(Closed) Do you still use eBay?

posted 8 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I used to sell on eBay. I will never sell there again. I left with 100% feedback. I have a few listings on Bonanzle and I also have a couple of my own websites. I don’t have to deal with the politics, constant policy changes, or exorbitant fees that I had to with eBay. I have very strong thoughts about why I don’t use eBay, but I don’t want to air them here. I am much happier on my own and I can offer my customers much lower prices because I don’t have to pay listing and final value fees.

As far as purchasing from eBay, I will find what I am looking for elsewhere before I will purchase from them. A lot of the good sellers have left; at least the ones that I used to deal with.

Post # 5
2513 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I still go on there occasionally and browse, but I don’t buy as much as I used to. I prefer to look around on etsy now. It has all the cutsie stuff and some awesome artwork as well 🙂

My hubby buys and sells on ebay all the time. He likes it ok.

Post # 6
577 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

we use amazon marketplace a lot instead of ebay, mainly for books and music but occasionally for other stuff too

Post # 7
5263 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I still use it all the time, although I use half.com for books instead now (but they’re an ebay partner anyway). 

I do tend to look on Craigslist first for other things, though. I didn’t used to use it as much, but I feel like there’s been a big increase in CL usage lately. 

Post # 8
1901 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’ve been burned on eBay as a buyer twice and as a seller – well, alomst once, but I caught on before I got taken. I decided it just wasn’t worth it, so I don’t go on there anymore. I have sold things on Craigslist and will continue. I haven’t purchased anything on CL yet, but I am looking. I agree that there has been a huge increase in CL usage.

Post # 9
3871 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m still an ebay buyer.  I’ve had relatively good experiences.  The prices aren’t that good anymore but you do find some deals.

Like I got 10 personalized flasks for my GMs for about 70 including shipping.  Can’t beat that!

Depending on what I’m looking for, I will use etsy, craigslist or ebay or regular sites.

Oh and amazon is a good site too.


Post # 10
687 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

i still use ebay! right now i’m trying to find NCIS seasons dvd for dh. its so expensive to just buy at the regular stores so i’m trying it this way. i recently bought Bones seasons dvd and it turned out fine so i’m just trying to buy from the same seller so as not to get burned.

i used to buy a ton of stuff on ebay…designer clothes, designer shoes, designer bags. but yea. that was back in the day when everyone including me thought they were rolling in some sort of dough…now thinking back on it…what a waste!  i got a few items that i never returned that were so obviously not new or original designer even though it said authentic.  I think i got totally grossed out one time a few years ago when i got a used pair of shoes. i stopped buying shoes fr. ebay right then and there.

the purses and clothes, same thing. i got “unauthentic” items. but i was too lazy to return a bunch of them. i think they went in the goodwill pile. aah to be young and dumb. 

now i know better. gotta make sure the seller accepts returns otherwise…they don’t get my business.

but really….i mostly buy from etsy. can’t beat the artsy stuff out of there.

Post # 11
687 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

by the way…Noritake, i would love to hear what drove you to stop selling there??!!

Post # 12
129 posts
Blushing bee

I use eBay for very specific things, like certain brands of clothes (BCBG, Banana Republic, J Crew) that I think are too overpriced otherwise.  I’ve received very high quality merchandise, and though I’m sure there’s always the chance that it isn’t authentic, I really don’t care that much as long as it looks good.  But like I said, I’ve always been happy with the quality of the items I buy, and I always pay attention to a seller’s feedback before buying something.

Post # 13
1408 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I tried selling on ebay and disliked the experience. craigslist is way better (well, for the most part.) I have bought a few things off ebay with good results so far (a nice dress for attending a friend’s wedding, my centerpiece bowls and floating candles (waaay cheaper then anywhere else!), and a pair of shoes which make me swoon but who’s retail price made my heart stop. Overall, i’d much rather buy elsewhere.

Side note- Future Father-In-Law buys super cheap on ebay and sells high on amazon. Its a substacial side business to his main profession (surgical nurse). He’s crazy good at ebay in a way I don’t understand and can’t seem to replicate.

Post # 14
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

The only way to get customer service from eBay is to be a powerseller, which I was when I left. And even then all you get for an answer is a canned response. Their live help is hidden and rarely, if ever, works. I gave up on trying to use it. Sellers have to pay so many fees that they cannot offer their customers a decent price on items, unless they are willing to take a loss. Buyers can purchase something and say they never received it, and even if the seller has proof that it was delivered, unless it is a confirmed address, eBay will take the money away from the seller, so the seller loses both the product, the fees, and the cost of the producy. Unless a seller receives 5’s in all categories for the feedback, their items are dropped lower in the search, so that fewer customers can find them. They advertise outside stores on sellers listings and the sellers are not allowed to advertise their own off ebay stores. Their policies change almost on a daily basis, so no one really knows what is going on. Sellers are not allowed to accept checks or money orders. When I left ebay would only allow sellers to receive paypal payments. They charge each seller per listing: a listing fee, a final value fee, and then a paypal transaction fee. I could go on.

ebay was a great starting place for me to learn my business, but with all of the politics, no customer service, and exhorbitant fees, I just couldn’t take it anymore. In my opinion, and many other sellers opinions, if you are a small seller on ebay these days, you probably won’t do well because you will get overtaken with the bigger sellers.

As a buyer, I was burned three times. One seller sent me an old stinky suitcase, instead of the item that I ordered. One seller sent me my items and they were not new as stated in the description and they didn’t wrap the items at all, so they were damaged. And the third seller sent me my items and packed them well, but the post office totally mangled the box, so one of the items arrived broken. This particular seller refused to send me the shipping information, so that I could file an insurance claim.

Post # 15
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I still buy things on ebay but not very much.  I didn’t really buy things much before though either.  I can’t really find good deals on there, but I couldn’t before either because most things get bid up so quickly.

Post # 16
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

The trick to bidding on ebay is to have several of the same item in your watch list that end at different times. Set yourself a limit, then bid in the last 30 seconds or less. When I was purchasing auction items on ebay, I would wait until the last 10 seconds and then put in my bid. I won a lot of things that way.

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