Yes – the rumors are true – eBay has finally done itself in.
Slowly squeezing the life out of sellers, by raising fees, decreasing free services, taking away 2-way feedback for both buyers and sellers, and now requiring that sellers accept only Paypal as a form of payment. So, Joe Seller has a green widget to sell: He takes 4 photos – front, back and both sides – which cost him .45 cents. Then he decides to start his item at 5.00, with a Buy it Now of 10.00. That just cost him another .05 for BIN and .35 for basic listing fee. He is now up to .85 cents. And, his item sells for 5.00, so he has to pay a final value fee of .25 cents. And, now that Paypal is required, he has to pay a percentage of the final price PLUS a percentage of the shipping – which is included in the Paypal fees. So, lets say it’s another .50. And, since eBay is also telling him that he has to ship for a certain amount, even though it actually costs him an additional 1.00 for packing materials and delivery confirmation to make sure his Widget gets there in one piece, he is up to 2.60, not including the original price of the Widget!
All this, plus Joe Seller may have to then deal with a non-paying bidder, and may or may not get his fees back. At a minimum of .35 per item, which may not even sell, Joe is really gambling each month!
Fotunately, there’s a BETTER way to sell online! OnlineAuction.com, also known as OLA.com!! For only 8.00 a month, Joe Seller can list ALL he wants, and each listing included 4 FREE pics, FREE auto relist, NO final value fees, and No listing fees! Plus, at onlineauction.com, sellers are free to accept whatever form of payment best suits their customers – checks, money orders, Google, RME, …even Paypal! And, both buyers and sellers are encouraged to leave truthful feedback, which can also be edited if a conflict is resolved! Wow! A fair playing field, a caring, helpful community of sellers and buyers, affordable listings, ability to link to other venues, ability to service customers as needed, and more! Thank you OLA – online trading made FUN again!!
Here are a few of the millions of unique items you can find on OLA:
eBay tombstone photo courtesty of lookingwst!