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I have been buying and selling on eBay for a number of years now and have found that it seems to be losing its market to rivals Amazon and in the craft handmade market Etsy is coming through.
Ebay used to be the first port of call for me when online shopping but now even I tend to check out eBay's rivals first before making any purchases. The site itself is very straight forward and having your PayPal account linked to eBay makes your shopping experience very straight forward ,that is as long as your item arrives and you do not have to go through the lengthy process of contacting the seller and then trying to make a claim either through eBay, Paypal or Royal Mail.
Selling on eBay is not as easy as it used to be and certainly the fees have gone up and in the past year eBay have also sneakily taken a percentage of the postage fee which in my opinion is very harsh as eBay themselves have nothing to do with the posting and it's the seller that has to do all the work. Also you have the risk of the buyer who claims they have not received an item the seller looses out there and has to refund or resend and due to eBay's unfair feedback system it leaves you with no choice but to give in.
EBay`s final value fees have gone up dramatically putting sellers off and pushing them to the rival sites and with the rising costs of postage which is also likely to go up this year the buyers is less willing to pay these high costs and so starts looking elsewhere.
Yes, there are many bargains on eBay but there is also a lot of fakes and replicas and is hard to weed out the better sellers from the bad ones. I have found eBay to be very profitable and easy to buy from a few years ago, but sadly it is not for me anymore and I am encouraged to go elsewhere.
We all know about e-bay, most of us have used it to either buy something or sell something, as that is what e-bay is all about, as e-bay is technically a world wide shop that anyone can buy from, as long as they have an account with e-bay and a few extra cafeterias.
E-bay itself is online only and the site is pretty straight forward to navigate, with everything in its place and a place for everything.
The homepage is set out like any good site of its kind, showing the items in several easy to understand categories, such as 'fashion', electronics', 'leisure' and more, so that you can get to what you're looking for in seconds rather than search through he entire site. Or, to make it even easier, you can use the search bar on the top of the page in order to put in the key words of the items you're after.
When you're buying you usually have to bid, hoping to 'win' the item with the highest bid, wit each item having a 7 day auction time on them before the final bid/winner is confirmed. This can be a bit hit and miss, as all auctions really, as there is always someone out there who will pay a penny more than you bid in order to try and snatch it from you on the last minutes.
The other choice, which is not on all items, is a 'buy now' option, having a set price and postage cost for you to pay. This way you're sure to get what you want.
As for selling. This is as easy as buying. You simply upload a description of the item you are selling, add a bit if bling to it, a photograph and some impressive wording that may catch a potential buyers eye. Then you put the the item up for sale... keeping an eye on it so that you can see if anyone's interested. Sometimes you amy have to re-list items if they don't sell in the first 7 days, but this is as easy as pressing two buttons and you're done
When you sell something you pay no fees for advertising up to 20 items, but you do pay a % of sold items, 10% of the total sold each month. paying and buying is done via paypal, (other payment schemes may be available, but paypal is the safest).
In all, e-bay is an easy online shop that is a simple wayt o get rid of your old stuff as one mans junk is another mans treasure... or to be PC... one black womans old items are another Asian ladies new gifts.
I have been using eBay for years now and have found tones of great bargains along the way too. However, I really don't think I've found a better store to shop at because every time I shop there, I always find a good deal especially at Christmas time.
I have purchased both used and new items and every time I've purchased used items, they've always been good quality and clean. New items have all been good too but I think the website is very good also.
Everything is more modern and updated which makes it a lot easier to navigate through and find the things you want to find. When you search there are millions of results at times but that can help to find what you're looking for and fast but I have to admit there has been some amazing bargains out there. At Christmas time, I purchased several new items at a fraction of the price which was great especially since I was working with a budget.
However, I won't lie and say I have never had a bad experience because I have. There has been one or two times when I've purchased and item and it hasn't arrived or it hasn't been in one piece. That being said, the matters have always been dealt with either by getting a refund from the seller or by going to eBay.
I also have sold one or two items here and its been a fair experience. I still can't understand how their fees work though so don't like to sell here because the items are sold for a few pounds which isn't worth it. However, for big businesses, its probably a good site to use.
The security of the site does seem to be good however which is important and in most cases, you are protected by eBay. Though anyone buying an item should check out the feedback of a seller just to ensure they have a good track record of selling genuine items.
Overall a good site.
I have used eBay for many years now. eBay has grown to be huge and is really popular worldwide.
eBay is a site that anyone can put an item for sale on and then anyone can buy from it. It is gerneralky a np auction site where you place a bitpd on an item above the reserve, as the bids go up, the highest bidder at the close of the auction for that item wins and pays for the item. Nthe seller then sends the item to the bid winner. It is not all auction style though as more and more people set up eBay shops and have 'buy it now' items.
eBay has made PayPal a major payment method. It is generally the method you will need to pay by when buying from eBay.
I have bought so many items from eBay I could not keep track. I live on the Isle of Wight and as such there are not too many shops. eBay has made it possible god me to purchase unusual items that' are not available in my local area.
The bidding method on eBay can become a little addictive so beware. The moment you get outbid you may feel the urge to bid more and more because it starts feeling like a game you want to win, but remember it is money you are paying in the end so try not to get too caught up in the 'winning' element of it all.
Most items I have brought off of eBay have been great. A couple of items have not been as I was expecting. It is a good idea to check out the sellers feedback before bidding or buying. If you do have problems though the eBay resolution centre is really good at sorting our problems.
Ebay has been around for years now and it is used and known worldwide. It is used to buy or sell items that are unwanted but that other people can buy for a price or bid to buy them.I have been using it a few years myself and I have bought all sorts of stuff on their e.g. hair extensions, hair grips, beach towels, shorts, jeans, tops, skirts, bags and a juicy couture bag which was completely fake like most of the expensive brands on here which is one of the many disadvantages I have about ebay. Please make sure you check the authenticity of an item before buying it if it looks suspicious as there is lots of fake items on ebay which claim to be the real thing, I thought my juicy couture bag was real as it even had a fake receipt!
Aside from this I enjoy using ebay as it is very easy to use as it has all of the categories displayed in a drop down and you can type in the search bar what you are looking for and it'll bring up a massive list of items which you can refine by price, distance, best match etc. I mostly use ebay when I want to sell items that will go for more than a few pound as the price of posting is always going up.When I go on ebay its usually for little things like clips, bobbles and I got some stick on gel bra pieces which were from china which took ages to arrive but it got there in the end.
I have been using e-bay now for the past 3 years, for myself, my children and presents for family. It is easy to set up an account and also to create a Paypal account to make payment for purchases.
I normally find what I am after, and things that sometimes I am not! However, descriptions from sellers can sometimes be a bit vague, and if the item bought is not what was expected it does become a bit of a pain to either return the item or request a refund. You can leave feedback after purchasing, however, I find this is irrelevant as the seller can easily set up a further e-bay account and close down the account with the negative reviews.
However, all that aside, I have found purchasing items relatively quick and easy when buying now as opposed to bidding for an item. I would recommend this as a cheap and easy option, especially when buying children's clothes or an outfit for a special occasion that is probably not going to be worn again. The postage costs can sometimes work out a little steep, however, I have found that when buying immediately the postage costs work out slightly cheaper. I find that items are dispatched within 24 hours of paying for an item, and normally receive them within a day or two.
I do not sell items on e-bay, I prefer to use it to buy things that normally I would not be able to find in the shops or are looking for something a bit different.
I sold my four year old fridge for £10 but the buyer was never heard of again even though he paid for it. Then on reselling the fridge it went for £46.99 it only cost £100 new but I also got some positive feed back a total of £56.99.
A £50 helmet went for £5.57. A £40 motorcycle jump suit went for £1.21 both hardly used. Old Car magazines bought for a couple of quid on e bay but when resold only worth 1 p.
Items bought include a starter motor but it was the wrong one but not worth sending back as the postage would have been more than the refund. The same happened with a pair of boots supposed to be size 10 but size 7 in fact. A jacket which turned out be a shirt.
My computer went for £50 rather than in the bin. Old ink cartridges are worth a few quid even when empty.
Old cars I have bought seven and four old motorcycles. The first car was a Renault 21 six years ago from a dealer. I sent to the scrap yard after a month it cost me £100 but it was clapped out. Now a days it would be worth more than that as scrap.
The next car a Renault 21 with 22500 miles on the clock which cost me £400 but then £160 for a new starter motor and £300 for new brakes just before the engine belts went after 20 months and it was scrapped.
The third car a Seat Toledo for £500. It lasted for six months but could have gone on a little longer but I bought another Renault 21 as the Seat was so boring to drive, scrap for £10.
The next car was a Renault 21 at £315. It kept going without a problem for 18 months then one day it would not start so I had it towed away, scrap £20.
It was replaced by a £500 Saab which lasted six months before the water pump and cam belts, scrap £100.
Replaced it with a Renault Clio for £350 and two new clutch cables it lasted for nine months before the clutch went completely. You can never resell cars on e bay only scrap them I got £120 for it.
As for motorcycles it is buy cheap and get then with plenty of problems. Tempted but paying for it afterwards. Be very careful as they are not cheap to run. You can resell bikes but always for less than you paid in the first place even though you have had to rebuild then so they are road worthy.
MY last car was another bought on ebay was a Clio for £365. My luck had run out. It only too half an hour before blowing up on the A-3 motorway. All the money down the drain. I also traveled to the middle of no where to pick it up from a women who just lied about every thing to do with the car. I asked her if it was a death trap "no" she said.
But after that I bought a pair of reclining leather chairs for £30 which must be worth £300 when new so suppose I got my money back I lost on the car. And I got two pairs of trousers for £5 and £5 postage but which cost more than that in postage they are good quality trousers which fit perfectly must have been £60 new in the shop.
So it is swing and round about you loose on one deal and make it up on another in the end, that is ebay if your lucky.
Like everything Ebay.com has its good and bad parts. I have been using it for several years now and have had a range of good and bad experiences.
Firstly, what is Ebay? Ebay is a great website which is free to sign up to and allows anyone from across the world and sell their unwanted items or buy others items. There are two main ways to buy or sell; you can either bid against others for an item, or it may be listed as 'buy it now' meaning you can purchase the item straight away and it will be sent out to you.
What i love about this about this site is that it is very easy to use. You can very easily set up an account and start buying and selling within a few minutes (although you will also need to create a paypal account if you do not already have one). To list an item you just click on the 'sell an item' link, type in the items detail, add a picture, then add a starting price and postage costs. Thats it!
For buyers, ebay is a great way to pick up a bargain. I have bought numerous items, some of which were even brand new, for a fantastic price simply because the person wanted to get rid of the item.
However, there are a few problems. Some sellers can be very slow at sending items and sometimes list them differently to how they actually are. There have also been many cases of people selling fake items - so be careful!
Ebay.com the worlds most famous online auction website has benefited a great number of people. Many people have found "treasures" for mere dollars on Ebay and saved money, and tons of them have sold many items and earned extra cash. Ebay can help supplement your income and allow you to earn a little bit of extra cash or it can grow into a full time job or a private business.Out of the many ways you can go about earning extra cash below are few examples.
If you are going to go into this you should be comfortable providing your personal and banking information to Ebay. So create an Ebay account, as well as a Paypal account and fill out all of the needed information and do all of the verifications and checks so you are ready to go.
Both Ebay sellers and buyers get reviews, comments and rating scores, often times if you are a new seller people might feel worried to buy from you because they don't know if you are honest, if you will keep up your end of the deal. To help offset that you should create a good profile, provide the sellers with information about you and your products, give them certain rules and an ability to contact you without much hassle. If you have a returns policy, or any guarantees post them there clearly, anything about shipping as well. People will react more positively to a seller that seems serious and with ample information than to a blank profile with no reviews.
Once you are done setting up your accounts you should set a budget. Yes, you DO need to spend money to make money. Ebay charges small fees to sell your items. While this is no big deal if you are starting out with just a few items, if you are doing large quantities you might want to keep it all in check. Maybe account for the fee in the price of your item.
Now would be a time to figure out what to sell. If you look through Ebay you can find anything from a rock to high tech gadgets, and the weirdest thing sell. It is suggested that you go through your house and see what you don't need, think of it as prepping for a garage sale. There might be some tools in the garage, like that nail gun from last summers roof project, which you have bought but honestly wont use again. Sell them, it will help someone out, get you some cash and free up your space. If you are into arts and crafts of any kind chances are you can either make pieces or already have them lying around, these would be great items to sell on Ebay to supplement your income.
When listing the item you will have various options. You should think about your auction price, which starts small, and your "Buy now" price which should be your ideal price. You should have quality pictures that will show off the item adequately as well as a good description, and once again any rules of sale.
Once your items are up for sale you shouldn't just leave it up to Ebay and the Gods of Chance, you should promote your items online as well as off, it will pay off for you big time in the long run.
Ebay is a site to sell and buy anything, and I mean anything (well almost).
Ebay started out a while back and was one of those very clever little ideas that suddenly grew into a multi million pound company in no time at all.
Yes you can shop on line and buy goods from retailers, but never has there been such an easy way to buy new/used goods from people all over the world together in one place.
Set up your account, and set up a paypal account too, which is the best and safest way to pay on ebay.
Items for sale can have one of three ways to be bought :
1) Bidding - You enter bids or your highest bid and hope to win the item when the listing ends.
2) Buy it now - As it states you buy the item for the listed price if there is one.
3) Make an offer - Sometimes sellers give you the otion to make an offer below their buy it now price. If thy accept you get the item for that price.
You can also sell your goods on ebay too. This is also relatively easy.
Put in a title of what it is your selling, write an accurate description and add a picture. As longas your truthful about the condition etc of your items you will have no problems.
You do have to pay a fee to ebay for selling items, firtsly to list an item, which is relatively cheap unless its £££'s. And the second is a % of the final value too. But all in all its great value for money. Spend a little to make more!
To ensure buyers and sellers know who is truthful and pay on time despatch goods etc there is a feedback system. This allows both parties to essentially rate each other about the transaction. You havea limited word count but there is enough to rate how it went.
And if something does go wrong there are many ways to sort it out now. You can contact the seller / buyer directly to sort out the issue. Then if this doesnt help you could go to the ebay chat boards, ask for help or search to find answers. And if this doesnt help paypal/ebay support can help you file a dispute. Paypal the preferred method of payment on ebay will talk with both parties. They will determine whether the transaction be refunded etc. This has been greatly improved and made ebay a much safer place to buy and sell.
Ebay a great place to buy and sell your stuff.
I have been a memeber for over 5 years and have always had pleasant dealings on this site. The same as millions of users. I have also bought items from all over the world too. I have sold my goods on here as well and its so much better than advertising in the newspaper or other websites.
Ebay is great to put anything and everything in an auction list to make some money. Although I have found overtime it has become more of a place to sell only popular items and other items are disregarded and don't stand a chance. I guess that is the risk with this type of auction site but you stand a good chance if you know how to promote your product and how to list it. I've just finished 35 listings and have made 50 pounds. I use a plain background to give a clearer presentation of my product and this tends to work. You have to consider how much the item would be worth and what you would like to see the product make. As I sell mainly used clothing I look at how worn it looks. Most items I start bidding at 99p. This is an incentive for buyers as they love a good deal. Other's I have started at ten pounds as they are in great condition and I paid a lot for them anyway. Ebay charge for the insertion fee but sometimes have a free insertion day which is great if you have lots of items. I saved about £5 by using this service. They also take a fee per item after selling as you are obviously using their service. You don't really notice it especially when you have a volume of sales. Just think before you list and check out similar items to yours that are already listed. How much are they selling their product at and what condition is it in. This is sort of price you should be targeting.
*Ebay information* Ebay is an online auction site that offers you the possibility to either buy or sell new and used goods. Ebay has websites all over the world, I mostly visit www.ebay.co.uk because the Dutch site isn't that interesting and hasn't got that many good offers. Ebay offers a very big assortment, you can buy your brand clothers like Levi´s there, but also childrensfurniture, glasses, books, dvd´s and even food.
Selling through Ebay means you´ll loose some profit to them, but if you get high rates you van be pretty succesfull on Ebay as a seller, of course if you sell unique products, that works for you too.
I never sell anything through Ebay, but I do buy stuff quite often. Since I managed to get myself a Paypal account without adding a creditcard but working with Echecks, I am visiting the UK site of Ebay daily to check on new fabrics. I like to make clothes and bedlinen and always am browsing for the most unique fabric available. I find it a major advantage that Ebay gives me the possibility to shop worldwide.
Opening a buyers account ain´t too difficult, just think of a username and agree with the Ebay terms. Be aware that the system is pretty strict when it comes to non/payers. If you don´t pay the item you´ve won you will be deleted from the Ebay database pretty quickly!
There are several ways to buy articles on Ebay, you can place a bid, but you can also `buy know` which means you own the article immediatly. Make sure you confirm your bidding and check shipment costs especially if you don´t live in the country that sells the item. Small packages aren´t too expensive for me to ship to Holland. I pay between 2 to 4 pounds of course depending on weight, but fabric isn´t too heavy. Sometimes I buy an English book for my husband, and I´ll pay around 2,50 pounds to ship that.
If you enter the word of the item you´re looking for in the search area on the Ebay startpage, you´ll see all the items that match that search and on the left side, you can see the catagories they-it is in. It is also possible to arrange your searchresults from low to high prices, or from new to old offers. Filtering out the °buy it now° items is a possibility as well. Once you click on the wanted item, the item shows and information is given. Some sellers give a lot of detailled information, some don´t. You always have the possibility to ask them a question before bidding.
Payment as I said earlier, can be made through Paypal fairly easy. Within 5 days the Echeck clears with the seller and I always receive updates on my items status through email. That´s nice because I now know that the fabric I ordered 3 days ago has been shipped yesterday and will probably arrive her in Holland at the beginning of next week.
Giving feedback to sellers and receiving it back from buyers is essential for Ebay to keep out the conmen that unfortunately try to scam people from time to time as well. I always leave feedback and if your not happy with the product of have anything else to ask the seller, it is smart to email him-her before you give feedback. Most of the times you can come to some sort of solution with your seller.
Overall, Ebay is a great site to find yourself some unique articles or collectors items but it is also nice to get some cheap vintage clothes for yourself or your kids. I have only had one unsolved problem with a buyer but that´s all and I´ve been Ebaying International since 4 years. Payments can be made through banking transfer or with Paypal. Just visit an experience this site for yourself!
We all know that if anything can be found online Ebay and Amazon are the best places to search. This review gives my experience and warns of some of the potential pitfalls and is best read by somebody who has a basic knowledge of how Ebay works.
Being a relatively late convert to the world of online auctions, I've only been a member of ebay for 8 months or so. In that time however, almost all my experiences as a buyer and seller have been positive. On the whole Ebayers are helpful, fair and ready to compromise if there is a problem. Equally every item I have bought has been as described and if it was not as I expected it was because I didn't ask. When buying, it always pays to contact the purchaser directly to seek extra photos of the product / ask questions or simply to establish a relationship. In my purchase of a PSP the seller didn't meet his reserve price and I was the second highest bidder - because we had been in contact he decided to make me a (very reasonable) best offer and not the other guy!
I have had problems paying with the paypal system, occasionally my browser won't let me click through to pay for an item, instead it takes me back to the previous item I bought. This is apparantly something to do with corrupted cookies and you can find instructions on how to solve this issue. However, they don't tell you to make a note of all your passwords, as clearing the cache has a tendency to make things difficult! I'm no programmer but I suspect this problem can be solved their end if they had the inclination.
In the last 2 months I noted a couple of suspicious deals (PS3 slim) being sold for below the market price. Both individuals were selling in bulk. Both had a 2 week estimated delivery date (plenty of time to get maximum sales without sending product). I contacted both, being in the market for a ps3 slim, and they both tried to sell me a cock and bull story about a bankrupt business having 100's of consoles. One told me he was a business seller and I could come to his offices to see the ps3 in person, but he broke off contact when I sought the address. Soon after I noted that business seller appeared next to his name, even though it was not there when the auction started. I informed ebay about this seller and received no response. But I saw that he shifted 200 units at 160 pounds each and a few buyers had even given positive feedback BEFORE receiving their console! I wrote to one with a high feedback rating to ask why. He said he hadn't received the console yet and it could be a con but paypal would compensate him. He also said that paypal wouldn't clear the funds to the sellers account until he had positive feedback, which is why he gave it??! Over the next week one by one the negative feedback flowed in - item not received, beware con man, claim open etc. In short nobody got their ps3 and its possible that some of them didn't get their money back. Of course the individual involved is no longer a member of ebay. Please note if anybody doubts the veracity of this, I'd be happy to provide names and dates.
The moral of the story is be careful of the signs - even if somebody has a good rating, be wary for example if they haven't traded for over a year, some people sell their accounts or their accounts are hacked. If in doubt don't be afraid to contact other ebayers, they are usually helpful, but be aware that just occasionally they might be in on the con. If you see a great (bulk) deal, it is better to see if people have received their items before taking the plunge yourself. Above all take heed of the old adage if somebody appears too good to be true...
Another potential place for mix ups; if you want your item sent to an alternative address, you can put this address in the invoice, but some ebayers do not check and send it to your home address - it is well worth telling them in advance you want it sent to your alternative address.
The feedback system isn't perfect ie usually people are worried about receiving negative feedback themselves so even if their transaction wasn't as expected they usually give positive feedback, but do check it and click through on the negative feedback to see what previous problem your (potential) seller had. The detailed seller ratings give a more accurate picture, even if they are high take note of the lowest one and consider how it might affect your purchase.
I provided the above for information, but my experience of ebay has been very positive overall. My advice is to trade with caution, double check and then trade away.
Ebay launched in 1995 and it has grown into the one of the most recognizable internet sites in the world. Many people revert to ebay nowadays to find the latest bargains rather than get off their bums and go to the high street. People find it much more convenient to just log onto ebay than go out shopping for it. But ebay is a great invention many sellers and buyers end up most of the time happy with the purchase and sales of items. almost everything is available on ebay, in my household if anything is needed to buy the first response someone comes out with is "look on ebay" and most of the time we find the item but most importantly, at a reasonable price. There are negatives about ebay though. Recently I purshased some new headphones from ebay and they ended up being fake counterfeit headphones after the seller said they were 100% Genuine. But that is the only problem Ive had over 5 years of buying and selling.
Ebay was established in 1995 and I'm sure when it was first launched nobody knew how big it would get and what a worldwide phenomenen it would become. It is one of the most recognised names on the internet today and now has millions of registered users across the globe and billions of dollars in annual business transactions go through the site. I myself have used Ebay for about five years now and it has changed alot even since I started out on there but the basics remain the same. If you want to buy something or sell something then this site is going to be the largest vehicle to do that. Effectively it is the world's largest car boot sale with almost everything you could imagine for sale on there.
Ebay allows buyers and sellers to transact in the same place on the internet and unite in purchasing and selling merchandise. You are able to browse for a bargain and can also list an item that you own and see if someone wants to buy it from you.
If you are looking for an item the first thing you need to do is browse for that item. The seller may have put their item on the site as a Buy it now price, an auction and may also tell you what the postage costs will be to you or whether it is just for home collection as it's too large to be posted. If you buy it now then this is a fixed price that you pay. If it's an auction then you will enter into a bidding war with other users that want this item and ultimately the user who has the highest bid when the auction ends wins the item. You can then choose to pay by Paypal or Cheque, whichever suits the seller really. There are other options too but these are the most popular.
If you pay by Paypal that is probably the safest way to pay as you are protected by them if the seller doesn't send the item and can reclaim the money through there. Whereas if you pay by cheque then there is no security and protection. Obviously with security come extra costs and paypal does charge for transactions for themselves.
Once payment has cleared then it is the responsibility of the seller to send out the item to you as soon as they can. Then depending on the quality of the goods and the speed of the service you rate that seller and give them feedback which adds up and shows whether that particular user is trustworthy. You can give Positive or Negative feedback. Feedback is also given to the buyer on speed of payment etc.
Selling works in much the same way as above except as the seller you are the one listing the item and you decide how you want to list it and how long if it's an auction it remains on the site. You have to make sure that you do not send the item out to the winning bidder until their payment has cleared which is the same as if you sold something in a real life shop or anywhere else online. The big difference is that as a seller you are charged fees by Ebay for listing the item and also a percentage of the final value fee you get.
Overall my thoughts on Ebay are that it is a fun site and great if you use it properly. As with any site this big there will always be some users that are honest and some that try to abuse the system. Because of that as a seller be wary and never send anything out until payment has cleared. You do find with the feedback system that the more positive comments there are for a seller or buyer means they are trustworthy so it's worth checking this before buying an item. If you see anything suspicious about a user then it's probably best buying the item from someone else.
It's the biggest and best auction site out there still despite some competition and is set to get bigger still in the coming years. If you want to buy or sell anything this should probably be your first port of call and check out the extensive features on the site.