IIRC, if you set a reserve price, E-bay charge you a percentage of that
price, whether you sell it or not. Thus, if you are mean like wot I am, you
set a low price (.99p mostly) and look at the item regularly to see how the
bidding is going. If it is too slow for my liking and/or has not reached the
lowest amount at which I am prepared to sell within a couple of days of the
end of the auction, I withdraw the item. Thus, I am at no risk of
reluctantly having to part with something for next to nothing and can put it
in again some other time.
Anything you wish to stipulate when you advertise, you should clearly state
in your Terms of Business. As the vendor, the Terms of Business take
precedence over an E-bay rule (unless they are "unreasonable") - so long as
you state them clearly at the time of advertising. Recently, E-bay decided
you could not add a percentage to your price to cover PayPal costs. To me,
this simply meant I no longer accepted payment via PayPal , which I'll
guarantee is not their intended outcome!
When buying, if I am interested in something, I make a bid to indicate that
interest, but the snipe bidder is the bane of E-bay and I have repeatedly
asked that they do something to stop this. Negotiations continue ...........
J. Kim Siddorn,