Some sellers are SO dodgy!

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Ebay, Auctions, Car Boot & Jumble Sales
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LadyDeeLadyDee Forumite
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Browsing eBay to see what sort of price I could expect to get for something I want to sell elsewhere.

Something described as "new" by ostensibly a private seller (who say they won't accept returns!). Checking feedback. How does a private seller get so many identical similar new, unwanted, items I wonder.

We're not talking about 5p widgets (the only thing I'd buy on ebay nowadays) but something that sells new for £170ish.

Ebay might get its reputation back if these questionable sellers could be rooted out and banned.

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  • soolinsoolin Forumite, Board Guide
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    LadyDee wrote: »
    Browsing eBay to see what sort of price I could expect to get for something I want to sell elsewhere.

    Something described as "new" by ostensibly a private seller (who say they won't accept returns!). Checking feedback. How does a private seller get so many identical similar new, unwanted, items I wonder.

    We're not talking about 5p widgets (the only thing I'd buy on ebay nowadays) but something that sells new for £170ish.

    Ebay might get its reputation back if these questionable sellers could be rooted out and banned.

    I have mentioned quite a few times about 'private' sellers in some of the categories I use that run 2000-3000 listings a month, mention their B and M shop and use a business type name. I've given up reporting them as ebay don't care. I was hoping the changes to the free listings offered to private sellers would start to get rid of some of these, and certainly a couple of the bigger ones have cut their number of listings significantly, but there are several still there.
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  • LadyDeeLadyDee Forumite
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    If the really big sellers on ebay who have other means of selling could get together and stop listing for a few months it might encourage ebay to tighten up. I'm thinking of big players such as Argos and the clearance sites of other big companies. These genuine businesses must be suffering as myself and several people I've spoken to would rather go elsewhere, paying a little more for things than run the risk of buying from questionable sources.

    Yes, I know, little chance of that happening!
  • NaughtiusMaximusNaughtiusMaximus Forumite
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    Completely agree, misleading to the buyer, unfair to honest business sellers and very easy for ebay to address if they were at all bothered about it.
  • brisbris Forumite
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    Can't say I blame them, buyers are the real problem on Ebay not the sellers.


    Buyers are fussy and return everything at great expense to the sellers.


    Nothing can stop a buyer opening a SNAD though so whether your a personal account running a business or not you still get shafted by buyers.


    I stopped selling (business account) on Ebay after getting burnt a lot.
    The prices you get are low and when a buyer wants to return something it can actually result in a loss that take ages to recover from.
  • LadyDeeLadyDee Forumite
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    bris wrote: »
    Can't say I blame them, buyers are the real problem on Ebay not the sellers.


    Buyers are fussy and return everything at great expense to the sellers.


    Nothing can stop a buyer opening a SNAD though so whether your a personal account running a business or not you still get shafted by buyers.


    I stopped selling (business account) on Ebay after getting burnt a lot.
    The prices you get are low and when a buyer wants to return something it can actually result in a loss that take ages to recover from.

    What a ridiculous response - maybe the problems you've experienced says more about you than your buyers.
  • alykatzalykatz Forumite
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    bris wrote: »
    Can't say I blame them, buyers are the real problem on Ebay not the sellers.

    without buyers there wouldnt be any sellers at all.
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    Finding that an item suposedly "from the UK" arrives with Chinese import labelling also makes me cross. I presume saying that avoids some import tax, because it rarely adds much to the delivery time.
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