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Ten Reasons I Did Not Bid On Your eBay Listing

ebay - why I didn't bidBy Wixx, special contributing writer

I am sure that I am not the only person who did not bid on your auction because of one of these reasons. That means that you may now be relisting your item, or selling it for a lot less than what you could have. The following is a rant. A rant that contains my opinions, which may differ entirely from your opinions. You are allowed to have your own opinions. You have been warned.

#10 You have a bunch of stupid characters in your title and or listing: [email protected]@K A+++++++ quality jibber jabber. This listing must have been placed by a nine year old. A nine year old that is not likely to actually mail me the merchandise if I win, so I am not going to bid. [email protected]@K at me not bid on your auction.

#9 I can not tell how much you are charging for shipping: The Shipping section says “please see listing for shipping details” and the listing is barren, like a wasteland. With no mention of these elusive charges anywhere, I will have to move on. I may “ask the seller a question” but then again I may not.

#8 You do not accept Paypal: This is the year 2007. Get a Paypal account. This would have been listed higher, a lot higher like damn near #1, but I did not want to seem shallow and superficial…heh heh. The truth is I have a Paypal account to buy junk on eBay with. If I use any other means of payment, I have to have approval from the family corporation in triplicate and I am really not prepared to beg for the release of $6.50 to buy your item, when I have those funds just sitting in my Paypal account…waiting. Yeah Yeah I understand that Paypal is going to charge you 37 cents in fees, but that money order that you accept is going to charge ME and that is out of the equation. I can send you a check, and wait around until it clears but by then I could have found another listing from someone who understands that I have a Paypal account and am willing to use it.

#7 Your description is junk: You are a salesperson when you type up your description. Sell it to me. Do not give me the name of the item and hope it is what I was looking for. I have bought a few things that I was not specifically looking for because the picture and the description made me think, “wow that is cool.” If I do not know what a ‘VINTAGE 1961 HICKY MA JIGGY” is, I am not going to buy yours. There are indeed collectors out there who may bid, but you are missing out on a lot of people by not telling us what the hell this Hicky ma Jiggy is and does. Here’s an example that had the following title:

Wizards Duel figures and BGIME 13 Lord of the Rings

What the hell is that you say? Well read on…

Battle Games in Middle Earth magazine number 13 AND the figures needed to play the Wizards Duel game!! The magazine is 21 full color pages of information pertaining to the Lord of the Rings table top miniatures game. This particular issue (#13) includes 6 pages on the tactics of the game, helping you to better command your forces, a step-by-step painting guide for the horses of Rohan, and a modelling workshop demonstrating effective techniques for adding realistic details to your scenery. It also includes the rules for an exciting mini-game called Wizard’s duel.

This allows players to re-create the confrontation between Gandalf and Saruman. I have also included metal figures of both wizards and the seeing stone called the Palantir. That is the cool black crystal ball that the flaming eye of Sauron shows up in during several scenes of the movies. Not only are these figures perfect for this mini-game, but they are great to add to your armies as well. They are in very cool action poses as opposed to the other poses, where especially Saruman looks kind of bored and tired, leaning on his staff. Having access to the Palantir increases Saruman’s power in the battle game as well, so adding this mini to your collection will make your games that much more challenging. With the other poses Saruman either has the Palantir or he doesn’t. If he has it in his hand on the model, he is very powerful. If he has to be in contact with a separate model of it, he is still powerful, but his location on the board has a whole new meaning, as if you can get him to move away from the Palantir, it decreases his power. To me this is a much more realistic approach.

As for Gandalf, he looks cool with his gnarled staff extended ready to use some magic! The contents of this auction will come in a bubble mailer with heavy cardboard on both sides of the magazine. The figures, which are unpainted and unglued, will be in a bag wrapped in bubble wrap to help cushion them even further. As usual I will try to get these in the mail within
2 days of receiving the Paypal payment from the winner. Thank you for looking.

Wow. I clearly know what this listing offers and if I were on eBay looking for a gift for my Nephew who happens to really like the Lord of the Rings movies, I may be inclined to bid on this. He may not play the table top battle game, whatever that is, but the description says that the rules and the figures needed for a mini-game are included in this listing, so at least I know he can get some use from them.

Now imagine if you saw this listing:

Wizards Duel figures and BGIME 13 Lord of the Rings

2 wizards, a sphere on a stand, and a magazine. Do not bid unless you intend to pay.

??? I am still clueless, oh well I must not be in the club…I will move on. I’ll add that the last line is another of my pet peeves about eBay. I understand that you may have been burned by deadbeat bidders who did not pay, but honestly, do you think the deadbeats will see your request of “DO NOT BID UNLESS YOU INTEND TO PAY” and think, “oh man, I was going to bid and then giggle about not paying for a week until this dude gives me a non-paying strike, but he said not to!!” This request always makes me chuckle and think about including instructions for something that says 1. Open box 2. Read these directions 3. Breathe in 4. Breathe out 5. Repeat breathing for the rest of your life.

#6 You can not spell: I did a search for super cool hicky ma jiggy and got 100 listings. I looked over them all, but none were what I wanted or the price that I was willing to pay. Yet there, alone in the dark, desolate corner, was your listing, which was the hicky ma jiggy that I wanted. It was the right size, the right color and the right price. The only problem was that you listed it as a hiky ma jigy and it did not turn up on my search, nor anyone else’s. Do you wonder why your listing has 6 views and the rest of the hicky ma jiggy’s have hundreds? It’s because they can spell correctly.

#5 Busted goods: eBaying broken junk works for some people, but I really do not want to bid, wait, watch, hope, win, wait for shipping, get the item, feel the excitement of seeing it in the mailbox, bring it in, open it up…and then have to fix it. There are people out there who will bid on an electronic device that does not work because they are hoping that it is the circuit board that is bad on yours so that they can get the flux capacitor off of it, and replace theirs. I am not one of them.

#4 Item is in Australia: Sorry, but I can not bid on items where the postage to get to the US is more than the item AND I have to wait a month or longer to get it. This is really just a rant, as nothing can be done about it, but bear in mind if you are a potential buyer that there are some locations that it may be best to avoid. I know Canadians might feel this way about the entire rest of the World as their Customs charges can get pretty expensive, too. Not really anything you can do to get me to bid, I am just saying…

#3 Starting bid is way too high: It may surprise you that I do not consider this to be the number one reason to not even consider a bid, but I honestly feel that this is the 3rd most important reason. My absolute favorite is when the description itself says this super deluxe hicky ma jiggy retails for $25 — and the starting bid is $24.99 plus $6 shipping. That is just a little worse than the listings that say I am clearing out my store inventory to make room for new items. This item listed for $25 but is now OOP ( out of print) and the starting bid + shipping charges add up to be equal to or greater than $25. Ummm think about this. You had it listed in your store for $25 for so long that it is now out of print and you expect to get $25 for it now. If it were actually worth $25 it would not be in need of you ‘clearing’ it from your inventory. I honestly do not care how cool something is or how much I want or think I need it…I am on eBay to get a deal. I am not interested in bidding exactly what I can pay for your item in a store and having to wait a week to see if I won it or not.

#2 Blurry/Dark/nearly useless or the wrong picture: This is not quite as bad as no picture at all (that is so bad it gets its own listing…see below) But the picture is worth a thousand words. I have already mentioned the actual words of the description and that is usually way less than 1000. Do you want a thousand words screaming DO NOT BID ON THIS AUCTION? I didn’t think so. I see way too many listings where it says right in the description something like “These miniatures were painted by an Uber Pro painter and they rock hardcore, but my crappy camera sucks so trust me they look WAY better in person than what these Shatty pictures show. Another example of this is when the pictures are too dark, blurry or both because the lack of adequate lighting severely affects the focus, making it difficult to see the details — or even some of the item that you are looking at. A case in point:

Really cool description from above:


Same really cool description … but…

wizards bad photo

Which of these would you bid on? I would not bid on that second one unless I knew that those figures were worth $10 each and the current bid was $1 or $2. If I did not know what the figures were supposed to be, I would be lost. The description says the wizards are in cool poses, but that picture does not show that. This means again that a lot of potential bidders do not bid because they do not even know what you are selling. You can clearly see the figures on the magazine in the good photo to give you an understanding that there is indeed coverage in there about the particular figures included.

This also happens when you are looking at a listing for an authentic and fully functional Luke Sky Walker lightsaber with instructions and an old Jedi Master to train you on its use, but the photo is of the Emperor holding Darth Vader’s lightsaber. Can I truly be sure that Yoda or Obi-Wan will be in the shipment that I am bidding on if the Dark Lord of the Sith is pictured? I may just have to wait around for another listing of a real lightsaber…I could use the eBay question thing, but if the Emperor is involved, I can not truly be sure that he will not just cover the answer to my question with the shroud of the dark side…

#1 No photo: This is what I think when I see the following:

“Check out my auction. It is a Babe Ruth rookie card in great condition.”

No picture? How do you expect me to put a value on something like this without a photo??

I see an awful lot of listings for individual miniatures where they go so far as to include the manufacturers item number, but not a photo. Remember that the first photo is free so you are ripping yourself off by not including one. If I like the description of the miniature, for instance “Shadow Dragon with treasure pile UberCool minis #123,” I may go to Google image search and pull up Ubercool 123 and look for a photo. However there are Thousands of minis made by Ubercool minis, so after I check a few I get tired of all of the extra work and I stop. That leaves me no choice but to skip all of the hundreds and hundreds of listings without pics for a week or two until another cool sounding one comes along.

48 thoughts on “Ten Reasons I Did Not Bid On Your eBay Listing

  1. I completely agree about the stupid titles, bad descriptions, and not having a photo.

    I am less inclined to agree re:PayPal. Depending on the value of the item, eBay fees and PayPal fees have grown to the extent that a seller cannot reasonably certain items and accept payment that gets cut into. Plus, most folks who accept PayPal exclusively build-in a bit of extra into the shipping to cover the fees. I also refuse to bid on auctions with obviously inflated, or poorly estimated, shipping charges.

    Also, I would also say that I hate descriptions that leave a lot to the imagination, but I also despise those that contain too much information. For instance, I don’t need to understand the dynamics of Middle Earth to understand what a Frodo figurine is, right?

    In any case, I think this is good article with many points that should become a checklist for some eBay sellers.

  2. Wow. Sorry about the typos/grammar above. I guess I need to fully wake-up before posting. 🙂

  3. re Paypal, it seems that if you don’t want paypal, you will not get as much for your auction – which seems reasonable. Paypal is easy and convenient, but has caused problems for a lot of people. And as to not buying from Australia, can I ask have you ever tried to sell anything. You can sell only to your own country, or you have an option to the rest of the world – it costs no extra to list it to the rest of the world, so it is in the sellers best interest to do so.

    Also, there is nothing wrong with selling broken stuff, as long as it is listed as such – it is annoying if they don’t put faulty in the headline, but I have bought a lot of broken stuff, and profitted quite well.

    Some great points – one of the things that really annoy me is the guy with 5 feedback, trying to sell a brand new Sony laptop. No Thanks.

    Keep ranting about ebay, people need to know this.

  4. I could not agree more. Especially regarding PayPal. I would have included insanely high shipping fees in your “mystery shipping” section as well. Those auctions where the book is $2.00 but the shipping is $7.95? What’s up with that? It’s like the seller saying “pay me $5 to go to the post office”.

  5. Apparently “WTF?” is now an accepted journalistic standard. Any article written with this mnemonic in it is very poor in quality, and has nothing of substance to offer.
    This article is useless, and factually incorrect. Poor research, poor reasoning, poor writing. F.

  6. You can limit your search to US only. It’s pretty easy to do. I have to use it because otherwise I get a handful of products that are much cheaper than all of the others because it’s in China.

  7. Greetings from England… Ten Reasons to bid, though NOT in order….

    1. The title and description contains the exactly the right words, an ebay search finds the listing..

    2. Shipping cost is clearly stated and is free or discounted on extra purchases. The seller tells me where the delivery is travelling from.

    3. I can pay using the method I like, the seller is flexible. (This is sometimes hard to do internationally, so yes PayPal makes sense)

    4. The Title, the Picture and the Description tells me ALL that I need to know about the item, no more no less. All three must be there.

    5. The listing isn’t littered with animated text, music, and other things unrelated to the transaction. Short and sweet is best.

    6. It’s in the condition I’d expect for that price AND the condition is clearly stated in the description. No guessing from the picture.

    7. The seller offers a returns and refund policy that seems fair.

    8. Good feedback and high scores on the five star rating

    9. The seller has experience selling this item

    10. I want it….

    From my own small world of antique postcards on eBay here is my guide…

  8. I agree with everything except:

    #5. Nothing wrong with selling broken items as long as they are clearly described as such and the extent of damage is stated in detail.

    #4. I have sold items to buyers in virtually every major country and I’ve bought items from other countries as well.

    cybergal5184: I’ve bought items from sellers in China that were cheaper, with postage, than what the same items sell for at local stores. I’ve gotten a number of my wife’s knitting supplies that way. I don’t know how they do it, but I don’t really care. We’ve saved a bunch of money buying items from China on ebay.

  9. While I agree with the common sense parts of this that really never needed a write up, three things are particularly ridiculous however.

    Descriptions can only say soo much before getting monotonous and over wordy. Most people search for items they already know about and are just looking for someone thats selling it now. If you like Lord of the Rings enough to search for related items on ebay and you already know who Frodo is do you really need a condescending speech on the history of the character? Some auctions just make your eyes roll the way they go on to describe things that have nothing to do with the item they are selling and the listing turns into a movie review. Meanwhile useful information such as its condition get lost in the clutter.

    One mans junk is another man’s treasure. People buy and sell broken items all the time. Key words BUY and SELL. There are people that buy the stuff regularly and sell the stuff successfully. Just because the writer of this isn’t one of them doesn’t mean he/she speaks or is representative of the entire earth’s populace. There are people who restore antiques or repair electronics to resell and double their money back or more. I think thats pretty smart. And others are looking for spare parts without buying something brand new only to cannibalized it. But yeah “its broke and I have no talent” would drive someone to write such a ridiculous thing like that. The choice is simple, just don’t buy it. But don’t say listing them is useless and no one else should have the option to buy/sell repairable items just because you think its stupid. You sound like a two year old that way.

    Also if something retails for $24.99 and the starting bid is $25 and its worth $25 AND all completed auctions end at $25 AND its scarce enough that you would even spend your time searching for it on the internet in the first place… that should clue you in on reality. If you can just go out to a local store and buy it good for you, you will also have to set aside time to shop around and pay for gas and sales tax anyway. Brilliant strategy. But if the item is something you cannot find in stores anymore unless you care to invest in a time machine the added shipping shouldn’t be that big a deal. If the added shipping charge is the real issue here then maybe purchasing anything online isn’t your cup of tea.

    Low staring bids are no guarantee you will get a great deal.

    What would you rather do? Bid on the same item in another auction starting at 99 cents? Like you will actually get it for 99 cents? Then watch it constantly. Hope you don’t get out bid when you inevitably will be. And get more frustrated because that sweet deal suddenly isn’t that sweet anymore? Low starting bids always end in bid wars and often the item ends up selling for more then $25 in the process.

    I see this happen all the time. Same with shipping prices. “Free shipping” ends up driving more bids and in the end the cost ends up comparable to, if not more then, all those other auctions with a shipping fee. The only real difference is you just wasted time and energy trying to get that “deal” that rarely happens. If by some chance it does end lower you probably will never see the item as some sellers refuse the sale regardless of policies and would rather take a negative or neutral then a big monetary loss or say it “got lost in the mail” and refund your money at the last minute to cover their backs. Some deals aren’t worth the hassle getting involved in. Things that are too good to be true often are.

    Ebay is not a place for cheapskates or people who do not like to pay shipping charges.

    If its a desirable item no “low starting bid” is going to last for long. You just aren’t going to get a BMW for 99 cents just because that was the opening bid. Even if you were hoping to get it for 99 cents. Thats what this sounds like here. When I hear whiners like the author of this thing complain about the going prices of popular widgets I can’t help but think of someone who always wants something for nothing.

    I’ll let you in on a secret. Those $25 items on auction for $25. I bid on them all the time if thats how much it costs and thats how much its worth why not? The items always end at $25 regardless of starting bid anyway. I rarely get outbid and I don’t have to fuss and monitor the auction. I get my item that much sooner and I don’t waste my time looking for deals that will never happen in reality. Time is money too and wasting it trying to scrimp and “save” is often futile.

  10. I completely agree with all of the above comments you have made. I sell on ebay and keep my auctions completely clean and simple. The only thing I may overdo is pictures. but my pictures are clear.

  11. i agree with everything except for #6. im not one of those idiots who cares if something is spelled correctly.

  12. “i agree with everything except for #6. im not one of those idiots who cares if something is spelled correctly.”

    dan – You’re missing the point. If something is spelled wrong in the description, that is sloppy but not a big deal. But if something is spelled wrong in the title, the item won’t turn up when potential buyers search for it. I collect Disney items. If I search for “Mickey Mouse Watch”and you titled your item “Mikey Mouse Watch”, I’m not going to find it and you will not get nearly as many bids as if you had spelled the item properly.

  13. Misti,

    From my perspective you can not overdo pictures. Seeing an item that I may bid on from different angles is good for me, the bidder. However it does cost you a bit more in listing fees, but the trade off is hopefully you get more bids because of the extra pictures.

  14. Also annoying are people who either don’t respond to questions, or respond with an answer that’s unintelligible. I asked how a bike stand i was thinking of buying attached to the actual bike. Here’s the reply I got: “HI, at the bottom bracket area (cranks) with a bolt”. What? After reading it a few times, I figured he means it attaches with a bolt, that’s obvious (how else would it attach? With gum?). What kind of bolt? In short, HOW does it attach, as I’d originally asked? Arrrgghh! I didn’t bid on this item and it went unsold.

  15. 2 things. First, regarding PayPal – it sounds like you’ve never been screwed by PayPal. One day, you will – and believe me, you won’t be recommending PayPal anymore. Second, my biggest peeve about ebay is the use of the word “mint”. That particular word is unfortunately subject to the seller’s interpretation, but make no mistake, only MY definition of the word mint counts for anything. Mint = like new ie. no scratches, no dents, no fingerprints, no dust – just like it came from the manufacturer. Got it everyone?

  16. I’ve also bid on auctions where the sellers say that they accept paypal, but then it turns out that they either: A. funnel it through another pay site like BidPay which I’d rather not give all my info to, or B. They tell me that they only work through PayPal “debit”, meaning my checking account is in use with PayPal, which I’d also rather not do for security reasons. I only use my PayPal that’s linked to my credit card account, and that creates an extra fee for them, but as far as I’m concerned, if they say they take PayPal, they should take my payment.

  17. Pete- I love it…only YOUR interpretation counts…that it EXACTLY what this rant was intended for.

    Tiki – Paypal is starting to curb the whole I only take Paypal from Paypal balance, or linked checking account thing. If you accept Paypal on EBAY, and the buyer uses card funded Paypal payment, you are FORCED to upgrade to Paypal premier or business account. This way they get you with their standard premier fees. The only Paypal payment type tat you can refuse to accept on Ebay is e-check, which takes usually 4 business days to clear.

    Alex – can not = cannot

  18. Oh yeah, I forgot to ask. Pete, how am I going to get screwed by Paypal? If I am ready for it, maybe it will not get me too bad…

    Frank – I agree totally with the lack of response from questions. I was only writing about why I may not bid on a listing, based solely on the listing, or that one would have definately been included. I have also had the wonderful experience of asking a question such as ‘In the picture, I only see 3 widgets and the one on the left looks broken. The listing says there are 4 so what kind of widget is the other one?’ The reply came back “Thank you for your interest. Please check the picture. If you have any further questions, feel free to ask.” Nope, I did not bid.

  19. Wix,

    From (

    “If something is in mint condition, it is in perfect condition.”

    Broken? Scratched? Dented? Dusty? Covered in fingerprints? Sorry, that makes it imperfect. If you’re happy buying something on ebay that’s in “mint” condition, then upon receiving it it’s anything less than perfect, then you got screwed (even if you’re happy with it).

    I’m sorry you weren’t there last year when the people voted for ME to be the “mint” Decider. But regardless, my whole point is that mint = perfect, and if everyone would agree to that definition, there would be a lot less people on ebay purchasing “mint” condition items and actually receiving something that is less than perfect.

    You know that old saying “Don’t piss on my leg and tell me it’s raining.”? Well, “Don’t tell me it’s mint when it shows evidence of wear-n-tear or outright damage.”

  20. Wix,

    >> Oh yeah, I forgot to ask. Pete, how am I going to get screwed by Paypal? If I am ready for it, maybe it will not get me too bad…

    Ever hear of chargebacks? And perhaps you should spend a little bit of time at this website:

  21. Pete, I think you misunderstood about my loving your mint interpretation. Really, I agree with you. YOu are the bidder, and your interpretation is what should matter most. Thanx for the link, I’ll check it out.

  22. Have two things to add about pictures:

    1) not enough pictures or no important pictures. To me, important pictures are things like if you’re selling a camera, pictures of the optics to show if there are scratches or if an item like a headlamp or bike light, shoot it WHILE ILLUMINATED.

    2) images reputed to be of an item, but are just a GIF of the product pulled from a retail website

  23. You rock! These are all my peeves as well…but wait…there’s more…what about people who charge 4 times what they should for shipping, and you’ve sold similar items yourself on eBay, so you know this to be the case…or how about the “not” listings, where it’s a knock off thing, but they have the name brand in the description. Or, you think you’re going to see a listing that has a ‘lot’ of name brand things, but it’s really only 1 name brand thing, paired with 10 other things that are not. Or, how about the pictures that are taken on surfaces that are full of mystery crud and/or animal hair? Ew.

  24. Wix,

    >> Pete, I think you misunderstood about my loving your mint interpretation.

    Indeed I did! I wasn’t sure if you were attacking me or agreeing with me, so I believed the former. Thanks for clarifying. I’ve been a victim of PayPal chargeback myself ie. the buyer got their goods AND their money back. There’s a lot of hate for PayPal – all you have to do is Google for it. Just wait until PayPal decides to freeze your account (with money in it) because they simply suspect something fraudulent is going on.


  25. Disagree with #4. Buying from far away places, even with high postage costs can often deliver real bargains. I often buy bits of PC hardware from Hong Kong sellers, where the postage is 4 times the cost of the goods. They still turn out 2 or 3 times cheaper than the same goods sourced more locally, and delivery is rarely more than 1 week.

  26. You forgot to add:

    Those sellers who will be charging something reasonable for an item, and then you notice that the shipping is $25.99 for a DVD or something. I once bid on a 4-set of lip gloss that would have cost less than $1 to send (including the padded envelope) but it turned out the $3.99 shipping fee wasn’t for the whole thing, she wanted $3.99 for EACH balm. Yeah, um.. let me think about that, NO!

  27. I hate when sellers use tired cliches (usually in all caps) like:
    MY LOSS = YOUR GAIN!!!!!!
    and then go on to blather about how much they are sacrificing.

    Does anyone fall for this crap…ever?

    I fear the answer is yes.

  28. Your comments about the item being in Australia is lame at best – and retarded at worst. Let’s get something straight right now: The USA has the worst postal system and charges the highest prices of any system anywhere in the world. An item that costs USD 20.00 to post TO the USA from New Zealand takes 6 days to arrive there. Whereas the exact same item posted from the USA to New Zealand costs USD $47.00 and takes 14 days to get here.

    Let’s get something else straight: if you aren’t prepared to wait the 5 extra days it takes to get an item from another country, then you are an impatient loser and please don’t bid at any of my auctions because I really don’t want you emailing me every second day whining and moaning about when is it going to arrive. Nor do I want to hear you bitch about how it costs $5 extra to post internationally when the vast majority of US sellers charge USD 25,00 more than the actual cost of the postage, to send something internationally.

  29. If you have something someone else wants, it will sell. It doesn’t matter if you don’t take paypal, have a one line description, etc.

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  32. I read through the list thinking, Have I ever done that? I am an ebay seller and I agree, those things are awful. I like your writing. Keep it up.

  33. First off, great post! Second, Tim (#5) must be flying with the ducks because I see no use of WTF in the post at all; enlighten me if I missed it. Third, WTF is an acronym or initialism, not a mnemonic. A mnemonic is a phrase used to remember something (I before E, except after C).

  34. mobius – Sounds like you do not like to buy items from the USA…which is exactly what I was saying…there are some locations where if a listing is from, the deal has to be realy sweet to bid on.

    I bought an item from Australia, winning bid was $5.50 shipping charges were $30 and it took over 2 months to arrive. Sorry if that is ‘retarded at best’ but it is not like I was too impatient to wait 5 extra days.

  35. Great article, however the bit about
    Australia got me thinking. I really want to get to the USA, so maybe if I sell a whole heap of things to Americans on ebay and charge $10 shipping each, I can
    afford a ticket, and your items will be delivered in 2 days. Then I can do the same thing over there to get back!

  36. Here’s one pet peeve of mine that I see in your writing- and many others. The word “cannot” is a real word, and it is one word, not two. It is never written as “can not”. Can you take care of that in your future rants?

  37. I’ve been selling on ebay for ages and it always astounds me when people place a starting bid above 99 cents. It’s the game, the “chase” so to speak that gets the bidding activity. I’ve been able to sell razor phones for more then a smart phone costs because every thing I sell comes with a low starting bid and a good story. Without a story, it’s just a phone.

  38. Photos -always. More than one? Not @ .15 a pop for a low value item anyhow. I use free image hosting for large value items/lots and insert.

    Title? Get the spelling right with basic info (complete with jetpack and machine gun accessories) then use the end for keyword grabbing like toy action figure doll -use what is given to you!!!!

    Description – we differ on opinion. Again low value items aren’t worth the time unless your moving 1000 of them. But like 2 neat coasters you don’t want? Nah. 2 coasters X brand. No damage. X material. Type the dimensions or better yet use a ruler in the pic. —

    If selling a lot list whats in the lot. Tell size and weight always -it helps.

    Don’t go crazy on descript unless its a fine/high end item (Crystal this/ iphone that). I figure most people who type in something like paddles beanie baby know wtf it is. Just title -short simple terms – condition.

    Besides on collectibles especially I mean how detailed do you need to be on a $30 hallmark ornament hmm? Anyone that reads the title and sees the pic knows hey thats the whatever my collection needs or ooh i like that one.

    Get what it is right and the pic. No need to type the back of the box wasting your time trying to sell it when you got 80 more things to list at mid to bottom prices anyhow. No need to say handcrafted in memory of the great captain who in the year X did indeed slay a whale blah blahblah

    As for shipping – offer it free always. Ebay taxes shipping money now (bastards) and most buyers are lazy and won’t do simple addition of 5.40 + item price.

    As for starting bid. I disagree. With reserve fee costing so much and the free 50 listings best to set the start bid on items @ your lowest point + shipping since its “free”

    Then put a free buy it now price at your fishing high point for folks who pay for then and there. No need to have an offer – truly interested folks always message you with things like how much for it now and would you lower the bin to $45 instead of 50 (if they have good feedback do so and get a sale)

    Putting free shipping and a .99 start bid on an item few collectors are into like a stupid plate can end up with you selling that plate for a buck or so AND eating the shipping. START AT YOUR LOWEST!

    If your selling a ps3 or popular dvd – sure .99 and the market will auto fix it for you. NOT SO on trinkets/clothes!

    As for broken crap -one mans trash is another’s treasure. Just cause you aren’t into it doesnt mean the seller won’t get something out of it. Broke crap is bought CHEAP irl and rare parts for collectibles/machines is QUITE profitable. I actually do the best on my for parts/not working stuff. Lots of leg work finding it/big return if fixed -thats why it sells. Your just not into the culture of repair/reuse is all. No biggie I could give half a fks thought about a $500 handbag either.

  39. cybergal5184 I buy a lot of stuff from china, why buy a laptop from the uk shops when I can get one from china for half price, and where are the uk store laptops made… oh China, well hows about that then!

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