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I think eBay is.....

better than ever.
getting worse by the day.
looking after buyers more than sellers.
expensive for low value items.
'cheap as chips'.
geared towards power sellers, not individual lower volume sellers.
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Re: To eBay or not to eBay?

Postby kevinramsdale on Tue Sep 25, 2018 8:41 am

eBay are constantly tinkering with the way the site works, and need careful monitoring so as not to be hit by unexpected fees

I think that you can opt out of the auto relist on the advanced selling form?
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Re: To eBay or not to eBay?

Postby Moonraker on Wed Sep 26, 2018 4:05 pm

Probably, but I've yet to explore the finer points of the latest eBay revamp. One small advantage of re-listing is that one can tweak the title to aim at different sectors of collecting interest.
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Re: To eBay or not to eBay?

Postby Moonraker on Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:32 am

I've just checked out the re-listing process and indeed one has to select the eight-times option. Nearly all my postcard listings are of common cards left-over from bulk purchases, and I didn't mind the old system of them being re-listed once. But I reckon that if no-one's interested after two listings there's no point in going on adding to the dross. Pity one can't specify the number of re-listings.

Currently I'm listing as one lot five or six cards of the same army camps. My original starting price was £4.99, but I didn't get any bids, then I dropped the price to £4.19 and have one bid for that - which I'm happy enough with, as I just want to find a home for them.
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Re: To eBay or not to eBay?

Postby Moonraker on Tue Dec 04, 2018 10:04 pm

Oh the irony. Early this year I won a couple of "military Wiltshire" lots at a traditional auction and got my money's worth from the cards I wanted for my collection - leaving me with about 25 surplus cards that I've been gradually selling off on eBay. One bonus was that, despite its Wiltshire postmark, one card showed a camp on the Isle of Man and so fetched more than double what it would have done had it shown the camp suggested by the postmark.

Then I offered four or five cards each of two camps in two separate lots and got no interest despite a starting price of £6 or so for each. Fair enough, they were common cards. Finally I put the two lots together, threw in three more cards, two of which were very unremarkable, and gave a starting price of £9.99. To my surprise the combined lot has just gone for £24 ...
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Re: To eBay or not to eBay?

Postby eastlondonpostcard on Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:41 am

Still cannot understand why sellers stick with ebay (nicknamed 'greedbay') with the high cost of selling on there, they even charge you fees on the postage (cheek!)

I know they have a lot of users, so why the exorbitant fees... why don't they reduce the costs in order to keep hold of them - hence the nickname...

The alternatives are sooooooo much cheaper! :-)
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