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Old 02-11-2010, 02:44 PM
 
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Paypal was the downfall of ebay. If you get ripped off on ebay and you are the SELLER there is almost nothing you can do. Sure they have a form and a number you can call but its useless. Ive been through it. Lost 600 bucks because of paypal fraud and never been back to ebay since.
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Old 02-18-2010, 03:28 AM
 
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Unless you're either a)aspiring to become a powerseller and have access to a great bulk wholesale source or b) have a high profit margin product...the fees are going to eat you alive.

It's not impossible but you need to have a well thought out strategy. There are millions of people who simply want to "sell stuff on ebay". Come up with a unique business model and marketing plan and that will lead you to success.

Good Luck!
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Old 02-19-2010, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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If you have a big piece of furniture, you can sell for pick up only. I bought a table that way once.

As others have said, you must make sure that you charge enough for shipping and handling, or you will lose money. If something is very fragile, you will have $$$ in packing material. It is not uncommon that a seller will recoupe his profit, or listing cost, from the shipping charges. When I sell a coin, my shipping cost is actually $1.58, so I charge $2.58 and really this only covers the packaging materials.
I suggest that you go to ebay and check completed items similar to, or exactly like, what you are intending to sell. Just copy whatever those sellers did.

While paypal is a convenient way of collecting your money it is, for sure, a rip off.
I know people who make hundreds of thousands of dollars a year selling on ebay, and the secret is volume. Unless you have hundreds of items for sale, it is hard to make much money.
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Old 02-19-2010, 04:27 PM
 
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Have been eyeing something on eBay and bid on it. As soon as we bid, another bid came in, we then bid again and yet another bid came in. We stopped bidding but the timing seems very coincidental, does this happen often (no one bid on it in the past day and then several bids in less than 5 minutes). Just curious.
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Old 02-19-2010, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Staten Island, New York
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Have been eyeing something on eBay and bid on it. As soon as we bid, another bid came in, we then bid again and yet another bid came in. We stopped bidding but the timing seems very coincidental, does this happen often (no one bid on it in the past day and then several bids in less than 5 minutes). Just curious.
The other bidder has set a higher bid, so it automatically updates every time you place your bid. If you bid higher than theirs, that will stop.

i.e. You bid $31 dollars max bid on a $9.00 item. I come along and bid $55. I now am the highest bidder at $32. You raise your bid to $35. I am still the high bidder, now at 36, etc.
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Old 02-20-2010, 01:00 PM
 
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I wasnt aware of that option (setting a higher bid), I wonder why the higher bid by the other party isn't visible.
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