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#661 sdragon

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 11:34 PM

That requires the eBayer to have a eBay store account...


No, it doesn't...

All this NPB talk would be a moot point if eBay would just IP Ban NPB's that have had their account banned. But, that is "bad for business"... :roll:

#662 FloodyFloats

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 11:36 PM

No, it doesn't...

All this NPB talk would be a moot point if eBay would just IP Ban NPB's that have had their account banned. But, that is "bad for business"... :roll:


Couldn't they just use a VPN to get around that?


#663 Billytwoshoes

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 12:24 AM

In regards to the fixed price listing with BIN, whenever I try to require immediate payment (checkmark the box), I get this message. So as far as I can tell, not everyone can require immediate payment (and I think Im a bronze Power Seller, just for a reference). Click on it for the larger image if it's not clear.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 12:38 AM

Wanna save yourself the trouble then? List it as buy it now and require immediate payment...


Immediate payment requires an upgraded PayPal account. Regular members can't select that option.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 12:46 AM

In regards to the fixed price listing with BIN, whenever I try to require immediate payment (checkmark the box), I get this message. So as far as I can tell, not everyone can require immediate payment (and I think Im a bronze Power Seller, just for a reference). Click on it for the larger image if it's not clear.

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Click on the link and upgrade to Paypal Premier.

#666 Billytwoshoes

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 12:49 AM

Click on the link and upgrade to Paypal Premier.

Yeah I just did that, I always thought there was some extra fee associated with it, but the only restriction I see is that now all money transfers into your account take the standard 2.9% + $0.30 fee. With a personal account, you can have people transfer money non-sale related with no additional fees.

Which is fine by me, since I only use it for eBay anyways, good to know.

#667 Donut2922

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 03:25 AM

In defense of major morgan, I understand where he's coming from. There is an expectation created once an interested bidder becomes the winning buyer. If the bidder knows that he's the winning bid at the end of the listing, he should have the ability to pay at the time since it takes 10 seconds to log into Paypal and wire the payment or at least communicate an expected delay. 48 hours is a reasonable payment turnaround but snipers aren't always the winners.

The issue is really getting to understanding why payments aren't immediate. In some cases, my buyers simply don't have the funds in their Paypal accounts and are waiting for their funding source to come through. In the old days with NPB's, I would usually get a "I'm just waiting to get paid" response if I was even lucky to hear back. The majority of my ebay sales are video game related so that skews the target audience. There's three groups of buyers I commonly run into:

1. average folks buying games for themselves.

2. kids that don't have access to their parent's Paypal password

3. parents that know nothing about games and are just buying whatever their kid is asking for

Groups 2 and 3 usually result in a delay. Either the kids go back begging their parents to pay me to get their stuff shipped out or the parents have to check with their kids to make sure they got the right item on eBay before they submit payment. Sometimes people just forget their Paypal password when their accounts have been inactive for months. Group 1 is usually the ones that never need to send you an email and are prompt with payments.

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#668 yourlefthand

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 01:02 PM

No, it doesn't...

All this NPB talk would be a moot point if eBay would just IP Ban NPB's that have had their account banned. But, that is "bad for business"... :roll:


I don't think you understand how IP addresses work. They are not as fixed as you would like to think.

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 05:55 PM

I just realized something. A buyer purchased something from me at 6:30 a.m. on 5/7. eBay gave him an estimated delivery date of 5/11. I ship first-class and say so in the listing. I choose 1 day of handling time. I live in PA. The package is going to Oregon. 4 days seems like the best case scenario. Why would it be a "no later than 5/11" scenario?

#670 Billytwoshoes

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 06:08 PM

I just realized something. A buyer purchased something from me at 6:30 a.m. on 5/7. eBay gave him an estimated delivery date of 5/11. I ship first-class and say so in the listing. I choose 1 day of handling time. I live in PA. The package is going to Oregon. 4 days seems like the best case scenario. Why would it be a "no later than 5/11" scenario?

Seems like no matter where the destination address is (from Hawaii to New York), first class always gets there in about two days for my shipments. Sometimes three, but most of the time within two. It helps that the post office near my work is one of the central hubs for my area, so that usually saves a day dropping off there.

#671 xtreme_Zr2

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 08:10 PM

Can I revise a listing for additional international shipping options? I did the global shipping program but did not specify any additional int'l locations. I've got two potential bidders in Russia and Saudi Arabia that are being blocked from bidding.

I have no excluded locations in my preferences. However, when I try to edit the listing, I can't edit the shipping sections.

#672 kodave

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 04:52 AM

So I had one of those GameCube bongos and I was thinking of eBaying it... USPS Parcel shipping was like $11 for a cross-country scenario. These things seem to sell for like $10 shipped maybe. After shipping, eBay fees and PayPal fees, the seller is losing money on the venture. You'd have to sell at $14 just to break even. Not to mention the initial costs of buying the bongo (however unlikely to be recouped). Do people not do this math ahead of time? Throwing them in the trash makes more financial sense than selling them at a loss like that.


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Posted 16 May 2013 - 03:36 AM

Yeah I don't understand that either. I also don't get how some sellers especially those from overseas are selling items for $0.99 with free shipping (like ear buds). I don't care if they got the item for free, the postage and Paypal fees alone has to cost more than $0.99. Same thing with people selling games for the cost of postage. Like this game: http://www.ebay.com/...s-/151039637272 $2.00 with free shipping. I had some worthless games like that like some games I used as fillers years ago to get free shipping from EB, I took them to Toys R Us for $0.20 each rather than try to sell them and lose money.

#674 burritoman

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 03:51 AM

Yeah, I buy DS screen protectors for less than 50 cents with free shipping. No idea how they get here, but they do. They come from China, maybe postage there is just a fraction of a penny.

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#675 GBAstar

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 03:55 AM

Yeah I don't understand that either. I also don't get how some sellers especially those from overseas are selling items for $0.99 with free shipping (like ear buds). I don't care if they got the item for free, the postage and Paypal fees alone has to cost more than $0.99. Same thing with people selling games for the cost of postage. Like this game: http://www.ebay.com/...s-/151039637272 $2.00 with free shipping. I had some worthless games like that like some games I used as fillers years ago to get free shipping from EB, I took them to Toys R Us for $0.20 each rather than try to sell them and lose money.


Our government and USPS subsidizes shipping rates for Chinese sellers. They don't pay for postage like we do by the parcel; instead they pay per Kilo or pound (I can't remember which) of bulk mail so hypothetically they could send hundreds of screen protectors to the U.S. for just a few dollars.

Someone posted an article that had the rates awhile back on one of the eBay boards and it was something ridiculous like a couple dollars per Kilo of bulk mail and that includes tracking once the item arrives in the U.S. and is processed by USPS yet it costs at least $3x.xx to spend something anywhere outside the U.S. (except Canada) and get a delivery scan.

#676 YoshiFan1

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 04:07 AM

Thanks for the explanation, I have been wondering about it for a while since it never made sense how it was possible for those sellers to make money.

#677 skiizim

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 04:12 AM

Go thank one of the many lobbyist in this country for that.

#678 xtreme_Zr2

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 11:00 PM

So I have an auction with 43 people watching it and 3 days left.

Would it be a total dick move to add a subtitle to say how many people are watching it? I definately don't want to turn off any buyers, but my worry is that most will try to snipe at the end and i'd be losing a decent amount of bidding.

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 11:23 PM

So I have an auction with 43 people watching it and 3 days left.

Would it be a total dick move to add a subtitle to say how many people are watching it? I definately don't want to turn off any buyers, but my worry is that most will try to snipe at the end and i'd be losing a decent amount of bidding.


I don't see much benefit to adding a subtitle. I don't think it will make a difference because some people watch different auctions to see which one they get. If they have a price that they're willing to pay, they aren't going to bid more that that. At the same time, I don't see it as a dick move.

#680 burritoman

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 02:07 AM

So I have an auction with 43 people watching it and 3 days left.

Would it be a total dick move to add a subtitle to say how many people are watching it? I definately don't want to turn off any buyers, but my worry is that most will try to snipe at the end and i'd be losing a decent amount of bidding.

In my experience from selling, most of my bids happen in the last several minutes. I've had stff go from a few dollars to a couple hundred in the last minute of an auction.

I do the same thing when bidding also, I bid and click submit with my max price with 3 or 4 seconds left.

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#681 kodave

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 02:59 AM

So I have an auction with 43 people watching it and 3 days left.

Would it be a total dick move to add a subtitle to say how many people are watching it? I definately don't want to turn off any buyers, but my worry is that most will try to snipe at the end and i'd be losing a decent amount of bidding.


It'd be an interesting experiment at least, but I don't think it will help much. I know I personally watch items out of curiosity for how much they sell for even though I'm not going to bid. Sometime I watch items that are the same as what I am selling to see if my "competition" sells their copy, and if so, for how much.

As long as your end time is something reasonable (i.e. not Saturday night at 10 PM), you'll likely get a fair value regardless of if people bid ahead of time or snipe. You said 3 days, so I assume it ends Sunday. Sunday afternoon/evening is a good time for selling, so you should be fine.


#682 FloodyFloats

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 05:03 AM

So I have an auction with 43 people watching it and 3 days left.

Would it be a total dick move to add a subtitle to say how many people are watching it? I definately don't want to turn off any buyers, but my worry is that most will try to snipe at the end and i'd be losing a decent amount of bidding.


I wouldn't put it and if I were one that was planning to bid the idea of so many watching it would probably turn me off from it and I wouldn't bid.(so I wouldn't even be contributing to the bid price rising) but that's just me. And there are sites where you could type in the item number and see how many people are watching it, so people that are really following the item might have already looked there.


#683 xtreme_Zr2

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 11:40 AM

Thanks for the replies. I also think it would be just a little shady, ie. I wouldn't bid on an auction that did that. But just wanted to see what CAGs thought. I've never had this many people watching before, getting excited.

#684 xenozfan2

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 06:53 AM

Yeah I don't understand that either. I also don't get how some sellers especially those from overseas are selling items for $0.99 with free shipping (like ear buds). I don't care if they got the item for free, the postage and Paypal fees alone has to cost more than $0.99. Same thing with people selling games for the cost of postage. Like this game: http://www.ebay.com/...s-/151039637272 $2.00 with free shipping. I had some worthless games like that like some games I used as fillers years ago to get free shipping from EB, I took them to Toys R Us for $0.20 each rather than try to sell them and lose money.


This has happened to me for 3 xbox games that I got for about $1 each. The postage was shown on the package and each one was close to $3. I felt sorry for the guys on loosing money but I am happy I got some good games like KOTOR 2 and hulk ultimate destruction.
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#685 xtreme_Zr2

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 11:44 PM

Quick tip for anyone that is as slow as I am on Ebay. I did quite a bit of research this weekend into Ebay's analytics search tool and listed a couple of items.

I added:

14 day return policy (eh, we'll try it for a few and see if I get burned)
An overnight shipping option
Add'l international shipping (flat rate) outside of the GSP
And used the standard item description they give you when you type in the UPC (I only added "Complete") after their default description.

My auctions now show up as #2 or #3 when searching from the best match. I'm not a power seller or 'top-rated' yet because I haven't sold more than 100 items.

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#686 ferant316

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 08:28 PM

Ok, so I need some advice for a very weird problem I have. I had a buyer message me saying that a game they purchased from me did not work and that they needed to return it. I received it today and originally thought they were trying to pull a fast one as it was the Platinum Hits version that they returned when I sent the original label.

So then I went to message them and try to nicely explain that the version they returned to me was not the one that I had sent them, and link back to the original listing to show them. So then I notice on the listing that they weren't the one that purchased the game from me, and a quick bidder search shows they purchased it from another seller that offers no returns.

So now I have their (broken) game, that was not purchased from me but an entirely different seller so what is the right thing to do in this messed up situation I got pulled in to?

#687 Donut2922

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 09:36 PM

Make him Paypal you cost of shipping and handling and just mail it back.doesn't involve you beyond that point so just make him pay for the trouble to mail it back.

#688 Br0keAssGamer

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 09:25 PM

3 Low Detailed Seller Ratings about my shipping and handling charges after 10 months of selling and my Top Rated Seller status gets taken away. Seems like bullshit....that is all.

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#689 Billytwoshoes

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 05:37 PM

3 Low Detailed Seller Ratings about my shipping and handling charges after 10 months of selling and my Top Rated Seller status gets taken away. Seems like bullshit....that is all.

I've been listing everything free shipping now, as that will automatically get 5 stars in that category if they leave feedback. It does suck that all it takes is three bad ratings to get that status revoked, though.

#690 YoshiFan1

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 04:36 AM

I also changed to free shipping for almost everything I list to avoid that. It was getting annoying to get 1 star rating once in a while even when I was charging under $4 on shipping on a game. I hate the whole DSR system, I have also gotten some low ratings on shipping time despite shipping 1 to 2 days after selling an item (I list a 3 day handling time). It's not my fault if the Post Office occasionaly takes a week deliver a game sent 1st class. Although Top Rated doesn't really mean much anymore to me since I lost the 20% discount because 1 day handling time is unrealistic for me.