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well i sold my tv stand at the weekend as i only put it on for 3 days, needed to finish on sat so the buyer could pick it up and get it out of my way, well it finished and the winning bidder was a new member. the misses raised daughts straight away, but as i like to see the best in people thought it would be fine,, well not paid, no contact to my many emails and now i have had to relist it as i want the stace back. but as i work late shifts this week i have had to put it on for a week.
now ebay won't let me leave bad feedback,, why hes a w***** that hasn't paid!, new members should be made to put an amount of money in a pot untill they build up a good reputation. and any moneys paid to the seller as compensation and fees!
i can't even conplain about him for 4 days!!!, ebay seems to be a crap place to sell things sometimes.. and the paypal fees are highway robbery.
rant over:mad
 

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Great place to buy sometimes and not so good to sell though!

I broke one of my e28s a while back and made a bit on it but the fees were way over the top if you ask me, even if you are getting good coverage.

A lot of folk as you know say they want someone with less than 5/10 feedback to get in touch before they bid, good idea me thinks:thumbsup
 

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totally with you mate, I got shafted on an iPhone 4 recently, sold it then the person was from Nigeria and wanted to scam me out of it...

They could make it so much more secure and I reckon they don't do it to try and keep it easy for people to join but they're missing the bigger picture I think...

In time I think they'll be forced to vet their members a lot more.
 

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Sometimes it may be worth saying in your ad not to bother bidding or contact you directly if they have a FB of less than 10.
 

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well i sold my tv stand at the weekend as i only put it on for 3 days, needed to finish on sat so the buyer could pick it up and get it out of my way, well it finished and the winning bidder was a new member. the misses raised daughts straight away, but as i like to see the best in people thought it would be fine,, well not paid, no contact to my many emails and now i have had to relist it as i want the stace back. but as i work late shifts this week i have had to put it on for a week.
now ebay won't let me leave bad feedback,, why hes a ****** that hasn't paid!, new members should be made to put an amount of money in a pot untill they build up a good reputation. and any moneys paid to the seller as compensation and fees!
i can't even conplain about him for 4 days!!!, ebay seems to be a crap place to sell things sometimes.. and the paypal fees are highway robbery.
rant over:mad
If you've got a gumtree in your area stick it on there. I sell quite a bit of electrical stuff on my Leeds one and it's usually gone within a week. I put a Sky HD box up a few weeks ago and I'm not kidding, within 1 minute of submitting the ad the phone was ringing from an Asian guy about it. I asked how the hell he'd seen it so quick and he said he had alerts set up for certain words and he'd just received a 'new listing' email with my ad! He was round within the hour and it was gone. Gumtree is really good for everyday items as there's generally no messing about it, ie. no fees and no packaging stuff up to send to the other end of the country. It's a sort of first-come-first-served basis on who gets to your house quickest with the cash. You don't get any of that with Ebay as the buyer can pretty much hold you to ransom for 2 weeks before even paying.

On Ebay sellers haven't been able to give buyer feedback for quite some time now and it sucks. It was done mainly to stop sellers leaving retaliatory negs when a buyer wasn't happy with the goods.

Give gumtree a whirl but be sure to put a pic up with it. Pics sell stuff. :thumbsup
 

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relisted it with no less than 5 feedback, but surely there must be another online auction site that doesn't charge so much and is a better site for genuin auctions and not for buy it now private ad people as it seems to have turned into.??/
 

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I hate selling on eBay, because you can't leave bad feedback, and the fee's are extortionate, so I don't bother now.

But I might give Gumtree a try next time I need to sell owt.
 

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Only thing with gumtree is some sections move so fast that your ad is 3 pages down before you know what's happened, so you need to repost it every day. Gumtree only lets you do this once iirc as it detects that the text is exactly the same in both ads and tries to charge you. ;) Easy way round it is to alter the ad layout slightly and change a few words and you'll be good to go again. :D

The word of gumtree is getting round folks quite a lot now. It's a lot busier than it was a few years ago which is a good thing because of course it means more people are looking at = higher chance of selling.
 

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ebay has a lot of issuse these days. Notwithstanding the fact that eBay and Paypal are now one and the same. Something that becomes very obvious when you open a dispute. I had ebay initially close a dispute as they decided the parts were for a vehicle and werent covered. This despite the seller having agreed a refund (but not given it) and having the panels returned (signed for) a month earlier and my having proof he had misled and misadvertised severley damaged items as being undamaged or marked. It took months to sort out. Ebay tell you nothing while it is ongoing, just a run around of phone numbers that get you nowhere. I was 600 quid (plus return postage fees) out of pocket and he had the panels back and ebay were still trying to close the dispute?

As a buyer, the worst of it was trying not to lose the plot as you dont want to alienate a seller until you have your money back.

Long story short, bought panels described as near perfect in every way, received crash damaged and badly repaired (as in bogged to hold together, not refurb) stuff not worthy of scrap. took months to get refund despite proving he was a liar and despite proving he was trying to sell them again on ebay after all the hassles that had begun and still not having been refunded after returning them.

It can turn into a long read as it was an ongoing thing when written, but definitely says how bad ebay can be. so adding the link here to the duke site where it was discussed at the time. ignore the tie pin thing, the bit of interest is the panel story half way down first page

http://www.ducatisti.co.uk/forum/online-retailers/44233-bargains-not-bargains-when-you-look-closer.html
 

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I've been on ebay since 2003, but stopped using it last year. Got fed up with the amount of timewasters and con artists on there, let alone the extortionate fees they charge.

I sell all my stuff through forums, on the trading board at work and in the local freeads now.
 

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I had issues like this a few years ago. I changed my settings on my listings so that nobody with a feedback lower than 5 can bid, and only UK eBayers can bid. Not had any problems since :thumbsup

I do get foreigners messaging me if I'll sell/post to them but I always just ignore them or tell them I only post to UK.
 

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I agree that it's crap you cant leave negative feedback. I sold 5 pairs of brand new shoes some months back, only 3 of the buyers left feedback, I always leave feedback.

We've got quite a few bits for the 5 turbo off Ebay.
 

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only 3 of the buyers left feedback
What really pissed me of, was I sold a few items on eBay, and got Feedback off everyone apart from 2 people - Both of these people won some items that were worth a couple of quid, for 99p.

I was abit peaved that they won them for 99p, but thought i'd do the decent thing and send them off anyway (I've seen a few cases where people don't send the item off when it was won for 99p) - It was my own fault for setting the price at 99p with no reserve, but thats the nature of the game.
I sent them multiple emails, but neither of them gave me feedback :timebomb
 

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you can set, in the listing when you set it up to not allow bids from people with less than so many feedbacks, unpaid items, from strange countries etc etc,

like this:
Right at the bottom of the creat your listing page > other things you would like buyers to know > click add or remove options > tick block certain ebayers from buying my items
you will then get more options


Click add buyer requirments > tick all the things you want

 

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I tried selling my old E36 on ebay, the highest bidder was geniune and asked if he could see it before the end, so he come to see it and said his very interested... was winning right to the very end and then a new bidder came in and won, so emailed them because they put they live in another country (nowhere close either) he said his coming over to see his family and will pick the car up on the way. waited for a week, rung the number... not a real number :mad tried contacting him, no answer :mad
so contacted the bloke who was the 2nd highest bidder and he bought another car...
I know how you feel dude, i wont ever sell anything again on ebay unless they have there free listing day, and then it will only be small things...
 

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if you dont mind waiting, a smallish audience ...specialist auctiions ...nuffin to list and v reasonable fees, still get ripped off with paypal tho
i sell a bit on there but it takes a while:)
 

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Simply to represent an alternative view:

Any form of trading between individuals is always exposed to the dim, terminally stupid and the scam artists. Gumtree, local shop cards, local papers - all the same risk. E-Bay magnifies the risk due to it's size and reach - there can't be many people in the developed World who don't know E-Bay or the inherent risks.......but we al lcarry on using it. I've used it for nearly 10 years and had one £10 sale fall through. At the same time I reckon to have saved easily £1000 vs 'the high street' and carry on using it for this reason.

The risk of course magnifies depending on price!.......

If you don't like it..............don't use it. But don't assume the scam artists only inhabit E-Bay.............
 
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