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« on: August 18, 2017, 00:35 »
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I have some prints listed there. Just put a camera there up for bid. Seems like nonstop drama. Winning bidders want to cancel orders constantly. Product is delivered but buyer suddenly decides they need the money for something else and want to do a return. Anybody else finding Ebay a waste of time?



« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2017, 02:48 »
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I had more than 100 transactions (both sell & buy) over some years and never had a problem

« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2017, 03:28 »
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I have had people with the winning bid never pay. And I always put "no returns" to avoid that hassle. But yes, it has become a pain in the a$$ dealing with people. I have sold a few things with no problems, though.
« Last Edit: August 18, 2017, 03:30 by cathyslife »

« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2017, 04:21 »
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Still use it occasionally to sell and overall it's been ok except for a few awkward buyers! I've bought cameras, lenses, laptops, mac desktops and even the car I still drive now! The thing that stops me selling expensive items are the crazy fees (17% if the buyer uses paypal, which for me is every time).
It's what happens when you have a virtual monopoly, fun and profit for the user takes a nosedive.

« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2017, 08:33 »
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I have some prints listed there. Just put a camera there up for bid. Seems like nonstop drama. Winning bidders want to cancel orders constantly. Product is delivered but buyer suddenly decides they need the money for something else and want to do a return. Anybody else finding Ebay a waste of time?

I was selling a $5800 Nikon 300 2.8 on Ebay and nobody wanted to bid, they only wanted to "work with me without Ebay".  When I said no, I got an instant sale.  It didn't look right and since I am a problem solver by career, I was able to determine quickly that it was a scam.  Ebay did not want to reimburse me the money I paid to list it and I had to call them and raise holy SH!T.  They finally gave me my money back and I listed it again.  Got the same thing. A bunch of people wanting to deal direct and not through Ebay or asking for special favors like sending it to a different address than what is on Ebay (FLAG).  I let the auction expire and haven't used Ebay since. 

« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2017, 19:15 »
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I had more than 100 transactions (both sell & buy) over some years and never had a problem

I'd say you're pretty lucky.

« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2017, 19:31 »
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I have some prints listed there. Just put a camera there up for bid. Seems like nonstop drama. Winning bidders want to cancel orders constantly. Product is delivered but buyer suddenly decides they need the money for something else and want to do a return. Anybody else finding Ebay a waste of time?

I was selling a $5800 Nikon 300 2.8 on Ebay and nobody wanted to bid, they only wanted to "work with me without Ebay".  When I said no, I got an instant sale.  It didn't look right and since I am a problem solver by career, I was able to determine quickly that it was a scam.  Ebay did not want to reimburse me the money I paid to list it and I had to call them and raise holy SH!T.  They finally gave me my money back and I listed it again.  Got the same thing. A bunch of people wanting to deal direct and not through Ebay or asking for special favors like sending it to a different address than what is on Ebay (FLAG).  I let the auction expire and haven't used Ebay since.

Yeah I've had stuff like that too. Same type of stuff with Craigslist. I don't sell on Ebay often but I'd say about a third of the time there's some problem to deal with.

Winning bidder wants to cancel right after they win. And then you to go through the cancel process and have to relist for another week.

Or they want to do a return because they impulse bid and really needed the money for something else. And even though the listing says no returns you know if you don't do a return they'll leave you a bad review. Oh yeah, and you can no longer leave bad reviews for buyers. Only "Positive, Report Buyer, and Leave Feedback Later".

Or they include a message requiring some unrealistic delivery date like in two days where I'd need to make magic happen, charge them an extra $75, and then rush to UPS five minutes before they close.

Just seems like a lot of Ebay buyers are a PITA to where I need to include a hundred lines of disclaimers and terms "No returns, No cancellations, No address changes, No exchanges, No stupid bidders, etc.


Bad Company

« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2017, 22:14 »
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Yes, eBay is a waste of time...

« Reply #8 on: August 19, 2017, 19:29 »
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I no longer sell anything of value on ebay.  Way too many scammers, flakes, and wingnuts.   Not worth the hassles.

« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2017, 19:40 »
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Occasionally I sell stuff through a "I sold it" store.  They take half.. but all I need to do is drop it off. 

« Reply #10 on: August 19, 2017, 22:00 »
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Everything I had to sell, I sold on Amazon.
Simple, fast, straight forward.

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« Reply #11 on: August 20, 2017, 21:03 »
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I've had good experiences selling broken items - parts not working. I sold my beloved Canon GL-1 in great condition too and no problems. I guess everyone has a different experience.

I say NO RETURNS as well and payment via PayPal ONLY

« Reply #12 on: August 22, 2017, 23:57 »
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It's not 2005 anymore. E-bay is useless. Craigs List is Best. I've sold stuff In Minutes and I don't ship. Meet me for coffee and bring Cash. Period.

« Reply #13 on: August 23, 2017, 02:29 »
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Rinder, Craigs list is mostly for local deals.
Like Letgo in Europe...
Ebay is for me a place to BUY cheap chinese items-gadgets.
Too many scam!
Period.

« Reply #14 on: September 11, 2017, 00:42 »
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Rinder, Craigs list is mostly for local deals.
Like Letgo in Europe...
Ebay is for me a place to BUY cheap chinese items-gadgets.
Too many scam!
Period.

Period??

well. I made a LOT of Money on ebay in the early days when digital was new. I bought leicas/Hasselblads cheap and sold them to the Japanese for a huge Profit.. Ebay is a pain,   filled with Idiots. I sell everything Now on Craigs List. Cash and carry. sometimes in 30 Minutes. I can Pick where My ad is seen also, any city,or state.. Ebay is a PITA shipping and losing Money. You want what I have. bring the cash to the coffee shop and done. Of course Im in LA , Not out in the country. I've sold everything from threadmills,Bicycles,gym equipment,Lenses,Cameras,strobes. You name it. No hassle. No going to the shipping Place. Nothing. great.
I don't buy cheap chinese Items/Gadgets.. Maybe thats the deal. I've sold items for more than I paid for them....Face to face.

« Reply #15 on: September 11, 2017, 02:10 »
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So you bring a treadmill into a coffee shop?

« Reply #16 on: September 11, 2017, 04:38 »
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So you bring a treadmill into a coffee shop?

Lol
Imagine meeting someone at a local Krispy Kreme to sell a treadmill

« Reply #17 on: September 11, 2017, 04:42 »
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So you bring a treadmill into a coffee shop?

Lol
Imagine meeting someone at a local Krispy Kreme to sell a treadmill
To be fair they may have it in the back of the car in the car park...... :o

« Reply #18 on: September 11, 2017, 10:05 »
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It's America, you mean truck.



Or better yet



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