• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.



Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

Best low-risk place to sell premium saddle other than eBay?

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Best low-risk place to sell premium saddle other than eBay?

    Hi all---other than eBay, what's the best place to post a saddle for sale ad?

    **Not trying to advertise** My concern is twofold: (1) eBay's 9% fee is huge, plus listing price, and then add the Paypal fee...that's a lot of money. (2) The saddle is basically new, so I don't want to risk sending it out on trial. My friend's daughter outgrew it before she even really got to use it, and it wasn't cheap for them to buy.

    Thoughts? I've used Tacktrader before, with mixed results. Would you consign it somewhere? Thanks!!

  • #2
    Website recommendation

    Hello - I wrote an article in the March issue of Practical Horseman about how to sell your used saddle. It also gives a few websites to post it (for free) such as Horseclicks and Equine.com. I am also happy to give you my honest opinion on price, etc. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks!

    Rachel A. Schaeffer | www.ISellTack.com
    High-end Saddles & Fittings
    rachel@iselltack.com | 240-643-3989


    • #3
      I was just getting ready to suggest I Sell tack.com. They always have a selection of really beautiful, premium saddles and tack. Their inventory moves quickly, the customer service is great and their commission fee is very reasonable for the piece of mind they offer. I am not a fan of selling on Ebay any longer and with all the scams out there, I am thrilled to have a safe place to send our tack to be sold. In addition to their website, they also have a FB page where your tack will get extra exposure. Good luck.
      Worth A Shot Farm
      Finding the horse of your dreams, is always Worth A Shot!
      Visit our Website
      Join us on Facebook
      Watch us on Youtube


      • Original Poster

        Awesome, thank you!


        • #5
          I sold both my saddles thru my Facebook. I made a "sale" photo album & that one is public (the rest of my FB is not). I listed item details on each photo & contact info.
          "I'm not crazy...my mother had me tested"


          • #6
            I have a TC consigned with fine-used-saddles.com (based on COTH recommendations), and they've been very easy to deal with.


            • #7
              I've bought my last three used saddles from horseclicks.com, and am going to create some ads to sell soon, too. Free to post an ad, no fees like eBay.


              • #8
                There is TOC, Bits&Barter, and lots of Facebook pages for used tack.

                Most consignment places will take a whole lot more of the sales price than Ebay does, even with the paypal charges included. Think 30-50% on average. Of course, the better ones also get a lot of traffic, so may net you a faster sale.

                The other option is trading the saddle in for a new one, if a new one is needed. Particularly if the rider is sticking with the same brand of saddle, that's often the easiest route.
                We move pretty fast for some rabid garden snails.


                • Original Poster

                  They were down at Thermal, bought another new horse, and bought a new saddle (different premium brand)off the rack to go with it, fit rider and horse, at the behest of BNT.

                  So now other, 6-month old premium saddle is up for grabs.


                  • #10
                    The last time I sold a saddle I put it on Eventing Nation's Sport Horse Nation site. It was $15 I think to list it plus paypal fees.

                    I don't know if it's a brand that would sell there; mine was an eventing saddle.

                    eBay fees are lower than a consignment store (think 30-40%) but it can be worth it to have a store deal with customers and trials.

                    I'd look to see who is selling saddles like this one and just consign it.
                    Equine Ink - My soapbox for equestrian writings & reviews.
                    EquestrianHow2 - Operating instructions for your horse.


                    • #11
                      I would consign a high-end saddle. I have one with fine-used-saddles.com and it has been smooth so far (I did not feel comfortable handling the trial issues myself with an expensive saddle). I feel like I will get more from it in total from a high-end consignment place than I would selling on my own without trial.

                      The rate is NOT 30%+. Contact Patricia if you are interested and get actual consignment fees -- I don't feel comfortable sharing her exact fee without permission but is isn't that much more than ebay+listing fee+paypal -- certainly not enough to make all the risks attendant to ebay sales worth it to me.


                      • #12
                        I know it sounds crazy, but I've had incredible luck with CraigsList- and I don't live in a particularly horsey area. I found my like-new custom Amerigo on CL for a STEAL, then turned around and sold my older Ashland for asking price in a matter of days. Maybe I just got lucky, but really, there's nothing to lose. Just be sure to have very good pictures.
                        "Life is too short to be a slave to the whims of others." -- RugBug, COTH


                        • #13
                          Consignment won't run 30%+ like someone posted up there -- I also have a saddle with fine-used-saddles.com right now and the rate is lower than that. I think our local tack stores charge around 20% so I believe that is fairly standard.

                          I've used tacktrader. com and other such sites to list saddles, some premium types, and sold them without trials -- I've also allowed local people to do a trial but only if I had the cash in hand before they take the saddle. I went the consignment route with my current saddle for sale only because I figured it would be one that people would want to try and I feel better letting them handle it.

                          Also, depending which premium brand you are talking about, if they have reps out selling, might check with them. They sometimes are willing to take the saddles on consignment. I just had one of those situations with one of mine as well and that person would have taken a 20% commission if she sold it for me.


                          • #14
                            I also have a saddle with Fine Used Saddles. It was the same consignment as my local stores, but I don't live in high volume jump saddle area, so I went with one with an online presence to reach more people. I did try to sell it myself for several months online (even listing on ebay). I think it's worth the trial service the consignor provides. My saddle is also not a popular brand and will only interest people specifically looking for it.

                            Of note, I bought the same saddle from Fine Used Saddles 2 years ago, so I've seen both sides as buyer/seller


                            • #15
                              Good to know that consignment rates have come down. I just checked the places I have used in the past, and noticed rates of around 25% now. So maybe that is a better option than it's been before. It sure is nice to have someone else deal with answering all the questions, dealing with trials, etc. And the better consignment places do tend to get a lot of traffic.
                              We move pretty fast for some rabid garden snails.


                              • #16
                                Last time I sold a saddle I consigned it at my very busy local tack shop and it sold quite quickly. I forget what the consignment rate was, because it was several years ago, but I thought it was a good and trustworthy solution.


                                • #17
                                  My friend sold her CWD's through a gal from the San Diego area who goes to all the shows. Her consignment fee is lower than the standard 25%. Are you familiar with her? I can get her name and info if you're interested.

                                  What are the details of the saddle? There's a sign up at my barn for one of the kids looking for a used French saddle. You can PM me if you want.
                                  A helmet saved my life.

                                  2017 goal: learn to ride like TheHorseProblem, er, a barn rat!


                                  • #18
                                    A tack store I'm working with now has a commission fee of 25%, but it is reduced to 15% if you buy a new saddle from them. This is a not a specialty high-end place, though, just one with a very good web presence and reputation for excellent customer service.

                                    I may just ship mine off rather than try to sell independently - as others have mentioned, dealing with buyers and trials is a bit of work.


                                    • #19
                                      Chagrin Saddlery. Chagrin Saddlery specializes in marketing saddles and have sold many. Only happy consigners with zero hassle and risk of selling it yourself. We manage all trials, all marketing, keep the saddle maintained and employ a staff of friendly experienced saddle fitters. That being said, the other suggestions are excellent as well. It is important to be able to manage a trial with a contract as well as some payment for insurance of the trial. Make sure you ask any company how they manage trials (out of state, local, etc.) It can be a hassle to do this yourself if you can't sell it to a friend or someone you know and trust. Good luck!


                                      • #20
                                        highendusedsaddles.com is a great place also. I think she is 25% but She has sold 3 saddles for me. One was ordered for trial before she even received it. She emails her clients that are looking for a certain size and also puts it on her website that the saddle is coming and on facebook. I have had great luck with her!