Ah, that's music to my ears.
Wonder how she packed them..
Osso, my son makes a reasonable amount on ebay, buying "stuff" (he doesn't want any unnecesary competition ny blabbing all his good ideas on the internet) from the USA (mainly) at a pittance from wholesalers, twiddling around with those items, and selling them back to the yanks (mainly) for three or four times the price, plus postage.
I'll PM you with his ebay shop, so you can get some ideas about layout, photos etc.
He has a paypal account, and most people pay via that facility. However, we still end up with one or two envelopes each week, stuffed with dollars.
He says the best thing he ever did, was to invest in a good camera, for close up shots. His photos are really clear and accurate, which goes a long way to making a sale.
The other thing is, if you are thinking of putting something on for auction, time it very carefully, so that it doesn't end on a weekend evening, when most buyers will be out enjoying themselves, and therefore unable to bid.
Also, make sure an auction finishes at a time when most people will still be awake in the U.S....say 10pm or so. Maximum hits are made about that time.
You description of the item needs to be as detailed as possible, to avoid numerous ebay customer query messages coming your way.
Packaging....find a wholesaler or even a manufacturer to buy from...far far cheaper than buying it from a retail shop, even much cheaper than Costco's, we've found.
Wrapping, if it is a delicate item....use bubblewrap. Other than that, loads of newspaper, etc.
Posting....if it's over what you consider to be a certain value to worry about, send it insured post, but stipulate that on your item page when selling.
"Buyer to pay x dollars postal cost, plus x dollars insured delivery."
He also sends valuable items by recorded delivery, so the customer can't turn round and say they never received it.
If I think of any more...I'll get back to you.
PM on the way.......