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I think it's still worth it to sell on Ebay.
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MPB photographic get my vote as well, £70 for my 350D? Take it, TAKE IT!*
EPZ Classifieds, my Interfit lighting system is in there right now, not a whisper as yet, though its not been a week so its early days.
*On second thoughts, a backup camera never goes amiss
Oh yes, Ebay, bought from them but never sold anything. Having never been to an Auction before, i had no idea their fees were so extortionate, but i have never even considered selling on there, its convenient yes, but it is so impersonal, most of my camera's have been given away to friends or part exchanged for something a bit better in actual camera shops, though i admit my next camera is an online buy, if its any consolation it is with an established oldskool camera boutique, but it is hardly in driving distance.
I guess you should go with what suits you best, some people stick a post it note on post office windows, others may use specialist publications, websites such as this, i am not sure if there is a Peoples version of ebay apart from ebay anywhere online, never looked for one and cannot be bothered now, but there may be alternatives to ebay but if there are, would anyone use them?
Sorry, im rambling, its only midnight but feels like 5am already
Alexandra, what I look for first in any financial dealings on the internet is my security, what protection will I have, and Ebay and Paypal provide that. We pay for what we get; in many cases one would get far less for a product by selling it privately, and in many cases it would take longer. For example, when I decided to buy my latest camera and lenses, I needed the money from my existing new kit to get it, so I put it on Ebay and had the money in 3 days.
Hey Denny, not knocking ebay, well, not too harshly my home is decorated with cheap antique furniture from ebay, otherwise it would look like just another Ikea nightmare or, oh god, shall i say it? Argos Catalogue! There, i said it, now i feel dirty
To hell with it, if i cant shift my Interfits ill ebay them soon enough.
My son now swears by Gumtree. It can be nationwide or local - your choice! All manner of things on there for sale etc - not as streamlined maybe as eBay but he's got rid of quite a few odds & ends on there.
I was helping someone with product photography yesterday
she sells horse stuff - bandages, things to go under saddle, joddies etc.
her entire business is currently on EBAY
she has a brand new C Class Mercedes parked outside the warehouse
I'd say it's been worth while for her....
Must be a different eBay and PayPal to the one I use
Fee on eBay is 10% of selling price. Insertion fee is £1.30. PayPal fee for receiving money 0%
So if I had sold a piece of equipment £215 I would have paid £22.80 in fees. leaving me with £192.20. Sounds ok to me.
I have sold a lot of gear on eBay and obtained unexpectedly high sale prices occasionally. Certainly more than I would have asked for a straight sale.
Quote: I wonder was it a currency exchange loss?
No, if the selling price is £215 the buyer pays the equivalent of that in whatever currency they use and the seller receives the full bid price in his own currency.
Something distinctly odd about Thirdeye's experience.
Quote: obtained unexpectedly high sale prices occasionally
Absolutely. I once sold a lens for slightly more than it cost me new! Some people on eBay have no idea of what to pay!
Quote: Something distinctly odd about Thirdeye's experience.
Indeed so. Perhaps he could give us a breakdown of the fees paid.
Quote: PayPal fee for receiving money 0%
Not sure that's right? For an eBay sale it's surely about 3%?
Ebay + paypal fees are quite a large chunk of the price you get. I did try an online small ad site once but was swamped wiith offers to buy from all sorts of sorts of dubious people from around the world. I then reluctantly returned to ebay. I must admit that I have usually got higher price on ebay than I would have been willing to sell for elsewhere, so it makes up for the high charges.
Although Paypal does levy fees that border on the extortionate when compared with a credit and debit card facility, it does seem to have safety on its side.
Paypal does check out the punter before granting an account so I'd rather use it than to send money to Lagos by Western Union.
One valuable part of Ebay is the feedback profile that it builds up. On the rare occasions that I buy, if the positive is less than 100%. I'll click on the negative icon and read the reasons. Most horror stories concern vendors with poor feedback.
When selling big ticket items, PayPal has had complaints about holding onto funds for an indeterminate period while they 'investigate' for money laundering. So you risk ending up with no gear and no money for a while.
This is rare but I mention it so you can make your decision knowing the positive and negative.
EBay push PayPal very hard but you do not have to use it.
Quote: PayPal has had complaints about holding onto funds for an indeterminate period while they 'investigate' for money laundering.
Experienced that myself with payment being held for "processing" over 14 days. Not on E bay but an online purchase.
Makes one think twice using them now.
Quote: Not sure that's right? For an eBay sale it's surely about 3%?
I don't think so. I've just sold an item for £25.75 and the payment into my account is exactly that.
It's 3% if the buyer does not have a PayPal account but it is up to the buyer to make up the difference.
I have over 200 sales on eBay now and have never received less than the bid price.
I hold no brief for eBay but anyone who has sold through a 'real' auction room will tell you how expensive that is by comparison.
In 200 trades on eBay I have had one problem and that was solved amicably with a little reason on both sides.
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