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Post# 373282   6/5/2017 at 22:11 (379 days old) by electrolux137 (Land O Plenty USA)        


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 (379 days old) by vacuumlad1650 (Chicago Suburbs)        

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

Post# 373298 , Reply# 2   6/6/2017 at 00:31 (379 days old) 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 (379 days old) 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 (377 days old) 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 (362 days old) 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 (362 days old) 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 (361 days old) by FantomTechGuy (US)        
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 (361 days old) 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'?




Post# 374604 , Reply# 9   6/28/2017 at 14:57 (357 days old) by Warren_L (Georgia, USA)        
Vitriol & Hate

I HATE people that buy Fantom Vacuum Cleaners and parts on eBay!
(just kidding)

But those are some harsh sentiments for people that provide a service of sorts.

While it may not be to your liking, these people who try to maximize their profit by "parting out" their vacuums (a term coined by automotive junkyards), are most always left with unsold pieces.
There are parts that commonly break or malfunction and parts that rarely, if ever fail.
I would much rather spend "a bit more than it's worth" to get an original part, than buy another complete vacuum to get that part.

Every time I've done that I've spent more repairing both. I have a difficult time looking at a parts vacuum, that only needs the part I removed and maybe another to make it complete and functional. That money could have been better spent on acquiring a different model. Also, I don't have the space to keep a parts vacuum around waiting to donate a piece to a collectable vacuum that doesn't see much use, nor do I have a network of like minded collectors that I could sell or give, some of the extra parts.

So actually, these people do provide a legitimate service and maybe shouldn't be arrested and put in work detention camps.

Post# 374697 , Reply# 10   6/29/2017 at 18:57 (356 days old) by FantomTechGuy (US)        
I agree Warren...

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First off, that first comment was funny lol.

But to respond to what you said, I do agree that the parters do offer a good service, but I think sometimes they can get carried away with the prices. I mean, I think there should be a limit to how much you can post. But since I take my Fantom's serious, I take those scrappers to heart more.

Post# 375381 , Reply# 11   7/14/2017 at 17:49 (341 days old) by Warren_L (Georgia, USA)        
Thank you too!

I'm so glad you understood my intention was jocular!

I just don't buy from these scalpers and wait till something less expensive comes up.
Some of these sellers don't even clean the parts or take focused pictures! If they are that lazy, they aren't getting my money no matter how rare, needed or desirable!

The sellers who grind my gears are the ones that are selling a pristine vacuum, that's at the top of my want list, at a ridiculously low price but won't ship it.

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