With a big fat YES I can announce that you CAN get addicted to eBay.
I first caught sight of the website a few years ago when I went looking for some shoes. You see, my brother had started talking about eBay and though I vaguely knew what he was banging on about, I felt I needed to experience this on-line shopping wonderment for myself.
So, the year was 2006, and there I was, getting my first taste of eBay. I set up my PayPal account and made promises to my bank account that we'd do fine out of this, we wouldn't fall out over this eBay affair.
After all, it was only one pair of shoes that I needed. It wouldn't cause me too much of a money haemorrhage.
Well, that "one pair of shoes" has cost me thousands over the years. I've bought Christmas, birthday, new baby presents and even big electrical appliances like computers and laptops from eBay.
So my bank account took a hit and so did my will power.
I quit eBay when I realised my spending was getting silly - I was buying bundles of clothes that I didn't even like, all because I didn't want to be "outbid" by someone...okay, maybe I liked that one top in the whole bundle...but that is so not the point. It was getting out of hand and I needed to go cold turkey lest I become an eBay junkie, selling off my old stuff on eBay just to earn cash to fuel the habit even more.
So I did it. I closed down my account. Or rather, I stopped going on my account and eventually I forgot the password - so I only assume it's been closed down now. All those positive feedbacks, all gone :(!
So, years later, me and my husband flirted with the idea that about 10 million other people have already had in the UK. We'd start our own modest sized eBay business. After all, we'd both just lost our jobs, so we needed ways to make money and this seemed perfect. Sell our crap, earn some cash. We even made up a business plan and did a stock check - but that's about as far as we got. Oh yeah and we opened up another eBay account!
I'm glad to say that this time, we opened the account using HIS bank account.
So I'm back in the game. I have the taste of winning the bid on my tongue again and as my husband can see what I have bought on his bank statements I don't buy anything ridiculous or anything I can't justify to him - and he's a smart man and if I ever bought scuba diving gear again just so that yummymummy29 wouldn't outbid me YET AGAIN he'd make me go diving. With sharks. Wearing the gear I'd stashed away in a cupboard.
One of the most frequent sites i visit day in day out to buy and sell.
eBay is the best and safest online auction site in the world for me. It enables you to buy and sell products to anywhere in the world!
When i was thinking of signing up for eBay i was very skeptical about hidden costs that may arise and giving out personal information. After asking friends and family and researching online eBay is used by almost everyone i know and had great reviews about it online, especially when reading a Dooyoo review about it.
I decided to sign up and was the best decision i have ever made. I now buy and sell products online and i always find major bargains and products that i cannot buy in my country!
Overall i am very happy with eBa and never had a problem since. Listing fees an be a little high sometimes but you get your money back thanks to the millions of people that see your product and giving you potential sale each time! I highly recommend using paypal for transactions and payments and you receive items much faster that way.
Well I just spotted a review on ebay addiction and thought, how have I not already done a review on this! So here it is, well overdue I'm sure!
My name is Andy, and I'm an ebay addict! I first used ebay about five years ago. A friend was hooked and convinced me to take a look. Within an hour I knew this was going to take over my life for the considerable future.
I was amazed at the amount of stuff you can buy on there. Just about anything you can imagine, ebay has it! So I bought all kinds of crazy guff that I really didn't need. But before long I realised I was spending all my money on this site and getting nothing back, except junk I didn't really need.
Enter the business man in me. He hides in my left butt cheek waiting for his opportunity to pounce! And pounce he did!
Since I was a kid I have hoarded stuff. In our attick there is so much junk from my childhood, things I could not bring myself to throw away. So I thought, could my trash really be someone's treasure? So up into the dark mysterious depths of my attick I crept.
Several hours and 253 spider attacks later, I had a wee pile of junk I was all to happy to part with, providing it was going to make me some quick cash that is! I love my childhood memories, but like a Portuguese winger, I'm a bit of a sell out! And cold hard cash would convince me to part with my memories.
So I dragged down things like my collection of mini boglins, my scalextric, football cards and a few other bits and bobs I thought might be worth something. Then I set to doing my research. Logged onto ebay and had a look if anyone else was selling things similar to mine.
Well the boglins were worth a bit, but not enough for me to get rid of them. The Scalextric was worth more, but postage would be a nightmare and not worth the hassle. However there were masses of football cards for sale on ebay. Including some of the ones I had!
So I promply set myself up an account. I must mention ebay are very evil in this regard. They make it so easy for your first time, just kind of lul you into that false sense of security, and then when you have sold a few items nice and easy, BANG! Your hooked!
And this is just what happened, I sold my cards and stickers for a nice little amount. Made about £100 all together. So would I pocket my money with glee and run off to the sweet shop? Or would my left butt check spring into action.
Well am afraid ebay had me hooked. Before long I was buying trading cards. And then trying to sell them on for a profit. It was trial and error for the first few months as I learned how the market worked. I made some losses and I made some profit, and all in all broke even.
But I was learning all the time. I learnt how much things were worth and how much I should be paying. How to get more bids on my items, how to make them appeal to a wider audience.
So that was it, a small business was born! Over the next few years I became a dealer in collectables. Mainly bubblegum and cigarette cards. A few other things here and there as well. I started keeping accounts and did everything very professionally.
While this business is not enough to live off, it is a nice bit of extra money for me, and I do enjoy it. Yesterday I bought a big batch of cards worth £250, was willing to pay £350 so it was very exciting as the bidding closed.
I usually tend to sell things on a Sunday evening, and I enjoy watching all the bids come in at the last minute, hopefully seeing my profits so sky high. I have had a few big success stories over the years, the most noticable was a few years back. I bought a Panini Mexico 70 sticker album, with just six stickers missing. It cost me £256. A bargain I thought, thinking I might get £350 for it when I sold it. However some rich bloke from Austria got himself in a bidding war with some southern fool. Think they must both have been on the booze at the time. Anyway with 1 minute to go on my auction the bidding was a £380. Already a tidy profit. However it went crazy and my album sold for £1015! Wow! I made nearly £750 profit on that one item alone!
Now I admit that was a one off, and have never had anthing like that since, but do occasionally hit it big with something. And the excitement of this really keeps me hooked.
Then of course I do still buy crazy stuff I have no real need for. When my paypal account is looking healthy I do tend to splurge on things I want rather than need, but I suppose its all just giving the money back to where it came from in the first place.
So yes, I love ebay and am addicted! It has made me lots of money over the years, brought me hours of enjoyment and it found a home for my 'trash'.
So is it a bad thing to be an ebay addict? Well will have to let you decide that one. But for me personally, this is not a habbit I will be looking to kick anytime soon!
Well, as my profile says IS THERE REHAB FOR EBAY??
I have been using this site for many years and I am completely hooked on it.
I have loads of clothes etc around my house so I sell lots but end up buying even more. I always think I have made some money, but I usually have to use this to pay for items I have bidded on and won.
I can sit on ebay and browse for everything and anything for as long as 6 hours straight. I just keep thinking of new things to search for. Maybe shoes, tops or dresses. Sometimes it interferes with everyday life as I just want to keep checking my ebay summary to see if I have sold anything or if i'm outbid on an item.
It is so annoying that it is so addictive, I find it hard to get it off my mind.
However!!! Since I am a poor student and off over the summer I have found it great for making extra money. I literally don't have a penny because I can't find a job, but with ebay I make around £100 a month. It doesn't seem much, but thats just from selling clothes I don't wear.
Definately an addictive site, I don't know when I'll be able to stop
I am ally and I am an ebay-aholic!!
The problem with eBay is it is a MASSIVE online store...a haven for shopaholics, spendaholics, sellaholics (does that exist?) and yes it is totally addictive. I like being on both sides of eBay: I do A LOT of selling (mostly clothes and shoes) and buy a few bit's a pieces (usually from registered stores rather than personal sellers).
Is great. Especially when you get a real bargain. I usually search for clothes and shoes and a lot of the time they can be picked up at bargain prices, especially designer makes. My favourite place on eBay to shop is Schuh's store which sells a massive variety of shoes (a lot of ex-display shoes but still in fantastic condition) I could literally spend hundreds here - if my bank balance would allow it. I usually have tons of shoes on my "watch" list and keep and eye on them day by day sometimes hour by hour to check what price they are going to sell at. If a pair of shoes get too expensive I delete them from my "watch" list and keep and eye on the cheaper ones, I have got some real bargains in the past some of my shoes had nothing more than scuffs to the soles and I have picked them up for £5 - £10 when their RRP is £60+. Occasionally after being shopping on the high street or looking through beauty magazines for inspiration I will have a little look on eBay to see if they have got anything that's bang on trend - sometimes there will be a nice little vintage style item or something quite unusual in keeping with trends but it does take a while to scroll through the junk! Also there are a lot of replicas on eBay, which is good in a way if you cannot afford to buy a chanel handbag or Vivienne Westwood jewellery for instance, but you really have to be careful regarding how fake an item looks. Some of the fakes will look great others are a bit dodgy...
Selling I find is more addictive then buying. I started clearing out my wardrobe last year and have found it quite enjoyable to put it on eBay to make a bit of profit (I am a skint student with fees to pay and a social life to fund!). It is great when items sell a bit disheartening when it doesn't right enough! It is great watching an item going from 99p and climbing up and up and up - I get so excited if one of my items sells for a fiver! I also find its like running a little business, packing up and posting items etc. Good fun if you like that sort of thing! Problem now is I cannot stop clearing out!! I have so much unused stuff - I will re-list and item on eBay 3 times maximum then it goes in the boot sale bag...and that's a nice Sunday morning early rise to sell more things!
So yeah it is a nice, non-harmful (in some cases!) addiction to have. A lot of the time it keeps me from spending as I get more a buzz from selling the items and watching my paypal account grow and grow. I definetly advise in these credit crunching times to get on board with eBay it can be enjoyable and the fees are much less now than what they used to be!
I think you can definately get addicted to Ebay me and my friend used to go on there all the time. I brought more on there then I had sold. Some of the things I have brought on there I could of got for cheaper in the shop so don't no why I brought on there like I brought colouring books for my friends child for Christmas last year for nearly 3 pound they only had a bout 10 pages whereas I could of got him one in a pound shop which would of been better and cheaper. I think nearly everyone these days has been on Ebay I find the fun of it when you are waiting to see if you have won an item then at the last minute there is a bidding war and then you outbid someone, you can actually get quite a lot of bargains but if you get to carried away with your bidding you can actually pay more then the items worth. I have sold a few items on Ebay which I enjoyed well when they sold I did. The items I sold went for quite cheap. We actually sold my husbands motorbike on there, we were left in suspense as we had lots of watchers and we didn't no whether anyone would bid so you find yourself constantly logging in to see what happens. I'm not addicted now as I barely go on it as find a lot of the things I want I probably can go to the shop and get it cheaper, but if I see a bargain then I'll be bidding again.
I am not addicted to Ebay but my girlfriend is and I am glad that I have found this section to vent my annoyance on !
At first I did not mind that my girlfriend goes on Ebay alot, she does not just buy but she sells as well so I thought we could make some money.
Well it turns out that we do not have any extra cash because she gets paid by paypal when people buy from her then she spends it on the things she has won on Ebay !
There have been times when my girlfriend has sat up way into the night because there is something she wants and wants to make sure she does not get outbid, it is amazing how addictive Ebay can be !
Her arguement is that you get things a lot cheaper on Ebay however I think that there is no point getting things cheaper if you are going to spend twice as much money than you usually would on lots of things because they are cheap !
There are other things which seem to fuel my girlfriends addiction, her Ebay addiction feeds her addiction to 2 other things.
The first thing is Lush cosmetics and soaps ( which was already over flowing in our bathroom before she found out she could get it cheaper on Ebay ), she has boxes and boxes of the stuff and I think she will have enough soap and stuff to keep clean and moisturised for the next 500 years but still she buys more, why, thats right because it is cheaper on Ebay !
The other thing is those reborn babys, there was a show on channel 4 I think it was about people who make and buy dolls which look very like real babies, well as soon as she saw it she wanted one. My girlfriend collects porcelain dolls so said reborn dolls would go nice with her other dolls and so she sits for hours on Ebay bidding on these dolls which look feakishly real, they do look nice but they look too real and it is scary. Now she has decided to make a reborn doll herself and is bidding on loads of materials to do it.
I keep being told it is okay because it is cheap on Ebay but it is not cheap when she keeps buying loads and loads of stuff, I seem to be surrounded by soap and baby dolls.
Ebay needs to start an Ebayers anonymous group or smething for people like my girlfriend who just can not stop bidding !
i love bay - not addictive unless you want it to be I think
useful way of amking a little cash
most folk are friendly but there are a few 'odd balls' out there who want to chat or be rude but I have made lots of friends
I do sell a lot - s'pose cos I'm cheap in comparison - sometimes ebay don't respond to queries for a few days but they are very pleaseant on the phone
have picked up great bargains & mostly been very pleased indeed
I don't like sellers not being able to leave neutral/neg feedback (ebay's new policy) - eg if someone doesn't pay or pays late or leaves unfair feedback what can you do except not leave then any feedback - so??!!
on the whole - love ebay - lots of fun - but be careful - don't overspend - beat the credit crunch!
Can you get addicted to Ebay? Well in my opinion yes you can.
I consider myself a long term Ebayer as I have been using their site for the last 5 years. Of those 5 years I have bought and sold and found there to be a few problems with each side.
I started out hearing about Ebay from a friend, and when I eventually got hooked up on the internet I thought that I would give it a go. I could not believe my eyes at first. There seemed to be so many bargains, but I soon learnt that you could easily get carried away with it all.
There seemed to be a certain buzz of excitement putting in my bid and waiting to see if I had won. Unfortunately quite often I didnt win, because I had yet to learn the tricks of the trade. I was getting outbid at the very last second, so I learnt to watch the items that I was bidding on until the very last minute to monitor the action. This then led to me getting carried away with my bidding, and I would go vastly over my original intended limit to spend. I was getting the rush of excitement as the final seconds of the auction were ticking away. Then there was either disapointment or great happiness to see that I had won or lost the item.
Unfortunately once I had got going on Ebay I was hooked, and started to look everything up on it. I was slowly filling my house with Ebay purchases. After a while my money situation stopped me from continuing this trend, and I snapped out of it. I then didnt use Ebay for a while, until a friend at work told me all about how much money she had made on Ebay by selling her stuff.
This sounded interesting to me, so I went out and bought a cheap digital camera, and I was set to sell on Ebay. I told myself that I would only sell and that I would not even look on there for anything to buy.
When it came to selling on Ebay I was loving it. Actually I think I was addicted to it for a while. I was thinking about Ebay all the time. It became so much work to be a seller, as I had once again over done it. I had gone to extreme and was selling so much stuff I could just about keep up with it all.
I was selling anything in the house which wasnt tied down. Which was quite good as I needed to de-clutter, but then I ran out of things to sell. So my next plan was to go to car boot sales to pick up cheap stuff that would sell on Ebay for more. I would trail round boot sales every sunday morning bright and early, and pick up my bargains for Ebay. This seemed to work really well, and I made quite a bit of money out of it.
Unfortunately it became alot of work to keep up with. I was always on the computer, before work, after work, at work!! Just to try to keep up with it all. I seemed to be either on the computer, at the bank paying in the cheques, or at the Post office sending the parcels. The money was great, but the novelty had well worn off by this point. However I would still get a buzz from seeing the bidders trying to outbid each other at the last minute (as I once had done).
I think that I had burnt myself out with selling on Ebay. You know that feeling you get when you eat your favourite chocolates, but you eat so many that they make you feel sick and you couldnt eat another one. Well I felt that I had had too much of Ebay!!
Or so I thought............the selling stopped and the buying started up again. I just couldnt help myself!! I try to keep myself under control, but every now and then I have a spending spree on there (which I am having at the moment) and find it so hard to not buy stuff. Especially when evry search you do on the internet brings up an Ebay item in the listing somewhere to draw you to their site.
Over the years of using Ebay I have come across many problems including paying for items which never turn up, and selling items which I then never receive payment for. But all in all I would recommend Ebay to people. I would just warn them not to get as carried away as I did, and know your limits!!
Ebay - most people know of it. Basically they sell everything you can imagine. If you want it - they have probably got it. I have managed to buy things at prices 90% cheaper than the High Street price and haven't had to leave my door. Beware of high postage prices though - some things that are heavy ain't worth buying cos the postage is more expensive than the value of the item!!! I have managed to sell stuff on ebay that you would struggle to find a buyer for by other means; for example, for Christmas it is our family's tradition to buy gift vouchers for each other, that way, you get to go out in the sales after Christmas and buy exactly what you want at much cheaper prices. The only downside is that for your "change" each of these stores give you gift vouchers, so you are left with £1 vouchers hanging around in your handbag (or your wallet lads!) for months, which never actually get spent (well not in my case anyway). So here I am with £20 worth of vouchers, but for various stores, ie. £2 Marks and Spencer, £3 Etam etc etc etc. Now normally, they would just go to waste, but hey - thats where ebay comes in. I listed all the vouchers as a job lot and managed to sell them for 85% of their true value ie £17.00. So now I have £17 of useful money in my PAYPAL account which I can spend on something I really want......
Then there was my Ford Fiesta.....having checked the local ads of cars for sale, I thought I would be lucky to get £200 for it. So I decided to place an ad on ebay. I started the bidding at 99p to keep down the advertising costs, and didn't use a reserve (risky as it could've sold for 99p!!!). I was totally honest with the description pointing out all the good bits, and photographing all the bad bits. After answering all the questions from other members, the car finally sold to a Welsh buyer, some 120 miles from myself, for a very decent £500. I was happy, he was happy, everyones a winner!!! The cost of advertising a car with ebay was reasonable compared to other sources, and you get to reach so many potential buyers.
There is a lot of money to be made from selling your unwanted goods, and a lot of money to be saved by shopping ..... Ebay - probably the best invention since sliced bread.
There are three things Im addicted to in life
partying, Ebay and Lush
one of these habits will kill me and honestly sometimes I dont know which. Ebay started as a bit of a hobby for me, I pride myself on having an unusual and eclectic wardrobe and scouring Ebay for unusual items has the same fun qualities as charity shop shopping
only with less exercise and much more choice. Unfortunately rather swiftly this occasional shopping habit has blown into a full grown habit of looking for crazy patterned tights, wristbands and of course, my perennial fave, non-leather Doc Martens (I now have no less than nine pairs of these in all sorts of insane colours). Another fave is those Converse style baseball boots
which I have eight pairs of.
There are just so many things Ebay is better for than anywhere else. You tend to find cheap DVDs and CDs here, often they will be lower than the Amazon marketplace. I managed to get hold of every season of Buffy for little over £20 a series, typically youd pay at least £10 more on Ebay. Ebay is also great for consumer electrics, mobile phones and the like. You do need to be careful to check the feedback of sellers on these items, in case you end up with a dud object, but all in all its a great way to get hold of stuff like this I got a fantastic eight track for next to nothing on this site. There are some great electronic bargains to be picked up on Ebay if your handy with a soldering iron, and if you know how to fix Playstations you can pick up broken ones for a tenner and make forty or fifty profit on them!
On the other hand, there are idiots who will sell anything on Ebay. Many sellers will sell an item saying its the actual item, then in a tiny disclaimer mention its just a link to buy the item. This happened to me. A seller said he was selling 20 o2 Genie cards for £20, but in actual fact he was selling a link, a link thats available elsewhere on Ebay for 99p! He was nice and gave me my money back, but there are many more sellers who wouldnt do that. Ive seen people selling links on how to get Glastonbury tickets for this year, which must be a rip-off as theres only one legit site selling these tickets.
All in all however, Ebay is a fantastic site, the biggest downside is the Ebay addiction once you buy one item you want more and more and become completely hooked. All jokes aside, its quite easy to become psychologically addicted to Ebay, and it can be both bad for your health (I.e., spending hours in front of a computer screen and the stress of buying more than you can pay for, which is very easy if you dont keep tabs on your outgoings) and your pocket book. So heres some tips to avoid overspending. Ebay addiction itself is a more complicated matter, which I wont comment on (I would want to suggest cold turkey, as it might send you off the deep end!)
Some tips on avoiding overspending on Ebay
Make a list of things you normally buy from the shops that might be found on Ebay but you might not normally think to look for. Examples might be cosmetics or body care products, household items like batteries and the like. Have a look on Ebay and see if you can find them cheaper there than in the shops. If they arent less expensive dont bid on them, simple as that.
Make a list of items you need or really really want and stick to it. Also ask yourself if you really need those items or just want them. Need might cover a new car, Want would probably cover a par of pink and white two tone Doc Martens dont fall in to that trap (I have and Im still stuck in it).
Shop around. Dont bid on the first auction you see for the item you want, see what sellers are offering it at what price. Also consider using shopping comparison sites like Kelkoo to see if Amazon or other sites are selling the item cheaper.
Search for those vital items only, and be specific. For example, searching for a Squier Fender Stratocaster will find you items in your price range, type in electric guitar and you may come up with a £2000 Les Paul you fall in love with and decide to sell your house just so you can have it.
Buying from sellers with low feedback is a bit of a gamble. Less people will bid on their item because of the lack of feedback, so it will be going cheap, but theres always the chance your going to get done. On the other hand you may get a good item for pennies! Use your judgment.
Avoid looking at sellers other items. If a seller has something you really want, the chances are they will have other things along the same lines that you will really want if you see them. Try to ignore cross-promotions and DONT view other items for the seller. Unless of course that seller is me, in which case you are allowed to look and bid to your hearts content ;-).
Decide the absolute maximum you will pay for an item, and DONT go above it. There are very few true one-offs on Ebay and you might be better to wait than overspend. Bid near the close of the auction.
Remember to take postage into account BEFORE you bid. Many sellers sell items cheap but tack ridiculous postage prices on top to make up the money they are losing. The glut of o2 Genie Cards being sold at 99p with £4.00 postage is an excellent example of this. Dont be tricked by this sort of low-down behaviour.
If you buy multiple items from one seller, ask that they combine postage. Even if it isnt mentioned in their postage information, most sellers should be happy to do this.
If you are spending more than a fiver on the item, ask the seller to send it recorded. Even if its not mentioned in postage information, if you ask nicely and offer to pay the extra sellers will often do this. Recorded delivery is pretty cheap considering, and worth it for your peace of mind.
Be careful with items that say postage to be calculated at sale. I bought a poster from one seller at £3.99, and he told me this was far too cheap and said Id have to add £20 postage!!! Of course I flatly refused and got negative feedback because of it. There is often no reason why a seller cant estimate a postage cost or perhaps check with the post office before selling the item, and if they cant you should ask why, and they should give a legit reason.
Check feedback thoroughly. Negative feedback is often a lot more telling than positive feedback, as it lets you know how a seller behaves when something does go wrong, whether they are helpful not. Rude or insolent replies to negative feedback are a good indicator of what the seller is like. Remember they are in the business of selling, and people who sell should always do their very best to make sure the customer is happy. Of course you get many customers who are a pain in the behind, but still, they should try to be courteous and solve reasonable problems.
Keep a list of your outgoings on Ebay, so you can determine whether you are spending too much. A fiver here and there adds up very quickly. If you sell, match your incomings to your outgoings its not uncommon for a seller to spend all the money they make on Ebay!
Naughty as it is, snipe bidding can be a buyers best friend. If you can bid at the last minute, you can prevent a bidding war and sometimes win yourself an item for less. If a person is sure they are going to win an auction, they are often unprepared for a snipe bid. If you cant be online when the auction is closing, there are several snipe web programmes you can use, just have a Google to find them.
If you are addicted to buying non-essential items like clothes or kitsch item, make a list of things you would really like to spend your money on that you have to save for a holiday, a guitar, a new PC, and tack a picture that reminds you of that thing on your computer. Every time you find yourself on the bidding page, hopefully that little picture will discourage you from frivolous spending.
If you sell and have a Paypal account, be patient and wait until your account reaches at least £50 before you withdraw cash from it, this way there are less in the way of charges. Consider not using Paypal and switching to Nochex. Nochex dont charge for their service, and customers dont need to go through an awkward verification process before paying as they do with Paypal. If you explain Nochex thoroughly in your listing, customers should be happy to use it.
Listing in two categories is only worth it for more expensive items. If youre selling something small like an item of clothing, it isnt really worth it.
Likewise, be careful of the options you use when selling your item. Listing designers are an unnecessary expense. If you want an attractive auction page learn HTML, but try not to go to extremes. Clogged listings take ages to load, are hard to read and irritating and just detract from the item your selling especially listings which make noises or play music or have little designs following the cursor of your mouse. DONT BOTHER! Bold and featured options should really only be used when selling expensive items, when they will be worth the extra publicity.
I am now trying to transfer my Ebay addiction to selling rather than buying. I have promised myself I will buy NOTHING more from Ebay (after I get hold of that pair of pink two-tone Doc Martens and that yoga video I wanted, of course) and instead transfer those addictive qualities to MAKING money. At the moment Im just getting rid of old clothes and stuff I have lying around the house, however I have found a few sources of goods to sell once I run out. I figure this way I can live the proper student lifestyle not have a job, occasional show up to my college classes and make enough money to party four nights a week. Problem solved!
Edit: This is the weirdest item I have EVER seen for sale on Ebay check it out One cheesy Dorito shaped like the Pope's Hat! I kid you not! Go and search for it!
Its great if you are buyer at the moment, but forget it if you wish to sell on Ebay these days, there are just too many people selling and not enough buyers. Not only that but it is getting more and more expensive to sell items. Ebay are making more than the sellers these days.
I used to sell computer memory on ebay, after taking out Ebay and Paypal fees I was left with about £5.00 profit on 5 sticks of memory, yes only £5.00 and thought whats the point anymore.
However Ebay and Paypal would end up taking about £4.00 in fees for each stick I sold or even more If I went for a featured listing.
Anyone else feel the same way!!
Can we just get one thing out of the way!
PLEASE don't downgrade this for being too short because the title said it was! Its just succinct !
My opinions are based on over 900 trades as mikeonline1.
I work on a ratio of 1 in 10. That means if I have had 10 views as indicated by counter I should have had a bid.
If I didnt get a bid either I need to add more catch words into my title if I didn't attract at least 10 views, or if i did and it didn't sell, the price is wrong.(There is another reason that we will ignore , that is that the item really is total rubbish and is unsaleable anyway. If that is the case you are wasting time and money anyway!)
By catch words I mean this.
Imagine a recipe book listed as just that. "RECIPE BOOK. AS NEW. 300 PAGES!"
It probably wont sell..it is lost because Ebay is so vast!
However..."Gary Rhodes Vegetarian RECIPE book" is appealing to 2 searches. Rhodes fans and vegetarians and neither detracts from the other.
Lets say it is an item is listed for £4.99 and it does not sell. The title looks fine with lots of catch words. Over 10 people looked!
The problem is only the price!
HERE'S WHAT YOU DO!!!!!!
I relist item the £4.99 item at £2.99 but add £3.99 "buy in now " option and extend auction to maximum 10 days. The 10 day thing is the thing that gets urgency!
The principle is that I know the item is wanted as I got the views, I just got the price wrong!
At £2.99 it is now probably a bargain and what tends to happen is that rather than wait 10 days sweating over "will I win it or not" , mentally the decision is made to buy at £2.99 but "hey for an extra £1 I can DEFINITELY have it now!"
It is surprising how many times I run an auction for 7 days and dont sell, relist in this way and sell within 1 or 2 hours for only £1 less than what I wanted in the first place .
I always add paypal "immediate payment required" because that way my paypal account is always being topped up giving me lots of bunce money to buy other peoples rubbish with money made selling my own.
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(This is a gem if you aren't doing it already!!!)
Buy some scales if you havent done so already!
Weigh your item and go to www.royalmail.com to get exact postage costs. Add 80p to this to cover paypal and ebay costs. Jiffy bags are 10 for £1 that fit most small medium sized items at Poundland . There is a Poundland in most highstreets. Most people perceive the 80p as the cost of the bag but really you are covering your Ebay and Paypal costs for FREE on all low value items you sell.
Back to where we started....its then only none selling items that cost you money and Ebay do not charge for a relisting as long as it sells next time so my way means Ebay COST NOTHING!
1 The 80p cost for the 10p jiffy bag gives 70p extra profit without postal cost looking excessive.The 70p covers most low value item listing, selling and paypal costs.
2 None selling items cost you money. i.e. Ebay fee and no 70p as above.
3 But relisting is free as long as it sells next time, so change the title and appeal to greed by making the start low and the gap between start and buy it now small enough that buyer is stampeed into doing it now rather than sweating 10 days over £1 and missing out.
I wrote about ebay in general not long ago. I'm now approaching my first years anniversary with this global shopping site, and have probably bought far too much and sold too little. Still it's been fun, and yes, at times I'm addicted.
I think I know the system pretty well now, to offer some advice, both to buyers and sellers. I am going to go into some detail here, so I recommend you at least understand the principle and basic workings of Ebay.
1. Take Paypal! They charge you 3.4%, plus 20p or thereabouts, but it seems that it attracts more bidders (particularly attractive to overseas buyers), so ultimately your final price may be higher. Doesn't mean you can't still take cheques/PO's, you can of course. You can see which items are payable by Paypal, by the little Paypal symbol in the listing - even before you view the entire item description. There are a few sellers who do accept paypal, but due to the somewhat confusing paypal signup, they may not in fact accept your payment - unless you already have money in your paypal account. Users who have signed up to the premier or business status, can accept all forms of credit and debit card payments.
2. Listing times. Use 7 day auctions rather than 10 day ones which are more expensive to list. The 7 day listing is about right, plenty of time to generate interest (and watchers), whilst not being too long for people to lose interest.
3. Time your auction so that it ends on a weekend or evening, rather than a morning or afternoon. This is the time more last minute bidders will be looking at items ending soon. It's best not to use the Ebay timed listing function, as this costs too. A good idea would be to use TurboLister, available free which will let you compile listings of your items, then upload them all whenever you want.
4. Listings with good photos, and more than one are likely to be more successful than ones with a single photo. Clean your item up! Show it at it's best! You may be limited to your camera here, but if you have a macro function, use it for closeups. Try to avoid flash if you can, the colours can look different (particularly clothing), and you can get unwanted reflections and so on. Displaying your items nicely, on some material will be an improvement over simply dumping it on the floor! Use a site such as www.auctionpix.co.uk as a photo host. They offer 2mb free, and you can link to your photos using the simple html, which you can simply cut and paste from there to your ebay listing. Ebay charge for multiple photos, but using this method you can avoid the charges. Keep your photos small in size though, resize to 500 pixels on longest side and filesize of around 30k is fine (use save for web from Photoshop Elements for instance).
5. Choose the category carefully. Pretty obvious, but look at if there is a more suitable category. Try not to be tempted to list in 2 categories (unless it's a high priced item), as this costs more - in fact the listing fee is double.
6. Make use of your title to the fullest. You have 54 characters, and what you put in here should be things people may be searching for. Use alternate words for the same thing if possible. Check your spelling!
7. Don't over clog your ads. Keep them simple, and do not make the terms and conditions so complex the average reader cannot understand them. Adding animations, fancy busy backgrounds and sound simply put people off - remember the prospective buyer has already clicked your listing, so all he/she wants to do now is read about it and see it, not listen to music!
8. Try and weigh your item before hand, and look up the postage (you can use www.royalmail.com) - add this to your listing. People like to know how much P&P will be before they bid, if you think your item has potential sales overseas, add international shipping to Europe and the rest of world too. If you are going to be selling a lot of different items, a good quality postal scales will be a good investment.
9. You might consider listing on ebay.com instead of .co.uk if you think American buyers might be more liable to buy your item, and you are able to take Paypal. Think about the end time of your auction if you do, as the US are well behind us in most states, and it's best not to finish your auctions early in the morning. Ebay.com isn't solely for US buyers, you may attract bidders from all over.
10. Before you list your item, do a search for similar items on sale now. How are they priced? Are there bids? More useful is to check out completed auctions, so you can see what prices things went for. If there are many similar items, which didn't sell, it's probably wise not to try selling yours at this time either. Use the watch list to see similar items which are selling too - be nosy!
11. Starting price. Although you may think it's daft to start your rare collectable at 99p, it is a very popular place to start the bidding. People are attracted to low opening bids, and the more people you attract, the more chance you have of selling your item. The listing fee is also lower, so you are saving money - and as long as the final price is reasonable to you, this is a good way of listing. It is possible of course that the item will actually sell for 99p, due to lack of interest in your item, but if you have already taken note of msot of my other advice, you should have done everything possible to ensure the highest sales is made.
12. Know what not to sell. Don't keep re-listing items that constantly fail to sell, as you are simply lining ebays' pockets! It's a fact that not everything will sell, no matter how cheaply you offer it. Heavy items (unless they can be locally collected) are unattractive to buyers due to high postal costs.
13. Keep an eye on your overall costs. The whole idea of selling is surely to make money, not lose it. It's easy for listing fees, final value fees and paypal fees to add up. You may even lose money by incorrectly charging for postage. Don't overuse Ebay add-on listing options, many of which, in my opinion, don't increase your chances of selling.
14. Don't be tempted to "shill". This is the practice of bidding on your own auctions, or those of your associates with the intention of raising the price, but not winning it. This is illegal, at any auction, either on or offline. Of course if your friends or family actually want to buy from you, they can of course bid!
15. Communicate with your buyers. Be prompt, (and honest) at answering questions, particularly near the end of the auction. Once an item is won, be prompt at providing payment and shipping information, not everyone knows or understands the ropes.
16. Pack well, the postal services aren't that careful, so anything they can be broken, in a badly packaged parcel, probably will be. It will save you time and money in the long run to get this right.
17. Be prompt with shipping. I'm not saying you should rush to the post office as soon as the payment has arrived, but don't leave things for days, or even weeks like some bad sellers do.
18. Enjoy it, and don't let it take over your real life. If you don't, and it is, do something else!
Tips for sucessful buying are somewhat less obvious, and everyone will have their own opinion. Here is mine for what it's worth.
1. Bid only once! Yes, once! Decide what the maximum you will pay is, and place your bid, preferably close to the end of the auction. Whilst at first this may seem odd to some, the alternative is a bidding war! Bidding wars are when 2 or more bidders constantly try to outbid each other, sometimes getting carried away. Whilst this is good for the seller, it's not good for the buyer. By placing your maximum bid, ebay proxy bidder will outbid any new bids from other people up to your final price.
2. Do your homework. The choice of items is immense. Don't just bid on the first thing you see! There maybe better, cheaper items elsewhere, and I don't just mean on ebay either. Check out prices of DVD's, Games and CD's on Amazon for instance. I've seen many people bidding over the odds - possibly get carried away in bidding wars, blind to the fact that other purchasing options are available. There is life outside Ebay!
3. Check the sellers feedback. All good sellers will have a generally good feedback, so you should be confident you will have a smooth and honest transaction. Avoid buying from anyone with a lot of bad feedback, particularly if it's recent. Be vary wary of sellers with zero feedback, offering too-good to be true offers, which may turn out to be non-existant items, misleading offers or with more surcharges and fees than you can mention.
4. Check payment options. Some sellers may only accept cheques, others just about every payment method under the sun! Make sure you can complete the transaction using the acceptable methods of payment, or the seller will not be best pleased.
5. Check postage. If no postage is specified, ask. If the postage seems confusing, ask. It's best to get these questions out of the way before you bid, rather than arguing afterwards. This of course can be a problem, especially if bidding in the last few minutes - as the seller will not have time to respond. In this case, don't let a seller overcharge you. You can see postal rates from the UK at www.royalmail.com, and if you can guess the rough weight, you can tell if the seller is trying it on or not. It is right of course for the seller to charge a little for packaging and handling, if they have specified this.
6. Pay promptly. If you are paying by paypal, there is no reason why you can't get payment to the seller shortly after you have the invoice email. The seller is more likely to be prompt with you if you are prompt with them.
7. Use a bidding sniper! If you have been outbid at the last moment on many occasions, it could be that the winner was using a bidding sniper. This is a piece of software, or a website where bids are placed in the last seconds, above yours. Items can simply be entered into a system, and the computer will bid for you, even if you are not around to do it yourself. Whilst you may feel this is cheating, the use of these systems is on the increase, and if you don't do it, someone else will! This is perfectly legal, according to ebay. I use http://www.bidnapper.com/ , there are of course many others.
I hope this has been of some use to somebody! Have fun now....
I first got introduced to ebay via my boyfriend, from that moment on we've been through months of being hooked on it, to months of not using it. Ebay i find you have to be very very careful with, and at least abit knowledgeable prior to bidding away merrily. I firstly always check the small print and the sellers feed back before i place any bids. You can often find someone out to make a mint on the overly priced postage charges. You may find yourself paying £4.00 for postage and when it arrives it has a first class stamp on. Feedback options are very useful, it gives you and insite into how their past transactions have gone, and at least you can steer clear if they have built up a vast amount of negative comments. Ebay is easily addictive, and i find it's like playing with monopoly money. You can spend and absolute fortune even before you know it. Often if you are like me and will sit and watch the auction end, when someone else bids against you, you can get dragged into a bidding frensy and pay over the odds just because you didn't want the other person to win it!. I must admit our post office and postman has grown to know us very well, and then neighbours must think we're international drug runners due to the amount of parcels we receive - when really - it's just ebay. Selling on ebay is very easy, quick, and exciting. I've almost been through our whole house looking for things to sell. It's a good way to make a bit of cash on those things you don't really want, but yet don't want to throw out. As they say, a man's trash is another man's treasure. It does pay however to make sure you know how much something will cost to post as buyers will always enquire. I found investing in some scales and a book on postage costs from the postoffice very helpful. Ebay is fine and good if you know what you're doing and if you know when you can say enough is enough. Do beware of becoming addicted o
r even more serious - be aware of how much you are spending!