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31 May 2005 @ 10:48 pm
Random Question!  
Okay, so this may seem a little random to some people, but I have a question. Any of you use ebay? My mom's thinking of selling her wedding ring set by putting it on there and while she has a username and all that on ebay she's a little unsure about making a seller's account. So I was wondering if anybody uses it and if you do, if you think it's worth it?

Let me know, okay, guys? And in advance...thanks! ^_^
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Chelseachelsea0403 on May 31st, 2005 09:52 pm (UTC)
My dad uses it all the time and thinks it is worthwhile, also, if your mom wants to make sure that it sells for a specific price she can set a reserve.
Nicole: iconic moon: dracoblue_icy_rose on May 31st, 2005 09:56 pm (UTC)
Cool. Thanks, I'll tell her. Oh! One other question. She's a bit shaky about putting a credit card number and her checking account, but I'm assuming it's safe if your dad uses it a lot? That's the bigger issue for her I think.
Chelseachelsea0403 on May 31st, 2005 10:27 pm (UTC)
EBay uses Paypal for all of their transactions, and, my dad uses that a lot and I have even used it myself to renew my Livejournal account and haven't had any problems with it.
Suejustforeverme on June 1st, 2005 08:50 am (UTC)
I use ebay all the time - both buying and selling. I've never had a problem with it. I prefer to do my transactions through Paypal and the system seems great - I also pay for my LJ accounts through paypal and any other web payments wherever I can. Some of the people I've bought off don't use it and so some of my ebay transactions have involved ringing people up with credit card numbers or putting cheques in the post, it's fairly flexible and you can specify what payments you will accept.

Depending on whether you want to get a specific price or just to get rid of the item in question, you can put a minimum bid (starting price) level on - if it doesn't reach that bid price you don't have to sell. You can also specify that, say, you will only sell to someone who has a certain level of reputation. I'd also suggest putting in the descriptive blurb that none-payers will receive negative feedback.

If you're selling, find out how much it will cost to post the item - I generally weigh my items and then add on a little bit extra to cover the cost of proper wrapping to make sure things don't get damaged in transit. Remember - the purchaser pays for the cost of postage, but having been on the purcahsing end of things as well, I'm reluctant to bid for things if they don't have a specified postage cost up front - I like to budget for a final price. So if you can calculate the costs and add it when listing the item, that's better.

Other than that, pay promptly and add a nice note if you're buying. Post as soon as you have cleared funds and add a nice note if your selling (nice notes do wonders for your feedback rating because it puts the other party in a good mood and doesn't take that much effort, especially if you may want them to buy from you again).