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    New Ebay Changes. Thoughts??

    Hey everyone. Hope your scrap and ebay ventures are going well. I recently came across the list of ebay's "sweeping changes" on their return policy as well as top rated/top rated plus requirements. What are your thoughts on this new direction they have taken?


    For those not selling on ebay here is a quick recap of the major new ebay changes:

    -removed 14 day returns, removed returns pas 60 days
    -requiring top rated and top rated plus sellers to have free returns (ex: seller is now required to pay return shipping on all returns to keep their top rated or top rated plus status)



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    I sell a ton on ebay and these changes wont really do much on the surface anyway. Top rated is only 10% off final value fees when it use to be 20%. If your selling anything as used or new you are all ready forced to accept a 30 day return via ebay policy. If you dont want to accept a return all you have to do is sell it for parts not working no returns and explain in detail in your descriptions what you did to test the item. Couple this with all a seller has to do is open a return for item not as described or broken and your forced to take and pay for the return anyway as well.

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    Although I have the "Top rated seller" it is something I don't sweat over. One of my mentors gave the advice that maintaining Top Rated Seller status is not worth it to him. This he told me several years ago before these recent changes. I took his thoughts to heart when I started selling on ebay and am thankful for it.

    To me ebay pushing to attain or continue top rated seller is just a way to manipulate sellers into acting in ebay's best interest. The reduction of discount from 20 to 10 percent makes my lack of caring for the discount even more so.

    So for me I will not make changes to how I operate on ebay. Thanks to those who have brought these changes to my attention. Frankly I don't spend much time reading any of the notices from ebay. 73, Mike
    "Profit begins when you buy NOT when you sell." {quote passed down to me from a wise man}

    Now go beat the copper out of something, Miked

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    Buyers on ebay care about two things: Price and how fast it is getting to them. Nobody cares about your seller status or any of that crap.

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    I always worked to maintain my top rated position, primarily for the discount on the fees. It was never really a problem for me as I almost never get returns and my descriptions are so accurate that "not as described" did not happen. It is true that buyers really do not care. They know that eBay will make the sale good if there is an issue anyway. But still, the 20% was a nice savings over the course of a year. Now, at 10%, I will still work to get it back (I lost it after I moved because I stopped selling for a couple of years) but I will not fret about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AuburnEwaste View Post
    Buyers on ebay care about two things: Price and how fast it is getting to them. Nobody cares about your seller status or any of that crap.
    I disagree with this in a broad manner. When I buy on ebay I not only look at price and delivery time. I also look at sellers feedback ratings. Not status thats for sure. But if they are a top rated seller it makes it easy to skip the feedback section cause you know they have high ratings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PartTimeScrapper View Post
    I disagree with this in a broad manner. When I buy on ebay I not only look at price and delivery time. I also look at sellers feedback ratings. Not status thats for sure. But if they are a top rated seller it makes it easy to skip the feedback section cause you know they have high ratings.

    This is partially true. Top rated has little to do with feedback ratings. You can have some negative feedback and still be top rated. Top rated has much more to do with how much you sell and how fast you ship with the added requirements of returns. Of course, you cannot have really poor feedback and be top rated.


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