Ebay questions

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  1. jchen
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    i never used ebay before and i have some questions.
    Does the seller have to sell the item to the winning bid? (like if only one person bid and won and the starting was 1.00, can the seller refuse to sell it.)

    Is there any fees besides the probably 1.00 fee from paypal?
    Any other things about ebay i should know about? Thanks for the help.
     
  2. L_o_N_e_R

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    yes they do

    if the dont the buyer can complain to ebay and make ebay make the seller ship the item to the buyer(happned to my dad got a atari with games and a bunch of other stuff for 1.00 [​IMG])

    also look for the buyer feedback...........

    and watch out for fake items
     
  3. dice

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    the seller has the option to set a reserve price - where they don't have to sell their item unless a certain amount (that has been chosen) has been surpassed. This is made aware to the bidders, and usually results in less people putting up an offer though.
     
  4. jimmy j

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    1. Aways check the user's feedback. You can use toolhaus.org to read the negatives

    2. Some sellers ask that you add tax to the final sale price, so always read the description.

    3. Always check the shipping costs before bidding.

    4. Don't leave feedback until you have received the item, tested it fully, and you are happy with it's quality.
     
  5. jchen
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    jchen GBAtemp Regular

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    Thanks for the replies people. oh, and one more question, and ebay account is free if your only buying, selling on the other hand is not right?
     
  6. jimmy j

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    that's right
     
  7. Darkforce

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    Yes (technically).

    There's an insertation fee (varies depending on type of item, starting price, auction features - highlights picture etc...), a final value fee (5.25% - 10% of end price) (link about ebay fees), and if the seller pays by paypal and you have a premier or business paypal account paypal will take 1.9% to 2.9% + 30 cents (link) of the total amount paid into your account (note fees vary between countries so if you're not in the US they will be slightly different).

    Erm... a few general selling tips:
    - Build up your feedback a bit before you sell anything, buy a few things and get say 20+ feedback if you can. If you are desperate to start selling flog some junk/low value items. Buyers are pretty cautious of new sellers and won't risk buying something of high value from someone with little to no feedback.
    - If you want to put more than one picture in an auction use an image hosting service like photobucket and link to the picture in the auction instead of paying for additional pictures.
    - Don't bother with the additional features such as highlights, bold etc... generally they're a waste of money only recommended one is the gallery picture (i.e. put picture of item into search results).
    - Always provide a shipping cost, if you don't it puts off bidders - if you don't know how much to charge look at similar items and see what other sellers are charging or just have a guess.
    - Offer international shipping if you can - obviously not on expensive or heavy things but everything else then go for it. I probably sell 10-20% of my stuff to people abroad.
    - If selling games or DVDs state in your auction that they will only work in your country - I've forgotten to do that a couple of times and I've had quite a few stupid people from other countries purchase them thinking they'll work.
    - If you want to find out the value of something you want to sell use the completed items search feature - it will show you what items have sold for.
    - Always offer insured postage options (in addition to regular postage options), that way if the seller doesn't receive the item you can say you at least offered them insurance so it's their fault if they didn't take it.
    - Check out Turbo Lister: it's a free program (by ebay) to create listings offline (you can then upload them online). It's a great timesaver.

    [​IMG]
     
  8. jimmy j

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    I just add a border to the gallery picture with ms paint [​IMG]
     
  9. TanookiSuit

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    I've never heard of ebay forcing anyone to sell something before. I've had deadbeats before, and from my understanding they've consistently not cared. They'll at most harass you about it, maybe suspend but likely flag your acct, but nothing worse. Usually it's the user feedback that gets you where the 'loser' due to getting nothing gripes and it's there permanently for people to see so others won't trust you. I've had an account there since mid '96, 100% rating, never use it these days to sell as I hate their scamming basically twisting you into accepting stupid paypal so you end up losing a very noticeable level of cash from your winnings between enter/exit fees and paypal sponging.