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11-25-2014 10:11 AM
So true...ebay has become a casual part time seller type business instead of the juggernaut for small sellers it once was. I was there in 1998 when ebay was super huge for small sellers, we were making bank. Now, with the greedy fingers of ebay in my sales fees, shipping fees, PayPal fees...my wife was right on...you don't net out that much for all the hassle. Not really. Relisting is now commonplace and way more than number of times until sold than decade past. Truth is, until something better comes along...this is all you have to use except for CL. I do use that a lot. But items that need global reach, sorry to say that this is all you have to use.
11-07-2014 12:24 PM
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10-15-2014 08:55 AM
One of the GREATEST things about ebay is that you buy from a seller and the seller is responsible to make you happy. NOT EBAY! Thats the way it should be in a TRULY free online market. Look at a sellers ratings before you buy and you can not go wrong!
10-07-2014 05:02 PM
I just had the worst customer experience buying from manufacturer_certified as a guest and I won't be using eBay ever again. I was sold a tablet that's missing a battery. eBay customer service is attrocious.
08-26-2014 02:58 PM
Can hardly believe I hadn't realised that I was being had! I only charge EXACTLY what it costs in P&P and then ebay charge me a fee! I am now exloring other selling options!
08-25-2014 01:27 PM - last edited on 09-02-2014 07:07 PM by hawk_s
Ebay is driving away competitive sellers and not maintaining customers. After a long hiatus, I decided to sell a couple of 1950's & 1960's 'white elephants' from our shelves on ebay, both to clean up the house and generate a little cash. However, after selling one item for $3 and paying the $2.80 insertion and valuation fees, and other fees that I have no idea where they come from, I've decided to just give the stuff to Goodwill. What a waste of time [ha, ha, laugh!!] Whatever happened to the old ebay, like from a long time ago? I actually had a lot of old coins and tokens I wanted to sell. Really, it's just not worth my time, especially with these ridiculous fees. In short, I'll just leave some of the old stuff in the drawers, the rest of the **bleep** will go in the garbage, recycle or to Goodwill. What a joke of a company. Most American corporations seem to be run like this now. Decision lock, Escalation of commitment, and totally disfunctional board rooms.
05-19-2014 02:16 PM
No one in there right mind should be selling on Ebay . They are losing sellers every day and either they don't care or they are stupid. I think that the person that bought Ebay just has lots of money and no brains on how to please everyone. No sellers then no buyers HELLO They are definitely making a mess sitting in their office just thinking up rules that don't work. If they want to sink they are doing a GREAT j0b
03-17-2014 11:18 AM - last edited on 09-02-2014 07:04 PM by hawk_s
I'm one from 1998 and I work a lot harder now and make less. Ebay does not care about you, skcess...get that through your head. Took me some time to get it, but I get it now. It's like my stepfather, who is brilliant at being a CEO of a major scientific corporation. HE thinks he knows everything...but we in the family know his inner secrets and he's a nightmare behind the Stanford MBA. His financial life is in turmoil, divorces, can't make life and social decisions without the help of the "common folk"...that's ebay now. They think they have it down, making billions per year...they don't need us commoners telling them anything. So I don't tell them how to do anything. I use them, they use me, neither one cares as Bob Seger used to sing.
03-01-2014 08:36 PM
An even better idea, don't sell or buy! Just keep the account open. This is what I plan to do when my current listings expire. They will finally get the idea if enough members do it. Mostly due to postage rates, thrifty buyers are shopping local consignment shops. With postal rates almost equaling the selling price in many cases, buyers are feeling they are not getting a bargain. In the past two weeks I have listed over 2 dozen nice, brand name items my 4 year old girl has outgrown with great photos and low starting bids. They just aren't bidding like they did even a year ago. If I list at eBay's suggested starting price of .99 cents, buyers just watch and at the last minute, go in and bid .99, win it, and I am left with selling an item that is almost new and worth $15 or more for .99! Not even worth my time and "gave" the item away!
If I place a reserve price, eBay charges me more and a "buy it now" listing just sets there. I see a big difference in traffic in the past year. Out of all my listings, I have sold 5 and for not much more than the starting bid. And on top of that two are unpaid items for over a week with no response!! One of which, I have opened a case on. I really believe there is a slow death underway for eBay except for the Asian market. What else is new?
For smaller sellers with only a few items, I have friends who are using FaceBook. They list only an item or two a week with photos, and meet the buyers at a local mall or parking lot and sell from there. The interested buyer just responds to the post with "I Want It". No auctions, but if the price is fair, things are selling. Not as many scams as Craig's List.
As for Amazon, I haven't sold with Amazon, but plan to give it a try. I am a Prime member and have purchased items and never been disappointed!
And for those sellers who have handmade crafts, Etsy is doing very well! There are other markets on the horizon...it's just a matter of time.
02-26-2014 11:57 AM
Ebay is becoming just a store, not an auction site, they are moving away. It became impossible to be a part time seller on ebay.
After 15 years and a lot of money sells they suspended my seller account because of two slow shipping items... that is just stupid business practices. Since I cant sell I will no longer by through ebay, why would I ? I used to sell and use at least 30% of the money to buy, on ebay or just using paypal. By alienating sellers ebay is driving buyers away as well. I pent at least 50K on ebay in the past 15 years, now all the future spending are going to be done through web sites directly, no need to pay ebay commissions....
12-16-2013 09:51 AM
I get a 1099 from Paypal each year. It's not bad when you keep up with everything, including packaging supplies, cost of goods and mileage to the post office etc. The accounting cost is more for sure but all in all, not bad.
My problem with Ebay has to be that they are trying to be like Pinterest where you make collections and share.... Unless they let us make several collections of what we sell and post these on our listings for up-sales, I can't see this collection thing working for us. Also it would be great to search collections.
I started listing on Amazon this year, thankfully becuase without the sales there... my sales would suck this year.
12-15-2013 01:36 AM
I don't sell on ebay anymore.It is owned and operated by the biggest scam artist known.When John Donahue took over,Ebay started to go down hill.Ebay will always be a dead website,until Donahue leaves.It is a shame that a corporation that big,does not know that.Thank God he is not running for president.
10-17-2013 04:25 PM
You forgot to factor in the biggest scam e-bay now take roughly 1% of shipping fees on every item you sell. Now if that ain't the pot calling the kettle black!
09-14-2013 05:04 PM
You should try Ebid.net.Easy to use site and almost no fees.Only downside is not too much traffic,but the site is slowly improving.If more sellers from Ebay start selling over there and people start finding them,it could be an alternative to FEEBAY.