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#841 DNukem170   I plan 3 times faster than other birbs! CAGiversary!   7110 Posts   Joined 9.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 06:54 PM

Honestly if you are smart about pricing things I don't see the benefit in auctions anymore (unless the item is rare / one of a kind). Some people are happy to pay more just to get it now than to wait and snipe an auction for the common things, no reason you can't capitalize on their impatience.


Every item in the latest batch of auctions was out of print. One I was only expecting $25-$30 and ended up $96.

#842 Billytwoshoes   Perpetually behind the times CAGiversary!   1635 Posts   Joined 3.1 Years Ago  

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 07:13 PM

Every item in the latest batch of auctions was out of print. One I was only expecting $25-$30 and ended up $96.

Yeah I just looked up the item on your page, that definitely fits the rare category, especially when the cheapest used price on Amazon is $110.  I would of put it for $100ish 30 day BIN and see what happens, no fees either way to list or relist.  IMO, it's better to guarantee a good price than to chance it at a bidding war and end up getting undervalued.  That can certainly go the other way though if you have two very motivated (and blinded) individuals.

 

Using that item as an example, a recent auction for a Brand New copy only went for $91 with free shipping, compared to other BINs listings that fared much better.  Not saying they are always going to get top dollar, but that $91 listing could of sold for more with BIN.

 

Either way works really, as the auctions guarantee it being sold without having to wait on it, but I don't mind waiting a couple weeks if I have to.  I just find myself getting more (with guaranteed payment) by doing some research and BIN.



#843 DNukem170   I plan 3 times faster than other birbs! CAGiversary!   7110 Posts   Joined 9.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 08:34 PM

Well, I didn't realize it jumped that high in price. When I bought it, the only sets going for a lot of money were Set 1 (usually around $80) and Set 2 (around $300). I wasn't even planning on selling it, but with Set 2 too expensive and the actual.boxes themselves taking up so much space, I figured I might as well

#844 Donut2922   Read the OP! CAGiversary!   8386 Posts   Joined 5.2 Years Ago  

Posted 20 July 2013 - 06:24 AM

My method of providing feedback to the buyer is to wait until the day the tracking updates as delivered.  My reasoning is that most people are forgetful to leave feedback.  I myself wait to receive my item before giving feedback to my seller.  So by giving the buyer a positive feedback on the day that he receives his game, he may be reminded in providing it to me.  In the end, I want as many positive feedbacks in return since it'll help me out in the long run.


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#845 Navex   CAG in Training CAGiversary!   907 Posts   Joined 3.0 Years Ago  

Posted 23 July 2013 - 12:02 PM

I see eBay must have decided they haven't been a pain in seller's sides more than usual as of late so they decided to insitute mandatory photos for anything that's not new now. What a pain...I guess some buyers are too damn stupid to read desciptions, no doubt having grown up on pop-up books. Whatever, I'm sure it will only get worse.



#846 mitemouse   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   609 Posts   Joined 6.3 Years Ago  

Posted 23 July 2013 - 12:59 PM

I see eBay must have decided they haven't been a pain in seller's sides more than usual as of late so they decided to insitute mandatory photos for anything that's not new now. What a pain...I guess some buyers are too damn stupid to read desciptions, no doubt having grown up on pop-up books. Whatever, I'm sure it will only get worse.

 

I am actually happy they started doing it this way.. I am a seller and already take photos for most of my items so now I will have less competition because sellers will be lazy and not do it. The sellers might just navigate to half or amazon.

 

I use a an HP scanner that takes pictures of flat or 3d objects. It makes things a little faster

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#847 kodave   Huh. CAGiversary!   4363 Posts   Joined 6.2 Years Ago  

Posted 23 July 2013 - 05:52 PM

I imagine a good number of people have smart phones these days. I'm sure they'll just hastily snap pics through their phones. I'm sure that's integrated into the eBay app (I haven't used it myself). Many of the listings I come across anyway seem to be from the eBay app because they have zero description info except for the "Posted from the eBay App" tag or whatever it is.




#848 Cactuar777   Cubs Faithful CAGiversary!   143 Posts   Joined 2.3 Years Ago  

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 06:10 PM

I sell every once in awhile and I always take a picture of my item if it's not brand new and still sealed (from a 4th gen iPod Touch which I transfer to a PC so its not that much work for most people) I hate it when when sellers leave out a photo or use a stock photo on a used item. Yes I can read and understand the description, but a photo helps to mitigate any potential issues with the seller's description before purchase.



#849 Bing147   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   996 Posts   Joined 11.7 Years Ago  

Posted 23 July 2013 - 06:30 PM

I take a photo of every item I sell. It really doesn't take that long. Why wouldn't you?


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#850 Billytwoshoes   Perpetually behind the times CAGiversary!   1635 Posts   Joined 3.1 Years Ago  

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 06:39 PM

I've always used pictures, except for brand new sealed items with no defects.  Even then I still like to post pictures of the new items, especially if they are older and less common.



#851 FoxyPie   Better Than You CAGiversary!   14400 Posts   Joined 9.5 Years Ago  

Posted 23 July 2013 - 06:57 PM

I always use pictures too.  I tend to only sell pricier OOP/Rare stuff on eBay so people tend to want proof that you actually have said item and want to see it, even if the picture is not the best.  Helps cut down on questions too.  Stock images I think are only fine if you are like a mass seller just selling new stuff with no real qualms about quality of the items. 


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#852 DNukem170   I plan 3 times faster than other birbs! CAGiversary!   7110 Posts   Joined 9.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 07:06 PM

I have gotten in the habit of taking pictures, especially since a lot of products no longer have any stock art at all.

And yes, the eBay app has a photo-taking option. You can also upload a previously taken picture.

#853 Bumslie   Have you ever seen the Boognish? CAGiversary!   4518 Posts   Joined 5.9 Years Ago  

Posted 24 July 2013 - 07:03 AM

Since eBay lets you post 12 free pictures there should be no excuse for no pictures. I rarely sell on eBay but recently found some old shirts and been selling them. I take plenty of pictures and tell them they are buying a used pre-worn shirt. I can't believe people spend that kind of money on old clothes. To think these shirts almost made it to the Salvation Army.

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#854 247   . CAGiversary!   1455 Posts   Joined 4.8 Years Ago  

Posted 24 July 2013 - 12:02 PM

This is strange. I listed a graphics card a few days ago and sold today, the weird thing is I only received 1 dollar and the buyer didnt provide a shipping address with paypal. I used immediate payment required so I'm not sure how my listing ended, it also shows that the buyer has not paid. Is this a new scam? Only thing I noticed I messed up on is where I ship to, on the listing it says I ship international but I clearly stated in the description that I only ship to lower 48 states.

#855 SaraAB   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   5411 Posts   Joined 12.0 Years Ago  

Posted 24 July 2013 - 07:44 PM

I have a strange thing going on, I bought a game, I received it no problem but now the seller is trying to cancel the transaction. Can someone tell me what is going on here and if I should cancel this transaction or decline to cancel?

#856 lmz00   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   2522 Posts   Joined 9.1 Years Ago  

Posted 24 July 2013 - 07:50 PM

I have a strange thing going on, I bought a game, I received it no problem but now the seller is trying to cancel the transaction. Can someone tell me what is going on here and if I should cancel this transaction or decline to cancel?

Perhaps he/she just wants to avoid paying the seller fee for the item?




#857 jatink129   Mister Aladdin, sir What will your pleasure be? CAGiversary!   372 Posts   Joined 2.4 Years Ago  

Posted 24 July 2013 - 08:21 PM

I have a strange thing going on, I bought a game, I received it no problem but now the seller is trying to cancel the transaction. Can someone tell me what is going on here and if I should cancel this transaction or decline to cancel?

 

Imz00 beat me to it.  The only reason why they'd want to do that is to skip out of paying the seller fees.

 

Have any of you ever done this?


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#858 SaraAB   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   5411 Posts   Joined 12.0 Years Ago  

Posted 24 July 2013 - 11:16 PM

Never thought of doing that, I will probably decline to cancel

#859 lmz00   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   2522 Posts   Joined 9.1 Years Ago  

Posted 25 July 2013 - 12:11 AM

Not gonna lie, I have thought about doing that. If the item costs enough, I'll usually ask if the buyer is willing to complete the transaction off eBay and offer a discount.

 

On an unrelated note, I sold a brand new SNES on eBay last week, and get this message today: "So I have plugged the system in and i do not get a signal from either the AV cables or the RF adapter. I have tried on multiple TV's. The system does not seem to be working."

 

I don't accept returns (even if I did, I still wouldn't accept a return on a brand new item that was opened/used), so this should be interesting. I predict my first eBay case in the near future. If it comes to that, hopefully they refund him without making me pay for it. Worst case scenario, at least the package was fully insured, so I can always try and get my money back from UPS.




#860 Bing147   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   996 Posts   Joined 11.7 Years Ago  

Posted 25 July 2013 - 12:52 AM

If your item doesn't work eBay requires you to take returns. No clue why anyone wouldn't guarantee their stuff, thats just shady...
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#861 te619   Coldshadow CAGiversary!   205 Posts   Joined 4.1 Years Ago  

Posted 25 July 2013 - 03:42 AM

This is strange. I listed a graphics card a few days ago and sold today, the weird thing is I only received 1 dollar and the buyer didnt provide a shipping address with paypal. I used immediate payment required so I'm not sure how my listing ended, it also shows that the buyer has not paid. Is this a new scam? Only thing I noticed I messed up on is where I ship to, on the listing it says I ship international but I clearly stated in the description that I only ship to lower 48 states.

 

I had the same thing happen to all my auctions last week. I didn't notice until they ended that a ton of countries had been added to my shipping areas. I don't know what caused it, since I just used the relist function, which didn't have the international shipping on it before.



#862 DNukem170   I plan 3 times faster than other birbs! CAGiversary!   7110 Posts   Joined 9.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 28 July 2013 - 04:35 AM

So, somebody bid on an auction and won it, then a few days later requested a cancellation because he found it cheaper somewhere else.

Annoyed, I followed through and cancelled the transaction. Then he left me glowing positive feedback.

How exactly do I respond to that? Make up a BS posittve feedback, or just leave no feedback at all?

#863 Cactuar777   Cubs Faithful CAGiversary!   143 Posts   Joined 2.3 Years Ago  

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Posted 28 July 2013 - 05:07 AM

So, somebody bid on an auction and won it, then a few days later requested a cancellation because he found it cheaper somewhere else.

Annoyed, I followed through and cancelled the transaction. Then he left me glowing positive feedback.

How exactly do I respond to that? Make up a BS posittve feedback, or just leave no feedback at all?

 

I'd leave none. It's happened to me before and I only consider completed transactions as feedbackable occasions. If they leave me one, fine it's there choice, but when you overstate your stock and cancel my order, there's no reason to give them a pat on the back for refunding my money.



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Posted 28 July 2013 - 05:27 AM

So, somebody bid on an auction and won it, then a few days later requested a cancellation because he found it cheaper somewhere else.

Annoyed, I followed through and cancelled the transaction. Then he left me glowing positive feedback.

How exactly do I respond to that? Make up a BS posittve feedback, or just leave no feedback at all?

 

Just put them on your block list, I can see how it could be frustrating. I remember reading that eBay imposes strikes on buyers for doing this but do they actually do anything?



#865 jatink129   Mister Aladdin, sir What will your pleasure be? CAGiversary!   372 Posts   Joined 2.4 Years Ago  

Posted 01 August 2013 - 03:58 PM

So what do you guys think of the Best offer (Beta) program?

 

Has this been around for a while? I've always used BIN but today chose "best offer" as well after a long long time.


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Posted 01 August 2013 - 04:10 PM

Best Offer used to be just where once the seller accepted the buyer's offer, that was it. The buyer was obligated to buy the item.


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#867 jatink129   Mister Aladdin, sir What will your pleasure be? CAGiversary!   372 Posts   Joined 2.4 Years Ago  

Posted 01 August 2013 - 05:15 PM

Best Offer used to be just where once the seller accepted the buyer's offer, that was it. The buyer was obligated to buy the item.

 

Yeah.. Now they've changed it.

I'm still not sure if I like it or not.

 

On an unrelated note...

 

Just sold an item to a buyer.

When I tried sending him an invoice, the shipping address was...wait for it...the INTERCONTINENTAL in SAN FRANCISCO.

Even the phone number was just the # for customer service.

Now, as if that wasn't strange enough, his paypal address is The James Royal Palm Hotel in Miami, FL.

 

Alarm bells are ringing. 

What do I do? he's already paid.

 

It's just a $60 item. But I was thinking of doing signature confirmation.


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#868 62t   Zune Duck! CAGiversary!   19225 Posts   Joined 10.9 Years Ago  

Posted 02 August 2013 - 04:56 PM

Yeah.. Now they've changed it.

I'm still not sure if I like it or not.

 

On an unrelated note...

 

Just sold an item to a buyer.

When I tried sending him an invoice, the shipping address was...wait for it...the INTERCONTINENTAL in SAN FRANCISCO.

Even the phone number was just the # for customer service.

Now, as if that wasn't strange enough, his paypal address is The James Royal Palm Hotel in Miami, FL.

 

Alarm bells are ringing. 

What do I do? he's already paid.

 

It's just a $60 item. But I was thinking of doing signature confirmation.

Just email the person that you notice the address is at a hotel and you want to make sure it is correct. Not a big deal really as I send game to hotel before.


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#869 Donut2922   Read the OP! CAGiversary!   8386 Posts   Joined 5.2 Years Ago  

Posted 02 August 2013 - 06:34 PM

Yeah.. Now they've changed it.
I'm still not sure if I like it or not.

On an unrelated note...

Just sold an item to a buyer.
When I tried sending him an invoice, the shipping address was...wait for it...the INTERCONTINENTAL in SAN FRANCISCO.
Even the phone number was just the # for customer service.
Now, as if that wasn't strange enough, his paypal address is The James Royal Palm Hotel in Miami, FL.

Alarm bells are ringing.
What do I do? he's already paid.

It's just a $60 item. But I was thinking of doing signature confirmation.

It will depend by the specific buyer ultimately but I had a similar experience that I actually sold a dlc code to a company that was listed as some airline.I found it odd that they would buy my item but they simply requested me in the instructions note to write down the item number on the package shipping label. Nothing ever came of it as I had no problems and got my money deposited just fine.i felt safe because I noticed it was a highly active eBay Buyer account because they bought over 50 items in the last month and they received/provided positive feedback to others.

a part of me wonders whether it was somebody that was just abusing a company credit card to fund eBay purchases. the account had over 10,000 purchases. Shrug.

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#870 jatink129   Mister Aladdin, sir What will your pleasure be? CAGiversary!   372 Posts   Joined 2.4 Years Ago  

Posted 02 August 2013 - 08:01 PM

Just email the person that you notice the address is at a hotel and you want to make sure it is correct. Not a big deal really as I send game to hotel before.

 

That's what I did. He says that he's in Argentina and his relatives are here. So I shipped it with signature confirmation. Fingers crossed.


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it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable...

 

 

There is another theory which states that this has already happened.