Auction Instructions

Do you have something to auction to benefit L2O?

Most items can be auctioned on eBay and will sell at some price. To get an idea whether your item would be worthwhile to put on auction, do a search on eBay for items similar to yours and check out the response! This is a great way to raise $$ for Life2Orphans.

Current listings can be viewed at:



Participation in the Life2Orphans Auction


·        Method #1 is for participants who have never sold anything on eBay or for those who would rather have “the L2O auctioneer” create the listing for them.


·        Method #2 is for L2O members who have experience selling on eBay and would like to list their own items.


Method #1


The participant should provide the following information in an email to L2O @  Please put L2O – Auction in the subject line.


·        Name and mailing address of the donor (for receipt purposes and shipping reimbursement)


·        Photo of the item in digital format attached to the email.  If one photo does not adequately portray the item, additional photos can be submitted.  The first photo in the listing is free.


·        Detailed, honest description of the item.  This is very important for the buyers.  Things to mention:

Condition – Is it brand new?  NWT (new with tags)?  Sealed? Unopened?

If used, describe condition - Any flaws or defects?

Is there anything that makes it more valuable?  Signed? First Edition?


·        Estimated value, if known


·        Zip code from where the item will be shipped


·        The approximate weight of the item


For Method #1, the auctioneer will list your item based on the information provided above.   You will receive an email of the auction when it is listed.   The auction will run for 7 days.  Upon successful completion of the auction (which means the auctioneer has received payment from the Buyer) you will be instructed where to ship your item.  Shipping must be done in a timely manner, usually a day or two after you receive notice that your item has sold successfully.    See the shipping section below for more information.  Upon shipping your item, either FAX (610) 415-9025 or scan/email your shipping receipt(s) to Life2Orphans @  You will be reimbursed for this expense and receive a receipt for the value of your donated item.


Method #2


The L2O participant who would like to list their own items as part of the Auction must first send their eBay ID to Life2Orphans @ and register with MISSION FISH.  Mission Fish is the charitable link to eBay.   This is necessary to be LINKED to our NONPROFIT account in EBAY, to be considered a nonprofit direct seller, and to use our Life2Orphans listing screen.  Once you are linked to the Life2Orphans account, you can list your items at any time through the charitable link Mission Fish.  By doing this, your listing will be earmarked for nonprofit and will part of the L2O tracking.  (I will send you some additional information/tips regarding listing thru Mission Fish when you forward your eBay ID.)


Upon successful completion of Method #2 auctions, the participant will receive payment directly from the Buyer.   Participant will pay for the eBay insertion fees, final value fee and shipping fee as part of their individual eBay account.  The participant will forward the profit from this auction as a general cash donation directly to Megan and will be receipted as such.


General Notes on eBay Selling


Starting Price

The starting price in the auction listing is not by any means an indication of the value of the item.  There is an Insertion Fee based on the starting price of the item.   The lower the starting value the cheaper the insertion fee.


Insertion Fees

Starting Price

Insertion Fee

$0.01 - $0.99


$1.00 - $9.99


$10.00 - $24.99


$25.00 - $49.99


$50.00 - $199.99


$200.00 - $499.99


$500.00 or more



If an item is expected to attract a lot of attention, it is usually cost effective to start the bidding low because the item will normally reach its value regardless of the starting price.


If an item is unusual and may only attract a certain following, it may be wise to start the bidding at closer to its value.


Profit for L2O


The amount that L2O will receive will be Final Value of the auction less the Insertion Fee (chart above), the Final Value Fee (chart below) and any Paypal fees ($0.30 + 2.9%) if the buyer uses that method of payment.


Example:  An item that started bidding at 0.99 and sold for $20 using Paypal would yield a profit of $17.82 = $20 - (0.25 + $1.05 + 0.88)


Closing Price

Final Value Fee

Item not sold

No Fee

$0.01 - $25.00

5.25% of the closing value

$25.01 - $1,000.00

5.25% of the initial $25.00 ($1.31), plus 2.75% of the remaining closing value balance ($25.01 to $1,000.00)

Over $1,000.01

5.25% of the initial $25.00 ($1.31), plus 2.75% of the initial $25.00 - $1,000.00 ($26.81), plus 1.50% of the remaining closing value balance ($1,000.01 - closing value)





In all listings there will be a specified amount for shipping that the BUYER will pay in addition to the Final Value of the auction.  This specified amount will either be calculated by the EBAY Shipping Calculator based on zip code and object weight, or a defined amount stated in the auction.


Items will be shipped either UPS, Priority Mail, Parcel Post Mail or Media Mail depending on the nature of the item and the Buyer’s preference.


As a Seller, the item must be packaged very carefully to prevent damage during shipping, but as L2O supporters you should have a lot of experience in this department.  In some cases, the buyer may pay extra for insurance.


In submitting auctions to the auctioneer, please note any upcoming dates you would be unavailable to ship (vacation, etc) so the item is listed accordingly.  Do not submit an item for auction if you plan to be unavailable for shipping a week to 10 days later.




Our eBay selling ID is SELL4LIFE2ORPHANS and our buyers will be leaving feedback based on their buying experience.  Potential buyers will look at this feedback to see if they are dealing with a reputable seller. 


It is VERY IMPORTANT that we describe our items as accurately as possible, package them securely, and ship them in a timely matter. 


This cannot be emphasized enough!  If an L2O supporter wins an auction, it is very important to remember to go back and leave POSITIVE feedback.


Registering with eBay as a BUYER


If you have never purchased anything on eBay and would like to participate in the auction as a BIDDER/BUYER, you will need to register with eBay.  Registering as a Buyer is completely free and requires no credit card information.  Anyone creating a new sign-in to eBay to bid on items should do so through If you sign-up and bid within 45 days, L2O will get a $6 donation.




Please submit questions/comments off group list to Life2Orphans @  If the nature of your question/comment will benefit the group, I will send out an auction update and also modify the instructions if necessary.

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