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Do You Use Ebay?

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Cachoo, Jan 6, 2012.

  1. Cachoo

    Cachoo Well-Known Member

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

    I collect Christmas ornaments (including skaters.)

    And you?
  2. DFJ

    DFJ Well-Known Member

    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.
  3. genevieve

    genevieve drinky typo pbp, closet hugger Staff Member

    I bought tickets to the 2005 US Nats on eBay :inavoid:, 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 :p
  4. nubka

    nubka Well-Known Member

    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 She had found what she wanted in a wedding magazine that was one year out of date, so the dress wasn't available any longer in stores.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.
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2012
  5. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

    Same for me!
  6. Prancer

    Prancer Cursed for all time Staff Member

    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.
  7. PrincessLeppard

    PrincessLeppard Holding Alex Johnson's Pineapple

    I only had one problem as a seller, and it was eventually resolved happily, but :scream: I have some stuff I want to sell, but don't want to go through all that again.

    Buying has been awesome, though. :)
  8. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

    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.
  9. peibeck

    peibeck Simply looking

    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).
  10. skatemommy

    skatemommy Well-Known Member

    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 #.
  11. Cachoo

    Cachoo Well-Known Member

    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.
  12. A.H.Black

    A.H.Black Well-Known Member

    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.
  13. manleywoman

    manleywoman podcast mistress

    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.
  14. skatemommy

    skatemommy Well-Known Member

    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!
  15. jlai

    jlai Title-less

    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
  16. myhoneyhoney

    myhoneyhoney Well-Known Member

    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.
  17. Cachoo

    Cachoo Well-Known Member

    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.
  18. vesperholly

    vesperholly Well-Known Member

    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!
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2012
  19. Garden Kitty

    Garden Kitty Tranquillo

    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)
  20. Aussie Willy

    Aussie Willy Hates both vegemite and peanut butter

    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.
  21. Meredith

    Meredith what a glorious day!

    I have only sold tickets, but purchased lots of items. My most expensive purchases were my camera and some lenses. I've had only one bad experience, and I could have avoided that if I'd paid more attention to the seller's feedback.
  22. skatemommy

    skatemommy Well-Known Member

    You are too kind, this is a massive understatement! One negative feedback lowered my score by 3%! The last week all listings were free - but of course still have to pay Paypal fees. Aren't postal rates going up this month too?
  23. Cachoo

    Cachoo Well-Known Member

    I don't know how much easier it might be to sell on Etsy. I love looking though; so many creative people out there.
  24. GarrAarghHrumph

    GarrAarghHrumph I can kill you with my brain

    I've had mixed luck buying things on EBay. Some things I've gotten have smelled musty, and the seller hadn't mentioned that. One piece of handmade jewelry I got fell apart as soon as I put it on. So now, I am wary.
  25. Aceon6

    Aceon6 Hit ball, find ball, hit it again.

    I use it a lot for hard to find stuff. I found a replacement watch for one my mother lost at work. It was a 1940s era Bulova, and I found the exact one on eBay. The discontinued Vera Bradley stuff goes far cheaper on eBay than in the VB outlets.

    I don't sell directly as we have a terrific eBay consolidator in town. The commission I pay is far less than what my time is worth, so I bring items to him and he does the photographing and posting, then sends me the links so I can follow the items.
  26. barbk

    barbk Well-Known Member

    Aceon6 -- Could you give me some idea of the ebay consolidator's charges? We have some stuff I'd like to sell, but since we have no sales feedback, I'm not sure that we'd get much in the way of response.
  27. aliceanne

    aliceanne Well-Known Member

    i used it once. I bought a skate tape (still in the wrapper) for $14. The same tape was selling on Amazon for $99. I didn't have any problems.

    I'm a little cautious with Pay Pal though. My co-worker had her bank account compromised through Pay Pal (she had autopay for her cable bill), although I haven't had any problems using a credit card with Pay Pal.
  28. pilgrimsoul

    pilgrimsoul Active Member

    I have sold a few things on ebay, but I'm mostly a buyer. I'm a big bargain shopper for certain luxury items I could not otherwise afford (designer leather goods, premium bed linens, etc.) I've scored some really great deals by being patient & waiting for the right auction. I also collect Arabia of Finland Anemone stoneware which isn't produced anymore, and almost every piece I have came from ebay at a fantastic price.

    I also buy all of my DVDs & CDs used from Amazon. Why pay full price when you can get it delivered to your door for less than $8-10 (or less) apiece including shipping?
  29. KikiSashaFan

    KikiSashaFan Well-Known Member

    I use it a lot for buying old books, clothing and other various items. I've never had any problems as a buyer, but I hate selling. I hate when people ask questions that are clearly listed (what size? any damage? NWT or NWOT? etc) or when people whine after about things that were also clearly listed (What region a dvd is for example). The only negative feedback I've ever received was because someone bought some Wii games from me and then they wouldn't work because they're a different region than their console, even though the ad clearly stated that you would need a region 1 or unlocked console. :rolleyes:
  30. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Yuzuru, Medvedeva, T&M, Shibs, P&C

    I have bought and sold on ebay, but not recently. It was great during the 2002 Olympics for buying & selling tickets. Since then, only sparingly, like clothes and small items.