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Ebay Christmas challenge continuing into the new year!

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Tortoise Mon 10-Dec-12 21:44:51

Last thread full so starting new one.
Still time to make a few quid before Christmas.
Could be good for those unwanted presents after Christmas! grin

amck5700 Mon 10-Dec-12 21:52:14

I didn't list any new things - having a break for Christmas though feel a bit silly as sure I could have got rid of some stuff for presents etc.

I made over 500 in the month or so and I will get back to it after Christmas but it's a lot of work when you work full time and run a home too. The benefits are definitely worth it. I think i'll start again but for spending money at the holidays.

Tortoise Mon 10-Dec-12 21:55:30

Good idea amck. Not to late to put a few bits on. Buy it nows seem to be doing well and don't cost too much.

Sold a spinning pot noodle fork for £18.99 BIN! shock

amck5700 Mon 10-Dec-12 22:03:50

Really?? - go you!!!

Boys got their Christmas tv early and it seems to have rekindled their interest in a lot of the wii and PS3 games that I thought I could flog!

LineRunner Mon 10-Dec-12 22:23:32

I've never eBayed before I came on MN, and even then it took a year to pluck up the courage to actually do it.

It was hellishly slow when I started in the summer, and I thought, 'What's the fuss about?'

But December is something else.

Unless it all gets sent back for a refund in January.

LineRunner Mon 10-Dec-12 22:26:47

And respect on selling a fork on a twirly stick for, well, anything, really. grin

amck5700 Mon 10-Dec-12 22:28:59

my stars are now sitting at 5 for everything - the "as described" was stubbornly at 4.9 for ages but it's back up to 5 courtesy of the last jacket i sold which the lady came to collect - that felt a bit weird - I like to do my selling at a distance!!

Tortoise Mon 10-Dec-12 22:29:12

Lol I checked completed listings first and saw they sell well grin.
I'm sure the pot noodle pots still have the win a spinning fork promotion going on. Might have to look tomorrow! May win another one!

IwishyouaMerryChristmas Mon 10-Dec-12 22:32:59

Just marking my place.

I did relist 9 things as it was a FLW but am not expecting any of them to go!

lljkk Tue 11-Dec-12 13:56:11

. checking in.

lljkk Tue 11-Dec-12 16:48:21

Ah Nuts. Collect Plus & Myhermes (so probably all the couriers) are only promising delivery by 24 December if collection completed no later than X PM (?4pm) on Friday 14th. They only announced that TODAY (unhelpful).

I've amended some of my listings to say that extra postage will be required if items are desired by Christmas.

LineRunner Tue 11-Dec-12 19:22:36

Yes I've got a big heavy thing finishing Thursday so I guess I can fart about all day Friday morning to get it into the MyHermes system.

PurpleFrog Tue 11-Dec-12 19:48:28

Aarrgh - thanks for reminding me. I have just checked Royal Mail Standard Parcels and last recommended posting date is Thursday 13th. (I knew the dates for 1st and 2nd class.) I have one listing that I will have to amend to alert people to this!

HiccupHaddockHorrendous Wed 12-Dec-12 00:55:24

I've just spent the last hour and a half packing up my sold buggy and organising couriers for it and the Wii fit board/game. The wrapped buggy looks like a's going to be fun dropping that off at the depot tomorrow grin!!

lljkk Wed 12-Dec-12 07:32:38

haha (body).
Well, it finally happened. Something I bought on Ebay never turned up.
Looks like the seller is having a bad month.

Tortoise Wed 12-Dec-12 07:45:13

Wow that is a lot of negs grin

LineRunner Wed 12-Dec-12 08:35:22

Did it ever even get marked as dispatched lljkk? It's as though the buyer disappeared 2 weeks ago. Holiday? Forgot to switch the shop off?

All those negatives in a row .... ouch.

lljkk Wed 12-Dec-12 10:21:54

He replied to my Ebay msg on .. 1 December? To ask me to be patient about slow Xmas post. Which I thought hmm about since I know the post is in fact extra quick then; it's after that that post slows to a stall. But then as a mostly seller I know what it's like to be at mercy of delivery service.

Anyway, low value item & obviously I'm one of very many, so don't expect any trouble with Paypal refund.

NOW, i need to find some other cheap spicy sweets for DS stocking.

Bakingnovice Wed 12-Dec-12 12:47:50

Marking my place. Hoping to make jan my eBay selling month. Have never sold anything anywhere ever! I've got loads of nice stuff and won't be giving it to the charity shop after finding out the staff get first dibs and the rest tends to go to the rag man.

LineRunner Wed 12-Dec-12 17:28:08

I was just in Debenhams at their big sweet jars. (I mean they are biiiiiig.) £17 with 20% off. Is that good value? £13.60 for a load of mixed boiled sugared sweets (think rhubarb and custard) in a glass jar. There must be a kilo.

Its great to see so many doing so well smile

I am having a last push this week and trying to add a few toys. I am still editing some that i got on for free and real life has got in the way.

I have seen a couple of these sell and it is brand new .....but wonder if £7 is too much with the high postage ?

That will teach me to post before I refresh ......lots of new messages smile

i will be selling in the new year not enough hours and I have took three bags to the cash for bags people it all helps.

LineRunner Wed 12-Dec-12 19:12:40

You could courier it cheaper, SNOW? I'm looking a getting some things sent via MyHermes (drop off point in town). The woman there told me today that they are accepting items for Christmas right up until the morning of the 19th, which means buyers have until 9am of the morning of the 19th December to pay.

But you have to book through the website and I don't know if MyHermes will stop accepting orders earlier than that.

Otherwise you could try to sell them now and offer 1st class postage, and just be clear about the cost of the postage in the body of the listing as well as in the 'p&p' box.

lljkk Wed 12-Dec-12 19:13:18

With my generous Paypal Balance I've bought these boots for me. I wanted something for city walking.

All compliments accepted. Although if you hate them please just smile politely. I don't have courage to show them off on a S+B thread(!)

LineRunner Wed 12-Dec-12 19:14:06

'not enough hours'

I know what you mean, SNOW! I can't believe I am still ebaying ... haven't even got the Christmas wreath on the door yet!

LineRunner Wed 12-Dec-12 19:15:04

They are actually fab, lljkk.

dizzyday07 Wed 12-Dec-12 19:30:15

Snow - your little dress up dolls have Free P&P in the title but you have postage down as £4 in the listing.

Lljkk - they look lovely and warm.

I have a few relists including a few BIN Nintendo DS games but I think I may already have reached the target! Have used the ££ to buy DD's christmas presents and some new clothes for her.

LineRunner Wed 12-Dec-12 19:34:25

I've bought my dad a couple of nice things for Christmas out of the loot. I can even afford to post them first class!

Thank you I will edit the postage now.
Allowing for first class recorded by saying free so hopefully not get marked down for excessive postage iyswim?

Kickers have sold and a few people watching my other boots. I would not mind keeping the doc martens which is why I have put them at a decent price.

Cheers for the comments smile I have a collect plus near me.

lljkk Thu 13-Dec-12 10:31:33

Dizzy, Linerunner: those are the right answers. Thank you grin

LineRunner Thu 13-Dec-12 23:32:43

Oh Lord. Last things selling for Christmas.

Every buyer wanting to change the rules. Big sigh.

lljkk Fri 14-Dec-12 07:47:55

Change the rules how, LineRunner?

LineRunner Fri 14-Dec-12 13:53:38

lljkk, I have one buyer wanting to change the delivery address after paying with PayPal (No to that one), one wanting to end the auction early in order pay less than the BiN offer (No thanks), one wanting to come and collect something that costs £4 and weighs an ounce to post .... oh and someone's just retracted a seventy quid bid because they 'entered the wrong amount'.

Is it just me having a funny 24 hours? confused

amck5700 Fri 14-Dec-12 14:13:41

Maybe a lot of inexperienced people braving ebay as it is close to Christmas?

I had my first person come and collect something and pay in cash - I was a bit wary but it was fine. It was a jacket btw and it would have cost more to post than the maximum 4.75 I was allowed to charge so I was happy enough to do it - item was a BIN for 12 quid and the woman lived reasonably local. Kids and I went to Mcdonalds for tea on the proceeds smile

amck5700 Fri 14-Dec-12 14:15:10

I am about to post the last 3 things before Christmas - Have a few BINs listed one has had a couple of watchers for ages but nothing doing on the rest. The shop is now shut until the new year - haven't even done any cards this year yet!!

LineRunner Fri 14-Dec-12 14:18:02

Shutting Up Shop sounds quite Christmassy smile

amck5700 Fri 14-Dec-12 14:33:18

If i don't then we will be living in a pigsty and Santa wont be able to get in to leave me new things which I can sell next christmas

Me too.
Last push all stuff ending today and tomorrow. my stuff and that is it smile
Got 6 watchers on my kickers now and no other bids I am hoping for a last minute rush fingers crossed smile

dizzyday07 Sat 15-Dec-12 12:42:19

I sold another kids game that I will post on Monday. Will restart in the New Year

Tortoise Sat 15-Dec-12 20:28:51

All mine end today and tomorrow.
Very little interest at the moment. Hoping for some sales! smile

PurpleFrog Sat 15-Dec-12 20:40:11

I have 12 things finishing in the next few days - only one has bids so far, and only 3 others have any watchers. There is one bundle I may stick on Gumtree if it doesn't go tomorrow as it is quite heavy and may sell better that way. I'm wishing I hadn't invested so much time and effort in a final big push last weekend....

LineRunner Sat 15-Dec-12 21:22:42

Last posting dates looming, I suppose. I think listings need to say 'If you pay by X then I will be able to post within the last advertised posting dates for Xmas.' A lot of listings I've been looking at (for an xbox game that DS wants) are really vague, and I wouldn't buy from them tbh.

Not even a sniff of interest in the Wii console, board and all the Wii fit stuff. Will somone want it for a New Year resolution plan, I am wondering. I've got it as collection only. Would anyone seriously want it couriering? <needs to go and wrap presents and stop thinking about eBay>

lljkk Sun 16-Dec-12 16:01:52

The effort will have been worthwhile, PurpleFrog, just keep relisting. There's stuff that doesn't sell often but people will still pay good money for when they see it, then there's stuff you can only shift if priced at 99p. Don't reduce price unless you feel you have to in order to sell.

Argh, I sent something 2nd yesterday & that should have gone first & visa versa. Annoying as the person who got first class was a rather late payer. Not sure if I haven't been more of a numpty, though. Just hope the item sent 2nd class arrives for Xmas eve. I got an excellent price for it.

I bet Wii stuff will go well in New Year, you watch. I have a juicer listed that I don't expect to sell until then.

I've got 6 new listings scheduled, I cannot stop finding stuff to flog. I'm eyeing up the kids's Islabikes, even (which would horrify them but they are rather underused bikes). Could bring in £2k flogging all the nice bikes they've got, though (muse).

That 30 day free listing BIN splurge was a Godsend, though. I've shifted so many low value items that way.

I am pretty sure most buyers don't use snipers, you know (I don't use snipers). The number of messages I get saying "Are you going to relist because I forgot to bid!?"

HiccupHaddockHorrendous Sun 16-Dec-12 17:31:37

Yay, sold two buggies today smile!

One is the buggy that was returned a couple of weeks ago so fingers crossed this buyer will be happier with it than the last. They should be happy...I have dropped the price considerably just to get it out of the house before Christmas.

The other I sold to a friend so not sure if that counts.

Really pleased to create a bit more space in this cluttered house! Oh and no more buggy purchasing grin.

No interest in the rest of my Wii listings though sad. After the initial buying-frenzy, I thought it'd all go...oh well, will keep trying!

LineRunner Sun 16-Dec-12 18:14:41

Yes, I think I'll re-list the Wii stuff for the New Year Resolutions market!

Just can't be arsed this week with a potential buyer coming to try it out anyway. I've made a lot of money on eBay since June - must have cleared £800 - and we can finally see the floor of our living room again. Maybe time to wind down for Christmas, finally.

lljkk You should be OK, 2nd class last posting isn't till tomorrow, unless it's somewhere remote?

My total is now £450.02 and that's it for before Christmas.

PurpleFrog Mon 17-Dec-12 12:44:41

I just sold just the one item last night, after all. I have 4 more remaining from my 30-day BIN FLW - 3 finish tonight and the other tomorrow. I don't really have any hopes for them. At least one of the items will be charity-shopped if it doesn't go this time. I got one request for a BIN price for something on Saturday, but said I would rather leave the auction to run (it had 3 watchers). I can't decide whether to contact her again and see if she still wants it.

lljkk - I know that the effort will pay off eventually, I was questioning the wisdom of spending the time now. I think I would have been better off spending that weekend writing cards, buying presents, putting up the tree or tidying the house - all things that STILL have to be done! Panic! Aarrghhhh!

IwishyouaMerryChristmas Mon 17-Dec-12 12:55:27

lljkk. Give me a shout if you decide to sell the bikes!

Mirage Mon 17-Dec-12 14:27:50

I'm not relisting until after Christmas now.I have some dolls prams ect that the dds have only just decided to part with and it is too late to ebay them now.hmm Might try Preloved,facebook or Gumtree after Christmas.

Bakingnovice Mon 17-Dec-12 21:58:19

I'm planning on a massive eBay sell from jan. does stuffs actually sell
Though? You'd think people wouldn't to buy anything in jan!

lljkk Tue 18-Dec-12 07:51:04

January is slow, ime, but worth it to relist long term rare-sells, and get new listings ready for when business picks up in Feb-May. Stick to the price you want rather than lowering to meet temporary low demand. Toys are slowest to recover, usually. Nothing compares to how easily toys sell in early December. Winter stuff still goes alright. Some people have Xmas money they want to spend.

I have a funny situation. I have twice listed a birding scope I bought in mid '90s. I started with silly high price because I can't easily figure out what it should go for, and am slowly reducing price with each relist. It's got 10 watchers at the moment. I have received several variations of this msg:

"There are lots of these older vintage scopes only selling for £45-£60, any chance you will reduce the price?"



lljkk Tue 18-Dec-12 13:12:44

Oooh.. now I've had a reply along the lines that I am doing it all wrong.
I should go with a low starting price and let the item rise to its "natural" sale price.
That's me Told, then.
Not that I'll pay any attention, mind. wink

Tortoise Wed 19-Dec-12 11:49:57

lljkk Some people are really trying are't they! Hope it sells.

I'm finished now until first free listing after Christmas. Then will relist the lot, again!

Got £15 yesterday for a last minute one day listing of a dog's reindeer coat/jumper! Think that may be more than I paid for it new! grin

HiccupHaddockHorrendous Wed 19-Dec-12 19:08:20

I've just been checking feedback to check my annoying seller's FB hasn't been removed and ended up checking through my own received FB as a seller and it has motivated me to get listing as soon as Christmas is out of the way grin. I hadn't realised I'd been selling throughout the whole of this year, except for August. So, why does my house look as cluttered as ever...surely, with all the things I've sold over the last year or so, it should be a clutter-free palace!!

sarahtigh Thu 20-Dec-12 15:27:34

it's amazing how many people will be bored on boxing day and spending xmas money online as well as listing the unwanted gifts i bet it will be free listing from 25th-27th as well

Tortoise Fri 21-Dec-12 22:03:18

I've still got 3 non paying bidders. Finally got a reply from one today who said they hadn't been paid and could the pay on the 30th!

lljkk Sat 22-Dec-12 09:35:58

I was guessing FLW on the 29-30. Soon, anyway.

IwishyouaMerryChristmas Sat 22-Dec-12 09:37:57

I've got a few bits I could relist. I won't hold out much hope though, and am unlikely to get time to prepare any new lstings.

We'll see! My ebaying will definitely continue in 2013!

HiccupHaddockHorrendous Sat 22-Dec-12 10:43:36

I've got a few days off over the next couple of weeks so am going to try and get a few things listed...mostly to clear clutter rather than make big bucks!

My goal for 2013 is to hit 1,000 FB (I'm at 803 at the moment!) ... better get listing!

Tortoise Wed 26-Dec-12 11:11:30

Free listing 26th Dec to 1st Jan smile
Will at least re-list my unsold stuff. Wondering whether to put some unsold business stock on my normal account. Need to clear it out to re-stock!

lljkk Wed 26-Dec-12 13:42:28

I've got maybe 80 relists plus 33 new listings. None of the new stuff is unwanted Xmas gifts, either. It's never ending. shock

LineRunner Wed 26-Dec-12 13:46:28

I've been meaning to say, I used a courier for the first time just before Christmas! MyHermes (used the drop-off shop nearest to me, which happily is on my route to work).

The buyer seems happy enough (touch wood). So much cheaper than Royal Mail would have been!

Bugger misread it on my mobile and thought it was only today sad so relisted everything I had ready and a couple more in a big rush did not know you could space them out a bit oh well.

HiccupHaddockHorrendous Thu 27-Dec-12 22:47:38

Sold a Wii game yesterday on one of the fixed price listings I started nearly 3 weeks ago!

LineRunner Thu 27-Dec-12 22:53:44

Oh lord I'd forgotten about the Wii stuff. It's in a box somewhere.

lljkk Fri 28-Dec-12 09:53:51

Something I had strong sense would never sell at all got the first bid! And several others are going or look likely to.

Just as well because I forgot about the 100 listing limit, so only put things on for 5 days thinking I'd relist again before 1 Jan (oops).

PurpleFrog Sat 29-Dec-12 18:25:37

I couldn't get motivated until yesterday. I re-listed 8 items yesterday evening, putting most of them on for 3 days so I can re-list again on Monday, if necessary. I was flabbergasted this morning to find that one (sealed) DVD that has been re-listed at least 10 times has got a bid! OK - I did drop the starting price from £1.99 to £1.50, but I am still shocked!

Today, I have scheduled another listing that I intend to make live later, and I have put 2 adverts on Gumtree. Tomorrow, I have a few more things to photograph - assuming we get any proper daylight, that is!

Over the next week I really need to do some serious de-cluttering upstairs. The downstairs is fine as I did it before visitors arrived for Christmas Day. However, the problem piles have just moved and our bedroom and the landing is a disaster zone - with minor avalanches if anything is touched!

LineRunner Sat 29-Dec-12 18:32:02

I did finally get an enquiry about the Wii bundle but I'm too poorly to have someone come to the house to collect it.


Tortoise Sat 29-Dec-12 19:13:04

I think I will only get relists done. Everything is piled in the cupboard and I don't want to pull it all out.

Hi there, I haven't been on MN for a while but I am working myself up to another clear out and ebay session so thought I would pop in and say hello. I recognise some of the names here. Waves!

PurpleFrog Mon 31-Dec-12 15:42:45

Hi carrotsandcelery! Waves back!

Linerunner - I hope you are feeling better now!

I posted another package today. That takes my total selling profits for the year to £982.32! So, I haven't quite make the round £1000... but almost! grin Although, something finishing tonight has a bid (of £1.50!), and there are 7 others without bids, so I suppose there is still time wink.

2013 is going to be the year of the BIG de-clutter, although I'm not sure how much of that will produce saleable stuff for eBay! Considering the volume of stuff that I know has gone out of the house this year, there is still too much stuff everywhere! This year I have managed to get rid of most of the things that are obviously worth something. I have some stuff that still needs attention before it can be sold, and a whole lot of electronic stuff to sell for spares or repair if I can collect together all the chargers, manuals, boxes etc.. I also have to do something about my stash of fabric and yarn which is threatening to take over the place! I think I should have a look in the online sales for some more large stackable storage boxes with lids for the loft!

HiccupHaddockHorrendous Mon 31-Dec-12 17:36:17

Carrots - I was thinking about you the other day and wondering if you'd NC'd (it's me, mogs0!).

I don't think I'll get anything listed this time afterall...unless I find some enthusiasm to do any tomorrow.

Purplefrog - so close and I will keep my fingers crossed for £12 worth of bids this evening! grin

I sent off a parcel today, too. I feel a bit bad because it's taken me since Boxing Day to get it to the post office (4 doors away!) but I'm hoping the buyer won't mind too much and appreciate the hecticness of this time of year!

mrscogon34thstreet Tue 01-Jan-13 15:01:32

Hi everyone, I'm going to be ebaying etc. too - I don't have a target in mind for how much to make (I managed £100 in December but I don't think I'm going to be able to do that every month!) but I don't want to hold on to things unless they're being used, so my target is not to end up with random bags of stuff 'to ebay' all over the house - if it's for ebay and not for a season (I have some summer clothes waiting) then it should be on ebay!

Tortoise Tue 01-Jan-13 20:58:26

Re-lists all done smile
Would be good to get some sales but these have been re-listed a few times now.

Vagaceratops Wed 02-Jan-13 12:22:22

Have listed 5 items today and will do another 5 tomorrow.

Listed 2 unwanted Christmas presents blush

Tortoise Thu 03-Jan-13 12:23:27

Got a bid on the donkey Kong bongos! They have been listed over and over and over again! grin

HiccupHaddockHorrendous Thu 03-Jan-13 13:24:10

Well done, tortoise!

I'm going to make a start tonight.

I was hoping there'd be a free listing period for fixed price items but I could be waiting forever so I'd better either just deal with having to pay 40p or put them on auction.

PolkadotCircus Thu 03-Jan-13 15:24:22

New to this but feel this is the year I need to start. Soooo re Mini Boden should I hold onto winter stuff until next Xmas or should I just get on with it now?Also Playmobil,should I do the same?Does stuff actually sell this time of year?

lljkk Fri 04-Jan-13 12:39:23

Better to wait until late Feb for better prices, sorry to say. With obvious exceptions like snow-ski stuff which will shift well right now. I have loads of long-term stuff to relist, though, that rarely sells, so I will relist them as priority.

HiccupHaddockHorrendous Fri 04-Jan-13 15:24:55

It depends whether you want to free up space or make money.

I sold things right through January and the rest of the year last year. I don't remember feeling that things were going for next to nothing but my main priority was to clear space.

DS is currently trying on all his clothes to see what fits and what doesn't so I'll be listing his discarded items this evening grin!!

Tortoise Fri 04-Jan-13 16:27:13

I've got a bid on about 4 things that have been relisted multiple times before Christmas and had no interest so so things are going ok smile

lljkk Fri 04-Jan-13 16:37:22

I printed a list of all active auctions last week; basically, anything on that list that I haven't sold by X date (nominally a year from now): goes to the tip! Or charity shop. but having listed already, not that much trouble to relist 1-2x/month.

PurpleFrog Fri 04-Jan-13 17:46:34

I have 18 items on at the moment, 10 new items and 8 re-lists. They finish on Sunday/Monday/Tuesday and I have seven with one watcher, one with two, so I am not holding out a lot of hope!

Last weekend I posted that I was excited because someone had bid on a DVD that I had re-listed many times. I think I jinxed it - my buyer is a new eBayer and hasn't paid yet, despite an invoice sent on the day after the auction finished. sad Maybe she is away on holiday until this weekend? (She says, clutching at straws!) I think I'll leave it a few more days before opening a NPB case. Sigh!

Tortoise Sat 05-Jan-13 17:37:56

So far I have 8 items with 1 bid. That's out of 100+ listings! So not really a great result so far grin

HiccupHaddockHorrendous Sat 05-Jan-13 18:59:55

It's a start though! grin

Another Wii game just sold on fixed price. Still got one more listed and two more to relist.

I really need to get a move on and get some things listed...I can feel my enthusiasm disappearing befor it's properly kicked in blush

PurpleFrog Wed 09-Jan-13 15:07:09

I have just been to the Post Office with six parcels! smile

I sold 4 of my "new" items and 2 of my re-lists, but none of the re-lists that have been hanging around for more than a month or so. Some of these will be going to the Charity Shop next week, I think!

I can't decide whether I want this weekend to be Free Listing or not......

lljkk Wed 09-Jan-13 17:03:37

My hope is that 10% of stuff I list will sell each time. It was more like 15% last time, so not so bad.

Tortoise Wed 09-Jan-13 17:14:02

I Made £100 in sales last night. Really pleased with that. Just hope all pay up! grin

lljkk Thu 10-Jan-13 12:29:41

Ooh, good for you, Tortoise.
I made about £40/week for last 4 months. shock.
Knowing that makes me feel much better about the last 3 hours I spent getting 22 new listings ready (exhausted). Typical start price = ? £5. I am having a breather on MN before I apply for a FT job & then maybe even practice piano, before shopping & fetching kids.

How I think I'll fit a proper job into my life is a good question.

PurpleFrog Thu 10-Jan-13 12:47:35

lljkk - I am happy if I sell at least 25% each time. It takes me so blooming long to list anything, that a lower success rate would just not be worth it - it would take me a lot longer than 3 hours to prepare new 22 listings!

£40 per week is really good! Last year I was trying to average £20 per week.

Tortoise - is that on your business account? How is that going?

Tortoise Thu 10-Jan-13 12:52:31

No, that was on my personal account smile . Business one I have been slacking on Lol. But I am getting some listings done on there today. Have bundled up some items of one size to put on as they haven't sold individually. Got loads of jeans that haven't sold despite a few re listings. Might so small bundles of them too just to clear out old stock ready to buy more in! grin

PurpleFrog Thu 10-Jan-13 13:10:46

Tortoise - gosh - £100 on your personal account! Well done! smile

PurpleFrog Fri 11-Jan-13 11:01:48

It is Free Listing this weekend!

(Haven't had an e-mail but it is listed in the Announcements section on eBay itself.) Info here.

lljkk Fri 11-Jan-13 14:14:26

ooh! Ta for letting us know.

Tortoise Fri 11-Jan-13 16:32:30

Yay to free listing! grin Will mainly relist all my unsold items but might find a couple of other bits.

Tortoise Sat 12-Jan-13 10:07:27

Not impressed! Been left a Neutral feedback. There reason for neutral seems extremely wrong to me.
They put something like 'Very small for an 18 but all ok'.angry I can help that different clothes/brands etc all vary in exact sizing. 18 was on the label and I presumed that was pretty accurate.

lljkk Sat 12-Jan-13 20:09:46

Have to take it in stride, don't put a reply down for now, compose something that doesn't sound bitter but still fairly defends your position.

Tortoise Sun 13-Jan-13 20:58:22

My listings. A few new listings some re-lists too. smile

PurpleFrog Mon 14-Jan-13 10:03:51

I did 12 re-lists on Saturday - for 10 days - but completely failed to list anything new on Sunday as I had intended! Since it was free listing I have dropped the price of a couple of things and given them one last chance before they are sent to the Charity Shop.

lljkk Mon 14-Jan-13 10:25:22

Brilliant variety of listings, Tortoise, you're obviously well stuck into the decluttering & canny money-making, lol.
I am slightly annoyed I blitzed thru the listings last night but it was earlier in evening than I meant to list; in other words, auctions will finish between 6-7pm Friday which I think is a bit too early to get best price.

Oh well! Better than my last lot of listings when I set everything to finish at 9-10pm NY Eve. Can't get dopier than that.

HiccupHaddockHorrendous Sat 19-Jan-13 20:04:22

Right, I have been rubbish so far this year (I know we're only a couple of weeks into it grin) and have relisted some of my unsold fixed price listings.

In doing so, I've discovered that the Wii games only cost 20p for the 30day listing. Not sure why and not sure if it's a temporary thing but thought I'd share incase anyone has any games waiting to list.

Bizarrely, it didn't work on a different wii game but I think the other one was listed as an accessory rather than a game so that I could put the correct (higher) postage as the game comes with a controller.

DS found a couple of missing DS games the other day. We already had the boxes but the cartridges were AWOL. I now have the cartridges but not sure where the boxes went blush!!!!

Tortoise Sat 19-Jan-13 20:28:50

My listings are doing terrible so far sad

PurpleFrog Sat 19-Jan-13 23:26:41

Hiccup - things in the media category do cost 20p for a 30 day listing! All the time!

I have a bid on 1 item and watchers on 5 others so I have my fingers crossed for Tuesday evening! If I sell 3 or 4 things in total I will be happy. grin

lljkk Sun 20-Jan-13 11:14:36

Awww, Tortoise. sad. I am sure I'm getting lower prices than I would have done 4 months ago. Tis the time of year.

And I keep ending at bad times (not terrible, just not good, meaning 5-6pm rather than 7-9pm), which leads to folk sending messages "Is X still for sale? I forgot to bid, will you list again!?"

Out of about 50 listings I think I sold 9 this weekend, not too bad.

HolidayArmadillo Sun 20-Jan-13 23:10:38

Getting back into my ebaying. Listings here. Hoping to list more this week as well.

Tortoise Mon 21-Jan-13 21:33:19

Sold the dolls pram only for the buyer to contact today saying they don't want it, it was her daughter who bid. angry angry Suppose I have to cancel it now. I was so pleased that it finally sold. sad

PurpleFrog Fri 25-Jan-13 08:57:40

That is a pain Tortoise!

I have had quite a good week - sold 3 items through eBay and 1 through Gumtree. I have been off work with a fluey bug, so couldn't have coped with dealing with much more than that.

It is free listing again this weekend - so I hope I feel well enough by tomorrow to sort out some "new" stuff for listing. My brain has un-fogged now, but doing anything is still exhausting!

lljkk Fri 25-Jan-13 16:49:49

hooray for FLW!

Tortoise Sat 26-Jan-13 09:47:39

I want to relist the pram but they haven't accepted to cancel transaction yet. Sent that 2 days ago! angry

lljkk Sat 26-Jan-13 16:34:06

Ugh, you might miss FLW this time. How annoying.

HiccupHaddockHorrendous Sun 27-Jan-13 10:26:07

Tortoise - I think I'd take a risk and list it anyway. You can always cancel it if necessary.

Purple - hope you're feeling better!!

My dilemma...I'm going out tonight - I know, school night and everything! - I'm leaving home about 7.45 and won't be home until about 11. Do I schedule everything for 9pm and pay the 6p or start the listing at 7.30/11pm?

Tortoise Sun 27-Jan-13 12:11:14

Hiccup I'd start them at 7.30 tonight.

Not sure what to do about the pram. I know they don't want it. It was pick up only and they are miles away. Courier would make it expensive.

lljkk Sun 27-Jan-13 12:46:42

How frustrating.

HolidayArmadillo Sun 27-Jan-13 18:14:59

Most items ending tonight but some new ones listed. Have we got a new total to aim for, for Easter?

PurpleFrog Sun 27-Jan-13 20:38:31

I'm feeling a lot better today, but just could not face sorting out any new stuff to list. I have re-listed 10 items on eBay and one revised item on Gumtree. Some of the items are definitely on their last chance this week before being bundled off to the Charity Shop!

Tortoise Sun 27-Jan-13 22:25:54

Relists done and put another pot noodle fork on that my brother won! Price seems to have dropped on them. Last one sold for £18!

lljkk Mon 28-Jan-13 15:57:59

I don't know how to take this. Last night I listed a load of specialist software manuals for a package I'll call R. R isn't widely used, although it was very whizz bang whizz back in the day. I hadn't used those manuals in 7 years. Nobody else will own manuals, everything is electronic now, but it's so much easier to use any software package with the manuals, much better interface.

Today I found a job requiring familiarity in R. confused

the job is so far away I would have to live away in the week if I took it.

Oh, and DD broke her arm today. As if to reinforce why I shouldn't be taking jobs far away. confused

PurpleFrog Mon 28-Jan-13 16:37:41

lljkk -I have installed R on lots of machines. People here use it for Statistics Teaching..... I wonder what package you were really talking about!? grin

I hope your dd is not too fed-up!

lljkk Mon 28-Jan-13 16:45:32

hahaha. Is R that widely used still? This is the first job I've seen in last 6 weeks that mentioned it. Excel & mySQL seem to be the most popular, followed by "business objects" and a huge number of other Acronyms. I've an SQL manual on my bedside table but it's so bloomin' 1970s thinking relational database stuff I can't be motivated to memorise any bits without an actual job interview looming on the horizon. conceptually it's easy peasy stuff.

the manuals I'm flogging are actually Splus (I've outed myself now).
the only command i can actually remember is ls() but I'm sure more would come back, lol.

Sorry for the babbling. I am a quiet big believer in omens but I can't read all of these! Is it to prove yet again that my hoarding instincts are actually a good thing and I shouldn't be Ebaying my life away after all? grin confused

PurpleFrog Mon 28-Jan-13 16:52:57

I wondered if it was Splus you were talking about - people here used it before R was widely available for their own Research, but Minitab was used to teach the courses that R is now used in.

And I am another manual hoarder. I hate throwing anything away that might come in useful! And that goes for hardware too..... blush

lljkk Mon 28-Jan-13 16:57:36

I used Minitab too, but now we're really talking Dark Ages, lol.

Tortoise Mon 28-Jan-13 22:38:44

Another nightmare problem! Sold a faulty laptop, spares or repairs. Buyer claiming parts missing inside (untrue), battery doesn't charge (untrue) and wants to return for full refund inc return costs.
Surely an item sold as faulty can't be returned because it's faulty?

lljkk Tue 29-Jan-13 08:11:51

Boy that's a tough one, I would ask on the Ebay seller fora, Tortoise. They are good for advice.

lljkk Tue 29-Jan-13 08:18:36

ps: Depends on description you wrote, but I think they haven't a ground to stand on re battery, so depends what they claim is missing, if it would have been reasonable to expect those bits inside. Get them to be very specific on missing parts, maybe.

fergoose Tue 29-Jan-13 09:32:42

I think you need to be careful re the laptop. The buyer can open a not as described dispute and make up any reason, and ebay will more than likely tell them to return it for a full refund

I would be wary that the buyer will return a different machine, or your machine with missing parts or switched parts. I would be mentioning serial numbers and security marks on the item to the buyer if I were you.

Tortoise Tue 29-Jan-13 09:34:48

They said wires missing which is impossible! The battery works fine but I guess I cant prove that other than photo shows the laptop on before fault occurred.
I can't afford to refund over £100 sad .

Tortoise Tue 29-Jan-13 09:35:58

fergoose x posts, yes I was thinking of mentioning serial numbers etc.

Tortoise Thu 31-Jan-13 23:24:25

Well, I phoned Ebay re laptop and I can't do anything but communicate with buyer until it's escalated to eBay to resolve. Buyer has stop messaging now since I mentioned serial number and security markings. I wish I knew which way it was likely to go sad . PayPal have put my account to a minus balance to withhold the refund value sad .

lljkk Fri 01-Feb-13 13:30:23

Feeling gutted for you, Tortoise.

milk Sat 02-Feb-13 15:36:15
PurpleFrog Tue 05-Feb-13 16:17:54

I posted 2 more parcels at lunchtime today, and I sold a DVD last Wednesday that I am still waiting for payment for. Judging by the buyer's feedback I am not holding out much hope of getting payment, so opened a case after the minimum period of 4 days. To make matters worse that DVD was the one I sold at the end of December that I didn't get paid for - I am beginning to think it is jinxed!

Do you think it will be Free Listing this weekend? Or do you think they'll do something bigger over English Half Term? Last year they seemed to do extended Free Listings over any major holiday periods...

Tortoise - any word about your laptop? I have various bits and bobs I was hoping to sell for spares or repairs, but am a bit nervous following your experiences.

Tortoise Tue 05-Feb-13 17:05:54

Purple Nothing yet. No messages from buyer but should hear something by the end of the week.
I've sold spares or repairs before with no problems.
Just make it extra clear in the listing smile

LineRunner Tue 05-Feb-13 18:27:48

Oh Lord, Tortoise, just came to read your thread and I see your story. That's really crap.

I do have things to sell this February - remainder of some outgrown ski stuff -which should be ok (you'd think) but are the ebay nutters everywhere now?

lljkk Fri 08-Feb-13 11:27:49
PurpleFrog Fri 08-Feb-13 11:56:37

Good! I was hoping for one! I have a mental list of things I should look for to list. We are mostly free this weekend so I should be able to get a reasonable number of "new" things photographed and listed. smile

I closed my non-paying bidder case last night, and offered the DVD to the second highest bidder with a 1-day time limit. I will re-list that as well if she doesn't take it.

I also need to be realistic and sort out a bag of things for the charity shop. I have some things to list on freecycle/freegle as well - things that are not in good enough condition to sell, but it seems a real shame just to throw them out. I really need to start getting on top of all the clutter soon.

Tortoise Fri 08-Feb-13 20:51:33

No news on Laptop yet. I guess I have to wait for buyer to escalate to a claim? I can't remember how it works.

I have a few new bits to add over the weekend. Good to see flw. grin

Tortoise Sun 10-Feb-13 20:22:50

Re-lists plus some newly listed items.
Hopeful that some of the newly listed bits will do quite well. smile

PurpleFrog Mon 11-Feb-13 09:17:49

I re-listed 7 items on Saturday. I had intended to sort out some new stuff on Sunday but had a really bad headache so didn't get very far. I did do some sorting and de-cluttering but that mainly produced things for the recycling, not eBay!

I have read the new Royal Mail list on prohibited items. Is it now saying that you cannot send batteries with used toys etc.?

Tortoise Wed 13-Feb-13 09:57:19

Bloody Ebay. They have decided in favor of the buyer of the laptop. angry sad
I'm going to phone Ebay and see if I can appeal although I expect buyer will send it back pretty quickly.

PurpleFrog Wed 13-Feb-13 10:15:30

Oh, that's a pain Tortoise!

Tortoise Wed 13-Feb-13 10:33:41

Phoned Ebay, can't appeal until get the laptop back. angry

fergoose Wed 13-Feb-13 13:06:10

if they bother to send it back I guess? Could you resell it if it comes back?

Tortoise Wed 13-Feb-13 15:10:26

Pretty sure they will. Yes can re-sell but still be out of money sad . Its just so annoying when it was listed as faulty so it shouldn't come as a surprise that it doesn't work!
I'm also worried bits will be missing/swapped. I stupidly didn't note down serial numbers.

fergoose Wed 13-Feb-13 15:17:38

I wouldn't be surprised if they switch parts or even the whole laptop. Hope I am wrong though

Tortoise Wed 13-Feb-13 15:35:23

I hope not but it does worry me. I did tell them I had the serial numbers and that parts were security marked.

lljkk Sat 16-Feb-13 09:17:43

Bit disappointed, only 2 of 36 items sold last night. <<sulk>>
DS1 is on at me about pricing his Lego too high hmm. But I think it was just a bad night (hope so anyway).

Batteries not with used toys is useful, Tortoise, but what do you do about soft toys that come with non-replaceable sound boxes? confused

Tortoise Sat 16-Feb-13 10:16:49

lljkk It wasn't me that said about batteries smile Only info I've seen on that at post office is if sending outside of UK.

lljkk Sat 16-Feb-13 11:18:00

Ah, sorry not to give PurpleFrog due credit.

Tortoise Sat 16-Feb-13 21:19:16

Is February a quiet month on Ebay?
Sold just 2 items tonight out of about 80 listings sad .
Got some ending tomorrow. Few watchers so hoping for bids!

lljkk Thu 21-Feb-13 10:38:53

Hi, sales still only trickling for me, too, we'll have to just hang in there.

I have a buyer from AUSTRALIA. Bloody Ozzie These items tend to only sell to foreigners but I don't remember saying Aus was okay in my options list, argh. She has suggested £9.50 for postage and I am requesting £16. That isn't even signed for rate (£22). Item value only £10. I am holding my breath to see if she pays.

The way I have packed the item (fragile) I could chuck it down the stairs a few times and it wouldn't break. To get the weight down to postage only being £9.56 (under 600g, item itself is 300g, I think that's what she wants) I'd have to cut the packaging to minimal. Not happy with that.


I think so tortoise
I only sold one item out of over 40 despite a few watchers.

I would stick to my guns over the postage to australia is it still covered for damage or loss without the signed for ? And I would take pictures of the packing in case she claims damage and then the packing comes in to question. Good luck.

PurpleFrog Fri 22-Feb-13 16:44:29

Free listing this weekend! smile

Tortoise Fri 22-Feb-13 20:40:55

oh good, another free listing weekend grin

HiccupHaddockHorrendous Sun 24-Feb-13 16:46:58

How's everyone getting on?

I'm selling odd bits and pieces. I have pretty much given up on auction-style listings and sticking with fixed price instead.

Listed a buggy last night, buyer emailed to make an offer this morning and they have just been to collect it, handing over cash at the same time smile...eBay at its best!!

Tortoise Sun 24-Feb-13 21:51:39

my items
Hope link works, I'm on my phone, laptop is no more sad .
Relisted everything and listed 15 new items. Hoping for so good bidding on some of these! grin

Tortoise Sun 24-Feb-13 21:53:35

Did that wrong lol. Realised as I posted that it was wrong!
Try again!
my listings grin

free listings are no good to me at the moment because a buyer left d.s. r of one on everything and another buyer left the same i am excluded as my seller account is below standard sad
I will need to sell a few things cheap and make sure i get great DSR 's before can take advantage of this again.

It is frustrating i know why one seller left the ratings as she never got her items I was dead honest and told her i could not find them and refunded her but she accused me of not wanting to sell if i could have found then i would have sent them asap but think they went in the donate bag.

i could have pretended to post and and said lost in post but I was honest.

The other one was abrand new leap pad in its original box with three new ganes and they left me a 1 for item as described and just a one word positive feedback. No complaint or communication?

My other feedback is fab and i worked hard to get it but now need to work a bit harder so will be listing a few things tomorrow or wed on ten days so finish after all the free listings finish.

PurpleFrog Mon 25-Feb-13 13:07:37

Well, I had great intentions but didn't manage to actually list anything. I sorted through another box from the spare room yesterday and did some "completed items research" into what items were actually worth selling. Then it got overcast and rained before I got any photos done. sad

But at least I have found some bits and pieces for a future FLW. I still have to find some related bits, as I like to list things like that at the same time and stress that I offer combined postage. I just need to get the descriptions written and photos done well before the next FLW (and pigs might fly grin).

Oh actually, I am lying, I did list and sell a Morrison's voucher at the weekend! So, I did make some progress!

HiccupHaddockHorrendous Mon 25-Feb-13 14:00:21

SNOWBall - how annoying! eBay is really crap sometimes sad

Purple - I try to do the same but often end up waiting months and months to get things listed so it's probably better for me to list the one or two things I've found straightaway.

I've got a couple of watchers on the things listed last night so fingers crossed someone comes along and buys them soon smile

HorribleMother Mon 25-Feb-13 14:45:09

Here's hoping for flying pigs in your near futures smile.

I've got 126 listings up. Sometimes it's helpful being mildly obsessive.

PurpleFrog Mon 25-Feb-13 14:50:04

SNOWBall - it is really crap that a couple of low feedbacks can really matter. I don't think the average buyer realises.

Hiccup - I know! I am too much of a perfectionist at times. When I do list things that are incomplete, I know that I will find the missing bit the week after it is posted. Which reminds me, I wonder if it is worth selling a pair of Barbie shoes that didn't get included in a sought-after set I sold last year... grin

Tortoise Mon 25-Feb-13 16:41:48

Oh SNOW how annoying. The dsr ratings really need changing. My boyfriend accidentally forgot to do the stars on an item he bought. Clicked leave feedback then realised. He didn't know it could affect a seller so much until I explained. There was no pop up box saying are you sure you want to leave no stars (or is it one on each at the start of feedback?).
I know from when I had low dsrs what a pain it is and not easy to rectify.

Thank you for your comments smile
I tried e-mailing the seller but she would not budge said I did not mind the negative as i did not keep my side of the transaction buthow can you leave a low score for item as described when you never got to examine it. I explained how it affects me but she said oh well you will just have to open another account. She is a business seller so you would think she might have changed them to a three and still left the neg but no sad

So head up and carry I hope to have a load of stuff on by weekend need to sell lots and get get great feedback to up my seller status.

Crossed fingers for flying pigs smile
And 126 listing well done you smile HM

PurpleFrog Tue 26-Feb-13 09:22:18

Tortoise - it doesn't matter if you leave no stars - it doesn't count towards the DSRs. That is why you can get different totals in the different categories in your DSRs - some buyers haven't filled in all of the categories. It is 1s and 2s that are the killer. The stars are optional, anyway...

When I was sorting through my box on Sunday I found some things that my mum had given to my sister and I to keep, as they may be worth something someday - e.g. Charles and Diana wedding crown (i.e. large coin), a teaspoon to commemorate the birth of Prince William - you get the idea! hmm Anyway, from my research, all of these things seem unlikely to reach more than 99p at present, however the enamal pin badge of a steam engine I bought on holiday around the same time might make me £4! grin

Should enlighten my deluded mother - dd was not impressed to be on the receiving end of similar Royal Jubilee tat souvenirs last year!

lljkk Sat 02-Mar-13 16:41:22

Only 5% of my listings sold this week, and 2 of those were for DS! How rotten is it going for everyone else?

Tortoise Sat 02-Mar-13 17:01:28

DS2s Superdry coat is on nearly £30 so he will be able to buy a bigger one now off Ebay! (I picked his up in a charity shop for £2!! grin)

Got a few watchers on stuff and a few with bids.

LineRunner Sun 03-Mar-13 18:40:20

Hi again!

I was so knackered by my December 19th cut-off, and then we all got ill for Christmas and New Year, that I haven't listed anything since.

We (DS and myself) made more money just in late November and December than the whole of June-November put together.

Tortoise Wed 06-Mar-13 09:42:15

And my laptop saga continues!
Buyer gave tracking number to Ebay, Ebay refunded them. Laptop never arrived with me. Ebay saying it's been signed for, they told me the name and it's the buyers name!shock I haven't got a clue what's going on. Ebay say it's at a post office in London (im in Somerset!). Awaiting call back from resolution centre angry. Getting fed up now. I have no laptop and they have money back.

fergoose Wed 06-Mar-13 09:47:33

so buyer committed fraud then? In which case I would go to the police. And small claims court for your money too.

PurpleFrog Wed 06-Mar-13 11:08:10

Fingers crossed, Tortoise, that you get it all sorted out soon.

I still can't whip up any enthusiasm to get my next batch of stuff organised for listing. As my main aim is de-cluttering I should really be finding the bulkiest items to list first, and instead I was faffing around a fortnight ago with a box of coins and pin badges. Sigh!

I do hope it is free listing this weekend. I just need a few free evenings now to look out all the items that are bulky and will cost much more to post under the new April postage prices. grin

Tortoise Wed 06-Mar-13 11:32:26

Fergoose I have no idea. EBay haven't phoned back so I'm about to phone again and see what they say.
Couriers do struggle to find my house (even though it's along a main road into my town!) so maybe it got returned, I don't know. But I am worried.

Tortoise Wed 06-Mar-13 12:16:50

Ebay confirm sent to my address. Tracking says 3 attempted deliverys, 2 refused by addressee.
So it looks like parcel forces mistake.
I've contacted parcel force and now have to wait for a call back from them. I did get stroppy on the phone when she said needs to be collected from some post office/depot. O pointed out that that post office/depot is in London and I live in Somerset so kind of impossible to collect it! angry grin
I now have to wait for call back to find out what the hell happens now!

fergoose Wed 06-Mar-13 12:41:50

the buyer had the contract with parcel force so only they can claim if it is lost

what does the buyer say - you mailed/phoned them?

Tortoise Wed 06-Mar-13 13:01:47

No I haven't but will do if I get no joy out of parcel force.
Ebay also said I'd already made an appeal and wouldn't be able to open another if there is a problem with it angry

fergoose Wed 06-Mar-13 13:20:33

I would contact the buyer and tell them you want your money back - and if you don't receive within a certain time frame you will go to small claims to start a claim.

lljkk Thu 07-Mar-13 18:12:38

What a pisser, Tortoise sad.

I just figured out I've earnt £20/week over last 60 days. I'm quite pleased with that, actually. Don't expect it to improve before October, though.

Tortoise Thu 07-Mar-13 22:27:35

Parcel force are being useless although last person I spoke to said it would be collected by driver and re delivered. Hopefully to me this time!
Emailed buyer but no reply, as expected!

Scheduled a few bits today in case it's free listing this weekend! grin

lljkk Fri 08-Mar-13 17:33:22

Just saw the flw, too smile.

Tortoise Sat 09-Mar-13 10:28:03

Love a good free listing weekend grin

Tortoise Sun 10-Mar-13 20:59:50

My new listings
Plus some relists!
Hoping for some good bids! Lots of DDs soft toys on there too!

Tortoise Sun 10-Mar-13 21:46:13

And I have a bid on one item already grin . Love it when that happens.

PurpleFrog Mon 11-Mar-13 13:39:06

I was out for most of the day on Saturday so didn't manage to get as much done as I had hoped. I have put 11 listings up - 4 new ones and 7 re-lists. I also photographed a few other bits and bobs so hope to get them ready BEFORE the next FLW - I expect that will be a long one over the Easter Weekend.

I already have watchers on 3 of my items, so fingers crossed!

HorribleMother Mon 11-Mar-13 17:29:13

Heads up about FLW for next weekend; I wonder if that's because of the imminent rises in RM prices. They are going to impact me quite a bit.

I read about that on MSE, btw, probably good place to get Ebay gossip.

PurpleFrog Tue 12-Mar-13 09:03:52

Thanks HorribleMother. I'll see if I can start getting descriptions done tonight for the extra items I took pics of on Sunday!

Tortoise Tue 12-Mar-13 12:23:09

I've just looked at the price changes. It's not going to make working out prices very easy. I much prefer going by weight.
I can see this affecting my business account sad .

HorribleMother Tue 12-Mar-13 13:51:52

Apparently a 6x6x6 inch box goes in the small parcel category, I picked that up from MSE thread, too.
I pity the poor PO staff!

Tortoise Tue 12-Mar-13 14:25:15

All the size info is on the royal mail website.
6" is pretty small (childish snigger!), so most clothing will come under medium parcel?
I may use just second class as a bit cheaper but can't print 2nd class postage labels. Actually, I wonder how it will affect printing your own postage through ebay.

PurpleFrog Tue 12-Mar-13 14:37:41

Tortoise - I think most clothing will come under small parcel - the category goes up to 35cmx45cmx8cm. There are 2 exceptions to this - the 16cmx16cmx16cm parcel mentioned by HorribleMother and the 45cm x 8cm diameter cylinder which also go as small parcel.

HorribleMother Tue 12-Mar-13 18:01:40

One can't print 2nd class postage thru Ebay?! I rarely offer anything other than 2nd class.

I think if you do clever/minimal folding a lot of items can go into a small box or jiffy bag that is within the small parcel dimensions.

Do you think someone will have worked this out properly, making sure that it's not too onerous for staff to implement?!

Tortoise Wed 13-Mar-13 13:16:54

Finally got the laptop back.
It's exactly as described on the listing, no wires missing or any other problems the buyer was claiming.

Phoned Ebay and theres fuck all I can do about it. Even an appeal would result in the same response.

I'm so angry angry angry with Ebay and the seller, lying wanker.

All they said was re-list it. Yeah I can but it may not sell for same amount plus that means more fees.

fergoose Wed 13-Mar-13 13:22:20

won't ebay give you back your fees from the original sale?

Tortoise Wed 13-Mar-13 13:29:26

No idea.
I just can't believe a buyer can get away scott free when they have quite plainly lied.

fergoose Wed 13-Mar-13 13:40:25

at least you got your laptop back and they haven't wrecked it.

Tortoise Wed 13-Mar-13 13:45:20

Yes, that's true lol.
Will relist it at the weekend.

HorribleMother Wed 13-Mar-13 14:49:23

Test the laptop carefully, all the same.

roosterroo Wed 13-Mar-13 16:17:03

really needed to get motivated! Have spent the afternoon waiting for the boiler man - all fixed now aahhh warm again.
here are my items:
seem to have forgotten how to link. Holiday pennies are what Im saving for.

fergoose Wed 13-Mar-13 18:04:29

you may find listings ending at 8-9pm will attract more bidders. I would end your listings Roosterroo and relist at the weekend when it is free.

Tortoise Sun 17-Mar-13 18:56:26

Really shock sold rc tank for £48.50!

lljkk Mon 18-Mar-13 09:08:08

Ace smile.

lljkk Mon 18-Mar-13 09:09:50

Yesterday, I transferred £500 out of my Paypal to my current account. Most of it already spent (postage, money to DS1 for his sales). Still made me happy. About 120 current listings, hope they sell before flipping postage rates soar.

Pleased that Collect+ has raised their compensation limit to £50.

PurpleFrog Mon 18-Mar-13 10:30:02

I didn't get anything new listed at the weekend after all, but I have 10 things that finish on Wednesday from the previous FLW and 2 of these already have bids and 3 others have watchers!

lljkk - I have no idea how you manage to have 120 listings on at any one time - I am very impressed! I think my record has been around 30 - and some of these were 30-day BINs.

I did manage to take a large carrier bag to the charity shop last week, and did a large load of ironing on Saturday, so I am making some progress with the decluttering - just not in the eBay direction...

lljkk Mon 18-Mar-13 10:52:13

I can manage 120 because Very little of my stuff sells, lol. Trickle trickle...

Bakingnovice Mon 18-Mar-13 19:48:05

After years of procrastination I have listed 10 items. Very proud of myself. It's all my dd's clothes and I wanted to ask what you would recommend it be posted in? I have lots of plastic envelopes but am I right in thinking if the package is bigger than a certain amount it costs more to post?

Anyway, got a few watchers but no bids yet. And a bit gutted that eBay only let me list 10. I'm hoping to list another 10 over Easter.

lljkk Tue 19-Mar-13 10:38:08

Oh Fudge. angry Someone has opened a case against me claiming item not as described, saying item is damaged. I seem to recall I repaired a small seam on item once (about 1 cm inside one of the trouser legs), but you had to be told where the repair was to see it, and my repairs are brilliant, I know Did not try to contact me before opening case to say what damage was (item was received about 10 days ago).

It was ski trousers & I have a gut feeling he wore them for a jolly skiing weekend and is trying it on to get his money back. Bastard. I went to the trouble of listing BIN just for him, too. I should have listed it as free postage or he wouldn't be trying to claim that back, too.


fergoose Tue 19-Mar-13 10:43:52

lljkk - now the dispute process has changed, if you try and contact seller to discuss not as described a case is automatically opened.

Just respond to it and ask them to return for a refund - not much else you can do is there.

lljkk Tue 19-Mar-13 10:49:04

I will do, I have asked him to clarify what the damage was and how (if) the item is otherwise not as described. Very polite. I'm only venting here.

Onto my blocked buyers list immediately (hollow satisfaction). I know I should be more generous, it could be genuine, all my mistake. It's always men buying clothes that I have trouble with, though. Male buyers full stop.

Tortoise Tue 19-Mar-13 13:03:07

My laptop saga still contines! Went to relist it Saturday and while doing a photo I noticed a big crack and chip out of one corner!
Phoned parcel force yesterday and they can't do anything unless sender contacts them. I explained no chance of that but still got no where with them.
So I phoned Ebay yet again. They have noted info and are looking into it and said I should get a refund for item damaged in transit. grin

fergoose Tue 19-Mar-13 13:26:50

so will ebay refund you for that from their coffers?

I hope you get a full refund then get great pleasure chucking it in the bin!

Tortoise Tue 19-Mar-13 18:02:58

I don't know, they didn't say. Just that they would pass it on to higher peeps and I should get a refund. Got to wait 5 days so hopefully by the end of the week I will know!
Will be glad to see the back of it! grin

Tortoise Sun 24-Mar-13 15:58:30

All my bits finish tonight. Not many bids at the moment, hoping some watchers bid!

Bakingnovice Mon 25-Mar-13 10:28:00

Just wanted to update everyone. Out of my ten listing four sold. I'm really chuffed. Two buyers paid last night and I've posted the items, the other two haven't paid. Following advice on
Older threads herein going to wait a few days then chase. I've made about 6.50 profit which I'm pleased with. Waiting for the flw maybe this weekend before I list more.

I've a lovely football table with small legs that sits on the floor. My ds hardly plays with it and I want to list but worried about postage as its quite heavy. Will my Hermes be able to deliver it?

Now that ive sold I feel like a bona fide member of this thread.

lljkk Mon 25-Mar-13 10:48:29

dimensions of the football table partly disassembled or folded up, approx weight (compare to your DC if needs must)?

Tortoise Mon 25-Mar-13 22:47:43

I'm still unsure of the new postage prices starting on the 2nd.
What will happen to the 60+ unsold listings that I have? Will I have to go and edit all of them to change postage? hmm

PurpleFrog Tue 26-Mar-13 09:29:54

Tortoise - I think you will have to - or risk losing out. Large letter prices are staying the same, but you will have to adjust the parcel ones. Are you talking about unsold listings that have finished, or do you have stuff listed at the moment which finishes after the 2nd? If so, you had better look at these first.
If you have not noted the weight of items you may have to re-weigh stuff and measure it to check which of the new price bands it falls into. Good luck!

That is one advantage of being so disorganised lately - I have listed so few new items that I have very few things to re-list, and some of these were going to get new photos/descriptions before I tried again anyway. I also had a bit of a cull on my long-term unsold items a few weeks ago and gave a bundle of stuff to the Charity Shop.

lljkk Wed 27-Mar-13 12:27:07

60+, pah, that's nothing. I've got about 125 listings to blitz thru trying to reset postage prices (sigh).

Bakingnovice Wed 27-Mar-13 12:33:28

Do you know the new postage costs? Ie 2nd class standard is going from 2.20 to what?

Also, if something doesn't sell and you relist do you have to pay again? Or do they not charge when something sells?

Am amazed at the 125 listings. You must be so organised.

PurpleFrog Wed 27-Mar-13 12:40:57

Bakingnovice - you should have a look at Royal Mail's website. All the details are there. The current "packet" is being changed to 2 parcel categories dependant on size.

Usually, with re-lists, if it sells on the first re-list you get the insertion fee refunded. (Assuming you didn't list on a free listing weekend.)

lljkk Wed 27-Mar-13 13:08:38

took a long time to get to that many listings, lots of relists that take 5-10+ goes to finally sell.
the new postal charges system looks hideously complicated. We Shall See.

Bakingnovice Wed 27-Mar-13 13:49:26

Thanks purple. Just been on RM website. All very complicated.

Lljkk - it must be hard work keeping on top of what's sold, needs to be posted, and what needs to be relisted.

Tortoise Wed 27-Mar-13 14:16:40

60+ is only on the normal account.
Over 100 listings on my business account to sort out!
I have 33 items on the business account ending Friday. I'm hoping for quick payers as I'm not editing those and will just have to suck up the difference!
I keep reading the info on parcel changes and it's just not sinking in! By weight is so much easier!

PurpleFrog Wed 27-Mar-13 15:17:29

I still don't know how they are going to check the size of a parcel - will it be a slot like large letter, or just a measuring tape?

At the moment each member of staff interprets the large letter guidelines differently. I have been refused large letter as my package was too floppy and didn't pass through the slot without some effort. I have had staff hold my package in the slot vertically in front of me to prove it doesn't slide through without help, and I have had other staff squeezing out air from my polymailer and forcing my package through the slot! confused

And Tortoise - you definitely win! grin

lljkk Wed 27-Mar-13 16:17:13

measuring tape, they said in my PO.

PurpleFrog Wed 27-Mar-13 21:24:42


Tortoise Thu 28-Mar-13 21:54:16

Purplefrog I get that with large letter too! The old bloke is very strict. Of it won't easily slide through the slot he won't accept it as large letter!

Not looking forward to editing listings! Still not 100% sure what to charge. I can see it putting buyers off!

Tortoise Sat 30-Mar-13 17:09:31

I'm not sure if I will take advantage of free listing or not. May re list everything for the 100th time!grin At some point I will have to give up on some of them selling!
I have a few other bits I could list including Optimus prime toy and some Lego/mega bloks

lljkk Sun 31-Mar-13 12:46:18

I will sit with a glass of wine & slowly work thru my relists this evening updating postage as I go, best as I can. Luckily if only 10% sell each time I can't make too many costly mistakes. Also, I suspect Ebay will be very slow next 2 weeks anyway, what with the holidays.

I printed out all my listings on 26 Dec 2012 & resolved that anything I still have on 26-12-2013 I will bin or take to charity shop.

roosterroo Mon 01-Apr-13 16:27:29

hi ladies
any experience of how long and e-chq will take - I have a payment pending but uncleared, when I look on paypal its an e-chq didnt realise that they exsisted!
Bits also listed here;

Bit unsure what the post office charges will be like when I actually post these!

Tortoise Mon 01-Apr-13 19:30:27

e-cheque normally 5-7 days.

I've done no listing so far but will try and get relists done later at least.

roosterroo Mon 01-Apr-13 19:33:00

great not too long thengrin now this is new app works on my phonewine

Bakingnovice Mon 01-Apr-13 20:58:15

The app is good. But has anyone else found it randomly charges fees? Even on a flw?

Tortoise Tue 02-Apr-13 08:01:18

Baking A few times the app has added picture pack to my listing on the app. I just schedule then edit on the laptop. The only thing I need on the app is the ability to send an invoice for payment.

INeedThatForkOff Wed 03-Apr-13 23:11:29

Just butting in - to the person who asked how they check parcel size, it's with a slot fucking bastards

Tortoise Wed 03-Apr-13 23:23:50

Yes just like the large letter slot. I had to pay £8 for a parcel today that I charged £3 for (very late payer!). Was light enough for small parcel but too long angry . Cost at least £3 more than small parcel. I told her RM will lose business because I could send it for just over £6 myhermes.
Only didn't take it home with me because I had a load of shopping to do and was on foot.

PurpleFrog Wed 03-Apr-13 23:31:59

Thanks people... sorry you fell foul of the new rules already, Tortoise! So I guess that means that lumpy jumpers etc. will fail the test. Sigh!

I have 9 items on at present - 7 re-lists and 2 new listings. Luckily none will go above small parcel but I think I will have to investigate couriers for future items.

Bakingnovice Thu 04-Apr-13 13:45:04

Luckily everything I have is baby stuff so I can still send for £2.60. Anything bigger though and I will have to use my Hermes. Royal mail are just ridic at the moment. My poor post office, the guy said they were struggling as it is.

PurpleFrog Thu 04-Apr-13 14:18:16

I will have to think carefully about some stuff that I was thinking about selling. For example I have an empty Lego Primo tub with a frog head. It was used to keep wax crayons in so needs a good clean before it can be sold. I checked last year and empty tubs DID sell, but I don't think that will be the case now with postage at least £3.99 for a CollectPlus Courier. Sigh!

lljkk Sat 06-Apr-13 11:25:24

Wow, only 2.5% of my stuff converted. Record low! I don't think it's postage change, either, just buyers aren't interested (away for hols).

PurpleFrog Sat 06-Apr-13 16:10:40

My 9 items finish on this Sunday or Monday evening. Only one has a bid so far. I haven't spent a lot of time putting up new listings in the past few months so I am not too bothered if they sell this time or not. School holidays are often a slow time. I am on holiday next week so hope to continue with my de-cluttering.

I have spent some time over the past few days looking at my DSRs. I got a message from eBay out of the blue last month telling me that they had taken the following action to benefit my seller performance record:

Removed low detailed seller ratings
Dispatch time: 1

I was shocked because I hadn't noticed this at all. I had noticed, though, that my average ratings have been creeping down over the past few months. So, I have been running lots of reports with item numbers to try and identify which buyers have left me the 4s and 3s, so that I can work out how to improve things. I have come to the conclusion that it is just a couple of people, who have no real grounds for complaint, and probably always mark people lower than I would. Of course, since I haven't sold much in the past 3 months this has more of an effect than it normally would.

Tortoise Sun 07-Apr-13 09:48:23

So far 1 item has 1 bid out of 64 listings! hmm School holiday effect no doubt.

Tortoise Tue 09-Apr-13 17:39:23

Bloody laptop is cursed! Ebay did refund for the damage during shipping.
Relisted it cheap with very clear faulty info.
Sold for £46.
Buyer pays up, then asks question about the OS being genuine. Which it is but upgraded so not on sticker on laptop.
So now they want full refund or £21 part refund. angry
Will have to try a 2nd chance offer I suppose. angry

LineRunner Tue 09-Apr-13 17:54:55

I haven't sold anything since December. And my little digital camera has broken.

I am seriously wondering if it's worth it to start selling again, or simply to wait till November and December when people seem to buy anything and don't mind the postage - i.e. sell the whole year's stuff in one big flurry? and then give the new camera to my DS for Christmas

lljkk Tue 09-Apr-13 18:58:55

Sorry to hear about cursed laptop.

Normally summer months are even worse for selling then Easter, sigh. A pause until September might make sense.

Bakingnovice Wed 10-Apr-13 13:13:32

It's very slow. Such a shame as it took me a decade to kick my arse into gear and start selling!

PurpleFrog Thu 11-Apr-13 21:06:07

Just had an email - free listing this weekend!

More info

Tortoise Thu 11-Apr-13 22:04:21

ooh that's good news smile

lljkk Fri 12-Apr-13 10:20:55

Thanks so much for letting us know, PF, it's not in the announcements section.

PurpleFrog Fri 12-Apr-13 15:26:08

lljkk - it is now! But I notice that the last FLW a fortnight ago never made it into announcements at all! Very odd. confused

I am just very surprised to be emailed IN ADVANCE this time and not in the early hours of Saturday morning. Maybe they are reacting to the fact I haven't listed much recently. grin

Bakingnovice Sat 13-Apr-13 17:44:21

I'm v new to eBay selling but I've found that stuff hardly sells after flw's. Is that normal?

I'm still in shock that people are willing to buy stuff for 99p or a few quid and then part with £3+ for postage.

lljkk Sat 13-Apr-13 18:55:58

I think stuff is hardly selling at all right now.

roosterroo Sun 14-Apr-13 16:35:37

So has anyone else had an experience with an e-chq? the first one waited full 9 days and then it didnt go through. I politely contacted to ask if they still want the item and now I have another e-chq pending!

have done a little listing today and am considering blocking e-chq (if you can ?)

Tortoise Sun 14-Apr-13 17:34:27

Never had a problem with echq. Normally clears within 7 days.

I've scheduled some bits for later. Including a huge mega bloks aircraft carrier which took me at least 6 hours to build yesterday to check all there! grin. Only a few minor bits missing and all the plastic aircraft are missing.
Hoping it sells well smile .

lljkk Sun 14-Apr-13 18:26:09

E-chqs take forever to clear but otherwise straightforward enough.

Massive relisting blitz in about half an hour!

roosterroo Sun 14-Apr-13 18:28:30

never had one fail before so fingers crossed grin

Tortoise Sun 14-Apr-13 21:10:44

Relists and new listings Inc a few pairs of nice shoes as well as the mega bloks and an Optimus Prime plus more! grin

PurpleFrog Sun 14-Apr-13 22:23:43

I re-listed 7 items between 8pm and 9pm yesterday. When I checked them this morning they had had no views at all. Sigh! I have now added 3 new items, but have managed to find a few other bits and pieces that I had lost and will be listing eventually once I do some work to them, or find the still-missing similar items to list them together.

I sold 2 items last Sunday/Monday, but one remains unpaid. The buyer obviously sniped and I am giving them the benefit of the doubt that they are away and will pay tonight/tomorrow so I haven't opened a case yet...

lljkk Mon 15-Apr-13 07:57:21

I just filed an NPB (sold it 9 days ago, collection only & they live miles away and have only replied (vaguely) once to my many emails). I even offered to cancel transaction (no reply).

Suspect another NPB case in the offing; again 9 days old & they said they will pay after midnight tonight hmm.

125 active listings but on current form don't expect more than 5 to sell.

PurpleFrog Mon 15-Apr-13 11:04:25

Well, I have just filed a NPB case as the buyer still hasn't paid. I hadn't e-mailed them directly but I had sent an invoice and eBay sent them an automatic reminder, so I think that should be enough. From their feedback they look more genuine than my last 2 NPBs, so fingers crossed.

I am in the process of sorting out boxes of stuff I had as a teenager, student etc.. I have sorted out a number of things I definitely don't want, and am giving them a whirl on eBay on the off-chance they will sell. So, I am not going to be terribly disappointed if they fail to.

I had meant to help dd clear out her wardrobe over the holidays, but we didn't get round to that. Hopefully we will manage that soon.

lljkk Sat 20-Apr-13 10:00:07

4% of my stuff sold last night. Better than a fortnight ago, but sheesh.

milk Sun 21-Apr-13 18:12:06

I'm back on eBay as I need to make some money, just pray the items sell!

milk Sun 21-Apr-13 19:29:36

1 item sold. I think I put it on for too cheap blush

2 items to go grin

Bakingnovice Mon 22-Apr-13 15:53:06

eBay is funny at the moment. I've put on a lovely brand new top on there lots of times with no views. It went on again last week and there was a bidding war! The baby clothes are selling slowly, although it is heartbreaking to sell monsoon stuff for 99p. Never mind, think I'm going to wait for the next flw and try and bundle up some of the remaining baby clothes.

lljkk Mon 22-Apr-13 17:38:21

I had a desirable Lego Star Wars set listed first at £99, again at £69 (about average for comparable quality listings), lots of watchers, an offer to buy off Ebay, no bids. I last listed it at £98 BIN, over 30 days, and reduced the price each day by £1. It sold at £92. (Result!)

Only 40p for the BIN fee, well worth it, if you have something you know should sell and should sell for a good price. I know I like BIN listings best, too, waiting for auctions to finish is a faff.

Tortoise Mon 22-Apr-13 18:26:39

I made £145 last night grin. Very pleased with that. Slightly disappointed that the mega bloks sold at £25 when one the same on completed listings sold for £77. But £21 for a nerf gun is a result! grin

Hey Tortoise well done.

I am starting to sell again although all the postage increases and the awkward buyers did put me off. The kids wont be getting a holiday if I dont lol.

Getting rid of my shoes sz 9 keep buying heels and will never wear them. Got tonnes of clothes which I may bundle.
I know its hard work but I have to rearrange the girls bedrooms and they have grown out of so much stuff.
Do you think summer uniform will sell yet ?
I have loads of red and white dresses !!
I might try the BIN never really used it but may be worth a go ...
Good luck Ladies smile

Bakingnovice Mon 22-Apr-13 20:49:17

£22 for a nerf gun! Wow well done. Was it brand new with all the bullets?

Tortoise Mon 22-Apr-13 20:58:02

No not brand new but did have lots of bullets smile. Luckily local so collected today. One less to post! grin

PurpleFrog Tue 23-Apr-13 09:51:32

Sound like things are picking up for people! I have 7 items ending tonight and 3 tomorrow night - 5 of these have watchers, but I would be surprised if I sold more than 2 of them.

lljkk - I agree with you on BINs - the downside is that you can be trotting back and forwards to the post office every couple of days. My problem is that I don't have things on eBay at the moment that I am confident enough about selling. I really need to get on with the de-cluttering and have a big eBay push before the Summer Holidays.

lljkk Tue 23-Apr-13 10:03:54

Slow payers mean I end up trotting back & forth to PO loads anyway, lol.

PurpleFrog Tue 23-Apr-13 12:07:52

lljkk - I know what you mean! My NPB eventually paid - 8 days after the auction ended! No explanation, no apology...

Tortoise Tue 23-Apr-13 12:19:13

I have a non payer. They finally contacted me Friday saying her grandad had been taken ill and would pay soon. Yesterday she messaged saying she will hopefully pay Friday.
I did say I would like payment sooner if possible. She said all her money is paying for her grandads nursing home at the moment so can't pay until at least Friday.
It's only about £6 but still annoying. But also have sympathy if she's being honest!

milk Tue 23-Apr-13 14:55:42

All items have sold grin hooray for eBay! smile

lljkk Tue 23-Apr-13 18:01:42
PurpleFrog Wed 24-Apr-13 10:17:52

Ta! How did you find out?

I sold none of my 7 items last night. sad

lljkk Wed 24-Apr-13 10:57:29

Was posted on Ebay forums smile.
Aww... well, I have to list like 15 to sell even one. At some point it's not worth the faff but I am soldiering on.

Bakingnovice Wed 24-Apr-13 11:21:45

I keep trying to pay for something but it keeps saying the buyer does not ship to this address. I've emailed seller and he's not aware what's going on. I've successfully used PayPal for other items since but just can't pay for this one item. Any ideas? I've asked seller for invoice which he said he sent but I haven't received. When I asked for another to be sent he said he can't send two.

lljkk Wed 24-Apr-13 18:53:32

It is possible to send a duplicate invoice, but not very obvious how. I think Seller goes to their "Sold" group of items and it's one of the pull down options on far right, something like "Send payment details."

If you haven't received the first invoice i wonder if there is something wrong with your email address in Ebay records, especially given the other problems you're having.

roosterroo Fri 26-Apr-13 17:20:42

sounds like things are picking up. Wish i hadnt biined the last nerf gun - only so msny rimes u can stand shreeking not near the face grin

Tortoise Fri 26-Apr-13 18:21:22

Nerf guns sell really well, especially the bigger ones.

lljkk Sat 27-Apr-13 17:03:32

I think things are still quiet, interesting thread here.

Looking ahead, I reckon next FLW will be the 2 bank holiday weekends in May. What do you all think will happen?

PurpleFrog Sat 27-Apr-13 20:15:52

Thanks lljkk - that IS interesting. I haven't read the whole thread but enough to think that we are not imagining things! It is rather worrying if listings are not showing up. I must admit I was surprised a fortnight ago when I listed 7 items on Saturday and I had had no views at all by Sunday morning.

I haven't listed anything yet this weekend. I was going to have a cull of my items and sort out stuff for the Charity Shop but in light of that thread I think I'll just go ahead and re-list everything, and not reduce starting prices at all. I'll do the re-lists tonight for 10 days, and just hope for the best. Things will have to get sorted eventually.

I am free tomorrow, so hope to get some more stuff on.

Yes - I expect the May Bank holidays will be long FLWs.

Tortoise Sun 28-Apr-13 23:12:20

Listed a few bits plus re-listed unsold items. Dropped a few prices by 50p!

PurpleFrog Mon 29-Apr-13 12:13:17

I didn't get anything new on yesterday - so am pinning my hopes on a Bank Holiday FLW. I just can't seem to get motivated at the moment...

PurpleFrog Sat 04-May-13 19:25:55

Well - I guess we were wrong - it doesn't look like a FLW! sad

Oh, well! It gives me more time to look out some more stuff.

lljkk Sat 04-May-13 19:26:55

I am well peeved about it, too, but makes good opportunity to do some BINs.

PurpleFrog Thu 09-May-13 09:22:48

FLW this coming weekend. Info here.

I sold absolutely nothing the last 2 FLWs, so hope to get a few new things listed this weekend. dd has had a bit of a wardrobe clearout so I have some summer things to list.

PurpleFrog Thu 09-May-13 09:27:28

Oops - the link above links to an April FLW, but it was mentioned at the end of the Weekly Deals email I got this morning. I guess they just gave the wrong link!

FLW are still no good for me until I up my DSR 's
I am currently trying to raise money for my holidays and am putting stuff up over the weekend to finish monday tueday and wednesday. Costing a fortune pls if anything sells can I have /get good feedback and stars smile
any advice welcomed ....putting the postage at an average £4.00 except for anything that will go as a large letter.
my stuff

fergoose Thu 09-May-13 18:14:46

Snowball if you post items with My Hermes you can send for £3.30 - I think your postage costs are too high tbh.

Can you drop items off with my hermes ?
I really dont make money on the postage .
1st class recorded for a small parcel is 4.10.
2.20 for a large letter.
and 4.00 for collect plus drop at shop up to 2kg ? i think.

thank you for having a look fergoose smile

fergoose Thu 09-May-13 21:38:38

yes you can drop off, or they collect - can leave in safe place. I find them cheaper & better than RM.

Tortoise Sat 11-May-13 09:12:07

I've got a few bits to list but not much, rest is all relists that have been on multiple times! Things are slowly going but might reduce some prices even more.

Pile of clothes to list on business account too. Been a bit slack lately and not listed much. Too much stuff is not selling and I'm not sure what to do with it.

lljkk Sat 11-May-13 12:37:43

I would not worry about recorded delivery for items under £10 in value. And I think you'll find that if you offer both 1st & second that virtually everyone will choose to have second class. Bottom line is other sellers fine ways to undercut your postage.

It's very strange, I just can't fathom it, but nothing I've posted for a value under £10 has ever gone missing. Just like nothing sent to me ever goes missing. But stuff I send with value over £20 goes missing quite often if not sent recorded. I can't imagine why... hmm angry

Tortoise Sun 12-May-13 22:56:41

Right, here are todays listings and relists.

I'm really hoping DDs bed sells this time! It ended Saturday with 5 watchers. Its already back up to 5 watchers! Just need one to bid. It's taking over the upstairs bathroom lol!

Glad to see you still plodding on Tortoise.
I did a car boot this weekend and it was a bit depressing to be honest.

I have sold three things, I have a few watchers on my rainbow uniform and a pair of karen millen shoes. I know that i should have put them on for longer but here could really do with a few quid before weekend (holiday payment due )
Fingers crossed.

PurpleFrog Mon 13-May-13 15:14:29

I re-listed 10 items, with some price modifications, and managed to get 5 new items on yesterday. I still can't whip up much enthusiasm.

I really need to get on with my major de-cluttering in the next few weeks, but think I'll be a bit more choosy about what I try on ebay. I have a pile of books that will be going to the charity shop - I have checked completed items listings and they are just not worth eBaying. They are mainly ones from my early teenage years that dd has decided she doesn't want to read, so has turfed off her shelves. It is amazing how badly paperbacks and cheap hardbacks from the 70s have lasted - most of them have brown borders to the pages etc.. I did think it was because my parents smoked, but I notice that quality hardbacks from the same era or earlier are in pretty good condition.

I know purplefrog books are getting hard to sell.
I had a box full on the car boot and they barely got a look.

PurpleFrog Mon 13-May-13 16:03:14

I have done really well with younger kids' books at NCT sales in the past, but very few of my books for older kids went at the one I did last October. I did sell 3 or 4 bundles of kids' paperbacks on eBay before Christmas, but they were in very good condition and by popular authors.

I have a few "as new" paperbacks which dd has decided she doesn't want to read that I will keep until autumn then eBay.

Tortoise Tue 14-May-13 21:14:59

I've just listed some board books in small bundles all starting at 99p!
Postage is tricky though. Might fit large letter slot but could be too heavy!

PurpleFrog Thu 16-May-13 12:05:15

I am feeling a bit more positive this week - one of my reduced-price re-lists has a bid, and another has had quite a lot of views and a watcher after I did some online research and revised the title to include the model number of the item. The rest of my re-lists are still being overlooked, but my 5 new listings are getting a lot more views. smile

Tortoise Thu 16-May-13 21:27:01

Yay sold DDs bed. Only one bid at £40 but it gets rid of it! grin
2 of the books I listed have a bid smile .

PurpleFrog Thu 16-May-13 23:00:08

Well done - Tortoise!

I have not done too bad lot more relisted and most at 99p.
Fastest postage ever ..paid at 1135 posted at 1140 I was going post office anyway when some one paid so packed and posted it smile

Total sales last week about £60 with 9.00 not recieved.

Need to edit a couple and will be adding more after tomorrows car boot


Nice one tortoise,
I am taking a few bulky bits to the car boot as its too hard to judge postage and stuff.


lljkk Sat 18-May-13 16:02:37

I have 45 watchers on one item smile.

PurpleFrog Mon 20-May-13 14:32:56

45 watchers? I'm lucky if I get one these days!

Actually, saying that, I sold 3 of my 15 items yesterday, then re-listed 3 at 99p, some with BIN, and have sold another one! That is the best I have done for months. grin Three out of the 4 buyers have actually paid as well!

I suppose now that I am on a roll I should look out some stuff for this coming weekend which will probably be a FLW.

Tortoise Mon 20-May-13 20:48:44

Really surprised that one book sold for just over £7! It was a guide to collectable figures.
Sold a few little bundles of board books for 99p each.

Tortoise Mon 20-May-13 22:21:16

Even more shock now!
A teen skirt that's been listed loads and loads of times, suddenly sold for over £7!

PurpleFrog Thu 23-May-13 10:32:38

It is a FLW this long weekend - info here.

I have sold another of my 99p with BIN re-lists! grin I am still awaiting payment for one item from Sunday. I think I'll open a NPB case now so I can re-list at the tail end of the FLW if necessary.

I am not on holiday on Monday, and am out on Saturday, but hopefully I can get stuck-in on Sunday and get some new items up.

Tortoise Thu 23-May-13 20:19:23

Thought might be free listing.
Mine will be almost all re lists I think.

lljkk Sat 25-May-13 14:36:07

Oh fig, I need a kick up the bottom. I am sitting here procrastinating because this is such a 'mare. I have a terrible item to package (a child bike trailer) and I just do not know if what I'm thinking will work is going to work until I use up a few rolls of parcel tape (have failed to find a proper size box). Arrrrrgggghhhhh...!

PurpleFrog Sat 25-May-13 17:03:36

lljkk - was that the item you had 45 watchers on? Does it come apart at all? Or fold down?

lljkk Sat 25-May-13 17:13:33

Thanks for reply. I think we might be okay now, though I am still nervous. I think some extra clothes line might be good for securing & carrying it.

yes, got to nearly 60 watchers, even smile. Folded down it got to 105 x 82 x 42 cm. I couldn't find a suitable box. And it weighs about 19 kg, so I need strong packaging. Nowadays even chest freezers come wrapped in only cellophane & bits of styrofoam. I've compromised on a bike box partly dissembled then taped up again with extra bits of cardboard at one end. Will cost £35 to courier it (I only charged £25, argh). I swear, I have never had such a hassle figuring out how to package something! I was thinking maybe to get some giant bags the type used to deliver sand in, otherwise. Maybe that would have been better, but harder to stop it getting bashed.

I'm using parcel tape I bought at a carboot sale for 50p/roll, seems pretty good, actually.

PurpleFrog Sat 25-May-13 18:03:21

Glad you managed in the end. It sounds as if that will be good enough. I reckon you really need corrugated cardboard or heavy duty bubble wrap to protect things like that properly.

It is funny how you never have the right sized box at the right time. I was holding on to a variety of handy boxes at work... until my office was declared a major fire hazard after an (unannounced) fire inspection! blush

lljkk Sat 25-May-13 18:56:14

lol. Better hope no one wants to inspect my living room ,then.

Tortoise Sun 26-May-13 21:01:25

I've got someone complaining about the fit of an item I sold. Do you always offer returns for fit?
I'm not sure what to do. They didn't ask for measurements before bidding. It says 20 in the label and I thought it was about right but they have measured and compaired to online size guide and say it's smaller.

PurpleFrog Sun 26-May-13 23:09:33

Tortoise - I think it depends whether it is on your personal or business account.

I have had a frustrating evening trying to add pictures to listings. The progress bar kept going 9/10 of the way up then hanging. I have removed cookies, restarted browsers, tried different browsers, restarted my machine etc. etc. I ended up having to make 2 listings live before 9.00pm and have now gone back to update them. I have just spent an extra 30 mins trying to add 3 pictures. Grrr. At least they have loaded now! I have no idea what was wrong. I just seemed to do the same thing over and over again and it would suddenly work.

I have added 8 new items today and have bids on 2 already! I have also put up 3 re-lists and hope to do a few more tomorrow evening. My NPB hasn't paid yet so it looks like I will be relisting that item as well!

Tortoise Mon 27-May-13 06:29:16

Purplefrog Its on my personal account and they collected the item and paid cash.
Well done on bids smile . I haven't looked yet. Awake at stupid o'clock with bad cough sad .

fergoose Mon 27-May-13 07:40:15

If they collected and paid cash they have no come back whatsoever - apart from neg feedback.

PurpleFrog Mon 27-May-13 09:03:02

If it is on a personal account then the Distance Selling Regulations don't apply. If the buyer leaves negative feedback just say that they had the opportunity to try it on when they collected! grin

I'm really surprised getting bids so early on, and from experienced eBayers, too. That sort of thing doesn't seem to happen any more. Having another NPB has really annoyed me, after selling for years and having had buyers that mucked me around but eventually paid, I have now had 4 NPBs in the past 8 months or so.

Tortoise - I hope your cough improves soon.

Tortoise Mon 27-May-13 09:17:04

Thanks for replys. They have sent a long message detailing texts sent so eBay can see. Only thing is, it's on a pair of jeans that she also bought off me so not even on the right item! (and the jeans were sold off ebay as she forgot to bid but I agreed to sell privately). She's trying to say it's more like a size 14! (it's a size 20)She didn't even get out the car but looked larger than me and I did think that it might not fit her.

Relists done last night. Some other items to put on today. Got to be careful not to exceed the 100 listings. Got over 100 listed now but quite a few are 99p items so I don't think they count.

lljkk Mon 27-May-13 09:50:38

I would tell them to return & I would refund, Tortoise, not worth the grief.

Tortoise Thu 30-May-13 15:26:04

I've been left neg feedback for item not arriving. They only sent me a message last night simply saying "not got yet".
I didn't get around to replying. Neg feedback says something like not got item would like my money back.

lljkk Thu 30-May-13 21:06:59

sheesh! Are they relatively new Ebayer? I think what you are supposed to do is contact them and offer to make amends, then if satisfied you could ask them nicely to w/d feedback.

Tortoise Thu 30-May-13 22:37:24

I don't know, didn't look at that.
I have sent a message saying I will look into it and could they please check at local post office.

lljkk Fri 31-May-13 19:12:52

Gutted, being asked to take something back that costs £37 to post. sad
I used words in the description like
"well used"
"Bigger Rips"
"many marks, some rust and minor damage"
" Damage to padding"

with lots of close up pictures of damage, mildew, etc.
So I'm not sure what they were expecting, sad

Tortoise Fri 31-May-13 19:52:25

lljkk Are they saying it's not as described? It sounds like you were honest in the listing. Ebay can be so frustrating. You don't have to offer return postage and if they claim through ebay for a return they can request postage label from ebay.

lljkk Fri 31-May-13 20:34:20

They are claiming it's completely unfit for purpose. That say it's in a "Shocking" state, etc. There's no bit of damage that isn't shown clearly in the pictures sad. Eg: They say the metalwork is shocking (it's grubby & scratched, but not bent or broken). The fabric is shocking (grubby with small tears, as stated in listing). It's an item that sells for £400+ new & buyer paid £156+partial postage.

DH is away but just messaged "Blimey, I just read your original listing - the list of faults is huge! It's absurd for the buyer to complain about the condition, when it's pretty obvious that it's well used."

I think I need hand-holding by Fergoose, an objective person to tell me how to proceed. Ebayer has said to tell buyer to escalate & Ebay will direct them what to do (they return at their cost). I can't see I'll come out of this without a Neg, though. sad

Think that I will never again sell a well-used item on Ebay except as "For spares"

fergoose Fri 31-May-13 21:03:37

I think in light of your description you have a very good case for winning a case - stranger things have happened. Difficult without seeing the listing but you seem to have listed all the faults, etc. What is the item? Have they bought another and now this is buyers remorse?

I would write in the case that you described all faults clearly and with photos, and wear and tear is there, but it is still fit for purpose despite the listed flaws.

I guess if you get it back you may be able to resell for more money?

Don't worry about one neg - it is just a little red dot on a website.

lljkk Fri 31-May-13 21:38:02

am going to pm you, Fergoose, hope that's okay.

lljkk Sun 02-Jun-13 10:48:00

update... Friday evening I msg'd buyer to say best if he went to Resolution Centre to formally open a case (I gave him the link!).
Yesterday he msg'd back to say Thanks, he would open a case.

Still hasn't opened a case.... hmm. Why not?!

PurpleFrog Sun 02-Jun-13 10:59:23

Probably because he hoped you would refund all/part of his money and tell him to keep it! hmm

Fingers crossed for you.

lljkk Sun 02-Jun-13 11:05:30

I have done exactly that when it was a cheaper item, but this is too much money to let it go.

I found out I could have posted it for £14, though, with insurance, that was gut-wrenching! Ebay has a special deal worked out with ParcelForce for very large items. Worth knowing for future reference.

lljkk Wed 05-Jun-13 13:53:12
PurpleFrog Wed 05-Jun-13 14:17:27

Great! I think... grin

I still can't get particularly enthusiastic about eBay at the moment. I sold 3 small items from the last FLW but I really need to get on with the de-cluttering and sort out some large items. dd has found some more summer clothes that are too small, so I should at least try to get them washed and listed this weekend.

Tortoise Wed 05-Jun-13 18:37:09

I've listed a few bits starting at 99p over the last few days. Got too much stuff piling up, need rid of it!

lljkk Thu 06-Jun-13 19:40:10

Oh Fig, my case still rumbles on.
Buyer is completely clueless about his rights, it leaves me with quandries, including moral ones, about what to do.
He finally opened a case (only days after I told him to).
I've told him to contact Ebay Customer Services about return postage questions (he hasn't done that).
I wonder if I ignore him then maybe nothing will happen, he isn't able to read my listing correct OR raise a case properly thru Ebay. Or maybe he'll pursue me thru small claims (no, not that, he's definitely not clued up enough for that).

I think if I retreat into the mantra of "I will refund after you return the item" that he will never get around to it. He only has the organisation skills of a gnat, after all.

Tortoise Fri 07-Jun-13 12:47:36

lljkk Oh dear. I hope it's resolved soon.
I've got a buyer hassling for feedback! They have sent me 3 messages so far on the item, last message all in caps saying Please leave feedback. Now received a 4th message but on a current listing saying please leave feedback for the bag I bought from you.
The more I'm hassled, the longer I leave it lol! Also tempted to reply that feedback is optional. grin

fergoose Fri 07-Jun-13 13:31:02

I refuse to leave any when folk hassle for it - so rude & demanding aren't they

Tortoise Fri 07-Jun-13 14:02:01

Very annoying! And to message on a live listing really surprised me. I've never had that before!
So shall I reply or ignore?

PurpleFrog Fri 07-Jun-13 14:16:02

I would be very tempted to email back saying that you are not going to leave feedback as sellers can no longer leave negative feedback for rude buyers who hassle them! grin (And block him from buying again.)

PurpleFrog Fri 07-Jun-13 14:16:50

... but I probably wouldn't do that!

lljkk Fri 07-Jun-13 15:48:45

Just leave feedback that Ebay will have to delete like "Transaction was fine but nagging for F/B afterwards was strange"

Oh Tortoise I know people who chase feedback can be annoying.
Sorry about your disorganised buyer lijk hope it all sorts it self out.

And purplefrog get them washed and listed this sun might be good for sales ;)
I have just finished editing my auctions here

i am still under performing and excluded from FLW despite all my stars being at 4.8/9 its about percentages ??

PurpleFrog Fri 07-Jun-13 19:20:39

SNOWBall - that's a pain! All my stars are either 4.8 or 4.9 as well, but I see from the info that I appear to have been given one 1 or 2 for dispatch time, despite the fact that I have posted everything on the 1st or 2nd day after payment! I also seem to have had one "Removed low detailed seller rating" in the "Actions we've taken to protect you" section on the Seller Dashboard page. I assume these are two different low ratings. Sigh! I think I'll try and work out who left them.

I can see how you can very easily get on the wrong side of eBay with only a handful of awkward undeserved ratings.

PurpleFrog Fri 07-Jun-13 20:34:44

Bloody hell - I have now found the item I was awarded a 1 for dispatch on. The item finished on the evening of Wednesday 22nd May, and I posted it 2nd class on the afternoon of Friday 24th May. I even sent a personal message telling her it had been posted and warning her it was a holiday Monday so it would be with her by the following Thursday at the latest. Grrr.

Fingers crossed that eBay spot that rating and pull it!

Fairygen Fri 07-Jun-13 20:53:16

I recently had someone message me complaining that they hadn't received their item from me and they were 'getting a bit fed up waiting'.

Item ended saturday pm and was posted Monday 9 am, I got the message Monday lunchtime!!!! Stupid woman!

Then, she left me amazing feedback confused

PurpleFrog Fri 07-Jun-13 21:19:47

I think by the time some people leave feedback they have forgotten the finer details of the transaction. They conveniently forget that they took 5 days to pay, then mark you down on dispatch time etc..

Actually, Fairygen, your story reminds me of a sale I made about 8 years ago. I sold something on a BIN to a buyer in the US. He purchased it at around 11.30pm our time, then sent me an irate email a couple of hours later saying that was was unacceptable that I hadn't yet contacted him about it! confused

lljkk Sat 08-Jun-13 10:57:42

For Frith's Sake... Trailer buyer wants me to refund him the full £££ I have agreed to refund before he sends item back. I truly believe he thinks this is reasonable procedure. I patiently explained that I have no comeback if he never sends trailer, whereas Ebay has frozen his payment to me so so I can't get any of it back without his agreement (slightly technically untrue). Basically I am having to explain to him his rights every step of the way. Which is wrong when our interests are so much in conflict.

I keep telling him to contact Ebay CS to understand the procedure, but he declines (speech impediment?)

fergoose Sat 08-Jun-13 11:28:11

well - sorry but can sod off to the far side. Never ever refund before return - do they really think you came down in the last shower.

They have opened a case but not escalated it? I would just ignore him now tbh and wait for ebay to sort it out, or for the case to close and expire.

lljkk Sat 08-Jun-13 11:38:30

Think that is good advice Fergoose smile.

fergoose Sat 08-Jun-13 11:43:04

I don't know any seller who would refund before a return - and I think your buyer is trying it on big time, I bet they would never return it and you would have lost your item and your money.

Can you escalate the case? How long until it closes?

lljkk Sat 08-Jun-13 11:53:02

I don't see an option to escalate. I don't know if I dare escalate, the discussion boards all say it is a terrible tactic and Ebay is immediately biased against sellers who escalate.

Seller opened case on 3 June. I thought seller had to wait 8 days before they could escalate, but this implies they have 90 days to escalate. I think it will have to leave it in their hands now.

fergoose Sat 08-Jun-13 12:33:06

I agree - sit on your hands and do nothing.

Tortoise Thu 13-Jun-13 10:54:18

Just had an email saying free listing today on 10 day listings. I do have a few bits I can list.

PurpleFrog Thu 13-Jun-13 13:55:01

You beat me too it Tortoise!

I'm not sure if I will get any done tonight. I just did re-lists on Sunday as I had nothing new prepared to list. I did get a bit of de-cluttering done though. I am trying to be ruthless... well, a bit more than usual. grin Cherry-picking small items to eBay is not really helping my overall clutter problem, so I am trying to use my time more constructively in that area at present. I took a bag of books to the charity shop yesterday, and have started packing another with general bric-a-brac etc..

I still want to list some summery clothes that dd has grown out of, but most of them still have to be washed. On Sunday I was going to photograph a 2-piece swimsuit that I remembered was immaculate - only it turned out to have some bobbles on the back and be full of sand. Sigh!

Tortoise Thu 13-Jun-13 14:19:43

I've taken photos of everything to be listed! Quite a lot of clothes that I found in the cupboard. Also have a top and trousers sun suit but will start it at 99p as its got a few bobbles on the bum and sand in it! Too good to chuck out. Will just list honestly.

PurpleFrog Thu 13-Jun-13 14:45:31

I will still list the swimsuit, but every time I tried to take a photo I could see sand twinkling at me. I thought I would get away with photographing then washing, but decided I really need to wash it first!

Tortoise Thu 13-Jun-13 23:18:43

Well, I didn't get everything listed but got as many as possible done.
Stupid Ebay app update slowed me down but might be ok once get used to it.

Well i am STILL not back up to standard to qualify for free listings despite all my stars being 4.85 and above.
So will be listing stuff tonight for 10 days to end on the monday and hopefully all the ebayers will have sold loads ending Sunday and be looking to buy smile
My most popular item at the moment is a red bikini ! My niece has just given me half a dozen more to list as she is up dating her summer wardrobe so will pop them on tomorrow too.
Even that has only been viewed about 15 times here
Do your listings get pushed down the search results if you are below standard ?
Good luck to everyone selling i was really hoping it would pick up a bit this month.

lljkk Fri 14-Jun-13 11:44:31

Boohoo, I got a Neg last week (virginity gone). So I can confirm that Ebay doesn't inform you in any way when you get non-positive f/back. Buyer never contacted me <<Shrug>>. The (separate) case against me hasn't been escalated either, seems to have gone quiet (doubt that's end of it). I am holding breath wondering when my selling will be restricted.

Massive bundle to charity shop if that happens. Kind of looking forward to it. We can still sell anything truly worthwhile under DH's account (phew).

PurpleFrog Fri 14-Jun-13 12:48:24

I didn't get anything listed last night after all. I don't have anything on this weekend so hopefully I will manage to do some more sorting-out. If I can at least get the summer clothes washed, ironed and photographed that would give me a head start for the next FLW. I wonder when that will be, given the random day this week? Many years ago I remember there were often 5p or 10p listing days on Thursdays!

lljkk - that is a pain about your negative. I seem to have had a lot of buyers who haven't bothered leaving feedback recently. Maybe I should be glad! I am steadily limping my way towards the 500 feedback mark, but at the moment my count is being boosted more by my buying, than my selling. hmm

lljkk Fri 14-Jun-13 12:53:37

I spoke too soon, Today trailer buyer has escalated case so I know where that case will go sad. Limping indeed. I registered on Ebay about 11 yrs ago to sell a single item, and my f/back is still just barely over 500.

PurpleFrog Fri 14-Jun-13 13:08:31

lljkk - sad

I have been registered on eBay since Jun 2002 and have been selling for over 10 years. However, I have had large periods of time within that when I haven't listed anything.

Tortoise Fri 14-Jun-13 14:20:06

Oh no lljkk, thats bad news (i'd be paranoid they are a mner reading this thread! grin
I joined EBay in 2006 and have 2195 feedback on business account (only been a business account for a year so most of that was from before) My other account is nearing 200 feedbacks I think.

Tortoise Fri 14-Jun-13 14:22:35

Just checked and am actually on 213 grin

lljkk Sat 15-Jun-13 15:53:00
lljkk Sun 16-Jun-13 08:07:02
PurpleFrog Mon 17-Jun-13 10:00:23

I sold 4 out or my 10 items last night! grin I am very surprised, considering they were all relists. I got some clothes washed and ironed over the weekend so will hopefully make a start on their photos/descriptions this week.

lljkk - that's a pain about MyHermes. The nearest shop to me that deals with them is 10 miles away, so I haven't tried them yet. Fortunately, I haven't had anything bigger than small parcel since the Royal Mail increases. I had a look at the link to the forum you sent. I can't believe that eBay accounts are being traded etc.. I am also a bit concerned about what you said on another thread about 2% low DSRs in a category being enough to flag you up to eBay. I have one undeserved low rating for dispatch as I mentioned above, but since I have only been left ratings for 91 of my sales in the past 12 months, that low rating is already 1.1% of my total. hmm

Tortoise Tue 18-Jun-13 12:28:02

Just had another message from Mr feedback chaser! It says 4 weeks and still no feedback!
I wonder how long he will keep chasing it for!

lljkk Tue 18-Jun-13 18:50:57

I didn't realise that when buyer wins a SNAD case that (on top of me the seller being out one lot of postage, £37+) that Ebay KEEPS the Final Value Fee. So that's another £15.60 out of my pocket, for a total loss to me of £53.

All because the buyer couldn't be asked to read the listing properly. sad angry.

Any loyalty I might ever have had to Ebay just evaporated.

Oh, and the best part? Ebay has refunded the buyer already even though the item hasn't arrived back to me yet, and I've no idea which courier the Buyer is supposed to have used (the tracking number Buyer sent doesn't work with Parcel Force, anyway).

Tortoise Tue 18-Jun-13 21:48:23

Sounds like a nightmare lljkk. EBay should be able to tell you the tracking number. They shouldn't refund until tracking shows as delivered.
When I had all the problems with laptop EBay did eventually agree to refund the fees after a few phone calls. Also you can appeal the case once you get it back although eBay do seem to favour the buyer if when they are in the wrong!

lljkk Wed 19-Jun-13 06:47:38

Buyer sent a tracking number, I don't know which courier it's for. I had assumed Parcelforce but Parcelforce tracking box says it's invalid. My guess is that item hasn't even been picked up from Buyer yet, and now Buyer has no reason to make that happen, anyway.

Been up since 3:30am, other Crap happening in my life anyway. sad. Just added everything up, I am £61 out of pocket on this transaction. And the icing on the cake is that buyer still gets to leave me feedback. I am trying to figure out if anything further can go wrong?
No item back, £61 out of pocket, and a sure negative on the way. It can't get any worse, right?

lljkk Wed 19-Jun-13 07:34:35

Ooh, I have indeed thought of a way it could all get much worse. Boring detail, but I won't be surprised if Ebay tries to get another full refund off of me in 6 days time.

And I warn you all now, I will rant next time someone mentions Seller fee avoidance. As far as I'm concerned, Ebay deserve no less.

lljkk Wed 19-Jun-13 07:58:54

(Sorry, I'm off to work soon will stop ranting soon)

Ebay did say in one message I could track parcel with Parcelforce.
Buyer sent a tracking number that links directly to UPS.
The tracking number Buyer sent fails with both couriers.
Having hunted around like crazy outside for a missing 22 kg x 1.5 metre long box, I have appealed.

Tortoise Wed 19-Jun-13 10:03:26

Wow that's a lot of money lost. I would phone ebay, ask to speak to someone on resolutions team. They should be able to advise further as to tracking. They can track and see what it says. I would also say you want fees refunded because the item was as described in the listing. I got mine back after getting annoyed with ebay! I did keep emphasising how the item was as in listing and buyer had lied to ebay and got away with it.
Hope it's all sorted soon.

fergoose Wed 19-Jun-13 10:10:49

I agree - cannot believe ebay refunded with no tracking proving delivery

I guess small claims against buyer may be your last resort?

lljkk Wed 19-Jun-13 19:39:26

thx for the msgs. It turned up today. Just in from work so I will leave opening it & checking it for tomorrow. I'm guessing that the tracking number Buyer sent to me was one digit off a real one(?).
I am glad you said that about getting fees back, Tortoise, I will ask smile.

lljkk Thu 20-Jun-13 10:33:03

FLW this weekend. Usual T&C.

PurpleFrog Thu 20-Jun-13 12:22:36

lljkk - thanks for the heads up about the FLW. Where are you getting this info? I guess I am still looking in the wrong places. I'm glad you got your trailer back. Fingers crossed you can get the Final Value Fees refunded. Your experiences and Tortoise's are putting me off trying to sell anything large/expensive that is not in A1 condition.

I still have some cameras, Nintendo DS etc. that I am hoping to sell for spares or repair. I'm not sure I can be bothered with the potential hassle, but the hoarder in me is refusing to take them to the recycling site!

lljkk Thu 20-Jun-13 16:18:16

My informer is Moneysaving expert, their carboots-Ebay-Jumble sales forum. Those people are obsessive. I need to sell to, in a way, only thing that makes me declutter.

Sorry to put anyone off sad.

I got caught out especially badly because it was such an expensive thing to courier and I didn't know Ebay had a special deal worked out with Parcelforce for very big items (It is literally the only good postage deal Ebay offers). I would have saved £20 if I had known about it.

Checked trailer over, seems the same. Can't decide whether to relist it on Ebay or not. Trying to sell it anywhere else seems preferable. I will try very hard to never buy on Ebay again, myself.

Ebay livechat not contactable, claims it's not currently 5am-10pm PST confused.
Ebay CS phone line claims to not known my home phone even though I just checked & my home phone was already listed as my primary contact number for Ebay. (Sigh).

PurpleFrog Thu 20-Jun-13 17:08:58

Ok - I'll start looking at Moneysaving expert instead of eBay's Seller forums. grin

eBay is good when everything goes smoothly, but not so good when there is a problem!

Yes, eBay is my main method of guiltless de-cluttering! I'll try to make a start on some items tonight in preparation for the FLW.

lljkk Thu 20-Jun-13 18:08:50

Back to my case.... remember I appealed because they refunded before item had even been returned. Their reply to that is

"We're sorry there was a problem with this transaction. However, after further review, we have confirmed that you didn't provide a valid delivery address for the buyer to return the item to you."

Isn't my selling address on file with Ebay, why did I need to supply it again? No one ever asked me for a valid delivery address, I believe that they issued the Buyer with a prepaid postage label, what address did they use? I've even checked my spam filters and there's nothing in there about "Buyer would like to return to you what is your delivery address" type msg.

I found a valid tracking number at least, though. If I go to my selling page it's one of the fields displayd there next to the original completed listing (which still shows under sold items and is even counted as part of my last 60 day total ££ confused). The correct tracking number has never been supplied to me anywhere else.

How wrong did I get this?!

I got onto the Chat system today to ask for a refund of FVF but pretty fast they referred me to their Resolutions centre. Remember that the phone system refuses to let me me thru. I hold out exactly zero hope of getting the FVF back.

Sorry if I'm dumping here, DH is prone to depression & I can't share hardly any of this with him.

fergoose Thu 20-Jun-13 18:18:25

bloody hell - I have no words! How can they be so incompetent. So they pretend you didn't provide a delivery address and then refund all of the cash?

i think you need to take this further - is it worth writing a thread about it on the ebay community sellers board - loads of very experienced folk who I am sure will be able to help?

lljkk Thu 20-Jun-13 19:05:18

Can I ask you something, Fergoose, is it normal after a SNAD case that Buyer-Seller still leave f/back for each other? That seems bizarre, I just didn't expect it.

I did get the item back, somehow.
Glad you're outraged on my behalf, Fergoose.
I hope my story serves as a warning to others, at least.
Folk aren't joking when they say that Ebay doesn't give a damn about sellers.
I'm sure if I try to embarrass Ebay corp. they'll just ban me as a seller & am not really sure there's any merit in that.
I swear I'm telling truth (to best of my knowledge).
I even checked my email spam filters to see if something was in there I had missed (there wasn't).

fergoose Thu 20-Jun-13 19:19:12

I dunno about the feedback, I guess it depends on the buyer. They may be kind and leave nice feedback or they could be buggers and leave awful feedback and stars. I know if I were you I would not be inclined to leave them any.

Is it worth trying to sell it on gumtree, for cash?

lljkk Thu 20-Jun-13 20:06:34

I didn't realise they'd have the option to leave FB at all (just like I didn't realise Ebay automatically keep the FVF). I knew I was well and truly &^%$ed as soon as they started complaining, just not how thoroughly.

Tortoise Thu 20-Jun-13 20:10:10

I had the same issue with contact number. I still got to speak to an adviser though so it's worth persevering to get fees back. Live chat are pretty useless in my experience!
At least you can reply to feedback if they leave negative.

lljkk Thu 20-Jun-13 20:12:26

How did you get thru on the phone? The system said that my phone number wasn't right... I guess I can try to experiment.

Must master SarahTigh's talent at damning-with-faint-praise fback, too.

Tortoise Thu 20-Jun-13 22:11:46

I'm sorry, I can't remember. I think I had to put in case reference number or something. With my phone number, they were reading it out to me missing out the first number of dialling code. The right number is on my account though! Very weird!

lljkk Fri 21-Jun-13 20:48:25

Thx anyway. I had predictable msg from CS to say that I would not qualify for FVF refund because Buyer escalated the case. But I shouldn't be discouraged. Oh, and because I had agreed to refund before escalation they have done something so that my Seller Dashboard isn't affected.

They're so generous and kind, aren't they? hmm sad

lljkk Fri 21-Jun-13 20:48:41

Tell you something, working for Ebay CS must be a truly Shit job.

Tortoise Sat 22-Jun-13 07:14:33

Had another message from Mr feedback chaser! A month and still no feedback! All in caps. I wonder how long he will keep this up?

fergoose Sat 22-Jun-13 08:11:49

Have you told him if he is so desperate for it you will gladly neg him for hounding you for VOLUNTARY feedback (sorry about the caps).

Tortoise Sat 22-Jun-13 09:01:29

I haven't replied yet. He's the buyer so probably knows I can't neg. I've never had anyone so desperate for feedback!

roosterroo Sat 22-Jun-13 19:23:22

Must be in the air - Ive had buyers asking me to leave feedback 'so they can archive'
free listings have taken forever slow internet and ebay but here they are:
its now wine oclock (ver gene hunt)

lljkk Sat 22-Jun-13 20:12:33

Does he need positive f/b to raise his positive %, Tortoise? Has he been neg'd as a seller, maybe? I've read something about sellers having to get positive % back up to be able to keep selling (the rules about keeping up seller performance are strict & complicated)

Tortoise Sat 22-Jun-13 20:34:50

No, he has 502 feedback 100%. I managed to schedule 5 items out of a pile of stuff! Lots can probably start at 99p so not too worried.

PurpleFrog Thu 27-Jun-13 09:01:46

Any progress on the fees front, lljkk? Fingers crossed....

I have 17 items listed after last weekend - 9 are totally "new", 1 is a bundle of things that had previously been listed separately and the rest are straight re-lists. Listings finish on Sunday or Tuesday evening and I already have one with a bid and 5 other items with one watcher each. I am not counting my chickens... yet!

Tortoise Thu 27-Jun-13 09:55:01

Either I have a load of crap listed on both accounts or ebay is quiet at the moment! Over 100 listings, about 3 with 1 bid and very few watchers.

PurpleFrog Thu 27-Jun-13 10:21:04

Well, I think this may well be my last lot until after the summer holidays. I managed to get most of the summery stuff listed. I really need to spend my time more effectively and get on with the general de-cluttering. I have some toys and book I am keeping until October/November to list and hopefully will have more stuff to join it by then.

lljkk Thu 27-Jun-13 20:17:34

thx for asking, I gave up on getting the FVF back, I can't see what more I could do that wouldn't cause Ebay to ban me anyway. sad
So at the moment I am still £58 down (presuming I count £3 net profit in last week's sales as working off that debt).

Bakingnovice Tue 02-Jul-13 11:13:52

Oh no. Feel really outraged on your behalf lljkk.

PurpleFrog Tue 02-Jul-13 11:41:45

lljkk, I know you don't want to dwell on it but what could you have done differently? Maybe I am misinterpreting the facts, but it looks to me that if you are not 100% sure that eBay will find in your favour you should agree to mutually cancel once the case has been opened. Is that correct? It is a real pain that it had to happen with a large, expensive item.

PurpleFrog Wed 03-Jul-13 14:34:13

I have just checked the MoneySavingExpert forum and the next free listing is next weekend 13-14/07/13. That's a pain as it is too close to my holidays.

I sold 5 out of my 17 items - 2 on Sunday and 3 last night. Last night's have all now been paid for so I will package them tonight. Since the next FLW is inconvenient I can't decide whether to pay to re-list my remaining summer stuff, or just leave it until next year... or put them in the clothes4cash bag I'm slowly building up!

Tortoise Wed 03-Jul-13 18:25:23

Oh, I was hoping for one this weekend.
We go away on the 20th so too close to our holiday too. Unless I list for 10 days and send as soon as get back.
Will be in UK so I will still be able to reply to messages.

lljkk Wed 03-Jul-13 18:40:02

Hi, urk, lessons I wish I had learned:

Don't ever spend any ££ on packing materials (I spent £7).
Don't send anything that costs more than £20 to send (Ebay have a great deal worked out with Parcelforce, usually £15 delivery).
If selling something well-used but potentially still valuable then
* don't bother with a long detailed listing (nobody reads it).
* talk it down and only offer local collection
Never contest a case with seller; buyer can only lose if they don't return by tracked delivery (I know because I was that buyer, one time)

I get very confused trying to figure out what else I could have done different. Maybe somehow got buyer to cancel the transaction before he had a chance to raise a case & escalate.

HiccupHaddockHorrendous Thu 04-Jul-13 22:03:13

lljkk - how frustrating sad. Interesting about the eBay/parcelforce deal on large items. I'll have to look into that. The last couple of things I've posted with a courier have been £20+ but that included insurance up to £500.

I've hardly sold anything for months.

After a bit of a buggy binge, I have now sold all the excess but am still looking to replace one of them...I just don't know what I want instead I'll stick with what I've got for now!

I listed a few buggy accessories week before last and everything sold within a couple of days on fixed price listings which I was really pleased about but a bit surprised when I went to post them. I haven't had to deal with the new RM pricing before and had to bring two items home again to repack smaller hmmgrin.

Fixed price listings are definitely my plan for the foreseeable. Although, I think I'm going to stop offering 'Best Offer' because it seems people automatically go in with lower offers. Hmm, or maybe that's the point and I should just start off with a higher price confused.

Feeling motivated tonight so might get a couple of things on and see how they go.

Tortoise Sat 06-Jul-13 08:33:51

Did anyone get a special message from EBay? I'm special and have zero insertion fees on up to 200 items this weekend!
I'm very happy about that and will make full use of it lol!

PurpleFrog Sat 06-Jul-13 10:02:40

I'm special as well!

And I had just convinced myself not to list anything until I return from my holiday. Oh well - I think I'll at least do the re-lists. I'm just worried that if anything goes wrong I'll be away if buyers want to return purchases etc..

lljkk Sat 06-Jul-13 10:42:05

Did anyone see the change to free up to 12 pictures change from 1 July?

PurpleFrog Sat 06-Jul-13 10:52:06

Yes - but it is 1st August the photo change comes in, not 1st July. That's good news - I have been using photobucket for the past year or so to embed extra photos in the listing text if necessary.

HiccupHaddockHorrendous Sat 06-Jul-13 11:09:46

Is FL open to everyone this weekend?

Also, will free photos be for all categories forever or limited time?

lljkk Sat 06-Jul-13 11:13:17

Not open to me! I think the up to 12 free photos thing is until future notice, and on all categories. So many people were doing photobucket or other links out, probably no point in the admin for the tiny number of us still using regular photos.

Tortoise Sat 06-Jul-13 18:47:54

FL is only for special people this weekend (like me. grin
I've sorted out a few items of new maternity clothes plus will do relists.

HiccupHaddockHorrendous Sat 06-Jul-13 19:35:53

What criteria do you have to meet to become special?
<sadfeels very unspecial> grin

PurpleFrog Sat 06-Jul-13 19:47:47

dd has had another clearout. I have just sorted through 30-40 books checking potential prices on eBay/Amazon etc. It was very depressing. sad There are too many commercial booksellers selling things BIN for 99p with postage that I couldn't hope to match. I don't know if the new picture standards that are coming in the autumn will put an end to these, as sellers will have to provide at least one photo to list an item. I think I'll hold on to most of the books for now and see about bundling some for listing just before Christmas.

Well I got the email today as well 200 free listings smile Will try my best thank you ebay.

purple ... I know its hard with books as soo many are listed and akot are cheaper on Amazon. i have loads too but I think I will list them after summer.
Nice one tortoise I would not have checked my inbox if i had not of read this thread it was not in my ebay messages smile

Tortoise Sat 06-Jul-13 22:43:32

SNOW Good luck with your listings.

I've got some items done. Put them on got 5 days,need some quick sales before going on holiday in 2 weeks.

Tortoise Sat 06-Jul-13 22:45:04

*for not got!

Me too Tortoise we go away when the kids break up and its not flipping cheap.
Every penny helps so putting mine on for 5 days but been busy today so will be very industrious tomorrow ;)

PurpleFrog Tue 09-Jul-13 12:51:04

Well, I decided in the end not to list anything at all - at least that helps to cut down the list of things that have to be done before going away! I am, however, keeping my feedback topped up by buying bits and pieces for our holiday! grin

PurpleFrog Sat 10-Aug-13 13:12:09

I'm now back from my holiday and I have had an email to say it is free listing this weekend. I suspect eBay is still quite slow at the moment, but will probably do some relists. I'll also see if I have any schoolwear to list, but otherwise I think I'll try and find things for next month.

I have got a big bag from one of these clothes4cash type places and think I'll just get rid of most of my remaining kid's shoes and supermarket kidswear through that.

Bakingnovice Sun 11-Aug-13 13:20:52

I've listed some kids clothes today. It's so hard to sell on eBay. It's v quiet on there. I'm tempted to go to cash4 clothes type places too. eBay can be v demoralising.

PurpleFrog Sun 11-Aug-13 21:59:15

I think I have now sold most of the better names of kids' clothes and all the BNWT ones, so its not really worth advertising the rest. As for shoes, I'll start cleaning up what I have left and see what I have got. Again, anything that was only worn a couple of times has already been sold. The shoes should push up the weight of the clothes collection bag. wink

Bakingnovice Mon 12-Aug-13 00:09:53

Good idea purple. After this batch I have a maclaren quest to sell then I'm bagging it all up for cash for clothes. I would prefer to give the clothes to people in need but my local charity shop sorts through the clothes then sells the rest on to rag trade people.

Clearing out in prep for house move. Do any of you have any tips for ebaying stuff before moving?

Tortoise Mon 12-Aug-13 00:27:55

I did a quick relist of everything at about 10.45 tonight. Didn't really want it all ending so late buy forgot before then. I had a few bits to add to listings too, oh well.
I just read that EBay are changing fees to come out of combined item sale price and postage like paypal do. Won't be worth selling at all soon.

PurpleFrog Mon 12-Aug-13 12:00:49

In the end, I just did re-lists and didn't get anything new on. I dropped the price of a few things and sorted a few typos. Now that all 12 photos are free I may do some extra photos this week and add to the existing listings.

With the change in the fees in September, I suppose I should try and list anything bulky and heavy later this month!

Bakingnovice - when are you moving? Do you have a date sorted out? If you don't it is probably better to wait until at least September to start listing. But you can do all the hard work now! grin

Bakingnovice Mon 12-Aug-13 23:42:18

I want to list before September before the fees increase. I have had bids on 2 of the 25 items I listed this weekend which I'm happy with as I've found it really quiet lately. I'm going to give Gumtree a try for selling off some furniture as I'm not sure if its worth putting it on eBay and waiting for local interest.

PurpleFrog Tue 13-Aug-13 09:51:54

I guess I was wrong about eBay being slow just now - I also have 2 items with bids on, and just over 7 days to go! I wish I had made more effort this past weekend!

I suppose it depends on the density of the population in your area, but I would try Gumtree with larger items before eBay. The local paper can also be useful for advertising some things if you have a free 50-and-under column. I find that you reach a different set of buyers through that. And Netmums local boards can also be good. Then, if they haven't sold try eBay.

Bakingnovice Tue 13-Aug-13 14:58:09

Thanks purple.

Postage is a nightmare! I feel silly putting something on for 99p then 4.20 postage. It seems ridiculous.

I'm planning on bundling up the clothes that don't sell but know postage will be a nightmare. I've also today out some really nice quality school coats on trying to get them on before school starts. I hope there's another free listing weekend soon.

PurpleFrog Tue 13-Aug-13 19:13:50

...before school starts?

My dd goes back tomorrow! grin

Bakingnovice Tue 13-Aug-13 20:43:50

We've another 3 weeks!

Tortoise Wed 14-Aug-13 11:56:37

Just got an email for free listing tomorrow on 10 day listings. I've got a few bits to list including a kids bmx bike.

PurpleFrog Wed 14-Aug-13 12:26:42

I haven't got an e-mail but it is listed on eBay's General Announcements so it is open to everyone! Looks like I should try and get some stuff sorted out tonight.

Tortoise Wed 14-Aug-13 12:33:27

I'm going to sort some this afternoon. Will be exercising the children in a game of badminton between 2&3 at the sports centre then will get on with it. smile

PurpleFrog Wed 14-Aug-13 13:10:03

Got my email now!

PurpleFrog Mon 19-Aug-13 10:26:12

I am happy - I already have 6 items with bids! smile I have 12 listings finishing tomorrow evening and 2 on Sunday.

So much for it being slow - some of these things have been re-listed many times. Maybe it is because I don't have much competition at the moment?

Bakingnovice Wed 21-Aug-13 14:39:16

When is the next free listing?

Hardly any baby clothes selling so I'm going to bundle them up and sell them. Feel better about doing this now I've used my Hermes. It's quite a good price for 0-2kg I think.

Tortoise Wed 21-Aug-13 19:10:06

I imagine it will be free listing over bank holiday weekend.

Bakingnovice Fri 23-Aug-13 09:42:53

Does anyone know if its free listing this weekend?

PurpleFrog Fri 23-Aug-13 12:58:41

It is free listing this weekend inc Monday. Info here.

PurpleFrog Fri 23-Aug-13 13:06:29

I hope to get some "new" stuff on. I am feeling a bit more enthusiastic about eBay after selling 6 items on Tuesday evening, although one buyer has not paid yet sad. I also have bids on one of my 2 items that finish on Sunday.

milk Sat 24-Aug-13 09:44:04
Tortoise Sun 25-Aug-13 10:26:51

Good job I looked on here. I didn't get a free listing email.

The 10 day items I listed are going quite well. Good amount of watchers on some of it. And a boys Bhs t-shirt is up to £5 so far with 8 bids!

Tortoise Mon 26-Aug-13 20:54:07

I don't know why but I just got charged 15p each for the few listings I just did!

Bakingnovice Mon 26-Aug-13 21:40:42

Mine were free. Email them and ask?

Tortoise Mon 26-Aug-13 23:06:35

I looked at my account on the laptop and my seller performance is below standard on items description.
Yet I've had no complaints about items not being as described.
Got another neg thanks to Royal fucking mail! Item not received.

lljkk Tue 27-Aug-13 08:25:16


PurpleFrog Tue 27-Aug-13 09:39:14

That's a pain Tortoise - can you work out which buyers gave you low stars?

Someone gave me a 1 for dispatch time earlier in the year. I am still fuming. angry I worked out which item it was - I had posted it 2 days after payment was received. It wasn't my fault there was a Monday holiday the next week!

I am still waiting for payment for an item I sold last Tuesday - I thought they might have been on holiday for the week as the bid was made a few days before the item finished. But no, no word from them, so I opened a case on Sunday evening.

I have 11 things on at the moment, 7 relists and 4 new items. My de-cluttering has ground to a halt - I really need to get back into it and get some more piles and boxes of stuff sorted out.

Bakingnovice Tue 27-Aug-13 10:01:33

Oh no. I didn't know negatives meant you were charged on flw.

lljkk Tue 27-Aug-13 10:28:44

Tortoise, I thought you were one with a business & a private account?
Have you had a msg to say you've had selling restrictions?
I am afraid I'll get sudden selling restrictions or ban even, with no warning.

PurpleFrog Tue 27-Aug-13 10:37:26

Bakingnovice - one negative does no harm, but a combination of things can push you "below standard". My one "1 star" has given me a rating of 1.12% on dispatch time. If I go over 2% I will go below standard. So, if I don't sell anything for a few months I would soon go below standard without doing anything! (Ratings are based on 12 months transactions, and the number of ratings involved would steadily decrease, giving me a higher percentage for my measly 1 star.)

It is a crazy system.

PurpleFrog Tue 27-Aug-13 11:48:32

Actually, ignore some of my last post, it turns out that the percentage only applies if you get more than 2 low ratings in that category.

Tortoise Tue 27-Aug-13 15:35:23

lljkk yes I do have 2 accounts. This is my private account and no I didn't get any warning or message about it.
Only discovered when trying to list a few bits yesterday and got charged for each one as start price above 99p.
I remember how long it took to sort it last time so I'm not happy.

lljkk Tue 27-Aug-13 16:35:57

There are some good threads on Ebay disc. boards how to protect your f/back. This seller is basically doing nothing wrong, but she needs to learn tricks of the system.

Bakingnovice Thu 29-Aug-13 22:35:53

Lots of watchers on my items but no bids. With 48 hours to go. I'm not holding my breath.

PurpleFrog Thu 29-Aug-13 23:29:27

Bakingnovice - lots of people snipe at the last moment, so don't panic yet, lots of watchers are good. I put my stuff on for 10 days, so the listings finish on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings next week. Surprisingly, I have bids on 3 already, and watchers on 2 others. However, the bad news is that my NPB never did pay and I closed that case tonight.

Bakingnovice Fri 30-Aug-13 08:37:04

Oh I have a non payer too. I checked her feedback and its all 100% apart from the last two where items sold didn't turn up. I'm now wondering if the buyer is poorly or dead as it all seems v odd.

alemci Fri 30-Aug-13 08:52:23

i've found ebay very slow lately. my selling of stuff isn't very sucessful even though i start at low prices etc. is it just me?

Tortoise Sat 31-Aug-13 17:09:21

I have a buyer in Greece who has just let me know that they will pay Monday or Wednesday next week. Item ended Tuesday! Cheeky buggers!
Need to put some bits on soon to try and get my account back to normal.

Bakingnovice Mon 02-Sep-13 13:06:39

10 out of 20 items sold a d everyone paid. Am pleased although some of my stuff is selling soo cheap. Never mind. Better that someone gets use out of it.

Does anyone know when the next free listing is?

Well I am back starting to sell again but again I am below standard. Not listed since the middle of July but have had a few people leave great feedback in August.
Tortoise I think someone left all 1's for me in June/ July with positive comment and feedback it is very annoying. if I am wrong or I sold something shabby (which I never would do on purpose) then I would accept it but not to know why is so annoying.

My ratings are high and the percentage I am out was over 2% but now just over 1% so have to wait for my next evaluation sad. Fingers crossed back to normal and get some stuff sold in the run up to Christmas.
Good luck with your selling.

alemci Mon 02-Sep-13 13:57:07

yes i've found people dont leave fb and I can't be bothered to pursue it, maybe they dont like item.

is it 10% on postage. bit cheeky I feel

Bakingnovice Thu 05-Sep-13 12:04:48

Do the new rules luck in this week regarding eBay taking a cut of postage fee? Also does anyone know when the next free listing is? I don't get any emails from them.

Tortoise Thu 05-Sep-13 20:37:28

I'm not happy about the Ebay taking money out of the postage. Seems really unfair when postage is already expensive now we lose part of that too.

PurpleFrog Thu 05-Sep-13 21:23:17

I've sold 5 items this week. The 2 that were sold last night (4th Sep) have been paid for, but have not (yet?) been charged 10% on postage. The new charges were supposed to come in from 4th Sep but I can't find any more info than that. They can't take the FVF from the postage as soon as the auction finishes, as it depends which service the buyer chooses. So, when will it be done?

However, I have one buyer with zero feedback from Tuesday night who, despite putting in lots of bids in the evening, has not stumped up. I have a bad feeling about her...

PurpleFrog Thu 12-Sep-13 09:33:19

Well - my NPB did get back to me and paid by Postal Order - one fewer thing to worry about.

I got 4 new items on at the weekend, and 6 re-lists. I have just discovered it is also free listing tonight for 10 day auctions. If I had known earlier I could have got some more stuff ready. I'll try to get some photos done as soon as I get home and get some bits on tonight.

Tortoise Fri 13-Sep-13 19:18:30

Well, I can't take advantage of the free listing sad.
Maybe I should do some relists at 99p.

PurpleFrog Fri 13-Sep-13 20:43:31

That's a shame, Tortoise. Are you making progress with getting your account back up to standard?

I got 6 items listed last night. Someone from China has already bid on one... and I don't accept bids from countries I don't post to - sigh!

On a brighter note I have now got over 500 feedbacks and have a shiny purple star. grin

Tortoise Sun 15-Sep-13 20:18:03

TBH I haven't listed much which I know doesn't help.
I did make £40 at car boot sale this morning though grin.

Tortoise Thu 19-Sep-13 22:29:17

I've list a few bits mainly starting at 99p. Got a few watchers. Best one is a girls fat face coat with 18 watchers. Just hope they all bid!

PurpleFrog Fri 20-Sep-13 10:31:16

That sounds promising, Tortoise.

I sold 2 bits of clothing on Sunday, so got more for them than I would have got from my Clothes4Cash bag. I currently have 5 items listed to finish on Sunday - and three already have bids. grin I did have 6 but one was pulled by eBay for "have violated eBay's Trademark Violation"... sigh! I will have to investigate what I did wrong.

PurpleFrog Fri 01-Nov-13 13:46:35

I was away for a week in the middle of October and missed a couple of free listing opportunities because either the listing or "parcel dispatching" windows were at the wrong time. But, I've got back into the swing of things now and have 16 items listed smile. Some are book bundles that I had been saving for the pre-Christmas period. I'm going to be a bit more ruthless now and if things don't shift after a couple of goes, I will send them to charity.

I really need to get on top of the clutter before the end of the year. How is everyone else doing?

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