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    To those who actively sell on ebay and don't get screwed about or take extra precautions, what are all the rules of thumb when it comes to being protected?

    Such as certain disclaimers, warnings etc. I know to always send tracked but other than that what else is there?

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    Don't use eBay - that's best advice, terrible now with people ripping you off

    eBay along with PayPal are a pain in the ****

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    Just don't sell anything on eBay, job done.

    Be really realistic about how much money you are trying to make. By the time you've paid listing fees (if applicable), 10% to PayPal, 10% to eBay (both of which include postage!), you've packaged and posted whatever you're selling, it only takes one difficult buyer and you've wiped out a big chunk of the money you wanted to make.

    Be realistic with your descriptions, if something isn't in mint condition then don't describe it as mint. Make sure you mention any marks, chips, scratches etc and include them in the photos.

    Cash on collection only, never accept PayPal for something that's picked up.

    Accept that some people are just dicks and will complain at the drop of a hat.



    PayPal is 3.4% plus like 20p I believe?
    blueberry27

    Be really realistic about how much money you are trying to make. By the … Be really realistic about how much money you are trying to make. By the time you've paid listing fees (if applicable), 10% to PayPal, 10% to eBay (both of which include postage!), you've packaged and posted whatever you're selling, it only takes one difficult buyer and you've wiped out a big chunk of the money you wanted to make.

    james02

    Don't use eBay - that's best advice, terrible now with people ripping … Don't use eBay - that's best advice, terrible now with people ripping you off



    Gumtree to dangerous? May I ask what area you're in then?

    To the OP, just ensure you use a tracked courier really. Don't sell gift vouchers, codes ect. don't accept PayPal and let people collect. Write down serial numbers. You get the idea

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    joshp

    PayPal is 3.4% plus like 20p I believe? Gumtree to dangerous? May I ask … PayPal is 3.4% plus like 20p I believe? Gumtree to dangerous? May I ask what area you're in then?To the OP, just ensure you use a tracked courier really. Don't sell gift vouchers, codes ect. don't accept PayPal and let people collect. Write down serial numbers. You get the idea


    my area is so bad releasing it is a cardinal sin. Think of the worst place in Berkshire lol

    If I'm using tracked service, item is as thoroughly described as possible with adequate pictures and clear cut description and the buyer is of a decent feedback what really can the buyer do? Assuming I'm selling general clothing/games.

    ukting

    my area is so bad releasing it is a cardinal sin. Think of the worst … my area is so bad releasing it is a cardinal sin. Think of the worst place in Berkshire lolIf I'm using tracked service, item is as thoroughly described as possible with adequate pictures and clear cut description and the buyer is of a decent feedback what really can the buyer do? Assuming I'm selling general clothing/games.



    Ah okay, I must confess I don't know Berkshire. I'm quite lucky because Gumtree is great where I live (Cambridge).

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    joshp

    Ah okay, I must confess I don't know Berkshire. I'm quite lucky because … Ah okay, I must confess I don't know Berkshire. I'm quite lucky because Gumtree is great where I live (Cambridge).


    Very lucky, Cambridge is as good as it gets! (_;)

    I have sold on eBay for years for living and sometimes as part time
    you better off try amazon but it all depends what are you trying to sell??
    if an item cost you £5 it should be selling for around £12 to make any money
    quantity is the only way you can succeed selling and making any money.
    so rule is to sell something you can get a constant supply off. once your listing is more than 3 months old you will see how fast you will be selling.
    for low price items keep some reserve for lost items u will save more than paying tracked unless using myhermes

    I don't even open Gumtree no more in my area dozen cars gets stolen everyday, used for joy riding n then set on fire. ppl always selling stolen goods on Gumtree in Belfast as well. police doesn't even come in my area unless they are in three cars ( land rovers)

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    iibdii

    I don't even open Gumtree no more in my area dozen cars gets stolen … I don't even open Gumtree no more in my area dozen cars gets stolen everyday, used for joy riding n then set on fire. ppl always selling stolen goods on Gumtree in Belfast as well. police doesn't even come in my area unless they are in three cars ( land rovers)



    ​lol Belfast isn't Chicago!

    depends what you are selling. some items attract scammers more than others. for example expensive phones will always put you at risk of a scammer whereas lower value items like used toilet roll won't

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    DennisG

    depends what you are selling. some items attract scammers more than … depends what you are selling. some items attract scammers more than others. for example expensive phones will always put you at risk of a scammer whereas lower value items like used toilet roll won't


    yea, i think i'll stick to small low priced stuff sent via tracked if the customer is up for the extra cost.

    ukting

    yea, i think i'll stick to small low priced stuff sent via tracked if the … yea, i think i'll stick to small low priced stuff sent via tracked if the customer is up for the extra cost.



    you don't need to. get proof of postage and standard post is covered for up to £20. if it gets lost, file a claim. if it gets damaged, file a claim. if the customer claims they got a wispa multipack when they ordered 3 nike t-shirts, suck it up and curse the gods of eBay and paypal, for you will lose. it won't happen too often though, and scammers won't waste their few chances at taking advantage of the money back guarantee on low value items

    wasting money on tracked service takes money out of your pocket because ultimately the buyer is willing to pay a certain price. giving some of that to RM eats into your profit. i HATE it when i get tracked items when it didn't need to be sent that way (from commercial sellers). **** used to annoy the hell out of me, but we now know why that happened.....

    if you're looking to buy items to resell (as opposed to discarding excess stuff from home), be aware that others get them at better prices, pay less than 10% to eBay and 3.4% to paypal, have slicker dispatch services etc. I've crunched the numbers on a fair few wholesale items and it just isn't worth the hassle unless you're doing real numbers. I've had the odd item that has done well for me (not bought from wholesale, but in bulk at car boot sales), but the effort to post one or two items a week (packaging up, trekking to post office etc every time a sale is made) almost made it a waste of time (would be over an hour from when i started packing the item to when i was back from posting it).

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    DennisG

    you don't need to. get proof of postage and standard post is covered for … you don't need to. get proof of postage and standard post is covered for up to £20. if it gets lost, file a claim. if it gets damaged, file a claim. if the customer claims they got a wispa multipack when they ordered 3 nike t-shirts, suck it up and curse the gods of eBay and paypal, for you will lose. it won't happen too often though, and scammers won't waste their few chances at taking advantage of the money back guarantee on low value itemswasting money on tracked service takes money out of your pocket because ultimately the buyer is willing to pay a certain price. giving some of that to RM eats into your profit. i HATE it when i get tracked items when it didn't need to be sent that way (from commercial sellers). **** used to annoy the hell out of me, but we now know why that happened.....if you're looking to buy items to resell (as opposed to discarding excess stuff from home), be aware that others get them at better prices, pay less than 10% to eBay and 3.4% to paypal, have slicker dispatch services etc. I've crunched the numbers on a fair few wholesale items and it just isn't worth the hassle unless you're doing real numbers. I've had the odd item that has done well for me (not bought from wholesale, but in bulk at car boot sales), but the effort to post one or two items a week (packaging up, trekking to post office etc every time a sale is made) almost made it a waste of time (would be over an hour from when i started packing the item to when i was back from posting it).



    Im only selling stuff that i dont need. I got pretty bad ocd so im always getting rid of something.

    Im definitely not sending non-tracked after a recent hassle I had. Someone did a chargeback on a game I sold 70 days after it was sold. Only after threatening to go to their humble abode did they return my cash after doing a chargeback. Also you get hit with a £14 chargeback fee from paypal on top, but they waived this off.

    Tbh I generally take good care of my stuff such that they often look new/polished/clean. I factor that into my prices so that usually covers the tracking.
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