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To stop selling on eBay

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fuckkit Sat 04-Mar-17 22:16:36

Because they're just geared to protect the buyer.

Just had to swallow a fairly big (to me) loss as eBay always give in to the sodding purchaser. Their claim was bullshit.

Another item didn't arrive. I had proof of postage; yet it's down to me to refund them chase Royal Mail. Fucks sake.


EggsEleven Sat 04-Mar-17 22:18:38

Yep. I've stopped selling too. Just gave a bag of clothes to charity - lots with labels still on when I would've previously ebayed it. Can't be bothered with the hassle, the fees and the increasingly amount of buyers who pretend they never received item knowing full well that eBay will rule in their favour.

fuckkit Sat 04-Mar-17 22:20:10

Ditto. Glad it's not just me. Since these bloody claims were raised I've either given stuff to friends or sent to the charity shop. Which I guess is a good thing.

CrossCountryRunner Sat 04-Mar-17 22:27:11

Sorry to hear that.

I pride myself in being a good buyer. I pay within moments of the auction ending. I have always checked descriptions etc before bidding. Never once complained.

There are some good buyers out there. The one thing I won't tolerate is overcharging on postage. If it is too high I won't bid.

I work for the Post

I don'the understand this dishonesty. Be glad you have a bargain!

SloanyAnne Sat 04-Mar-17 22:30:18

Gumtree is better. I've sold loads of stuff rgere.

SloanyAnne Sat 04-Mar-17 22:30:25


ImYourMama Sat 04-Mar-17 22:32:58

Very annoying they can basically change their mind and get a refund. Even more bloody annoying when sellers lie about the condition of an item or never ship it

seafoodeatit Sat 04-Mar-17 22:35:36

I'm sorry to hear that sad no I don't blame you and wouldn't be selling either! I use ebay for buying baby clothes, I usually pay within minutes, I've only ever had opened one dispute with a seller who after giving me countless excuses after a month still hadn't posted the item!

fuckkit Sat 04-Mar-17 22:39:43

I'm a buyer and a seller.

Buy bits for myself.

Sell stuff I don't wear any more.

Totally honest on both sides.

As a buyer I pay instantly and as a seller I list honestly and post promptly.

Why can't everyone do this?

WhereYouLeftIt Sat 04-Mar-17 22:49:44

I stopped selling years ago sad. And for the same reason. When they stopped allowing sellers to leave negative feedback, that was the dishonest buyers saw their chance. Not that ebay cares; it's no longer where individuals sells stuff, it's just a platform for small (and not-so-small) traders, and presumably they make more money from their fees than they ever would from individuals.


EasterRobin Sat 04-Mar-17 23:12:03

I've given up too after someone asked me to be extra careful with the packaging so it didn't break (despite item being made of plastic, so not a big breaking risk) then coincidentally claimed the item was broken when it arrived. And also that she didn't like it, but didn't want to pay the postage cost to return it. Pretty confident it wasn't broken but no reason why eBay would be believe me.

As a buyer, I have also had one parcel really honestly not turn up. So it CAN happen.

Floods123 Sun 05-Mar-17 07:03:21

I have stopped too. Three items claimed not received from Spain in a month. The buyers set up accounts to do this then sell the item on another! EBay are just as big a bunch of con men as there buyers as they help them con sellers!

Itisnoteasybeingdifferent Sun 05-Mar-17 07:15:30

Some people are dishonest.

Itisnoteasybeingdifferent Sun 05-Mar-17 07:17:31

OOI, how long before they work out they need to change their attitude?
If people stop selling, how can people buy?

Bubbinsmakesthree Sun 05-Mar-17 07:29:04

I've just sent a load of stuff to the charity shop that I would previously have ebayed. Nothing high value - clothes and shoes that would might have got me £50-£100 in total.

Just can't be doing with the hassle - buyers that need nagging to pay or never pay, buyers that complain about ridiculous things or claim the stuff never showed up.

ArchNotImpudent Sun 05-Mar-17 07:31:22

I'm the same as CrossCountry - I make a point of being a responsible buyer. I've had three items not turn up in about ten years of eBaying. Two were 99p auction items, so it's possible the sellers had hoped to get more for them and decided not to send them - but they refunded me promptly. The third was never even marked as dispatched, and the seller ignored my emails, so I had to open a case to get my money back.

Ebay is becoming overrun by rubbish, though - I was searching the other week for a "black wool cardigan" - the search on 'best match' returned a load of 'erotic' nightwear confused! You have to spend ages now with filters just to eliminate the crap, and it's annoying that overseas stuff is included by default.

jellyhead Sun 05-Mar-17 07:35:24

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

megletthesecond Sun 05-Mar-17 07:38:02

I stopped a few years ago too. Luckily I didn't have any problems but I could see how it was moving heavily in favour of buyers and I suspected it would be more hassle than it was worth.

Mysterycat23 Sun 05-Mar-17 07:50:50

Had a crap experience last time I sold on ebay probably 3 years ago now, with buyers credit card company doing a charge back 3 months after transaction - luckily had kept the tracking slip and got it sorted. Paypal deducted an "admin fee" though so even though it was proved the buyer had made a false claim I didn't get back the full amount! Pointless!

Have just started listing again and have noticed prices have gone up.. yes the including international items is really annoying!

Some silly twunt has already messaged to ask for one item of a bundle to be listed separately. Set up the listing only for them to say it's too expensive?! Wtf. Use the make offer button it's not rocket science.

I'm worried now. Can the seller still be screwed even with recorded/tracked delivery?!

RaeSkywalker Sun 05-Mar-17 08:00:02

I also can't be arsed with it as a seller.

I do buy baby clothes on there though- and had to open a complaint recently because a baby grow arrived and it was velour- I was expecting cotton because, you know, most of them are... The listing had a 1-line description and no mention of the material. I've really noticed a rise in rubbish descriptions over the last few years- when I was selling I'd always include measurements, materials, etc...

PointxTaken Sun 05-Mar-17 08:09:40

The whole thing is going wrong recently, I don't know why: as a buyer, I had a few items not turning up, and I had to complain 3 times about horrible second hand clothes: blatantly advertised with the wrong size (mistake happen, but the seller was incredibly rude), and clothes just good for the bin.

I prefer to sell on facebook local groups - people are not anonymous, so you have time wasters on occasion, but they get banned so it works better in general (and you are not charged any fee).
I tend to sell cash on collection only on ebay. It takes longer, but less effort.

CrohnicallyPregnant Sun 05-Mar-17 08:20:13

I tried cash on collection to sell a heavy/bulky item on eBay.

The winning bidder contacted me within minutes of the auction ending to ask for my contact number to arrange a courier. I said no, unless she could find a courier that did evenings/weekends/one hour time slots because I can't have time off work to wait in all day for them. Buyer was not happy!

Luckily I got in there first and opened a claim against them- there does not seem to be a risk free way of mutually cancelling a sale, if the seller cancels, even if the buyer has asked them to, the seller gets a 'strike' against their name!

whirlygirly Sun 05-Mar-17 08:31:18

It's a great shame. eBay selling used to fund my holidays (sold loads of stuff after overcoming a bit of a shopping habit) it was fab. Now I find the whole process anxiety inducing.

I still do get some great things on there but the choice is nowhere near as good and you're sifting through so much crap it takes forever.

I really think eBay got very greedy but shouldn't have been so complacent with Facebook selling sites on the rise.

fuckkit Sun 05-Mar-17 15:11:04

I totally get that the majority of sellers and buyers are honest. I am. It fucks me off SO much that eBay processes don't / can't / won't support sellers when the buyer is clearly talking out of their arse.


manicinsomniac Sun 05-Mar-17 15:20:06

I've recently got into eBay selling and love it. It's so addictive. Yes, there's the odd scammed, but most things go well.

YABU with the lost item though. It is certainly the sellers responsibility to refund and seek compensation. I've had to do it once. Wouldn't have dreamt of not refunding the buyer. I hate it when sellers state 'I can't be held responsible for items lost in the post because I get proof of postage' Ummm ... yes, you can and will be! People can always send tracked/signed for if that bothered. I do with anything that sells for more than 12 pounds or so.

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