reply to post by Keyhole
Let them eat cake...... Need I really say more??? If you don't know it is the very famous quote from Marie Antoinette.
Jeeze, E-bay??? Especially after it is getting worse for the sellers by the month if not week? Yea, if you're lucky and have the right items to sell,
you might make a few bucks. E-bay has been making it really hard for the small average seller to do well with all of their new rules they put out on
sellers this past year. That is why I stopped selling.
1) You can not leave negative feedback for the buyer, but they can leave negative feedback for you. Abuse by buyer = unlimited
2) Unless you meet certain requirements, you have to accept PayPal. Many sellers have had many problems with people complain to PayPal after the
seller said no refund when the seller refused to send back the item. A lot of potential abuse, especially after the new feedback rule. See #1 above.
If your new to selling, you must use PayPal.
3) They implemented a DSR rating where buyers can rate you on specific categories such as shipping charges and shipping times. There are 5, but I
forget all five right now. The two I mentioned get hit the hardest. They tell the buyer if they see a low score to be weary of that seller. Buyers
don't seem to want to give the ratings, unless they had a problem with you.
4) You have to be in good standing to get your items seen near the top in the Best Match. Best Match is the default search, and in no uncertain terms
sucks majorly. You have to have a good feedback rating. Just became much harder with #1.
4a) Relates to #3 also. You have to have a DSR score, but to have a DSR score you have to had sold 10 items in the past 30 days. Actually have sold,
not put on to sell.
4b) To be in good standing the seller must be 4.5 or higher on each individual one. They tell the buyer that if you are satisfied to give the seller a
4 star rating, and if you think the seller had excellent service, to give them a 5 star rating. The seller doesn't get the standing needed because of
the discrepancy, or they just decided to make it super hard on the sellers.
5) They changed their fee structure so that when you don't sell, it is cheaper than previous. But when you actually sell the item, it actually cost
That is just scratching the surface. I haven't been there six months, so I'm not sure if much has changed. Last I heard they want to put more
emphasis on buy it now = fixed price items, and less on actual auction items. They think their competitor is Amazon. Now want everyone selling on
E-bay to act more like Amazon sellers.
They want more sellers that are going to sell a ton of new gadgets for wholesale prices. These sellers will bury the smaller seller, and those who
only want to sell occasionally. Proof is in the mail, since I just got junk mail from e-bay. An ad flier like you would get from Giant Eagle or
Walmart for the new gadgets that can be found on E-bay.
It got too nerve racking for me to sell there. Then sell the item, but feeling like I have to wait to take my money from my pay pal account in case
the buyer filed a charge back claiming it was broken, chipped, didn't arrive, and etc.
With the best match being the default search, your item can have 5 minutes left, and yet buried 3 or more pages deep. I have seen non-related items
with the best match. Yes you can change it, but I would say maybe about half know how to or even know they can change the best match to ending
soonest. Many are just lazy and leave it on the default best match search.
Before starting in E-bay, go to the e-bay community forums and read them. Too many times I started an item out low to say a sarcastic yea I sold an
item for $5 dollars + shipping - e-bay fees - paypal fees - packing supplies - time it takes to pack and ship. I start the item out higher for more
what I want it for. It doesn't sell.
E-bay was great at the beginning. You could practically sell anything for a decent amount. Now it really is a hit and miss.
McCain is off of his rocker if he thinks E-bay is the way out of poverty.