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Ebay? Isn't it Supposed to Be Cheap?

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I love Ebay, but I thought one of the reasons people shop there is so they can save money.  I often see deals on Ebay that are more expensive than retail.  Is it the economy?  Or, are people just greedy?

docdst posted Jun 30, 2012

LoL you may find some things... but i have seen prices higher on ebay than in the store. It all depends on the item. And yes people have gotten very greedy.

ArtemisDeals (rep: 7.2k) posted Jun 30, 2012


Maybe they just bank on people who are too lazy to shop around for a better price

arsiel (rep: 13.1k) posted Jun 30, 2012


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: 432k) posted Jul 01, 2012


I gave up on eBay awhile ago due to their selling fees...

gangstabarbie (rep: 21k) 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: 3.7k) 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: 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.

lilywow (rep: 8.7k) posted Jul 01, 2012


except Ebay ,also have another online shop for you ,such us ,and aliexpress .

evangeline (rep: -3) posted Jul 02, 2012