Hints and opinions:
If an auction is started at $10.00 instead of $9.99, you pay an extra 20 cents.
Starting an auction at $25.00 instead of $24.99 will cost you 55 cents more.
Get the picture?
The big action in auctions is in the last minutes. Placing an ad in
the "prime time" of an auction is likely to garner more and higher bids.
Primetime would be placing an auction around 10 pm eastern time.
Placing a buy-it-now or a reserve price can encourage a
prospective bidder to make an early bid. Be careful with the buy-it-now
as you might give something away cheap. That has happened to me
a couple of times, but it didn't bother me a lot. I got what I wanted
so why be greedy?
We all know the rules concerning non payers. Making threats from negative
feedback to castration puts a certain negativity in an ad that even the honest
buyer finds somewhat offensive.
Since nearly everything sold on ebay is shipped, having boxing, double
boxing, triple boxing, bubble wrap, plastic peanuts fees is not warranted.
signs of trickery and just trying to squeeze every last dime out of a
bidder. In my opinion, these fees should be included in the starting
price. I like ads with fixed shipping prices. Knowing what I am paying
gives me bidding confidence.
Take a look at the pictures before you post the ad. Would you make a bid based
on some of the pictures you see? I have passed by many items due to
out of focus and dark pictures. Sometimes these methods are used to
Don't be in too much of a hurry before posting bad feedback.
One of my neighbors had to change her e-mail address and forgot to
tell ebay. When she said she hadn't heard on a winning bid she got,
I asked her if she told ebay about her new address? Oops. Sometimes
people end up in the hospital or get called away without notice.
I never have posted a negative feedback but only would do it if there
were some kind of fraud involved.
Sellers are not perfect shopkeepers. They are usually a couple
just selling things now and again. I don't expect perfection. That way
I am not disappointed. Just chill.
If you are having trouble making a payment, just
communicate with the seller. I am very patient when expecting money
if someone just explains. Unexpected things come up.
Ebay ain't that serious. Have fun. Enjoy!