B Jake Moran

Facebook Marketplace v Craigslist v ebay

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I just checked out the Ebay info page on this and it looks like the rate is going to be 2.7% plus $0.25 per listing sold (if you sell multiples of the same item to one person its a quarter, if the same person buys multiple items with different listings its a quarter per listing) so we might actually be better off as this rolls out.  I can't figure out PayPals fees for the life of me, it seems like they charge a different rate depending on how the person pays.  I've sold 2 items for the same price on the same day and had the fees differ by 25%.  

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2 hours ago, mercer09 said:

Quite possibly Paypal doesnt want to be associated with ebay any longer, due to being pissed at losing the largest account they ever had............

 

progress.

 

Paypal at 4% fees can shove it up their.............

I'm sure whatever ebay charges it will be more.  They know how to become the only game in town then stick their sellers every way possible.  I'm just not looking forward to extra paperwork and even more fees.  For every change,  it's never beneficial in the end to sellers. Kind of like Gov't regs to make things better.  They add more and more to make things better and it only gets worse.  Free enterprise works best with minimal restrictions.  Regulate it and it goes down hill real fast. 

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Just like raising minimum wage.  In my listings, any added costs will be passed along to the buyer, by having higher opening prices.  Of course I’m not a high volume seller, so that’s easy for me to say.

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I'll always wonder if a buyer prefers a $25.00 item with Free postage, or a cheaper $20.00 item with $5.00 postage & handling? 

 

 

Bob 

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10 minutes ago, 1937hd45 said:

I'll always wonder if a buyer prefers a $25.00 item with Free postage, or a cheaper $20.00 item with $5.00 postage & handling? 

 

 

Bob 

eBay has been goading sellers into offering 'free shipping' for several years.  I tend to have the same results either way.   The other big push from eBay was the 'start the item at 99 cents and auction fever will push the bids sky-high' line of malarkey.  Wonder how many sellers followed that advice and lost their shirt.

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It used to be the "final value fee" was a percentage of the item sales price, not including shipping. So if you sold and item for $10 plus $10 shipping, your fee would only be half that if you sold it $20 and free shipping.

 

Then they changed it so the ebay fee was a percentage of the (price+shipping). So you might as well just say "free shipping" in so far as your eBay fee is concerned.

 

 

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PayPal fee was much less if the buyer paid with a bank account transfer. If the buyer paid with a credit card the fee was an extra 3% or 4% of the item price, to cover the additional "credit card swipe fee."

Edited by mike6024 (see edit history)

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21 minutes ago, Harold said:

eBay has been goading sellers into offering 'free shipping' for several years.  I tend to have the same results either way.   The other big push from eBay was the 'start the item at 99 cents and auction fever will push the bids sky-high' line of malarkey.  Wonder how many sellers followed that advice and lost their shirt.

 I still use the cheap opening bid.  It does make a difference.  I have had alot of bidders pay more for my items than one they could buy it now from another seller because they got on it when it was 2.99 not a buy it now of 30.00.  Once on it they didn't want to lose it,   so they kept on it and ran it past the 30.00 mark.  Now if i had a High opening bid I doubt there would have ben much if any action just a last minute hit at the opening.  

I often buy items from sellers at high opening bids for the opening bid or slightly more then start them with like literature at a lower (losing money price) but they often blow right past what I paid.  Whether I'm getting better exposure or just listing them better I can't say,  but I know when I see an item at a high opening bid I don't get excited and often even pass on it.  Yet when I see something cheaply listed,  I get excited and be sure to get my bid in.  It's what drives my sales.  Cheap opening bid and 95-99% sell through first time,  unlike the guys with pages and pages of inventory that never seems to move.   The cheap opening bids also keep a bunch of guys looking every night to see what I listed they cant live without.  When you have the chance of buying a rare $100 item for 2.99 you tend to stay tuned in.  I also sell alot of like make stuff each night so they know they are going o get a hell of a deal on shipping the more they buy. 

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Often wonder how many people check my eBay Store listings or know I have all that stuff listed. I have most of my stuff listed at Buy it Now with unknown stuff in an auction. Had a major hit last year, on an Auction Listing  gut told me to reject offers once some bids were posted. Bob 

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after all is said and done- I only sell cars on ebay now.

 

I sell a car for about 65. fee that is 1999.  the fee from 2k- to a million is only 125.

 

parts at 1999. end up being 14%. so a pair of e and j headlights cost me over 250. to sell and the car 65............

 

better to sell parts elsewhere.

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14 hours ago, 1937hd45 said:

I'll always wonder if a buyer prefers a $25.00 item with Free postage, or a cheaper $20.00 item with $5.00 postage & handling? 

 

 

Bob 

 

I buy a lot off day to day items on eBay, Always look for buy it now and free shipping.

Rarely do I buy with shipping added on.

I shop eBay before Amazon.

Haven't sold on eBay for several years, with threads like this I am scared to death to try and sell anything on there.

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11 hours ago, 1937hd45 said:

Often wonder how many people check my eBay Store listings or know I have all that stuff listed. I have most of my stuff listed at Buy it Now with unknown stuff in an auction. Had a major hit last year, on an Auction Listing  gut told me to reject offers once some bids were posted. Bob 

 

Bob,

I get "new items" lists from some of the sellers I follow.

Do you use that selling tool to keep your items out in front of previous customers?

Joe

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16 hours ago, mike6024 said:

It used to be the "final value fee" was a percentage of the item sales price, not including shipping. So if you sold and item for $10 plus $10 shipping, your fee would only be half that if you sold it $20 and free shipping.

 

Then they changed it so the ebay fee was a percentage of the (price+shipping). So you might as well just say "free shipping" in so far as your eBay fee is concerned.

 

 

 

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That was when I quit selling on eBay.

These days, I occasionally have a few leftovers from restoration projects or spares that didn't go with sold vehicles.

Depending on the item, I list those things on this site, other club & marque-specific forums, the H.A.M.B., local club newsletters & websites, word of mouth and local swap meets.

 

Those are also the places I prefer to search and buy from.

But I still buy the occasional item on eBay if I can't find it elsewhere.

 

I don't have access to Facebook Marketplace, but I re-initiated my account to gain access. A few friends have recently commented that it is the best place to find parts & cars.

 

I have also found great stuff on Instagram; that's probably my favorite place to find specific items (used automotive parts) right now.

Joe

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1 hour ago, 95Cardinal said:

 

Bob,

I get "new items" lists from some of the sellers I follow.

Do you use that selling tool to keep your items out in front of previous customers?

Joe

 

 

That is news to me, have to see what that option costs. I have been surprised that somethings sells within an hour of listing it.  Bob 

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A couple years ago I had a '24 car for sale.

I ran it through ebay three times to no avail except one crabby tire kicker.

I had even less success with craigslist.

One late Sunday afteroon I gave facebook marketplace a shot out of desperation.

Within 2 hours I got a phone call from a solid prospective buyer.

On Tuesday he was in my shed and gave me a grand down.

By the end of the week he was back with a friend and trailer, paid me off and bye bye.

 

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I was able to view that Facebook Marketplace site, and I'm not a Facebook member. What is the deal if I want to buy something? Bob 

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If the item you saw had a phone number, call it. If not then you need to message the person selling.

 

1924 1740684569329222 Model 371926 Ford Truck · Truck

 

Edited by mike6024 (see edit history)

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1927 Austin 7 with custom woodbody. Not running but not in terrible shape. Has been in storage for a number of years. 

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Posted (edited)

88994738_10215209076930782_4779395669473361920_o.jpg?_nc_cat=100&_nc_sid=843cd7&_nc_ohc=FXVKgEFh4RsAX-IMIx1&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&_nc_tp=6&oh=a1d15d3328c32c390c195aee18898ebf&oe=5E83ACA9      Hope someone can save the 1915 Ford side and tail lamps and that horn. Bob 

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Posted (edited)

They are all good tools, but like tools each works best for the right job. Each reaches a different audience. I guess my opinion would be best stated by saying, use the right tool for the job, and don't expect too much from the process. 

Edited by Buffalowed Bill (see edit history)

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I am in the east     have rental properties      On a building I just bought I put on zillow, creg's list and this time opened a face book account  ....    the quality of leads from face book was some what less than I am used to       too easy to just click balloons on screen with out very much forthought   got a good person from zillow   don't understand the face book mentality         warm and fuzzy       wrong generation I guess

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