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    Default Clue Me In On E-Bay (Totally Clueless)

    Okay, I've got all kinds of books and goodies. My friend says that I should sell them on EBay, I say I'll look into it.

    So the questions are:

    Is it easy?

    Is it worth it?

    I'm not looking to get rich, but if I can make a few bucks off of my junk instead of giving it away or tossing it then what the hell?
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    I have sold some stuff on ebay but im not an expert.

    Just open an account with ebay and one with Paypal.

    Ways to save yourself a few bucks:

    Take at least two GOOD photographs (under natural light, stay away from the flash) of your product and post them with your auction. You don't need very many just enough to accurately represent your product. I like to use a flat shipping fee for everyone (I only ship inside the US), I don't bother with the shipping calculation stuff. Make sure your best photo is viewable when someone does a search. Keep your opening bid REALLY low but use a reserve, low opening bids really get people into bidding on your stuff.

    That's all that I can think of right now. Im a little drunk and have taken some Tylonal PM (I just got off night crew at the job and im trying to get my sleep back in line).

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    I've only used eBay to buy stuff, and I bought loads, from ppl here in Wales to ppl there in Aussie, it's really easy as hell to use from the customer's point of view. A couple of tips when giving a title to your item add extra worlds about what it's related to so you'd get more chances for your stuff to be found in ebay search engine, like if you're selling a book about the Caribbean Crisis name it /Books Title/ COLD WAR, KENNEDY, KRUSCHEV, NUCLEAR WAR.. ORLANDO BLOOM (Ooops wrong 'Caribbean' reference!). If you choose the keywords reasonably it would work.

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    Good advice so far. One more - don't describe your stuff as being rare or collectable unless you can say it with absolute certainty and have providence and independent info to back it up. You see it all the time with guitars - "This is an ultra-rare Squier Stratocaster in black - I've never seen another one like it on Ebay!!!"

    Just be truthful about what you're selling and price it realistically.

    Most people are cool on Ebay and will play fair. I had a 100% clean feedback record until last week. I ordered three items from one seller about a month ago. After the auction closed I emailed them about combining delivery and got no reply. I left it a day or two to give them time to get back to me then just paid via PayPal and waited. And waited. And waited...

    Normally, a seller should leave positive feedback for a buyer as soon they get their money and ship the item. I watched and watched and no new feedback appeared on my account. So, the stuff arrived in the middle of last week, and it was pretty crappy quality, not what I expected at all - not so bad as to be unusable, but I wouldn't want to buy it again. So, given the slow delivery and lack of communication from the seller, I felt justified in leaving neutral feedback for them. I just said it was a slow delivery, and a disappointing product. So, they left me NEGATIVE feedback for having the nerve to leave them neutral! This is an abuse of the feedback system and unfortunately Ebay has no means of redress in these things. Still, it's pretty clear that it's unwarranted retaliatory feedback, so it shouldn't affect me too much. Just goes to show, there are assholes everywhere.
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    Good point about the asshole thing. Pretend your a business the entire time you selling something on Ebay. By that I mean expect to run into a few assholes every now and then. I have sold about 14 different things on Ebay, all of it was farely expensive. I only had trouble with one guy, some PHD in North Carolina. He purchased some cymbals from me, actually it was one cymbal and I through in a set of cymbals basically for free just because I didn't want to fool around with selling them seperately. He got the stuff and complained about the shape the free cymbals were in (we even split the shipping cost!). That didn't piss me off really but he had the balls to try and say the one cymbal he payed for had a crack in the bell, this pissed me off! I will NEVER send anything damaged to anyone on Ebay, it would not happen.

    The punchline came when he asked if I could hold off on the feedback until he had a chance to sell the stuff (on Ebay). He didn't want me leaving feedback because then other people could view the history and see how much he payed (nothing) for the cymbals he wanted to turn around and sell. I told him to suck a dick and left him positive feedback, he never left any feedback at all (not suprised). He basically made up a story that I sent him a cymbal that had damage so that I would feel bad and let him screw some other people over on Ebay so that he could turn a proffit.

    That's not even a "bad Ebay" story, I have heard much worse. Having said all that im glad I used Ebay to sell my stuff, I couldn't have gotten 50% locally of what I got selling Ebay.

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    I've bought quite a few things on eBay and have sold some stuff too. I've had really good luck selling my items until this last one. I put up a Sony 200 disc CD changer. I guess the person that bought it doesn't know how to use a computer. It's been almost two months and they still haven't paid for it. We've sent several messages back and forth and I've tried to instruct them on using PayPal to send me the money but they just don't get it.

    Anyway, download eBay's Turbo Lister software. It will make it really easy to list your items and tell you how much it's going to cost before you list them. As everyone else has said, you don't have to get too fancy, just be honest in describing your items and price them fairly. Do some research on eBay for similar items and see what they are selling for.

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    Yeah, I kept my family out of bankruptcy when I was sick by selling computer equipment on eBay. The feedback ratings are bullshit. I am paranoid about shipping, so I extra pack EVERYTHING and make every single customer pay for insurance so there are no problems.

    Well, some idiot who obviously had no idea what "insurance" was, nor how to properly install a simple hard drive, left me negative feedback after destroying the one I sent him. I, being the fair guy I am, had already left this douchebag positive feedback, so I couldn't even get him back for his ignorance. After researching, I noticed this asshole had a history of leaving neutral and negative feedback after sellers had left positive. I had emailed him before shipping, after shipping, and after he complained on eBay, and he never responded to anything. All he had to do was ask, and he would have had his money back. I guarantee he was a lying sack of shit. Oh well, his loss.

    I suggest just using different fonts and colors to make the page look nicer. No need to go crazy like some do. And of course: do NOT leave feedback until the transaction is complete and you know they will not screw you over!
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    I used EBAY to clean house - had some clothes, some audio gear, some trade show swag, odds and ends. I got burnt once by a new bidder who bid on a pair of used hubcaps, only to bithc that they were in considerably less than perfect shape than advertised. Mind you, I had a close up pic of the scratch, and all imperfections were listed in the posting. You can respond to feedback left, but usually it winds up in a bitch fest...at least in some cases you can explain your side. I have bought from people before where this has gone on between them and other users, and even though the person selling the item I want has a negative check against them, you read into the other end user and you can see that in many cases, that negative was the other buyer, not that particular seller.

    In any case, there are a few things I have started doing to weed out the idiots:

    -PayPal only. Yes, you have to pay a fee when you get paid, but the convenience is worth it. With all the scams out there (fake checks, money orders, money wiring), it was simple enough to just have PayPal. It is free for someone to sign up for, so if they really want your items, they can make the effort.

    -If you get a negative feedback, instead of being mean or writing more negative stuff, see if you can mutually withdraw the comments. Comments will remain, but the negative tick will be gone.

    -Use the 'Bidder Block' list. People who go here: people who don't pay, people who take too long to pay, people I had a not-so-good experience with on EBAY. You can block them so they can't bid in the future.

    -I go between standard and calculated postage, depending on the item. I always include the costs for shipping materials, like boxes, packing tape, brown paper wrap...within reason. It shouldn't cost you to ship your item, but you don't want your shipping costs to be ridiculous, because that will come back to bite you.

    -As a seller, I am one that leaves feedback upon feedback left for me. If a customer was a pain to deal with, I usually don't leave negative feedback. As a buyer, I leave feedback upon receipt of my item, though if I am not happy with something, I contact the seller rather than leaving neutral or negative feedback to try and resolve. Most of the time, this works, and in the end, bot of us can leave positive feedback.

    -Everything I sell, unless new, is sold as is. The pics are detailed enough to show the item from all angles. People know what they are buying.

    I have been slowly renovating things in my house through EBAY - sell a little, make some money, get some home items (faucets, moulding, etc) to renovate, and in the end, no out of pocket money spent. Wife did half her Christmas shopping from the money made selling stuff on EBAY. It is fun, just go in knowing all the angles. And if it is too good to be true, it probably is. Good luck!

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    The most important point to selling on ebay is to be totally truthful and very detailed about what you're selling. I've got 340 next to my username since '99 with 100% feedback (and no neutrals) because I've been truthful and honest. The feedback ratings DO mean a lot, actually.

    ALSO! Include as many detailed pics of your items as you can!

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    I've seen several of these new "services" (usually in strip malls) that advertise they will put one's stuff on EBay. Now for some of us without access to cameras, shipping services and regular internet access, this seems to be a good option...yet they want as much as 35% (or more) of the profit from items sold for the services renderred.

    Has anyone delt with one of these outfits, and would one recommend it?
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    No way would I use one of those outfits. I'm sure you can find people who have cameras, and you can go to any Fed Ex Kinkos or UPS store to ship stuff. Save your money!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeoHalen View Post
    No way would I use one of those outfits. I'm sure you can find people who have cameras, and you can go to any Fed Ex Kinkos or UPS store to ship stuff. Save your money!
    You are making the assumption that I have A. Friends and B. Money in the first place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chefcraig View Post
    You are making the assumption that I have A. Friends and B. Money in the first place.
    You will have less Money if you pay for one of these services then if you did it yourself!
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    I buy and sell guitars and musical equipment all the time. I held off doing it myself for the longest time because I thought it would be difficult to sell, so I had one of my friends do it for me. But when i finally became a seller, i couldn't believe how easy it was to get set up. It takes about five minutes. Just be prepared to deal with the general public...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Axxman300 View Post
    Okay, I've got all kinds of books and goodies. My friend says that I should sell them on EBay, I say I'll look into it.

    So the questions are:

    Is it easy?

    Is it worth it?

    I'm not looking to get rich, but if I can make a few bucks off of my junk instead of giving it away or tossing it then what the hell?
    If you are just looking to sell a few things here and there or make a nice part-time income...this guys free ebay selling newsletter has over 100,000 subscribers. It will help you with basics as well as give you tons of creative ideas. I've been getting his newsletter for 3 yrs. now and don't worry it's completely safe to join. You can visit the link in my signature file below for more information. Good luck.

 

 

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