Looking past the low prices, eBay is a marketing based trap. Some people might wonder why the heck would anyone sell prices that low? I mean, $0.01 cents? Some items are reserved. That means if you don't bid up to a set price not displayed, then the vender has the right to not sell you their garbage. That makes some feel jipped. And if you ever manage to get a good deal on something (like a computer), you have to deal with shipping charges. Some sellers overcharge their shipping prices. I know people that do so. And if you're really unlucky, you might end up with a broken computer. And with the no refunds, the only thing you have to fight back with is giving bad feedback, which nobody ever looks at nowadays.EBay sucks! If you shop there long enough, you'll probably get cheated one day. Instead, I recommend Amazon.com. Stuff there is really cheap! I buy books there often. Even the used books look new! Check it out. You might find something you'll like.
Wow...I don't know where to start.
You obviously don't have the mind to think for yourself!
If you don't want to get cheated on eBay, deal with users who have good feedback and you can look at the shipping charges before you bid, so you know what you're getting into. You can also see if an item has a reserve or not before you bid. If you see an item has a reserve and you don't like that, don't bid, how is that getting jipped?
Everybody who sells on ebay pads their shipping charges. I do. It's because I'm going to be paid for the time and materials I spend on shipping, not just whatever the place charges me to move it. But like I said, shipping charges are displayed before you even bid, so its not like some big secret.
As for faulty, DOA, or broken products, that's why you pay for shipping insurance and deal with trustworthy sellers. You say no one looks at feedback, but that's obviously just you, since you seem to be in the minority of people that have bad transactions on ebay. Maybe if you did look at it you wouldn't have such bad transactions.
Feedback is also not your only recourse. You report a seller to ebay and they usually face suspension and more often closure of their accounts. For sellers, if you get a non-paying-bidder than eBay will even refund all your listing-fees. For buyers, pay through pay-pal because all transactions through them are guaranteed and pay-pal will refund you your money if something is wrong. Combine that with the fact that there is almost no one on eBay who doesn't accept pay-pal and you have a fairly nice system. More often than not, any reputable sellers DO offer refunds. I do, but no one ever asks for them since I take the time and care to make my transactions right.
And you are falling prey to outright deception if you think Amazon has low prices. Give me a list of the top 100 items sold on Amazon.com and 9/10 can be found somewhere else online (and places other than ebay) for lower prices.
Please think things out before you go attacking something you obviously don't know how to use. It's not a poor product on ebay's fault, it's a half-hearted approach to it on your fault. Read through ebay's help section and you would have found everything I've told you.
If it's so crappy, then why does everyone use it?
I also forgot to add, don't call everyone else stupid because you don't know how to use something.
I think anyone who reads what you said and what I said will see whose actions could be considered "stupid".
Good post, Akijikan. Just like he said, you have to look at the information and data that is already shown there. If it's not obvious or it's hidden somewhere, then you can call it some sort of scam.
Not "everyone" uses it, just many people. Millions of people. I don't use it because my parents think that inputting their credit card info to Internet pages are not safe. Well, yes it is unsafe but YOU ARE ENTERING IT INTO SECURE HTTP SITES!!! Bah, they don't understand what I'm trying to tell them.
But it's okay, I understand how they feel.
I want to use Ebay sometime too. And I wonder if I should start selling stuff!! Like... err... I don't know. I don't have anything to sell Hahaha!! Here is what I have to say though:
Ebay does not suck Period.
Looking past the low prices, eBay is a marketing based trap. Some people might wonder why the heck would anyone sell prices that low? I mean, $0.01 cents? Some items are reserved. That means if you don't bid up to a set price not displayed, then the vender has the right to not sell you their garbage. That makes some feel jipped. And if you ever manage to get a good deal on something (like a computer), you have to deal with shipping charges. Some sellers overcharge their shipping prices. I know people that do so. And if you're really unlucky, you might end up with a broken computer. And with the no refunds, the only thing you have to fight back with is giving bad feedback, which nobody ever looks at nowadays.
EBay sucks! If you shop there long enough, you'll probably get cheated one day. Instead, I recommend Amazon.com. Stuff there is really cheap! I buy books there often. Even the used books look new! Check it out. You might find something you'll like.
1. Each eBay listing indicates whether or not there is a reserve to be met on that particular auction. If a potential bidder can't be bothered to look before he/or she places (and then confirms) a bid, that's his/her problem.
2. The shipping charges are given up front with the rest of the listing. If a bidder doesn't want to pay 30 bucks in shipping charges when the merchandise will really only cost the seller 25 bucks to put into the mail, then I guess that bidder should look at a different listing.
3. PayPal offers buyer protection, as does eBay. PayPal will reverse charges if there's a problem; eBay offers complaint resolution in addition to the feedback thing that you complain about.
My point is just that, if a buyer is careful and pays attention to what he or she is doing, then there are some pretty good deals on eBay. Yes, there's a bunch of junk, but you'll find that no matter where you go on OR off-line. And while there are plenty of crooks and con artists using the site, there are also quite a few good or even outstanding sellers and buyers.
the thing is what ever kind of bidding system you have ..you ll always have the problem of bad seller and damaged goods fraud etc. You just cant make it go away. May be in a system where peoples ids are tied into the system...lets say a person's international unique id tied to a online business consortium databse..which lets any seller buyer verify things about the others. for example ..if i were to buy books from two similar buyers ..every thing similar down to geographic location ...condition ..shipping warrenty ..may be i can look up on how much profits or losses were posted by those sellers..and help the less financially person out..remember we are dealing people here..i know this is just impossible...but it never hurts to dream
While I like to browse eBay every now and then (and by that, I mean it strictly; I've reviewed the eBay web pages, oh, no more than 3, 4 times), but I have never bought anything, and I really don't care for it. Not that I dislike eBay itself, I just could care less for the whole idea of online bidding. Hell, I've barely been to Amazon.com as well! I am really not interested very much in online shopping, I suppose.Who knows; maybe I'll come around... become one of those eBay junkies, eh?
My favorite part about ebay is that you can find expensive electronics for anywhere from 30-150 dollars less than typical retail prices
It's realy hard to buy on eBay from Ukraine
eBay is my best friend. I've bought my last two cell phones (granted used, but great condition) on there, because i'm not eligible for the lower price offered by my cellular provider.I also bought some computer parts off a website which I didn't feel like dealing with for a refund, (they weren't for my computer.. my mistake) so I sold them on ebay and made money off of them!I also have been keeping an eye on those XBOX 360's... they are selling for WAY more than i would have ever imagined... so i'm going to get on a couple Pre-Order lists for the new Playstation3 and then sell em on ebay. I'm not big into gaming so a PS3 wouldn't really do me much good sitting next to my tv.. cash in the bank would do me alot of good.So i guess that proves another good thing about ebay... you can find rare items not so easily found in your own town.
Well, that Xbox 360 issue is something like 'pre-investment' funds or something like that. People are making crazy amounts of money just for selling SUPER ULTRA HIGH DEMAND items!! Yeah, capitalism follows the law of "supply and demand". Something to do with mercantilism and stuff, marketing and economy, etc etc.Anyway, I want to try out Ebay sometimes. I want to get like paintball equipment, maybe some SWAT uniforms ... or even Navy Seal. Man... they look so cool and I wanna wear 'em to school or something. Hahaha! Yes, I have big dreams
EBay is what you make it. If you're willing to take the risk of buying an item you cannot see in person from someone you don't know go right ahead. EBay has some nice features built in to make it much more safe. Also, there are many more honest people in the world over dishonest. I've purchased 2-3 items off EBay, all in the "middle" price range, and haven't been gipped or disappointed yet.Regarding the XBox 360 .. heh, well whats the problem with making money? The world is, generally, capitalistic. If I'd been quick enough I can assure you that I'd have had 3 or 4 units for sale and an extra $2000 easy cash in my pocket. Me and my brother already have funds lined up for when PS3 comes out. I say if someones willing to pay my price, I'm willing to sell.Overall EBay is an excellent idea that is carried out quite well. Sure, people probably get ripped off daily .. but in all honesty, the vast majority of "customers" are happy ones who got a good deal.
Hey cyborg, I reccomend a Tippman 98 custom. Me and two other people I work with bought a three pack of Gun, Mask, And tank and just split the buy it now cost between us. I love my new paint ball gun. Ebay gets more and more exciting every day.I'm sure though one day i'll end up getting ripped off or a friend of mine will get ripped off, then my opinion of ebay will change rapidly. But as of now, I <3 ebay!
They have some crazy stuff selling on Ebay.And its funny because a lot of it sells.For example, someone was selling a 'holy' sock for $15.No one did buy it but it was funny the way they worded it.
accually, i have no problem with ebay, its just ebays partner (paypal) that i have the biggest beef with
I got a note a few days later that it was faulty to a degree. So I sent the guy the added peice that had been missing for free. I mean not everyone is going to cheat you out there. I could have been like " It was whole when I mailed it " Not everyone in life is out to cheat you. Like what alot of the people on this thread have said. If you take the time to talk to the seller and take advantage of the FAQ's and information they give you using Ebay can be a great thing.
sorry but i have to say that you are the biggest moron i have ever come across.Ebay does NOT suck. Ebay is fantastic for finding great deals or for finding really obscure items. Its also great for selling really obscure items or rare items and for sellers the reserve feature is very useful. I mean if your selling something valued at £100 the last thing you want is for the auction to only go up to £30 so allowing you to put a reserve on it gives you a brilliant reasurrance.
Hi, If your looking for an alternative to ebay, ItchyPig limited run its own auction site http://forums.xisto.com/no_longer_exists/. Im a co-director, we have just been backed by Northampton university. Theres no final value fees and no listing fees. we make all our money from selling advertising space on the site. And check out our charities page. You will see that just by using the site you are helping charities. We actually pay our users, if you have a myspace,facebook,bebo or even your own website, we will actually pay you just to have our link on your site (ï¿½1 for every verified sign up that comes from your unique link) If you want to know more then just check out the website http://forums.xisto.com/no_longer_exists/. Oh and to add to the ebay sux theme here, they also own http://de.shopping.com/?sb=1&ncrd=1&rpu=1 they pay other websites to promote affiliat's products then pay the promoters 1p-10p per sale when they receive ï¿½6-ï¿½500 per sale. They are all about the money, they have changed sooo much since they started up. you should read their book "the perfect store". more like "a quick and easy way to make a load of money, with no customer care". Cheers for reading. Frank.-Frank
I use ebay a lot to buy and sellI dropship a lot of products from china and the good thing is that you get a lot of exposure but the fees are high although they are reviewing their fees soon.I mainly sell phones and games consoles and my best sellers are Nokia 8800 Sirocco Gold and Nintendo DS Lite.
Ebay does suck!I used to buy a lot on Ebay but now I buy other places online. When I go to a store to purchase something I look it over, read the packaging and if for some reason I don't like it I can bring it back (at least with walmart I can). With Ebay I have someone else describing the product. I don't get to look it over throughly and see if it worth my money. Used to be I could talk to other buyers about products I am interested in to find out if they are really something worth spending my money on. This has helped save me money in the past, one example is I was looking for ear mites meds for my cats. I do rescue and had some kitten comes in with ear mites. I saw a product that was natural. I asked the seller about it and of course he said it was the best product around. I then talked to several buyers of the product and they all said it was a complete waste of money. Of course it took a month to realize it was a waste money as the directions on the product said to use it for a month to see full results. They had already left feedback for him stating fast shipping, great price ect... as Ebay encourages feedback on the seller not the products. That is only one example, I have many where the seller says one thing but the buyers say something else. Now, Ebay has stopped me from talking to other buyers. I have no way of finding out about the product except talk to the seller of the product.I now go to amazon.com where I can read reviews about the product and about the seller. Ebay used to be a good place to buy from but now they are trying to take over everything. I don't know why they don't let the seller, sell and the buyer, buy.
The low prices and scams aren't eBay's fault, it's the sellers. If you look at the sellers feedback, then you can get a good idea if you can trust them or not. If they're new, and don't have any feedback yet, don't trust them. Only trust them if they have 95%+ positive feedback, froom alot of people. Also, read the negative feedback, just to make sure.You have to be careful buying anything online, from anywhere. Especially thinks like dvds/cds/games. If they look too cheap, they may be pirated.Also, things aren't necessarily as cheap as they may seem. Always make sure to look at the postage and handling. In alot of cases, it's more than the price for the item.