Thursday, January 3, 2013

Vintage Walt Disney toys should sell much faster then this!

Do you have patience? You definitely need some when selling on Craigslist! Don't get me wrong, there's plenty of advantages to Craigslist, such as no listing fees, shipping costs or stupid feedback! But a big disadvantage is dealing with those "maybe" buyers who never follow up. As a seller, it takes real patience sometimes! I've complained about this phenomenon in previous blogs. The whole process reminds me of fishing-just because you've hooked em, doesn't mean you're gonna get em in the boat!

Who's the leader of the club that's made, ahhhh...you know the rest!
This vintage Mickey Mouse Club toy cart is a case in point. I bought this at a yard sale back in October. I thought it was a pretty good find, particularly since I discovered it late in the morning. That's normally when the good stuff is already gone. I lucked into the toy cart however, after the buyer brought it out late in the day. Fortunately, it was just about the time yours truly happened upon the sale.

Knowing there's plenty of Disney collectors out there, I decided to buy the cart if the price was right. The seller was asking ten dollars, but agreed to come down to eight. After I paid her we had a nice chat. She told me the cart was used by her son when he was a kid. Her "kid" was helping mom out at the garage sale. Glancing over at him, he looked to be in his late-fifties, confirming to me that the cart was the real deal. I bought a few more old toys from her, then stowed everything in the back of my truck and headed home. I was pretty happy about the Disney cart, figuring it would be an easy re-sale for me.

After some gentle cleaning, I posted the toy cart on Craigslist for a very reasonable $50. It was early December and I hoped someone would buy it for a Christmas gift. Being a wild-eye optimist, I thought it would be only a matter of days before the cart was sold. I was off by about six weeks! Initially the only inquiries I received were from those classic, non-committal CL buyers. At least three separate would-be "buyers" assured me they'd buy it tomorrow...or the next day...or the upcoming weekend. All were no-shows! Like I said, it takes patience.
 
Finally, after six weeks of these broken promises, I received an e-mail from "Cindy" who told me she definitely wanted the cart. Of course l'd heard that story before, so I e-mailed her back trying to quickly commit her to a time and place to meet. To my surprise, she agreed and we met on the following day. I pulled the old cart out of my truck and without even bothering to look at it, Cindy forked over fifty dollars!

Having now safely landed that sale, I decided to try to push my luck further. Since Cindy was a Disney collector, I brought along a beautiful framed print of Walt Disney with Mickey Mouse. Ironically, I bought the print just down the road from where I picked up the toy cart. Pulling the print from the back of my truck, I have to admit I felt a little shifty, like some old traveling salesman selling vacuum cleaners or aluminum siding out of his car! Balancing the huge print on my shoes and grinning like a fool, I asked Cindy what she thought of it? She tilted her head slightly to admire it, then gave me a promising, "Awww." But then the moment was over. While I almost had her,  she politely declined explaining she had no place to hang the print. I also think my price of $100 was just a little too high for her. Believe me, I think the print is worth every penny, but ya win some and lose some! It may not be a total loss however. Cindy said she'd tell a few of her Disney collector friends about my awesome print. So there's hope yet!

Either way, I was happy to finally get the toy cart sold with a profit of $42 dollars. It was a royal pain dealing with those Craigslist "maybe" buyers, but after six long weeks the Disney magic finally worked!

 Have you had any "maybe" buyers recently? Tell us your story below....

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8 comments:

  1. Believe it or not, I have sold everything I ever listed on craigslist within two days, except a wicker end table, which is still sitting in my garage. (And I have listed it for only $10.) I do think, though, that I price things pretty well. And I take good pictures too, which I take the time to edit. Glad you sold the Disney cart!

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    1. You're having a nice Craigslist hot streak! Pricing is tricky. I like to start a little higher, thinking there's always someone out there willing to pay. Unfortunately it may take me weeks!

      Thanks for writing in and filling us in on your CL sales. Hope you keep that streak going! ...Dude!

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  2. Dude, There are 5 kids in my family growing up. I can so see us going down a hill in the cart or sending someone for a ride on it. Dont think it would have lasted at our house!!! Great fun find!

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    1. Ha! That poor cart would have been left in pieces at your house! Then you could have sold the remaining sideboards on eBay as "Vintage Mickey Mouse Club sign" LOL!

      Thanks for the funny visual of the kids rolling down the hill in the old cart-too funny....Dude!



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  3. Dude, I listed 3 items last week on CL, all with good pics. No responses on any of them. Maybe my prices are too high, I don't know. But no inquiries is really disappointing. One of the items is a piece of fitness equipment which I waited to list until now for all those new year's resolution people. I expected it to sell in a day or two, but....not even an email. :-(

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    1. Lorraine-I know, right? Maybe the time of year, it's cold outside, no one wants to venture out, ect. As far as fitness equipment goes, yeah, I would think this would be a great time. That's why all those diet and fitness club commercials are all over TV in January.

      Maybe you start getting some e-mails over the weekend when folks are home surfing CL. Thanks for sharing your CL sales report. Hope it improves...Dude!

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    2. I have had the same problem with Craigslist (and Freecycle for that matter.) I really hate when I agree to meet someone somewhere, so I arrange my day around it, and then they don't show up. Last thing I had was a kids swing (very big and hard to load into my SUV.) I was only selling it for $10....so I stopped at the dump / recycling center on the way home just so I didn't have to deal with it anymore!

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    3. Wendy- A no-show is the worst, I feel your pain! I Don't blame you for dropping the swing off. It's like, oh the heck with it!

      Thanks for writing in and sharing your story. I'll bet a lot of readers can identify with it....Dude!

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