Sellers' Top 10 Tips
 

Writing a title is one of the most important aspects of your listing. A good title will also help maximize your chances of showing up on search engines (see Tip # 5); showing up in search engines will increase your chances of finding the missing piece your looking for, or finding the person who needs the piece you have.

State exactly what the item is, even if your title repeats the category name.

  • Include words such as manufacture/artist/designer etc., size, color, model number, or other descriptive information that buyers might use in their searches.
  • Don't use multiple synonyms or plurals. It's not needed for search and may make your title less attractive to buyers.
  • Omit punctuation marks and asterisks.
  • Don't include words like "wow" or "look." Buyers don't search for words like these.
  • Check your spelling.
  • Don't worry about creating a grammatically correct sentence.
  • Don't overuse acronyms.
  • Don't use all caps. Upper and lower case letters are easier to read quickly.

Do your research to know as much about your item as possible. Take the time to tell a story, if you have one. Write a very detailed description; it will help other members identify if you have a match. We encourage members who are happy with their interaction with other members to leave positive reviews. When listing an item, make sure the item’s description size (all dimensions), color, manufacturer if you know it, series, etc. matches the item exactly.

  • State exactly what the item is.
  • Repeat details you may have used in your title such as manufacture/artist/designer etc., size, color, model number, or other descriptive information that buyers might use in their searches.
  • Be concise (folks are busy), but it can be fun to add a bit of personality and even suggestions for using the item. 
  • Don’t include any part of the story you write about your item in the description box; instead; use the story box. 
  • In detail, describe your item’s condition, and take pictures (closeups) of the damage, wear, etc..
  • Make sure you fill in some keywords (see #5 for more on this).

Try to capture the size, shape, color, and finish of your item accurately. Use natural light and take photos from different angles, including a shot of the entire item in relation to another item that will indicate its size clearly, and also closeups of any detail and manufacturer’s marks. If you have a picture of the item before it was missing a piece, include it as well but make sure you state in the description what piece/part is missing from your item and that the pic with the complete item is not what you’re selling.  Here’s a great link with pic tips: http://bit.ly/1FwvgKS

* In order to deter listing fraud, a minimum of two pictures are required.

When you're deciding what to price an item that you want to make available for sale to the Treasure Matching Community, it’s a good idea to research what the average price others are selling similar items for online in their complete state, and then list your item at half that, since you're essentially selling half of the item.

If members are buying, selling, or trading items and are not in the same locale, they decide on shipping methods between themselves. 

Understand a little about SEO. SE-What?... you ask.  Search Engine Optimization is how search engines (Google, Bing, etc.) find what they display in their search results. With the proper research and placement of specific keywords, you can help to get your item(s) found on search engines as well as on the TM site. This will increase your chances of finding matches to your missing pieces.  

When picking a keyword, think about what words or phrases you would use if you were searching for the item you’re selling. 

If you have one or more items listed in the Treasure Matching Community, make sure you check your email account regularly for notifications from buyers or the TM team about your listing(s). Responding politely and promptly (within 24 hours) is ideal. If you’re going to be out of touch for an extended period of time, please leave someone in charge of monitoring your TM listing or place your profile in Vacation Mode under your profile settings. 

When you post an item, click the post to fb and/or twitter button. Your social media friends may not have or want what you’re looking for or  that you're offering for sale or trade, but they may know someone who does and a share can spread like wildfire. The success of collectors finding a missing piece to a collectible or finding more pieces to their collections will get better and better as more people learn about Treasure Matching and the community grows.

TM is doing all it can to keep the community a safe and fun place to find missing pieces to collectibles; we don’t allow scammers and unethical users to remain in the community. Still, we urge sellers to check a buyer’s rating. If other sellers have had consistently favorable experiences with a buyer chances are that you will too. Once the transaction is complete, make sure you leave a rating for the buyer..

 
  • The United States Post Office site, usps.com, has everything you need to calculate shipping and you can even order (for free) priority and flat rate boxes to be delivered directly to your door.
  • Take the time and effort to pack your item well. When it comes to adding packing materials to protect your item during its journey to its new owner, you can’t be too safe!! 

#1  Have Fun! List items and search the site for things you want to buy, help others sell their items and find what they’re looking for. If you see a possible match for an item you have listed, hit the match button. If you see a possible match for other members’ items, send a message to those who’ve listed the items. When you’re out and about at thrift stores and yard sales, tell other people about Treasure Matching, so that more missing pieces will be listed on the site and more matches will be made. And look for items that are missing a piece so you can become part of putting the pieces back together.

Let’s make as many collectible as we can whole again and keep them out of the trash!!

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