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Jul 12, 2011
Jul 12, 2011
you a crybaby?
As a small seller on ebay i've noticed over my i'd say 10-15 years as a member ebay has pushed the small seller down. I can't speak for the bigger 'stores' on ebay because i've never had all that much to sell, im not a business.
I've never seen a website dictate so much of the business dealings between a seller and buyer. As a seller you are very closely watched and have a target on your back at all times.
Take a moment to think of how many people you encounter on a regular or daily basis that are impossible to work with. Now thin kof what your chances are of selling to someone like that. You cant make everyone happy no matter how hard you try.
What makes this 'ebay' an utter sh1t storm for a seller is that ebay will do whatever they can to put a smile on the buyers face. Which is wonderful if your a buyer, but not exactly fair.
Make up a random case and insert yourself in that case as the seller. You have an item to sell so you take your pictures and type out the listing as accurately as possible then throw it up on ebay. Someone buys it, "YAY!" you think, as you get it ready for it's buyer. You ship it and a week later you get a message from the buyer "this isnt what you said it was, i want my money back.". You ask whats the problem they say something like "in the picture it was smaller and red. Im shipping it back, i want my money now.". You reply using the lost art of common sense "well I listed the measurements and I told you the color was reddish or tomato(whatever the case). Plus it was a just a picture it might appear to look smaller in a picture (duh). Also I stated clear as day 'NO RETURNS / AS IS'.". So the cry to ebay and ebay tells you to make it right. Lets just say you can't, not for them (they dont want to hear it) and because you spent the cash already or have plans for it. Ebay will now take the matter into their own hands and tell you they ruled in favor of the buyer, told them to ship it back and the money will be withdrawn when the ship it. You can state your case IF ebay will hear it, but theres no point. Some people cant read or are just too empty headed to do so and ebay serves them. Maybe its because they know ebay will fix it no matter what.
Now to top it all off ebay will send you an e-mail telling you you owe them money as well. You sell something for $40 and $8 goes to ebay.
It's been a long time coming, today i've decided to close my ebay AND paypal accounts.
I wasnt sure what i'd be losing but I took the time to sit back and think about it. ebay prices are pretty good BUT over the years AMAZON.com has come up big. Amazon.com' prices are right there with ebay on most things. What amazon.com doesnt have im sure i'll find it on craigslist.com or on the net somewhere(ebid.net). paypal makes payments a little easier but I still have to type my user and password to pay with paypal, so it really saves nothing in typing compared to a card number. So i just have to have my credit/debt cards with me when ordering something online(like id do at a store).
Why bring paypal into this? They work side by side with ebay and let them do as they please with your money.