eBay is dominated by businesses rather than individuals. eBay has even stated that they want to be more of a traditional store and have mostly "Buy It Now" offerings rather than auctions. I certainly wouldn't go to eBay to save money. There is also the problem of fraud from both sellers and buyers.
erick99 (rep: 415k) posted Jul 01, 2012
EBay is a place for people to sell their lightly used products on line. Not always does it mean they will be giving it away!
It's not a site for bargains. A lot of times you can find some great stuff there, but people want to get the most out of their products which they don't want anymore- yet, are willing to get whatever they can at the same time. Which is why it is a hit n miss. Sometimes, someone will be willing to sell it at a very low price just to get rid of it! Other times, the person will milk every penny they can get out of it.
MdavidK30 (rep: 3.6k) posted Jul 01, 2012
I look for deals there less frequently. You also have to look @ the overall price - item + shipping. Shipping costs continue to rise. If it's free shipping, but seems high the shipping cost may be added to the item. Check USPS shipping costs: http://postcalc.usps.com/ to see if it's unreasonable for the size and weight. If it's something I cannot find within 50 miles, the added cost may be worth it, considering the price of gas.
glwrks (rep: 124k) posted Jul 01, 2012
I am currently using ebay to clear out stuff for a friend of mine. The fees eat up the profit that she would have made, but she needs to get rid of the stuff, and turn them into cash. Here is an example: The sale price is $15 including shipping. After paying for the fees and shipping, she is left with about $5-$6. They are obviously below her cost. In conclusion, ebay is a great place to turn unwanted stuff to cash, but if you are trying to run a business, you would need a product that has a very high markup.
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