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EBAY - Half price listing day TUESDAY 20th FEBRUARY

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9y, 9m agoFound 9 years, 9 months ago
As the title suggest, all listing fees are halved for this day only
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#1
Smashing, that's better than a 10p day for me this time as I have a bunch of low priced items (books) to list :)

More info: http://pages.ebay.co.uk/sell/2007halfpricefeb/
#2
Poor promotion, doesn't compare to the old 1p and 5p listing days. Anything over £4.99 in value and 10p listing day works out better.

They have been a bit thin on the ground lately though.
#3
Mada06
Poor promotion, doesn't compare to the old 1p and 5p listing days. Anything over £4.99 in value and 10p listing day works out better.

They have been a bit thin on the ground lately though.


I think ebay fees are high enough as it is
#4
Yeah, this offer is as good as 5p or 10p listing days....but still if youve got expensive stuff then £1 listing fee is still better than £2 that it would normally cost.
#5
the problem with ebay is its too popular and everyone one knows who is running ebay that nearly everyone goes to them for online auctions, which means fees are quite rigid and sometimes unreasonable, you have to also include in that factor paypal, they are one the same and i for one would hope that paypal fees should be decreased!
#6
The greedy B@$~@$l)$ are rasing fees next month so this could be the last time I use them.
#7
It`s the ridiculous postage charges that are killing ebay
#8
CrackerJack
The greedy B@$~@$l)$ are rasing fees next month so this could be the last time I use them.


Who paypal or ebay???
#9
Thanks Spenspuma :)


http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o175/hotukdeals/ebay20feb.jpg
#10
http://pages.ebay.co.uk/sell/importantinfo/

That's all the info about the fees etc that I can find!
#11
tonyd19565
It`s the ridiculous postage charges that are killing ebay


They are in proportion to ebay fees. Postage is not fee "taxable" if you like meaning that you dont pay fees based on your postage so its easy to claw a few quick back, normally covering your listing/final value fee.
#12
Mada06
They are in proportion to ebay fees. Postage is not fee "taxable" if you like meaning that you dont pay fees based on your postage so its easy to claw a few quick back, normally covering your listing/final value fee.


Although that is total against the ethos of Ebay
1 Like #13
I never used to charge anything but just over stamp cost for postage but these days postage and cost are shown next to each other (at least when I look) - you'll always pay both so I don't see what difference it makes.

"Postage" isn't just the cost of a stamp - it's the time, money and effort spent packaging and getting to the post office and quite often queuing. 30 minutes of someone's time isn't always cheap. If you really don't like it - buy from someone else.

Personally these days I'm up for anything that reduces the money ebay gets.
#14
thepearce


"Postage" isn't just the cost of a stamp - it's the time, money and effort spent packaging and getting to the post office and quite often queuing. 30 minutes of someone's time isn't always cheap. If you really don't like it - buy from someone else.

Personally these days I'm up for anything that reduces the money ebay gets.


Agreed - thats why imo "Shiping & Handling" is much more of an apt term.
#15
I charge quite a high postage cost to cover all the associated costs of posting, packing travel my time etc. Why would anyone consider that any of this be included in the item price. Why pay Ebay fees for this, it is the item I am auctioning- not my time and effort.
Having said that I don't really find Ebay fees too bad.
I sometimes buy from a local auction house. With their fees & VAT you have to allow an extra 33% on purchase costs and the seller is also charged significant fees so they take it from both ends.
A friend recently retired and sold off the tools/machinery from his joinery business. He said that he wished he had given the stuff away after the silly prices that were paid for it and then the auctioneers costs.
Makes me think Ebay maybe not so bad!!
#16
CrackerJack
The greedy B@$~@$l)$ are rasing fees next month so this could be the last time I use them.



On the contrary..Ebay are actually reducing the final value fees in certain areas.
#17
CrackerJack
The greedy B@$~@$l)$ are rasing fees next month so this could be the last time I use them.



Really? Do you have any more info on this? the fees are ludicrous enough as it is :(
#18
eBay are a total RIP off when it comes to fees. Recently the B£*(&$^ds have been removing my listings because I charge to much P&P and list my items to cheap.

Its totally p****ng me off. If only there was some competition :whistling: maybe eBay should just be renamed fleabay you find the whole worlds junk there don't you?
#19
Starlet
Really? Do you have any more info on this? the fees are ludicrous enough as it is :(


Final Value fees for:

Books, Comics & Magazines
DVDs, Film and TV
Video Games
Music

will rise from 5.25% to 9%. Greedbay claim the Final Value Fees are being 'simplified'. Well I'm sure 6% would have been simple enough for sellers. Looks like my Shipping and Handling fees will be going up by 5% to counter their greed.
#20
thanks
#21
There are some decent auction sites out there, you just have to vote with your feet. The more people stop using ebay the better the other sites will get. I hate the arguement "Ebay has the most traffic thats why I use them". Yeh they do but theres a simple solution to that. The more people leave the less traffic they'll have!

I use [url]www.ebid.net[/url].

£44.99 for lifetime gold membership which gives you free listings and your own shop
#22
I've said it before on this forum, Ebay are rip off merchants, evil and nasty. :x
#23
cosmic-dust
There are some decent auction sites out there, you just have to vote with your feet. The more people stop using ebay the better the other sites will get. I hate the arguement "Ebay has the most traffic thats why I use them". Yeh they do but theres a simple solution to that. The more people leave the less traffic they'll have!


While I agree with you that ebay are a complete rip off (a 9% final value fee + paypal fees is just taking the p*ss), I can't really see a rival to ebay taking off any time soon. As much as I'd like to see it happen, the big obstacle any potential competition faces is a lack of seller feedback. A quick browse of ebid shows the majority of sellers have zero feedback, a lot of people (me included) would never buy anything off someone with no feedback. Even with 100% feedback I'm very wary of buying from someone with less than 20 positives on ebay, the same would be true of ebid or any other auction site.
#24
I've just started back doing ebay after a 3 mths break, Sold an item on a BIN, Brand new with packing, so when they got it, the put it in there washing machine and ripped it all, and now im in a paypal dispute as the item wasnt as sold!!!! Paypal - Have got to change their agreement to sellers on ebay, people are doing the dirty on so many sellers, it not fair. Just one more thing - if a buyer pays u by paypal then asks u if they can collected it, wait 5 days, and when they arrive get them to sign a reciept to say they have collected & checked it over.
#25
It's a shame yahoo auctions went - free & effective.. now that was a hot deal.

[url]www.qxl.com[/url] is quite good too but suffers the fate of most of ebay's competition - less traffic.
#26
A competitor for Ebay IS possible, but it needs a HUGE advertising campaign and a BIG name behind it- Someone like Richard Branson....IF they could set up and put offers on to get people interested like FREE listing for the first 3 months then im quite sure it would take off- coupled wiht a HUGE TV advertising campaign i think it stands a fair chance.. Yes, it would take a while to get to Ebay proportions, but i do really think its possible...but it really needs a lot of organising and the right people behind it.

Ebay really really needs some competition so they at leats buck their ideas up and stop ripping people off, but while there is no serious alternative then people have no choice but to use them.
#27
spenspuma
A competitor for Ebay IS possible, but it needs a HUGE advertising campaign and a BIG name behind it- Someone like Richard Branson....IF they could set up and put offers on to get people interested like FREE listing for the first 3 months then im quite sure it would take off- coupled wiht a HUGE TV advertising campaign i think it stands a fair chance.. Yes, it would take a while to get to Ebay proportions, but i do really think its possible...but it really needs a lot of organising and the right people behind it.

Ebay really really needs some competition so they at leats buck their ideas up and stop ripping people off, but while there is no serious alternative then people have no choice but to use them.



It really DOESNT need a big company behind a rival, thats the whole point. Big companies rip you off!!! They don't care because they're BIG!

Somebody said they wouldn't buy from people that have 0 - 20 feedback, well how do you think everyone started? People don't start by having 2000 feedback scores. If everyone thought like that nobody would sell anything. :giggle:

All I'm saying is that if you don't like Ebay then do something about it, don't moan about it.

More action and less talk :thumbsup:
#28
Cosmic-dust is there anyway you can search completed auctions on Ebid?

Just wondering what the completed prices are like for the types of items I sell.
#29
Usel
Cosmic-dust is there anyway you can search completed auctions on Ebid?

Just wondering what the completed prices are like for the types of items I sell.


Thats a good question, I don't know but I'll find out
#30
cosmic-dust
Somebody said they wouldn't buy from people that have 0 - 20 feedback, well how do you think everyone started? People don't start by having 2000 feedback scores. If everyone thought like that nobody would sell anything. :giggle:


Some people are obviously a lot more trusting than me, there's no way I'd give money to someone I know absolutely nothing about and trust them not to do a runner with the money.
#31
Its not as easy as just saying - stop moaning and vote with your feet.

I mean, OK- you want to sell something, you either have a choice of going on Ebay with it almost guaranteed to sell and with exposue of the whole country and a million Ebay users....OR you pay to list on one of the 'other' smaller auction sites where you get a few hundred people looking on the site a day and the chances of selling are small.

it DOES need a big person/company to start some competition because without a BIG name/company there isnt anyone with money needed to set up a rival to match EBay - PLUS if people recognise the person/company then they are MORE likely to trust the Auction site they set up- PLUS a big company can afford the HUGE advertising campaign needed to get it up and running and popular......HALF the problem with all the small auction websites is the fact that nobody knows they are there as they are not advertised.

And NO, just because a big company set a sit up, doesnt mean it will be expensive....look at VIRGIN in the Broadband / phone / TV deals...they are a huge company but they are quite probably the cheapest out there at present......

An auction site doesnt HAVE to charge so much.....they could quite easily make a billion by charging HALF what they do on Ebay...but the simple fact is that Ebay has NO COMPETITORS and therefore can pretty much charge what they like.

So yes, unfortunately it WILL need a well known name/company for us to get a rival for Ebay.
#32
I'll have to dig some stuff out the shed now:-D
#33
cosmic-dust
It really DOESNT need a big company behind a rival, thats the whole point. Big companies rip you off!!! They don't care because they're BIG!

Somebody said they wouldn't buy from people that have 0 - 20 feedback, well how do you think everyone started? People don't start by having 2000 feedback scores. If everyone thought like that nobody would sell anything. :giggle:

All I'm saying is that if you don't like Ebay then do something about it, don't moan about it.

More action and less talk :thumbsup:



The point is...competition, if a big company (Google Auctions would be AWESOME!) came out with an eBay style site, taking 1000s and 1000s of customers from eBay then eBay would buck up and start trying to keep their customers/win them back...lower fees, better support etc etc
#34
Starlet
The point is...competition, if a big company (Google Auctions would be AWESOME!) came out with an eBay style site, taking 1000s and 1000s of customers from eBay then eBay would buck up and start trying to keep their customers/win them back...lower fees, better support etc etc


Exactly:thumbsup:
banned#35
cosmic-dust

I use [url]www.ebid.net[/url].

£44.99 for lifetime gold membership which gives you free listings and your own shop


Can't say I am a fan of Ebid. When I registered with them they took some money out of my credit card to pay for their checks. I have only sold about 5items on there in 5 years and all of them sold at a loss. Sadly Ebay are a monopoly and will continue to be so.
#36
*bump*

Now active.
#37
Usel
Cosmic-dust is there anyway you can search completed auctions on Ebid?

Just wondering what the completed prices are like for the types of items I sell.


Tick "completed listings" down the left hand side when viewing a list of items.

spenspuma
Its not as easy as just saying - stop moaning and vote with your feet.

I mean, OK- you want to sell something, you either have a choice of going on Ebay with it almost guaranteed to sell and with exposue of the whole country and a million Ebay users....OR you pay to list on one of the 'other' smaller auction sites where you get a few hundred people looking on the site a day and the chances of selling are small.

it DOES need a big person/company to start some competition because without a BIG name/company there isnt anyone with money needed to set up a rival to match EBay - PLUS if people recognise the person/company then they are MORE likely to trust the Auction site they set up- PLUS a big company can afford the HUGE advertising campaign needed to get it up and running and popular......HALF the problem with all the small auction websites is the fact that nobody knows they are there as they are not advertised.

And NO, just because a big company set a sit up, doesnt mean it will be expensive....look at VIRGIN in the Broadband / phone / TV deals...they are a huge company but they are quite probably the cheapest out there at present......

An auction site doesnt HAVE to charge so much.....they could quite easily make a billion by charging HALF what they do on Ebay...but the simple fact is that Ebay has NO COMPETITORS and therefore can pretty much charge what they like.

So yes, unfortunately it WILL need a well known name/company for us to get a rival for Ebay.


For this reason alone I firmly believe that there will never be a competitative alternative to eBay. Who is going to invest in a venture going to head to head with the dominent market leader. Ebay is a fantastic business model which works solely based upon the volume of traffic the site attracts. Yes, you will get the odd small alternative which will have a limited following, but with the ease of eBay, who would risk investing in an alternative? Its suicide.

I have no problem with eBay's fees. I know my auction will potentially be seen by millions of people worldwide. Fees are expensive but its easy to adjust your pricing of the item and postage to compensate.

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