Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Miniature Bids is Live and Cookin'

Hey gang,

Although lately most of my auctions have been on Ebay (especially expensive ones like the Zombicide set), I'm keeping a very close eye on MiniatureBids.com


Basically the site proposes to give gamers and hobbyists a place to buy and sell models without the relatively exorbitant fees Ebay tends to demand.  Arguably it should also bring buyers and sellers together who have a very specific desire to buy and sell the spoils of our hobby - so there should be higher interest from buyers and better deals to be had.


This post is to help spread the word, because without enough buyers and sellers the site will have trouble flourishing. I am already pondering what sort's of models I should dip my toe in the water with as far as selling. I have a *LOT* of unpainted, rare, nice models that could use a better home than mine.

As a marketer, I have to say I'm super impressed by the work they are doing to spread the word about their site and service. Their facebook page is very active and they don't just get spammy, they post interesting auctions, informative links, all kinds of stuff. They also obviously encourage people to spread the word - which is what I'm doing here with this post.

I've given them direct feedback (which they've acknowledged, which is cool) about adding tools for sellers - specifically the ability to view/sort/analyze sold or completed auctions. I use that a lot on Ebay to figure out what's popular and what approximate price to ask for things. I believe that's in their pipeline. I feel a bit "blind" on their site until they add that.

Anyone tried it yet as far as buying or selling? If so, how'd it go? Once I try it for myself I'll report back here with results.

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