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I agree with Linc and Jim.

3% is a small price to pay for convenienc.

What I don't understand is people who say "I only ship thursdays as the post office is 20 miles away". Um, I print all my labels off Ebay/Paypal for free, actually, I get a discount on shipping this way and the mail man picks up all my packages for free in his cool little USPS diesel truck that I can hear coming 3 blocks away.

With Ebay and Paypal, I never HAVE to leave the house. (except for media mail items over 13 oz, which they assume to be bombs and require them to be handed in person to a postal employee, not a mail carrier.) That rule still pisses me off......

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I have bought many thing off Ebay, but have never sold anything so far. What kind of charges does Pay-Pay charge? Is it a flat rate, or is it a percentage of what the item(s) sells for? It would be good to know this for the future.

Roughly 3%. I think there are maximums. 25 cents in the minimum I believe.

No cost to buyers, only to sellers.

If you are a seller and only accept "cash" payments and not those backed by credit cards, then you can keep a "personal" account and not pay any fees.

I've opened 3 accounts and every time, the first or second item I've sold has been paid for by a credit card purchase, requiring me to "upgrade" my account. Sometimes I think Ebay/Paypal is buying my items just to get the 3%!

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Say all you want about the glories of paypal, but they still offer absolutely no protection to the seller. Why would I want to risk losing money months down the road, when I can go to the bank 1/2 a block away, for free, today?

It just proves... different folks... different strokes!

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I have purchased over 150 items thru ebay, and mostly very happy with the items. However, recently in the past couple of years, less honest sellers have found how to work ebay. Opening new accounts and purchasing eight or ten cheap items, or buying and selling among themselves. Then listing a rare or expensive item, with dishonest discriptions and pictures. They get the deposits, or the full price and disappear. Ebay will not do anything, or very little. I sold a 1967 cougar, with a newly rebuilt engine, the buyer drove the car, and had every chance to have it checked out. A month after the purchase he stated the engine was not rebuilt and wanted his initial deposit paid thru paypal back. They took it out of my account, I had offer to have him bring the car back, and get all of his money back if it was in the same condition as purchased, or offer supporting documentation as to whom had said the engine was not rebuilt. He failed ever to do so, either. He was a crook, and it took six months to get my money back from them. So BEWARE OF EBAY.

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They just DON'T GET IT..............Latest PITA is the shipping charge/postage mess! This third party get in the way mindset has to end! Why eBay thinks they know how much the post office or FedEx will charge to ship somerthing to an UNKNOWN winner just defies logic! I'll know the size of the box once I pack the item, I'll know the weight of said package at that time. I can go to the FedEx website or the USPS site and then get a rate to add to the sale price. eBay once printed a shipping rate of $140.00 on an item I listed, never noticed it untill the last day of the auction. had ONE BIDDER who won the item for $19.99, I shipped ir FedEx Ground for $11.40. Thanks eBay for chasing away all the other bidders!

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Jim,

You pay an insertion fee based on starting price to list an item, usually small. If the item sells you are then charged a final value fee based on the actual selling price. If you accept a PayPal payment from the buyer you pay PayPal a transaction fee based on the total price. (If you buy something and pay with PayPal you DO NOT pay a fee) All of this is the cost of doing business online with the largest database of potential buyers in existence.

Compare this to placing classified ads or hauling a truckload of stuff to and from a swap meet and Ebay will still be cheaper in dollars every time.

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Ebay will always side with a "Power seller" no matter what in a dispute. Years ago I used to be "Fishbone" on eBay but one day I sold a computer chip for my '92 Ranger. It just wasn't the right one for me so I put it up for auction. I listed ALL the info from the mfg. Links to the page with that chip. The ******* who bought it wanted it for his 1970 Bronco! Well of course it only fit in the glovebox. I stated in big bold red letters that there would be no refunds as it was an electronic part ant it was buyers responsibility to be sure it was what they wanted. He complained to eBay and they sided with him (him-power seller with feedback of 88%+, me feedback of 100 w/100% posiive) eBay said I had to refund him his money because I "didn't provide enough information"! Unbeleivable that all the info the manufacturer has was available to him, yet it was my fault the idiot didn't know his 1970 Bronco didn't have a CPU. Rather than refunding to this moron, I let them kill my account. I now just partner up with my nephew and we share his account. I never sent back a nickel, eBay had to eat it.

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