Every once in a while, I sell stuff on eBay. I’ve been doing this for a few years. Most of my inventory has been comic books. Most of the stuff I buy on eBay are comic books.
If you are a buyer on eBay, you probably haven’t noticed many of the changes that have occurred the last couple of years. However, if you are a seller, you are painfully aware of them. And if you are like me, YOU ARE FED UP!
That’s it. I’ve had it. I’m moving my inventory somewhere else. Ditch eBay, I say!! Everyone move to eBid!!!
It all started with fee increases and fees and fees. Fees to have a Store. Fees for extra pictures. Insertion fees to list items. The fee that eBay takes off your final selling price. Ug. For a long time, it was worth it because eBay was essentially the only player in town if you really want to auction stuff off on-line. Everyone knows about eBay.
Last January, eBay instituted a new policy that does not allow sellers to leave feedback for buyers.
WHAT?!! EBay wrote some sort of BS nonsense about allowing buyers to feel more safe to leave negative feedback. This policy leaves sellers flapping in the wind! We have nothing to protect us from random, undeserved negative comments. We can work as hard as we can to try and fix any problems our buyers may have (I offer returns on most items). But now a buyer doesn’t have to worry about getting negative feedback if they want to stick it to a seller. In my opinion, an eBay transaction is a mutual transaction, and this policy screws the sellers.
Finally, the last straw. Apparently this was announced a few months ago, but I didn’t realize it. EBay no longer allows sellers to accept check, money orders and cashier’s checks for items. Long story short, we are basically forced to use PayPal (and a couple of other smaller online payment centers) for items. EBay wrote some sort of BS nonsense about this allowing for more secure transactions for sellers. Which is CRAP. Every seller used to be able to choose what method of payment we accepted. If you only wanted PayPal and didn’t want to accept checks and money orders, that was fine. Just say you only accept PayPal. Or cash. Or glass beads. Whatever. It worked. I’ve had plenty of people send me checks and money orders. Never had a problem. But now, unless we want to violate eBay’s new policy, we can’t do that.
Oh right. Guess who owns PayPal?
EBay owns PayPal. This policy has jack nothing to do with protecting sellers (or buyers) and everything to do with eBay’s bottom line. Which, you know, eBay has the right to do. It’s their business.
Well, guess what? It’s my business too and I am taking it elsewhere.
I’ve found some great resources this week to help me find new auction/selling sites. There is a great little “Mashable” article called “17 Alternatives to Buying and Selling on EBay.” This article lists a bunch (17) other sites and gives some information on each of them. Sweetie found this great site: http://www.online-auction-sites.toptenreviews.com/
That site lists 10 different auction sites and does a side-by-side comparison of things like types of sales, seller fees, reliability, etc. Nice site.
I searched around for other sites last January. The problem was, and still is, this: While there is plenty of inventory on many of these sites, when I browse through the auctions, I don’t see a lot of active bids. These sites NEED MORE BUYERS!! I think we need to get the word out to people that there are other options besides eBay.
It may be a bit of a struggle. Like I said, there are no disincentives to buyers on eBay. They don’t have to pay an extra fee. But what you may not realize is that 1) sellers may be slightly increasing their prices to make up for the selling fees, and 2) over time, inventory will go down on eBay because more and more sellers are leaving. One of the stores I used to keep track of on eBay shut down last January after the new policies took effect. I think more people will leave this month. And I think that buyers will soon get the word that there are other alternatives.
For now, I think I’m moving over to eBid. The setup is very similar – there are auctions and “Buy Now” options. There are stores and feedback. And, right now, they are offering Lifetime seller subscriptions for $49.99. Lifetime. Set up a store and there will be no more monthly fees every single month. Ever. There may be some other fees, but they are nothing compared to what eBay has been charging. Wow!
EBay may someday learn that their money-grabbing efforts are so extreme that they will backfire. I don’t feel bad for them at all.
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