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Old 11-11-2020, 11:57 AM
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I am joining the long list of people defrauded on ebay by a dishonest buyer. I sold an old marine unit on ebay. The buyer made a false claim that items were missing. Shipping was very expensive and ebay issued the buyer a full refund, plus shipping. I lost money and still havent sold the item.

Use this site if you have marine items to sell. Do not sell on ebay and pass this along to everyone you know.

All a buyer has to do is claim there is something wrong with the item, steal parts that they want and they get a full refund.

I had an account since the 90s and I am closing it.
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Originally Posted by CaptnJuff View Post
I am joining the long list of people defrauded on ebay by a dishonest buyer. I sold an old marine unit on ebay. The buyer made a false claim that items were missing. Shipping was very expensive and ebay issued the buyer a full refund, plus shipping. I lost money and still havent sold the item.

Use this site if you have marine items to sell. Do not sell on ebay and pass this along to everyone you know.

All a buyer has to do is claim there is something wrong with the item, steal parts that they want and they get a full refund.

I had an account since the 90s and I am closing it.
Stopped buying and selling on Ebay years ago. Too many scams.
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I sell a lot on eBay - we chalk these up to CODB.

Ebay has morphed into something that is unrecognizable from its former self - there are some protections for sellers but buyers have the upper hand in a major way. Unfortunately, for a lot of items with limited buyers (like old parts), eBay is really the only channel where you can reach a worldwide audience.

Most of our ebay customers are easy, but you do get an occasional crazy one. Do you mind linking to the item you were selling to satisfy my own curiosity?
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Originally Posted by CaptnJuff View Post
I am joining the long list of people defrauded on ebay by a dishonest buyer. I sold an old marine unit on ebay. The buyer made a false claim that items were missing. Shipping was very expensive and ebay issued the buyer a full refund, plus shipping. I lost money and still havent sold the item.

Use this site if you have marine items to sell. Do not sell on ebay and pass this along to everyone you know.

All a buyer has to do is claim there is something wrong with the item, steal parts that they want and they get a full refund.

I had an account since the 90s and I am closing it.
Not the least bit surprised...Seems there are just more crooks around than honest people these days...
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Nearly 5500 positive rated transactions since 2001,buying and selling. Boats, bikes tools, cars, and wife's crafts.
Looks like ebay and paypal have divorced, had to link my bank account to seller's account today. Sale proceeds will go directly to bank account after fees deducted.
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Used to sell from time to time on eBay, but it's been years now since I've sold anything.

I really do like eBay for certain purchases, namely outboard parts and marine wire/connectors. These types of sellers are usually a brick and mortar company that supplements their sales on eBay.
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I have been selling various things on eBay since 2009. I am starting to pick it back up again and grow a bit.

The big thing is the fees just keep going up. eBay takes their fee, paypal takes theirs.

But it is the only real option for sellers.
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I've sold a couple of higher valued items (>$2,000) on eBay recently, after not using the site for several years. In both cases they have held the funds from the auction for ~3 weeks, even after proof of UPS delivery under the reason of "because". The problem is, I don't get as much interest on CL or FB marketplace, so don't have a lot of options.
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Happened to me on ebay also.
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I've got some high end audio equipment listed on eBay for "local pickup only" and have received tons of requests to ship. I keep telling people NO, if something happens I'm the one who gets screwed. You want them, come over and audition and verify the components work to your satisfaction then be on your merry way. I don't trust buyers and I don't trust shipping companies with big, heavy, expensive items.
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Haven't sold on ebay for atleast 10 years. They started taking way too much money on sales
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Unfortunately it’s wide spread everywhere with online sales. Amazon sellers have it the worst but they rationalize that theft is a small cost to sell on the platform and can make it up ten fold with volume (for most products). We see buyers that purchase an item and simply return the previously used up item for a refund. Free is the wave of the future. As another poster said , it’s a cost of doing business and petty online fraud is largely ignored. I have heard grocery stores in our area no longer confront thieves steeling food.

So, IMO this issue has little to do with eBay. It’s everywhere
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I've sold 15000 or so items on ebay over the last 10 years with items ranging in value up to $10k. I don't have that many bad buyers, but people definitely abuse returns.

But you are 100% right, at this time the buyer has all the power. I wish eBay had a legitimate competitor, maybe we'll get lucky and paypal will start an auction company.
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I'd rather get 1/2 of the item's value via Craigslist than go through eBay. I went through the buyer complaints and resulting shipping cost (both ways) of a brand new Nikon lens not auto-focusing. He was trying to use it on a 20 year old Nikon body.
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They're slowly making ebay only for giant power sellers and having been one of those for a brief time, even then it's still painful! They started taking the money and I am going to have to hand it over to my accountant because I seem to be getting shorted or they raised their fee to 20%! Plus they have to float your money for a few days as if they aren;t rich enough! I've been on there almost 20 years and bought quite a few big dollar toys thanks to ebay, but I commiserate with the OP, it's a never ending squeeze on the sellers! Buyers have all the power and a bad one can give you an ulcer! I had someone try to blackmail me on there once but you can't extort by email when I can just forward them all to ebay! I sold on Amazon for a while but that was even more obtuse as to when I got my money and how much they were keeping. The final straw was when they started telling me how much I could charge for shipping. Maybe Amazon can ship 20 pounds for $5 to Oregon, but I sure as hell can't! Selling on THT has been pretty good although I did ship somebody something that totally failed and I felt like a dick despite refunding his money. This is not the place to dick someone over! Craigslist is a crap shoot for me. Sometimes it's good and sometimes I'm happy I'm LTC!
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I had buyer a few years ago on Ebay that took apart the windlass I sold him and then complained it didn't work. Ebay completely sided with me, and didn't make me refund the guy his money.
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FB Market place seems to be the new fad
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Originally Posted by mstyle8517 View Post
I sell a lot on eBay - we chalk these up to CODB.

Ebay has morphed into something that is unrecognizable from its former self - there are some protections for sellers but buyers have the upper hand in a major way. Unfortunately, for a lot of items with limited buyers (like old parts), eBay is really the only channel where you can reach a worldwide audience.

Most of our ebay customers are easy, but you do get an occasional crazy one. Do you mind linking to the item you were selling to satisfy my own curiosity?
In my business I "heard" that 95% of customers are nice. Unfortunately you do have that 5%. I appreciate your ability to chalk up the bad ones as a cost of doing business. I admire any business that can keep their doors open and it sounds like you are. Keep up the good work!
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I only buy on ebay, no problems at all
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I've got some high end audio equipment listed on eBay for "local pickup only" and have received tons of requests to ship. I keep telling people NO, if something happens I'm the one who gets screwed. You want them, come over and audition and verify the components work to your satisfaction then be on your merry way. I don't trust buyers and I don't trust shipping companies with big, heavy, expensive items.
Agree completely.
I love vintage tube equipment and have a nice collection. Rarely do I sell anything but there is no way I would let anything leave my home without an audition and cash in hand. I've heard too many horror stories of people stealing unobtainable parts then Ebay allowing them to return the "nonfuctional" piece.
The only way I have audio equipment shipped to me is with Greyhound bus. Especially turntables. Haven't had a problem yet. It's a shame how many rare pieces have been destroyed by the normal shippers. Add the fact that most don't know how to pack grandpas' pride and joy to survive a 3ft drop.

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