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Post# 373282   6/5/2017 at 22:11 by electrolux137 (Los Angeles, California)        

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I recently sold something on eBay (not a vacuum cleaner). The final sale price was $3000.00.


Take a look at eBay's fee for this transaction ... THIRTEEN PERCENT. And that's in addition to PayPal's fees -- I haven't yet gotten their invoice.


I'll never use that @#$%&$% site again.

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Post# 373290 , Reply# 1   6/5/2017 at 23:11 by vacuumlad1650 (North-East Illinois)        

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Absolutely Ridiculous! Thank goodness I don't bother with flEaBAY!

Post# 373298 , Reply# 2   6/6/2017 at 00:31 by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

When eBay bought PayPal to keep everything in-house, that was when fees escalated to insane levels.


Post# 373320 , Reply# 3   6/6/2017 at 10:00 by s31463221 (Frenchburg, KY)        

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Charles, I have all but stopped using "cheatBay" to sell (and many times buy) items. Shipping prices are outrageous these days, and the fees being charged to the seller are stupidly high. My wife "sold" a camera on eBay some time ago and the buyer turned out to be a sham and didn't pay for the item (one of those deals they didn't want to use PayPal, but rather Western Union, blah blah blah, etc). She notified eBay of such, telling them the transaction never happened, etc.....guess what...they STILL hit her account for nearly $70 in fees........needless to say, she was NOT happy in the slightest! Besides that, it seems the seller these days has ZERO protection against someone filing a fraudulent claim and them getting the money taken BACK out of their account, AND possibly not getting the item back either.....That's a big NOPE for me! Hate to see you got hit so hard too.....

Post# 373444 , Reply# 4   6/8/2017 at 08:45 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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I sold a vacuum for $820 and I'm wanting to say the paypal fee on that was $25.00 and yes ebay was the lovely 13 percent.

Post# 374328 , Reply# 5   6/23/2017 at 14:18 by Warren_L (Georgia, USA)        
Where else but eBay?

My health is declining, and I would like to start selling my collections on eBay, but I've read so many complaints of the various fees.

Where else could you find a worldwide venue for your items?
Craig's list? Vacuumland Marketplace? Penny-Pincher magazine?

I thought of making my own "flea-market" type website, but server costs, domain registration, bandwidth costs
and outside advertising and marketing would be far more than any revenue selling a few trinkets.

Are there any other practical venues out there that don't have these exorbitant charges?

Or are these complaints just greed talking?
How else can eBay afford to pay all their customer service people in India?

Post# 374330 , Reply# 6   6/23/2017 at 15:36 by Toddk13 (Milwaukee, WI)        
Don't forget "letgo"

That's pretty useless.

EBay is like gambling. If you go in expecting to have a big haul, that's a bad plan. If you set a certain expect a reasonable return on your time and effort, that's probably a bad idea. If you go in with a "it's free money" expectation, that's a better plan. If you are going to get crap selling on Craigslist, nothing on Letgo, and torch you listing fees on local ads, EBay is a better bet.

Post# 374340 , Reply# 7   6/23/2017 at 22:34 by FantomTechGuy (Williston, ND)        
eBay is crap... to an extent

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I only use eBay to look for Fantom Vacuum Cleaners and parts, I don't normally sell on there. I only stick to Craigslist or OfferUp. eBay is a ok site, BUT I think it needs some fixing.

When I am online looking for Fantom stuff, I ALWAYS see "Fantom Scrappers". What a Fantom Scrapper is, is my own definition to people who tear apart perfectly working Fantom Vacuums then sell each part for like $30 a piece. I HATE to see those types of sellers! And currently, there is this guy who took apart an ORIGINAL Fantom 11 Amp Vacuum and is selling EVERY PART for a steep price for each! And I also HATE people who sell the Fantom attachments separately for like $10 a piece! Now, I have no problem for the people who sell like 1 or 3 parts for a normal price, but the people who tear down a complete Fantom to sell each part should be banned. People should not be able to sell parts like that, but if eBay wants to keep it like that, eBay should make it that you could only post 3 parts at a time. This could also apply to other things besides Fantoms. What do you guys think?

Post# 374342 , Reply# 8   6/24/2017 at 00:24 by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

This is a common trend in every hobby I am engaged in. The sum of the parts is always greater than the whole unit. The only thing stopping this from total widespread use is the time it takes to list everything and the fees that eBay/PayPal charge.


I also have seen perfectly good units broken down and all the parts sold separately. I don't think there is anything you can do about's not illegal, possibly unethical but the temptation will always be there.


Hell, if I had the time, I'd strip my one of my vintage Merecedes wagons down and sell it piece by piece. That would most likely net me five times the market value of the car. See what I'm saying about 'temptation'?




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