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Is it worth using eBay to sell anymore??

23 Nov 2012 5:50PM
Hi All,

Just thought I'd ask the question as I have recently sold a piece of equipment on eBay for 215, well pleased with that I thought !
Unfortunately by the time eBay and PayPal had dipped their fingers in the pie I was left with just 152 !!

"Yes" but they have overheads I hear you shout! I fully understand that, but I do feel that the seller gets a raw deal at the end of the process Sad

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Carabosse Plus
14 41.0k 269 England
23 Nov 2012 5:55PM
20% (inc VAT) is about the norm in 'proper' auction houses and it usually about the same for eBay+PayPal.... a little less I would say - maybe 18%.

It seems you've had a total af around 30% deducted........... how has that come about?
Pete Plus
16 18.8k 97 England
23 Nov 2012 6:42PM
If it's camera kit you're selling try our classifieds . Charge? As an e2 member - zero percent. So your 29 fee would have been more than covered twice Smile
thewilliam 9 6.1k
23 Nov 2012 6:44PM
Ebay is usually faster than other methods of selling and it's easy. Also, the highly skilled vendors seem to get high prices.
23 Nov 2012 6:45PM
Thanks Pete, That's a definite "yes" for any future sales of camera kit.
lawbert Plus
11 1.8k 15 England
23 Nov 2012 6:59PM
I would say its probably not worth using Ebay,

I did try the epz classifieds to no avail on a couple of items (I have put up a wanted ad and had great success on a Canon remote 10m cable though)Smile

Mpb Photographic are a pretty good way to sell...I sold a 50d and Sigma 120-300 to them last week and was surprised at what they offered having taken into account Ebay Fees and Paypal and thier offer was pretty close to what I expected to get for them....They sent a courier to collect at a time to suit me and then paid me promptly....They will make a fair quid out of my kit but thier service was very good indeed.
User_Removed 14 17.9k 8 Norway
23 Nov 2012 7:30PM
I will support that comment re MPB Photographic...
StrayCat Plus
13 19.0k 3 Canada
23 Nov 2012 7:47PM
I always thought selling on Ebay and using Paypal cost a little over 10%. I appreciate the seller and buyer protection features, and have benefited by them on several ocassions. However you sell or buy, I would advise checking out how your interests are protected first.
thewilliam 9 6.1k
23 Nov 2012 8:13PM
Ebay want the site to be a safe environment for buyers. They're less interested in the welfare of sellers. One example is that a seller isn't able to leave negative feedback for a "buyer" who messes around or doesn't pay.
StrayCat Plus
13 19.0k 3 Canada
23 Nov 2012 8:23PM
There are many legitimate businesses on ebay that can easily be ruined by people who just want to see that happen. As a buyer, I have had several bad deals handled overnight, or quicker, by Ebay's support service.

I had one buyer send me an email after he received a mint legacy lens from me saying he was going to tell ebay it wasn't mint if I didn't refund him a portion of what I paid him. I just sent his email to ebay support, and that was that.Smile
23 Nov 2012 9:42PM
I recently sold a couple of lenses and tried several of the well known second hand photo dealers, having bought from them in the past. By far the best price was offered by Peter Walnes - certainly as much as I would have expected to get after eBay and PayPal commission, and a cheque by return. A very efficient and personal service whether buying or selling.
thewilliam 9 6.1k
23 Nov 2012 9:50PM
I once had a buyer tell me that I'd sold him a lens that was full of haze and fungus and backed up his claim with "pictures" that he'd taken. My reply was to offer him a full refund of all that he'd paid me if he returned it. About a week later he told me me that a friend who "worked in a camera shop" had been able to "clean it" and he wanted me to pay the bill. In reply, I reminded him of my earlier offer of a return for a refund but now that he'd had work done by a repairer that wasn't Leica approved, there wouldn't be a refund, either partial or full. That was the last I heard about it.

It's essential for a seller to use pictures of the item for sale and to never use library images. In my pictures of the lens in question, it was obvious that the glass was clear.

Some unscrupulous buyers do try feedback extortion when the vendor has 100% positive feedback. One colleague was troubled by a buyer who'd dropped the lens and claimed that it had been delivered in that state. Physical damage to a lens barrel doesn't happen in transit and the pic showed a pristine lens so the matter ended happily for my colleague.

It's caveat vendor as well as caveat emptor!

That said, I've dealt with some delightful people on Ebay.
edrhodes Plus
12 547 12 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2012 10:27PM
I'll vouch for EPZ classifieds, used it many times.
Carabosse Plus
14 41.0k 269 England
23 Nov 2012 10:29PM
I'm still curious as to why Gary only got about 70% (net) of his gross eBay sale. Sounds low to me.
StrayCat Plus
13 19.0k 3 Canada
23 Nov 2012 11:07PM
I wonder was it a currency exchange loss?

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