Rather than jump though hoops to find the answers on ebay ..
thought i would ask here .
I haven't sold anything on ebay for quite some time
so I'm unfamiliar
1... are you still aloud to use HTML code and photobucket ..
2... someone said on one of the forums that they have or have done
already... made sellers offer free postage ..
3..i know about compulsory paypal ..on non pick up items ..what else
has changed in the last 12 months ..
4 if you haven't sold anything for twelve months is pay pal free for
up to a certain amount of money.
5...what should i watch out for ........are they using dirty tricks on
you when listing to get more money out of you .
6. last time i remember incurring additional charges for credit cards
and e-checks.........how do i avoid this.
Going to list the Ivan law myford hobbing attatchment, maybe my amolco
all the best.markj
i havent used ebay for a while but i can help a little bit.
1- i think you can use html still just looking at some of the listings but
positive on PB (not positive on this part though)
2- havent see the free postage thing, i bout something a few days ago and
postage on it
3/4- paypal now charges fees when you use a system that sends the little
pay me" email (i.e. ebay, etsy, etc) they charge 2.9% plus i think 30
5- i think anything that will charge you is listed as a $ for service
6-if you dont want the fees of the echeck and CCs just dont accept them is
pretty much the only options
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I got caught out recently in similar circumstances to you.
I'm not sure about the HTML & PB, I think external references to
photos are OK as there is that option in making a listing, but I
suspect ebay picks up the photo and embeds it into the listing rather
than liniking to PB. I think links to 'your site' are prohibited.
eBay final value charges are now 10%, they were 5%ish
It is compulsory to offer Pimpal, but you might get away with
refusing it after the event if it's a collection only item. Pp charges
are a sliding scale of 5+% up to something like £100 and less after
that. However, if you take/try to take as much as maybe £100 in a
month they will insist you upgrade to a trading account before they
permit you to colect the money - or pay an excess sin fee. On one
occasion I went over the limit and got charged 50p by paypal for a
£2.50 transaction, plus the ebay fees ending up at a total of about
38% of the transaction value.
fleaBay has gone a long way to completely insulating the seller from
the buyer (presumably so you can't do back door deals). Even after
doing a trade, you don't get to see the buyers email address unless
they have already paid with pimpal, the only route for comms is
through the fleabay comms system or put your phone number in the
listing 'for queries'.
While a listing is active at least, you can only reply once to a given
query. This is aggro if, like me you get a query and respond with 'not
sure, I'll check and let you know tomorrow' - can't do that, the comms
system blocks out the reply button after one use, but you obviously
don't know that's going to happen in advance so you're stuck with the
other guy expecting a response which you are not enabled to give. I
did a search on his username and tried contacting him that way and the
system picked up that I'd previously replied to him, assumed I was
trading ilicitly and blocked the message.
Don't mention the work 'Cash' anywhere, I had two items cancelled
(unhelpfully after 6 days 12 hours, with bids present!) because I said
cash on collection. They picked up the word and said I was trying to
elicit an illegal transaction.
All in all I have found ebay recently to have become an expensive
thorough PITA and I doubt I'll use it for selling in the future very
much. I don't condone the very high postage fees charged by some
people, but I can really understand why - 'though you don't actually
gain as much as you think, because the pimpal commission is charged on
the whole sum including postage.
By the time you're finished, fleabay/pimpal will have had 15~20% of
your money, but I suppose at least you get a lot of coverage and might
argue that that increases the selling price somewhat.
Thanks for very helpful reply Richard ..
think will list on John and Charles' site
Car boot sales have gone nuts here in North Wales.. at least three
giant ones a week, through the whole summer..in a radius of 5 miles.
and practically one every day, if i was willing to travel 25 miles
i wondered why .
..now i know.
All the best.markj
yep was wondering what was going on ..
you used to get the pics lower down in the listing that you insert
amongst HTML code .
now i see they must pinch the pics ..downsize them ..and degrade
them ..and put them up top..........when you do open full size, the
pics been degraded ..too low kb's.
last time i sold stuff ..i used to take my time and make a beautifully
presented HTML show....that would show off my items to advantage.
so now i cant ...i cant really present in a fashion that would let
people know that an item is pristine ..and worth paying something for.
therefor .........with the other charges the hastle of having a non
paying bidder .......or a bidder that receives the item ........and
says he hasnt...and you're made to accept a knock and refund etc...i
say bugger it .
hope some one starts up a proper competitive auction site soon ..that
takes on ebay ..and knocks them to the oblivion that they deserve.
all the best.markj
On a related note, I was quite horrified only a few days ago when I
paid for some shipping/postage to a company who offered to accept
Paypal among other things. I elected to pay by credit card.
On the point of completing the transaction I was transfered to a page
that said words to the effect of 'Paypal has noticed you have a Paypal
account associated with this email address and we have taken over the
transaction' !!! WTF Past tense, no options, we've hijacked it.
That's fraud in my mind. I didn't want to pay with Pimpal, I didn't
agree to pay with pimpal, I tried to pay with anything else other than
pimpal, they blocked it.
Anyone else had this?
just found out ..you can get round the non listing of HTML and pics
with a free ebay prog called turbo lister
sort of dream weaver for ebay
Ive downloaded it ...and you can paste your previous template right
into it ..
it enables you to take your time with the listing...editing it on your
desktop ..before clicking the submit button
all the buttons are there ..postage start price, start time
looks like easy work to me .
you can do several listings on it ...and set them so they all start at
staggered times or at the same time.........then upload them all in
one go....with all the form filling done.
all the best.markj
I elected to pay by credit card.
The firm concerned was Parcel2Go who I have now found out are 'in bed'
with ebay/paypal. Exactly how far and who owns what I'm not sure, but
it seems to be another tentacle of the increasingly pervasive fleabay