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ebay or rip off ????

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1. Posted by mally (Respected Member 199 posts) 10y

has anyone noticed that with all the fee paying advertisements - not much is selling. if everyone pays for one advert ebay makes a fortune . why doesn't anyone ask . is it worth the fee?????
and if you don't get the goods -tough. I think we all deserve better off the internet.....What do you think ????

2. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 10y

has anyone noticed that with all the fee paying advertisements - not much is selling.

How can you tell that?
Did you know that all items that's been sold are removed from the list of items?

if everyone pays for one advert ebay makes a fortune . why doesn't anyone ask . is it worth the fee?????

Of course ebay makes money. It's a business. You have to think about these:

. Servers that are hosting ebay services cost money and needs to be maintained all the time.
. People who are running and maintaining ebay cost money.
. It's logical that you pay to advertise something that you're selling, and you've been informed about that in advance.
. Nothing comes free.

Is it worth the fee? Well, with that kind of exposure that ebay could offer for your items, what do you think?

and if you don't get the goods -tough. I think we all deserve better off the internet.....What do you think ????

You're not forced to buy or sell at ebay. So try not to fall into traps - deals that are just too good to be true, unless they are offered by reputable sellers. Ebay provides some kind of protection to buyers buying items sold by sellers who have good track records. You use your own discretion to determine whether to trust the seller.

Last month, I listed an item for auction at a starting price of MYR1500 (approx USD400) at the local ebay. Towards the end of the auction, somebody sent me a private message offering me USD1300 for that phone. I replied and declined his offer simply because:

. He is a new member. No track records.
. USD1300 can get him almost 3 new units of the item that I sold.
. He wanted to do a private dealing, off the ebay site.
. The deal is too good to be true.

Almost a week later, I received an email from ebay asking me not to conduct any dealings with that user. Somebody reported the user and they have found him to be a fraudster.

And then there was another bid from outside the country, also a new member. I cancelled the bid, as I did not intend to sell that item to overseas bidders.

3. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 10y

I feel the same as Hien...I have sold and bought many things on eBay, and have never been dissapointed. One man's junk is another mans treasure ;)

4. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 10y

I recently bought golf clubs and an MP3 player on ebay and both transactions went exactly as expected. I checked locally and on the Internet to get an idea on prices and started looking on ebay. Found the item I wanted; checked the sellers history, read comments by previous buyers and picked a seller with the best buyer satisfaction rating and lowest shipping & handling costs. I paid with Paypal and both items were delivered when promised. Happy buyer & happy seller.

Yes, ebay charges fees and sellers have to decide if the reward(sales) justify the risks(fees). People vote with their wallet and the vote is; ebay is a winner and here to stay. Capitalism on display for the entire world to see.

A local tidbit; the ebay CEO is building a 40,000 sq. foot mansion here in Vegas. Those sellers fees do add up gang!

5. Posted by vicks (Full Member 88 posts) 10y

I think Ebay is great. I have had no problems with it. There are so many ways to check the sellers history and you are entilted to ask them any questions you want about the item you want to buy. My advise is to read the description of the item carefully before bidding for the item. But also, if you do recieve the item and it is not what you expected - you can get in contact with the seller and they would rather fix the problem than get negative feedback (in my experiences anyway).

6. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

Ditto what everyone else has said... I've never had a problem with ebay.

7. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 10y

Ebay is a communist plot run by pygmies out of a garage in a rundown suburb of Kazakhstan.

Did you know that if you convert the letters in "buy or sell on ebay" to ASCII characters it reads, "Satan says sell your soul for 666"!

*sorry, but ask a silly question.....*

8. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 10y

I on the other hand lost $500 to a seller with a "good reputation". He had his own "store", lots of good reviews from past buyers, answered the questions I asked of him. Then the package got lost at the US-Can border and he starts accusing me of lying to him (wouldn't even call UPS to confirm my lost package as I suggested) and then stopped answering my e-mails. When I contacted eBay, they said they'd look into it, then never heard from them again, or answer my queries. Paypal, same story....

Sorry, but fraud protection isn't something you even notice until you run into a problem. Believe me, there isn't any online.

9. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 10y

my only complaint is they havent got a reserve price lower than fifty quid in England.
I sold some shoes that I wanted more for but only got about 20 pounds :(

still it's well exciting!!

m