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Community Member
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.

Community Member
Posts: 3,347
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.

PostingID

Community Member
Posts: 7,475
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.

Community Member
Posts: 12,062
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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Posts: 12,062
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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Posts: 840
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.

 

free listings.JPG


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.

Community Member
Posts: 840
Registered: ‎01-01-2009

Re: Is EBay worth it for sellers anymore?

in reply to dolledupvintagegal
unfortunately, this is all to common.....
Community Member
Posts: 6
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.
Community Member
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.
Community Member
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.

 

free listings.JPG


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: 7,475
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.

 

free listings.JPG

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

Re: Is EBay worth it for sellers anymore?

in reply to goodbiddenz

ebay is currently a dead cat without a bounce.  haven't sold a thing all week with 4 different stores with over 500 items.  It is like something happened over the weekend (maybe an update?).

 

all i know is i can't remember it ever being this horrible...not 4 days in a row with silence.

 

 

and i have listed almost every single day during this drought.

Community Member
Posts: 3
Registered: ‎05-04-2013

Re: Is EBay worth it for sellers anymore?

in reply to multimedea_media

 I am fairly new to ecommerce but had a moderate success here on eBay in 2014 and early 15. I took the summer off and now i am back and having a very slow start. IDK if its just that time of year or what is happening here but I am very close to ending my store subscription and Ive been searching and trying out new venues to sell my wares. I am just not making the money here that i was. For 1 thing taking away the 3 day auction is flat out dumb, I can still do a 3 day "buy it now" so i dont wanna hear BS about how they need to encourage me not to do a 3 day auction by adding a fee. Step off and let a seller do what works for them. Thats best for everyone IMHO. For 2 an angry buyer can ruin you here w bad feedback on multiple items over the course of 1 transaction. A bad feedback here must outweigh a good feedback by 1000% too.. So now its set up for the buyer to bully me around. Annoying. For 3 if they start forcing this seller pays for all returns (easy return policy) thing its all over but the crying. Who can afford all that? I wouldnt even be able to sleep at night. They made me pay for one guys return AND he left two bad feedbacks AND sent the items back separately charging me for both.. I was charged $12 twice for an item that cost $4 tops to ship and couldve been combined for $6 tops. fun huh? Knocked my feedback down an entire 10% too,, and eBay just lets these people get away with murder. For 3 SOO many sellers are unhappy and leaving, bad mouthing eBay all over the web.. Do we really think that these sellers arent taking buyers away with them? Im sure they ALL have a contact list of buyers.. All they need to do is contact these people and tell them why eBay sucks, Its not secure, this or that, and they leave too. It seems all the buyers left here are cheap and want to steal an item one way or another. I do hope that the situation improves but for now I need to find other avenues to to profit as I am well invested. What i might be faced with is ending my store and limiting what i list here to whatever i can list for free, becase I cant afford even the basic store rate at this pace. Maybe its just me.. but i dont feel like i have changed, i feel like ebay has changed.. and quickly. 

Community Member
Posts: 1
Registered: ‎04-30-2015

Re: Is EBay worth it for sellers anymore?

in reply to kansas_gal06

I am wondering the same thing. I have alot of clothing/shoes/bags I would like to list, but with all the fees now I would barely make anything afterward. I rarely if ever sold on Ebay thruout the years, and so it just seems like with all the fees, shipping, finding the right packing materials...is it still worth selling on Ebay? What do the sellers get out of this at the end? Not much considering what I actually paid for some of these items. Frustrated....

Community Member
Posts: 1,764
Registered: ‎01-19-2010

Re: Is EBay worth it for sellers anymore?

in reply to mudboy5

mudboy5 wrote:
I found this page by googling "ebay isn't worth it anymore"...💔 I'm a small time seller and the monthly invoices I am getting from ebay barely makes it profitable to sell. I now donate small items or save them up for a yard sale. As much as I HATE yard sales, I am not loading any money trying to sell something not wanted by anyone. At the end if the day I givd it away for free. That declutters my life and it feels good to give stuff away to someone less fortunate. 👍

Hi mudboy, welcome to the part time sellers board!

 

I'm still selling small items, but anything heavy went in my first-ever garage sale I had a few months ago. It was a trial run since I'd never had one before. Now that I've gotten my feet wet, I am going to have a much bigger one this spring. I did pretty good for posting it on craiglist at 4am the day of sale and only putting up 5 signs! Plus it was Nov 1st and freezing out, nothing was priced, but I did OK for a rookie.

 

There are still things around my house that I know I'd never get a good price for at a yard sale, and I'll list on ebay.