Changes to Ebay!?!?

Yeah, I knew that'd get yer attention... Ha ha ha!
If you could change anything about ebay model auctions, what would you do? Would you change how they are listed?
Would you require pictures? What would the pictures in- clude? Would you remove all graphics in the auction listing except for photos of the item?
Just a start of a new thread, that's all!
I'm not suggesting we make changes, I'm not making any requirements that we sign petitions, nor that your suggestion be anything more than a desire.
Here are a few from me, what _I_ would like to see in ebay auctions:
1.) STANDARD LISTING FORMAT!!! I don't give a damn, but do SOMETHING! Scale, Manuf., vehicle/kit name, apx. age, and other detail. If you don't like that, then make up some- thing else that fits. As long as a 1/72 Airfix Banshe (1984) isn't going to be listed as a freaking 1/24 truck!
2.) PICTURE REQUIRED! Yeah, box slightly foxed... I've gotten kits that wer bloody well badgered and left to the hyenas after that!
3.) PICTURE OF THE KIT! Okay, I know that I'm way out of line here, especially for the purists who like their kit in sealed plastic or in box sealed. I wanna see the damned parts! I know that this is just a me thing, but I'm within the rules of the thread I started. So NYEAH!!!
Anyway, that's just my comments, happy postings!
-andyh
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I'd end the monopoly of using paypal only. And cap the max bids at whatever mine is ;)
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And then everyone gets the model because they bid the same as you!?!? No!
Cap the bid at JUST before yours! That's even better! Then you always win!
Just helpin' ... :)
-andyH
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the use of the one price USPS shipping box for a rate that way, way over the top in terms of the weight of a model or figure, etc... gotta stop the stupid shipping charges..
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snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

I'd agree with #1 & #2 above as well as eyeball's suggestion about Paypal. I'd add that sellers were once again allowed to post negative feedback for deadbeat buyers. As it stands now, the seller is at an extreme disadvantage. One doesn't have to do anything wrong in his service and may still get slammed without meaningful recourse. As for #3 above, I'd prefer to leave a sealed kit sealed. Yeah, I know, some have access to shrink wrap machines and can cheat.
Bill Banaszak, MFE Sr.
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On Sun, 18 Oct 2009 07:13:59 -0700 (PDT), " snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com"

Compared to our local New Zealand auction site, eBay is poorly organised with listings hard to find and with absolutley no logic in the way it presents itself. Check this link for how (IMHO) an auction category should be listed. http://www.trademe.co.nz/browse/categorylistings.aspx?mcat 47-0924-1193-7771-&rewritten=true&sort_order=expiry_desc
The shipping costs and having to use Paypal are pains in the fundament for sure. I can get 8 kits shipped from Czech Republic for less than a single banged up box from the US and put it on CC. This is a gripe for anything bought from the US as my classic item was one replacement key for an IBM Type M keyboard - new key $2US, shipping $15US, for Christ's Sake. Why could the shipper not throw it in a standard envelope?
Pictures - box minimum and contents if not still shrink wrapped or out of bags.
Description inaccuracies. Describing a Kitech counterfeit of a Hobbycraft kit as 'reboxed Hobbycraft' is fraud and should lead to immediate cancellation of the seller's account.
Tony, Christchurch NZ
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: : anything bought from the US as my classic item was one replacement key : for an IBM Type M keyboard - new key $2US, shipping $15US, for : Christ's Sake. Why could the shipper not throw it in a standard : envelope? :     Because the USPS sorting equipment may well eat the key? Seriously, I would not want anything othe than folded paper in an envelope, for fear of receiving a ripped envelope and nothing else.
    Now, that being said, $15.00 shipping is stupid. But, you have to check that on ebay. Caveat emptor, after all, is the only way to go.
    Remember, ebay takes a cut of the final SELLING price, not the final TOTAL price, so padding the postage is gravy for the seller. And unscrupulous. : : Description inaccuracies. Describing a Kitech counterfeit of a : Hobbycraft kit as 'reboxed Hobbycraft' is fraud and should lead to : immediate cancellation of the seller's account. :     1) You assume the seller knows the differnce.
    2) You assume that an improper description, especially when the box is in full view, isn't a huge warning sign to stay well clear of the seller. Seriously, if the box description is accurate, and the seller is too stupid/lazy/etc to get that part right, why are you entertaining thoughts of dealing with them?
                            Bruce
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On Thu, 22 Oct 2009 02:35:59 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@realtime.net (Bruce Burden) wrote:

OK, I oversimplified on the standard envelope. I just checked at NZ Post and I can send an item like that to the US for $8.09NZ ($6.10US) by economy airmail including a small shipping container.

International shipping out of the US is so expensive, compared to other countries, that that could be a hidden factor in the state of the US economy. If it costs less to buy an equivalent item elsewhere because of cheaper shipping, no-one will buy there. My own surmise and no proof but I wonder how likely it is?

Not dealing with them myself and I always thought that ignorance is no defence? It irritates me that counterfeiters make use of someone else's R&D to produce cheap rip-offs. Taken far enough, there will be no new kits because the originators don't have enough income (or go bust through lack of sales).
Tony
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: On Thu, 22 Oct 2009 02:35:59 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@realtime.net (Bruce Burden) : wrote: : : OK, I oversimplified on the standard envelope. I just checked at NZ : Post and I can send an item like that to the US for $8.09NZ ($6.10US) : by economy airmail including a small shipping container. :     A package weighing less than 5 oz. can be sent to New Zealand via first class mail international for, it looks like, US $4.60. : : International shipping out of the US is so expensive, compared to : other countries, that that could be a hidden factor in the state of : the US economy. If it costs less to buy an equivalent item elsewhere : because of cheaper shipping, no-one will buy there. My own surmise and : no proof but I wonder how likely it is? :     Well, you only provide the one example to examine, and I think I demonstrated that the USPS shipping is actually less than what NZ Post charges, so your basic premise seems wrong to start with. :-)
    Now, the US economy is in the shape it is in due to a lot of poor decisions made by our pols and business "leaders" alike. But, I don't think the USPS is the reason for the US economic woes. I would agree they could be considered synomonous, given their loss rate. Of course, they are a government agency, so losing money is not too unexpected... : : Not dealing with them myself and I always thought that ignorance is no : defence? :     Your original statement made it sound like you were proposing a zero tolerance policy. I have "counterfeit" items in my collection because I have some Academy armor. I may well have other pieces too, but I am not aware of it. : : It irritates me that counterfeiters make use of someone : else's R&D to produce cheap rip-offs. :     Piracy is never to be condoned, granted. On the other hand, "piracy is the ONLY way you are going to be able to get a DVD of the orignal "Star Wars" film. You know, the one where Han shoots first? And, I have been told, the quality is excellent, because it originates from a laser disk of SW:IV
    Now, who has created the problem here? Lucas, with his "no, DVD's aren't good enough for my films, but I can release 'special' edition after 'special' edition on VHS", or the "pirates"?
    Perhaps had the studio been more forceful about kicking Lucas off his ever expanding backside, there would still be a pirate copy of "Star Wars IV" (doubtless there would!) but at least *I* could *legally* purchase a copy of the movie I remember from high school, and not simply wish I had a high quality copy of the film I remember from high school. : : Taken far enough, there will be : no new kits because the originators don't have enough income (or go : bust through lack of sales). :     Yeah, I hear this with every PR "emission" from the MPAA, RIAA and SBA. I am sure you have your own "alphabet soup" of special interests "trying to protect the artists", too. Thing is, it didn't seem to stop Bach, Beethoven or even Stradivarius. Now, protecting the (rapidly dwindling) profits of recording companines? Tough shit. After all, they robbed the sheet music companies blind. But, that knowledge has nothing to do with their behavior today. No sir.
    Point is, I think craftsman will always look at a challenge, and be motivated to conquer that challenge. And, there will be people looking to cash in on a fake, dodge, scam, etc. Thatt, I am fairly certain, hasn't changed, and is unlikely to.
                            Bruce
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On Fri, 23 Oct 2009 03:31:15 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@realtime.net (Bruce Burden) wrote:

One other example of expensive shipping ex-US was a new IBM Type M keyboard for $69 + $50 shipping. Managed to find a couple 2nd hand locally for $5 each instead. True, I had forgotten the leeches and control freaks of the RIA etc. On reflection you are right, a good product will overcome copies without resorting to treating customers like thieves. I avoid Sony products after the rootkit fiasco and will only buy them if there is no alternative. Maybe eventually musicians will be paid what they are worth - IMHO they are worth about as much as a tradesman plumber.
Tony
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Stadia wrote:

http://www.trademe.co.nz/browse/categorylistings.aspx?mcat 47-0924-1193-7771-&rewritten=true&sort_order=expiry_desc
That Adams SAAB Draken looks like Lindberg's. Maybe Lindberg got the moulds when Adams went out of the business. I agree that your local site looks cleaner and neater.
Bill Banaszak, MFE Sr.
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On Wed, 21 Oct 2009 22:16:47 -0500, William Banaszak

Yep, it is the original kit moulds that went to Lindberg when Adams went belly-up. I am bidding on it as I like old kits that have no PE or resin and find most of the Lindbergs to be easy builds. Accuracy is not that important to me, like my SMER Bulldog, if lit looks like a Bulldog it is a Bulldog.
Tony
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Stadia wrote:

Good luck!
Bill Banaszak, MFE SR.
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I'd allow sellers to post negative FB. I'd do away with 'mandatory comments' in the FB section. Who cares? Just mark it Pos or Neg or Neut & go on. If a seller puts in his auction that he will not be responsible for uninsured items, then he MUST offer insurance as an option during checkout. Heck, I'd make it a mandatory option during checkout, period! I'd do away with the automatic Delivery Confirmation when using PayPal shipping labels. DC is a USPS rip-off to the highest degree, as it doesn't guarantee confirmation of delivery to the correct address, only confirmation of delivery where ever it was scanned at delivery. When the addressee doesn't get it, the shipper just says, 'oh well, tracking shows it was delivered'. It's rare I see any auctions without pics now anyway............. But pics should be in the auction. Two of the most irritating things recently are all the damned 'pop- ups' or whatever they are that happen whenever I just roll the cursor over any number of auction things. Go away! Also, this 'best match' BS they conjured up. I've dropped a few saved searches because I get 100 'best matches' that are only closely spelled, or misspelled, like what I'm looking for. I have Contrail saved & rather than the occasional Contrail model, I always get crap with the word 'central' in that search. Hey, eBay, if I wanted a keyword 'central' I'd put it in there! I collect Madelman action figures & I'm always getting searches with 'madman' in the title. Go figure. Spell check! For dumb asses that can't spell!

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