|Collectibles and More
- Consignment Sales
Let Us Sell Your collectibles, art
objects, antiques, and whatever for You
Q: Ok, right off the bat.
What will this cost me?
A: If your item does not sell,
nothing. If your item or item sells, we will collect a 20% per item
commission on the selling price below $500. At $500 and below $1000,
our commission is 15%. At $1000 and above, it is 10%. That covers
our listing the item on our Web site, corresponding with buyers
or potential buyers, and making the final sales transaction. As
the buyer pays for shipping and handling, that shipping and handling
charge will be added to the total charged to the buyer. Our per
item commission will be for the selling price only and will not
include the shipping and handling charges.
Q: Do I have to sign a contract?
A: Yes, we ask that you do
that. The contract protects both of our interests and insures that
the process is conducted in a businesslike and professional manner.
Q: How long does the contract
obligate me? How long is it in effect?
A: That depends. How long do
you want it to be in effect? You may stipulate a length of time
the contract remains in effect. The minimum length of time is three months. The contract will renew automatically unless you let us know to terminate it. The contract simply states that for the
designated time period, Dooley's Treasure Chest will agree to list
your items on our Web site and that should a sale be made as a result
of that listing, we will collect payment for the sale, reserve our
commission and turn the remainder of the sale price plus the shipping
fees over to you. The contract also expects that you will keep your
end of the arrangement by shipping the items to the buyer in a timely
and safe manner.
Q: What happens if the end
of the contract time occurs and my items have not sold?
A: One of two things. You may
elect to not renew the contract in which case, by your notification
to us of that decision, we will remove the listing from our Web
site. Secondly, you may elect to renew it. You may inform us of your intent to keep your items listed. If we do not hear from you with your decision to remove your unsold items, we will assume that you wish to continue. We will continue to leave your items listed until you tell us to remove them.
Q: How do I know what is
a fair asking price for my items?
A: There is no way to know
for certain what the best selling price will be. You may have a
good idea what you want for your item. That may be a very fair price.
Then again, even if it is a very fair price, is it a price which
buyers are willing to pay? We ask two things of you. One, give us
your desired price. Two, give us the minimum price that you are
willing to accept. Certainly we will try for your desired price,
assuming that it is reasonable. Setting a desired price of $1000.00
for an item that in times of good economical conditions would be
expected to fetch no more than $750.00 is not reasonable. We will
do some research to see what other like similar items are selling
for, or at least being offered for. Do consider that a buyer is
not going to pay more than he or she has to. If we list your item
for a significantly higher price than other on line sources, the
chances of it being sold are reduced. On the other hand, we want
you to receive a fair price for your item so we will not list it
at the lowest comparable price, unless that happens to be your desired
price. Certainly, the more attractive the price, the better the
chance of making a sale and a quicker one at that. The reason we
ask for a minimum price is simply to help us in the price determining
process. We will go for the maximum desired price or what is determined
to be a reasonable price between your desired price and your minimum
acceptable price. We will never list or suggest listing at less
than your minimum level. That is unless you decide you wish it done.
Q: I have a large collection
of Daddy's Long Legs dolls. Can you tell me what they are worth?
A: Unfortunately we can not
be a central source of pricing information. We do not have a central
database of current pricing for these dolls or any other collectible
items. When we are commissioned to work with a client for the purpose
of selling that client's collectibles, we do everything possible
to find the best selling prices for those items. We can not answer
general questions concerning the price or expected value of an item
we are not going to be selling for a client. We understand that
a seller may neither have the time nor resources to determine his
or her desired prices. That's fine. We will do that work for you.
We will find what seems to be the best market prices. Remember,
what may seem like a great price for a seller may hold little appeal
for prospective buyers. If you don't have any idea what your items
are worth, or more accurately what you might be expected to get
for them in the secondary market, if you are contracting with us
to sell or at least try to sell, your items, we will work the pricing
end. We will let you be the final word whether or not the price
Q: How long will it take
to sell my items?
A: That is an almost impossible
question to answer. So many factors have to be considered. Demand
for that particular item. Condition and scarcity factor in. Asking
price also. The condition of the economy dictates how many willing
and able buyers there are.
Q: What items will you not
sell through your consignment service?
A: Obviously, such things which
would fall into the category of illegal or otherwise not acceptable
for sale through any legitimate service. Nothing pornographic in
nature. If it's an art object, we may have to make the judgment
on an individual basis. We can not handle anything which would not
be easy to ship through normal common carrier means, or might be
considered hazardous to ship. We can not handle firearms or other
potentially dangerous items. The exeption to that would be for digital
media items. If you have such items you wish to list with us, you
will need to have a method of electronically delivering the sold
items to buyers.
Exceptions may apply. If you have questions as to whether or not
your items are appropriate, please contact us.
Q: What if time has passed
and my item has not sold at the listed price? Can I lower my asking
A: Absolutely! You tell us.
We will make the change right away.
Q: Will that affect the
commission owed to you if the item sells?
A: Yes, it will be lower. Remember,
it is 20% of the final selling price. Whatever that is.
Q: What if while the item
is listed on your site, I run across someone who wishes to buy it
from me directly?
A: Simply tell us that you
have done so. We will remove the listing and consider the contract
canceled. Or rather that item represented by the contract if that
is the only item you have listed with us. Naturally if you have
multiple items listed with us, those other items will remain listed
and unaffected by the sale of that one item. That is our service
to you for allowing us the chance to sell it for you. And no, you
will not owe us any commission on that item you sold.
The same situation exists if you simply wish to remove one of the
items from the listing for what ever reason. You don't have to give
us an explanation. Simply say that the item is no longer available
There is one thing we must insist on however.
If you make one of a kind objects - jewelry, art dolls,
etc. - which you are actively selling through other outlets, we
may not be able to handle those items. We can not expend resources
to add items which may only be on our site for a week or so, and
then be notified that you have sold them and then have to remove
them. If you are making items which are reproducible, at least in
style, allowing us to retain a running ad those are most welcome.
We can not be a "second source" for sales. We need to
limit our listings to those who otherwise do not have another outlet
for sales, or for those who can offer ongoing production of their
products. In the case of the latter, we welcome being an additional
outlet for your creations.
Q: Ok, you tell me you have
sold my items. How do I know that the payment you have sent me is
actually what was received from the buyer minus your commission?
A: That's a fair and honest
question. I will send to you immediately upon the sale of the item
or items, an exact copy of the transaction notice I received from
PayPal. Should the buyer pay by another means such as a bank check
or money order, I will send you a photo copy of that. I want to
make sure that you have complete trust in us for this transaction.
If we deal dishonestly with people our business is bound for failure
and that is in no one's best interest.
Q: As the seller, what are
A: We need the same level of
fairness and honesty from you that we extend. We need for you to
represent your products as accurately and honestly as possible.
We need for you to consider whether or not the buyer will be happy
with his or her purchase and if they will believe that they have
been dealt with in a courteous and honest fashion. If your items
are mint condition, great. If they are intact with all of their
described accessories, great. If they are in or have their original
boxes and all paperwork, great. If they have imperfections, let
us know what those are. If they are missing parts or originally
included accessories, let us know that. Let's give the buyer exactly
what he or she is expecting.
Also, please be sure to properly pack and ship the items to the
buyer and do so in a timely fashion. If insurance or other extra
shipping conditions have been agreed to, let's make sure that those
Be available for us to reach you with questions potential buyers
may have about your items and for us to inform you of a sale. I
know, it's hard to believe but some people only check their email,
well they may never check their email. If we have a sale for one
of your items we need to be able to contact you to inform you of
the sale. If we send an email to you and you don't check your email,
that's a problem. If you are not in the habit of checking email
let us know an alternative method of contacting you. We will contact
you by phone if you tell us that is the preferred method but we
will need to have your phone number to do so. We will still send
an email to you with the particulars of the sale including such
items as the buyer's name and mailing address (for you to send the
sold item to), the financial facts of the sale, etc. So bottom line,
we need a valid and active email address.
Q: Do I need to send you
photos of the items?
A: That would be much appreciated.
We will want to display good photos on the Web pages. The more attractive
and informative the photos are, the better the items will appeal
to buyers. If the items are commonly known and available items,
such as collectible dolls for example) and they are mint condition
and in their original stock condition, and you do not have photos,
we will use stock product photos as we have done on the others already
listed on the Web pages. If the items have been enjoyed (played
with, and perhaps modified as to clothing and or accessories, or
are less than perfect) photos from you will go a long way towards
accurately depicting them for potential buyers. If the items are
unique such as handcrafted jewelry, woodwork, handbags, or other
items which could be visualized in no other way than to see them,
naturally we will need photos. Accurate and complete written descriptions
will be helpful in building an attractive and effective on line
listing ad. We can no longer accept printed photos. All item photos
must be sent as digital images. The most commonly accepted format
is JPG (called "jpeg). Since jpeg photo files transmit via
email as attachments to email messages by all means use that format.
The end of the file name (the three letters behind the period following
the file name will be JPG. Please do not send photos made in the
formats of subscription photo services. We can not work with those.
If in doubt, ask us.
Please try to make photos available. In many cases we may have
stock photos or we may find those readily available, but not always.
The photos don't have to be perfect so don't worry about making
them look too professional. Try to make them as sharp and clear
as possible. The better they are, the better your item will show.
If you simply do not have photos and it's not possible to obtain
any (know a friend or relative who has a digital camera you might
borrow or have take the photos for you?) and we can not find stock
photos of those items, we will still list them for you, but be aware
that it does create a selling handicap. Buyers do want to see what
they are paying for.
Also, please try to send the best quality of photos you can get.
A poorly focused picture can not be made into a sharp, clear one.
A poor quality picture is not going to make your item look appealing
to potential buyers. I have good photo editing software which I
use to "clean up" product pictures and in most cases I
can improve them somewhat but some problems cannot be fixed. If
you are having difficulty getting good images of your items, ask
me. I'll try to offer suggestions. Likewise, if you have any questions
about the photo requirements, let me know.
Q: Is there a minimum value
for an item you will accept on consignment?
A: To be profitable for both
of us, we can not accept items for listing
which can not sell for at least $25.00.
Q: Where on your site will
my items be listed?
A: We are constantly looking
for new ways to better present our products and that applies to
our consignment listings as well. Each product category has a page
or pages dedicated to just that category. As we list more and more
items, it is not possible that all of them will be listed on the
first page within that category. We are working to make pages within
a specific category as easy to navigate through as possible. We
will also try to insure that each of our consignor's products enjoy
equal exposure. That may mean we will occasionally rotate items
between pages. In no case however will they be relegated to obscure
and hard to access locations.
Q: What's next? How do I
go about getting my collectibles listed on the Dooley's Treasure
Chest Web site?
A: Start by reading the Consignment
Information Page. Of course you've already seen that and
that is how you got to this page. Any questions on what you read
on that page? Let me know. Also, read the Getting
Started Page. That page outlines the details on how to list
your items. On the Getting Started page there is a link to download
a copy of our contract. Here is a link to that document
The Consignment Contract Form After downloading it, print
it and fill it in and sign it. You can then either send it by mail
to us or scan it and send it to us as a digital image in an email.
Either way is ok. If you wish to send it by regular post, send it
2225 Cottonwood Lane
Bedford, TX 76021
If you wish to send it by email, Use this Contact
Me link to send a message to me. I will reply by email and
that will give you the email address to send it to. In case you
are wondering why I have not listed our email address here, spammers
like to prowl the Web looking for email addresses listed on Web
sites. They then add those email addresses to send junk (spam) messages
to. So we use a spam proof form based email sender.
Q: I know how to send photos
and the signed contract to you. How do I send the descriptions of
my items to you?
A: Simple. Just send us an
email message and list the items in that message. We need the description
of each item to be listed. Anything which you believe will be of
interest to potential buyers is good. Make sure to state the condition
of the item. That is very important. Is the item MIB (Mint In Box),
in excellent condition? Good condition? Any damage or wear? If it's
a collectible, has it been kept in its original box or has it been
displayed? Does it have its original box? Does it have its original
paperwork such as certificates of authenticity if applicable? Anything
else relevant to the condition? It is also helpful to have the size.
For instance, if it is a collectible doll or figurine, how tall
Tell us how much you want to list the item for. If you are having
difficulty coming up with a reasonable price, let me know. I won't
dictate a price to you but perhaps I can offer some suggestions
as to how you can come up with an amount to ask for.
If you have a lot of items to list, you can list them in a Word
document (Microsoft Word or equivalent program which creates a compatible
format. The file extension of such a document will be "DOC"
or "DOCX". If you do not have such capability and have
some other format, contact me to ask if what you do have will be
workable. Please do NOT send a PDF document. Those are very convenient
and standard for document use but I will want to copy and past the
description info you send into the Web page featuring your items.
I cannot do that from a PDF document. Likewise, please do not send
a handwritten or scanned document. Again, I need to be able to select
and copy the text from your document. The document you send should
be included as an attachment to an email you send. Do NOT print
it and send it in the mail. Remember, we need it in a digital form
so I can put the info directly from the document into the listing
Web pages. To get the email address to send your info to, use the
Contact Me link
just like in the previous section.
How to Send Consignment
Item Descriptions to Us
Written descriptions of the items to be listed on consignment
must be in a form we can copy and paste from. That means that
they cannot be in an image such as the result of scanning
a document and creating a .JPG or similar image file.
Likewise, they cannot be in .PDF form for that to is
an image and text cannot be copied and pasted from.
The document containing the descriptions can be either a
text document (with the extension .TXT such as one
written in Windows Notepad or similar text editor) or it can
be in a Microsoft Word compatible document. Such a document
will have a .DOC or a .DOCX or similar file
The descriptions may also be written within the body of an
email message. Any description list sent in any form which
cannot be copied and pasted from, including hard copy printed
sheets cannot be used and will not be accepted. To enter the
information from such a list into the web pages we create
for the listings would require us to hand type the information
and we can no longer do that.
Q: Do you sell items on
consignment on eBay?
A: Yes. Based on certain conditions.
Please contact us individually for those conditions. In general,
depending on how well the item is selling on eBay and if the asking
price is within the range of the same or similar items currently
or recently selling on eBay. Also we prefer to list those items
on eBay which we have in our possession. That simplifies shipping
arrangements by us and also assures us - as we would be doing the
shipping ourselves to the winning bidder - that the item will be
shipped promptly and safely. We must protect our good feedback rating
and that is the only way we can guarantee that.
Q: I've sent you the signed
contract, and photos and descriptions of my items. How long does
it take to add them to your site?
A: We will work hard to add
your listings as soon as possible. It may take us a couple of days,
or a week or so. It all depends on the number of items involved
and the amount of information added to the page or pages. On occasion,
scheduling issues here create small delays. In all cases though,
work on the project will begin right away. Also, rest assured, the
time of the contract life will not begin until the ads are fully
in place and operational.
Q: I cannot find your email
address listed on this Web site. How come? How can we contact you?
A: You absolutely can contact
us through email. No, our email address is not published on this
Web site. There are no email addresses displayed on this site. We
have intentionally kept them off the site to protect against abuse
by spammers. Anywhere you see a link on the site which says "Contact
Us" or "Email
Us" or something to that affect, that will allow you
to send us a message by email. I will reply to your message by email
and that will give you our email address to use for all correspondance.
Q: I am located outside of the United States. Can I still list items for sale on your web site using the consignment service?
A: Absolutely. Depending on where you are located and if your potential buyers are in your country or elsewhere and depending on where you are willing and able to ship to, we will be happy to offer the consignment service to you. Contact us and we can work out any questions or details.
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