corkscrewcollecting.com
How about selling on ebay?

There is no doubt that ebay is a good route to market for whatever you might have to sell.
If you list a corkscrew without knowing what you have you will be pretty much be
guaranteed to get what it is worth, within the estimate low - high. Similar to an auctioneers
estimate band of low -high, every corkscrew worth anything has that band to. This is
dictated by dealers looking to buy at a price with a good potential profit & a keen buyer
who is prepared to pay a high price to add the piece to his or her the collection.

e.g.  Double lever corkscrew will make  £45 -70 Dealer £45, keen buyer £70.

On any given ebay day the price is different. If you listed the same piece 52 weeks of the
year, you'd get some incredible fluctuations & amongst the fluctuations there no doubt be
an extreme high & low. Unfortunately, there is no way of knowing when the extreme high will
come along. If we knew I guess we'd be sipping a Pina Colada right now somewhere hot &
tropical.
Corkscews on Ebay UK
Corkscrews on Ebay US
Tire Bouchon on Ebay France
You'll find corkscrews on Ebay in many different Countries. You can check out the other Country sites on any ebay home page.
For several years I sold multiple corkscrews on ebay. It worked well for me. I would typically list 20 - 30 items a
couple of times a month. I would start at a low price regardless of the piece, typically £4.99, roughly $7.50 & with no
reserve. I would list for a 10 day duration, starting the auctions on a Thursday night at around 7:00 p.m. GMT,
which would mean the auctions would end on a Sunday evening in the UK, early evening across Europe & late
afternoon in the States - times where I though a larger audience would see them on the final day. I would time the
listings so they finished precisely 1 minute after each other. I used large cropped pictures of each piece & I would
keep taking photographs until I was happy with the quality. I would show off a good piece, such as a Thomason with
maybe 8 -10 photographs. My postage cost was as low as possible & I would offer multiple postage discount too.
Some repeat buyers I offered repeat free postage to. I offered a no quibble money back guarantee.

Over the years I've spent hours listing corkscrews on ebay. I believe it's worth the effort to do it well but there is no
guarantee how the items will sell, all you are doing is giving yourself more of a chance of getting a higher return.
Many times I've spent ages listing a piece on ebay to see it sell for say, £50, when the next day, the same piece
sells on ebay with a dark, distant unclear photograph & a description of  "old corkscrew" for £100. It can drive you
mad!

As you would expect ebay has changed over the years. Some changes good, some bad & some ridiculous. In an
attempt to stamp out scammers the site now is very anonymous, where previously it was very transparent. It used to
be interesting to see who was bidding on particular pieces - you can't see now. You can however see who has won
if you've bid yourself on the same item, just as long as the auction wasn't categorised as private.

One last thing for sellers. When ebay bought Paypal they soon added both buyer & seller protection. A good idea!
However, sellers be aware, if you don't register the parcel you don't have a leg to stand on if the parcel doesn't
arrive. Prior to the change the vast majority of my parcels were mailed using standard mail via Royal Mail without a
hitch. When Paypal made the changes, three parcels I sent to France (twice) & Italy apparently didn't arrive.
Despite sending Paypal a proof of postage the payment was refunded to the three buyers directly from my Paypal
account & I lost the corkscrews too. Pretty hard to take. Probably the biggest reason for me not continuing to sell
regularly on ebay was the thought of having to register every single parcel & standing at the Post Office window for
ages while they processed my 20+ parcels.

I hope you find my ebay ramblings interesting. I don't claim to be an expert but I know the working pretty well. If you
decide to buy or sell I hope you have fun & enjoy yourself.

Below your direct links to corkscrews on Ebay UK, US & France.
Ebay...
It will be great to hear from you!
mrcorkscrew@corkscrewcollecting.com
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