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    Do You Use Ebay?

    Do you buy or sell on Ebay? Or do you avoid the site?

    I collect Christmas ornaments (including skaters.)

    And you?

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    I use Ebay regularly. I'm a bit of a clothes hound. I've never had a problem, but I do my research and only buy from highly-rated sellers.
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    I bought tickets to the 2005 US Nats on eBay , and I've bought a couple of dvds and some discontinued jigsaw puzzles that I really wanted, but I only go when there's something specific I'm after that I am unlikely to get in a store, not to browse and actually shop. Would definitely use it more if I was collecting something.

    I have some pieces from a groovy china pattern that I've considered selling on eBay but I just can't be arsed to set it up
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    Me luuuvs my eBay (both buying & selling.) 1063 transactions, with only two problems ever.

    My oldest daughter bought her designer wedding dress from eBay. She had found what she wanted in a wedding magazine that was one year out of date, so the dress wasn't available any longer in stores. Lucky for her, she found it brand-new on eBay in the perfect size, and she snagged it for only $300.00!

    I mostly buy books, DVD's, clothes, CD's, fragrance and cosmetics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DFJ View Post
    I use Ebay regularly. I'm a bit of a clothes hound. I've never had a problem, but I do my research and only buy from highly-rated sellers.
    Same for me!

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    I use eBay all the time. As a buyer, I've never had any problems. As seller....well, there's a reason I don't sell much.
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    I only had one problem as a seller, and it was eventually resolved happily, but I have some stuff I want to sell, but don't want to go through all that again.

    Buying has been awesome, though.

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    I have used ebay a number of times but not regularly. I have never had a problem. I only buy from people with great ratings and if I sell then I only ship after receiving payment.
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    I use it pretty regularly, I've had a few problems buying things. I've only sold a few items, but never had a problem with anything I have sold (thankfully).
    I meant to take the high road.... but I missed the exit.

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    I am an Ebay junkie (1273 positive feedback). I go to flea markets, estate sales, Garage sales, Salvation Army, etc. to pay for private school tuition. I also buy weird stuff that I'm too lazy to search in the stores for. Hate a lot of the new features (can't leave negative feedback for deadbeat buyers) but I move a lot more stuff ($300-600 per month) than on Etsy or Craigslist. I got Riedell skates for sales size 1, 2, 3 and 4narrow. PM me for the auction #.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skatemommy View Post
    I am an Ebay junkie (1273 positive feedback). I go to flea markets, estate sales, Garage sales, Salvation Army, etc. to pay for private school tuition. I also buy weird stuff that I'm too lazy to search in the stores for. Hate a lot of the new features (can't leave negative feedback for deadbeat buyers) but I move a lot more stuff ($300-600 per month) than on Etsy or Craigslist. I got Riedell skates for sales size 1, 2, 3 and 4narrow. PM me for the auction #.
    How do you know what people want? Or is the community so large that there is something for everyone? I want share this with my sis. Private school for her two girls is a chunk of change.

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    I have a small business. I buy my shipping supplies on Ebay. I also have purchased Nationals tickets a couple of times on Ebay. Would do so again. I've sold a few things - including tickets - but not for a few years.

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    I used to have great luck selling on eBay, and my ratings are great. Now it seems nobody is buying. I recently had an expensive piece of jewelry up for sale for the third time and still no takers, even pricing it at $1. I also have a piece of Dansk china in perfect condition that I thought of selling, but right now there are eight others on eBay with no bids among them.
    In my spare time, I like to interview figure skating legends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cachoo View Post
    How do you know what people want? Or is the community so large that there is something for everyone? I want share this with my sis. Private school for her two girls is a chunk of change.
    Trial and error my friend. My little girl started skating at 18 months so I had NO little ones to hand me down to so to speak so I started selling her old itty bitty skates, dance clothes and shoes, gymnastics leos, etc. Stage mom here found an avenue and went with it. My advice is to follow what you know (for me skating, dance, gymnastics, costumes, etc.) and branched out from there. I sell books (self help), my husbands band equipment, and stuff I find. I would love to become an antiques dealer...sadly I am jack of all trades and master of none!
    "awwww....shades of Janet Lynn" - Dick Button on anyone who makes more than one mistake in their program.

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    I've had good luck with selling but with all the fees I'm paying Ebay is my last resort, really.

    It's a buyer-friendly site though

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    I use ebay though not as much as I used to. I use it to add to my Candyland theme for Christmas and for other things like phone cases, yarn, etc. I've had some good luck getting cute sandals too. Right now I'm scouring it to buy my little girls figure skates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skatemommy View Post
    Trial and error my friend. My little girl started skating at 18 months so I had NO little ones to hand me down to so to speak so I started selling her old itty bitty skates, dance clothes and shoes, gymnastics leos, etc. Stage mom here found an avenue and went with it. My advice is to follow what you know (for me skating, dance, gymnastics, costumes, etc.) and branched out from there. I sell books (self help), my husbands band equipment, and stuff I find. I would love to become an antiques dealer...sadly I am jack of all trades and master of none!
    Well 1273 looks like a mountain to me--I'm impressed. Actually I'm impressed with the people who have mentioned selling because I think you just have to dive in--all too often I just barely touch water with my big toe. I put this thread in because an ornament (one of which I own) sold for $346.00. But I think it was two people bidding who just lost control and who had the money to buy one ornie for that much. I suspect if I list my copy it won't fetch nearly as much.

    Thanks for the replies--it is interesting reading about everyone's interests/experiences on Ebay.

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    The market on eBay is very weird. I usually have the best luck with highly-recognizable brand name products, like Banana Republic or Tiffany. Even then, it took me two tries to sell a Tiffany pendant. I sell mostly clothing, as my size has gone down and up drastically over the past few years. Lately I've been having a better time selling in lots - 5 Old Navy tank tops, for example. The really high fees (15% between eBay and PayPal) make me much more picky on what I put up for auction.

    I started out in 2000 during college, selling the double prints of photos I took at skating shows and big competitions. That would certainly be against their rules now!
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    I've mainly used it to find particular china or flatwear that isn't currently in production, including replacements for my mom's china set. I've never sold anything, but I have used it to purchase a number of things (mostly with the buy it now option)
    "The Devil is joining in, and that's never a good sign." Phil Liggett

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    I have done heaps of trading on Ebay. It has been a great way to get rid of things I no longer need.

    If you do want to sell things I would just check how items are doing. Earlier in the year I found there was good market (lots of bids) for fridges, rugs and chest of drawers but not so much washing machines (all the things I was wanting to sell). So sold the first three and didn't bother with the washing machine because I knew it wouldn't sell.
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