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Well, I was able to ship this FedEx Ground and squeak out a small profit as I got a discount for having an account at the FedEx office and being a repeat customer.  My accolades to this individual!

 

I didn't have to scrap a part that someone might find useful and a part I might never use just collecting dust.  So, pleased to have it go to a good home.

 

I think now eBay charges their premium on both the sales price and shipping so you can no longer sell low and ship high.  They also now charge the buyer sales tax.

 

No longer feels like an auction site, just a marketplace for bottom feeders extremely sensitive to the cost of an item and shipping.  Not what I recall it originally being.  My purchases on the site are now few and far between.  Perhaps it's lost its charm with me, as well as (many) others?

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Of course this is not eBay's fault, but as far as ending all auctions on the same day and shipping all at once...

 

The auction for the oil pan ends and buyer immediately pays.  He expects timely shipment and rightly so.  Second of five lots that sold, still await payment which means that package didn't ship yesterday and another trip that could have been avoided.  Money on that lot can't be the issue.  Only sold for $5.99 plus shipping.

 

When a business makes lots of money and sales are great, my hat off to you.  Not sure how that works.  I have always worked for someone else.  I now understand how 1/3 of businesses fail in the first 5 years.  Not a business venture, but a lot of work for a few dollars!

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58 minutes ago, mrcvs said:

When a business makes lots of money and sales are great, my hat off to you.  Not sure how that works.  I have always worked for someone else.  I now understand how 1/3 of businesses fail in the first 5 years.  Not a business venture, but a lot of work for a few dollars!

 

Me too. I do OK on Ebay for a few dollars - not for my livelihood. I had an antique shop that failed back in the 90's because I under-capitalized it. I knew better - but it is awfully hard to spend your last dime on something that HAS to sell. I have a friend who thinks nothing of writing a 5 figure check post dated two weeks. He has a customer base and knows what their likes and purchase thresholds are.  - He doesn't use the internet ... his checks never bounce ... it's called a lot of hard work, a good eye, good customers, and a belief that he can make it happen........

 

Sounds simple - it isn't .....

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35 minutes ago, vermontboy said:

 

Me too. I do OK on Ebay for a few dollars - not for my livelihood. I had an antique shop that failed back in the 90's because I under-capitalized it. I knew better - but it is awfully hard to spend your last dime on something that HAS to sell. I have a friend who thinks nothing of writing a 5 figure check post dated two weeks. He has a customer base and knows what their likes and purchase thresholds are.  - He doesn't use the internet ... his checks never bounce ... it's called a lot of hard work, a good eye, good customers, and a belief that he can make it happen........

 

Sounds simple - it isn't .....

Sounds like your friend spent the time to educate himself on the market and is reaping the rewards. Bob 

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How can you even make it in the antique business today when nice quality 18th and 19th Century European and American pieces are selling for 10 to 20% of what they once did and the younger generations have no interest whatsoever in this stuff.

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Buying and selling in a volatile market depends on turnover. I'm most familiar with the stamp business. In the 1980's a popular set of stamps (US airmail zeppelins) soared from around $800 to 1200 to around the $10,000 mark on pure speculation. Dealers could do no wrong. Easy money - everyone was an expert. Dealers made a lot of money.

 

Then the descent started  - a rapid falloff at first, then a gradual decline to todays price of around $1000 to $1200. There was a less dramatic rise and fall of all stamps at the same time. A lot of dealers disappeared over the years - and yet some seemed totally unaffected even though  moving a lot of merchandise. It is difficult to explain but call it forward pricing, or whatever you want to, it's basing your selling price on replacement cost.You have to accept occasional losses in a downward market, but the key is quick turnover. That is a gross oversimplification but it is the underlying principle,

 

Hope that somewhat helps - yes, a lot of antique shops have closed there doors because they stubbornly refused to believe that the market was going to collapse. Those that cut their losses and replaced their stock by selling based on replacement cost saw sales increases and weathered the storm.......

 

Hope that I was clear enough you got the gist.....

 

 

 

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And, your other parts are still active on eBay, with free shipping, even after all of this discussion...

I can't wait to hear what it will cost to ship that head or crankshaft.

Personally, I don't post things on eBay unless I know there's a good chance they will sell. From what I see, Model A engine parts aren't movers on eBay so I would look for a more viable selling venue. Perhaps a Model A forum?

 

Wes in VT

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Vermontboy, Thank you for the quick overview on stamps. I bought a life long collection a few years ago, three file boxes full. It is all pure profit now, but I never knew how little interest there was in that hobby. Most of the items I have are all new unhinged 1930 - 1960 issued American stamps.

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As you may be aware, 11 new states have adopted Internet Sales Tax policies as of October 1, bringing the total to 34 states that now require the collection of sales tax. As the impact of this tax law becomes more apparent, PayPal and eBay are making changes that will make Internet Sales Tax collection less complex for buyers and for you.

Starting in November 2019, the way taxable transactions are processed and how taxes are collected for remittance will change, as follows:
  • In states where eBay is required to collect Internet Sales Tax from buyers, order totals sent for processing will reflect the gross order amount inclusive of tax.
  • Once settled, the tax amount will be automatically deducted for remittance to the applicable taxing authority.
  • A record of the sales tax portion of the order will be available on the Seller Hub Order details page and through our Download order report.
Please note the applicable tax will continue to be paid by the buyer and you do not need to take any action.

We understand that the holiday selling season is nearly upon us and we are working to make this transition as smooth as possible.

Learn more about Internet Sales Tax in the eBay Seller Center. If you have questions about how Internet Sales Tax may affect you, we recommend consulting with your tax advisor, or our partners Avalara and TaxJar.


As always, thank you for selling on eBay.

 
Sincerely,
eBay Team

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I don't see how selling used stuff you should be collecting sales tax. If you have a garage sale you should be collecting tax, even if you just sell some used clothing. Government sure needs the money.

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3 hours ago, tripwire said:

And, your other parts are still active on eBay, with free shipping, even after all of this discussion...

I can't wait to hear what it will cost to ship that head or crankshaft.

I think I have items priced high enough to cover shipping and make a few dollars...only a few.

 

If I couldn't already sell these items offering free shipping,  how then could these sell if the buyer has to also pay for shipping?

 

Not the best items to sell on eBay unless multiple folks need said items now.

 

I think the concept of free shipping is a terrible idea but required to remain competitive.

 

Don't know why shipping items or objects is so expensive these days?  It has to cost a significant sum in cancelled transactions.  I know I've cancelled transactions on several occasions due to the cost of shipping.

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It is simple: the tax is based on the sale, not the item. Good thing items I buy are small.

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On 10/1/2019 at 4:53 PM, mrcvs said:

I think I have items priced high enough to cover shipping and make a few dollars...only a few.

 

If I couldn't already sell these items offering free shipping,  how then could these sell if the buyer has to also pay for shipping?

 

Not the best items to sell on eBay unless multiple folks need said items now.

 

I think the concept of free shipping is a terrible idea but required to remain competitive.

 

Again, It's my opinion eBay is not the best venue for these parts. I looked the Completed Listings and saw only one crankshaft that closed with bids lately and that one had a starting bid of $20, 12 bids later closed at $104.49 with flat rate shipping of $25.  The sale didn't complete because it was relisted several more times with the same starting bid and closed with no bids.  It's active now if you go look.

 

A lot of Model A parts offered have a shipping cost associated with the listing and those don't seem to be at a competitive disadvantage to the items with free shipping. 

 

Your Question

"Don't know why shipping items or objects is so expensive these days?"

 

My opinion is this. Retail shipping is high to make up for the discounts the volume sellers (Amazon is one example) get so the little guy who isn't shipping millions of boxes has to pay the difference.  It becomes very obvious as other people have pointed out. Open an account with Fedup or UPS and you'll see a discount from retail just for that one step.  Start shipping a huge number of boxes and you can tell the shipper what you'll pay.

 

Good luck, Wes in VT

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