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    Need info on ebay

    I was thinking about selling stuff on ebay. The thing is I have never bought or sold on ebay and don't know too much about how it works.

    Could someone please explain to me how it works?

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    Re: Need info on ebay

    Its pretty straight forward. I've bought a few things off ebay, and sold some stuff too.

    You register with your details, write up an add for what it is you want to sell, and set a time limit for the auction (ie. 1 day - 10 days i think). You can also set a reserve price and a starting price for the item you are selling. You also provide information about how much it will cost to ship it, and what methods of payment you are willing to accept (cheques/money order/direct deposit etc.).

    People may be unwilling to buy something expensive from you at first, so sell some small stuff and then after people leave feedback you should have no problems.

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    Re: Need info on ebay

    Quote Originally Posted by kazza
    Its pretty straight forward. I've bought a few things off ebay, and sold some stuff too.

    You register with your details, write up an add for what it is you want to sell, and set a time limit for the auction (ie. 1 day - 10 days i think). You can also set a reserve price and a starting price for the item you are selling. You also provide information about how much it will cost to ship it, and what methods of payment you are willing to accept (cheques/money order/direct deposit etc.).

    People may be unwilling to buy something expensive from you at first, so sell some small stuff and then after people leave feedback you should have no problems.
    So you start out with a low price and you wait for the higest bidder?
    Can you see what kind of bids you got?
    Then you select the higest bidder?
    Also what is a reserve price?

    Does it cost money to list ads for sell or is there only a fee if you make a sell?

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    Re: Need info on ebay

    You really should go to the site and read over their help sections. They have a lot of help files that you can read through.
    We can give you answers, but its from what "we interpret" them to be. YOU should always gt it from the horse's mouth:

    Start with the "new to ebay" section:
    http://pages.ebay.com/help/newtoebay/index.html

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    Re: Need info on ebay

    Quote Originally Posted by Nx5.0
    So you start out with a low price and you wait for the higest bidder?
    Can you see what kind of bids you got?
    Then you select the higest bidder?
    Also what is a reserve price?

    Does it cost money to list ads for sell or is there only a fee if you make a sell?
    Ordinarily, one places their item on the site, under the appropriate TYPE
    item category; visit the website to see these details.
    A lot of people just put the item on there in the action section and don't
    put a price on it - just let the auction activity develope a seeling price.


    Obviously, especially with a known expensive item this is very risky, as
    say for instance a $350.00 item (you know this is the tru value) placed
    on there with no starting prive; if the successful bidder ends the auction
    with a bid of, say, $12.50, then you are bound by Ebay rules to sell the
    item to this individual at the auction closing price.
    If you don't want this to happen, you can put a Reserve Price on it;
    don't have to show this. The bidders will realize this as they are bidding,
    as there will finally be a notice displayed that Reserve has been met.
    Also, you can sell something t "Buy It Now" price.
    Then, there is also the option of opening a store front there, which is like
    a virtual store: you place your items you have for sale there and have
    set prices. People can shop you store, buy your items and so on.
    This and "Buy It Now" are the best. That way, you get a decent shot a
    a selling price that you like and you can still give the buyer a good
    buy.
    If you sell something at auction and fail to follow through, for any reason,
    you get kicked off the site and not allowed to do any further business.
    I have known people that have gotten some good deals and then some
    that have gotten stung. Especially with automobiles and other mechanical
    and electronic devices.
    They have a seller rating system as well, wherein buyers can report good or
    bad expeirences regarding certain buyers.
    But, in the end, Ebay will not step in and mediate or attempt to reconcile
    a bad experience between buyeer and seller. They leave that up to the individuals concerned. Ebay doesn't want to go there!
    Also, the buyer pays postage, shipping charges on any and all items. Some,
    such as cars, you have to picke up yourself and particularily distant
    locations of the seller from the buyer one has to pay a car carrier to
    transport the vehicle. So shipping and handling charges is another consideration and, for instance with vehicles, R.V.s, Boats and the likes,
    can be an additional expense to consider.
    Also, if you are a seller, there are various and sundry fees and sales
    percentages tacked on by Ebay that you will have to pay.
    Sometimes, after all the "jumping through the hoop" that a seller has to
    perform, that is in paying fees and sales percentages to the marketer,
    including all the time spent in the entire transcation of one item, at times
    it is better to advertise and sell it loically, or even give it to a chairitable
    organization.
    By the way: Goodwill, Incorporated is not a charitable organization. It
    is private business, like all other business. I think, somehow, that the
    thing is operated somewhat on a franchise basis, or some such arrangement.
    One has to pay for the right to do business under the name, in any given
    geographical location. But any goodwill in any city is not directly connected
    to Goodwill in another city.
    I have noticed that they put up signs in some stores suggesting that they
    perform a beneficial public service by training people how to work and
    employing people.
    But then, so do most other businesses.
    The Salvation Army is a true charitable organization, dedicated to helping
    the needy.
    I have no personal interest of any sort in the Salvation Army. Just know that
    they do help needy people at no charge, such as feeding, clothing, temporary
    living quarters, food pantrys and disaster relief.

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    Re: Need info on ebay

    There's other Auction sites as well, such as Yahoo and Amazon.
    You can place the words "Online Auction" on a search engine and
    find out who and where these are at.
    Also, there's a place called "Craigslist.com" where you can buy and sell.
    Auction? I'm not sure. Not every city has a Craigslist site. It has to be
    a large City like Dalla, Houston, Austin, Oklahoma City. Shreveport.
    YOu type in on the URL position the usual "http:// then the city - dot
    then craigslist.com

    Example: http://Houston.craiglist.com.

    That will take you there. Quite a diverse site. Depending on the locale.
    Interesting what you can find on there including "kinky" material as well
    as various personals, services ands things for sale.

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    Re: Need info on ebay

    Ebay is very good platform to sell and purchase of different things. It has very easy use. Actually, we are also Electronic Sellers and deals in almost all Office supplies. So, you can rely on this site.
    Last edited by swarner11; 06-16-2014 at 03:09 PM.
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