Do you eBay?

@miamilady (4916)
United States
June 24, 2007 12:00pm CST
Okay, I know the topic of eBay has been discussed on mylot already, but I have a few questions and I need some specific answers. I guess that's how this discussion will be different. It will be tailored to MY needs and MY questions. lol Sorry for the selfishenss but maybe it will help some other people too. I dont' have any experiene with eBay. I'm not even sure if I'm typing it right. I've heard of it. I've heard some people earn some decent money using eBay and I've heard some people find some good bargains on there. We have been cleaning up around my house and we have a few items that we no longer need. I am wondering if it is worth it to list them on eBay. I feel like I'm getting a little long winded here, so I'll just list my questions. 1 - Is the sign up process complicated? Briefly, what does it entail? 2- What is the charge for using e-bay 3- Has your personal experience been positive or negative. 4- Is it worth the trouble to sign up, just to sell a few items. 5- Would items like ice skated, used books and old Disney VHS movies sell well on e-bay? 6- Is there anything else I should know about ebay that I haven't thought to ask? Thanks for your help!
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20 responses
24 Jun 07
i have been signed up to ebay for ages but was too scared to use it... until thursday last week, i discovered they used paypal, so i got bidding, i bidded on 3 items and 2 of which i have won and have paid for. I recieved a message off the seller saying she had sent one of my items - quite fast. I am hoping to sell some make up items on there next week, hopefully i will have no problems. I really do hope the items come. I have decided to get a new hobby all thenks to ebay im going to start collecting vintage mirror compacts - i bidded on 2 already for 3.60 (GBP)with 1.80 P&P, i think i have a bargain. i really hope my items do come - im looking forward to it - ill let post again if they come. hope this has been of help louise x http://louise-clix2cash.blogspot.com
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@miamilady (4916)
• United States
24 Jun 07
Thanks. I look forward to hearing if you were happy with the items that you received. Maybe you will find some helpful info from future replies to this discussion, as well.
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24 Jun 07
Hi, yes as there are alot of threads on ebay on most forum, will definitly post when i recieve items.
• United States
24 Jun 07
Hi, I'd be more than happy to help you! 1. The signup process is not complicated. Basically, it's just your name, address, phone number, email address, and date of birth. 2. To be a seller, you will need to input your credit card or debit card. 3. Depending on what you sell, the fees vary. To start a listing at 99 cents or under will cost you 20 cents to list. If you want to add a gallery picture, that's an additional 35 cents. There are also other extras, but you don't need them. 4. The main things to do before you start selling are: A)take the selling tutorial on Ebay, peruse the discussion boards and eBay blogs. I am a frequent participant on the blogs over there. You will find many nice bloggers on there who are more than willing to help a newbie seller. You many even run into me over there. B) Research, research, research!! See if the item you want to sell is on the completed listings. If you want to see if a certain Disney VHS is a hot item, type in the name of the Disney movie in the search field, and hit search. A list of all current listings with that movie will pop up. Go to the left side of the screen and scroll down until you see completed listings. Checkmark completed listings and scroll down and hit search. A list of all completed listings with that movie will show up. **Important note....you can't search completed listings until you signed up. You have to have your account activated already. 5. If you have something to sell that you want to show more than 1 picture of, you would be wise to sign up with Auctiva. If you list through eBay, only the first picture is free, and it's 15 cents per additional picture. On Auctiva, you can insert up to 15 pictures for free. But you would still have to pay for gallery picture if you choose that. That's all I can think of for now. I'm just a small time seller myself over there, trying to supplement my hubby's income. If you have any further questions, I would be more than happy to try to give you more answers and tips. My eBay user name is gadget_kat Good Luck to you!
25 Jun 07
1. The sign up process is easy, 2. There is no charge for using ebay to look or buy, Ebay charges sellers a listing fee and commision on the sale, The cost of listing and the commision depends on your items and their listings type 3. I have been coned on ebay twice 4. Its worth a try but if you dont sell the item you are still charged the listing fee. 5. Books do sell well but VHS dont
• Canada
24 Jun 07
I love ebay but have never sold anything , I have only bought some items . The sign up process was not hard but I don't remember what it entails anymore as it was so long ago that I did it . I have never been charged anything to use ebay before , only have to pay the cost of the item that I am purchasing and the shipping costs which is different for everyone so you have to check all this out ahead of time or you could end up paying more for the shipping then the item is worth .
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@cabergren (1181)
• United States
24 Jun 07
The sign up process if very quick and easy and free to join. The charge for using is a charge for each item you list for auction. Then there is final fee when you sell your item. My personal experience has been very positive. I have been selling on eBay for about 3 years. Check out site: http://stores.ebay.com/Dream-Doll-Boutique. As far as the items you are looking to sell you need to search on ebay and see if anyone else is selling items like these and what they are selling for. That way you can determine whether it is worth it or not to sell yours. Besides the household items, do you make anything that you could sell. There is definitely money to be made on ebay. Sign up and check it out.
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24 Jun 07
I don't ebay. For the reasons below; *I don't respect ebay's policy regarding scammers, call the police. (hello, they won't do anything) *I wouldn't buy anything without knowing for sure I'd get it. I have more but I don't want to sound like shrek :) ~Joey Sorry I couldn't help :)
@addysmum (1225)
• Canada
25 Jun 07
I don't know what you are talking about. I have had several items show up damaged or miss represented or not at all and ebay has always pursued it for me and if you you paypal to pay for the item then your money is double protected because if ebay won't do something then paypal will. I have never had to call the police for a failed auction, going through ebay and paypal I have always got my money back.
@addysmum (1225)
• Canada
25 Jun 07
I have been using ebay for close to 8 years I think. I am sure lots of people find things that would make them unhappy it's like anything. Why just last year I sold a cd player that was damaged in shipping. It was a big disappointment for me and the buyer but he got his money back and I lost out so things happen. However when I sell if the the item is damaged or the buyer doesn't like it I refund the full price with the return of the item. I have had disappointments when buying but they always get resolved. like I said there is always someone that is going to be unhappy or how didn't protect themselves so they lose out but with so many people using ebay something must be working. The big thing is protection, insist on insurance for the item, buy only from people that use paypal so your money is protected and research the seller, you can see what others thought of the seller and their items there is a rating on the person that you can view they can't fake those things.
@gradyslady (4054)
• United States
18 Sep 07
They ask for your bank account information, name, address, and all the usual stuff. I prefer to use half.com for selling things like books, movies, cds, and video games. It's a little more secure and they do look out for both the buyer and the seller, unlike ebay where if you get scammed, sorry about your luck. I've had a little trouble, I got scammed, and I was out a 300 dollar product.
• United States
10 Jul 07
1 - Is the sign up process complicated? Briefly, what does it entail? Signing up is easy, same as for most other sites. You will need a credit or debit card if you are planning to sell items. 2- What is the charge for using e-bay? There's no extra fee when you buy something. When you list something for sale there is a listing fee (based on the starting price fo the item) and if the item sells, eBay takes a percentage of your final sale price (I think it is 3% but I'm not sure). There are "extras" you can add to your listing for added fees, these are spelled out for you when you are creating the listing. If someone wants to pay you with a credit card, there is an extra fee for that as well if you only have a personal account. You will be sent an invoice for all your charges at the end of each month. You can choose to pay with paypal or have the sum deducted from the card you used when you registered. 3- Has your personal experience been positive or negative? I have both bought and sold things on ebay, probably 30 total transactions over the last 5 years, my experience has been mostly very positive. I have never been cheated by a buyer or seller, although there have been occasional communication problems. 4- Is it worth the trouble to sign up, just to sell a few items? It depends on the items. i would sign up so you could look through the "completed auctions" and research your items to see if it is worth listing them. If you decide not to list them, it hasn't cost you anything but time. 5- Would items like ice skated, used books and old Disney VHS movies sell well on e-bay? The ice skates would probably sell if they are in good condition, but I would wait until fall or early winter to list them to get the best price. Books are very hit or miss, they can be expensive to ship, so that will raise the price. Definitly research the title before listing a book, same for VHS movies. Since DVDs are so cheap, it can be hard to sell the tapes. Try bundling them as a pack rather than listing them seperately. 6- Is there anything else I should know about ebay that I haven't thought to ask? You can go to the USPS website to figure out shipping prices (remember to include the cost of packaging in your fee). Try to answer questions as quickly as possible. If there is a problem, email the other party to let them know about it. In your listing, state how long it will take you to mail an item (ie- item will be shipped within 2 business days of receving payment) and stick to it. Also, offer the option for the buyer to purchase insurance for the package, state that you are not responsible for packages once they leave your possession if they are not insured. Good luck.
@trk918 (254)
• United States
10 Jul 07
I use ebay all of the time. I have sold a few things. Good pictures & a good discription help a lot. I have bought lots of stuff off of there. I usually buy jeans off of it for $10 or less. I have a hard time finding any around here that are long enough for me so I have to order online anyway. I've gotten books, movies, small appliances, clothing, kitchen items, car parts, ect. If you can think of it it is probably there. I've never had any problems. Before you buy check the sellers rating to see if they have lots of negative feedback.
@anirc750310 (3424)
• Romania
25 Jun 07
Thank you for this post.I was asking myself how would be to bid on eBay, but have no clue how it works.I read some posts here and I understand a bit. Good post, sorry I can help I am learning now with you.maybe we will met on ebay some days have a good day!
@wachit14 (3599)
• United States
25 Jun 07
I've been selling on Ebay for a number of years. The sign-up process is not complicated, but there is an online registration process that might take a few minutes or so to complete. It costs nothing to sign up so even if you do sign up and not sell anything right away, you will always have your account for the future. For each item listed, Ebay will charge you a listing fee. The best thing to to, especially with used items, is to list them very cheaply so that your listing fee is minimal. Decide how you will ship your items and figure out the cost, including handling which includes purchasing the packaging and your time and gas mileage for getting the items to your customers. Also, it is advisable to have a paypal account which you probably already have so that your customers can easily transfer money to you. My experiences have mostly been positive and I've made some very good money on Ebay, but do your research first before you list anything. You can go to Ebay and search the items you want to list and see what other people are asking for those items and see if they are getting any bids. I do this and I always list my items for less so that I get more bids. If you have books to sell you might want to try Ebay's sister website, half.com.
@sanshray (149)
• India
25 Jun 07
No, i havent done it. I havent sold or bought stuff on EBay yet. I have heard that it is quiet good and I think I will use the money i make here to buy some stuff there.......so its just wait and watch from my side!
• India
25 Jun 07
i used to ebay but now i've stopped, because i dont have the patience to wait for a god deal to come up
@junksta14 (207)
• United States
25 Jun 07
I always tried selling stuff on ebay...but its so hard..all that buying and selling, now i just do other things to try and earn an extra buck...but i heard that you can make alot of money on places like ebay and other auction sites
• United States
25 Jun 07
In my experience books are best sold in the winter time when alot of people are shut in. I tried selling books on Ebay and found it to be a very fickle item. Sometimes they would sell for ungodly amounts and then spring hit and I couldn't seem to give them away. Also after your items sells Ebay charges a fee for the amount it sold for I can't remember what percentage they use for that. And if you use Paypal and someone uses a credit card to buy an item Paypal will charge you a fee. I gave up selling on Ebay because of all the fees. I really wasn't making enough money to make it worth the effort. I'd rather just have a garage sale.
@AskAlly (3626)
• Canada
25 Jun 07
O my gosh I love ebay. the sign up process is self explanatory and easy to follow. there is disapointment sometimes when your bid does not win, but for the most part it is great.
• Canada
25 Jun 07
The sign up is easy... You really don't have to give up much personal info. If you're afraid of being scammed, always use Paypal, if the seller doesn't ship, file a dispute and get your money back. It's free to buy but you need to pay a small fee to sell, and there's almost always someone looking for used items. Overall, it's a great place to buy/sell.
@Gemmygirl1 (2868)
• Australia
25 Jun 07
I'll try & answer your questions but i am in Australia so allt he costs etc i list are in AUD but they should give you an idea! 1) The sign up process VERY easy, here in Australia you need a credit card but it may not apply in other countries. 2) Here, to list an item with 1 free photo is 50 cents - the add another photo it's 25 cents per additional picture but you can buy packages. If your item sells, they also take out a percentage which i think is about 10% of the final sale price. 3) I have had nothing but positive experiences with eBay - i have bought some HUGE bargains, i have also managed to sell off all my unwanted items & bought new items with the money i have made. 4) Sure you can sign up if you only want to sell a few items, you never know, you may find some things to purchase as well & you have to be a member to purchase. There are some great bargains on there. 5) Things may sell well, it all depends on how much you ask for them & how popular they are - i'm sure people would be after ice skates & books. You may sell the VHS movies but don't charge too much for them because Videos on cassette like that are obsolete & not very many people are likely to have VHS' still! 6) if you buy or sell anything, remember to stay in touch with your seller/buyer, always leave feedback & be honest, ready peoples feedback before you bid on their items to see how good their reputation is & if they're reliable. PayPal is a GREAT payment option as the payment is instant but there are small fees involved there too - they start from 1.1% I hope you have fun if you decide to use eBay, as i mentioned i have sold heaps & bought heaps on there & have found so many excellent deals. It's also a GREAT help knowing you can purchase securely from overseas if you cant get that item in your country, then pay via PayPal as it's a universal payment option! Good luck & i hope you have as much fun playing with eBay as i do! BUT be careful - it's highly addictive - LOL!
@ashveen (301)
• France
24 Jun 07
i cnt use ebay coz cnt buy anythin frm so far i am..
• United States
24 Jun 07
I've sold infrequently in the past and hope to sell more often in the future. The sign up is pretty easy, but I think you do need a credit card, like someone said. I signed up 8 or 9 years ago, so I can't remember what I did. There are various fees for listing depending on how much you want to start your auction at. If someone wins your auction, there are also final value fees, which usually aren't much of a problem. I haven't had a ton of experiences, but it's mostly been positive. I worry a lot about the feedback and try to do everything I can to make the customer happy. But, that's the same with any business. I'm not sure about ice skates, but VHS tapes may or may not sell. Most people want DVDs. Make sure you are as professional as possible with your listings and how you ship your items. Get delivery confirmation on every shipment. It can save you problems in the end.