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Posts: 20
Registered: ‎09-25-2005

Re: Is EBay worth it for sellers anymore?

in reply to wizard700-2013

FACEBOOK AND IG.  

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Registered: ‎08-17-2016

Re: Is EBay worth it for sellers anymore?

in reply to johnmcelroynu
"Up until recently, PayPal was basically free to use."

Only if you've been screwing them by using "friends and family" for sales.
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Posts: 1
Registered: ‎10-07-2012

Re: Is EBay worth it for sellers anymore?

in reply to johnmcelroynu

Not worth it in my opinion. Up until recently, paypal was basically free to use, and there were no associated fees. I just sold a laptop for $466. For a college student like me and many people struggling in this world, we need every cent possible. Usually, when we end up selling on Ebay, we're already getting a very basic/slim profit margin as it is. SO, I ensured the laptop and required a signature (because I've been scammed by someone who didn't "recieve their package" before, and ended up losing $650 over that little incident. BTW- Ebay does NOTHING to protect the seller. They will only believe the buyer.) So, after losing that much money, I didn't want to take any chances on this laptop. Overall, the shipping at UPS to ensure it for $400, get it signed, and to actually pay to ship was close to $50. Then, Ebay will charge me a $46.60 "final value fee" AKA a hefty commission. THEN, on top of that? Paypal wants its cut. $14 is what paypal charged me. Ridiculous. With all of the fees alone, Ebay and Paypal put me out $66. That's not even counting the $50 it cost to ship the item. Honestly, many people have quit selling on Ebay due to the fact that buyers have complete power and control and the sellers are basically screwed by fees. 

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Posts: 1
Registered: ‎05-29-2016

Re: Is EBay worth it for sellers anymore?

in reply to johnmcelroynu
Name another place online that is more popular for selling besides eBay and Amazon?
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Posts: 9
Registered: ‎11-17-2015

Re: Is EBay worth it for sellers anymore?

in reply to dolledupvintagegal

Scary.

Community Member
Posts: 1
Registered: ‎05-13-2016

Re: Is EBay worth it for sellers anymore?

in reply to johnmcelroynu

I am only posting here to vent. I don't expect any action of any kind from ebay. My opinion is that it is definitely not worth trying to sell anything on ebay any more. The buyer is given complete control over the transaction and can return items and request refunds for any reason what-so-ever.  I have been a long time user and peruser of ebay and when my current listings are resolved in what-ever manner I am through with ebay forever.

 

Of course, I understand that ebay could care less what one user thinks.  I do feel a bit better getting it off my chest, though.

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Posts: 3,725
Registered: ‎10-19-2014

Re: Is EBay worth it for sellers anymore?

in reply to rktoyandhobby

rktoyandhobby wrote:
Yes, yes, they're always looking into problems and open to suggestions. Same problems year after year, no progress made on any of them, but they're listening and working, honest! It's wonderful that you believe that, just as sure as my cousins believe a magic rabbit delivered them toys last weekend.

I, on the other hand, work in software development and this story is all too familiar.

So ... have you ever hidden an "Easter Egg" in your software?

 

Smiley Wink


Patience is the ability to let your light shine after your fuse has blown out.

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Registered: ‎01-20-2011

Re: Is EBay worth it for sellers anymore?

in reply to rktoyandhobby

rktoyandhobby wrote:
my cousins believe a magic rabbit delivered them toys last weekend.

I, on the other hand, work in software development and this story is all too familiar.

rktoy... you know, full well, that the magic rabbit story is true. Everyone, young at heart, knows that the special

painted Easter eggs hatch out Magic Rabbits that bring toys to children. Software Developers should try to look

at the world through the eyes of a child... no telling where a great idea can come from...

wishing you a very happy belated Easter.

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Posts: 13,090
Registered: ‎05-18-2013

Re: Is EBay worth it for sellers anymore?

in reply to rktoyandhobby

Yup, eBay has problems ~ no one is denying that, but to continually complain about it does nothing to fix those problems ~ as another seller said, not accepting the realities of selling here does nothing to change the realities of selling here.

 

You use a venue while it meets your needs in a cost effective manner, if and when it doesn't, you move on.



How much better life would be, if a liar's pants really did catch fire!  winking fire flame photo: smile flame smiley_fire.gif

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Posts: 271
Registered: ‎05-04-2013

Re: Is EBay worth it for sellers anymore?

in reply to johnmcelroynu
Yes, yes, they're always looking into problems and open to suggestions. Same problems year after year, no progress made on any of them, but they're listening and working, honest! It's wonderful that you believe that, just as sure as my cousins believe a magic rabbit delivered them toys last weekend.

I, on the other hand, work in software development and this story is all too familiar.
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Registered: ‎05-18-2013

Re: Is EBay worth it for sellers anymore?

in reply to rktoyandhobby

.....and posting to this thread does absodoinkinlutely nothing ~ diddly squat ~ nada ~ zero and bubkis about changing any of those things ~ and if posting to this thread does make anyone feel better, then that is one of the reasons that nothing changes because these posts are nothing but gripes and are not read by any eBay employees.

 

If you have a legitimate problem with a legitimate solution, you should post it to the eBay for Facebook page, eBay Twitter, eBay for Business or the Weekly Chat with eBay Staff. 



How much better life would be, if a liar's pants really did catch fire!  winking fire flame photo: smile flame smiley_fire.gif

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Posts: 271
Registered: ‎05-04-2013

Re: Is EBay worth it for sellers anymore?

in reply to johnmcelroynu
eBay is an American business and, as such, all of their self-inflicted wounds are always somebody else's fault.

When eBay raises fees, it's sellers' fault.
when eBay encourages returns, it's sellers' fault.
When eBay assists thieves, it's sellers' fault.
When eBay hides listings, it's sellers' fault.
When eBay posts wrong or conflicting information, it's sellers's fault.
When eBay breaks the site, it's sellers' fault.
When eBay subsidizes Chinese counterfeiters, it's sellers' fault.
When eBay looks the other way at rule violations, it's sellers' fault.
When eBay doesn't advertise, it's sellers' fault.
When eBay gets itself delisted from Google, it's sellers' fault.
When eBay uses thick-accented 3rd-world call centers, it's sellers' fault.
When eBay has a serious lapse in security and is hacked, it's sellers' fault.
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Registered: ‎01-01-2009

Re: Is EBay worth it for sellers anymore?

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in reply to eliteproductsupply

eliteproductsupply wrote:

bronx-dog wrote:

eliteproductsupply wrote:
It is like something happened over the weekend (maybe an update?).

It happened before the weekend, but unlike corn through a goose,

this is still bunging up the system. Keep offering these Mega Free

Listing Offers to millions of Sellers globally and your items will be

so buried in the clutter of garbage listings, they won't be seen.

 

Sales are usually dead for a couple of weeks after these offerings.

 


that is true, and i didn't even realize it.  i do not even pay attention to promos anymore.

 

but yeah, promos just get people without stores to list their junk and clog the system.

 

it is a great disservice to members with subscriptions.

 

thanks ebay for screwing me over



Yep, I remember when you had to PAY for every listing... and we had more traffic and sales because there weren't NEARLY as many junk listings back then. Back in that day, pretty much EVERYthing I listed sold. I remember Dutch Auctions being a LOT of fun, too, but they aren't allowed anymore, unfortunately.

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Posts: 865
Registered: ‎01-01-2009

Re: Is EBay worth it for sellers anymore?

in reply to dolledupvintagegal
unfortunately, this is all to common.....
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Registered: ‎03-15-2015

Re: Is EBay worth it for sellers anymore?

in reply to goodbiddenz
Me too. I closed my store. I opened in 2012 and closed everything in 2016. Fees. Scams. Time intensive to list. The killer for me is a colleague who sold a $400 coat 8/2015 and got a chargeback through Pay Pal 1/2016 for item not as described. Pay Pal took $400 plus a fee. The scammer has the coat, too, BTW.
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Posts: 1
Registered: ‎02-24-2016

Re: Is EBay worth it for sellers anymore?

in reply to johnmcelroynu
Thank you for your honesty. I think when I use to sell over 10 years ago it was very hard and bent over backwards to get good feedback . Worked like a dog.! I think it would be a lot easier to have an open house with security and sell everthing.
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Posts: 1
Registered: ‎02-15-2016

Re: Is EBay worth it for sellers anymore?

in reply to johnmcelroynu
I had a period of a year when my husband was not receiving an income. I wholeheartedly sold on eBay, did everything honestly, many pictures, measurements of clothes, and thorough descriptions. It was tedious. The seller fees seemed criminal. And, though I was making several thousand a month, I kept telling myself, it wasn't worth it. The amount time involved, and the money received after eBay and PayPal wasn't worth it. Any job would pay more. And, my accounts were continuously hacked-both eBay and PayPal. The customer service is outsourced to India, and there is no "customer service". The standard response is "No worries", and nothing is done about hackers or buyers' false claims. I still have items listed but have decided to let them end and donate for the tax deduction. I have hundreds more I could sell, but this is slavery.
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Posts: 237
Registered: ‎12-14-2010

Re: Is EBay worth it for sellers anymore?

in reply to johnmcelroynu

2 sales within 3 hours of my last complaint.

Community Member
Posts: 237
Registered: ‎12-14-2010

Re: Is EBay worth it for sellers anymore?

in reply to bronx-dog

bronx-dog wrote:

eliteproductsupply wrote:
It is like something happened over the weekend (maybe an update?).

It happened before the weekend, but unlike corn through a goose,

this is still bunging up the system. Keep offering these Mega Free

Listing Offers to millions of Sellers globally and your items will be

so buried in the clutter of garbage listings, they won't be seen.

 

Sales are usually dead for a couple of weeks after these offerings.

 


that is true, and i didn't even realize it.  i do not even pay attention to promos anymore.

 

but yeah, promos just get people without stores to list their junk and clog the system.

 

it is a great disservice to members with subscriptions.

 

thanks ebay for screwing me over

Community Member
Posts: 7,816
Registered: ‎01-20-2011

Re: Is EBay worth it for sellers anymore?

in reply to eliteproductsupply

eliteproductsupply wrote:
It is like something happened over the weekend (maybe an update?).

It happened before the weekend, but unlike corn through a goose,

this is still bunging up the system. Keep offering these Mega Free

Listing Offers to millions of Sellers globally and your items will be

so buried in the clutter of garbage listings, they won't be seen.

 

Sales are usually dead for a couple of weeks after these offerings.