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Old 02-27-2012, 03:26 PM
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I have a few things that I would like to sell and I figure ebay might be my best bet. How does it work. I have bought things from them but not sold. I do have a paypal account and I know that you have to use it somehow. Does it cost to sell? also how do you include shipping into your cost? Many of the items I have are pretty good size such as a back pack. I have no idea how to start so any info would be great.
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Old 02-27-2012, 03:30 PM
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I've had better luck selling my stuff local on craigslist, you just don't put any of your own info in the ad and use the craigslist email and reply back using a secondary email (not your main business email) setup a gmail or live or one of those types of emails. Screen everyone and only meet at public places not at your home. Just be careful, if your not street smart use ebay.
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Old 02-27-2012, 04:55 PM
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Ebay is easy to sell on. Just get on ebay and click "sell" and they will walk you through it. If you have bought on ebay before then you already have an account so it will be a snap.

Yes it costs to sell on ebay, but it's a small percentage of the sale price. There is also a listing fee which is usually about a buck depending on how fancy you make the ad.

As to selling locally. That can get ugly and I would only do that if you are selling a large item like a boat, car, sofa piano, ect.

Here in SE Florida you hear on the news all the time about someone trying to sell or buy something on craigs list and the buyer or seller ends up being a crook looking to rob you.
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Ebay is easy to sell on. Just get on ebay and click "sell" and they will walk you through it. If you have bought on ebay before then you already have an account so it will be a snap.

Yes it costs to sell on ebay, but it's a small percentage of the sale price. There is also a listing fee which is usually about a buck depending on how fancy you make the ad.

As to selling locally. That can get ugly and I would only do that if you are selling a large item like a boat, car, sofa piano, ect.

Here in SE Florida you hear on the news all the time about someone trying to sell or buy something on craigs list and the buyer or seller ends up being a crook looking to rob you.
Especially if its an iPhone or iPad. LOL
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Ebay fees are insane these days. Last year I could sell a Rolex and pay ebay $50 in fees. Last one I sold just cost me $158 and that's not counting the 3.5% paypal takes also,
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On Ebay the buyer rules!!! Sellers get sh1t on. Ebay actually has a form and the sellers are not to happy but where else can you go?

As an example read this:
THIS IS WHAT WAS BEING SOLD----An HO scale (Model railroad)custom weathered Jim Beam whiskey distillery on an irregular base measuring approximately 12in by 5.5in with figures of nine people plus motorcycle. Base open for lighting. Payment by Paypal only and ship to USA only. Payment is expected within three days and item will normally be shipped the day following payment. Other N and HO structures may be available (see under: View Seller’s Other Items). This is a re-listed item as winner of the original auction had trouble with identification, despite it being listed in eBay’s “Toys & Hobbies” section under the sub-headings: "Model RR, Trains, HO, Buildings & Structures." I am including her letter to make sure that there is no further confusion and I agree with her that - no - this is not an empty whiskey bottle (spelling errors are hers).
THIS IS WHY THE BUYER WANTED TO RETURN THE ITEM THAT WAS LISTED UNDER: MODEL RAILROAD, STRUCTURE,ETC)
Dear shipshape60,

I just received the item I purchased from you. IT IS A JOKE!!! You did not disclose in your listing that it is nothing but a plastic toy made by Tyco. You advertised it as a Jim Beam distillerly, Everybody knows Jim Beam decanters, etc. are eigher made of china or glass. You state the bottom is open for a light, I don't think so. This thing will melt! I speciffically purchased this as a surprise for my husband as he has a beautiful collection of approximately 1,000 Jim Beam decanters. This thing is just a piece of junk as far as I am concerned. I will be returning the item and will expect a full refund including shipping charges in light of the fact that you misrepresented the item in not disclosing that it was plastic and a toy.

eBay did indeed forced me to repay this lady under their Buyer Protection Policy, including all shipping charges, which were taken by them directly out of my Paypal account, the reason I will no longer be selling my structures on their auction site. This will be my final eBay building auction.
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which were taken by them directly out of my Paypal account, .
I learned that lesson the hard way, I never leave money in my paypal account.
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Ebay gets tougher and more expensive to sell on each year. There's a lot of scammers, hi jacked accounts, and cheapskates that, after they receive the item, tell you something was not disclosed, and threaten leaving you negative feedback unless you give them a partial refund.

On the other hand, the last time I tried to sell something on Craigs List, I was bombarded by buyers willing to buy the item, but oddly enough, they were out of the country, and wanted to send their 'associate' to pick up the item. Of course, they were going to send me a check for $2K over the amount, and I was to refund the $2K via a wire transfer

Also, I got bombarded with dozens of emails saying they were very interested in the item, but would I consider listing it on their 'pay to play' classifieds website.
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I went on a binge last year and sold all kinds of junk on Ebay. Hardest part was boxing up odd stuff. Sold a 20 year old slalom ski and shipped it to CA, a 30 year old trolling motor to TN, a few manuals for things I don't have any more, etc. Got more than I would at a garage sale and it was actually fun. My wife was giving me crap as I was on the hunt for something to sell, so I grabbed a manual from an old Lowrance GPS that was water damaged and said bet I can sell this! Got a $3 bid for it within 2 hours. Sold!

I've sold a few things on CL, but I hate the stress of dealing with people face to face.
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Yea the items I have to sell are really to small to try and mess with craigs list. I have also found 2/3 of the responses I get are from the scammers overseas. It sounds like ebay might be more of a headache than anything else. I don't like to meet with anyone from craigs list but when I do I meet them at a public location with a pistol in my pocket. I am currently trying to sell an atv on craigs list and I have had around 15 scammer responses so far. It's becoming a joke.

Guess I'll fill a cooler with beer and sit out in the yard one nice saturday and do the yard sale thing again. Oh well
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I have sold maybe 20 or 30 items on Ebay. It is really easy and sort of fun if you make it an open auction to watch bids come in. Just follow their rules - ship on time and describe items clearly. Sell as-is and know your shipping costs ahead- (Flat Rate USPS) Large items will kill you unless you have an account with UPS. EBAY will charge you a fee based on the final sales price, Shipping and Paypal but for a lot of items it is worth it. Fess range about 10% total and Paypal will hold your money for a week or so to make sure you are legit. Remember you get a national audience for a small fee so for a lot of items it is worth it.
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My wife sells clothes, shoes, pocketbooks and other assorted crap. I asked her if she ever actually made any money. I was stunned when she told me how much. It is her hobby, she makes money and enjoys doing it. The only issue that she has had was when a guy in Spain won a bid and she had clearly stated that she does not do international shipping. That took a couple of days to invalidate his winning bid.
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My wife sells clothes, shoes, pocketbooks and other assorted crap. I asked her if she ever actually made any money. I was stunned when she told me how much. It is her hobby, she makes money and enjoys doing it. The only issue that she has had was when a guy in Spain won a bid and she had clearly stated that she does not do international shipping. That took a couple of days to invalidate his winning bid.
I have had that issue also - I always put US shipping only and I always get someone in England or Australia I have sold to England but I charged like $45 shipping. I sell everything I dont need any more, sun glasses, bike shoes, watches it is sort of fun. I have also bought and sold big stuff on CL. I have had a lot of low ballers but never any issue with scammers.

Ive sold as much as a $1000 bike on craigs list no problems.
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Old 02-28-2012, 08:50 AM
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I might have to check into it. It looks like it may get confusing though from previous post.
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I stopped by a garage sale with my son and told him that I'm going to buy that empty box for $1 and sell it on EBAY for at least $50. Well i put the empty box on EBAY and actually got $125 for it. By the way it was an empty rolex watch box. You never know what you can get for something on EBAY.
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Ebay is tougher on the seller because it's usually the buyer that gets screwed.

Think about it, as a buyer you look at a picture and a description made by the seller. Then you send your money and wait a week (maybe longer) to get what you paid for. It's easy to screw someone.

It's nearly impossible for a buyer to screw over a seller. When you sell something just add the fees to your selling price. If everyone did this it would all even out.
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So I have one more question for you guys.

I have this old wall clock I want to sell on ebay if possible. How do I calculate shipping. Is it totally calculated by weight or size? Can I just go to the post office and get it packaged, find out the shipping price, and then sell it ready to ship with shipping included?
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Originally Posted by wesley0421 View Post
So I have one more question for you guys.

I have this old wall clock I want to sell on ebay if possible. How do I calculate shipping. Is it totally calculated by weight or size? Can I just go to the post office and get it packaged, find out the shipping price, and then sell it ready to ship with shipping included?
The easiest way is to go to the post office and and grab some of their flat rate boxes and see if it fits. If it does then you know what it will cost to ship as they are a flat rate. If they don't then measure the box weigh it and there is a calculator. Once it sells you print the postage right from EBAY so it notifies the buyer. They try to keep everything within the Ebay World and take a little bit.

Do some searches and get an idea of what it should go for. If it is a "hot" item I list no reserve and start very very low it gets activity.. For example I just sold a broken used playstation 3. They are popular and go for about 50-70 bucks so I start the bidding at .99 cents it gets a lot of people in the game. I also just listed an outdated Navionics card ( an old one) They are not really selling I hope to get 10 bucks so I listed it for 9.99.... I have an app on my phone that tells me when someone bids... so its just a fun thing to do.
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10-4 Thanks Danny
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On ebay right now... Trying to sell the GF's 1996 Mercedes. Got a guy that has run the bidding up with zero feedbacks. Oh well, if he wins and pays, great, if not, no charge for the listing (same as when it happened last week). You do need to cross your T's and dot your i's when selling there now, that's for sure. I just discovered while trying to figure out how to block some bidders I sold some $86,000 worth of stuff on there in the last 11 years!! Ebay has been good for me, bought and sold numerous cars, outboards, motorcycles. Most of all, it allowed me to change my interests from offshore fishing to motorcycle touring pretty painlessly. I think my International 30's and 50's alone could have funded my first Harley.
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