Do you eBay? What do you do there?

@socorban (651)
United States
August 10, 2007 8:36pm CST
I have to admit I'm a frequent ebayer. I both buy and sell things. While i buy a large range of items from eBay i stick to mainly selling scrap electronics for recycling. They sell all the time. I'm sketchy about listing some less "liquid" items to avoid fees even though something doesn't sell. I buy pretty much anything but electronics from eBay. How about you? Do you play the eBay game? Are you a buyer or seller, or like me in between?????
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@jennifer611 (2502)
• United States
11 Aug 07
I have never sold anything on ebay but I have bought a couple things.. the items I purchased I wasn't too happy with so I never have got anything after that.. I do go on there a lot just to browse and see what is on there.. lately I have seen a couple pople complain about items being listed on their acounts for sale that they never listed so that really keeps me from doing the whole selling thing on there.. I would much rather just have a yard sale or sell it on craigslist because I am too scared of getting scammed on ebay..
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@socorban (651)
• United States
11 Aug 07
A lot of the people who's accounts are being played with are the same one who fall for the phishing sites and emails. I never respond to an email from ebay without checking its authenticity, especially if it requires my info, i just go to ebay outside the email link and report it to them. Plus i change my passwords often. I used to make a good chunk of change on ebay before they started getting so greedy and taking more and more from me. Im on a seller vacation as of now.
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• Norway
11 Aug 07
I got banned off ebay because my computer broke and had no way of paying 4 my things
@DanaMark (807)
• United States
11 Aug 07
Thanks for the discussion about ebay. I have never tried either buying or selling yet. I have an account, but have never gone beyond that. I will keep reading the comments posted here. That will help me decide if I want to try it or not.
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@socorban (651)
• United States
11 Aug 07
Well if you buy, always look at feedback of the sellers, not just the number but see what the negatives, if any were for. You can learn a lot about how someone sells by the way buyers respond.
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@bluishrose (2291)
• Philippines
11 Aug 07
Im more of a seller at ebay.ph its free to sell there. I sell mainly clothes and a buyer too usually cellphones its kinda cheaper and theres a chance to haggle hehe
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@socorban (651)
• United States
11 Aug 07
Free to sell? I know there is the general "ebay" but also country specific "ebay" You must be in a different ebay bracket than me cause it isn't free for me to sell in the usa. I have to pay just to list an item even if it doesn't sell, then if it does i have to pay more fees, a % of what it sold for.
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@freak369 (4914)
• United States
11 Aug 07
I go in spurts, sometimes I am there all the time and other times I don't visit for months. I got burned a few times with some high ticket Lego sets and was ready to give up on the site all together. I don't think they have the greatest customer service team to deal with complaints.
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@socorban (651)
• United States
11 Aug 07
That they do not. Ebay is very iffy, and that's why when i buy i use paypal only and pay through my credit card via paypal and not a bank transfer, that way i have the last say and not ebay or paypal. I got burned once and ebay nor payapl would do anything about it. Then i learned that u you should a credit card so you can stick it to paypal when they wont cooperate. Sure enough i got burned one other time and again paypal nor ebay would help as i assume they got there money so why give it back.... Well i shafted payapl tough throuogh my credit card agency and got a full refund from paypal. So paypal lost out unless they decided then to go after the guy who burned me, since i just took my money back from then instead.
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@stealthy (8188)
• United States
11 Aug 07
I've bought a few things from ebay including a memory module for my very old HP laser printer that was way too expensive through HP. I did the "buy it now" and the shipping was almost as much as the module. I have thought about selling some stuff, but have never taken the time to learn how and now I have read that the cut ebay takes has gone up considerably. Also, I wonder how to figure out what to put down for the shipping and handling charges for any given item.
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@socorban (651)
• United States
11 Aug 07
Yea i have stepped back considerably from "feebay" As they seem to want to take more money from the sellers now. Not only that but if you accept paypal, your basically gonna lose roughly 15 to 20% of what it sold for once they are done ringing you out.
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• United States
11 Aug 07
I have bought many things on EBay and have not gotten burnt yet. I have not sold anything on there yet but in the future I might try. Most of the things that I purchase are for my native American crafts and I check out the feedback of the sellers. If they have good feedback and lots of it I do not worry much but if they do not have much feedback or lots of bad feedback I will stay away from that seller.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
11 Aug 07
I look at the ebay stuff, but I haven't bought anything. I brought some stuff to the V-bay place (Vermont Ebay place that helpe you sell on ebay). They took the pictures and wrote up the merchandise as well as send and insure it. I just brought a couple of items in and they did the rest after a short interview and a few forms.
• Canada
12 Aug 07
Hi I did the EBay game for awhile. I bought lots of things and sold alot of things to. I have stopped for awhile since the fees were costing me to much, and it made me mad to pay Ebay and then have to pay PayPal fees for my buyers purchase. I am considering doing Ebay again but I think the lower cost auction site are more likely to be my choice.
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@socorban (651)
• United States
12 Aug 07
Indeed. Ebay and paypal are a convenient but deadly combo... Did you know that since ebay charges you there end auction fees later on that both ebay and payapal take a cut form an amount you actually never got? Say your auction ends for 100$ ebay will charge you later for it so they take a % of that 100$ but so does paypal even though you dont actually have that 100$ Bull crap if you ask me.
12 Aug 07
I used to do a lot on Ebay but got a bit addicted then my computer crashed and I missed being able to sell during the Christmas rush. I was going to try again this Christmas as I have some things to sell but it seems to have become expensive in my absence. I think I will try the up and coming Dublai instead.
@mellyoz (447)
• Australia
11 Aug 07
I have to say i've got a few things off ebay mostly books for me i have been thinking about becoming a seller but the fees seem to be getting high.
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@akumei1269 (1750)
• India
11 Aug 07
I have read the first few responses beforr replyiing . the discussion reveals the mixed nature of experiences of different participants. My own expeiences are also mixed . I bought three items . Out of them one was worst from all aspects . My money was totally lost on it . 2nd was also a scrap for money than value for money . That also discouraged me . The third was somewhat tolerable .
11 Aug 07
i am a chinese .and ebay is not popular here . i used to be a ebayer .but some times later i found that many chape goods are fake .such as a pair of NIKE shoes sells at about 15$ . since i know this i had never buy things there
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• China
11 Aug 07
yes, I do eaby. I usually buy electronic products from ebay, such as MP4, digital camera, electronic watch. I like ebay because there are some many kinds of commodities available for choosing. also, the price is very competative. I like ebay and I will do a lot of buyings from ebay.
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@sunnypub (2131)
• United States
11 Aug 07
I do both and I enjoy it. I have bought many different things from ebay and I am one of the lucky ones who has never had any problems. I always really check out both sellers and buyers before doing business. I try really hard to describe everything in detail so buyers know exactly what they are getting into. I have bought 2 laptops at different times from different sellers and I love both of them. I have also bought numerous clothes, autographed photos, sports stuff and eBooks. My overall experience with ebay is terrific. I have recently opened an eBay store and am trying to increase my selling. Right now I just have ebooks listed but I have had luck selling clothing also. The largest thing I have ever sold was a boat motor. I always take the fees into consideration when setting the starting or buy it now price for my items, so that really isn't a big deal to me. The new shipping changes with the USPS have made a difference though, because I prefer to ship Priority Mail and that is so expensive now. The way I look at it, selling on ebay is a business and just like any other business, there are going to be expenses. One of the best things about eBay is using it to get traffic to my websites where I don't have to pay any ebay fees. That is really where the money comes from, so if I lose a little on the auctions, I make up for it with new customers to my websites where I sell things for a higher price. As far as buying goes, it just takes due dilligence. Check out the reputation of every seller before bidding. Be sure to email the buyer and ask any questions you have before bidding. I sometimes email the seller simply because they way they respond to me helps me decide what kind of person they are and if I want to do business with them. eBay is not for everyone and there are certainly many, many scammers on there but I still love it.