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  •  I have used etsy a couple of times, (2+ / 0-)
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    weck, marina

    as a purchaser, not a "poster", or seller.  General impressions:  huge selection (much of it self-manufactured, "craft"-type items); but the "Search" capability is limited, and it is difficult to refine a search to zero in on a specific type of item.  If your jewelry is unique or (in particular) expensive, it likely will get lost - the "needle in the haystack" effect.

    On the other hand, I (again, as a purchaser) have found eBay to be easy to use, with a pretty sophisticated search engine.  Don't know the range of sellers' fees charged by eBay; but if you utilize the "Reserve Price" option during the sale process, you likely will be able to realize better value from the sale.

    Another option is to utilize a true on-line auction service (e.g.,  These services work with established auction houses, advertise a particular auction widely, and enable prospective buyers to participate in an actual, live auction using the Internet (with a live feed, usually accompanied by audio, and sometimes by a video feed).  I suggest that you log on to, and examine some of the auctions currently being advertised.  I doubt that your material would support an auction all by itself, but you might find a local auction house that sells via ProxiBid (or other service), and see if you can get your material included in one of their advertised auctions.  Pretty good exposure that way ...

    Sorry to hear about the health issues, and the expenses, michele -- I for one am wishing for a good outcome for you .

    jwa13 in Colorado When Cicero had finished speaking, the people said "How well he spoke." When Demosthenes had finished speaking, the people said "Let us march."

    by jwa13 on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 07:00:16 AM PST

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