Selling your Denby Pottery on eBay.

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This guide is designed to help you sell your unwanted Denby on eBay: it covers writing your listing and then sending your item to its new home. You see some apparently ordinary pieces sell for £50 - £100, others don’t sell for 99p. Have a browse though the category to look at the final price of similar items before deciding if you item is worth listing on eBay. It costs money to sell on eBay and some things are best sold at Car Boot Sales or given to charity shops

1. Identify the pattern, cram as much info into the title as possible.

Can’t remember what the design was called? There are a few easy things you can do to find out:

- Look it up on eBay! E.g. if you have a green dish, try a search (title and description) on "Denby Green". This will return listings like Regency Green, Manor Green, Greenwich, Greenwheat, and maybe Troubadour, Luxor, Venice or Shamrock. If your piece matches - hey presto!

- Look on the internet: Google Denby Replacement Pottery and on Page 1 you’ll find the websites of a few independent Denby dealers. They have excellent galleries of patterns you can browse to identify your item.

If your searches fail and you are stumped, it may still be worth listing. There are many dealers and collectors who trawl eBay every day looking for good pieces. Use eBay’s Gallery upgrade: it only costs 15p and that little picture shows people what you are selling even if you don’t know what it is! Don’t bother with LOOK RARE etc. in the title, it’s naff - just invest the 15p.

Know your piece: Some are worth more than others - for instance Denby no longer make Breakfast Cups even in the current patterns. So if you have a few cups and saucers to sell, it’s a good idea to confirm which type they are. Same with Egg Cups, Large Jugs and Small Teapots - not made any more - have a look on Denby’s website for what pieces they make now.

Use the title to describe the piece fully e.g. Denby {pattern} Large Round Serving Platter/Charger says more than Large Denby Plate.

Finally - make sure you spell keywords correctly, or they don’t show up in searches : -)

2. Pictures and Description.

Take the photo outside or in bright natural light (no flash). Make sure your item looks its best - give the item a clean first - no dirt or finger prints please.  Camera phones and webcams are useless, rest the camera or your elbow on a box or table (no camera shake) and make sure the item is in focus and fills the frame, take several photos and pick the best.

Include measurements - height and width of pieces etc.

Be honest: Glazes get scratched by cutlery and worn by use in the oven and dishwasher. If your item shows these things, just state this in the description.

If you bought the item from John Lewis or similar then it is First Quality and this is a selling point. If it is a second, again just state this.

Chipped and cracked crockery is worthless - don’t waste your time.

3. Posting, Packing etc.

Would you let your children rattle around in the back seat of your car with just a sheet of old bubble wrap on their heads? It’s the same with pottery! If you have just a few items to sell, you don’t need to buy much - save packing from things you already bought on eBay, get bubble wrap from the apples in Tesco and a few good boxes from their Wines and Spirits section.

Be confident that if a box is dropped on a concrete floor, the contents will survive.

Look up all the P&P prices (don't get caught out) and include them in your listing - you are only going to get Qs about it if you don’t, and it makes it easier for buyers to decide if they want to bid.  In many categories on eBay it’s quite common to see items priced low with a high P&P charge. I don’t think that Pottery Porcelain and Glass is one of those categories.

If you can pack the item up to a box under 2kg, consider selling your item internationally - it will cost up to £10 to send to Europe and £20 to send by Airmail to North America but more bidders means you will get a better price.

And finally: If the item is lost or damaged in the post you should refund the buyer. That can be painful but it is clear. If you take Paypal, you may be forced to refund.  You can try to claim for your loss from Royal Mail but this is tedious and a payment is not guaranteed. You may want to buy insurance, Recorded Delivery, Special Delivery etc. This can be expensive so whether you do this depends on your attitude to risk and the value of the transaction.

Loads of people buy and sell pottery successfully on eBay every day. So why not give it a go?

Good Luck!

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