Skip to comments.Selling on Ebay,My Experience
Posted on 04/07/2018 4:27:59 PM PDT by mdittmar
Selling on Ebay,My Experience. It's not easy. Posted a thread a while back about what will you do when you retire.
I'm going to buy stuff to resell on Ebay.
I've already started so I can get the hang of it. I'll say one thing,it ain't easy,It's work,but I enjoy it.making mistakes but figuring things out as I go.
If you enjoy junking,it may be for you,but those Youtube videos leave alot out.
Seriously? you think FR is your personal blog space?
He didn’t excerpt so he’s not blog pimping :^)
One problem is that the government keeps track of what you sell, like any other business. So you have to keep complex and complete records.
Plus, make sure you charge enough for shipping. Some things are going to have to be packed.
Shipping overseas costs more.
Some countries have great post offices; India, for example.
Others, like Italy and Ireland, are not so good. (Some people actually refuse to sell there, as a result.)
Be sure your product description is complete and lists any flaws, so that the buyer doesn’t want a refund.
Did the same thing many years ago, and kept at it for several years. Back then we only did auctions. Then I got tired of having to go to the post office every day. Got tired of paying eBay every month, and simply got tired of dealing with people. I made the mistake of selling to people overseas, and I always ended up taking it in the shorts on the postage, despite using the USPS postage calculator for size and weight of the packages I was mailing. I got tired of putting up with the fake accounts people created to make purchases they never planned on completing, and eBay was not very supportive of sellers at that time. Somehow I can’t imagine it’s any better now. The amount of money I was making wasn’t worth my time or effort, especially having to buy the shipping supplies to go with it.
Books do well. Amazon has a secret division (as far as I could figure out) that order books from half-bay and have ‘em drop shipped to the purchaser.
Shipping is a killer,learned that real quick;)
If you are, I'm still looking for you and I will find you.......
Good luck. I sold off some stuff a few years ago and agree it’s hard, mainly because of the shipping uncertainties.
But I had a problem with a guy who won an auction but wouldn’t pay. Then on the private ebay mail he called me everything in the book, not once but probably 50 times. I (finally) got ebay on the phone and a supervisor (finally) told me the guy would probably be suspended. But he had a fairly high rating and nothing was ever done.
No you are.
So what? It is STILL chat and not breaking news.
I don’t see a problem here.
So What Else did You learn?
My Ebay account is roughly 3 months older than your FR account.
I’ve got around 140 feedbacks despite around 1000 auctions.
Ebay sucks balls.
It eats 10% of your sales and paypal eats another 3 to 4% depending on domestic or international credit cards. Yes, you will pay paypal fees for international cards even though you only ship to the US. Eat it loser as that’s you’re only option.
So Ebay is valuable to dispose of shit that really has no value, otherwise you’d never sell it there.
I have around $30k in sales on Feebay over the past 18 years, every bit of it is for items that I wouldn’t lose any sleep over if someone ripped me off. Believe me, I’ve had any number of scams run on me on Ebay. Most of them involve charges that are marked fraudulent after you’ve shipped. Be prepared to pay to get your item re-directed or just realize you’ve lost it.
That said, out of around 1000 auctions, I’ve had issues with maybe 30. Of those, I’ve paid extra around 10 times to get the item not delivered. Yes, I’m willing to eat the cost so a scammer doesn’t get my item. I hate thieves.
I bought and sold on ebay for several years.
It finally dawned on me that the one making money on ebay was ebay.
I experienced "winning" bidders who didn't pay up, I bought from people who changed the deal when it was time to complete the transaction, etc.
The clincher was when I sold and shipped a $250.00 item that the buyer claimed he never received. I made the mistake of not insuring the delivery.
I asked the buyer to be patient, that I had, indeed mailed it and that it must be delayed somewhere; but the response was not only rude but increasingly threatening, demanding a refund, which I finally reluctantly sent.
A day later eBay advised me via email that the purchaser's account had been hijacked, and I had been scammed out of $250.00+product.
eBay offered no further assistance.
I had my son do it for me. I sold a bunch of Sega Saturn games, one of them I got $500 for. I got new chrome wheels for my 2013 Challenger with the proceeds.
That JoSixChip doesn’t like chat;)
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