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Started by davidpaulgreen, 06/18/2019 10:54PM
Posted 06/18/2019 10:54PM Opening Post
I am about to sell an Astro-Physics 130GT at on this site, and I want to do things right. As a first-timer, I know people will be skeptical of... me. What do I need to do to establish credibility as a seller? Even though I've been on Astromart on and off for a long time, I have never bought or sold anything on it.

Are there generally accepted pros and cons for whether to sell via auction or regular classified?

Also, regarding payment options, I see an option for "escrow" but I can't find an explanation of how that works. Does Anacortes or Astromart manage the escrow?

The Help link at the top of the page just brings me to this forum. Are there any kind of step-by-step instructions/tips for sellers to help us list our items correctly and efficiently?

I just need to finish taking pictures of the scope and included items, and I'll be ready to sell, so would appreciate any links or answers that anyone can share.

Thank you.
Posted 06/19/2019 12:42PM | Edited 06/19/2019 12:49PM #1
Originally Posted by David Green
I am about to sell an Astro-Physics 130GT at on this site, and I want to do things right. As a first-timer, I know people will be skeptical of... me. What do I need to do to establish credibility as a seller? Even though I've been on Astromart on and off for a long time, I have never bought or sold anything on it.

Are there generally accepted pros and cons for whether to sell via auction or regular classified?

Also, regarding payment options, I see an option for "escrow" but I can't find an explanation of how that works. Does Anacortes or Astromart manage the escrow?

The Help link at the top of the page just brings me to this forum. Are there any kind of step-by-step instructions/tips for sellers to help us list our items correctly and efficiently?

I just need to finish taking pictures of the scope and included items, and I'll be ready to sell, so would appreciate any links or answers that anyone can share.

Thank you.

Welcome in out of the shadows lol.....you have indeed been lurking for a while smile

Neither Anacortes or Astromart involve themselves in transactions beyond providing a forum for posting ads and a recording of transactions in the form of feedback whether good or bad. There are escrow services out there you can setup to use to assist in insuring a trouble free transaction for both parties....I have never used one as a seller or a buyer so dont know any details on that beyond they exist. Such services do come with a fee so be sure to allow for that in your price.

As far as ad content just provide as much detail as possible regarding condition with detailed pics that confirm the description.

I personally prefer direct ads over auctions myself.....whether I am the seller or the buyer.

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Posted 06/19/2019 02:57PM #2
Thanks, Greg. That is useful to know. I have seen a lot of posts in this forum, where people say not to trust sellers who won't agree to escrow, so I thought there might be a particular service that everyone gravitated toward... I will do my own research and see what is available.

Yes, I have been a lurker for a long time. Came close to buying a few times, but always missed out by waiting too long to pull the trigger.
Posted 06/19/2019 09:58PM #3
Since you’re a new seller: 
A potential buyer may want to chat on the phone before committing. 

Some evidence of your astronomy may help, like what astronomy club you’re in, what star parties attended, pics of your setup at a public event....something that can’t be faked. 

Good luck
John
Posted 06/19/2019 10:23PM #4
Thanks John. That's good advice. I was very active in my local club, although that was about 15-20 years ago, and I for a while wrote and distributed some Messier Log and Observing Log software that was widely available. So there is some trace of me in the astronomy world. Not super-provable, but it's there. Funny, I never thought I'd have to prove my own existence!