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ClaireC
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Date: 4/2/06 9:40 AM

I'm thinking of venturing into the unknown (to me) world of selling on Ebay. I'm a die-hard buyer, but have never sold a thing.

I have brand new and barely worn clothing, household items, fabric, etc...etc.. that really need to get out of here as I'm drowning in "stuff" and would like to use the money to pay down my credit cards.

I am proud of my 100% rating and I hate to lose it by selling. I see so many buyers trashing a seller for things like..."I didn't like the color" or "the item didn't fit me right" Hello...these things don't justify a negative on the seller.
Can you cancel someone's bid if you don't like their feedback or even the comments they leave for others?

Are there better times of the year to sell certain things?
Do you have more issues with inexperienced buyers vs. experienced?
Do you require anyone to have a certain # of positives before they bid?
I'm thinking of only accepting PayPal and maybe BidPay. BidPay is a big maybe.
Are the fees prohibitive on both Ebay and PayPal. (I think the PayPal fees are probably worth it to me)

Please, any and all pointers...warnings...positives would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much.

I know I certainly appreciate honesty in a seller and fast shipping. But I am patient with someone who might be a bit slower. I've never left a negative for anyone. I did have one seller who deserved it! But since she finally delivered my items after an month and a half of bull-you know what from her, I left her a neutral. She was a beaut and threatened to leave a negative for me for no good reason....but I digress...................

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Date: 4/2/06 1:02 PM

You sound protective of your feedback rating so I would suggest you start up a new eBay ID just for selling and keep the two separate. I actually have three eBay IDs, one for selling general things like clothing, one for buying things and one for selling a specific type of item exclusively.

As for the time of year question, I think seasonal items do best just prior and during the season of usefulness. But as a buyer I would look to buy a tent in February because I can get the best deal on it when no one else wants one.

As for buyers and the feedback they leave. Well, it is a crap shoot. Some buyers have never used eBay and they need a little hand holding. Some buyers are brutally honest and if the item arrives packaged in a way not up to expectation or otherwise not up to par they will leave negative feedback. Some buyers are vicious and you can tell from their feedback, but they are far and few. Most buyers are honest and great people to converse and transact with.

Personally, I never buy from a seller who can't spell. Drives me batty. I never bid a seller who has 97% or less positive feedback either because I don't waste my time on them. My biggest pet peeve: If it arrives stinking of smoke, I'll definitely give a negative no matter. As a seller, I like zero feedbackers because we've all been there, I like newbies because they are precious and very needed, and I really like people who ask questions.

RE: Payments. I didn't bid someone last week because they don't accept PayPal. Maybe that is just me but I'm an impulse shopper...big time ... and my impulse does not include licking a stamp! hehehe. So, consider PayPal and while you are at it get the PayPal debit card so when a buyer pays you have immediate access to the money.

Just remember it is fun. Get a second ID and go for it!

-- Edited on 4/2/06 1:05 PM --

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Date: 4/2/06 6:05 PM

But it also is a bit time-consuming, IMO, so you may not want to put things on there that would probably sell for less than $10, $20 - whatever your limit is.

Don't forget that keeping track of the whole thing and packaging and mailing are part of what's time-consuming.

I also prefer buyers use paypal. I put in that items are from a smoke-free home, and that the winner must pay within 3 days of winning or the item will be re-listed. I also email them and thank them, tell them when it's shipped and that I will leave positive feedback their for prompt payment and would appreciate the same. Being nice helps, but it's not foolproof.

I second the idea to use a different ID. I also use exact shipping because I hate when sellers jack up shipping to make extra money.

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Date: 4/2/06 6:55 PM

I have ebayed lots of items. Schoolbooks, baby clothes, other baby items, toys, maternity clothes. I think it is a great way to make a little extra as well as clean out!

That said, depending on what you have to sell and how much you have to sell and where you live, a good old fashion yard sell can be lucrative as well.

We have made $500 on one Saturday morning. We alway close down by 1:00. Then take the good items left to Good Will. (Of course, this doesn't include the prep work.)

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Date: 4/2/06 7:02 PM

I haven't sold much on eBay, but the one thing I did learn is know how much something cost to ship before you list the item. Twice I kinda got burned on shipping cost becuase I only got an estimate. Once was only for a dollar over, but the second time it was almost $15 more for shipping than what I had figured. That kinda sucked. And while others may not agree, I didn't didn't mention it to the buyer because it was my fault, and just ended up eating the cost.

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Date: 4/3/06 6:27 AM

Thank you so much for the ideas. I too have had good and not so good luck with garage sales. I feel like the better items would probably do better on Ebay....I hope. At a garage sale everyone wants every item for $1 or less, even if it's brand new (like a Pampered Chef item still in the catalog costing quite a bit more)

DH also came up with the idea of using a different ID to sell. Good idea, but I wondered about starting all over again with 0 feedback. I know I get leary about buying from someone who is brand new. But then we all started somewhere, and on Ebay -0- was the beginning.

I agree about the sellers who have feedback of less than 97. Although these days I rarely look further at an item if feedback is less than 98 and that will depend on the ratio of good feedback vs bad feedback.

I have to agree about PayPal. I've kicked myself a couple of times for not noticing that the seller does not take PayPal. Licking a stamp, getting a money order and going to the post office is a pain in my butt for an inexpensive item.

I also agree on good communication. I certainly appreciate a seller keeping me informed.

The one thing I would not do is leave bad feedback if an item reeks of smoke. I would be annoyed if this was not noted in the add, but I figure some people smoke and don't realize that their stuff doesn't smell too good and that buyers might find that offensive. I will usually send an email warning the seller that others might get upset with whatever the issue is and that they should consider changing whatever it is that I noted. What is more important to me is if the item is as described, how it is wrapped, and was it shipped in a fairly reasonable amount of time.

Thank you again for the feedback on your experiences. I will certainly think about this a bit more. If you think of anything else please let me know.

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Date: 4/3/06 8:46 AM

This is from a buyer's perspective. But personally, I would not bid on a seller with 0 feedback. If someone is buying with no feedback, I figure they are new. If someone is selling with no feedback, I wonder if they started a new id to get away from old feedback or scamming or something. I see the rationale about more than one id, but maybe you could buy some with the new id.

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Date: 4/3/06 9:26 AM

I understand the logic for two (or more) IDs, but I don't agree with doing it. To me, it seems a bit dishonest to hide your "other" feedback. As a buyer and seller, I'd want to see any and all feedback, not just what you'd filter to me depending on whether you're the buyer or seller. I think separate IDs kind of defeats the purpose of feedback.

To keep a good feedback rating, all you need to do is accurately describe and photograph items you sell, mail on time, and -- above all -- communicate with your buyer. Sure there will still be some wackos out there who'll leave a negative once in a while, but most buyers will understand that and are looking more for a pattern of bad feedback than an odd one or two once in a while.

ETA: Still, I wish Ebay would provide a better way to respond to bad feedback than the 100 or so characters alloted. And a way to get it removed if you and the other party resolve the problem.


-- Edited on 4/3/06 9:28 AM --

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Date: 4/3/06 10:04 AM

I, too, have several ebay ID's, for various reasons. For awhile I was running a business on Ebay and I don't think buyers needed to see what I was buying. (You can tell buy looking up the items on your FB) There are lots of reasons to keep various ID's separate.

You probably won't have trouble selling low cost items to start out. Or just use it as an excuse to buy a few things to increase your FB number... ;-) Just save your higher listing price items until your FB number is higher.

The other thing is, no matter what you do, you can't help it if someone gives you a negative for some dumb reason. Just add a response stating the facts and most people will be able to tell if it is undeserved or not. Usually, if it is a misunderstanding you can get them to "mutually withdraw" it. (Unless you've already left them positive FB).
-- Edited on 4/27/06 10:14 AM --

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Date: 4/3/06 10:55 AM

Using two IDs is needed if you are buying say, fabric, on eBay and sewing it up and selling it. You don't want your buyers to see how much you paid for it and you don't want competitors to see who your source is.

I guess the smoke thing bothers me so much because I have opened a package and literally been blown over by the stench. Oh, it was disgusting!! It was a halter style dress and beyond ruined! My eyes still water just thinking about it.

I can see if a non-smoker sends off a package and the mailman smokes next to it, but that wouldn't really cause this nastiness I'm talking about.

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