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Is it worth using eBay to sell anymore??

Pete Plus
16 18.8k 97 England
19 Mar 2013 10:17PM

Quote:The days of finding Olympus 35SP`s for 3.99 are long gone

You're not wrong there - I sometime look at vinyl and saw Kind Crimson's gatefold Court of the Crimson King in oxfam for 25 - what happened to 50p per album lol. They seem to have the same stock more these days though!

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Carabosse 14 41.0k 269 England
19 Mar 2013 10:19PM
I bought a small book on cars of the 1950s about 4 years ago for 25 on Amazon Marketplace. I felt a just bit ripped off to be honest, but I really wanted that book.

However.............. I see identical books are going on eBay for over 150 now. Feeling much better about it! Wink
Paul Morgan 16 18.9k 6 England
19 Mar 2013 10:21PM
I blame a lot of this on Ebay dealers, they scour charity shops, car boots and so on, grabbing anything they think could make them a nice profit on Ebay, you can`t blame these charity shops for upping there prices.
StrayCat Plus
13 18.7k 3 Canada
20 Mar 2013 12:12AM
Everybody's in the game, one's no more guilty than the next. Money draws people like **** draws flies.
zebraboy 13 197 Australia
20 Mar 2013 6:00AM
Its common practice now for charity shops to look at auction sites for price guiding.
779HOB 5 1.2k United Kingdom
20 Mar 2013 6:11AM
I use Amazon to sell on. Just sold a Canon 1100D with a 18-55mm lens and a 50mm lens there. I think people trust the name more than eBay and the process is painless.
StrayCat Plus
13 18.7k 3 Canada
20 Mar 2013 6:32AM
I have tried Amazon, but have never had any success. I'm approaching 300 transactions on ebay.
779HOB 5 1.2k United Kingdom
20 Mar 2013 6:39AM
I was surprised how easy it was - I popped them up and they sold in a couple of days. I buy from eBay but mostly junk! Just bought some use and bin watches 1.60 each from China.
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2013 8:41AM
Selling on eBay is still a good way to get rid of stuff, but you have to be prepared topay 10% plus tax on your final sale value. Personally I think that is excessive but it is probably still better value than ad's in the local papers.
20 Mar 2013 8:56AM

Quote:I use Amazon to sell on............................................I think people trust the name more than eBay ..........................

779HOB 5 1.2k United Kingdom
20 Mar 2013 9:16AM


I use Amazon to sell items.

I think people trust the Amazon name more than the eBay one.
20 Mar 2013 11:22AM

I think people trust the Amazon name more than the eBay one.

Very much a matter of opinion
Carabosse 14 41.0k 269 England
20 Mar 2013 11:33AM

Quote:I think people trust the Amazon name more than the eBay one.

The is a huge difference between 'Amazon' and 'Amazon Marketplace'.

In all the years I've been buying and selling, online, the only serious problems I have had are with Amazon Marketplace. Oddly enough, never eBay.
thewilliam 9 6.1k
20 Mar 2013 12:03PM
On the two occasions that I've been let down as an eBay buyer and goods didn't arrive, eBay sorted things out quickly and I had a full refund. They want to make it a safe place for buyers.

As a seller, our hands are tied because we can't even leave bad feedback for people who don't seem to understand that placing a winning bid in an auction constitutes entry into a legally enforceable contract.
lemmy 10 2.7k United Kingdom
20 Mar 2013 12:26PM
Over the course of well over 200 trades I've had 2 people not pay. I started the dispute procedure and I guess they get a black mark against their eBay name. But I don't find it such a big deal. A bit annoying but no more.

I don't find eBay fees excessive (not to say I find them cheap, either). Tale a look at the cost of selling through a traditional auction house if you think eBay is dear.

Whatever the ins and outs of eBay, it enables me to economically buy and sell things that I never could have before.

I remember when the only way was local paper ads or car boot sales. I was selling a Boss FX pedal. I arranged to meet the guy at Hammersmith tube to exchange pedal and money. He tries to knock me down on price. I refuse. He says, how do I know its working? I say, because I'm not a liar or a con man and anyway I've never heard of a Boss pedal going wrong. He keeps on , so I just say that I'm walking away, if he thinks I'm a con man he shouldn't buy from me. He says, I'll give you the money but I was so fed up I just walked. The irony was that I had priced the pedal really cheaply for a quick sale.

eBay has to be better than that. As thewilliam says, eBay will sort things out. Car boots are great but not really suitable for the fairly specialized gear that people here are likely to have.

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