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7399Ebay and Vintage Comp Sales (to keep this on topic)

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  • B. Degnan
    Mar 5, 2008

      >I don't hate ebay, but I am dissatisfied with their performance, and
      >for what they do charge, we should get better. They've changed their
      >website considerably to appease the professional sellers, but they've
      >done very little to make life easier for the junk sellers, who were
      >(and I think still are) their core audience.
      >Sorry for the long and offtopic rant, but I was asked the question so I
      >thought I'd answer it.
      >Brian C.

      I understand better where the dissent is coming from - the junk sellers
      feel squeezed out.

      My company engineers applications like Ebay (if we could only get their
      contract!) and I personally use Ebay to sell about as much as I buy. I
      used their tools to create a re-usable template or two, and I sell
      everything starting at 99 cents even if it's worth $10,000. I calculate
      and then add their fees into the advertised shipping and handling
      charges. Simple, fast, and it works for me. I am usually surprised at how
      *well* my auctions do. Case in point, last week I sold an IEEE to PET
      cable for over $100, starting at 99 cents. Have you ever seen an
      IEEE-->PET cable go for more on another site?


      Like everything else, you just have to know how to work the system, take
      good pics, and avoid situations where you need to contact Ebay. Phone
      support for a web site is not in the idiom for the media.

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