Selling Your Instrument On Consignment.|
Not sure how to sell your item?
Then let us help you get the most money out of your instruments!
We have seen it a million times that people sell items on EBay, Craig's List,
garage sales, estate sales, or even to Antique Houses and they do not even know
what they have for sale. The listings we see on EBay and Craig's List have
very little information, they are usually filled with false facts, and there are
usually poor photographs or not enough overall information for the buyer to make
When selling to Antique dealers, chances are they do not even know what you
have for sale as they do not specialize in this type of equipment. They
have a generic idea of what some instruments sell for but will not know the true
value of an instrument.
Since all of these things will rob you of money that you could have earned why
not work with someone who knows this equipment and can get you the maximum
return on your sale?
We offer two different types of consignment programs:
These two programs allow us to work together towards a common goal which is to
get the most money from the items you have for sale. Since we are paid
based on the total amount the item is sold for it is to our advantage to try and
sell your items for as much as we can.
Program 1. We can sell your item on our website.
This is the lowest cost consignment as there are no EBay listing or final
Program 2. We can sell your item on EBay.
This method is best used if you want a quicker turn around and a fast sale other
than selling to us outright.
What we do to earn our commissions:
1. We use our knowledge and research the instruments to assure proper listings
2. We put together the listings in a very professional listing format
3. We clean up the instruments for photographs
4. We take professional photographs of the instruments
5. Work with you on establishing a reasonable price range for a successful sale
6. Show you the listings before they are made public for your approval
7. If the item is being sold on EBay we will provide you with the listing number
so you can watch it
8. We will provide you with an itemized invoice showing all expenses and totals
What we require from you:
1. You must sign the consignment agreement and send it with item to be sold (We will not
post an instrument for sale without a signed agreement)
2. You must send us the instrument so we can clean it up, inspect it, photograph it, and so we can ship
it to the buyer
View Consignment Agreement
All of this information is contained in our consignment agreement above. The
agreement will supersedes any other agreement verbal or otherwise.
How much is your commissions?
Answer: We have established a commissions rate based on the items being
sold plus any expenses such as Credit Card, PayPal, or EBay fees.
The current commission schedule is as follows:
a) For any item that
does not sell the commission is $25.00.
b) For any item where the
final selling price is between $.01 and $500.00, the commission is 30%.
c) For any item where the
final selling price is between $500.01 and $1500.00, the commission is 25%.
d) For any item
where the final selling price is at least $1500.01 or more, the commission is
We have researched rates for similar offerings and these rates are 5% to 10% less
than most national consignment offerings. Some of which can be as much as
50% of the total sale price. Our advantage is we know this
type of equipment and can help you get the most out of your item.
Do I have to pay for shipping?
Answer: Yes and No. You pay the shipping costs to us so we can create
the listing but the
buyer pays for shipping from us to them.
What type of items will you sell on consignment?
Answer: We mainly sell entire instruments such as levels, transits, and
surveyor's compasses. The accessories and smaller
items that sell for around $100.00 will not allowing us to recoup our costs
or expenses of listing the items. However we still may be interested in
purchasing them outright so please feel free to contact us about the smaller items.
How do I get paid?
Answer: We pay no
later than 30 business days after the completion of sale. Survey Antiques shall pay
the net proceeds received and collected from the sale of the item after
deducting any commissions due and any other expenses, or fees provided that no
claim has been made against any of the property or proceeds of sale. (See
Consignment Agreement for more information)
Can I just send you pictures and ship to the buyer from my location?
Answer: NO, We are putting our reputation on the line and we require
that we have possession of the instrument so we can inspect the instrument,
clean it up, take pictures, and ship it to the buyer. There are NO
exceptions to this requirement.
Is it safe?
Answer: We take every precaution to make sure each transaction is
safe and secure to protect everyone involved. We use PayPal because they
offer seller protection against fraudulent buyers on most sales. We also
make insurance mandatory on our consignments to protect against damage in
shipping. We do everything available to protect the buyer and sellers
against loss or damage.
Contact us for more info