Thread: eBay enemies

    • 13 years 9 months ago
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    Quote by Jason43
    My main pet peave with ebay is sellers that charge an insane shipping amount. I know a certain percentage of the shipping cost is needed for packing materials, but when you pay 10 bucks and the item comes on a 50 cent padded envelope with $1.50 stamped on the postage label...


    I agree on the postage thing you talked about! I understand charging a small handling fee but $10.00 for $1.50 postage is unethical! Those kind of people are not "real dealers" & make their living scalping people....they are lame people!
    • 13 years 9 months ago
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    Quote by Daniel85
    If you're a collector who hunts on eBay, chances are that you'll run into certain other collectors bidding on the same things you are quite frequently. Most people don't get too worked up over it, I mean I'm just like 'Oh crap, there's that John10000000 guy again!' If they want to pay more than you, tough luck for you.

    Anyway, this morning I was bidding on a few auctions that one seller was listing. He had a whole bunch of great comic lots, so I was having a field day picking up complete mini-series and runs. One of the lots I wanted was Marvel's Secret Wars series, but I didn't win it. The seller also had the the Secret Wars II series going, so I bid on that. Surprise, I got into a bidding war with the guy who won the first lot.

    I ended up winning, and later went to check my email for the invoice, only to find a message from the guy who I beat on that auction:

    "you couldn't let me bid on those comics in peace."

    Heh. I have never received any communication from another bidder before. I don't know if it's a frequent occurence or not, but I'm very amused by it. Sure, when other people consistently outbid me I get a little annoyed, but like I said- it's only because I wasn't willing to pay more than they were. I'd never email another bidder in anger. What a psycho.

    Anyone else ever had experiences like this?


    That guy was a whiner. I mean, Ebay is an AUCTION! Not a STORE!

    I also hate the overpriced shipping. I paid $8 for 12 promo pokemon cards. I mean seriously.
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    • 13 years 9 months ago
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    I don't like ebay in general but I am a collector so I use them often to obtain these 'collectibles'. Ebay as a company is shady and ready to hit you with these ridiculous fees the moment you screw up. They will pay their bills anyway the can. So be warned - Keep your nose clean when dealing with ebay. There is alot of fine print that you glossed over (as many of us do when becoming members).

    As far as being outbid, thats life. I do know that if you wait long enough, you will get that special thing eventually.
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    Quote by christopher
    I can certainly agree on the overcharged shipping issue. Any seller who charges 15 bucks to ship a small package is a real eBay enemy.

    i Also sell & buy on Ebay , And I also hate the over rated prices for shipping. What I ask , are the normal prices for PRIOR AIRMAIL as seen on the site of the Belgian post office. Sometimes people think even then the prices are to much ! , I wrap everyting very well ! (less chance for damage) , so sometimes a few grams can make the difference in shipping cost (at least here in Belgium) I refuse to wrap something in a news paper (Once I buyed a Madonna Promo album , wrapped in a newspaper !! shipping from the USA , and I payed 16 dollars for it ! - the record was broken as you can imagine).
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    • 13 years 9 months ago
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    I'm an avid ebayer. My user name is jimw624.

    I sell more than I buy, however, you have to always be prepared for snipers, as a buyer. The best advice I can give is set your bid as high as you are willing to go and leave it at that. Also, know when the auction is going to end. Be sitting at your computer when there are about 5 minutes left cuz that's when the action really heats up.

    If you lose an auction, don't worry or feel bad. Chances are the item you're looking for will show up again shortly. I am constantly amazed at the amount of cool, retro stuff on ebay.

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    For those of you complaining about shipping fees...HEED THIS...

    I have some kinda high shipping rates on some items. What a seller is charging for shipping includes HANDLING too!!! If, as a seller, you are accepting Paypal, Paypal takes a cut of the action as well. Ebay charges you up front and then a final value fee when the item sells. So if I sell you a comic book for $2.99, chances are that between Ebay and Paypal, they will get about 75 cents of it before I've even shipped you the comic!!!!

    I initially didn't understand why shipping fees were high, but now I do. It's called covering your costs. If you see a guy offering free or cheap shipping, he is losing money somewhere. It takes money to make money...always remember that.
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    • 13 years 9 months ago
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    Here's a tip: you should calculate the selling fees and other costs into the starting price not the shipping cost. high shipping rates scare people and make the seller look dishonest.
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    • 13 years 9 months ago
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    Yeah, I tried to bid on Secret Wars II, and the next thing you know this guy comes outta nowhere and wins it! Seriously, who does this guy think he is bidding on something that I WANT!!!!!!! It makes me sooooo ANGRY!!!!

    I e-mailed him the following message:

    "you couldn't let me bid on those comics in peace."

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    • 13 years 9 months ago
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    I've got a crazy eBay story.

    In March of this year, I was bidding on an original Carolina Circle Mall restroom sign. Apparently, the seller knew I really wanted it and got a friend of his to jack up the price. I lost and was outbidded.

    However, in July, the sign showed up again with the same seller. I was able to get it this time and it is now looking good on my wall.
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    • 13 years 9 months ago
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    I won 2 Marvel Civil War comic books this week. Together, with shipping, it was still less than what I would've paid for them in a comic store...with tax. There are tons of bargains on eBay regardless of shipping nightmare stories....fyi.
    • 13 years 9 months ago
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    Quote by kayvee
    Here's a tip: you should calculate the selling fees and other costs into the starting price not the shipping cost. high shipping rates scare people and make the seller look dishonest.


    But it's harder to get bids....i like to try and start most of my auctions at .99 cents...if you list something at 4.99 and others are running it at .99 cents to start, you won't get too many bids...there is lots of psychology involved on ebay...trust me....
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    • 13 years 9 months ago
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    I have yet to get an angry email from another bidder, but I've been outbid on my fair share of auctions. One that irritated me to no end was a few months back when I was bidding on a Hot Topic collector's doll...using my crappy dial-up connection at home. I sat and watched that auction for probably three hours to make sure my bid remained the highest, and the opposing bidder outbid me with ten seconds left in the auction. I went to raise my highest bid with seven seconds left, but by the time the page loaded, the auction had ended. Grr.

    I also got outbid on a really cool Poison shirt recently and it made me sad. If I can't get a Poison shirt, I'm just going to take some fabric paint to a t-shirt and make my own.

    As far as shipping charges, why is it that some people will put items up for auction at 99 cents, but make the shipping something totally outrageous? For example, I was looking for a used copy of the Shadow the Hedgehog game and I found a bunch of them for less than a dollar, but each one had a shipping charge of $25. Now I can understand having a huge shipping cost if the item will actually cost a lot to ship...but when people start asking for $10 for shipping for a gum wrapper, it gets a little ridiculous.
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    I read Ebay for Dummies...all of you should too!!! In it, he teaches you how to beat snipers....just ask yourself while you're bidding....WHAT IS THE HIGHEST PRICE I WILL PAY FOR THIS ITEM...and BID THAT PRICE...then watch what happens....most of the time I win what I want to win...
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    • 13 years 8 months ago
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    I always notice the re-occuring Ebay members bidding on the same items I am interested in. No problem with that at all, as eventually we come into contact and end up helping each other out.

    What makes me laugh are certain members that bid up an auction sky high, win, and relist the item again shortly for an astronomical price. The funny part is you will usually see these items running for months with the price slowly coming down every time because it isn't selling. What they don't realize is that certain collactables have only a small group of collectors who are after them and when they see the auctions they original lost out on relisted by the original winner, they remember how much it originally sold for and stay away. There have been a few times that I scored an item at a cheaper price the second time around (with the new owner selling it) by waiting it out until his price drops.

    As for overcharging on shipping, I also have no problem with a reasonable fee added on for handeling and packing supplies, but it is super lame when some charges you $15 to ship something that actually costs under $5 to ship. I actually went onto the Ebay forums and checked out a few threads discussing the issue. It is full of Ebay power sellers trying to defend their action. The bottom line is that they are just riping off people.
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    • 13 years 8 months ago
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    As far as I know, Ebay will put an end to sellers charging more than triple the selling price...it's not supposed to be allowed...not sure though...read my previous posts...i justify my shipping based on labor involved, time, energy, post office, etc....if you want to check my stuff out go to ebay and find user id jimw624...
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    • 13 years 8 months ago
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    yeah, but you see what I am saying though right? A shipping cost should be just that - not a cost for time, effort, etc, etc. I am sure you have problems come up because of this.

    its a rip anyway you look at it. sorry.
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