How to Buy & Sell
Welcome buyers and sellers to ThenameXchange™! Below are tips to get started. Don’t forget to mention whether your listed price includes shipping or not.
There is no transaction cost, commission, or listing fee for the buyer or seller. Have fun!
HOW TO BUY
Hello shoppers! Want to buy some sports collectibles or engraved jewelry? It’s easy! Just follow these simple steps:
1. Once you’ve found your “must have” item, send the seller a message via our private messaging system and make an offer. Please read TIPS FOR BUYING below for transaction recommendations and please check out “Safety Tips” for good info on buying safely online.
2. It’s a good idea to print or save a copy of the ad for the item you’ve purchased. If there is ever a dispute with the seller about the item you receive, you will have a copy of the ad and the full description of the item to refer to.
TIPS FOR BUYING:
• Make sure you are clear about price, payment method and delivery.
• Payment—WE SUGGEST USING PAYPAL® (www.paypal.com)for all transactions – for a small fee, they offer great protection for both buyer and seller. Funds are not released until both parties are satisfied with the transaction. Consider using your credit card through your PayPal® account – this offers you 2 ways to dispute the sale if you do not receive the item or if it’s not as described. Make sure to check the sellers PayPal® membership status: only deal with VERIFIED members with accounts active longer than 60 days. And remember, NEVER SEND PERSONAL CHECKS OR CASH.
• Shipping—insist the seller insures the item and ships so that the package can be tracked. You’ll want proof that it was shipped, they’ll want proof that it was received. Express Mail from the US Postal Service is reasonable, comes with some insurance and is completely traceable and additional insurance can be purchased. UPS with appropriate insurance is another good option. If shipping Priority Mail or 1st class, it is recommended you ship certified mail with proof of receipt.
Now go to it ladies and gentlemen, start shopping!
HOW TO SELL
So, you’ve finally got the urge to purge and turn your trash to cash. Congrats! Well, it’s so easy. All classified ads are absolutely free to post. This is the place to sell or give away stuff with your name on it. Things you’ve fallen out of love with or neglected! Think of it as recycling your beloved name, how cool is that? Just follow these simple steps:
1. Register with the site using your current and CORRECT information. Once you complete the registration page, an email will be sent to your email account. You need to open that email and click the link to fully activate your account.
2. Once activated, you will be logged in automatically the first time.
3. Click on “Post an Ad”
4. Enter as much information as you can about your item. Describe the exact condition of the item and its history. Is it brand new in the original packaging? Is it flawed or slightly worn? If so, describe exactly what the flaw is and where it is located. Is your item gender specific? Describe the colors of the item. Your item must be personalized in some way such as signatures, initials, monograms, engravings, inscriptions, or any other method of personalization. If your item does not have some type of personalization please list it on another site.
5. Enter either the initial/initials or name that appear on the item. Enter the selling price of the item. Please enter whole numbers only, no decimal points.
6. Upload an image of your item. When taking a photo of your item, make sure that you save the photo as a JPEG. It helps if you save it as a small file size. Otherwise it will take FOREVER for it to upload on to the site. Snooze! See Photo Tips below for more info about resizing your photos AND how to take a good pic of your jewelry
7. Hit “Next.”
8. From there you can click back into the site.
9. It’s a good idea to print or save a copy of your finished ad. We do not archive ads that have been taken down or expired and you might want it if there is ever a dispute with a buyer.
10. Wait for potential buyers to contact you through our private messaging system and set up a SAFE way to sell or trade for it. Check out our “TIPS FOR SELLING” below and please check out “Safety Tips” for good info on selling safely online.
TIPS FOR SELLING:
• Make sure you are clear in your messages with the buyer about price, method of payment and delivery.
• Payment—WE SUGGEST USING PAYPAL® (www.paypal.com) for all transactions. For a small fee, they offer great protection for both buyer and seller. Funds are not released until both parties are satisfied with the transaction.
• Shipping—Items should be insured and shipped so that the item can be tracked. You’ll want to have proof that you shipped and that the buyer received the item. Express Mail from the US Postal Service is reasonable, comes with some insurance and is completely traceable. Additional insurance can be purchased as needed. UPS with appropriate insurance is another good option. If shipping Priority Mail or 1st class, it is recommended you ship certified mail with proof of receipt.
• Posts only last 120 DAYS. That’s one hundred twenty days from the day you posted it. Once a post hits that 120 day mark it is gone, baby, gone. So, if it hasn’t sold by then, get on there and re-post!
• If you successfully sell or trade an item click on “Manage listings” and click on the post you’d like to delete so that you can take it off the market. If you would like to make changes to any of your postings, follow the same instructions.
• If you are selling collectibles or jewelry of any sort of substantial value, spend the money to get it appraised. People usually want to know what they’re getting especially if it’s an expensive piece and PLEASE USE PAYPAL®
• If you are willing to TRADE for an item or GIVE it away, please list that in your description. You must agree to the seller terms and conditions.
A FEW RULES:
• Definitely check out “Safety Tips” to educate yourself about buying and selling online.
• As you must know by now, we recommend PayPal®.com for all transactions. OK, that’s not a rule…but it should be! Want to trust you’ll get your autographed baseball and that it’s exactly as described before the seller gets your money? Use PayPal®. And sellers – put your buyer’s mind at ease and offer to use PayPal® For a small, flat fee, they offer great protection for both buyers and sellers.
• We reserve the right to remove any listing that doesn’t follow the rules and are not obligated to refund the listing cost.
• We reserve the right to block any account and remove that user from the site for any reason.
It’s a good idea to resize your photos before uploading. Photos taken with your digital camera are probably really big files that might be too large to upload with your listing. There are lots of easy ways to resize your photo on your PC (Microsoft Picture Manager) or Mac (iphoto or preview) as well as websites that will resize for you with just a few simple clicks like PhotoSize.com or DoSize.com
For step by step instructions on a bunch of different programs, check out How To Resize Digital Photos at wikiHow.com
Our Quick Guide to Non Blurry Photos of Your Old Gold:
• Lighting—Shoot during the daytime to use as much natural light as possible. Open the drapes, turn on all the lights, light candles!
• Setting—Don’t throw the baseball on the desk next to the computer! Put it on something solid and dark. Put your jewelry on beautiful background as well. But be careful about patterned backgrounds that may compete with your precious objet d’art. Or you can clip a white sheet behind the camera (jewels love to reflect light). Lastly, if you place it next to a familiar object or background that will help to show its scale.
• Tripod—Find a cheap mini Tripod at your local camera store or online ($3-$10) or get creative and make your own using pillows, books, or Popsicle sticks. This will help keep your hand steady while shooting.
• Camera Settings—MACRO MODE—Most Digital cameras have it. A little flower marks mine. It is the mode MADE for this kind of photography. Use it. Check your Owner’s Manual for specifics, but basically you should be about 2 Inches away from the piece you are shooting and zoomed out completely. If your camera does not have a macro mode use the zoom rather than moving closer to the jewelry—back up from the item and then zoom in to focus. All cameras have a minimum focal distance to an object. Again, check your user manual.
• FLASH OFF—When shooting this close, a flash will blow out the photo. And that is not a good thing.
That’s how it’s done Ladies and Gentlemen. Sell on!