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post #1 of 10 Old 08-26-2011, 03:37 PM Thread Starter
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Need help, not sure how to go about selling my saddle...

I bought a brand new royal king auto adjust flex tree saddle with matching bridle, reins, breastcollars, and cinch/back cinch. And it's too big for my horse. It was winter when I got it, so before I took it over to the barn, I took some mink oil and waterproofed the whole darn thing. Now I assume that they won't take it back... I would like to sell it all as a set, new saddle bag included. But I can't fit all the equipment into one pic so I'm not sure if could efficiently advertise it on ebay. I'm looking to sell it for like... $900. All of it. There's nothing wrong with it. It's brand new, never been used. It's a dark cherry red with a 17" smooth black seat and basket weave tooling. I wanted a flex tree so that it would fit my haflinger's back, but when I put it on him, it goes so far down his sides that I can't even cinch it tight enough, and it almost reaches his coupling, not to mention it's almost 30 pounds. Lol, I'ts a great saddle and all, but it doesn't work for him. Where would you recomend that I try and advertise this thing? If anybody here is interested I could post some pics... I'd like to sell the set or trade it for a treeless, but I'm just not sure where or how to go about it...
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post #2 of 10 Old 08-26-2011, 03:51 PM
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Nothing lost in taking some pics and listing on the classified section here, you never know your luck.

Other things to try, Craigs list, Tacktrader.com, or of course take lots of pics you can have more than one on ebay, or list it as separate items.

Speak to a local tack store about the possibility of a trade in, or maybe they'll sell it on commission for you. Lots of ways of selling, just got to get in there and get er done!
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Ya, I'm only allowed four pics on ebay, which isn't quite enough, and I wasn't sure if craiglist was free or not.. And I didn't that local shops might do that for you... thanks a bunch for the advice!
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HorseClicks is free, and you can put up to 6 pictures on the ad. That's where I sold my Circle Y.

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post #5 of 10 Old 08-26-2011, 04:15 PM Thread Starter
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oooh, I took a look at the horse clicks web and I like. I looks really easy to navagate. Thanks a bunch!
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I'm not sure what is the real price on your package (whether $900 is cheap, reasonable, or about same as in on-line stores), but I found it to be very hard to get a good price selling on-line. But again may be it's me being unlucky. I had no luck selling on eBay either. I sold both of my saddles through my local tack stores (took less than month in both cases). May be putting ads in your area (in feed stores etc.) would be a good idea in addition to on-line posting.

P.S. SR's example is not the best one, because she was selling her very good brand saddle for very cheap (if I'd look for the western I'd definitely buy from her ). So of course it was taken in no time. $900 is quite pricey (I'm talking just from money-wise side, not the quality-wise, very well it may be cheap for what you have). Now I'm NOT trying to be discouraging or bring you down, just share what I run into just little earlier this year.

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Yes, I was selling cheaply because I wanted it out of the house, since I had no use for it and figured some nice Western rider would like it.

If the OP has plenty of time to sell, she can still put it on HorseClicks. I see a lot of more expensive saddles on there that do sell, although not as fast as the ones marked down.

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post #8 of 10 Old 08-26-2011, 10:36 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys ^^

Yah, 900 would be pricey for the saddle alone, but Ithought I'd sell it as a set with the bridle, reins, breastcollar, and saddle bag. I actually had to specially place an order to get the matching bridle because the color and pattern was hard to find. The bridle is the exact match for the saddle and so is the breastcollar, but they cost me another 150 or so beside the saddle. The saddle I got for like... 650, maybe 700 including shipping. And the saddle bag was 60 because it has the side pockets for your bridle and girth to fit in. Not to mention I pulled the whole thing apart (saddle, bridle, and breastcollar) and waterproofed it so it's ready to use as is. I don't know, do you think 900 is too much? Or should I sell the items separatly?
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The thing about selling anything is there has to be someone who wants what you are selling, then the price has to be right.

You need to do your research first, google the saddle, see if you can find any being sold used and see what they are asking for them. Overall though, you have nothing to lose by advertising at $900, I would put OBO after it, if no one replies then you reduce it.
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post #10 of 10 Old 08-27-2011, 12:48 PM
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I agree with GH: do the research first. I'd advertise both: as a package and as sell separately. I myself was trying to sell my western saddle as a package and ended up selling off parts (girth etc.) and then selling saddle itself. Mind you, mine was NOT new (although in excellent condition, I'd say like new). In any case good luck! I hope you'll get what you want for it and sell it quickly!

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