Wednesday, June 10, 2015

WWYD: Selling a Used Saddle

In my quest for perfect back health for Boca, I have decided to sell my saddle and try to find a better fit. Over all, the fit is not bad, but he did show some soreness under the panels, which went away when I stopped riding in it.
I have two options. One is to try and resell the saddle myself. The benefit of this is that I will get the maximum amount of money for my saddle. Consigners in my area take 25% of the sale, which is a pretty hefty chuck of the proceeds, especially as the funds from this saddle are going towards financing my next saddle.
The downside, of course, is that I don't have as much exposure as an established used-saddle dealer. Also, I've never sold anything on eBay and I'm a little worried that it could go horribly wrong. I've heard horror stories on chat room forums about exactly that happening.
Or, do I just say "F it" and sell it with a consigner, accepting the fact that I will lose about $500 this way?
I currently have it posted on Horseclicks, Tack Trader and a few facebook groups, so far with zero interest.


  1. Ack. So I've sold 4 saddles in the last year and was able to sell 2 online via Tack Trader / Facebook and the other 2 I consigned after wasting MONTHS trying to do it myself.

    If I was going to do it again, I'd post on Tack Trader, Craigslist and Facebook groups for a month and if it didn't sell, I'd consign it. But that's just me, heh

  2. I agree with Tracy. Give yourself a time table and try to sell it yourself. If that doesn't work, consign. Are you on English Tack Trader on Facebook? They get a lot of traffic and you avoid the eBay fees.

  3. I used Pelham Saddlery and was really happy with it. I dropped it off and forgot about it, and a few months later got a phone call and a check in the mail. I was in a different situation, though; I didn't need the saddle or the money in order to fund another saddle. It was an extra that didn't fit Tris and was sitting around doing nothing. So I was in no rush.

  4. Yeah--I'd list via facebook on ETT, HEETT, and QETT. I haven't/wouldn't sell on eBay. It's very buyer friendly, which is not a good thing for sellers. I did have a bit of a fiasco selling one saddle myself through paypal, but it actually did all work out ok. Just make sure you follow paypal rules regarding tracking, etc.

    I did sell through a shop once--it was less hassle in one sense, but more in the sense that the shop was a PITA to deal with. If you aren't getting any bites on your own, it's not a bad option.

  5. I hate selling stuff (except the getting money part!). Even one of my friends jerked me around a lot when it came to paying for a saddle. I will consign 100% of the time so I don't murder someone.

  6. i used a consignment shop to sell mine bc it wasn't particularly valuable anyway (sold for less than $500 total) and i was ok with less cash but quick, rather than more cash but taking forrreeeeever.

    i'd recommend AGAINST ebay tho. i recently started selling there and for the most part it's been fine. except right now it's NOT fine and i'm a little worried that i'll lose money just to get my item back in order to try selling it again (if i even get the item back at all...). ebay's protection plans favor the buyer (the behind the bit blog wrote all about trying to sell a saddle there a while ago and it was a terrible saga) so you can really get screwed selling an item of value.

    anyway good luck!

  7. I think it depends on the value of the saddle. Anything in the $500 (give or take) range, I sell on ETT Facebook Group. If it's worth closer to $2k, then I'd probably consign it. I sold my last saddle that was fairly ghetto for $400 and no drama.

  8. I agree with giving yourself a timeline. Certainly doesn't hurt to try selling it yourself first! You can post it on too since you're in New England. Also, there's The Equestrian Shop near me (formerly in North Andover, now in Ipswich) that does consignments. I sold a saddle with them once and they only took 10%, but that was years ago now. You could easily give them a call and ask what their rate is now or they might have a website. It would be a little bit of a drive for you to get there if you went with them, but not as far as Pelham saddlery at least.

  9. Part of my job is to sell consignment saddles on ebay. I can say that it is a great way to get a lot of exposure for your saddle (and field a ton of questions).

    Being a decent size tack store we allow a trial period which people really appreciate (there is paperwork signed on both ends about the condition of saddle before and after trial) and I have had a lot of success selling a wide range of saddle types and prices. However, it does help that the ebay store I run is already well established with good feedback.

    Ebay does a decent job of protecting sellers and buyers and if you don't want to offer a trial peroid/return policy, I think you still have a good shot of selling it on ebay. Do a bit of research on pricing, but also know it comes down to someone looking for the saddle you are selling, so the wider audience is great.

    Good luck! If you have any questions about what info/pics to include in listing, shoot me an email!