a waste!!

United States
May 31, 2007 2:10pm CST
does anyone think that ebay is just a loss of money. It seems everytime I try to do the bidding auctions I get the lowest bid and never make a real profit. Any ideas what I may be doing wrong? I think I am just done with ebay I don't think it worth the effort and time, if you don't have the money to advertise. What are your thoughts?
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9 responses
@vampoet (825)
• Singapore
31 May 07
Usually I have friends who help me tell their friends that I have something up on e-bay. I have never paid for online bidding before because of similar experiences with you.
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• United States
31 May 07
I even tried to sell in bulk and for 13 shirts almost brand new I only got 20.00. I know they just take up room in the closet but you think about what you spent and it is like uggghh. but at least they are going to a good home, and now with paypal payment i can get a pair of shoes. Hee hee!!
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• United States
31 May 07
I have been an eBay seller for almost 2 years, maybe more if I thought about it, the fees are outrageous these days and nobody wants to pay for what anything is worth so it is harder for sellers, but I must admit I still love to shop on there, I find things on there that I can't find anywhere else and that is my most favorite thing about eBay, there is always a great find out there. I don't think you are doing anything wrong, I just think it goes in cycles and you just need to be open to researching it and finding deals, they are out there, believe me I have made some wonderful deals, but not all the time. Just be leary of the Bid Assistant, yesterday I used it for the first time and I bid on a Tommy Bahama with my highest bid of $42.99, the auction won at $59.99 and it was me, but I didn't bid that high so I felt horrible I had to write the seller to tell her what happened and eBay to figure out what is going on, she let me out of the auction, which I knew she would cause there were so many other bidders on that auction, but it is scary to know that they just keep bidding until they win it for it, no matter what price you put on it. Beware! Other than that I love eBay.
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• United States
2 Jun 07
I am thinking the same thing, EBAY being a waste...I don't really make a profit either....I have a ton of stuff to sell right now but we just decided to have a garage sale.. We'll make more and I don't have to worry about shipping...
• United States
6 Jun 07
I agree. I'm starting to think about dropping Ebay for the same reason. My best Ebay profit for one month was about $120. I had a yard sale with a lot of stuff i had intended to list on Ebay and made almost $80 in ONE DAY with no shipping or anything else to worry about!
@venshida (4837)
• United States
6 Jun 07
I think its just that Ebay has so many sellers. I usually donot start out with the very low bid such as .99 because that's too low. I usually research to see if my items or similar items are already listed. What was the final sale price then decide if I want to list and how much. I always put a buy it now category also.
• India
6 Jun 07
i thin buying on ebay is easier than selling
@5000ml (1923)
• Belgium
2 Jun 07
I think eBay is just saturated with sellers these days so it's has become even harder for your auction to grab the attention of the buyers. You have to be selling an item which is sought after or a true collectors item. Otherwise it does just seem like a waste of money, especially with the high fees.
@callarse1 (4793)
• United States
1 Jun 07
It depends on what you are selling, for example I sold some magazines that my friend sent me a free subscription that he subscribed me to, but he didn't pay anything. I sold two of the magazines for 4 USD including shipping, I had a Cher magazine. I didn't think I would get anything, BUT I got 16 USD (includes shipping). I was SO happy about that. I sold some CDs I started the bid at 0.01 USD and the shipping was 3 USD, and it didn't go past the one cent. It just happens, but at least I still made money from it. I received the CD free (unknowingly I already had a copy of it). Some tips would be: Describe your item. I see many auctions that don't give descriptions. That would include: condition, size (for clothing), any wear or tear that a buyer would like to know, website link (from manufacturer if possible), include a picture as well. A picture speaks a 1000 words. Have a nice day. Pablo
• United States
1 Jun 07
I have had the same problem selling on that cheap farm. I am a buyer so I have to admit I love to buy from there. Also it's the reason how I have to understand why the bids are low. I have had to close my store due to this. I have had no sales for months. Only 40.00 + in listing fees. I had a sale yesterday it was a mystery auction. I have had luck with them. So This is what I plan to do when I do try to list. It will be a mystery auction. Do you have an ebay store? what r u selling?
@Michele21 (3094)
• United States
31 May 07
It totally depends on what you are selling and how you make the product look. Like a really good description and pictures. I usually sell my kids used clothes and can get a good amount of money bcak for them. I sell them in lots I htink people are more likely to buy alot of clothes rather than just one or two pieces. I know I am =) I describe everything about the clothes in detail so the bidder knows exactly what they are bidding on. But sometimes you aren't going to make money if there are tons of other people selling the same things. I have noticed that with little boys clothes, I couldn't sell them for .99cents!! SO I stopped listing them because I wasn't making anything, but my daughters clothes are really popular and the bidding can get really high sometimes =)