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I just registered for ebay. I'm planning on having a yardsale when the weather warms up but thought I would try to list some things on ebay to see if I could bring extra money in.


I was going to list an auction for a lot of toddler shoes and ship in a flate rate 8.95 usps box and buy my label online so there will be a tracking number.

Is there anything I should do to make sure i'm protected?
 

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Wow, you picked a bad time lol!

Did you know about the boycotts?

Have you heard about the rate hike for sellers that is coming along with way sellers are no longer going to be able to leave negative or neutal feedback.

I myself got out when the star rating crap started.

You should go to the Ebay community to sellars central and read up on how best to protect yourself.

Good luck to you, I hope you do great!

Oh and go to the usps site and order free boxes and also, Sams is the best place for bubble wrap.
 

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huh?? i haven't heard of any of that. gonna go look

good luck mmy2grls you'll do great.
 

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Remember that you'll lose aprox 13% to final fee values. Then your listing fees, and if you use paypal, their fees.

Personally, I wouldn't pay $9 shipping for toddler shoes.

You might have better luck listing on kijiji or craigslist. I list stuff there free, and people pick it up paying by cash. I use kijiji, as our local craigslist sucks. BUt you'll know what works best for you.
 

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I didn't know about boycotts

I'm going to look into free local listings first now
 

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Yeah, I have to agree.
It's really bad at ebay right now.
Things have changed a lot.
I hope you find other ways to
sell your items. Try craigslist.com.
 

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I used to sell on Ebay but between their fees and Paypal fees, it just isn't worth it anymore. If the shoes are name brand like Gymboree they may sell well and someone will pay the shipping. Check out the completed items to see what has sold. I still buy on Ebay as there is no fee for buyers.
 

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Wow! It's been awhile since I've been on Ebay. I guess I'm missing all of the excitement. That's just too bad.
 

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whoops I posted that link without a note with it about what it is about....losing my mind one day at a time I guess.

That link is the ABC news about the boycott and why sellers are doing it.

Sorry!
 

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I havent had any problems with Ebay recently. Infact they recently lowered the listing fees and they offer free Gallery picture now. I have not heard of any Boycotts or issues.

Yeah, I have to agree.
It's really bad at ebay right now.
Things have changed a lot.
I hope you find other ways to
sell your items. Try craigslist.com.
 

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I havent had any problems with Ebay recently. Infact they recently lowered the listing fees and they offer free Gallery picture now. I have not heard of any Boycotts or issues.
They only lowered the listing fees by 5 cents and raised the final value fees by more than 3% so they are actually taking more. Also they are taking the option for sellers to give a negative or a neutral for bad buyers. That in itself is bothering sellers more than the final value fees.

I don't sell a lot on Ebay but I've made a bit and got rid of some things we didn't need.
 

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We were Power Sellers at one time on ebay, however have stopped selling over the past year. Up until recently we were still making purchases. But with the new fees and feedback system we have joined in the boycott and are not doing any business on ebay at all.
 

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Frankly it was a pain in the rear at tax time paying my texas sales tax and having to file 2 different forms with our regular taxes and I came out in the hole!

Gee--but I was doing a product hand painted cherries so i was making something from something but anyone can take a loss at the end of the year.

If you go to a yard sale and spend $20 on stuff and only make $7 you end up in the hole.

Then add listing fees....

They nickle and dime you to death!

and then you have to pay taxes--blah!
 

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On a lot of items your just better off having a yard sale or donating for a tax write off. Do your homework and see what things are selling for.
 

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Ebay...

I sold on Ebay for approximately 3 years and the only people really making money on Ebay are the owners of Ebay. I enjoyed selling, but it just wasn't cost effective for me. When I considered the amount of time I had to invest for the little bit of money, it just wasn't worth it.
 

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I don't see what all the fuss is about. Lowering the listing fees and raising the final fees benefits people who have a lot of items that don't sell. The net difference is roughly a 3% increase on sold items, and while I'd rather not pay more, I can't see ditching the largest volume online market over such a small amount.

The new ratings system sounds like a big bother, but it doesn't really affect me -- I never had to give negative feedback anyway.

Just so you know where I'm coming from: I've been as "scvstamp" on eBay since 1998, rating 3400+ PowerSeller. I sell mostly stamps, but also some science books, vintage magazines & misc. I shipped 2,200 items to over 80 countries in 2007. With the dollar down, more items are going overseas, but the volume is still there, especially with China coming online. I'm not bragging -- hopefully you will find it encouraging.

eBay is a great market for specialty items and collectibles. I don't recommend it for common things or garage sale junk. Or for heavy items or electronics. And thanks to Amazon, the value of books has tanked out on all markets. Before selling something, you should always do searches (Completed Listings only) and see what that item has been selling for. If the same item got no bids the last few times it was listed, there's no point listing yours.

Overall, if the cost of doing business is 15% fees to the companies that make it possible, it's hard to see how that's not worth it. There's a lot to learn, but don't let random gripes get you down.

Anyway, "the only people making money on eBay are the owners" is a cheap shot. But that poster was correct in saying that you have to keep track of the time and expenses, and assess whether it's worth it to you.

Just my 3 cents. (That's 2 cents adjusted for inflation.)

= scott
 

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My sister and I run a small ebay business selling glass beads.

We import them and then onsell in smaller quantities. It involves a lot of washing and sorting, but we can purchase our beads from home so no costs in petrol and running around.

We make a modest amount of money out of our bits and pieces, some weeks we rake it in and some weeks we break even - the best thing about it for us is that if we get busy in real life then we just don't list anything.

luckily for us our beads seem to double their money. We have a large base of return clients and are now looking at opening a market stall as well as our own website.

We don't make a fortune - generally for every $1200 we spend importing beads we make about $2,600 back, this may take 3-6 months to sell them all depending on how eager we are.

We are in Australia so as yet these changes have not been put into effect here, but I don't know how much it will affect us. At the end of the day we love the beads and have a great time sorting them and taking photo's and it keeps us occupied. I find it fun and exhilerating. and we make a bit of blow money out of it as well.

Although I laugh sometimes because we are like the drug dealer that samples his own wares. Sometimes I love the beads too much to sell them, even though I couldn't possibly find enough time to bead using all the beads I already had. It would take years.
 

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I'm going to list a few things this week. I'm broke for the next 2 weeks and maybe I can earn a little spending money.
 

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I just listed some things for the first time last week and I didn't do my research. I got my shipping charges all wrong and I listed something that was already listed and not selling. I think there is a learning curve but I will keep trying. I am guessing that with the way the economy is it's going to be hard right now to sell. Good luck.
 
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