Although Etsy is a on line site for people wishing to sell their craft, supplies or vintage items, a new kid on the block, has appeared. This new venue is an auction site. I am sure you will be thinking of an auction site, similar to eBay, but this one is different. It is a real live auction site. Participants are actively engaged throughout the sale. If you list an item to be auctioned you can be present while clients are bidding on your wares. The new site is: http://.www.Tophatter.com.
|This piece was listed at 22.00 to start.|
|I also tried this sculpture with a starting bid of $400.00|
|This is one of my favorites yet it was not sold and it is very difficult to list.|
|I was sure that this one would sell under the Home Decor Auction. But alas it did not.|
|These Teabowls were listed at $15.00. I wondered how low does one have to go to get some excitement going in the auction,|
|I was sure that this bowl would get a spot in the auction line up but I guess I just don't have it.|
|I managed to list this vase a few times but I guess $30.00 is too rich for the clientel.|
|Would you believe it? These bowls sold but the client decided not to pay for them. I have sent two reminders over a week with no response. I guess the $20.00 opening bid was a shock for them.|
|I gave this set of bowls away for $35.00|
I was happy with the sale because it allowed me to move some old stock.
|This was another sale that gave me a return of $34.00. Again it allowed me to move some old stock.|
|This piece has been relisted a few times but I think the $90.00 price tag keeps it out of sight.|
This is the final entry to this post. It is 12 Feb. 2013. I have finally closed my Tophatter account. I felt that I would continue to play when ever I saw a moment free to post. As time went by the opportunities to enter an object into an auction became more and more difficult.
The website started to give brownie points to best sellers. Most of the time these best sellers were giving their work away and calling it exposure or promotion. Funny, I never gained one sale from promoting on Tophatter. My difficulty was that I sell a lot of expensive art and the public participating in Tophatter want low cost inexpensive deals. So I became less and less popular to the point where I was only offered on area to try to sell my work.
The auction was called "Bid More, Get More." Sellers were expected to meet four criteria. I could meet the first three such as giving value added deals such as buy on and get one free. or free shipping or coupons. It was when they stated that I had to be present for the auction. Meaning that I would have to sit at my computer so that I could say, "Hi Jack, How are you Mary, Hope I get out of stanby, Oh choose me please and on and on." That finished it.
Strange when I tried to cancel my subscription I was told to satisfy my financial arrangements. It appears that I took an auction where I had to pay for the listing. Odly, I never at any time did this. But, there is was from November last year. An invoice for $0.75. What I don't understand is that Tophatter never sent me the invoice.
So I cancelled. Guess what? The asked me to write a statement why I was leaving. I left it blank and they did not allow me to cancel my account untill I gave them an answer. You can guess my response.
Am I bitter. No. They have the right to make money. It was just the method that developed.