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After 22 years of selling on eBay I'm done. In 2019, I paid eBay $19.986 in fees. Additionally, I spent $25,474 on postage through the eBay label system. I also paid PayPal $6685. EBay decided they wanted the money I was paying PayPal. I decided it's time to go fishing. Here's the story. . .
I've been on Managed Payments for three months now. If you haven't signed up yet, DON'T. EBay gave me money because I waited. Maybe they'll give you some? This article also has a review of the features and hassles. Even a loophole where you can avoid ebay fees.
I've written before about bad eBay buyers. This is a common topic between eBay sellers. It seems like every week I get someone being crazy. Today, I tend to find these buyers entertaining rather than irritating. This article has some tips for dealing with these people.
Repeat buyers are less likely to cause problems, are easier to deal with and because they are comfortable with you, are likely to spend more money. Here are a few things you can do to get more repeat eBay buyers.
Are you getting top dollar in your auctions? Are you new to eBay and want to get started the right way? The IWantCollectibles Guide to Ebay Sales is for you.
Ebay provides protections for buyers and sellers. This article contains a stories about eBay sales gone awry to explain how these protections work from a seller's point of view.
Sniping auctions is when you wait until the last few seconds of an auction to bid. Being an auction sniper can save you considerable money because you don't have to worry about another bidder coming in and bidding the auction up. This article covers snipeing and reviews sniper programs. Updated Feb. 2020.
Last month I found out I'd been overpaying eBay most months. Actually, I'd been eligable for fee credits, but never requested them. You are probably in the same position. While it took an eBay suspension for me to learn this, you can learn quickly and easily by reading this short article.
Some general notes and advice about saving money on eBay shipping. This article will help you waste less money on shipping.
EBay just announced the Fall 2018 eBay Seller Update. This article looks at how the changes will effect sellers, and explains how to work within them to keep sales up, and costs down.
Every year in June eBay makes changes to searches and categories that make it harder for buyers to find your items. After a few weeks the buyers will figure out work arounds or just stop buying on eBay. Here's some inforation to help you survive the changes.
This article has 11 short stories about buying antiques and collectibles. Each has a simple lesson to help you become a better purchaser of used items for resale or your collection.
In February 2014, Vendio announced a new auction site - 11Main. Vendio provides tools for eBay sellers, and runs a huge auction site in mainland China, so this should be a good competitor. I signed up back then, and have been keeping notes over the past 5 months about what I've done. In June, I examined the site and decided to stop wasting my time.
Due to the recent hack of eBay, and the requirement that users change their passwords, many buyers are having problems bidding. This means auction results are down. EBay has announced they will allow sellers to cancel auctions - even ended auctions without penalty. This article has more information.
While doing my taxes, I started thinking about last year's results. This article just has some quick lessons based on my results.
Are you caught in the fixed price trap? This article explains how eBay sellers damage their businesses by falling into the Fixed Price Trap, and some suggestions for avoiding the trap.
An Ohio eBay seller named med_express_sales has found an innovative way to get negative and neutral feedback removed. This article explains how they get buyers to remove or alter feedback.
Many of us have mastered the basics of selling on eBay. We know how to take pictures, we know how to list items with simple descriptions, and in the past this was good enough. To compete today we need to write better descriptions and titles to stand out from the clutter.
Knowing how best match search works is important because it's the default search method on eBay, and if you do something that lowers your listing's visibility, people won't ever even see your title, much less your description.
Links to free websites that will help you master Craigslist. These will help you if you're buying or selling used merchandise.
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