I have a new set of Snap-On sockets I'm going to put on eBay. They are pretty pricey, so I want to put them where they will be found. The only categories I've found are "automotive>parts and accessories" and "home and garden>hand tools. Under business and industrial, I don't find anything for hand tools. I feel like I'm overlooking something.
Carried to an extreme, this approach will annoy buyers like me. If I'm looking for Mac and use that in a search string, that's all I want to see and a bunch of listings for Snap-on in my returned hits will not amuse me. If there's enough of them to really tick me off, I may even check out one of the listings and make a mental note not to buy anything from that seller or even make a keyword spam complaint to ebay.
But maybe other buyers like this approach - anyone?
I'm seeing, in my minds eye, two ebay newbies who each used "Craftsman" as a search term and stumbled on that "Snapon" auction listing.
Each one decides he wants it, and submits a bid. Each, in his turn, sees the other outbid him, and each is completely unaware what he wants to pay, but is dead sure he'll pay one dollar more than the other guy.
A frenzy ensues.
The perfect (seller's) dream scenario. I think a lot of sellers are marketing exclusively to THEM.
er (remembering many items slipping away from his grasp...)
I detest it. If you are selling something..put it in the subject and simply say your piece.
Nothing I hate worse than searching on "hardinge" and having to wade through a gazillion bits of tripe.
The aim of untold millions is to be free to do exactly as they choose and for someone else to pay when things go wrong.
In the past few decades, a peculiar and distinctive psychology has emerged in England. Gone are the civility, sturdy independence, and admirable stoicism that carried the English through the war years . It has been replaced by a constant whine of excuses, complaints, and special pleading. The collapse of the British character has been as swift and complete as the collapse of British power.
You can all be as pissed off as you like, And vow to never buy from some one who does this, and believe all the crap FleaBay says about NOT doing it... And those of us who do will STILL continue to sell stuff with a larger audience, which eaisly makes up for you.
It's called a free market economy that's based on a small number of sellers and a large number of buyers, it works every time.
You all probably don't like 'sniping' or the autobid snipe sites out there... I have news for you, get used to it, it ain't going away...
And for the original poster, here's another piece of FleaBay advice, time your auction so it ends Sunday about 5PM West coast time.. That will still be afternoon East coast time and gives you most of the weekend to attract buyers... The east coast people will be back from church and the west coast people won't have gone to dinner yet.
I agree. eBay's advice not to use words like "not ..." or "like " in titles benefits ebay only. There are instances when it is necessary. The main instance is when I am selling a part that is compatible with a famous brand part but is made by some other company.
So I would say "ABC part for ... like XYZ". An example of this would be a generator head made by another company for generators made by Onan that is identical to the one made by Onan. A real life example.
All this noise from people about how ' un-ethical ' it is to maximize your exposure on FleaBay, where people come by choice to buy things...
And then have no problems at all with the idea of scanning the obits in a newspaper and then calling the family a week later to see of they can't take advantage of them in their time of grief and make off with tools at 'a good price'... ...
The point you miss is... its works.... and is going to keep on happening no matter how annoyed it makes YOU. And in the long run you are the one probably missing out on some things you might use. I could care less, people WILL buy what I put up on FleaBay...
Go read the Estate Sales Thread, posted to by several of the people here...
"f*ck you, I'll do what I want", in other words. Lovely. What's your eBay ID?
I don't care. I won't every buy anything from a spammer or a telemarketer, either. People that noise up search results with bullshit items (that would be you, apparently), are in exactly the same category far as I'm concerned.
Imagine how much more you could be getting if you weren't pissing off som many potential buyers.