On Monday, March 20th of 2017, my wife and I will be relaunching our Etsy shop. The newly renamed shop is called The Multiverse Market. I have to say that we are pretty excited about this. This time it’s just for fun, not because we have to sell/buy/sell 😉
Misty was diagnosed with Lyme’s disease which prevented her from performing her job as a Dental Assistant, and I made some bad decisions about moving to another part of the country to take on a task that I had no idea how to do. Eventually we moved back to the West Coast, where we belonged. We found Etsy about a year after I lost my final contract job, and in the horrible job market things were looking pretty bleak. We were living with my parents in California at the time. We still had a bit of inherited things from Grandparents who had passed away, along with all of our stuff that we had been hauling around from state to state. There were things that I really didn’t wish to part with, in fact I have recently gone out of my way to replace some of those pieces.
Long story short, Misty is still sick but creating some really nice jewelry pieces, while I am gainfully employed in a field that is almost exactly where I want to be. I’ve switched my collecting focus to, primarily, Vintage Star Wars. I am still very opened to other things but having a focus saves on space and money.
On our shop, you’ll find some of Misty’s designs and my collection overflow. For my part, I am liquidating the items that I no longer want or have too many of. Our prices are not sky high like some sellers who fervently believe that “Star Wars + [insert age of piece here] = $$$“. I use Star Wars as an example, I will be selling various lines. We price competitively, and calculate actual cost of shipping (even factoring in the cost of any shipping material that is not recycled, we will be a lot cheaper that that seller who charges $13 for anything over 8 oz. You know that guy, we don’t like him either). Also, our shipping is calculated by weight.
Have you ever noticed the crazy listings on Ebay. For example I found a Luke Skywalker (1978) in HORRIBLE condition. The seller wanted a starting bid of $40 (US). $40? Is all that Yellowing actually Gold?
What a piece of Junk. I wouldn’t even pay point five past $8.99 for this. Now, to be fair, I have seen worse but for far less. This is the kind of thing you find in a rummage bin when every item is less than a dollar. Would I be tickled if I found this for less than a dollar? Oh hell yes. Just ask my wife about my happy dance when I find vintage figures, in any condition, from situations such as a junk pile or box of random nothingness. She’ll tell you, and may even have secret video on her phone to blackmail me with later. Hey, my inner child merges with my outer geek and I gotta dance!
This is a seller that does NOT do market research. They can’t take a moment to look up their item and see what others are selling their similar condition listings for. Are they lazy? Are they just ignorant of how to use Ebay? I have a few theories.
1. Ignorance: This one is simple. Being ignorant isn’t a negative. Ignorance only means that they just don’t know any better. Outcome: The item probably won’t sell.
2. Laziness: They can’t be bothered with researching market values of their toy or collectible. This type of seller chooses to be Ignorant, and that is a very negative thing. Outcome: The item probably won’t sell.
3. Emotionally Attached: This seller either doesn’t really want to sell their item or they are on the fence about letting it go, so they place a higher value on it. It could also be that it is a figure, or whatnot, that they really wanted as a child and never had so it is more difficult to part with. Heck, I’ve been known to do that. Sometimes we must part with certain things because other things like rent and eating are more important, at the time, so I come up with a price that I am willing to part with my treasured piece and then I’ll post it. I’ve always placed a responsible price on my listings and I don’t get too crazy about it, therefore they actually do sell.
Outcome: The item probably will sell if you price responsibly and write a detailed listing about it and it’s history. Your treasure will find a good home (see, I’m still being Illogically Emotional about this one)
4. It’s (Insert Product Line Name Here): How many times have you come across something that is a total piece of shit or the company produced one billion more than they could sell, and the seller charges a high price because it is Star Wars? Honestly most of these items don’t even interest me, what does interest me are the idiots who think that just because a property is popular then everything with that property’s name on it is valuable. Annoying seller, pull your head out of your ass and learn about your item before you embarrass us both. Outcome: The item won’t sell and the seller looks like fool.
5. It’s Old: I don’t know how many times I’ve run into to this type of seller. Just because something is “old” doesn’t automatically mean that it has value. This seller will use words like “Antique” or “Vintage“. Adding those words to anything raises the price in their delusional minds. There was this cat a few weeks ago at a local flea market, here in Southern Oregon, and he had to comic books from the 1970’s laying out. Now these have seen better days, and they weren’t in any type of protection, plus they had some other heavy item on them to keep them from blowing away. I asked “How much?“, he said “I dunno, make me an offer.” So I thought for a second and being fair I said $1. “No way! THOSE are real deal!“, he said. I told him they were only fit for collages and other crafts, then walked off. Oh, and speaking of the word “Vintage“… I don’t really consider anything under 20 years to be vintage. Something from 2006: not vintage, 1999: not vintage, 2011: NOT vintage. Outcome: The item won’t sell and the seller looks like fool.
6. Waiting for the proverbial Sucker:I try not to read into other peoples motivations but… You’ve seen a ton of these shady dark siders, I am sure. They charge insane prices. Why? It could be due to any combination of the aforementioned theories but I think it is more like they are waiting for that “Sucker Born Every Minute”. I’ve viewed so many listings like this over the years that I have become numb to them. They elicit zero emotional response from me any more. I have only so many fucks to give in a day and they don’t merit any of them. Avoid these irresponsible sellers. Laugh at them and move on. One day we may even be able to block certain sellers from our treasure hunt searches on the site. Outcome: The item won’t sell to any of your target collectors so hope for that Grandma buying a ‘RARE” Jar Jar for her Granddaughter’s 5th birthday.
Now none of these even take into account Shipping and Handling charges. Don’t get me started on douche-bags who charge $20 for shipping something that is light enough to be shipped First Class (13 oz and under, at the high end charge of under $5 for an item that goes from coast to coast). Those fucktards are trying to buck the system, rip collectors off and should be banned for fraud.
Well that is all I have, unless you want to read my RANT on people who use the word “RARE” and don’t know what that word actually means. To me “Rare” is defined as – when I run search on Ebay or Etsy, I’ll find maybe one or two of the subject that I am looking for… NOT 10 pages of listings. If you have stuck with me and my horrible writing style this far then you know ALL about that. Then there are the Flea Market and Garage Sale sellers who, more often than not, say “Well, on THE EBAY it costs…“. I drift off that point and my parting jab is “Well, sell it on Ebay then.” This has almost become my default replacement for “Thanks” as I walk away. Perhaps I’ll get into detail about that another time 😉
I was thinking about making a YouTube video to share my thoughts with whomever would listen. I envisioned it in the vein of a RetroBlasting style video, full of great imagery and sardonic wit. Alas, I am not comfortable with making public videos since I am too self critical. That and I couldn’t match their production value by a long shot.
Thanks for reading (putting up with me) and may your toy & collectible hunting always be successful!
On our Etsy shop is one of my favorite Kenner pieces, the Jabba the Hutt playset from Return of the Jedi. It is photo realistic like the ones they make today? Not even close. Yet this set has so much nostalgic charm that in makes your you from 1983 grin from ear to ear. Honestly if I could, I would keep it but I can’t, so I won’t. The only thing missing from this set in one small piece that comes jutting out of the hookah bowl on the side. There is only one Jabba for me and the physical one from the 1983 film is it. All others fall short and while this guy is a far cry from the new versions it still beats the CGI Jabbas that were horribly rendered in the 90’s and early 00’s.