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    EBAY - Love it or Hate it?


    I think Ebay is cool, however I have loads of friends that hate it or are scared they will be 'scamed'.

    I have only bought a few items via Ebay in the past and never sold. (ebay.co.uk).

    What's your opinion and experience on ebay?
    Do they make too much (after all they own paypal too!!!)?

    My opinion is it's Excellent..a good web idea that "took off"
    Well done!
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    Well, they must be making a butt load of cash - the are reportedly
    looking to buy Skype for a billion quid!

    I've never used it [ebay] though.
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    Love buying from it.

    Hate selling on it. (they charge you even if your stuff doesnt sell)
    Dear God. What is it like in your funny little brains? It must be so boring.
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    They're far too popular, the site is poorly regulated and badly run, and they don't deserve the success they've had. I 'supported' another auction site for a while. It was far better than eBay at its peak, and started around the same time, but eBay were smarter with marketing and managed to build up an enormous name for themselves (obviously).

    The other site still exists but is far cruddier now. I think they laid off all the good staff and became, well, eBay without the popularity. I've lost interest in these things anyway, though I occasionally buy from eBay. Essentially, popularity drives popularity on auction sites, so it doesn't matter that their fees are too high and they do nothing to maintain the site, they will probably remain the most popular.
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    Can we get a poll? "love it", "hate it", "indifferent"

    I use it in waves for both buying and selling. If you don't need it now, and if you do your research, and sometimes, if you're willing to take a chance with a new user, you can get a really good deal. This is particularly true if the user didn't do his or her research and doesn't realize exactly what they have.

    Scams are avoidable if you use common sense and take the time to actually read the auction and ask questions. And now they have internal email/message system so you can worry less about spoofs.

    IMO, they do make too much, but it was smart business.
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    I don't see how people can be afraid of being scammed. You can always check the percentage of a users positive feedback and the amount of feedback received. So if they have a very large feedback list and high (above 90%) positive feedback they are most likely going to be a safe user to buy from.
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    Originally Posted by jharnois
    Can we get a poll? "love it", "hate it", "indifferent"
    Poll added.

    Originally Posted by Yegg
    I don't see how people can be afraid of being scammed. You can always check the percentage of a users positive feedback and the amount of feedback received. So if they have a very large feedback list and high (above 90%) positive feedback they are most likely going to be a safe user to buy from.
    I've read lost of [ok, a few] reports of people complaining that the
    people they did business with on ebay told them that if they didn't
    give them positive feedback, they'd get plenty of negative in return...
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    I'm totally indifferent to eBay. It's just one more service offered over the web. I'll use it if I need to, but I'm not in love with it.

    Originally Posted by crownjewel82
    they charge you even if your stuff doesnt sell
    Don't they charge, like, 1/10th of what the price is at when the bidding ends? If so, just start the bidding at $1.00. Seems like that would work.
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    Not always.

    I almost got scammed by a guy who had a 90 something rating. I won the auction but the link for paypal said that there wasnt a paypal account for that email address. He sent me an email saying i had to submit the payment using a different email. I wasn't about to do that so I got him to let me out of the auction. Like two weeks later i started getting emails from like 10 people asking how i got in touch with him cause he had taken their money and dissapeared.

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    Like crownjewel82, I've had a couple of bad experiences on there, but generally I like using eBay and have bought and sold quite abit. Thus far I've found that honest people generally outweigh the scumbags.
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    THere are alot of con artists on there, and you have to be careful. With that said it is the same when you mlook for something in a paper. You can getsome right barginings on there, however i recomend doing alot of research on the item you are going to purchase. unless it is a one off.
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    I've read lost of [ok, a few] reports of people complaining that the
    people they did business with on ebay told them that if they didn't
    give them positive feedback, they'd get plenty of negative in return...
    You can only leave negative feedback if a transaction occurred. So "plenty" can only really be one.

    Unless, I guess, the user decides to bid on some of your other auctions and then negatives you on those too. But you can block bidders (I think) and/or cancel their bids.

    I guess that could also happen if a user with 10,000 positive comments told a user with 10 positive comments this. Since rep is based on percentages, one negative to the 10,000 positive isn't going to do much, but 1 to the 10 will.
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    Originally Posted by crownjewel82
    Hate selling on it. (they charge you even if your stuff doesnt sell)
    That's because listing your crap (er, valuable objects d'art) is a service that they sell, just like running a classified. Nuthin' is free, that's the breaks...

    My bitch is that I think the cut they take if it sells is too damn generous.
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    Actually, the site I hovered at used not to charge for listings, only percentages of sale amounts, and even those were lower than eBay. I believe they have now introduced listing fees, and it's all only slightly better than their infinitely more popular counterpart.

    eBay could run comfortably on sales percentage fees alone.

    The 90% rating comment seems odd to me. If a seller has a large number of ratings, anything below 99% smacks of not really caring or not being totally honest. Very few sellers get negative feedback unjustly, and if, say, 100 of 1100 buyers have neg. rated a seller, they probably have major problems.

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    Originally Posted by ChiefWigs1982
    they are reportedly
    looking to buy Skype for a billion quid!
    Isn't Skype a bit outside their "core" business?
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