Noticed that little Red ‘M’ at the bottom left corner of some products’ photos lately?
It’s new - and stands for MARKETPLACE, a free listing service for existing TYC customers to sell ( and buy) new or good-quality used Yak parts and tools to/from each other.
Let’s use this good looking AN-2 brake proportioning valve to explain how it works.
A lot of you have asked me to sell YOUR Yak stuff you have in the hangar on this website, so let's give it a try.
Unlike regular TYC store products, these Marketplace items will always be “Qty 1”.
If you are selling, you can check the TYC Marketplace website tab every day - because as soon as your PU-8 disappears, the item has sold. (We’ll re-list the next day if you have more than one to sell - but never post the same item concurrently to put two vendors in competition )
Email me photos of your clean, serviceable Yak Airframe & engine parts or tools you have for sale, (including one showing the shipment packaging you plan to use.) I’ll include your part’s Zipcode / Country from where it will ship in the webpage description...because TYC doesn’t need to inventory your item here in San Diego.
Next comes the most difficult part - because TYC must determine what is and is not suitable to put up on the site.
We all believe the things we want to monetize have great value but there will be times when TYC decides not to post certain parts. We may ask you more questions about them or request additional photos, but it goes without saying that there will be parts we turn down. Let’s hope we can stay friends when that happens.
Please don’t list parts you wouldn’t want your Wingman to go flying with.
Down to the mechanics of it.
Once you’ve supplied me photos and we have agreed a sale price ( which will include a small commission for TYC ) your item goes live using your photos.
We’ll also agree and document your part’s packaged size and shipping weight at the time of listing so shipping cost (which vary with buyer & seller’s location) can be calculated.
Unlike Facebook, the actual price is posted for all to see. No need to Private Message the seller and get involved in haggling.
Unlike Ebay there’s no listing fee and unlike Barnstormers your Ad doesn’t expire - but if your parts are not selling, we’ll probably be in touch to help.
When a customer purchases your Marketplace item, TYC collects your money from them, (including the cost of shipping to your buyer) and emails you a shipping label.
As soon as the carrier’s tracking information shows your item has been signed for, we’ll call the buyer to confirm they got what they expected- then the same day, send you electronically what is owed. (If you don’t have one already, we recommend you set up a Paypal, Venmo or similar electronic funds account.)
Stepping back from the big picture for a moment, you’ll agree everything about this market of Yak owners trading spare parts is....TINY, compared to other types of plane, or Certified aircraft parts for example.
This will never be big & complex like eBay.
TYC’s role will be to ensure buyers are absolutely clear about what they’re buying - because returns, refunds or credits just aren’t practical on this scale.
So why not just list on eBay?
Two reasons really.
While anyone viewing the site can BUY your item, You can be pretty sure the seller is vetted because, like you, they are an existing TYC customer, so probably a Yak owner - and second, like every transaction over the last three years, I’ll be putting my heart into make sure customers are satisfied!
Want to give it a try?
You’ll be surprised how many Yak fans there are, either one airport over or clear across the world, who need your stuff.
TYC Marketplace, uniting the right Yak people with the right Yak parts.
John flies out of KSEE whenever he can scrape together a few bucks to fill the tanks