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    Treasure Chest of Goodies on Ebay?

    Here is my idea. I want to put a "Mystery Treasure Chest," filled with items I have detected. It will have a couple hundred coins dating back to the 1700s, including silver coins, Wheats, Indian heads, Large Cents, III cent coin, Mercury Dimes, Rosie's, Half and Silver Dollars, Gold Basin L5 Chondrite Meteorite, Gold Rings, Silver Rings, Gold & Silver Pendents, Civil War Bullets & More!

    What should I ask as a starting bid, as shipping with insurance will be very close to $45.00. As you all know, after Ebay and Paypal take their cut, I'm down 15%. Looking forward to your thoughts!!!

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    Treasure Chest of Goodies on Ebay?

    Essentially what you are going to want to do is calculate the total value of the items that you have times it by 15% add the shipping on and that will be your break even point.

    It does sound like a lot of fun though for a bidder.

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    Great Idea! Please post a link to your auction when you do it.
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    Hello Terry,

    Will the contents be a true mystery with no inside item photos?

    Treasure chest value + $ 45 S/H + 15 % Feebay = your break even point

    I guess there is two ways of looking at the starting price...low start and let the market play out or safe as described above.

    Sounds like a fun auction, Good Luck!

    Doc
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    Yes, total mystery, with only a few items highlighted as guaranteed items inside. I was thinking of basing the starting price on just these items.

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    I think without the contents pictured, you will not do well as everyone will assume that you will just add items to the chest equal to or less than the value of the final bid so you dont lose.
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    $45 seems awfully high for shipping unless it is extremely heavy. Large flat rate box too small? FedEx is usually much cheaper than USPS when it comes to anything over 5 pounds that won't fit in a flat rate box.
    Just some food for thought, though I know you're pretty well versed already.

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    Nevermind I see you lowered it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by diggummup View Post
    Nevermind I see you lowered it.
    It's heavy, and it will have to be insured for at least $1400.00, so shipping will be a bit more expensive.

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    it's presented very nicely
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    Terry you have a wonderful display of the item, sure hope you find a buyer! Doc
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    Thanks Jeff and Professor! I'm a bit nervous, as my better half wanted me to start it at $699.00, but I reminded her I found everything in the chest (and the chest itself when someone threw it away!), so why not make it interesting and see what happens. I AM worried though, because she is ALWAYS right!

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    Great auction, but if it were mine, I would feel better with a reserve.
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    Ebay is odd for sure. Prices on some stuff is down. The same 8 reale milled coin I saw 15 years ago sold for $200 or more. Now they are $99. Time will tell.
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