E-Bay has become expensive

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Auction site such as E-bay has raised their bar and price.

It is becoming less attractive to go through E-bay.

Any other GOOD recommendation?
#ebay #expensive
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  • Profile picture of the author alan mac
    True they are expensive

    However it's another sales channel and if it's profitable then why not? It's a customer that you probably wouldn't have had otherwise (I assum your product is general) cause they would just order via another seller!

    Plus if you sell a lot you can get discounts on the fees.

    Thanks Alan
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    • Profile picture of the author davebo
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      • Profile picture of the author Diana Lane
        Originally Posted by davebo View Post

        At this point, selling on ebay is just a pain in the as*.
        I agree - selling on eBay is more trouble than it's worth. I think I sold my last item on there a few weeks ago, and can't really see myself returning.

        It wasn't the rising costs that put me off, though. It was eBay's constant changing of the rules, and often, changing of the entire system. Time is money too, and I value mine too much to spend it constantly overhauling listing templates so that they're not violating whatever new regulation is flavour of the week, or so that buyers aren't confused by the mention of some eBay feature that's disappeared overnight.

        Life's just too short.

        I might put a few products on the free auction sites if I get a minute, just for the eyeballs, but if past experience is anything to go by, I won't be expecting any sales. I'd really rather spend time and money working my own sites now.

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  • Profile picture of the author ahuddy
    I have completely moved away from ebay. Used to be my #1 go to spot for buying and selling. Now Craigslist seems to be taking over.
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  • Profile picture of the author Noah Fleming
    I still buy plenty of stuff from eBay although Amazon.com Prime is pretty cool. Can't beat 2 day shipping or 2.99 overnight shipping. I'm in Canada but can have stuffed shipped to a US Office address which is nice.

    In Canada, buying anything online is usually overpriced. 9/10 it's cheaper for me to buy from the US and bring into Canada.
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    • Profile picture of the author Andy Hart
      I agree its getting beyond a joke, but...

      its EBAY so not a lot you can do, they have the traffic and the brand, you would need to be living under a rock not to know the name. its been featured in films songs you name they have had a mention.

      I think it would take a huge presence and even bigger bank balance to over throw them.

      so if you want their traffic you have to just try and work with them, but I'd suggest going with other marketing methods and just using ebay as an extra sideline, for the people who depend on ebay good luck


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  • Profile picture of the author rmholla
    It is time for eBay to get some serious competition. It was once such a great site - to buy and sell.

    You would think that with the economy tanking they would lower their fees so that people could liquidate things they don't need, but they seem to be oblivious to what would be a great marketing campaign to get both buyers and sellers back to eBay.

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