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Hello, Many, many years ago, somewhere around twenty years I believe, I purchased this Shirley Temple doll.  She is made of porcelain, and is one of the most realistic Shirleys I have ever seen.  Unfortunately all she has is the maker's name which looks like Glenda Geissler.  Shirley is approximately 13" tall.  She is wearing a perfect Shirley wig.  I loved that she has the pointing finger pose which is so Shirley.  Can anyone tell me anything about her, the maker, how old she might be and how much she might be worth?  I am not looking to sell her because I have an Ideal 16" Shirley and they have matching dresses on and make a nice display together.  I would appreciate any help, many thanks.DSCF8533.JPGDSCF8534.JPGDSCF8535.JPGDSCF8537.JPG

Selling question


I have this t-shirt and I would like to know about this artist!

Thank you!!!


Selling question

Oct 21, 2016 7:31:26 AM PT

T-shirt with unknown singer



Seller Hub had a benefit after all. Below are screen shots of one of my accounts over the past 2 years. On a number of a occasions I contacted eBay about low views to no views for extended periods of time with no sales also. Every time I called I got no where. Just the same script..."I don't see anything wrong with your account", "I just checked your listings (in 2 mins), and they come up in search", "Your account is normal". 


I always kept a monthly inventory of 400 or more listings, except for Aug to Oct this year when I dropped them down to 250 and 350 listings. Below I posted 9 screen shots which show the gaps in views over time, and related sales, etc. I also added related notes below for each chart. 


1. Over 400 new listings posted. I called eBay a number of times about lack of views and sales. Got the script speech. 9 sales over 3 months.


2. Sales start ramping up along with views after 3rd relist of over 400 listings, Just one hic up in views during the end of Jan. 38 sales over 3 months.


3. Another View hic up in the beginning of Apr. Views drop and sales drop over 50%. 17 sales over 3 months.


4. View count unchanged by much and sales up a bit. 24 sales over 3 months.


5. Everything unchanged. 21 sales over 3 months.


6. Sales started to pick up then views basically stop and so did sales. Called eBay and got script speech. Huge gap in Jan. 27 sales over 3 months.


7. Calls to eBay fall on deaf ears. Views plummet, and lots of gaps. Sales tank. Just making store fees. 9 sales over 3 months.


8. Problem continues with calls to eBay going nowhere. Just making store fees. 9 sales over 3 months.


9. Called eBay everyday pushing issue. Cut inventory down to 200 listings. Sales ramp back up after a few more calls. Last week of Aug 8 sales, Sept 15, and Oct 4. Short lived bump in sales and views as they taper back down. 27 sales over 3 months.


Note: Below are the charts in order over 2 year time line. If this isn't proof, I don't know what is.





Selling discussion

does anybody know more about this?




Selling discussion

I impulse bid at closing on a camera,  but I had a sudden change of heart after some consideration.  I messaged him a couple hours later and woke up to find an email of him saying that I wasted his time, and that he would inform eBay of me being a non-paying bidder and would give me negative feedback.


He also relisted the Camera.


Is there anything I can do about this to avoid his spiteful actions?

Bidding & Buying discussion

I ordered a water pipe from ebay. When I looked at the information it said that the pipe was being shipped from Mt. Rainier,Washington.
A couple of weeks after I placed the order I get a message letting me know that my item has been shipped. It was how long it may take that caught my attention. They basically tell you it could be a couple of weeks up to over a month. Why so long? It is coming from China. Had it said that it was being shipped from China not Mt. Rainier, WA. I would not have purchased this.
I have not used EBay in awhile. After this experience unless EBay is my only soureal for a product I will not be using Ebay in the future.

Collectibles & Art discussion

Oct 19, 2016 9:36:22 AM PT

Where is the product really coming from?

I have an auction style listed and a potential buyer sent me a message asking if we could make a deal. Am I allowed to communicate a deal with them via messaging if it is auction style?

Selling discussion

Oct 20, 2016 4:16:20 PM PT

Offer through eBay messaging

Hello all,


Is this purse an authentic Coach Whitney East West Flap Shoulder Bag made in the US in 2000? Not sure if that is the correct name.


Here are her approximate measurements:


Length: 12"

Width: 2.5"

Height: 6.5"

Strap drop: 9.5"


I was unable to find one that had a creed like mine in my search. Thank you in advance for your time!



Fashion discussion

Oct 19, 2016 10:59:14 AM PT

Authentic Coach Purse?

I bid on item Number 252582685392 I was the first Bidder on it and later on looked at the item and later on saw another bid that was higher than mine. I hide it from My Bidding list (so I know it was bid on 2X's) Today I was totally surprised that I won it. 


When I look at the item there is only My bid listed...If someone cancels a BID is that shown? or does it disappear? Or am I going crazy? Smiley Very Happy Sugar

Bidding & Buying discussion

Oct 20, 2016 7:30:05 PM PT

I thought that there was another bid

I know about vero letter and always very careful of what I list.  I think I got a fake vero letter, well they didn't even say vero. I am selling bulk used electronics and got a letter from a zero feedback account that whose user name was a variation of Pete Sampras I replied and said I am very sorry and didn't know I was unauthorised to sell this product.  I asked for a company contact email and a phone number to discuss it further.  The email stated they have my address and didn't want to start litigation against me. (not sure how possible)  The email came from New York at 1 am and the name at the bottom was the ceo of the large company.  I think it is a competitor trying to scare people off.  Has this happened before?

Selling discussion

Oct 21, 2016 2:57:27 PM PT

Imitation VERO letter

Overnight I received an unsolicited lowball offer on a NON-Best Offer listing.  Before replying, I did check the user's feedback.  Turned out it was horrible -- all red and gray dots, and the green all referred to the seller "working with them". So, I added them to my BBL and replied kindly to them that I appreciate their interest, but sorry, my price was firm.


Here I am a few hours later and the item has just been purchased by a buyer who signed up today and the screen name is just a bunch of letters.


Is there any way to find out if this is the same person and that they have created the account to get around my BBL?


Any suggestions would be appreciated.


Thank you!

Selling discussion

Ok so I'm selling my 1973 Porsche 914 and a person from Germany wants to buy it. How exactly does this all work and also I'd like to know if this payment scheme is typical: I AM CHECKING FOR SHIPPMENT CONDITION

Do you agree with 50% on order / ebay confirmation by Banktransfer or if possible PAYPAL (Paypal fees go on my account )

And 50 % on pickup by shipper ?

That's what the buyer said.

Any help is appreciated.

Selling discussion

Oct 21, 2016 2:32:27 PM PT

Selling a car overseas

I receieved an item that was not as described. Contacted the seller and they wouldn't help me. Asked eBay to step in, and they ruled in my favor. Printed the prepaid shipping label on eBay that was provided. Returned item. I kept waiting for the tracking number to upload. It never did. 3 calls to customer service and the first two just told me to wait. The 3rd one said she would make a note and it should be taken care of. Today, the item is showing as delivered. The 4th CS agent said she would manually upload the tracking number and it should show up in 3-5 minutes. I tried uploading the number myself, and it says it's not recognized. It's the same number that is showing on the "Print Shipping Label" screen. It's like it never printed. It did. Same tracking number shows delivered today. How can I get a US based CS agent? I've had very few returns I had to make. The other one I had was this year and it was smooth. I have no idea what to do now. 

Bidding & Buying discussion

When I put my store on a vacation hold but still want folks to be able to buy, do I get dinged for late shipping because my store lists that I will ship within 3 days?  I did this earlier in the year and after a lady purchased I got the message from Ebay that my item sold and now it was time to ship within 3 days even though I had a message that I couldn't.  I hope that makes sense. 

Selling question

This is the message i've received from ebay:


Here's the case outcome

eBay Customer Support has refunded you through PayPal.

Shipping & Returns question

Oct 19, 2016 4:33:46 AM PT

I didn't receive a refund

Is it possible to do a buy-it-now or fixed price lising and restrict it to only one bidder?  I have worked out something with an ebay user and want to sell it to them only.  Is that possibe.  Thanks.

Selling question

I cancelled an order and the customer replied that the cancellation notification she received says that she should wait until after she recieves the refund to accept the cancellation. This is the first time I have had this, usually the customer accepts the cancellation right away. If I send a refund through paypal I don't want it to send another refund after she accepts the cancellation. Does anyone have any insight on this?



Selling question

Oct 20, 2016 6:31:34 AM PT

Cancelling Order and Refund

After I won the auction,The seller email me asking to reverse the PayPal transaction and proceed by bank transfer instead.And I also just found out that this seller use other pictures which also listed on eBay.Because of these my me quite nervous.


So,what should I do next,any recommendations???



Payments question

The top 3 items left on my leave a feedback were returns, I have no issue with the sellers they accepted the returns promptly and refunded my money, so I don't want to leave negative feedback but how do I make them go away on my feedback page without leaving a feedback,  the 4th item the seller stated they could not locate the item and refunded my money immediately so I also don't have an issue there but once again how do I eliminate the item from my feedback page without leaving feedback, and if I leave feedback based on the questions there would be some negatives.

Selling question

how I recovered my history purchase than I deleted?

Getting Started question

is there a feature to be notified when a seller puts up a new listing to sell?

Tools & Apps question

Hi Everyone, please HELP! I have been selling for a year now & have never had any trouble buying postage & printing the USPS label right from the 'my selling' page and then the 'sold' item. I usually just select the "PRINT SHIPPING LABEL" & I get the screen where I can adjust my weight if necessary or change from 1st class postage to priority. I did this 4 times this MORNING. Now this late afternoon, I sold another item & when I select the PRINT SHIPPING LABEL it takes me to this stuff about UPS and sign up there & print a UPS label.  


I don't WANT to use UPS. I live across the street for the US Post office & I want to use that postage.  So I went to Paypal & I can see I can choose the Post Office that way, but was unsure why I now have to go to another site for the US Post office. 


Am I missing something or is the ONLY way to do USPS to go through paypal.  I am so confused.... any help would be appreciated.




Shipping & Returns question

Oct 19, 2016 3:02:07 PM PT


Coins & Paper Money discussion

Oct 19, 2016 10:01:17 AM PT

india rupees note on sell

Hi there. If you do a partial refund to buyer, are you eligible for Ebay fee refund?

Shipping & Returns question

I know you have to sell 100 items in a year and you must have over 1000 in sales. What I am wondering is if i have auctions ending today and some of the buyers still havent paid by tonight will those sales still count twards my evaluation that i will get tomorrow.

Buying & Selling Basics question

I see an auction for a RV. The bidding is currently about $21k. The seller indicated that they would take $29,000 for the item within the body of the description, but they did not include a BIN on the auction. 


This seller has no feedback, so it's either a scammer or a novice. If it's a scam, I'll figure it out pretty quickly. I'm not buying it outside of eBay. And I don't want to inadvertently violate any eBay policies.


But... if it's a novice who just doesn't understand how eBay works, what is the best way to proceed if the seller accepts my offer?  I'm thinking one of two ways.


1. Change the auction to include BIN of $29,000 and call me immediately when the new BIN goes up. (I assume that a BIN can be added after an auction starts.)

2. End the auction now. Then, restart the auction with a BIN of $29,000 and call me immediately when the new auction goes up. I'll immediately buy it.


Either way, I'll fly up the next day to inspect the vehicle for any major discrepancies before completing the transaction. 

Selling question


Customer canceled order. I tried to refund thru ebays refund notice. Ebay sends me a message saying refund did not go thru and to go to paypal and refund there. I went to PP and it says can not refund due to an issue with customers Credit Card.

Called Ebay and they said to tell the customer to go in and update their credit card info. Customer says OK I updated CC.

I tried again thru PP. Refund still will not go thru. I do not want to "send money" becasue this is going thru ebay returns/refunds and I want proof of the refund. The customer does not seem to be able to fix their Credit Card. I asked them to call Ebay and or Paypal to see what the issue is.

Just wondering if anyone has an idea what could the problem be.

Payments discussion

What is Active Content, that eBay says will no longer be allowed?

Selling question

Oct 20, 2016 5:41:28 PM PT

what is active content?

I just had a Buy It Now purchase from a buyer with only numbers and symbols for Username, O feedback and no last name listed for shipping address. I have perfect feedback at this point and don't want to deal with someone who is obviously trying to hide their identity. It makes them instantly look suspicious. Any suggestions?




Selling question

I have been listing items off and on many years and have never before tried to upload a template for the "description" section of my listings. Now I created a nice template in Adobe Photoshop, but I have not been able to find a way to paste it into the description section of the listings. Anyone know how I can do that?


I don't want to use more complicated software than Adobe 7, so I hope it is not necessary.

Tools & Apps question

I recently received an item that was sent by Parcel Post instead of Priority Mail.  The auction stated that it would be sent by Priority.  Now, how would I go about rating the seller's shipping when I leave feedback?  Thanks!

Shipping & Returns discussion

Oct 21, 2016 11:24:14 AM PT

How to rate the sellers shipping?

Also the signature looks like "Adelman". Is it the girl's name or the painter's name? Thanks.

Collectibles & Art discussion

USPS tracking shows that my package was undeliverable at the addresss on the package. The package was in Arizona, I live in Oklahoma. My question is why does eBay show that my package was delivered on the green bar above the shipping information?

Shipping & Returns question

I am very sorry if I have double posts here.  I have asked a question twice but I can't find it anywhere in the community to see if there is a reply so I'm trying again.  My question is.... I ordered an item from bettergoods88 back on 9/15.  They said it was shipped.  I haven't received a tracking number or any info from them since.  I contacted them about my order but they don't reply.  They said it would take about 10 to 30 days for delivery. Then in another spot in the original reply they say it might take as long as 45 days!!??  I find this unacceptable.  So I contacted them about how my order was doing . They won't reply.  I knew I shouldn't have ordered from China but i did.  Any thought or help would be very appreciated. I also contacted Ebay but so far no reply from them. I find it very hard to get around in the community looking for my posts.  I can't find them.

My Account question

Oct 19, 2016 7:52:18 AM PT

seller won't reply

What terms would I use to research this plate?  Any info is greatly appreciated!

Collectibles & Art discussion

Oct 20, 2016 2:28:40 PM PT

Decorative plate - need info

They are 2" tall. I cannot find on replacements.com or Google search. They look like shot glasses.

Pottery, Glass & Porcelain discussion

I purchased 2 items on ebay from same seller (Buy Me Now) on my cell phone. Not connecting with paypal well on phone so came onto computer to pay and can't find the items. Don't know if the order went through or not. Can't find it on ebay or paypal. I would like to still purchase these items. Was going to contact the seller but can't find the place to seach for sellers. Starting to feel like a dummie! If you can help I would appreciate it. How on earth do you email ebay also! Ebay keeps showing items recently purchased but not these 2. If they are not waiting for me to pay for them I am not going to worry about it right now. I am a paying ebay member with a great reputation so want to keep it that way. Thanks so much!


Buying & Selling Basics question

Shipping & Returns question

"WHY" cannot I leave a "negative" feedback

Buying & Selling Basics question

Oct 20, 2016 5:28:38 PM PT



Hope everyone is well.


I sold an item.

Buyer sent me a rant/rave message that item was horribly damaged.

Said for the money he spent for shipping I should packaged it better.

Said it was dropped, smashed, pieces broken, etc.


I politely asked for pics.

He sent pics and the damage was no where to be seen as

he described it. I even saw my undamaged packing material

in the corner of the pic.


He claims a small part of the item needs a screw replaced from the

maker of the items company. He said it was SHEAERED off in shipping.

Funny how that could happen, it was in a case, wrapped, reinforced,

bubble wrapped again.

He demanded a full refund & shipping and he said he was keeping the item.


Now, as more messages are coming from him, he says he can "live" with

the damages, but wants me to pay for the screw and the shipping from the

company. He wants me to paypal him around $10.00


Now my question is....He went from ranting and raving about horrible

damages, now it is down to one tiny little part, that maybe he twisted

too tight and broke it. This has happened over a 24 hour period since he

received the item yesterday.


He has not left any negative feedback,,,,,,,(yet)


Any advice will be helpful......Thank you...

Shipping & Returns question

eBay share price dropped nearly 8% after hours today.


"Most of what is being sold on eBay is new product, and that can be bought anywhere for almost the same price," Tigress Financial Partners analyst Ivan Feinseth said.


I'd say that's part of the problem.


IMO, Ivan quit mid-sentence. He should have added that eBay is giving their prime real estate in BM default Cassini search to the cheapest of the cheap on the new items, (Asian sellers) and attempting to increase profit and growth via sub $3 dollar sales w/ free shipping.


This was somewhat all and good when eBay was double dipping revenue w/ PayPal taking their chunk also. With PP out of the picture, eBay lost up to 50% of their revenue they were deriving from their favorite sellers. Cassini BM default search, put into play before the PP split, still provides these much less revenue producing sellers their fantastic visibility in their default search. Having these sellers being #1 in placement in Lowest Price + Shipping first  search option isn't quite good enough for management, eBay has them dominate two of the most popular search options that buyers use.


When this business has to continually, perpetually, have listing special after listing special, 10% eBay Bucks, and FVF discount specials to show minimum growth that significantly lags all of their competition, a light should go on in someone's head that there is a major problem with their business model, and specifically their BM default search algorithm.


Another good quote pertaining to management's blather for a better eBay:


"This has been about 18 months now that we've been hearing the same thing...we're kinda waiting for the returns on the investments," Edward Jones Research analyst Josh Olson said.


I believe Edward Jones doesn't have their finger on the pulse.

Selling discussion

Oct 19, 2016 5:52:59 PM PT

Bad day for eBay

Seriously...What Has Happened To Ebay.....i keep reading people in the same situation  ...SALES ARE LOW


Then theres's the Google Fall out or is that hearsay mentioned in here



So im a small seller really but i looked at my Amazon account started in April 2016 and its upward sales far surpass Ebay growth in percenatge with no major troughs


Just another obssravtion about this current trend ignore if you want


Smiley Happy

Selling discussion

Oct 19, 2016 3:13:44 PM PT

Has the bubble burst for us all






First the forever stamp, now flat rate shipping is going up. The U.S. Postal Service filed notice Wed. Oct. 19, 2016 of price changes for shipping services to take effect after the holiday mailing season.The filing also does not include any price increase for First-Class Package International Service, Priority Mail Express International and Priority Mail International.

The postal service says the average price increase is 3.9 percent.

The Priority Mail Flat Rate Box and Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope prices for these products are:

Current              New
Small flat-rate box                     $ 6.80               $7.15
Medium flat-rate box                 13.45                13.60
Large flat-rate box                     18.75                18.85
Large APO/FPO flat-rate box    16.75                17.35
Regular flat-rate envelope          6.45                  6.65
Legal flat-rate envelope              6.45                  6.95
Padded flat-rate envelope          6.80                  7.20

The Postal Regulatory Commission will review the prices before they are scheduled to take effect Jan. 22, 2017. Earlier this month, the USPS announced it wants to increase the Forever First Class postage stamp back to 49 cents. Currently it has been reduced to 47 cents.

The postal service reminds that it does not receive tax dollars and relies on postage sales to pay for operations.

Selling discussion

Oct 19, 2016 8:18:32 PM PT

USPS Rate Increase after the holidays


I have noticed when listing.... eBay is now sneaking in "Good until Cancelled" on my listings.... really cheap trick... great way for them to charge me once my listings are used up. For those who aren't aware.. you can't go back and change to 30 days once its listed... eBay SHAME ON YOU!



Selling discussion

Oct 19, 2016 9:29:21 AM PT


Selling discussion

So I sell this white polyester women's blazer.   Blazer was brand new, never-worn condition.  Had been received as a gift so tags had been removed.  Not a thing wrong with it.  Clean as a whistle; pristine.



As far as how I handle processing of buyer purchases:


A) I always inspect the item thoroughly one more time before shipment to make sure the item still remains "as described" and there has been no damage to the it since it had been  listed  (More of a concern when it comes to breakable items like glass/porcelain, etc.)


B) I take additional photos of the item to document what went out the door.


C) Clothing is wrapped in white tissue paper then put inside a clear  zip-top bag and sealed.


D) Zip-top bag is then inserted into an outer Mylar shipping bag and sealed, labeled/dispatched.



Buyer messages me today saying "I received my blazer yesterday and it has a stain on the sleeve. This was advertised as with no defects. What would you like me to do? I didn't send a refund request yet as I wanted to give you a note first. Thanks,"


Now, take a look at the two photos I've attached.  One is a pix of the actual item which was offered/listed/sold which she received.  The other is a pix she sent me .


Gee, do you really think I wouldn't have noticed a stain like that on a WHITE item when I was taking documentation photos, folding the item, and wrapping it carefully in tissue paper in preparation for shipment?  NOT.


Or gee, do you want me to believe the stain was caused/created in transit when the piece was double-bagged and wrapped in tissue?  If the two bags were ripped as a result of rough handling by the PO which allowed some sort of foreign liquid to infiltrate both bags, you don't think the tissue also wouldn't be stained?  


No, we just happen to miraculously have a rather substantial stain that suddenly has appeared out of nowhere.  


Gee, I wonder *why* that happened?   Doesn't take a rocket scientist.  I don't accept returns unless the item is not as described/depicted.   All the buyer has to do is alter/deface the item in some way, and VOILA! -- it isn't as described!   Doesn't matter if the real reason is it doesn't fit, you don't like the material, hubbie was upset you spent the money, etc., etc. etc. 


Messaged the buyer back and told her I was sorry to hear the item was not in the same condition it was when it was listed, sold, and dispatched.  Told her I'd like her to return the blazer to me. Told her she needs to initiate a Return Request via eBay and when she does, I will send her a pre-paid return mailing label. Further, once I receive the item back I will issue her a full refund (shipping + item cost), and added if she has any questions or needs more info to let me know.


So far, not a peep.


How much you wanna bet I'll get a message back indicating if I would give her a partial refund, pay for the cost of cleaning the item, etc. she's happy to keep the item?  


Nope, not happenin'.    She either initiates a return, sends the item back and gets a full refund, or she gets nothing.   Not playing that game.


If she does send it back, I won't be a bit surprised if the blazer will suddenly have incurred even more "damage" while in return transit.    Or, I may hear nothing more from her at all since I made it clear her only option is to return it for a full refund.  We'll see.  


It just really ticks me off that people have to be so darned dishonest and conniving.  I mean, we're not talking about a $200 or $2000 designer piece. Shipping included, we're talking about  about $20.   If it were me and didn't like what I ordered and I knew the item couldn't be returned, I'd just donate it to a local charity shop and be done with it.


I certainly wouldn't go to all the trouble of figuring out how to game the system, then determining what sort of **bleep** I could drip or smear all over an item so I could get concoct/plead my case all so I could get some or all of my 20 bucks back.  Sheesh!


And yeah, before anyone asks, she's already on my BBL and will stay there.    


Not really looking for solutions/suggestions.  Just needed to vent.  Thanks for reading!   Feel a bit better now.  Smiley Wink


Selling discussion

To be honest, I never paid much attention to seller complaints here about how ebay treated them. I figured they might me lax, or complainers or just not careful. MY DEEPEST APOLOGIES for thinking this. Just had first return request.


Keeping it short: lying buyer wrote me 15 emails because she didn't want to return item, just wanted a complete refund for bottle of shampoo. I told her she had to open a return request. Finally the lying buyer did, saying item was not as described. Meanwhile, I called ebay almost every day asking how to handle her and make her stop writing to me. They told me to report her. I did, no response.


They all told me buyer's remorse, she doesn't have a case, and that I should file a complaint about her. I did. Then they told me to ask for ebay's help. I did.


HERE'S WHAT I DID WRONG: Once you ask for ebay's help, it goes to Resolution, and they are a bunch of 3rd world ignorant  uneducated lackeys who will ALWAYYS side with the buyer.  There are over 100 lackeys, and the supervisor (who I made call me) emphasized that they are all over the world: ie English is definitely not their first language, your business means nothing to them, they can only use checkboxes for their decisions, they probably can't translate a word like shampoo, and everything they do is by rote.


I asked him for ONE example when they would rule in a seller's favor, and he could only think of one!!!!: If the buyer claimed no delivery, and they had a tracking number. That;s the only time they'll rule for a seller!!!!!!!


See, that's the joke. They say they're here to help sellers, but that's a complete lie. Kind of like the lying buyer.


Then they literally stole the $20 out of my Paypal, like I'm a felon and they're garnishing my wages. I have other things going on, like a death in the family, so I complained but emails  bounced back and thought about how I'll publicize this, in ebay Facebook groups.


But they weren't through with their threats, extortion and harassment. Just now I get another email from them saying if I don't write to the lying buyer AGAIN - - to "work out" the shipping, which she already said she would pay - they will demote me. WHY didn't they write to her  themselves????? (And of course, steal more money from my paypal.)


I think I might let them do that. What does thet mean, exactly? I'm not selling anything anyway. Would I even notice it. I don't have time for these ridiculous games.



Selling discussion

recently purchased 2 floor lamps on Ebay from a guy in South Korea; when I received the lamps found out they came from Wayfair.com and are sold by Wayfair and are actually cheaper at Wayfair than what this Eaby retailer was selling them for, I had no idea they wwere sold by Wayfair, obviously if I knew I would have saves some money and bought direct from wayfair


Bidding & Buying discussion

My housemate bought an item at a garage sale of a friend~~the item belonged to the friends son.  He paid $25.00 for it.


Knowing nothing about the item he asked me to sell it on ebay~~I sold it for $135.00 with free shipping.  The buyer received it but couldn't use it because it was registered in the name of my friends son.  The only way he could use it was to contact my friends son, give the son all his info and the son had to get it registered in my buyers name and pay a fee of $25.00.  My buyer reimbursed the $25.00 fee to the son and it got registered to him.


Then my buyer went to download the software that was with the item and the software wouldn't download to his computer.  He asked to return the item as it was no good to him.


He returned it and I refunded him his $135.00 plus another $18.00 in return shipping cost.


So....here I sit today out $153.00 for the refund to the buyer, $22.05 in original shipping, $13.50 in ebay fees for the sale and $100.00 I gave to my housemate when the item sold.  He won't have the money to refund me the $100.00 back until next week when he'll give me $50.00 and then will give me the remaining $50.00 a month after that.


This is an example of what can happen when you sell items for friends.  Believe me, I will never sell anything for anyone ever again.  Now, my housemate plans to take this thing to a music store he deals with and sell it to them.  I'll let him deal with the nightmare of this item if he does this.  I had every intention of smashing it with a BIG hammer when I got it back but he grabbed it back before I got the chance.

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Oct 19, 2016 4:53:09 AM PT

The Nightmare Of Selling Items For Friends



EBay Inc. wants people to think of it as a first stop for all online shopping, not as an auction house of stuff from grandma's attic.


The e-commerce site is trying to redefine itself to capture new, younger consumers who shop on their phones and don't have time to scroll through thousands of listings. It is rolling out improved search features and personalized recommendations and reviews


Read the rest of the article, they still have not figured out that their search engine has ruined eBay.


It must be something else, we need to change, yeah, keep grasping at straws eBay.

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We've all seen "horror" packing stories - things shipped with no padding, with only newspaper, using a blanket to wrap dishware, breakables in envelopes, and more.


So how about the flip side of the coin. What is the most creative and/or unexpected yet effective packing material you have ever used or received in a package?


So many downer threads lately... figured I'd try to lift the mood a bit. Smiley Happy

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Oct 19, 2016 5:56:18 PM PT

Creative Packing Materials

An old saying has it that you can shear a sheep a lot of times but only slaughter him once. eBay's seller fees when combined with their divorced child Pay-Pal's fees are rediculous. I only have 70 sales (100% positive) and a lot of purchases but, having just recieved my sellers invoice....I'm done. Now looking at alternatives!

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Oct 19, 2016 6:49:20 AM PT

Done with eBay because of high seller fees

First, this is my posting ID. When I get mad and feel like I'm going to start crying over no eBay activity or sales,  I usually go to "Tell Us What You Think" email and start complaining.  I have done it a lot. I have also complained on this forum a few times. I often wonder if this has any bearing or reason for my low sales, not receiving free listings or other promotions offered by eBay. I know the emails will show your IP address even when it saids don't enter any personal information. I mean, I feel like eBay knows more about me than I do.   What do you think?


Here is the email that I sent yesterday.


I have been selling here off and on for 12 years. I'm a top rated seller with 1 day shipping and 30 day return policy. I have 100% positive feedback, but I'm a very small US seller.
June and July of this year were normal selling months for me with around 25 sales each month. That number it seems is the best eBay will allow me to do, no matter what I'm selling or what I do. I did receive free listing promotions for these months, so I had a lot of items listed.
In Aug. it dropped down the amount in sales. In Sept. it dropped even more. Now it's half way through Oct. This should be the start of the Holiday selling season. I did pretty good for me (avg.) last season here. I have only sold 7 items thus far for Oct., a grand total of $47.00.This month is the worst!
In Aug. I was thinking, OK, maybe it's because of back to school sales taking buyers money. In Sept. could not figure out an excuse for low sales. In Oct, the same thing.
The reasons I now conclude is; it's eBay. One reason is because I can't afford to list that much at .30 cent a listing. Not that I mind paying for listing items. It's just that I can't afford to. With little to no sales here, anymore; it's the same reason that I can't afford to pay extra for a store front.
No free listing promotions in Aug., Sept, or Oct. except for 50 free promos. for auction. I went through those pretty fast. I think also after doing some reading on here, that in August is when eBay started tinkering around with the new product pages stupid **bleep**. Now no sales.
Every time that eBay tries making changes to the website, we small sellers suffer. The product pages; It's not only a bad idea and is so confusing, it doesn't improve anything. It's only a waste of more time, more clicks and more confusing searches. Just ridiculous!!
This place is so depressing and stressful with all the pathetic changes, beta testing, glitches, greediness, unfairness, catering to the big box companies, mega sellers and China and insisting on scammers to buy here; I will certainly be the next seller to leave. I'm beyond done.
Anyway, I'm at a loss. I don't know what to do anymore. Promoted listings, what load of **bleep** is that? Pay us more money to have your items seen in search.
Here is a copy of my sales from this time last year until now. What Bull!!!
Number of transactions and sales Transactions:      Oct. 2015 - 20 sales, $213.27         Nov. 2015 - 19 sales,  $241.81     Dec. 2015 -  34 sales,  $516.04       Jan. 2016 - 26 sales,  $425.70       Feb. 2016 - 29 sales,  $427.27       March 2016 - 20 sales,  $283.60        April 2016 - 20 sales,  $707.54       May 2016 - 34 sales,   $557.53       June 2016 - 28 sales,   $569.27        July 2016 - 25 sales,  $683.78          Aug. 2016 - 26 sales,  $465.04        Sept. 2016 - 16 sales, $261.29      Oct. 2016 - 7 sales,  $47.93 




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Hey guys.. 

This is the FIRST and ONLY negative feedback I have ever received. The eBay user bid on my shoes (the eBay user's girlfriend was actually doing the bidding). Once the bid ended and they won, they messaged me telling me my shoes are fake and that I was a bum. The shoes I listed were NOT fake and were authentic. The bidder NEVER PAID. I never shipped the item.. they never paid. YET, they left a negative feedback stating that I sell fake items. Is that not malicious? They didn't even purchase my item yet they left me negative feedback.. now my feedback is HIT and it really hurts that there is just a loop and cycle of redirecting links when trying to deal with the problem. They denied my feedback revision request on purpose just to hurt my rep.. the eBay user was angry about it and his girlfriend bidding on my shoes so he took it out on me. I reported the feedback and it's been almost a month and nothing has happened. How the heck do I get this feedback removed? I most certainly am completely justified. The buyer never even paid or received an item.. 

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Oct 20, 2016 8:40:22 AM PT

Piles of Mail Dumped in Woods !!



Shows they have been down for awhile. Is this affecting everyone? I printed labels earlier no problem, but now I can't even get the main Paypal login page to come up. Just "Server not found"

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Oct 21, 2016 9:39:22 AM PT

Paypal servers down?

I ran across an auction, actually 700 of them from one seller, who is showing photos on his auctions of the Twin Towers being hit with the President & Vice President laughing below it with the caption 'yeah, jet fuel caused it' or something to that affect and a political propaganda photo of politicians who in his opinion are against the right to bear arms and also a bullet exploding as it hits a wall.  Obviously all these auctions are against the Offensive Material Policy on eBay & probably a couple others but there is no where to report them & it probably wouldn't do any good anyway.


What is even more interesting is when I went to report a single auction for this offense there was no longer an option to do so.  They only option for Listing infractions was now 'sellers is attempting to sell items off of ebay'.  Nothing else.  So apparently if you are a big time seller you can do ANYTHING & Ebay will do nothing. 


I reported one of the items to Ebay in a phone call & she promised to do so (yeah, that will work)  but there are 699 other auctions with it (and no doubt many thousands more from other sellers) .   They know ebay will do nothing to stop them.   Is this the new Ebay now?  I know from first had experience that 'prerred buyers' (those that spend a lot) recieve preferred treatment.  Apparently that is the case with sellers too in that they have a different set of rules than the smaller sellers.  Even if that is not the case Ebay has now turned into the Wild West where anything goes--even 911 conspsiracy theories.


P.S.  I tried to add a screen capture here but Ebay of course is not enabling that either.

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While many sellers, especially those that list regularly, KNOW about the monthly evaluations, there are thousands that do not because they don't list that often.  With the holidays approaching many of those are now returning and might have been surprised to discover that they are been evaluated and now, for something they did nine months ago, are Below Standard or have had a limit placed on the number of listings they can put on eBay.  Don't know that the Standards were lowered this year.


It's a lot like a seller giving a buyer a NEG as it's how eBay punishes their customers that don't please them.


So, check your dashboard today and see how you did.  I actually improved as 3 defects from a year ago have timed out.

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This guy sent me a very rude reply.

I immediately had cancelled my bid after finding my husband had this model.

My bid was not much more than the other top bidder.

This guy sent me this smart- alec reply-  read his email to me:



New message from: John Smolen
"Thank you very much for wasting my time"


We have never been insulted on Amazon.

No customers...no jobs......there is other competition for sales.

We have been having fun buying things but if your merchants are not professional we will buy elsewhere.

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Oct 20, 2016 8:38:42 PM PT

Rude Seller

This is the most illogical in a long list of things where eBay has put sellers under unreasonable restrictions to meet Top Seller status. I have 99.8% ontime shipping, but 96% ontime delivery. After a lengthy phone conversation with eBay where I stated that I have no control over the package once USPS has picked it up and scanned it as received on my end. I was told that it IS in my control because I don't HAVE to use USPS. While that is fundamentally true, it is ridiculous since eBay obviously pushes buyers to use USPS by having them as their primary shipping partner and offering a discount that sellers need. I then asked, "what if I use another method to ship that is outside of the eBay system? eBay would then have no idea when I shipped it other that when I clicked the Mark As Shipped button. eBay would also have no idea when it arrived. How would eBay then calculate this rating?" I was very clearly told that eBay would still use the USPS estimated delivery time and rely on the buyer to agree that it was received on time. So, even if buyers don't use USPS they are still beholden to USPS's delivery times, that they themselves clearly cannot and do not always meet. I again asked how this was in any way in my control. The scripted statement was again that I had the option to not use USPS.

For EVERY item I ship (I average about 50 per week) I purchase and affix the USPS labels as purchased through eBay within a few hours, most times withing 15 minutes, of the buyer's payment. The packages are put on my porch immediately if USPS has yet to come that day. If they have already come they are put out the following morning. Yes, I can very confidently say this for EVERY package. I am extremely diligent. Regardless of this very diligent process my Top Seller rating is still reduced to Above Average, meaning I lose the 20% final fee discount.

This process is EXTREMELY unfair to sellers and can only be in place to make it nearly impossible to retain Top Seller status.

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One would need at least need 50% to be released from its institution.
Have a go at it - ya'll - No Cheating!!
*still rollin' with the punches*

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Just on the news denial of service attack, started at 7 AM, and still going on.

There have been 3 waves so far...

They showed a map and both the east coast and west. were all red.

Large citys in the mid west also.


They said the attacks were coming from all around the world.


It's hitting all kinds of services.

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Oct 21, 2016 1:39:22 PM PT

This hack is huge....

I've been selling on Ebay off and on for a few years now, mostly just unused or unwanted items from my home, plus a few other items. The past month or so all my items stopped selling, and I've only made about 2 sales in the past month, which is bad enough, but it seems whatever is happening to my listings is happening to them due to more reasons than just the details of my listings.


By this I mean none of my items are showing up on Ebay with any regularity. Even after I made changes to my listings my impressions, page views, watches, and sales won't budge. I have a few items that until this month normally would sell in less than a week, and now, they aren't getting any watchers and no sales.


Ebay customer service didn't have any anwers and I'm close to throwing in the towel. Has anyone experienced a month or longer sales slump, and if so, what did you do to turn it around? TIA for any advice or experiences.

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Oct 20, 2016 1:15:49 PM PT

Ready to give up

So, a week ago or so I order a floating globe for my wifes desk for sweeted day. 

I look at my purchase and it became a USB Thermo Printer a day after I bought it. 

I start the cancellation process, and want to know from ebay how on earth this happened? Was it ebay or the seller?

90 Minutes on the phone with ebay, well people in The Phillipines, and they transferred me from person to person, After 6 people I told them to go to hell and hung up. And I could NOT find a way to actually contact people at ebay,  like I use to do. 

So, the seller tells me after 5-6 emails, they ran out of the item, and replaced the item with something else on the ad, to avoid insertion fees. 

I said, I dont care, refund my money, and since I thought they already mailed the item, I said, send a shipping tag if you want it back, I sure as hell was not going to pay for it. Well that was yesterday.

Todays email tells me they are glad they just shipped the item out. **bleep**,, what item? The one I wanted? I mean the one that is out of stock? SO they say. Or this thermo printer I have no idea what it is used for.

Needless to say, I'm not happy with the seller and even more **bleep** at Ebay for not helping me.. 

Thanks ebay,, GFY


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Oct 19, 2016 9:49:46 PM PT


This is starting to seriously weird me out... 


Been  getting a lot of them, all are random sequences of letters with 2 dots in between 


Real examples with the first few characters xxxx'd out for privacy:


10/17/2016 "x.xxxxx.qgaoiki"

10/11/2016 "xxxx.xx.4rbzy02"

09/12/2016 "xxxx.xx.yhn1tesj"


Prior to September, the random names were using underscores (_) or dashes (-) instead of dots..  







What is going on?  


How long until the real credit card holder charges back the mystery purchase on me?  




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Hi guys! I have a question about extended holiday returns, I cant find a option to opt in or out for this year has that option not been available yet? Does anyone know when the extended holiday returns begins? Also when will you be able to opt in or out or set it up for a listing. Thanks so much!

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Oct 19, 2016 8:42:07 PM PT

extended holiday returns how to opt in

I made a mistake and read a listing wrong for a buy it now  item. I read how to cancel an item and did what it said. Messaged the seller saying I made a mistake can I cancel the order. Which is what it said on the cancel order page on the help &contact. This was in the middle off September. I never got any response. Last week I was going through my. eBay feed back and thought I'm gonna leave negative response because they were still asking for there money but I had already asked them to cancel the item. I had several rude message saying how dare you leave me negative feedback. I messaged them back saying I asked them too cancel the item and that they kept asking for there money. And the I got a email saying your gonna have too deal with eBay. So I would like to know how to report them which is what my husband told me to do.

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Oct 19, 2016 1:20:51 AM PT

How to report rude ness off a seller.

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Gotta run (tee time) so I'll post the link later but a stsory in the Washington Post today talks about the amazing numbers Amazon is doing in clothing.  The article used leggings and jeans as examples and Amazon is first in leggings sales and third in jeans, across all retailers.  In one year.  That is boggling.

Anyway, just skimmed it - thought it was newsworthy - I'll get back to it later this after.

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Oct 19, 2016 5:22:03 PM PT

Amazon cornering fashion

I've noticed this last week. Check your listings your selling {on your smart phone}  , scroll to the bottom of the page. And about 90% of the time, I'm seeing ads selling the same things I am. But they're not the ones that are with eBay.      I sell vinyl [LPs and records} and the ads are for     'soundstage direct.com'   that company selling vinyl pretty much the same thing I'm offering.   Just wondering if anyone else has witnessed this also. I called eBay and they seemed not to know about this. He didn't seem too worried about it. Even though I pay for that page, for that listing. And some other company is jumping onto my page I paid for. He did say, if they were to get a lot of calls about this issue. That they might look into it more. 

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Fist time, the buyer said the item does not working then we advise the buyer return the item and we provide the shipping label, but the buyer ask me resend another one again. Then we resend another one, after few days, the buyer said item received and working, but also open a return request for money back cause the item not working. if we accept return, the buyer should be return me two item, Right?

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Oct 19, 2016 8:48:46 AM PT

About item return problem

I did not realize how stressful selling on ebay was until I didn't any longer.  I had been a seller since 1998 until about 2 years ago.  It was the best thing that happened to me.  I lived and breathed eBay for years, listings, inventory, sales, trips to the post office and customer support 24/7........ahhhhh I don't miss it one bit@, not one **bleep** bit!   I just stopped by to see if anything was different (it doesn't look like it).  I shop on eBay occasionally but basically as a last resort if I cannot find it on Amazon or elsewhere.  Searching on eBay is a nightmare still.  You would think after 20 years they would figure out how to build a search engine. Years ago eBay started to squeeze out the little guy and the results of that decision are evident.


Anyway, I feel for you sellers and hope you find what makes you happy!

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Hi can someone help me identify this necklace? It seems to be glass or glass like stone!

Thanks for any help!!

Jewelry & Gemstones Board Group



EBay Revenue Grows, Though Profit Declines
Online seller has worked to reshape its image away from its old, auction-house perception




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Oct 19, 2016 2:33:45 PM PT

EBay Revenue Grows, Though Profit Declines



I've got an Ebay invoice for the last month in the amount of 203$, although i only sold 100$ in the last 60 days.


Why is my invoice so high and why i got one in the first place since i didn't sell anything in the last month?


Thank you and please reply

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$500 new, rare, electronic item. I walked right into a scam. The buyer had a confirmed US address so I thought, 'should be fine.'


It's been a nightmare ever since. The first problem was that the buyer apparently thought ebay was somehow my career. He would message me endlessly saying that they were having trouble with the item, asking for technical support, telling me to file an RMA for him. I said, just open a return request through ebay. He said no, can we do it through Paypal? I said no, do it through ebay.


He opened a dispute through Paypal and filed to a claim four minutes later.


I thought, well, that's the cost of doing business on eBay!


Welp. It doesn't end there. It turns out the buyer used a Russian forwarding company that takes two weeks at minimum! The buyer messaged me 2 days after the item was delivered to the forwarding address. They don't even have the item yet. I feel like this is a scam and I am never going to see that nice $500 thing ever again. 


What do I do?

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Free auto parts, This is how you do it, just happened to me. You buy from a seller, that has excellent 100% feedback, you order part, then demand refund, Seller issues shipping request for return. You put your broken part in box and return to seller. Ebay will not help you at all and issues refund to buyer, BUYER HAS YOUR PART AND A REFUND.YOU HAVE THIER WORTHLESS PART. I was informed by Ebay they have no control over returns and would do nothing about it. I have photos of both item shipped and what was returned, they said they cannot use photos...SELLER PROTECTION IS BS, All eBay wants are the fees, they do not care about protecting sellers.BEWARE

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What happens if an item is not paid for within 30 days?  Can a seller still collect?  Can a NPB still be filed?

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Oct 21, 2016 3:51:52 AM PT

Non-Paying Bidder > 30 Days

   I have been told it is not true, that ebay penalizes sellers when you get a return. After repeated issues with this I have learned that they do!!!! EVERY TIME I GET A RETURN MY SALES GO TO NOTHING FOR 24 HOURS!! It seams to me that you are downgraded in search if not blocked 100% for 24 hours every time you get a return!!! This is totally unfair!!! I sell clothing so items are the wrong size, people don't read the measurements or dont know their own size. I should not be penalized by ebay for this. 


   It is one thing to penalize someone who sells hardlines....furniate, iphones, appliances, ect but softlines clothing is different. ebay needs to stop this practice.

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Oct 20, 2016 6:01:30 PM PT

The ebay spank for a return!

I have a buyer who complained about a fee for shipping that was higher than the actual shipping fee. I explained it to her. Long story short - she filed a claim through paypal and lost. She left me neutral feedback saying i overcharged her $5. I don't understand why I cannot leave her feedback.

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