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Unread 07-16-2014, 10:39 AM   #1
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My cossplay won't sell, any suggestions?

Some personal stuff came up and now I have to sell my Disney Belle cosplay. (Totally breaks my heart) but no matter what I do it won't get any notice. No messages, no interest, what can I do to sell it? I lower the price several times, I offer payment plans. Just ahh! Any suggestions

Here my market place add

http://www.cosplay.com/marketplace/s.../70206/cat/500

And my ebay

http://www.ebay.com/itm/251589571759...84.m1555.l2649

What can I do to sell this? I been trying since December!!
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Unread 07-16-2014, 01:05 PM   #2
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It's just kinda how it goes..I have a cosplay I've been selling for 2 years and it wouldn't sell so I gave up and used the pants on something else, and I still have the coat..I won't put the coat back up because no one wants it..If it's a lesser known character, that greatly lowers the chances of anyone wanting it..As well as most of the people that buy cosplays don't know how to sew so they can't do any taking in on ones that are too big on them, or let out/alter ones that are too small..So it kinda sucks, but it's normal.
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Unread 07-16-2014, 02:44 PM   #3
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You're probably just going to have to keep trying. I don't think it'd hurt to post some listings on more sites too, you should get the word out. Customers can't buy something if they don't know it's there.
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Unread 07-16-2014, 04:03 PM   #4
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For the most part, the people who look at the marketplace for costumes are looking for bargains. It's going to be hard to sell a costume for over $300 there, even if that's what it's worth, just because of the customers' price ranges and options. Like JasonTerror and EvilLittleKiss said, there's nothing you can really do except keep trying. I'd also post it on costrader, and maybe go to some disney fansites (if there are any popular ones) and put it out there as well.
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Unread 07-16-2014, 04:04 PM   #5
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Check out cosplay sales and trade groups on Facebook.
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Unread 07-16-2014, 04:13 PM   #6
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Try to post on multiple sites and forums. Get the word out there! Here are a few groups on Facebook you could join and post ads. I use them all the time:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/377993005647937/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cosplay.for.sale/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/the.otaku.classifieds/

And as schememy has already said, when people come to the Marketplace, they are looking for cheap, used cosplays that fits with their budget. Through my own personal experience I do tend to have a lot of trouble selling my more expensive cosplays, even though they are worth the amount I'm asking for. Also (and I hate to say this), there are actually people out there with the mentality that they can get a complete cosplay costume for $50 to $100 (a school girl outfit perhaps, but otherwise no)...I was selling a complete set of armor once and a person messaged me offering me $40. Umm...no. The costume was easily worth $800 or more. I've even read posts from commissioners on here where people will ask for a commission and tell them their budget is less than $50, and then have the gall to get angry at the commissioner for saying they can't do it for that cheap XD So that is another possible reason your costume won't sell.

Good luck to you!

EDIT: Looks like Pretty Kitty beat me to it.
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Unread 07-16-2014, 04:24 PM   #7
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Also (and I hate to say this), there are actually people out there with the mentality that they can get a complete cosplay costume for $50 to $100 (a school girl outfit perhaps, but otherwise no)...I was selling a complete set of armor once and a person messaged me offering me $40. Umm...no. The costume was easily worth $800 or more. I've even read posts from commissioners on here where people will ask for a commission and tell them their budget is less than $50, and then have the gall to get angry at the commissioner for saying they can't do it for that cheap XD
People who think a costume can be commissioned that cheap have obviously never been commissioners.
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Unread 07-16-2014, 04:44 PM   #8
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I think it's just a lot of money for most people- not that it's not worth it, it will just not move as fast since it's not something someone would buy as an impulse purchase.

It might also help to offer more details about the costume (like fabric and construction details, and specifics about the size) so people would be more sure that it's worth the price. It also might be worthwhile to fix the two parts that are safety pinned instead of having to list it as a problem.
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Unread 07-16-2014, 04:50 PM   #9
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^Yeah, fixing it would be a good idea. Most people aren't going to pay $530 for a costume that explicitly states that it's broken.
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Unread 07-16-2014, 05:31 PM   #10
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Try to post on multiple sites and forums. Get the word out there! Here are a few groups on Facebook you could join and post ads. I use them all the time:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/377993005647937/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cosplay.for.sale/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/the.otaku.classifieds/

And as schememy has already said, when people come to the Marketplace, they are looking for cheap, used cosplays that fits with their budget. Through my own personal experience I do tend to have a lot of trouble selling my more expensive cosplays, even though they are worth the amount I'm asking for. Also (and I hate to say this), there are actually people out there with the mentality that they can get a complete cosplay costume for $50 to $100 (a school girl outfit perhaps, but otherwise no)...I was selling a complete set of armor once and a person messaged me offering me $40. Umm...no. The costume was easily worth $800 or more. I've even read posts from commissioners on here where people will ask for a commission and tell them their budget is less than $50, and then have the gall to get angry at the commissioner for saying they can't do it for that cheap XD So that is another possible reason your costume won't sell.

Good luck to you!

EDIT: Looks like Pretty Kitty beat me to it.

I remember kamui made a post on facebook about people asking for her to make full armors for like $40-50. People are ridiculous.

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Unread 07-16-2014, 05:35 PM   #11
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It needs more detail in the listing (fabric types, the measurements, how much you've worn it), some closeup photos would be good, and secondly, that's a LOT of money to ask for a costume that would still need some repairs, especially if the buyer doesn't sew enough to fix it themselves (if working with a comissioner who doesn't charge a high rate for labour, you can get a new disney gown for that much). You'd probably have to drop it to under $400 before anyone would offer, or if you can sew, repair the damaged pieces yourself to up the value a bit; marketplace listings, as said above, are usually posted by people who want to get rid of stuff for quite cheap and a lot of the potential buyers on it are antsy at spending more than a few hundred.
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Unread 07-16-2014, 11:52 PM   #12
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I remember kamui made a post on facebook about people asking for her to make full armors for like $40-50. People are ridiculous.
GAH! Nearly chocked on my water reading that. I swear some people. Luckily I haven't had anyone low ball me that bad yet on a armor commission.
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Unread 07-17-2014, 12:13 AM   #13
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You guys think that's bad, I had given someone a quote on a dagger that was with a sheath, and had gems that were odd shapes and colors which needed to be HAND SCULPTED!! Along with a handle that also was so obscure it needed to be hans sculpted, and they said I was a horrible person because "It's just a dagger, it's small, this shouldn't be more than $20"..No lady, Eff you!! I'm not gonna sit there and hand sculpt you a dagger for weeks for $20 just because you are a cheap piece of crap..Not my problem..So it's quite normal for people to want things for as cheap as possible..I can understand having a budget because it's just what you have..But be reasonable..That $20 she wanted wasn't even enough to cover materials, let alone labor and shipping too..A lot of people seem to think this is a hobby and not a job..No..You don't go to get your car have labor done to it and go "No, your labor time is not worth my money", so why tell it to anyone else that does manual labor?

But yea those facebook things I heard go pretty well..
Also another thing I do is, one of my local cons, on their con site (usually the con name followed by .org) has a forum that has a section called manga swap meet, where you can sell all your stuff..Even non cosplay stuff (but that part might be my con only, idk) so seeing if your local cons have something like that is good too
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Unread 07-17-2014, 07:55 AM   #14
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let me put it this way, why would someone spend that much on a used cosplay when they can just commission one tailor made to their size and unworn?
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Unread 07-17-2014, 12:27 PM   #15
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I agree that the price is a huge negative point on your posting. Even if it's worth that much, it's a lot of money for someone to drop on a used costume. Personally, I would weigh that price against anything else I could get for that price (like tools or equipment for my studio/workshop, or a brand new costume from a commissioner) and choose the one with most value, which would not be your dress.

If you're really set on that price, you need to offer a lot more in the details of the posting about the quality of fabric, the condition, and why you think it's worth that much. You need to justify your price. Right now, it doesn't look like you're trying to recuperate expenses by selling the dress, but rather make a profit on something that has already been used.
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