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4/17/07 2:12 P

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I do more buying, but I have sold a few things. You do need to keep in mind the fees you'll pay, both with eBay and Paypal. They're not much, but they should be accounted for when you list the item and determine the shipping/handling. Donna, there's really no easy way to explain eBay's fees, they're kinda confusing. There's a page that lists all the listing fees, including optional things to add to "jazz it up" -- if you look around eBay, you should be able to find it. I've never made much money selling anything, not more than a few bucks. I just always give everything to Goodwill; things that are new or "too good" to give away, I sell on eBay. Some people make lotsa money at it, I just don't know how....their stuff must be a lot better than mine. emoticon

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4/16/07 2:08 P

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i dont buy off ebay anymor ebecause the whole thing of buying is just a hassle for me...waiting to see if the seller keeps their end of the bargain especially when it's money i can't afford to lose.

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4/16/07 10:13 A

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You can check their site - there may be a way to dispute ratings, but the fact is that if you gave your friend access to your account, they probably aren't going to do much. If she had hacked into it or something it would be a different situation, but the rating will likely stand as-is.

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4/15/07 10:38 A

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I think I've got a bad rating because a "friend" borrowed my account to make a purchase since she didn't have a way to put money on paypal, and never paid for the item....any ideas on how I might fix it?

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4/14/07 8:09 P

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My feedback rating is over 300, too, but it's all from buying stuff. I've never sold anything. I was actually looking for advice on pricing things as far as the fees go.

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4/14/07 5:43 P

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I have bought and sold about 300 things in five years, and i been burned about 5 times by things that were handmade, not good quality. I buy more than i sell. just watch what kind of feedback the seller has. start small as you get a small fee charged just for listing, whether it sells, or not.
I don't usually buy electrical stuff, i just want to buy local incase i have to return it. I really have enjoyed ebay. don't be scared of it. it is really simple, one man's junk is another's treasure.


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4/14/07 3:43 P

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One of the main reasons I haven't tried to sell anything on eBay is the confusion over the fees. They really should simplify that. Since you've sold things, do you have any recommendations?

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4/14/07 11:48 A

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I love E-bay and really have to watch myself or I'll start spending money on things I didn't even need to begin with.

I have sold things at e-bay, but you never know what will or will not sell until you try it. Computer software has always sold in no time for me, but I've had very little luck with books and videos. Sometimes you may sell something and only end up making a buck or two.

Make sure to read the "small print" about the fees involved in selling merchandise at e-bay.

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I buy and sell on ebay. I haven't sold in awhile. But I buy a ton off there. I love ebay.
Watch out for peoples feedback and be careful. I just bought a dehumidifer and it doesn't work and I don't know if he is gonna refund my money or not.

It's fun to buy on ebay..You can find anything you want.




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4/11/07 11:20 A

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Or Ebay is cheaper. But if I did have to go off ebay, I check for certain things:

- He has a high star rating (thousands of previous customers)
- He hasn't had any negative reviews in the past 6 months
- And I usually read the most recent reviews just in case

Thats the biggest things I look for when choosing a person to bid from.

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4/11/07 9:52 A

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Ahhh... lol That makes a great deal more sense - and you're not wrong, though at times there are things I end up buying off of eBay simply because there aren't any places to get them locally.

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4/10/07 6:45 P

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Beth I didn't mean cash on ebay LOL i meant don't things off ebay. The best bet is in cash in reputable stores.

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4/10/07 5:35 P

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I agree - it seems bizarre that the debit card isn't backed up by MasterCard, especially since you can even run the darn things *as* a credit card!

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4/10/07 5:28 P

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We thought we had protection by paying with our debit card -- because isn't it backed by MasterCard? Isn't this why it says MasterCard on it? So why wouldn't you get the same protection from it that you would if you used a "regular" credit card? We'll never buy another expensive item with anything but a credit card from here on out.

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4/10/07 5:12 P

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Generally it's a really bad idea to send cash through the mail, though. And if you send someone cash and they don't send the merch you're in the same boat - but it'll be more likely that some worker along the way pocketed the cash and the seller never really did receive payment. I accept PayPal, money order, and check when I'm sellling. Some sellers also allow returns, so check that out when you're looking at the auction. You can definitely get screwed (buying or selling), but if you're careful when you're doing either, it at least lessens the chances.

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4/10/07 4:26 P

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That is why "always pay in cash" is the best bet. I bought some WWE memorabillia for my bro who is a big fan, off of ebay. I paid with paypal I think or with a check and he never sent it. Granted it was only like 9 bucks but he never sent it and never responded to any forms of contact I made to him by that time I just gave up.

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I've bought LOTS of things on eBay. Been burnt twice. Once was on a dollhouse where the seller didn't mention one of the MAIN pieces was missing. When I asked about it, he refused to have me return the item for a full payment or refund any of my money. I gave him negative feedback & he did the same, although I paid like I was supposed to.

The second time was even worse. We bought an item that was over $600 & never got it. eBay won't do anything about it (other than ban the seller) because we paid with PayPal. Our bank won't do anything even though we used our debit (MasterCard) to pay because they say we authorized the purchase. I thought debit cards worked like credit cards in protecting your purchase, but I guess not. PayPal ruled in our favor, but because the seller only had $200 in his account, they refunded us $175, keeping a $25 fee for themselves. Everytime DH calls PayPal, they tell him they're still trying to get the rest of the money, but I doubt we'll ever see it.

I have a lot of things I want to sell on eBay, but I'm also leary after being burnt. My plan is to pay for DS to have internet service (I've already given him a computer), then have him sell my items for me.

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4/10/07 11:23 A

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I've bought alot of things there 3 years ago and I tried selling some books on there but no one wanted them.

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4/10/07 9:47 A

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I have a box that keeps getting larger and larger of stuff I want to put on e-bay and havent done yet. I have never tried to sell anything, but I have bought a few things.
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4/10/07 9:30 A

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We actually did a ton of selling last year. We've had some pretty good luck - though the stuff that sells well isn't always the stuff you'd expect. It's a lot of luck involved as far as what you may or may not be able to get rid of, but it can be kind of fun putting the stuff up and hoping. hehe

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4/10/07 7:15 A

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I use ebay ALL the time! I love it! I've bought many things on there including a lot of my scrubs! I have sold many items on there as well. But if/when you sign up for an account, I'd sign up for a pay pal account as well. That way you can use that to pay for everything.

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I have never used it. Has anyone had any good or greater than good experiences in selling things.



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