Honestly trying to lie to people? Not really, maybe I exaggerated a little and I'm a jackass too, I'ts just I have a poor perception of ebay. I think your math was wrong too. Ebay takes 10% i believe so thats 20 bucks there. Your shipping was another 20. So now your down to 160. Paypal takes about 5% but not sure. You factor in driving to the post office, shipping supplies, its not pretty. You probably pocketed 150. Also assume that there is no problems either. And if you sell a descent amount on there you will have problems.
Like I said I consider Ebay to the be the Al Qaeda of the internet. Cyber terrorists. But hey if you like them and think their great than ride that ebay train!
You have issues. No I don't think eBay is perfect and I don't like the fees, but I also sell products for profit on eBay and have better sales than I do on Craiglist (sometimes) or Amazon (which kills you with fees if you sell cheaper items).
And my math is right, I don't get 10% eBay fees since I'm not a new seller like you would be. PayPal takes only 2.9% (I round to 3% though). Nothing more. I live on campus and get my products shipped directly from my schools post office. I also ship out products there too (USPS and UPS).
I don't have problems with my buyers since I only ship items to those in the U.S., have a verified PayPal account, and over 25 seller rating with ratings from the last 12 months. Yeah I take away from other sellers but I also don't get issues and still make the same amount of money if I did allow everything under the sun.
And did you really just try to factor in driving and supplies... You drive everywhere and would have to drive to meet some guy on Craiglist. Supplies are stuff I already own and you should own whether you sell or not. All I use to ship are boxes, tape, scissors, printing (which is free at my school) and bubble mailers (which I got 100 for $17).
Yeah, you fail. eBay may suck with fees but if you know what you're doing you can make some great money. I live off eBay now since I quit my job months ago. Very happy being my own boss and making more on eBay than my job thank you very much.