Ebay Newbie - - Any Advice?

United States
August 6, 2009 6:53pm CST
OK, I am all set... I think. I have some clothes, some vintage records, some baseball cards and a collection of books and ebooks. All ready to start my part-time job as an ebay seller. Read Ebay for dummies cover to cover and have my site up. Allllll ready, right? Or am I? Help tame these butterflies in my stomach... give me some of your thoughts on making this successful. Please.
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@gicolet (1704)
• United States
7 Aug 09
You sounded like me over 2 yrs ago. I was so hooked selling stuff on ebay, bought an ebay book also before i started selling. I was doing good in selling old and new merchandise until recession came early this year and I had to quit selling cause people stopped bidding suddenly. They were only interested on bidding if my starting price was so low it's ridiculous. Two of my buyers complained and wanted to return the items eventhough I did describe my items very specifically. Buyers now will find reasons to return the items and no matter how honest the sellers are it doesn't matter cause ebay and paypal will always side with the buyers. They have this "customers are always right" policy so that's one important thing to remember. No matter how unreasonable the buyers are on returning the items they bought from the seller, paypal will always side with them. Don't even try to argue. It's no use. I was given $20 by Paypal to cover my insertion fees cause of this one case i unbelievably lost with a buyer. The buyer was really wrong and paypal has this auto-decision (meaning decision comes from a non-human being) to automatically give back the buyer's money no matter how right the seller is. They don't even review the case. It sucks. I suggest you familiarize yourself with ebay community. Go to ebay forum there and you'll see topics and a whole lot of things that you should prepare yourself about. Also, there are so much less ebay bidders during summertime. They start coming back mid-November to spring break. Best of luck.
• United States
7 Aug 09
Thanks, I wondered how the recession was effecting ebay... lots more sellers out there, too, eh? Thanks for a really thoughtful answer. Ahh, wait till November...
• United States
7 Aug 09
Trial and Error. You really don't need to be so nervous especially now that ebay offers 5 free listings for sellers every month so that if your item doesn't sell they won't charge you. You seem to have a lot of cool stuff so I'm sure you'll attract some buyers. Good Luck. Happy Mylotting!
7 Aug 09
what everyone is saying is correct. just be honest in your description, be quick to send the item, and contact the buyer telling them when it was sent because more people buy from you if you have good feedback. also remember to sell things that people want not that you like if your just trying to make money
• Philippines
7 Aug 09
well, expect for so many joybidder.. sometimes its very frustrated to have them, like after many days of waiting someone will going to buy your stuff then giving them due time to make payment and yet they will not going to pay you, then you need to relist your item and wait for another days. some joybidded will make you promises to pay this day and that day then after how many days of waiting theres still none. better block those joybidder or report them to ebay so they will not going to do that again. many sellers there are complaining about those joybidders.. and a lot will going to ask you question about the item, specially if its branded. like where did you bought it, and ask for more picture to the part of the item bcoz they want to make sure if its perfect or something like that. so must be patience too. just relist your item then til it will be sold out. it maybe take few days sometimes weeks before it will sold out. it depends to the buyer's interest.