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Just when you think there’s no more possible ways to get screwed as a seller, eBay has done it again. It absolutely amazes me that they are able to continually find ways to rip off sellers AND manipulate them into thinking that they are getting a “better deal”.
Yesterday an eBay magazine arrived in the mail called “eBay Power UP (Fall 2009)”. I have never gotten an eBay magazine so at first I had absolutely no clue what it was; in fact, I almost mistook it for junk mail. As I began reading through the magazine; at first glance it appeared that eBay was making changes that (for once) would benefit the seller. Then, as I reread each item I began to realize that sellers are getting shafted worse than ever before. eBay clearly spent a lot of time (and money) on this deceiving mailer. My fear is that most people who pick it up and read it will fall right into the “eBay Scheme” and assume that eBay is “listening to sellers and giving them what they want”… which couldn’t be further from the truth.
Here’s exactly what’s going on now and the future (shady) “improvements” to eBay:
Let me just preface this by stating that I haven’t sold on eBay in a long time. So my guess is that people like myself were selected to receive these mailers because eBay wants to *trick* us into starting to sell again.
We already know that selling on eBay is pretty much a rip off for the seller because your damned if you do and damned if you don’t. Here’s the biggest parts of the current scam;
1. Feedback System: In order to get “discounts” you have to have a perfect feedback score. Each time a buyer purchases an item they are able to “rate” the seller in numerous categories (shipping cost, time of shipping, communication, etc).
eBay tells the seller they must have 5-star ratings to get discounts, meanwhile, eBay tells the buyer that 4 stars is “great” and 5 stars is “perfect”. From a buyers perspective, they are most likely going to leave 4-star feedbacks unless they won the item for a penny and shipping was free. That’s just the way people think.
At the same time, the “rating system” is also completely corrupt because the buyer is rating the seller in categories that the seller can’t always control. For example, “Shipping time”. I can ship a buyers item out the same day and it may not be delivered for a week. Does this mean I am at fault? No. But in the buyers eyes, I have not been “perfect” and therefore I will not be given a 5-star rating.
Going even further into the corruption; even if I offer FREE shipping the buyer is able to rate me on “Shipping Charges”. This means that I could still receive a 4-star rating on shipping cost when there wasn’t any cost to begin with!
So get this; If you sell and item and the buyer decides they don’t want to pay for it; you then open up a dispute against the buyer. The buyer then makes payment and you ship the item. Now the buyer is mad because you demanded payment; so the buyer leaves you all low ratings. YOU LOSE.
There’s no monitoring over the “Rating System” and it’s completely unfair.
2. Search Results Based on Star Ratings; Currently, sellers with high star ratings get better placement in eBay search results. This system might make sense except for the fact that it too, is flawed.
If you sell 1,000 items a month and you have 10 unhappy customers (which is pretty common), you will not have a “perfect score”. If I sell 3 items a month and I have 3 happy customers, I WILL have a perfect score. But in reality, whats not how business works! Of COURSE the seller who sells the most products is going to have the most unhappy customers versus the seller who barely sells anything! So providing search results based on a wack star system just screws people trying to make a legitimate living on eBay.
1. “Top Rated Sellers” – Before there were “Power Sellers” now there will be “Top Rated Sellers”. A “Top Rated Seller” will have the opportunity to get 20% discounts on certain eBay fees…AND they will have the *opportunity* to PURCHASE “Featured First”. Featured First is a new program that lets you PAY MORE MONEY to have your listings appear first on a page. In order to become a Top Rated Seller you’ll have to have ,000 in sales (per month?)
2. Sellers Must Bow to All Buyers. As stated on Page 4 of the magazine; Sellers will no longer be allowed to state “I’m not responsible for packages after they leave my hands” or “If you don’t pay, a dispute will be opened”…so now as a seller, you ARE responsible for packages after they leave your hands… get ready for a slew of low ratings…and don’t warn buyers that they have to pay for items; it’s now against policy.
3. NO INSURANCE. One of the most alarming new “changes” is that sellers will NOT be allowed to charge buyers for insurance. If a seller wants to purchase insurance, he/she may do so out of their own pocket. The only categories that will allow insurance to be purchased are Antiques, Jewelry and Collectables. (page 13).
So now you are totally screwed. Since you ARE responsible for packages after they leave your hands and the buyer CAN’T buy insurance or decline insurance, be ready to take a LOT of losses…
But it gets even worse…
4. BUYER WINS 100% OF DISPUTES. As stated on page #10 in the section called “New Process for Faster Dispute Resolution” – “If the buyer tells us they weren’t able to reach an agreement or obtain a refund from you, we’ll refund them and recover the refund amount from you” (Via Pay Pal or the charge card you have on file).
So if I ship an item and the buyer didn’t properly read my listing or they decide the shirt doesn’t fit or the lamp doesn’t look good in their living room; all they have to do is complain and eBay will yank the money from my Pay Pal. If the funds aren’t available; don’t worry buyers! They’ll charge it to whatever card I have on file. Buyer wins 100% of the time; should be throw a parade to welcome the scammers?
5. INTERNATIONAL PROBLEMS. eBay tells you over and over again in this magazine how “important” it is to sell your products Internationally. But get this; International orders don’t count towards becoming a “Top Rated Seller”! So if you sell to 1,000 customers a month and 30% of them (300) are international citizens, you will be missing out on 300 feedbacks plus the funds generated are not applied towards you becoming a Top Rated Seller…which is interesting because you still have to pay all the fees associated with each listing, so why these sales are considered “void” is beyond me.
6. More Fees, Topped with More Fees:
Page 13: Your listings will only appear in eBay U.K and on other international eBay’s if you pay for the “Site Visibility” upgrade.
Page 17: Since you will now be asked to upload tracking numbers, eBay encourages you invest in “Selling Manager Pro” (which they tell you is “Free”, but it’s actually only “free” for a 30 day trial then your credit card is billed.
Page 15: “Hosted Support” is a company that is “an eBay certified provider” who “can customize questions and answers for your Smart FAQs so you have more time to focus on selling”…this program is also FREE – (FINE PRINT: ONLY FREE FOR 30 DAYS!)
Page 6: “Featured First” – the new system that lets you BUY good search results… but that’s only available to “Top Rated Sellers”…
I couldn’t fit this stuff into my article, but here’s a little more to make your blood boil:
1. Fixed Price auctions MUST be at least 10% higher than starting bid for the auction. So if I want to start an auction for a pair of sunglasses at , I can’t do a fixed price at . The fixed price will have to be .90. Why? Because I will owe eBay even more money.
2. “Too High of Shipping”. I completely understand that eBay is trying to get rid of sellers who post an Ed Hardy tee at a penny and put shipping at . But at the same time, eBay really wants all sellers to offer FREE Shipping, which sucks of the seller. By offering free shipping, I will have to start the Ed Hardy Tee at ; which is going to cost me at least in listing and closing fees. So my shirt has now only gotten me . So if I really need to gross off the shirt I will have to start the shirt at to ensure that when fees hit I am able to walk away with . Now, if I was to list the tee at a penny with shipping, my listing fees and closing fees will only take about – instead of . BUT eBay has found a way to screw sellers out of trying to keep the extra – by creating a new policy that makes “Excessive Shipping Charges Non Searchable”. This means that if the shipping I post is “excessive” my listing won’t appear in search results (or it may appear, on page 300, which nobody will ever see). Basically, by doing this, eBay is able to keep my listing fees and hide my listing because they feel my charges are too high. Here’s my beef;
I want to sell a pair of blue jeans. We’ll assume that these are a pair of jeans that don’t fit me anymore so we’ll say my “cost” is . However, in order to ship these jeans it will cost me at least .99 since the jeans are heavy. In addition I may have to purchase a box to ship them in. I will also need tape to seal the box, paper (or sticker) to print the shipping label and ink to print it. We can assume that these items will cost another – , depending on the box. This makes my total .99 to .99. On top of that, Pay Pal is going to take between 3% and 5% of the total transaction fee; and since I can’t accept personal checks, I will be forced to pay this fee. So if my jeans sell for a dollar and it costs .99 to ship, I will be paying Pay Pal about .52. Also, eBay is going to charge me .35 to list the jeans (providing I list them for only a penny) and they will take about 8% of the closing fee = .45. This means that my jeans sold for .00 and I paid a total of .97 in fees, leaving me with a profit of .03 cents. As if that doesn’t suck enough as it is, eBay considers .99 to be “excessive shipping charges”. Why? I don’t know, because it costs at least .99 to ship a pair of adult jeans. So on top of getting royally screwed on making 3 cents, I also will be getting little (if any) exposure for my listing. Plus, the buyer looks at the shipping charges of .99 – .99 and is going to give me a 4-star (or less) rating because they think the cost is high.
My other option is to ship the jeans Flat Rate. A Flat rate box costs .60 (it used to be .99, but costs have raised). Either way, I still have to eat the listing and closing fees and I will still get hit with “excessive shipping charges” and I will still be given a low “rating”. (Nowhere in eBays Terms/Conditions does it state what “excessive shipping” is. Apparently it is a magic number that is undefined and made up.)
OR, I could do what eBay wants me to do, and offer FREE shipping. This means I will have to pay about to list my jeans because I have to list them for at least .60 to make sure that I don’t have to pay shipping out of my pocket. Assuming someone DOES buy them for .60, I now have to pay my closing fees through ebay (about 8%) = .85, then I have to pay my Pay Pal fees = .52; making my total fees now .96. But don’t forget that the listing cost me about .00 to list and the cost of printing the label, the actual label, etc; adjusted fees = .56.
If I chose to ship flat rate (.60) I will be in the hole. I will have PAID .56 to sell a pair of jeans for .60, with “free shipping”.
Which leaves me with the only option, if I want to appease eBay and continue to offer “free shipping”; make my jeans more expensive. If I list the jeans at (with free shipping, as advised by eBay) I will have to pay a little more to list it but I *may* be able to walk away with about .50 profit… providing someone wants to pay for my used jeans. If not, I have just donated my listing fees to eBay.
But wait – according to the NEW eBay policies; if the buyer complains about the jeans and I refuse to refund them, eBay will rip the money out of my Pay Pal account OR charge my credit card. This means that, not only have I lost a pair of jeans, eaten all the fees, but I have now paid someone to have the jeans. I have also lost the costs associated with the printing, labels, tape, etc.
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People ask “Why would eBay WANT to get rid of sellers? It doesn’t make any sense for eBay to screw us” – here’s EXACTLY WHY –
When eBay began it was a marketplace for rare items, garage-sale-merchandise, basement bargains, etc. As eBay evolved it because people, like myself, selling new items for less than the retail store. As the wholesalers hopped on board, eBay turned into an Amazon.com; which creates a problem for eBay.
See, eBay struck offers with several giant companies to sell “wholesale” (new) merchandise on their site. They give these companies free listings (millions of them a month), free transacations, etc. This made “Power Sellers” pissed off. Therefore eBay had to design a program that would make Power Sellers *believe* that they too could get the same discount and freebies as the giant companies that eBay is in bed with. However, these Power Sellers will never be able to come close to the “freebies” because they don’t have the inventory, manpower or money to compete with these shady giants.
BUT, at the same time, eBay doesn’t want sellers/Power Seller/people like me on their site because I provide competition with the companies they are sleeping with. Why would eBay want to take my measly .35 listing fee when they can sell the EXACT same product and take 100% of profits?! So whats the solution? Get rid of sellers like me.
They implemented this plan very carefully so that sellers like me would eventually vanish. This is how they did it (and continue to do it):
1. Making fees take 20% or more of sellers total. eBay knows every seller who sells for a living has a cost for items. Selling on eBay is different than a retail environment because shoppers expect to purchase goods for nothing. eBay sellers have a small profit margin as opposed to physical retail locations. Lets say the average eBay seller marks their goods up 100%; If the item cost the seller .00 and they are able to sell it for double () they have made .00 profit. Now if eBay comes along and scoops up 20% of that sale, the seller is now left with only .00 profit. Big difference. eBay isn’t just taking monies out of your profit; they’re taking cash from cost and from profit; and the bigger profit you make, the more money they take.
2. Setting up completely corrupt “rating systems” and raping sellers with the “Buyer is Always Right” system; eBay has sellers walking on eggshells or giving up selling on the site all together.
3. From my perspective (and those with common sense), I can’t conduct a business in an environment in which I have zero control over my business; and eBay knows this. By selling on eBay you are letting them have full control your business, and paying them to do so. You are nothing more than a hard worker that doesn’t get rewarded… ever. You will never get ahead. If you chose to continue to sell on eBay; good luck… you will need it.
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