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If ebay would stop using Paypal as a loan shark, if they would stop charging so much in fee THEN they might have a chance. Honestly if I can't find it on craigslist then i'll deal with eaby. But the way craigslist looks, you can find just about ANYTHING in your city that you're looking for.
     
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I love how Ebay still charges you fee's even if you close an auction early...

They honestly suck if you are a seller, if you are a buyer than its worth using.
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If ebay would stop using Paypal as a loan shark, if they would stop charging so much in fee THEN they might have a chance. Honestly if I can't find it on craigslist then i'll deal with eaby. But the way craigslist looks, you can find just about ANYTHING in your city that you're looking for.
Paypal isn't bad with fees... it's something like $0.30+3%, which is pretty decent for the service they give you. eBay, where you pay 10% of the auction fee, is ridiculous.

Also, it depends on the size of the city, regarding finding anything on craigslist. There are many things I cannot find on craigslist in my city of 200k. And I don't always want to meet a complete stranger in a parkinglot to do an exchange with money. Would make me feel better if CL transactions were all done online. I can understand why they don't want to go there (don't want to be held liable for transactions gone wrong, etc), but still...
post #14 of 41
I loved the infomercials from like 3-4 years ago that said "Get rich on ebay". What a joke.

If Craiglist put a better system in place, I would gladly pay like a 9.95 a year fee so it could be better organized.

As for ebay, I will never sell anything on there again, only buy.
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post #15 of 41
I've been tempted to put all my stuff on eBay but I was killed badly by their fees and then PayPal's fees. It's not even worth selling on there.
post #16 of 41
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Craigslist > eBay?

To me craigslist has it's list of bad things...

Like Spam & LOTS of Scams...
You don't get much of a response unless what your selling is dirt cheap...
(& I do mean dirt cheap)

On the other hand there are 4 things that completely blows eBay away, and many other sites as well...

#1) Jobs!
#2) It's free for the most part (Job postings are not free)
#3) It's localized, nation wide, meaning you can browse by city..
#4) Hardly any wait time! (Once contact is made it can happen in a few hours or less!)

There really isn't any shipping fees for the buyer, though you must pick up the item..

I like craigslist to an extent, and I don't for obvious reasons, but it's definitely better than any other site I've found in a long time...
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post #17 of 41
Is eBay still as popular as it once was? I'd have thought that the high fees would have turned off most of the sellers by now.

I still use it from time to time to pick up used games and other odds and ends. It's obviously best for buyers. But I don't sell anything anymore. Too much rapage from seller and paypal fees. It's like throwing money away.
 
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post #18 of 41
Actually I love eBay for selling stuff I don't want or need. The fees aren't too bad I don't think and it gives me far better exposure than craigslist (though craigslist has its own great merits).

No the only problem with eBay is NOT eBay. Its shipping. People get angry that I post honest shipping rates of 15-20 dollars for an item. Or when I've tried to sell outside the country and people wont cough up the $75 for an item's shipping. Its gotten so bad I've made a habit of including the receipts to show that "yes indeed the box, shipping, and tax cost $18 for that video card!"
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Actually I love eBay for selling stuff I don't want or need. The fees aren't too bad I don't think and it gives me far better exposure than craigslist (though craigslist has its own great merits).

No the only problem with eBay is NOT eBay. Its shipping. People get angry that I post honest shipping rates of 15-20 dollars for an item. Or when I've tried to sell outside the country and people wont cough up the $75 for an item's shipping. Its gotten so bad I've made a habit of including the receipts to show that "yes indeed the box, shipping, and tax cost $18 for that video card!"
What do you expect though? A majority of sellers on there try to make up for ebay's listing fees with jacked up shipping rates.
 
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post #20 of 41
I agree I hate Ebay. From there ever rising fees down to their poor customer service and paypal (sister site) raping us after Ebay finishes with us. I only sell on Ebay when Craigslist/Forums cannot seal the deal. Personally I hope they crumble and go back to the original scheme.

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What do you expect though? A majority of sellers on there try to make up for ebay's listing fees with jacked up shipping rates.
Well like myself I factor in part of my auction in shipping for a 1 important reason. NO % taken from shipping only the sold price. This helps keep some cash in my pocket as not even paypal will take a % from shipping.
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