Does anyone still use eBay?

June 19, 2008 6:50am CST
I used to be a great eBayer ... I clothed my first child in ebay clothes (for a while) and over the last 5 years have bought numerous items through eBay, from a swimming pool to kitchen spoons, toys and more... I also have a store and sell items on eBay too. BUT, saying all the above, lately I have become very disillusioned with Ebay. In the good ol' days most of what was being sold was used items that people no longer wanted - now, most of what seems to be selling is the new stuff and the second hand items are being overlooked. OK, fair enough - BUT - for someone to make a profit with new items is very hard because ebay takes their cut, paypal takes their cut and you are left with very little profit! What are your thoughts on the current eBay situation? Do you too think it is getting out of hand? Violetdreams
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@skinnychick (6906)
• United States
19 Jun 08
My thoughts are the same as yours. I still shop there for some incredible make up deals. But I don't sell on there anymore it's too costly. I sell on Etsy (handmade site) and on OLA which is a really great online auction site. It is what Ebay used to be. Great deals on everything, new and second hand. Moderated much better and as a seller cheaper too. It's pretty new so I'm still waiting for it to catch on a but but I know alot of Ebay sellers selling there. I have bought some things that I just love as well. :)
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19 Jun 08
Hmmmmmmmm, that sounds great - OLA hey? I will have to take a look at that one. Are you making anything there? I'm off to take a sniff around later tonight. Maybe my lingerie will take off on there - what do you think??? What about DVD's - do they go well there? Violetdreams
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19 Jun 08
Is OLA and international auction site? or predominantly US? It looks good, but the P&P from the UK would probably price us out of the US market. Thanks for the info though. Violetdreams
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• United States
20 Jun 08
I'm not sure about the international stuff!! Sorry...I think if you can afford it, you would do pretty good there. If you sell handmade stuff, Etsy is another cheap place to sell. You can do international there I think.
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@di1159 (1580)
• United States
19 Jun 08
Hello Violet: I know exactly what you mean! I used to list a lot of items, however when they didn't sell the e-bay fees were outrageous. The paypal ones didn't help out either. I still use it, but sparingly and only for items I'm pretty sure will sell. I use the free sites to list my items, even though it takes longer to sell them, but you can relist them over and over and there are not fees. Hopefully, buyers will start picking up on these free sites. Since they don't have listing fees, I'm able to reduce the prices a bit and make it a better deal. Good luck!
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19 Jun 08
Now that sounds interesting - what free sites are you talking about? I use ebid and have just had a look at OLA. Must say, have had loads of stuff listed in ebid for a few months now and not 1 sale! Slow, OK, but this is ridiculous. Please let me know - you can PM me if you prefer. Thanks Violetdreams
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• United States
20 Jun 08
Ecrater is another free one. That one might be ok??
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@Madona1 (2098)
• Gibraltar
19 Jun 08
Hello there, I became eBay member less than a year. I haven’t tried selling anything yet due to the local Postage and Packing fee are not cheap. But after buying a few items from eBay, I realize the sellers try to make more profit by charging the extra P & P, which eBay cannot control. And I find out that lots of designer jewels and accessories are not genuine. Further to this, some sellers will trick the bidders by raising the prices with another account so that the buyers will bid more or lose the chance of purchasing the item last minute. So now, I only buy something from eBay that I really need or cannot find locally.
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@eyewitness (1577)
• Netherlands
19 Jun 08
I think eBay is one of the best buying site's there is. you can buy practicly everything. I bought several things on that site. fro dvd boxed till toys for the neighbours kids. But I also think it could be dangerous to buy expensive things there, it could be a ripoff...please watch out !
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19 Jun 08
Hi Thanks for commenting. I have been buying on eBay since 2001 and have had a few bad experiences, but each time eBay has helped me out through their dispute reporting and each time we managed to sort the problem out satisfactorily. In one instance, I bought a cotbed, paid for it and then it never got sent and the seller stopped communicating. I tried to call him, nothing! EBay got involved and I did eventually get my money refunded (less £15 for fees). You aren't supposed to sell copies of designer articles if you describe them as anything other than copies. EBay does pick up on these things and you get a mark against you for 'copyright' issues. Most are genuine sellers and I have heard of very few being ripoffs. Violetdreams
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@4ofmyown (1119)
• United States
19 Jun 08
I sell on ebay...actually have quite a few things listed right now. I have noticed that almost everything on there is new. I have bought clothing for myself (used) and sold almost all of my childrens clothes that they have outgrown. I will not buy something new on there because by the time you pay shipping it is the same price as if you went to the store and bought it...what is the point.
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19 Jun 08
Hi there I used to do that too - buy and sell my kids clothing, but these days the kids clothing doesn't seem to sell really well anymore and it is also (sometimes) quite expensive to buy one you add in the shipping. I agree - what is the point?! Thanks for responding. Violetdreams
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@cher913 (25859)
• Canada
19 Jun 08
i would also like to sell on ebay again but i will be looking into other venues for selling online as i have a lot of stuff that i really need to get rid of. i posted a discussion about ebay several weeks ago and while some told me to run away fast, others mentioned that it was still the place to sell as it seems to get the most traffic.
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19 Jun 08
I agree - it does still seem to get traffic, alhtough I do wonder for how much longer! Try looking into ebid.net, it might work for you depending on what you are selling. I have a few stores there which to be quite honest, are very quiet. Good luck Violetdreams
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@lilaclady (28226)
• Australia
19 Jun 08
Yes I used to love Ebay but I have lost interest as well, I was getting so many items that didn't sell and then I still had to pay the fees and it just doesn't seem to be fun anymore.
19 Jun 08
I know what you mean! The fees are a killer when you aren't selling very much. Lately I have been paying out more on fees than I have been making - really doesn't make for good business. I did find another site - ebid.net where I have been listing my stuff, but to be honest - while it is a great site with loads of thing listed - sales seem to be non-existent! It is known to be a 'slow' site, but it seems to be stagnant! Violetdreams
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@Ravenladyj (22920)
• United States
19 Jun 08
I use to love selling and buying on Ebay but havent in several months and though I've been considering selling again I'm feelign really iffy about it since I have heard so many ppl complain about the new system, fee changes etc etc...As for buying again, I'm sure I will its just that i've not needed anything lately LOL thoguh I am considering getting myself some new shoes LOL
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19 Jun 08
The new system and the fees are horrendous!!! Oh well, what can you do hey? Ebay does seem to still get a LOT of traffic when compared to other sites. As for shoes... they are my weakness so we won't go there! Violetdreams
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@kilani123 (865)
• United Arab Emirates
19 Jun 08
sometimes it is getting out of hand with all that untrusted sellers but it is still a good place where u can find a good goods and very useful things , thats for sure
19 Jun 08
True, but as a seller it has become a nightmare.
• United Arab Emirates
20 Jun 08
yeah , but i only use it to buy things not to sell
@gemini_rose (16268)
19 Jun 08
I too used to be a great ebayer. I was even a powerseller within the first 3 months of starting up. Everything I sold just took off, but at the beginning of the year things changed, sales dropped and then of course all the fees and things went up and it just went backwards. I was no longer selling a lot, ended up paying out more than I was bringing in. I stopped selling before I went on holiday in May, with the intention of starting again when I got back. As of yet I just cannot be bothered to do it!!
19 Jun 08
Congrats on the powerseller status - what were you selling? :¬) I can understand why you aren't bothered - it is getting to be an expensive pastime these days. In fact I recently withdrew all my auctions because it was bleeding me dry to pay for all the items that weren't selling - the profit just wasn't enough to break even! Violetdreams
@gemini_rose (16268)
20 Jun 08
Bits of everything, never stayed with the same thing all the time just put on whatever I could get my hands on at that time.
• United States
20 Jun 08
Right now things are very, very slow on ebay and probably will be through the summer. I won't be listing much now until fall when I'm sure I can make more. The people that sell the new things are probably drop shippers, that's how they make the prophet but I think you are right, it's probably not much. I found a couple of new sites where you can have free stores, I'm getting into these at least for the summer. www.eCrater.com is one and www.MyStore.com I also have a store on www.iOffer.com which is nice because if you do have things on ebay it also shows them along with your ebay feedback. I don't think ebay will be in business much longer unless they come down some on their fees.
• United States
20 Jun 08
Thanks for posting those links. I'm checking them out. The sad thing is...If ebay does eventually go out of business, those free sites will most likely start charging.
@benhilo (871)
• Tripoli, Libya
19 Jun 08
I dont. Had a couple of problems which I emailed them about but NEVER got a response. I have had great sucess with amazon.com. They have great customer service.
19 Jun 08
Thanks for that - do you find amazon fees are more reasonable? I did look into them, but never went any further as the fee structure (on the surface) seemed quite complex. Violetdreams
@mcc371 (918)
• United States
19 Jun 08
I use to sell on ebay then they fees went sky high and I couldn't afford it for I was more less working and ebay and paypal gets the earnings so I quit. I go on there every once in a while and buy a few things I need. I have thought about trying it again as I did make some money to keep afloat but when I get down to really thinking...nope all the fees, problems, and the whole ebay seller deal just makes me sick. I have ventured onto some other sites and I am doing okay for the exposure they get so I am happy with my choice.
19 Jun 08
Must agree, I think it is getting to the time to leave eBay behind!
@jillhill (37377)
• United States
19 Jun 08
I have posted a few things for sale on ebay and didn't even get a bid but had to pay the fee....which I wouldn't mind doing if you even got someone's attention. I have also bought alot of things off ebay...and I am happy with that part of it. Maybe it's just gotten too big!
19 Jun 08
Yeah, I think you are right about that. Far too big!
• United States
19 Jun 08
Hi! I love EBay! I no longer use it to buy anything that is still being sold from the manufacturer because if I like a product, I want to support the company that makes it. I love buying stuff on EBay that is not being made anymore, though, especially discontinued beauty products! :) Just remember to check those feedback scores! Namaste, Becky
19 Jun 08
Good philosophy. I never thought of it that way ... but, if the ebay supplier gets an item from a wholesaler they can sometimes be cheaper than if you buy direct from the manufacturer. Guess it might depend on what you are looking for though. Good searching. Violetdreams
@AbbeyB (670)
• Spain
7 Feb 09
I love ebay but the sellers all tend to charge so much for postage to try and boost their profits so it makes the item expensive, so I dont use them as much as I used to.
@owstalaga (4550)
• Philippines
7 Feb 09
yes i just started using ebay to buy stuff last year but the 2nd time i bought something i still haven't received it. It sucks when people ship items with no tracking number. You won't know if it will get to you or not. That's why now i know that i will buy only from those who ship with a tracking number so i am sure to get my item. Anyway as for selling in ebay, i just started selling there last week. Am hoping with the affordable shipping of bulk items which also includes tracking number that people will buy my item as Valentine gifts. =) Heehee... I got into the Twilight bandwagon you see... i'm hoping my sales internationally will be good because my sales locally are okay.
@ronaldinu (12439)
• Malta
12 Sep 08
It might be hard for the seller but its great to have low prices for the buyer. I usually compare prices before buying from ebay to distinguish if there is a good bargain out there.
• Australia
16 Jul 08
With all the fuss of Ebay trying to force Paypal as the only method of payment to be used in Australia, it has been kind of difficult to support a business that doesn't seem to understand that not everyone wants to pay the same way. Basically, Ebay wanted to get rid of all payment methods other than Paypal, which they own as well, and would therefore be 'double dipping' on payments (ebay commissions and paypal commissions). It was found by the ACCC (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission)to be inappropriate for them to force one payment method for both sellers and buyers, especially since some members of ebay had been using other methods for years without a problem. The outcome is that Paypal has to be offered as a payment method, but not as the only payment method. We as buyers and sellers are still allowed to use direct bank deposit, cheque, money order or other methods of payment. For Australian members,this has been a big win,but it might have hurt ebay somewhat, especially as a lot of their big sellers have decided to quit, meaning no commissions from them any more. I use ebay a bit. Not as much as I used to, but still get some of my wants and needs through Ebay. Much of our girls clothing has come from ebay as have some of mine. It is more convenient shopping for me as I don't even have to leave the house. I think that ebay is wrong to keep putting up fees and charges. They are going to put themselves out of business if they keep it up. I actually don't sell on ebay at all, just a buyer, because of the fee structure. I think it is rude they charge a listing fee and then want a % based commission at the end of the sale. They should only get the end commission or charge a higher price to list an item and get rid of the commission. Something has to be done, but who's got the answers? Noone really.
@jsmith12 (438)
• Canada
27 Jun 08
VERY rarely I use it and mostly to track down a rare or hard to find item. Here are my reasons: 1) 95% of sellers have OUTRAGOUS shipping and handling fees. For example I have seen items that the shipping cost is 5-7$ with s&H OVER 20$. Sorry but no WAY can it cost THAT much to pacakge something and take it to the post office. And this is a 5-10$ item we're taking about. 2) I want more options then PP, which I don't trust that often, but more and more sellers are ONLY taking PP. 3) Recently users have not bothered to respond to my emails about if my purchase has shipped or not. AND I wait beyond usual shipping times for arrival. How hard is it to say it has or hasn't? 4) Prices are going up. And there are usually hidden fees, like S&H or something. It's getting too expensive.