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  • Best way to sell saddle

    Have just ordered new saddle, and am interested in knowing where/how people have had success selling used saddles. IE - consign? (I'm in Florida) Internet ads? what sites?
    Word of mouth... How long did it take? Any suggestions appreciated.
    FYI, it would not be in the price limit for the classified forums here.
    We don't get less brave; we get a bigger sense of self-preservation........

  • #2
    I have (had) two Countys to sell and listed them both on a number of internet sites - EquineHits, Tack Trader, Warmbloods-for-sale, etc. One sold in two days, the other is still for sale 6 weeks later. Both are less than 4 years old and in the $2K+ range. I think it really depends on the saddle. The one that sold was a pretty widely used seat and tree size, while the one that I still have is a much less common size and is going to take just the right person/horse combo to sell. I am hesitant to consign it because I have heard horror stories of how some places treat the consignment saddles, not to mention, they take a huge chunk of the money! EBay is also an option, but people there are looking for a steal of a deal and don't seem to want to pay anywhere near what the saddle is worth. Also, at the $2K+ range, the eBay and Paypal fees are killer! I am not in a hurry to sell it, so I will just wait for that right person to come along!


    • #3
      Usually when I sell something I want it sold. I put it on ebay, factor the least I will take for it, factor in fees, then list is for that with no reserve. I have never had something not sell - but like I said, I am really realistic with price.

      I usually post it for a week on the local site first (bayequest.com), but if it doesn't sell, ebay and get it gone.
      On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog


      • #4
        I think that for saddles on the less expensive end, ebay is great.

        I recently posted on here about selling a "nicer" saddle and was nervous about consigning, didn't want to pay ebay fees or have it go too low on ebay.

        I ended up putting it on TackTrader and it sold almost instantly for exactly what I wanted. The woman who bought it emailed me after she got it saying how thrilled she is with it. All in all, a perfect experience for buyer and seller, with no fees whatsoever (I had just done a text ad and said to email me for photos, which I had about 15 of to send!)

        Very happy with TackTrader


        • #5
          I sold a saddle on TackTrader a few months ago, it took 5 months, but did not come off my price much. I received at least 2 emails a week, usually people looking for a bargain or scammers.
          "You gave your life to become the person you are right now. Was it worth it?" Richard Bach


          • #6
            I get a ton of tire kickers...I send out pics to a ton of people and hear nothing. Tack Trader has been not worth it for me


            • #7
              pws-1002, you're right about Tack Trader, lots of tire kickers, but my ad on their site did sell the saddle.
              "You gave your life to become the person you are right now. Was it worth it?" Richard Bach


              • #8
                Originally posted by Calhoun View Post
                pws-1002, you're right about Tack Trader, lots of tire kickers, but my ad on their site did sell the saddle.
                That's crazy to hear. Within a couple of days on TackTrader I had two people respond, and one of them bought it. Not really any tire kickers.


                • #9
                  I just sold a saddle on tack trader. I had no responses for the longest time, then as soon as the weather warmed, about 6 responses.

                  I also had some responses on Ocala for Sale, and some on craigslist...

                  Be careful of scam artists. I got some responses that were too suspicious for words!