How is icollect247.com different from other sites?
We are the only “All Vintage” on the web. Other sites offer crafts, reproductions, limited editions, new items and collector series. Our customers are looking for an alternative to those sites and that is how we have built the customer base for over 11 years. Also, we review each listing before it goes live. We do that to make sure your listing is vintage and your pictures match the listing.
Another way we are different, is we let you accept different forms of payment and you decide on shipping you use. We do not charge a listing fee or selling fee, just a flat fee of $50 per month. List hundreds of items, which can be relisted and remain on the site as long as your store is open. Going out of town? No worries, we even offer a way to put your store on hold, so that the shoppers do not see any of your listings. When you get back, just click and all of your listings are live again.
Investing time in your shop!
While we do the marketing for you…it is like any other business. The more you work your store, the more success you will have. Adding new items, taking good pictures, answering questions and shipping orders promptly will help you build a customer base. We even offer a “Relisting” button to help you pull up older inventory to the “New Arrival” page to use when you don’t have time to list new inventory.
Also important is making the buyer feel comfortable by sharing your knowledge through your descriptions, pictures and customer service. Titles are especially important for customers to search by. While we do a data feed to Google, your title and descriptions are the best way for your listings to be found on line.
Establishing a Customer Base
Return customers are an important part of sales. A buyer who likes your type of listings will check your store often to see what you have listed. They will not return if there are no new listings. Be sure to show the phone number where you can be reached. You will be surprised how many people want to ask more questions and get to know you. They want to feel comfortable with sending you money. Be sure to respond quickly to questions, offers and orders. Check your email several times a day. Also some of our best customers are not computer knowledgeable and prefer the old fashioned way of calling you directly via phone.
Everyone's overhead is different and how you price your items is your decision. However, we suggest that you put a wide variety of price ranged items. This attracts all types of buyers who never know what they will find at your store.
Knowledge is success
Your knowledge is important to the success of your store. New collectors are coming into the market every day; Television shows like "The Pickers" are bringing new collectors to the market. They are looking for knowledgeable people, who can tell them about the item and grade the condition properly. Be sure to date the item and give an exact description of the item. If you don't know anything about the item, do your research.
Title and descriptions sell
If you saw a classified ad that said "Blue Car for Sale" - would you read further? Probably not...but if it said "2013 Chevrolet 4 Wheel Drive Low Mileage" you would then want to know more.
If the description said: Nice clean car, asking price negotiable - would you call? However, if it said: Great dark blue leather interior, with lots of accessories, garage kept, waxed and ready for you to drive...you might want to call.
Always put yourself in the buyer's position and ask...would I look at the listing? Also remember that Google and other search engines will pick up all of those important keywords, so buyers who search a certain item will find you. Again, looking at the example above - would you be searching for a "blue car" on Google, or would you be searching for a 2013 Chevrolet 4 Wheel Drive? The more exact you are in your title the better chances your item will come up in any search.
How much can I expect to sell?
Our site averages 4.5 million hits a month, but is hard to tell you what you will sell. The market is ever changing and your sales will depend on the merchandise you list, its condition and pricing. The more you list the more your chances are to sell. New people find our site on a daily basis, so you never know what they are looking for.
Marketing for you!
We offer your listings to over 4,000 registered buyers, daily feeds to Google, offer the ability for you to easily share your listing on Facebook and Pinterest and send out monthly emails to our buyers.