Do you miss the way ebay was in the beginning?

@denise36 (128)
United States
July 24, 2010 11:27pm CST
I started selling on ebay shortly after it got up and going. It was so much fun. I could clean out a closet or attic and sell the "treasures", clothes or anything. Everything usually sold and it was fun making money from my "junk". Over the years I watched ebay turn into a more commerical entity and it just lost it's fun for me. I tried to keep up and sell things using a drop shipper. All I ended up doing was selling the same stuff that hundreds of other people were and there was always somebody that could sell it cheaper than I could. It makes me sad. Has anyone else noticed this?
8 responses
• Australia
25 Jul 10
I read this and I discussed it with my partner and he said - I would have to agree with everything that denise36 said about using dropshippers. His experience with dropshippers is that they are retailers who claim to be dropshippers and a lot of dropshippers compete against the people who promote, market and sell their products. It doesn't make sense to me, but what would I know. My partner started a site (that is mainly for Australia)and for two years of looking around he has only found one dropshipper that doesn't compete against him. He now goes to liquidation sales, closeout sales, closing down sales and the like and buys in bulk. Even though he said that these are being sold for a good reason - they couldn't be sold before so why does he think they could be sold now!! So far he hasn't found anything good to sell from these sales. Neil is an accountant and he also said that eBay seems to have lost its way in that they have cut-off the very people that helped them become so big.
@denise36 (128)
• United States
25 Jul 10
I couldn't agree with Neil more. Thats a perfect explantion of what is happening. It never occured to me that my dropshipper was competing against me. I was just wondering where the other people were finding the product cheaper. DUH!!! I bought wholesale for awhile (in person) and ended up stuck with a lot of stuff that didn't sell so I gave up.
• Australia
25 Jul 10
I hope that you don't take offence at this but I am getting Neil to write this for me. But here is what he said. There are 4 different parts of a business: finance, operations, management & marketing. Marketing is about the 4Ps: promotion, place, price & product. Price and product seemed to be the frustration for you - where did the other people find the product cheaper? That is a big question and you will need to find the answer, it may be they are selling at a loss or they are genuinely finding cheaper products. We mainly sell printing supplies inkjet and toner cartridges that are nearly the cheapest on the market these aren't the most high-class items but they pay the bills. How do we promote these we cold-call on businesses in our area and offer them the chance to compare prices, if they buy great if they don't no problems. We are not looking to capture 100% of the market, just .5 - 1% which is about $22 million in sales a year which will give us a fair income per year. People deal with people they don't buy solely on price, so you need to build relationships with people who are your customers whether they are on the internet or your next door neighbour. Melissa here again denise36, I hope I haven't offended you by getting Neil to answer your question, but I know Neil was in the same position and he spent a long time becoming frustrated and cranky. He said it was when he decided to focus on one part the whole thing became easier for us.
@denise36 (128)
• United States
25 Jul 10
No, not offended at all. I appreciate it. Thanks to both of you. The advice is appreciated and makes sense. A new way of thinking is always good, especially when the old one is not.
• United States
25 Jul 10
I do not like selling on ebay because the fees are a lot higher now. I have a lot of things to sell and am not sure where to sell now. I also noticed that it is harder to win bids on items. Last year I tried to win a gift card from Best Buy, but every time I bid someone would outbid me. I could not see spending 500.00 on a gift card that is only worth 250.00. I wish ebay would go back to the way it was. I have some crafts that I want to sell, but I am not sure where to sell them.
@denise36 (128)
• United States
25 Jul 10
For craft items you can try etsy.com or zazzle.com I'm an amaeteur artist myself and am just starting to look into these. Good luck.
@puccagirl (7316)
• Israel
25 Jul 10
I think the different costs for the sellers are much higher now, and there are a lot of spammy and really bad auctions in some categories, but other than that, I am still pretty pleased with Ebay. But I wasn't a user when it first came out, so maybe I was not around for those days you were talking about...
@denise36 (128)
• United States
25 Jul 10
I am still pleased with ebay as a buyer because of the reasons I said above. Just selling that lost it's fun. I also find that a lot of items on there are stolen. Employees are using it like a store...listing itmes from where they work and then stealing the item from where they work. I had a case like this a few days ago with a guy doing that on craigslist too.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
25 Jul 10
Yeah, I was never really a seller on ebay (we sold a few things here and there) but I did really like looking through the stuff that other people were selling and finding treasures that I probably wouldn't have found anywhere else. Now, it seems like everything is brand new and the prices are a lot higher than they used to be. I loved buying clothes for my children through ebay because it seemed like I could get an entire wardrobe for well under a hundred dollars. These days, that just isn't possible anymore.
@cher913 (25893)
• Canada
25 Jul 10
i miss that there are so many people on it and it is being influxed with cheap goods from other countries. i also hate the listing fees.
@ANIME123 (2473)
• United States
25 Jul 10
Now a days stuff can be found very cheap on ebay and their is always competition true in the beginning stuff could be sold easier. Still sometimes stuff can still be expensive I bought a korean coat for 16 dollars, but it was a good deal it's really nice. They key is the bidders when their are bidders that's how the price rises. Still good luck selling stuff on ebay.
• Canada
25 Jul 10
I sold cds and dvds on ebay and it just got harder to compete against people selling things cheaper all the while the fees got higher, reducing your margins. Also, it got less fun, so I stopped doing ebay 2-3 years ago.
• Canada
25 Jul 10
I sold stuff on ebay for awhile but the fees just got to be too expensive. Also, the sense of fun was gone. I was also in a lousy category - selling cds and dvds, which got harder to compete with and margins began to disappear.