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Selling Deer Heads On Ebay?

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by Trophy Specialist, Mar 7, 2020.

  1. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Well-Known Member

    I just completed my last deer today for my taxidermy career and am retiring. I'm selling off some odds and ends. In the past I used to sell several deer heads a year with big, reproduction racks that I bought through suppliers and then mounted using spare capes. I sold them exclusively off my website along with some repro fish that way annually too. Well that market has really dried up in the last couple years as I haven't even gotten any calls in the last year. I have two mounts that I want to sell that are 200-210" brutes and am thinking about trying EBAY for the first time. I've never done business on there before though. Has anybody done so with taxidermy mounts and if yes, how did it work out? I'm also not sure how to handle shipping on there too. In the past I build a crate and truck ship them charging $75 - $100 for the crate and then having the customer pay for shipping using their credit card through the shipper. Not sure how it is done on EBAY though. Any advice would be appreciated.
     
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  2. Micah Howards

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    I do lots of selling on ebay, That is where I sell all of my mounts. It works but I hate doing it on ebay tho because they are extremely controlling, when you have been on there for awhile at least. they also take like 11% of the price you sold it for. as for shipping when you make the listing it will ask what you want to charge for shipping and how you would want to ship it. hope this helps, if you need anymore help just ask.
     
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  3. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Well-Known Member

    How did you ship the mounts on Ebay sales?
     
  4. Micah Howards

    Micah Howards Active Member

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    when the item sells you will have an orders page and when you go there you will be able to go to print a label and you can then make it how you need it.
     
  5. crablover

    crablover Well-Known Member

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    Be aware of Inter State laws between the selling and buying states.. Each state has different laws in regards to sport hunted trophies. Violation of the USF&W " Inter State Commerce" laws between certain states can become a big issue. I know that first hand
     
  6. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Well-Known Member

    Would that still apply to a reproduction antlered, shoulder mount?
     
  7. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Well-Known Member

    How would that work for adding in the cost of building a crate and truck shipping?
     
  8. Micah Howards

    Micah Howards Active Member

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    You will have to just figure out the cost of building it and shipping it before doing the listing, and then when you make the listing you will put that price into the shipping.
     
  9. Marvtaxidermy

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    Good warning above. Here in Oklahoma it is illegal to sell or purchase mounted anything. Replicas are OK but they are not real. I was warned about that and called and sure enough it is, stupid if you ask me. In Texas as long as the game was not poached it is OK, but not here in Oklahoma. Texas always seems to do things smarter. Was looking at other states and they are all very different some are fine while others have stiff penalties.
     
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  10. crablover

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    Inter State Commerce laws are a federal offence and come with very stiff penalties, as well as jail time and loss of licence. As stated above, each state has different laws. Selling sites like E Bay are under constant review by USF&W. These laws do not apply for reproductions, but if there is any part of animal used, it is a violation.