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post #1 of 16 Old 12-01-2011, 08:55 PM Thread Starter
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How Do I go about Selling my Saddle?

Sorry if this isn't in the right forum, I'm new.

I have this Circle Y show saddle that I'm planning on cleaning up and selling as it hasn't been in use for over a year now and has just been sitting in my closet. It's original value is 3000, but I'm probably going to try to sell it at about 1000-1500 after I clean it up and this includes the bridle+chest plate. It's also a wide saddle that I bought for my old horse because other saddles just seemed way too tight and narrow on her back and hurt her.

But I don't know how to go about selling it. If someone buys it online are they hard to ship? I'd imagine people prefer to try them on their horses first so I really have no clue about how I should sell it. Any suggestions or thoughts on it? I'm very confused about how to sell them.

Thank you all in advanced.
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post #2 of 16 Old 12-01-2011, 09:41 PM
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Saddles are sold online all the time. Check the weight & then check which shipping method you'll be using. USPS is the cheapest, but some buyers prefer other methods. You can advertise on here in the tack for sale section & you can list on ebay. Just make sure you state, buyer is responsible for all shipping costs. I don't think you'll have a problem selling a full quarter horse bars Circle Y show saddle. They really hold their value.
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post #3 of 16 Old 12-02-2011, 07:04 AM
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post good pics, an exact model, measure the seat and gullet and post that. Post the state/ province / country you are in. Also what form of payment you will except, you are probably looking at about $70 to ship.
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post #4 of 16 Old 12-02-2011, 07:46 AM
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subbing...I've got a follow-on question - how do people usually handle payment? I need to sell an almost-new pair of Bates stirrup leathers because it turns out I needed the longer length after all. But I'm worried that a buyer's check might bounce, and I don't know if it's possible to take a credit-card charge.
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post #5 of 16 Old 12-02-2011, 09:01 AM
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It's not all that scary selling a saddle. Post it on craigslist (although I have to say I had zero luck with craigs), Buy, Sell, Trade Saddles, Trailers, Show Clothes, and More! - TackTrader.com Classifieds, horseclicks.com, eBay. PayPal usually is the safest way to get payment. You are paid -> you sent out the saddle. I shipped several times with UPS: got big box in either packing facility or just usual WalMart, wrap nicely, ship (I also paid insurance on saddle just to feel better)/

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post #6 of 16 Old 12-02-2011, 09:10 AM
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The better the pictures you take, and the better the description, the better chance you have of people spending time looking at your saddle. Research your pricing before putting on a price that is too high or too low by seeing what comparable saddles are selling for on ebay. Don't rely on what the value was when you bought it and any sentimental value you put on it now.

As for payment, when I sold large, expensive things like boats, cars, and motorcycles, I had them pay by wire transfer to my bank. Selling saddles on ebay I accept either Paypal or US Postal Money Order. I never get paid by check. When you sell by CraigsList, Cash only.

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post #7 of 16 Old 12-02-2011, 09:17 AM
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for soemthing small like stirrup leathers it wouldnt matter much to me I'd take a check, you can deposit it and wait till it clears.
For me if someone is overly concerned about my check bouncing I would assume it means they are dishonest as well. Seems like those that are dishonest see it in others the most. Remember this is a two way street. You trust the check is good but the sender of the check has to trust that you will send the product. How can you expect the buyer to show any trust in you if you are not willing to show any trust. Saying that I don't sell or buy stuff from new members or people that just kinda make me feel slimey. I have been ripped off a couple times, but I am a trusting soul and stuff happens. Im just not going to get that upset over it. I will however immediately stop dealing with some one that immediately suspects me of being dishonest.
I wont do business with Paypal for other reasons but you can set up an unverified Paypal account and take credit cards. The fees are excessive though. Get a name adresss and phone number of who you are dealing with, google and see if the addresses match and take a check or money order. If something doesnt seem kosher, don't ship till the check clears.
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Try to get your goods back if and when a check bounces or the buyer is unhappy for some reason and stops payment - especially if the buyer is out of state. I never, ever take a check and I have never, ever cheated anyone in my transactions on ebay or craigslist. If you don't like the idea that I won't take a check then go somewhere else to buy the item.

Paypal takes 3%. That is a pretty small price for the security and the fact that the buyer can use a credit card.

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try to get your money back if the buyer doesnt ship the goods,,, See it works both ways. Sorry but I don't trust someone that refuses to show any trust in me. So like you said I wouldnt deal with you.
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try to get your money back if the buyer doesnt ship the goods,,, See it works both ways.
That's why you use PayPal.

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