How to sell toys at Catawiki's online auctions?

When you submit your toys for auction, this is your opportunity to get people interested in your toys and encourage them to bid. Potential buyers are more likely to bid on lots with a good description, all relevant information displayed clearly and, of course, beautiful photos. By following these 3 steps when submitting your toys for auction, you can increase your chances of earning higher revenues on your lots at auction.

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Lot description

To help encourage potential buyers to bid on your lot, you should include a detailed description of your object(s).

If you are using our website to upload your lots, tips will appear to give you guidance about what information we need to know about your lot. The fields that you fill in help to present the information in a way that’s easy for the buyer to read.

We will help you provide the key information about your lot that buyers are looking for.  You’ll find prepared fields for:

  • Object
  • Brand
  • Series - (such as Space/City/Star Wars in Lego)
  • Period/year of release
  • Material
  • Condition
  • Packaging
  • Country of origin
  • Length/width/height
  • Scale - for some items, such as Dinky Toys, the scale is an important attribute that collectors want to know

Please make sure you provide any additional information about your toy, including a detailed description of its condition in the description field.

Image Guidelines

Including strong photographs is key to catching buyers’ eyes, ensuring they bid on your lot.

Of course, buying online means potential bidders do not get a chance to see your lot in person, therefore detailed and high quality photographs are very important.

To allow our experts, as well as our bidders, to get the right impression of an item, we require several high quality photos, including:

  • a 360 degree view of the item
  • close-ups of important details, according to the guidelines in the next section

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Guidelines:

  • The photos should show a front and rear three quarter view of the item (without box) made on a plain, neutral background (preferably a white background).
  • Make sure your photos only show the object(s) you want to put up for auction.
  • To present your model in the best possible and most appealing way, please avoid self portraits, bare hands or a distracting background and make sure the model is clean without any fingerprints or dust.
  • Provide close-ups of important details such as logos or bottom, and include images of original boxes and clearly readable photos of the limited edition certificate if it’s available.
  • If you have more than one item in a lot, please provide at least one photo with all the items together. This will make it clearer to the buyer what you are selling.

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Now that you know exactly what you need in order to create a fantastic lot, it’s time to start selling your toys. Start submitting your special objects for auction.

We look forward to receiving your lots soon - our experts can’t wait to see what you have to offer!