brucecampbell wrote:You can add 75 tapes each month for free on ebay, after those 75 you have to pay for adding.
So I started a second account so I can add 150 tapes each month, but now with the first tape that was sold and paid for I have to send it first to the buyer before I get my money by PayPal, they hold it until the buyer has contacted ebay everything is alright.
They (ebay) said you have to send everything with tracking but that is way to expensive for 1 tape.
What if the buyer say to ebay he never got the tape?
Ebay assumes all new sellers are fraudulent. You won't get your money until a certain amount of time has passed, one or two weeks. You can speed it up by marking the item as shipped or adding a tracking number.
And you can only list a limited quantity of items.
Any buyer can say that he or she didn't receive his/her stuff and they get the shit for free (Unless you ship via recorded delivery). And lets face it, nobody will pay for recorded delivery for a tape that costs a few euros.
This isn't limited to new sellers only... It doesn't matter if you've been 1 day or 1 decade on ebay - if a buyer wants to screw you, you're at his/her mercy. They can steal your shit and give negative feedback that says you're a fraudulent prick and laugh at you.
Seller's are 2nd class citizens on Ebay. The buyer is always right. Ebay strives to make it worse for the sellers, why I have no idea.
Then there's ebay.com's policy that you can only charge 3 usd for the shipping of a tape to USA. Even if you're located on the other side of the world. :lol:
So I stopped selling on .com because I got so tired of US buyers that only paid 3 dollars for shipping though I specifically stated (on each auction) that it's not possible.
Ebay already takes the usual fees plus a percentage off the shipping costs. And they own Paypal so the same company charges you several times.
A lot of sellers used to get around the fees by selling their stuff for next to nothing and charging huge shipping prices. Ebay thought they solved it by starting to take a chunk of the shipping fees too.
This fucks it up even further for sellers that sell small stuff like tapes for a few bucks. The "profit" we get is next to nothing.
Never did it for the profit anyway, I just think it's fun.
But ebay sure does try their all to make it suck.
As I said I stopped selling on .com so I can at least charge proper shipping costs. Ebay Ireland (that I use) is more expensive (insertion fees + international visibility fees), but I avoid those geniuses that thinks you can ship a tape to Usa for 3 usd. Irish ebay doesn't restrict the shipping costs.
I could rant about ebay for hours. But the fact is that they have idiotic policies and mind numbingly dumb staff. Like when I wanted to sell an old vhs that happened to have the name Cartier in the title... They wanyed an authenticity certificate, see the pic below. For an old Dutch tape... :lol:
And they removed a listing because it had a sample clip with titties and the description had the word "porn actress" in it. :lol: