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WARNING about EBAY!!!! #725323
Fri Feb 22 2019 02:29 PM
Fri Feb 22 2019 02:29 PM
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Paul Bell Offline OP
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I was just charged a final value fee on ebay for an item that DIDNT SELL on ebay. About $190 in fees. I sold a Dr. Pepper sign on facebook that was also listed on ebay as a "BUY IT NOW", not auction. I ended the listing on ebay immediately when I sold it on facebook and ebay charged me a final value fee anyway. About a month earlier I had been contacted by someone via ebay messenger about selling off-line, which I didnt do, and they are using that as "evidence" that I might sell it in the future off-ebay.

I talked to them earlier January about this over the phone and they promised me all was fine, no charge will come. Now in February they sneek it into my bill without any info about it. Just got off the phone with them for about hour, they wont reverse the decision.

So anyway, warning to any of you who like to put your items for sale in multiple areas. Ebay is getting really crazy, be careful. I need to step back and figure out how to handle ebay or get out completely.

Last edited by Paul Bell; Fri Feb 22 2019 02:37 PM.
Re: WARNING about EBAY!!!! [Re: Paul Bell] #725350
Sat Feb 23 2019 11:08 AM
Sat Feb 23 2019 11:08 AM
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I got out a long time ago, guess I made the right choice.


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Re: WARNING about EBAY!!!! [Re: Paul Bell] #725352
Sat Feb 23 2019 11:57 AM
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This sucks,and how is this any different to eBay if a seller puts their phone # in their description and states they have it for sale locally and reserve the right to end auction early?
EBay should be charging those sellers as well then I guess..


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Re: WARNING about EBAY!!!! [Re: Paul Bell] #725356
Sat Feb 23 2019 12:46 PM
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In reviewing this, it appears that over the last 6 months to a year, ebay has really gone too far in trying to prevent "off ebay" sales. Hard to prevent people from sending their phone numbers to me in ebay messenger. Reading other examples of this happening to other people too. Problem is that ebay still has a good pool of buyers, hard to completely get out.

Re: WARNING about EBAY!!!! [Re: Paul Bell] #725357
Sat Feb 23 2019 12:58 PM
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I know this is not a perfect solution, but what if you list on eBay first for a week. If it doesn't sell then list everywhere else. In other words don't have the item listed on eBay and other places simultaneously. Like I said, not a perfect solution by any measure but it might prevent eBay from squeezing you for fees. Just a thought.


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Re: WARNING about EBAY!!!! [Re: SandPCollector] #725364
Sat Feb 23 2019 03:38 PM
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Paul Bell Offline OP
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Jim, not a bad thought, usually it takes a while for the larger items to sell and its nice to have visibility in different selling venues. I'm thinking of only doing 30 day duration sales on ebay (relist as required, not hard to do) and if it sells on facebook or oldgas I'll raise my ebay price to the moon and let the Buy it Now end when it ends, wouldnt be more than a few weeks most likely.

Re: WARNING about EBAY!!!! [Re: Paul Bell] #726425
Mon Mar 11 2019 08:19 AM
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I have had this happen as well. Or when I have a buyer picking up in person, I would try to end the auction or cancel sale in order to avoid final fees. Why should I pay shipping fees for a pick up??

At this point I feel Ebay is so draconian I will try to cheat them any chance I get. It all started with the flat 10% final value fee on the item plus the shipping.

What ever we do to beat them, they come up with something else to counter it..almost like war!

I do like the idea of selling off Ebay then if still listed, raising the price to ensure no sale. BUT they will catch on to that as well I'm sure.

Must have rooms full of people looking for this type activity. The cited example from the OP is nothing short of thief as far as I'm concerned.

REALLY wish there was a viable alternative.

Re: WARNING about EBAY!!!! [Re: Paul Bell] #726428
Mon Mar 11 2019 08:34 AM
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Actually I hope everyone cheats Ebay out of all their money and they go under. Nothing but a pain in my butt since they started,


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