deadted wrote:Friends, I sell a lot on ebay and have been going strong since 2000. I have sold a good bit of musical equipment.
PAYPAL is Unjust...
Ebay charges me listing fees to put up the auction, Then Ebay charge me a final value fee once the items sells. Now understand that Ebay owns Paypal! So now Ebay/Paypal is charging me again when the money exchanges! Double taxation! Don't forget that Paypal fees are calculated off of the entire amount including shipping. Lastly, Ebay retains its monopoly by only allowing Paypal as a means of electronic funds transfer.. Ug!
What's the answer? Living in the Free World (or so I thought), competition is what breeds efficiency in the marketplace. Enter Google Checkout! Same type service, but more efficient with lower fees to the sellers. You create a Google Checkout account and use a credit card to send payment -- blind, the sellers never sees your info. It works like a charm.
On the issue of security, your credit card company provides greater fraud protection than paypal.
Use your head, no pun. Check out the seller's feedback profile. Also, if you are buying a big dollar item, ask the seller for a phone number, call him for a few minutes and verify the condition of the item before your bid/buy. When I sell a $12k guitar, I like to talk to the buyer also![/b]
Hey, I popped my forum cherry.
Your post makes it sound like eBay should be free? That line of thinking confuses me and makes me question your later points. eBay is a service for sellers and I can't see a beef with the fees.
A guitar instructor pays the shop for renting a lesson room, similar, huh?
Free world, as in commerce in America? Ha, you should see whoever sold you that bill of goods and get a refund back.
We *should* be free to do what we please on our own but as soon as we use others and their services I see "free" ending there.
I'd suggest if you are looking for freebies to use CraigsList.
As a seller you should be ecstatic with eBay. Having a global community bidding on your items turning ever bit of used musical gear to 85% of new and things that wouldn't sell for $1 at a garage sale earning $10 on eBay I'd say it works well for you...
In my 10+ years as an active musician and starting in the late 80s I remember used gear being bought privately for 40-50% of retail in perfect condition and if via a store 50-60%.