My thoughts on e-bay
by, 02-05-2009 at 04:41 PM (1122 Views)
Like anyone really cares, but here I go anyway.
Every time I have sold something on e-bay I get the same feeling that I have gotten both times I've bought a new car. The feeling that I should rub my ass because it's sore from being screwed so hard.
My most recent experience...
So this month I decided to try and sell some left over baby formula that my son is no longer on. It is a special formula that costs $240.00 plus tax for a case of 6. Yep, $40.00 a can for baby formula, baby formula that made my kid puke 6-12 times a day for 10 months to boot. So I figure that I'll sell it for 1/2 price, that's a pretty good deal right? Well apparently not, because nobody bid on it and It cost me 2 or 3 bucks to post the add. A week later I try again, because we really need the money. I do a little research and find out that most cases sell for about 120.00 - 130.00 dollars on e-bay. So I put it up for a 100.00. A week later, no bids, I'm out another couple of bucks. Finally I try again, because we really need the money, so I put it up for auction on the 5 day plan because I need the money fast if we are going to pay our bills on time. I post the starting bid at $50.00, hoping I might get $75.00- 100.00 for it. I get one bid the whole time. I only allow payment via paypal so I don't have to worry about being hassled by other forms of payment and can get my money quickly. The buyer pays with an e-check via paypal. WTF is an e-check? beats me but it takes 9 days to clear. So I go to mail the formula today, and I'm not in a very good mood because; basically I just lost $200.00, the bill I needed the money for is past due and now I have a late fee, and to top it all off the shipping calculator on e-bay isucks and it costs me an extra $6.50 to mail the crap. So I made $50.00, minus $6.50, minus $6.00-8.00 in sellers fees, minus $1.00 for the tracking #, so around $35.00-37.00 total.
...and I can't even leave negative feedback against the buyer for being a douche bag and paying with an e-check, because e-bay won't let you do that.
So instead, if you read this and then ever find yourself at 4407 8th ave Brooklyn, New York in front of a store named Fast World Closeout, please feel free to go inside and kick someone in the nuts for me.