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 Post subject: Other items for sale on the site
PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 8:28 am 
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OK ladies and gentleman, consider this a market research thread

I have discussed with Vladimir the possibility of listing for sale on the website and possibly the SovietArmyStuff ebay store items such as Russian Orthodox Icons, crosses, Matryoshka dolls and other similar Russian souvenirs as I think there is a market for them

So, as our customers, please tell us what you think of this idea, and whether you all personally would be willing to purchase such items if we had them available

As a general price range, icons vary from between £5 - £7 for a small one, bigger ones can be in the three figure prices but it was more the smaller ones that I was thinking of when I mentioned it. Matryoshkas can be anything from £8 a set upwards depending on size

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 Post subject: Re: Other items for sale on the site
PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 11:03 am 
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I for one would be extremely interested in purchasing such items if they would be available! Very Happy

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 Post subject: Re: Other items for sale on the site
PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 11:15 am 
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It does sound like an interesting marketing strategy, and it would potentially lead customers from other 'genres' of eBay buying to search your shops more often, so you may have a wider range of customers available. As for the selling possibility, there are quite a few Americans that collect souvenirs from foreign countries, and I do believe they would be particularly good at attracting attention.

All I can really advise is that you might want to give the listing detailed information on the origin and quality of the items, such as if they came from Ukraine or Russia, or if they are in fair or excellent condition, etc. Also, you may want to do combined deals, as in selling as sets, so that customers will see a somewhat lower cost in shipping in that very instant rather than thinking they will be overwhelmed with shipping costs. Photos of the items from front and back would be necessary as well, as most buyers become somewhat weary of items they cannot get a full view of. However, all in all, I think you can make some pretty decent profit off of it after awhile. Smile


 
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 Post subject: Re: Other items for sale on the site
PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 12:29 pm 
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It doesn't exactly fit the "Soviet Army Stuff" name.

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 Post subject: Re: Other items for sale on the site
PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 1:39 pm 
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USSR Derek wrote:
It doesn't exactly fit the "Soviet Army Stuff" name.


Not strictly speaking, however during the Great Patriotic War, the usual prohibition of carrying religious items was relaxed. During First World War and Chechnya war, priests usually blessed the Russian Army soldiers on a regular basis and many soldiers could be seen with Orthodox crucifixes

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 Post subject: Re: Other items for sale on the site
PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 8:00 pm 
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It wasn't the religious prohibition I was thinking of as much as it just isn't surplus and/or army items.

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 Post subject: Re: Other items for sale on the site
PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 9:56 pm 
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I know, but we have a few things that applies to as well!

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 10:21 pm 
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I still think it might broaden the horizon of what type of customers you attract. If you're not too comfortable putting them on Soviet Army Stuff, you could always create another account that specifies in Soviet Russian Antiques.


 
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 9:21 am 
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If you do add the items specified above, I might be able to convince lots of people to buy from our site. Mostly those who are no interested in militaria. And who knows, some people that were not militaria collectors before might start collecting! Very Happy

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 Post subject: Re: Other items for sale on the site
PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2010 9:09 pm 
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This is often the way, people come looking for one thing but see something else they like!!!

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