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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.

 

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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: 6,986
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. 

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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: 1,763
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.

Community Member
Posts: 1,763
Registered: ‎01-19-2010

Re: Is EBay worth it for sellers anymore?

in reply to animal-instinct-2009

animal-instinct-2009 wrote:

I liked your comments, they were useful, and, sounds like me!

I am a Mom that sells as a part-time thing.  Too much stuff, but its the what to do?

 

I found also that the shipping being (doubly dinged), 1st the costs have went up significantly on shipping itself....then, 2nd, Ebay taking a cut of shipping profits.  I find that there have been too many times, that I put "FREE SHIPPING"....and, then find when it sells, I am in the NEGATIVE or, close to it.

I have had a string of unlucky destinations though.  Being on the east coast, and, you get an AZ or California buyer, it can even with lighter weight items, eat into what you need to make.

FOR large items, as your describing, CRAIGS LIST!  That's also been a secondary tool for me.

 

Donation is the best, because things get gone quickly!  If speed is important to you, then I encourage donations, and, have been surprised that it can really help at tax-time!

 


Welcome to the part-time sellers board, just now saw your message from months ago! Glad you liked my comments, I enjoyed reading your post, as well.

 

Yes, donations can help at tax time for those folks who can itemize deductions because they own a home & get that government-subsidized handout on the mortgage interest deduction. Renters are probably out of luck - it's hard to come up with more than the standard deduction when you rent.

 

I "lost" money when I first started because of shipping. To me, that was the most difficult thing about ebay to sort out. Well, I didn't exactly lose money, but had to pay some shipping out-of-pocket rather thant he buyers paying it.

 

Now my rule is, I have the item packed and weighed before I send it. Do you have a scale?  That was the #1 thing that stopped me from making shipping cost mistakes. My darling hubby picked one up for me for around $10 and it's paid for itself many times over.

 

Also, I ordered regional rate boxes from USPS. There are 4 sizes: regional A has two types, A1 & A2. Same for regional B1 & B2. A ships at the 2-pound weight and the B boxes ship at the 4-pound weight.  So stuff that would be too expensive normally, up to 15 pounds can fit in an A box and B boxes can take up to 20 pounds. There is a C box but not a good deal, IMO.

https://www.usps.com/search.htm?q=regional rate

Community Member
Posts: 1,763
Registered: ‎01-19-2010

Re: Is EBay worth it for sellers anymore?

in reply to godzillafan2020

godzillafan2020 wrote:

Ebay fees are are not 21% ??? And if you run your Ebay Business correctly you can get actual Ebay fees down to around 7.7%, pretty cheap to show your stuff to millions of buyers.

 

Some people are rediculous and expect something for nothing. I see lots of sellers that complain on here and when you look at there listing quality they should be banned from sellling on Ebay anyway, terrible blurry small pics, almost no info on the product they are selling and hardly any selection,  sounds like lots of trash sellers are leaving. Good, this will make Ebay a better place for everyone.

 

 


Welcome to the part-time sellers board, godzilla!  Just noticed your post from a few months ago, and it made me smile.

 

I'm of two minds on what you said about trash sellers leaving. On the one hand, I agree that some of these sellers shouldn't be selling here because they are clearly listing used stuff as new, misrepresenting the condition of the items, shipping so badly that things get broken.

 

On the other hand, I've gotten some great deals where if the seller had taken time to get good photos & research a little for a better title, they could have gotten 4 times as much.

 

Some of these in both categories have been new sellers, and rather than being banned for life, I'd hope they come here & get some advice on how to be more successful at it.  The ones that have been selling for a long time, yes, ban them. They should know better.

 

 

Community Member
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎02-06-2008

Re: Is EBay worth it for sellers anymore?

in reply to johnmcelroynu
*** I'm not LOSING any money trying to sell...***
Community Member
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎02-06-2008

Re: Is EBay worth it for sellers anymore?

in reply to johnmcelroynu
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. 👍
Community Member
Posts: 949
Registered: ‎11-13-2007

Re: Is EBay worth it for sellers anymore?

in reply to animal-instinct-2009

You KNOW that eBay is getting bad when people are saying that you might get more profit by Giving  Items Away and getting a tax right-off.

 

I guess that it does make sense once you have lost money on enough items.

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Community Member
Posts: 1
Registered: ‎03-15-2011

Re: Is EBay worth it for sellers anymore?

in reply to kansas_gal06

I liked your comments, they were useful, and, sounds like me!

I am a Mom that sells as a part-time thing.  Too much stuff, but its the what to do?

 

I found also that the shipping being (doubly dinged), 1st the costs have went up significantly on shipping itself....then, 2nd, Ebay taking a cut of shipping profits.  I find that there have been too many times, that I put "FREE SHIPPING"....and, then find when it sells, I am in the NEGATIVE or, close to it.

I have had a string of unlucky destinations though.  Being on the east coast, and, you get an AZ or California buyer, it can even with lighter weight items, eat into what you need to make.

FOR large items, as your describing, CRAIGS LIST!  That's also been a secondary tool for me.

 

Donation is the best, because things get gone quickly!  If speed is important to you, then I encourage donations, and, have been surprised that it can really help at tax-time!

 

Community Member
Posts: 1,369
Registered: ‎04-15-2014

Re: Is EBay worth it for sellers anymore?

in reply to godzillafan2020

godzillafan2020 wrote:

Ebay fees are are not 21% ??? And if you run your Ebay Business correctly you can get actual Ebay fees down to around 7.7%, pretty cheap to show your stuff to millions of buyers.

 



Hi zilla,

Got any tips for getting from 14% (eBay/Paypal combined) down to 10%?



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Community Member
Posts: 1,060
Registered: ‎06-07-2003

Re: Is EBay worth it for sellers anymore?

in reply to godzillafan2020

EB and A*Z are the only sites for me.  I'm a part time "hobby" seller, I don't make a living off of my sales, but I enjoy the shop & buy and sell cycle.  When I resell, EB and A*Z are the only places I think about first.  Then I consider placing items on Ecrater (hardly anything moves on that site) and I've almost closed my account on Bonanza.  Etsy never worked for me.

 


godzillafan2020 wrote:

Ebay fees are are not 21% ??? And if you run your Ebay Business correctly you can get actual Ebay fees down to around 7.7%, pretty cheap to show your stuff to millions of buyers.

 

Some people are rediculous and expect something for nothing. I see lots of sellers that complain on here and when you look at there listing quality they should be banned from sellling on Ebay anyway, terrible blurry small pics, almost no info on the product they are selling and hardly any selection,  sounds like lots of trash sellers are leaving. Good, this will make Ebay a better place for everyone.

 

 


 

L. Wright, Chicago
Community Member
Posts: 7
Registered: ‎01-14-2009

Re: Is EBay worth it for sellers anymore?

in reply to johnmcelroynu

Ebay fees are are not 21% ??? And if you run your Ebay Business correctly you can get actual Ebay fees down to around 7.7%, pretty cheap to show your stuff to millions of buyers.

 

Some people are rediculous and expect something for nothing. I see lots of sellers that complain on here and when you look at there listing quality they should be banned from sellling on Ebay anyway, terrible blurry small pics, almost no info on the product they are selling and hardly any selection,  sounds like lots of trash sellers are leaving. Good, this will make Ebay a better place for everyone.

 

 

Community Member
Posts: 1,763
Registered: ‎01-19-2010

Re: Is EBay worth it for sellers anymore?

in reply to lovred

lovred wrote:

.....when you sell small stuff its not woth the time anymore, I am going to just dontae, ....


That's what I've been doing, donating a lot of stuff instead of listing it here.  I had saved a bunch of boxes & packing materials so all I ever had to buy was tape, paper, and printer ink. Either the postman picks it up or I drop it off on my way to work, so I don't spend gas getting the stuff in the mail with special trips to the PO.

 

When they started charging fees on shipping, I stopped listing anything heavy. All that stuff got donated or sold off-ebay.  Now I have more heavy stuff I need to get rid of. Thinking about getting some friends around for a garage sale. If I had some help, and borrowed tables, I think it could be a success.

 

It just takes too much time to take the photos & write the listings, for what things sell for.

 

When ebay goes to all sellers paying return shipping, I'm not sure I'll list anymore at all. Yeah, I know a lot of high-end retailers have had free returns for years and now Target and I suspect other big-box stores are doing free returns, but .... I'm not gonna. 

 

That being said, there are a few places I won't donate to. One is extrememly blatant about having too many pickers volunteers  at the drop-off bay.

 

 

Community Member
Posts: 1,369
Registered: ‎04-15-2014

Re: Is EBay worth it for sellers anymore?

in reply to rollopoloboy

rollopoloboy wrote:

From my experience thrift stores do not donate money to the poor or needy. 


Perhaps that's true about the thrift stores near you. The 3 thrift shops in my neighborhood are an important income source for:

  1. The senior center which also houses it's own thrift shop, which is profitable, and directs ALL of it's profits to the senior dining room and our local meals-on-wheels program. This shop is run and operated by volunteers. I have worked here.
  2. The local pet rescue thrift shop Supports the local pet rescue & adoption program as well a free spay & neutering clinics and free flea & tick control program. I don't know if the staff here is paid or not.
  3. The hospice thrift shop uses it's profits to pay for care-givers and counselors. Also staffed by volunteers. 

It's easy enough to ask the director or manager of a thrift shop how many dollers it generates for it's charity every year. It should be a matter of public record as a not for profit organization to make this information available.

 



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Community Member
Posts: 1
Registered: ‎09-05-2014

Re: Is EBay worth it for sellers anymore?

in reply to kpdecou

From my experience thrift stores do not donate money to the poor or needy.  The same goes for those large metal donation bins.  It is all for profit. They just sell stuff they get for free and make huge profits.  The only overhead these places have is employee payroll, property rent, power, and garbage pick up for the refuse.  I just drop off my donations to local church drop boxes and have decided to not buy so much stuff these days.

Community Member
Posts: 1
Registered: ‎02-28-2008

Re: Is EBay worth it for sellers anymore?

in reply to trackwelder

Your right, i waited until I got the 50 free to list item, when you sell small stuff its not woth the time anymore, I am going to just dontae, I know if you make at least a 1.00 well, the time the gas, the shipping bags, ebay is just way to high, they get 10% plus listing fees if you. All your doing is using there software,  I used to love ebay but not anymore, the high cost of shipping, its not fun. There got to be a honest and cheaper way. I think I will learn.