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Selling miniatures and all the hassle…well not the hassle but the cost

Been a good while since I’ve posted anything.

I’ve been rather busy post work time on my web skills as I’m looking to move my career into that realm.  Lucky really that I’ve been asked to help write a whole new website for some friends who want to launch an online wargaming webstore, but also a local friend who needed some help.

I’ve never tried to sell my miniatures online.  The closest I suppose is advertising some on the clubs forum or selling them when visiting people, either way I’ve never had to put up with taking pictures, typing in details, paying a fee and then if successful, paying a sale fee.

I’ve used a certain online auction site before but not within the last year.  I did log into my account and read the latest changes, and it seems that they’re quite happy that we lose around 15-20% of our sales total through fee’s to sell/post and fees when using PayPal.  We don’t need to use PayPal mind you, but almost everyone does, it’s the defacto standard I would think.

Anyway I digressing a little.

There’s a much easier way to sell your wargaming/rpg related goods that you no longer want…

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It’s an auction site that has no fee for posting or selling… so besides what PayPal steal from you, the rest is all yours..

It’s a fledgling site that needs attention.  Attention to get people to visit, people to post, people to bid/buy it now so that we the wargame/roleplayers of the world get top money for out goods.

The site itself is super secure (as secure as you can be) and we don’t have any details about the users (bar their email address and a location/shipping address – which doesn’t really need to be ‘real’ as PayPal require all the legit information not us.

So what’s my part in this?

Very basically a while ago this idea was discussed and recently when the large online auctioneer then said it was charging final fees on shipping (we can see why – but still unfair the masses that don’t inflate their shipping fees to bypass selling fees).  So the idea was taken a step forward.  A good friend bought a domain, some software and….. well then found the software had bugs, some nasty nasty bugs (despite the fact it was sold as a turn-key solution).

I stepped in (or should say was contacted and agreed to help) and in the last month or so have addressed all the niggles.  Now that they’ve been sorted, we’ve started to add extra features to the site.  These features are not just what we wanted to do/add, but also what the users are asking us for… just look here and you’ll see.  What that page/post doesn’t tell you is that I’ve already finished the next ‘sprint’ and he’s a sneak preview (pun intended).

The next push of development is to work on the shipping.  This is update 1 of 2 for shipping.  The first update will allow multiple rates to be entered per auction.

Now even though we’re a small team and don’t earn any money on the auctions, we do require advertising revenue to recover our costs.  So if you’re the kind of person who runs a business in this realm or wants someone to know that they have a service to offer (such as painting) then take out an advert please 🙂  Not only will it help with the running costs but may also help cover the cost of some biscuits for our tea (some way to go before there’s spare money!).

Please follow this link and have a look and spread the word.

Right I think I’ve waffled enough. I’ll sign off now.

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