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Are there other auction sites other than ebay for old car parts?

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You can still see who is bidding against you but it's coded.  It will show you their feedback rating and a protected name.  I know one thing.  If you look at my items I sell an awful lot of stuff for very little money so if anyone is shilling it isn't for me. 

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Has anyone had any experience selling cars through Americandreamcars.com or Carsonline.com?  Known issues like above?

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I think EBay should raise their fees a little more. That way swap meets will start to flourish again. EBay to me is taking the fun out of the car restoration hobby. Sitting at home looking for car parts on the computer compared to interacting with people and taking the fun out of looking for that bargain in a basket. I stopped buying on EBay when they became the middle man in the shipping business jacking up the cost of delivery.

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Unfortunately I hate to admit it but I don't think swap meets would flourish if ebay raised their fees.  Quite the opposite would happen.  I go to all the swap meets in the area and buy parts to sell on ebay.  Hershey was around 1500 of random,  to many worthless, trinkets.  I would no longer sell if the fees got high enough.  Little fees keep popping up increasing my bottom line every day it seems. (so I would buy little if anything at the bigger local meets)   I wouldn't sell at swap meets.  I don't even have any luck selling NOS parts on here)

 I had a huge garage sale a few weeks ago. I set up at one of those big town wide sales,  where there are so many people you can't drive through town (4 years doing it and I'm known as the car parts guy) and I almost and did end up giving stuff away just to move it.  Some of it 30's matched foglights (appletons) for $2 a pair and only one taker.  I wouldn't waste my time on a swap meet,  and try to wholesale it all if I was to get out of the business.  No takers,  I think I would toss it.  (parts are only valuable if someone else needs them)  Otherwise they are more of a liability.  I'm finding that out more and more every day.  I have a big pile of stainless and Annodized NOS GM trim that gets closer and closer to the recycle bin every day.

Those good hauls that yield all the valuable stuff that sells at Hershey or other major meets,(still much won't sell at local meets) are few and far between these days and with the net everyone wants what people are asking but not selling items for on ebay or other related parts sites,  when you try to buy it to resell,  eventhough they haven't cleaned it up, only to discover the item isn't as nice as thought or paid the fees or even figured out the application to yield a percentage of that high asking price. 

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Live May 15th Carpartzilla.com is a brand New Auto Parts Auction Site.

 

Carpartzilla.com was made by Car People for Car People. It is a great eBay alternative with FREE 7 Day Auction Listing Auctions, Long Haul Listings that are 365 Day Listings & Free Accounts. Carpartzilla.com only charges a 4% Final Sales Fee on items you have Sold. That is less than half of eBay, Amazon and others.

 

Log on to www.carpartzilla.com today and sign up for your Free Account!

 

Find it, Buy it, Fix it!

 

Looks like that site did not last long.  I run online auctions for estates, etc.  It is not as easy or cheap as some would have you to believe.  For example the biggest provider charges me $300.00 per auction plus 5%.  

 

It is easy to build a bidding site, getting sellers is fairly easy, getting the buyers to find your site, great big deal.  SEO and Google relevance are the hard part. For instance 57.9% of the people coming to this site went to Google first. The key search term is AACA.  There are 1,243 sites linking to AACA.org.  69.1% of the traffic comes from the US, the rest all over the world.  There is a ton of info out there.  This site ranks in the top 45,000 or so sites in the US.

 

To build a bidding site that would serve the needs that have been expressed here could easily cost $250k-$500k upfront.  Then you have the issues of a method of payment.  I would venture to guess that credit card processing fees would be in the 1%-1 1/2%, then you have web hosting fees, site maintenance fees, server costs, yada, yada.  It ain't easy Ethel.

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I like local swap meets, but I am up here in the Pacific north west so the selection isn't that good. Portland Ore. has a decent one each spring but I find fewer teen's parts each year. No end of street rod, 50's ,60's , and race car stuff but that's not really what I am looking for. Mind you Ebay isn't overflowing with brass era parts either. I am slowly realizing most of what I now need is going to need casting and machining.  Bakersfield  Cal. would probably be worthwhile but it's a long drive from my home near Seattle WA {Vancouver B.C.}. One of my friends and I talk about it each year but either work or lack of funds manage to derail the plans. Retirement is closing in so the time will get better, $ not so much.

 

Greg in Canada

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The worst things to sell, at least for me, is automotive paper and magazines.  I've accumulated lots of magazines (by subscription or bought new at newsstands)  and they just don't move.  I've relisted some stuff on eBay for literally months (and a few for years...) before someone buys it.  Sales literature and owner's manuals rarely sell.   I wonder how eBay Power Sellers who specialize in this stuff stay in business.   I'm not looking for 'home runs' here, just some lunch money (which always helps!) and to make space.   If anyone has any ideas I'll gladly listen.

 

Harold

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Sorry to inform you but Ebay owns Kijiji and a big chunk of Craigs list too. Just like Walmart, you won't see the end of Ebay in your lifetime.

 

 

 

At one time ALL my good items went straight to ebay... I was their biggest cheerleader.    Now my good items go to small niche websites, or to physical swap meets.  I'm getting good results at the small websites.... and the view counts make me smile.

 

In other news the higher ebay fees have been difficult to swallow and very hard to get used to.  I'm a small time operation here ( with big time dreams ) and money is always streatched, and looking back at the ebay hay-day days I'd sell $1,000 and would owe them $60 for the month.  This past month, with their sky high fees,  I sold $1,023 on ebay and now owe them $133.  Crazy thing is I won't have the money to pay the monthly fee for a few more days, but hey their computers have suspended my selling and buying.  I just bought ( invested ) $50 in old parts off of their website couldn't be happier.  Call me "irresponsible" if you wish, I do it to myself all the time,  but I'M IN SALES AND NOT ALL MONTHS ARE THE SAME, SOME BETTER THAN OTHERS.

 

Heck last month I took a week off ( unpaid ) from my day job so I could vend at Hershey... it was the first year EVER in my 10 years vending at Hershey that i just didn't want to make the effort/trip.  It was a yucky feeling knowing I would be falling into more debt.   Sold a mere $180 worth of merchandise ( I brought some good stuff too - not a single offer on a table of barn fresh stuff worth $600 ).  I could ramble and rant all day, but i'm gonna go sell something thing today on a small niche website and will end the day with a big smile.  

 

I'm shipping out a vintage AM/FM Truck Radio, and two Jerry Can Gas Nozzles in the mail today so what ever I'm doing...  ( both small website sales ) it's working.

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What sites have you had luck with? I know I haven't had any real luck on here.  Like you I haven't been happy with all the fee increases.  My bank even started charging me a buck a month on at least one account for a statement.  Glad they are charging me to keep my money their.  Something is just getting wrong with society in general when banks start charging you to keep your money.  I think that cashless society idea just took one step backwards. 

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I think there is a severe lack of adults as buyers on Ebay and many other places. Any lack of due diligence on their part results in an extortion threat or running back to Ebay to extract the seller's money.

 

Here is the result in one instance, mine. I have always bought accumulations of parts or old cars with some level of collector value to buy and sell. I was the kid who started working at age 11 and the kid who always had some money. I could buy stuff and resell it. Since 1999 I have used Ebay, who has turned into the bully who protects the stupid. I am pretty sure that the next old car or garage full of parts that have me standing between them and the scrapyard are going to be reincarnated as KIA's.

 

I might lose a little "lunch" money, and I don't eat at Mickey D's, but I'll make up for it with other talents. The ones that will lose are the buyers who cheep like the pullets my Grandmother kept in the dining room every spring, the buyer who didn't know what rough mean, or needs work, or some other little whiny issue they took to Big Brother. They'll just sit glassy eyed and wonder why all they can find is blue headlights and red seat belt covers or dashboard trinkets that "fit anything".

 

And you know who you are; the ones who opened the package and whined "I thought". Those are certainly the two most dangerous words in the English language "I thought". Ask.

Bernie

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>>>  Here is the result in one instance, mine. I have always bought accumulations of parts or old cars with some level of collector value to buy and sell. I was the kid who started working at age 11 and the kid who always had some money. I could buy stuff and resell it. <<<

 

That's got to be the story behind every one who's been featured on the "Pickers" tv show.   Oh how I wish I had started "early" in my buy'n and selling.  My Dad did teach me right... every week he'd scour the papers and buy every used David Bradley garden tractor available.  I went thru a lot of sand paper as a teenager helping him bring them to life, got to see how one could make some pocket money from other peoples junk.

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To answer your quest about selling parts,I have advertised and have had good luck

over the years in a magazine called AUTO ROUND-UP If you take the magazine it

cost $34.95 for a year 26 issues,They have free private owner ads for parts. and it reaches

all over the states.buy a copy at your local Grocery store or write to Auto Round-UP

PO BOX 873, JANE LEW, WV. 26378 they will send you a free copy.<kanman>

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I'm quite new here, and my interest is mostly in Lincolns.

 

Recently, a friend in the Alfa (my decades-long passion) world steered me to a new-ish, obscure auction site that seems focused on classic car parts where he's listed a few Alfa parts. The website's pretty rough around the edges, but based on its one blog post, seems to have good intentions - a move away from the eBay fees-for-everything model. Here's the link:

 

www.classicpartsauctions.com

 

Click on the second tab "Feature and Newest Auctions" for some of the currently-auctioned items.

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I have no idea about auction sites for old car parts, but i know a company by name getparts which sells High Quality OEM Used Car Parts for low price. They ship across USA within 4 to 5 days. Thank you. 

 

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Ebay has been telling me, a seller, that the people whom buy from me are THEIR customers. I am just a middleman to be pushed around by ever increasing demands, fees, and regulations to "make the ebay buying experience wonderful". The selling experience doesn't matter to them.

 

Well, the email I got from Ebay a couple days ago just cracked me up. I'm still smiling. It seems New York State has a bill requiring them to take responsibility for sales tax on all the purchases by THEIR customers relating to New York. They were begging me, as a seller, to write my elected officials and defend them. They "want to help the little guy".

 

Devin, John Donahue finished alienating all the friends you thought you had, and they slipped you in without a lot of fanfare. Guess you didn't see that one coming.

 

Oh, and I don't think I ever thanked you for the certificate of recognition as a seller from 1999-2014. The five year certificate was almost worth printing.

Bernie

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Ebay is pretty much a love hate relationship.  I like that I can barely make a living selling old car parts.  Beats doing something I hate for the same money, but things like the internet sales tax they want you to write your representative about is very important if you use the site to buy or sell.  As usual only a member of the legislature could come up with such a screwed up system of tax collecting.  According to them, you will be required to collect tax for every place you ship to and remit it to them.  Not one tax based on your location.  So you will need to know all the different tax codes for every town and county in NY state and submit who knows how many checks to all those tax collection agencies.  This is the same reason that a national internet sales tax has fallen flat.  Can you even imagine how many jurisdictions you will have to deal with?  I believe the last number I heard was around 10,000.  Any one of those could dispute your tax payments to them and require you to show up in person  to fight them over it.  I can tell you right now,  many sellers will stop selling and a lot of old car parts will get scrapped.  Including quite possibly alot of mine.  There will be a huge impact on the economy. I have never heard of the numbers but I will bet between the scrap market being high when it was and internet sites like ebay were the only reason we didn't see a full scale depression when the economy tanked.  I know what the amount I sell a year comes in at.

 A portion of that was money from out of the country.  Not many exporters these days it seems actually importing money from other countries to help fuel the US economy and that's what it takes to really make our economy grow.  The sale of goods to other countries. 

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