Selling On Ebay

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  1. Ike Willis

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    Sold some tools and a large collection of 1920-1930's catalogs and magazines of all kinds on ebay. Did ok. bought lots of stuff on ebay too. Got beat once, on a pistol. If you buy on ebay, check the sellers past record for complaints.
     
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    I haven't gotten cheated yet but I have had people try to cheat me on eBay. Only a week or so ago, I ordered a three-book set. One of the selling points was that it came in the original box that held the three. The seller was already asking a higher shipping charge than seemed reasonable but I decided to bid anyhow. Then after I had paid for the order, he messaged me to say that the books wouldn't fit into the if-it-fits, you-ship-it container, and that it would cost considerably more to ship the box along with the books. First of all, it was advertised as a boxed set and now he was telling me that either I pay another $7 and something or he would ship just the books, without the box. He was already charging considerably more for shipping than the USPS charges for the you-ship-it box, so I canceled the bid and made a complaint with eBay. My payment was reimbursed so I wasn't cheated out of anything, but it was irritating. This guy had a 100% favorable rating, so I don't know if people generally pay the extra amount that he's asking for.
     
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    @Ken Anderson Did you copy/paste the convo to eBay? They need to kick him off the site for something like that. It sounds like a scam to me.

    BTW, I know you and your wife sell on there a lot, do y'all know where the 'non-paying bidder/buyer' area of a person's profile is? Supposedly one of my non-paying buyers was dinged for that, but it didn't seem to have affected his feedback rating, so I was wondering where it was shown.
     
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    @Tom Locke Have you checked into collector sites online? You might have better luck with that than eBay, since you don't want to go through and individually catalogue and photograph each item. Perhaps you could find someone locally who'd be interested in buying some or all. Another thought is to pay someone to go through and photograph them for you, or maybe check with a consignment shop.
     
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    If there's a big enough surface, I've seen a lot of people lay them out and take one picture. The buyer can see what you have without individual pictures.
     
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    I've reached the point where I've given up on eBay. It's costing me more in selling fees than I'm getting for what I sell.
     
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    Thats the kind of luck I would have with it, I'm afraid. What has worked for me in the past is selling on the different "for sale" groups. on facebook. Its free, and a lot of the time you can get them to come pick it up, if they're close enough, instead of mailing it.
     
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    I have a distrust of these mega companies like amazon and eBay at the best of times. They make vast profits, avoid taxes and pretend that they are on your side. In short, what's to like?
     
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    Amazon.com -- There is the convenience of being able to buy pretty much everything from the convenience of my home, at prices that are usually much cheaper than I could find them at a local store (which, by the way, is a 70 mile drive, each way), and have them delivered to my home within two or three days. There is also the fact that if anything should go wrong, Amazon.com is very quick to either replace the item or refund my money. Case in point, I ordered a live trap a couple of years ago. When it did not arrive on the day it was scheduled to arrive, I checked the tracking and found that it had been in the same location for three days. I reported it to Amazon.com and they shipped another one out, next day delivery, at no charge to me. Both live traps arrived the following day, and Amazon.com told me I could keep both of them, without an additional charge. Plus, I earn a few hundred dollars a month in Amazon.com associate commissions.

    eBay -- I am able to find things, such as out-of-print books, historic photographs and postcards, or things that I can remember from my childhood, and bid on them, often getting fantastic deals, and rarely feeling cheated. Rather than discarding junk that I have around the house, or going through the inconvenience of a yard sale, I can offer it for sale on eBay, and often sell it at an honest price, sometimes at bids that are far higher than I had dreamed. As a power seller, I can put up a set amount of items for sale without paying a fee unless the items sells.

    What's not to like?
     
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    Has anyone ever heard of other places like ebay.com where you can sell your items? I guess it's easy to mail things you've sold on e-bay or other sites. It's good to know all the ins and outs of being a business person making a profit selling at e-bay. Can you tell me the pictures you post for selling your items have description like any flaws to note? Is it easy to really sell your stuff for profit on e-bay? What is the percentage you pay e-bay when you successfully sell your items? Looking forward to hearing any replies.
     
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    Forgive me if I fail to be enthused by the likes of eBay and Amazon, huge multi-national corporations that conduct vast trade in countries like Britain and Australia, yet pay virtually no tax in those countries thanks to a labyrinthine network of holding companies and subsidiaries in tax havens. There is also the minor detail of how Amazon, in particular, treats its staff, with a cavalier regard to human rights. The likes of Amazon might be fine for the consumer, but I would prefer to do business with organisations that have some form of ethical standards.
     
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    I have heard that as well about how Amazon treats employees. A friend's daughter worked for them and was totally stressed out the whole time, apparently something to do with how they treated her, but I don't have specifics. She's not a high stress person, so it made an impression on me. Have you considered opening a shop on Bonanza? It's free to open one (called a booth), and if you 'check in' daily and collect your tokens, you can use those (10/day) to offset fees. I don't sell that much there, but I also don't promote it as much as I do my other shop. I haven't had to pay any fees in about a year, since I have used the tokens to defray fees.
     
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    I'd never heard of Bonanza - it looks like a good site, but I suspect it's a bit US-centric for my purposes. The stuff I'm interested in selling is likely to appeal much more to people in the UK, although I did manage a sale to someone in the Czech Republic.

    I've also had experience of knowing someone who worked, albeit briefly, for Amazon. The person concerned was at university and got a short-term job around the Christmas period to earn a bit of extra money. She said it was awful - no talking, few breaks and an inquisition if you went to the toilet for more than two minutes. Quite what anyone with a stomach bug is supposed to do, I have no idea.
     
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    Have you ever heard of VCI? I know a lot of people who sell things on there. Of course, there a bit if a risk involved, but no more than anywhere else, I think.
     
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    There are others, but none of which have the reach of eBay. Really, I have had fewer problems on eBay than I have in second-hand stores or yard sales. Whether it's a book or something else, I can usually find it on eBay and, as long as you don't get caught up in bidding wars, the costs are usually very good. Wait until the last moment of the bidding period to make a bid. When you make a bid while there are three days left, you're just inviting someone to outbid you. There's also a lot of stuff at good prices that can be had through buy-it-now options. If I really want it, I might use the buy-it-now option; otherwise, I can usually get it cheaper if I wait until the last minute and place a lower bid.
     
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    I get so impatient when I see something I want, I would probably have a stroke if I got in a a bidding war. Oh geez, and if they bid more money than I had available... I would probably freak out just a little bit. I only look for things with the "buy it now" option. Its better for my health.
     
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    The good thing is, if you don't get the item you've bid on, eBay will show you similar items that are still available. I often find deals that way.
     
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    Thats true! My husband doesn't really like that fact, though. lol
     
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    We did get about $100, and the people are still working on selling more of the collector games. Since they were given to us, and we didn't have to do any work of selling them, we figured that anything we get is all good. I think that he had the games priced higher than collectors wanted to pay at first, because he has re-listed them several times, and the price goes down each time.
    Plus, he has his shipping expenses and commissions to pay to eBay; so our share is not all that much. The last time that we spoke, he said they would be sending more money once he sells a few more; so it is still possible that we will get more from them.
     
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    I have never been able to sell anything successfully on eBay, but my sister once sold some kind of leggo set that had belong to her son for about 1,000 dollars. They really needed the money because at the time she was out of work, and they had college tuition staring them in the face. So, it was a win, win for everyone. Some people are really great eBay sellers, but it all seems so involved, I would rather stick to selling locally. I have had pretty good luck with that, although no one would pay more than say 50 bucks for a leggo set around here.
     
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    Are you still using the Close5 app, @K E Gordon? I think I might try it out when I'm finished with selling these books, CDs and DVDs. I have a few things listed on the other app that haven't sold, so I might try listing those on Close5 and see what happens.
     
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    I think with eBay you have to know what is going to appeal to people, for instance, the lego set that I mentioned could have been sold on one of these online yardsale sites, but I know at least the one around here you would be hard pressed to get more than 50 or 100 dollars for the set that sold for 1,000 on eBay. I mean sellers need to know the market, and what people are buying before they attempt to use eBay I think. I have a snowboard I would like to sell on there, but I think the seller pays the shipping, unless you sell locally. I could get more money on there for it, as long as I didn't have to pay for shipping.
     
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    @Diane Lane I am not going to use that app until I get my new phone activated. It was a pain in the butt on my other phone. However, there are a number of sellers and buyers around here it seems.
     
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    Oh ok, I thought you said you'd used it. I still haven't listed anything on there, but I want to try it out. I got a lowball offer as usual on the latest thing I listed. It's listed for $40, brand new in box, sells for around $50, and I got a $15 offer. I will probably take $30 if offered, but I just ignored that guy. I'm sick of the low ball offers. I expect to bargain a little, and take less than I'm asking, but offers like that are just insulting, and I'm not going to waste any more time dealing with people like that.
     
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