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Helping my dad start an eBay store

My father has asked me to help him set up an eBay store for some estate sale type items and I'm looking for current advice on all things eBay. [more inside]
posted by youngergirl44 on Jul 1, 2014 - 11 answers

What kind of circuit breaker is this?

An electrician told me that I need to replace the main breaker on this board. He wasn't sure where to find them. I'm hoping someone here has an idea what kind this is so I can try to get it replaced. I live in Austin,TX, so either online or near here. Here's a picture
posted by jonclegg on Jun 10, 2014 - 9 answers

Best SIM card for data and texting travelling in the USA?

I will be in the USA for exactly three weeks in July. I've been looking for a SIM card option (for my unlocked Nexus 4), and it seems like most people recommend the T-Mobile $2 or $3 per day unlimited texts/calls/data option. I also saw a deal from Spot-Mobile that looks better: it's $39.99 for a month of unlimited texts/calls/data, with the first 1GB of data at 4G speeds and free $10 credit for international calls. I'm a little wary, though, because I basically can't find any reference in forums to travellers using Spot-Mobile, or any reviews of them. Their coverage map looks fine, though. Also, I can't tell what their data speed will be for me, since my phone doesn't have 4G. Will it default to 3G or 2G for that first 1GB? Has anyone had any experience with Spot-Mobile? Would you recommend this plan? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on May 24, 2014 - 13 answers

Shipping comics via USPS - confused by all the options

I'm selling comics on ebay and have no idea what to put for shipping. Media mail seems not to allow comics, flat rate box seems good for 25+, but the padded envelopes seem like overkill for small batches, I'm just not sure what to put. [more inside]
posted by John Kenneth Fisher on May 19, 2014 - 10 answers

Global Shipping Program - Item arrived damaged (poorly repackaged)

Hello all -- I had purchased an expensive antique item from a US seller on Ebay about three weeks ago. (I asked him to opt out of the GSP, but he insisted that he didn't want to opt out of it. Since this antique item was a rare collectible that couldn't be purchased anywhere else, and since I haven't used GSP before, I decided to go along with it (despite hearing all the negative accounts of GSP on the internet). I was charged around US$85 for the GSP "import fees" on the ~$500 item. [more inside]
posted by vanizorc on May 13, 2014 - 12 answers

How to snipe on eBay?

There are a few low value items I am interested in on eBay. They seem to be popular so I would like to use a sniping service to try to win them. How do I do this? I assume that they might need my user name and password or does the service use its own account? What companies are trustworthy? Bonus: I generally use my iPhone/Pad so iOS friendly would be great.
posted by saradarlin on Apr 29, 2014 - 17 answers

How to remotely sell stuff on ebay

I'm tying to help a family member sell a bunch of stuff. He lives in rural Northern California and I don't particularly want to deal with ebay myself. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by latkes on Apr 21, 2014 - 16 answers

Selling on ebay, does this sound legit

Yesterday I put up an unlocked iPhone 4s on ebay for sale. It literally sold in about a minute. This old phone sold at the price it was originally purchased for. I sent the buyer an invoice. They paid it with another minute. For this old phone, that's about 3 versions behind. This makes me leery, especially since the email from ebay says SHIP NOW. Shouldn't I wait for money to appear in my Paypal account? Is it odd that this old phone sold so quickly at such a high price to buyer in the continental United States? If it's legit, do I really ship NOW?
posted by sock, the puppet on Apr 15, 2014 - 19 answers

What's the course of action for going after an eBay/PayPal predator?

Someone hacked a PayPal account to buy an item from me on eBay (my old iPad). PayPal resolved the claim in our favor and we both got our money back, but now I want to go after this derelict. I want justice! For me, for the person that owns the PayPal account (who I talked to and she's very nice), and for anyone he might rip off in the future. [more inside]
posted by dep on Apr 14, 2014 - 6 answers

No title. Just a bunch of weird dolls in trash bags.

My late mother-in-law collected dolls of questionable value. Like 18" Kurt Cobain motion-activated figurines... and so much more. We need all 30 of them out of our basement. How, Internet? HOW? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Mar 25, 2014 - 12 answers

Help me sell my computer!

I'd like to sell my desktop computer. I built it in 2011, with intermittent upgrades. It was fairly powerful at the time, as I used it as an engineering student. Specs are below. I have a few questions, never having done this before. I need help setting a price, setting up the OS for sale, and safely deleting my data [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Mar 22, 2014 - 15 answers

Finally got an offer on Ebay. Now lost what to do next.

I got an offer on Ebay for something I listed months ago. I accepted the offer. An email from Ebay says that as soon as I have the funds, to mail the item. But I don't have the funds yet. Am I doing something wrong? I feel like I'm missing something. [more inside]
posted by ratherbethedevil on Mar 20, 2014 - 3 answers

Please identify this Versace necklace...

Having trouble identifying an older necklace. Link inside [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse on Feb 24, 2014 - 5 answers

Cheap digital camera for listing things on eBay?

I foolishly lent my digital camera for what was meant to be a short time and is turning into an indefinite period. I need to list some stuff on eBay and Etsy. I would like the cheapest reliable digital camera for this purpose. (I don't have and won't be getting a smartphone (at least not in the immediate "would like to sell things on eBay soon" level of future), so need a stand-alone camera.) [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Feb 19, 2014 - 10 answers

Please recommend experienced eBay seller to help sell comic books

Mr. Christa and I are downsizing to a smaller apartment in Seattle. Mr. Christa has admirably agreed to part with some of his comic books. He thinks selling on eBay would be best. Neither of us, unfortunately, are experienced eBay sellers. eBay USED TO have a listing of "trading assistants", who would help you sell and take a commission. Does anyone still offer this service? Can you recommend someone to help us "grade" (apparently that's a big deal) and sell the comics? [more inside]
posted by christa on Feb 9, 2014 - 6 answers

Ebay filter: How to get my refund before declaring my case resolved?

I bought an item on ebay, and didn't receive it. Tracking shows it was returned to sender about 10 days after shipment, from a post office in my state, but about 100 miles away. I followed the ebay instructions for what to do when a purchase was not received, contacting the seller by opening a case. Seller agreed to just give me a refund rather than re shipping. Now they say I need to declare the case resolved before they're able to issue the refund. This can't be right, can it? [more inside]
posted by Kriesa on Feb 2, 2014 - 9 answers

Issue: Selling camera lenses on eBay. Difficulty: I am clueless.

Well, I do have a little knowledge, but it is years past. Basically, I am trying to find out how to list camera lenses on eBay. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by lampshade on Jan 11, 2014 - 13 answers

Easing my way into the 2000s

Getting an iPhone / smartphone for the first time! Is ebay/Craigslist an okay place to start? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Dec 26, 2013 - 15 answers

What is normal when shipping furniture by freight?

I think this situation is crazy, but maybe it's par for the course. [more inside]
posted by pocketfullofrye on Dec 10, 2013 - 7 answers

eBay user since 2011 with feedback of 1 just paid for my item. ship it?

I sold a piece of electronics equipment on eBay for $130. The winning bidder, who has been a registered user of eBay since 2011, has a feedback rating of 1. The buyer promptly paid via Paypal. I dont see any indication that the buyer's shipping address is PayPal confirmed. eBay says I'm eligible for 'seller protection'. Should I ship it? [more inside]
posted by neilkod on Dec 5, 2013 - 11 answers

Dealing with an eBay delinquent

I use eBay sparingly, and this time I appear to have a fraudulent bidder that won my auction. It seems like there's a bunch of steps that have to be done on the right days to handle this correctly... and that there's multiple values for "correctly". Help! [more inside]
posted by rouftop on Dec 4, 2013 - 8 answers

Blocking ebay seller's items from listing?

Is there a way to automatically block an ebay.co.uk seller's items from showing up in the search results? I'm hoping for a greasemonkey script, but I'll take whatever works. [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Nov 12, 2013 - 1 answer

Unlocking AT&T iPhone for eBay buyer?

Overseas eBay buyer wants me to fill out a "Request to Unlock" on att.com. This wasn't part of the auction; should I do it? [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint on Oct 24, 2013 - 10 answers

How are these tricked out Thinkpads selling so cheaply on Ebay?

I'm thinking of getting a Lenovo Thinkpad x230 to replace my aging laptop and noticed that Ebay had sellers with seemingly good ratings offering machines with higher specs than you can get in the Lenovo store for much cheaper. Is this too good to be true? [more inside]
posted by col_pogo on Oct 18, 2013 - 7 answers

Why are all my eBay items selling for awful prices?

This only really started to get on my nerves lately, but i realized that every sale i've made in the past few months are closing for mostly depressing prices. Occasionally i get a great price, but it's mostly crap... [more inside]
posted by emptythought on Oct 6, 2013 - 27 answers

Casually selling my old clothes on Ebay: fool's game, or viable option?

I'm cleaning out my closet, and I've got a small number (~30pcs) of garments and shoes that seem of saleable quality. Do I have any chance of getting these things sold on Ebay without inordinate amounts of hassle and time? Or is the used-clothes auction business strictly for high-volume, full-time pros? If anybody's done this, I'd love to hear about your experience. [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Oct 3, 2013 - 17 answers

Disallowing non-US Paypal account from bidding on my eBay auctions?

Am I being a dick for not allowing bidders with non-US Paypal accounts from bidding and paying for my eBay auctions? [more inside]
posted by melorama on Sep 20, 2013 - 18 answers

How do I withdraw a bid I made on Ebay before close date of auction?

Made bid fairly close to announced price, though a very little lower. Close of bidding not yet taken place. Now I find I can get same item elsewhere and with less costs and trouble. How do I officially take back my bid. Or do I simply not pay for item if I win it?
posted by Postroad on Sep 7, 2013 - 12 answers

new website for users who find EBay too complex

I saw a notice for a new site that was described as "EBay for Dummies" and I'm not able to find it again. It had the word "Simplify" or something similar in the title ~ anyone else out there see the notice? It'd be awesome to be able to sell my things without hiring a techie! thanks kindly, Jeanne3
posted by Jeanne3 on Aug 20, 2013 - 8 answers

Was this a scam?

I bought something very cheaply from eBay, but it arrived in amazon packaging with an amazon packing slip with my details and "damaged item return" in several places. It smells like a scam, but how does it work? [more inside]
posted by nvsbl on Aug 13, 2013 - 11 answers

eBay devolution

What is with the bad photos on eBay? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Jul 31, 2013 - 9 answers

When selling something on Ebay, how do I pay the final selling fee?

I'm new to ebay, and despite reading more FAQ pages than I care to admit, I still don't quite understand the process of selling something. [more inside]
posted by ratherbethedevil on Jul 17, 2013 - 6 answers

I am a Nigerian prince...who enjoys Danish Modern Furniture

What is the downside to selling furniture on eBay to someone who will have it shipped from the US to Germany on her dime/Euro? [more inside]
posted by Ruthless Bunny on Jul 1, 2013 - 25 answers

Is it a terrible idea to buy an iPhone on eBay?

My phone contract is coming to an end, and I've decided I'd rather purchase an unlocked phone and move to a prepaid plan than continue in my current cell phone contract. I have an iPhone 4 but want to upgrade to a 4s or 5. It looks like I can get one on eBay for a solid $100-$150 cheaper than I can get one from the Apple store. Having a new vs. used phone is of zero consequence to me as long as it works fine and isn't stolen. Is it a terrible idea to buy a phone off eBay? What pitfalls should I watch out for?
posted by KathrynT on Jun 23, 2013 - 12 answers

Tips for painless eBay packaging and shipping

I have a few things I need to eBay. I'm a very casual seller. For me the biggest pains are packing and shipping. Hints? [more inside]
posted by cccorlew on Jun 19, 2013 - 15 answers

Fixing an XBOX I just bought off eBay

So after years of using roommates' machines, and having finished a well-paying highly stressful recent job, I rewarded myself by buying an XBox Slim off of eBay. Which I guess was foolish of me. The thing arrived with only the 4GB hard drive, so I had to buy a decent-sized one in order for it to do anything, and even then it started freezing nearly constantly. If left off overnight it will start up and work for maybe an hour before freezing at first, and then quickly degrade to the point where it can't even start up properly. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Jun 15, 2013 - 16 answers

What phone should I buy?

Is a several-years old (2009-2010 era) smartphone worth $30 on eBay? [more inside]
posted by Snarl Furillo on Jun 2, 2013 - 11 answers

Best way to sell my bicycles in the UK?

I have three really nice bikes to sell and I'm concerned that if I go via ebay I'll get ripped off, plus I'd rather avoid their high fees if possible. Have you had any success selling a good quality bicycle another way in the UK? [more inside]
posted by hazyjane on May 27, 2013 - 6 answers

Help me get the eBay item I did not win due to a technical malfunction!

What could I write to the winning bidder of an eBay fashion accessory item on which I had intended to bid very high, but finally could not do by a glitch that prevented the "Bid now" window from opening in my browser. I am willing to pay them much more than they paid for the item, but is there anything I could say that would make them more willing to part with the item? What could a stranger say to you in writing that would make you even consider parting with a beautiful new purchase (when maybe a tidy profit over the price you paid was in itself not necessarily such a powerful inducement?) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 23, 2013 - 18 answers

Does anyone even buy desktops?

Is there a market for custom built computers sold through an independent person, versus Dell or HP? [more inside]
posted by trogdole on May 18, 2013 - 32 answers

Best way to go about radically downsizing a 3 bedroom house?

We're moving into a 38' RV in the next month and getting rid of our three bedroom apartment. We're trying not to put too much in storage so the vast majority of stuff has to go. I'm getting overwhelmed and I'm not sure of the best way to go about this. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on May 15, 2013 - 42 answers

How do you do keyword research for EBAY?

There must be a keyword analysis tool by now that specifically works for ebay listings ? [more inside]
posted by flexiverse on May 14, 2013 - 2 answers

Selling Comics on eBay

I'm tired of my four long boxes of comic books from my youth taking up closet space. I'm going to be selling them on eBay, as you do. I need your tips, tricks, and advice. [more inside]
posted by entropicamericana on May 13, 2013 - 5 answers

Selling tech without becoming the tech-support guy?

I sell and buy stuff like clothing or household goods on eBay without any problems, but whenever I try to sell computer-related gear I end up having a miserable time of it. Numerous apparently tech-illiterate shoppers and browsers message me repeatedly with basic tech-support questions that could be answered with a quick web search, and sometimes they then buy an item only to kick up a huge fuss and demand to return it, with me paying shipping both ways, when it doesn't work as they expect or isn't "compatible" with their setup (often seemingly due to buyer incompetence). Are there seller strategies for ameliorating this problem? [more inside]
posted by RogerB on May 5, 2013 - 5 answers

Best way to list sterling silver flatware on eBay

I want to sell my sterling silver flatware on eBay. Much agonizing within, but the basic question is whether it would be better to list each place setting and serving piece separately, or to lump them all into one listing. [more inside]
posted by HotToddy on Apr 7, 2013 - 6 answers

WTH is a Paypal sending (not spending) limit?

Had a payment through Paypal declined due to reaching "sending limit." What is that and how to handle? [more inside]
posted by Ginesthoi on Mar 31, 2013 - 9 answers

Does Ebay still carry real estate ads?

In last year or so the real estate (sold houses and land worldwide) section of Ebay was very active and was full of ads. There are not many ads right now, practically nothing. What did I miss, did Ebay change some policy or did everybody migrate to craigslist or to other avenues? Any explanation from the realtors of the metafilter?
posted by raphael19 on Mar 29, 2013 - 2 answers

dealing with Ebay seller about problem

Bought Ebay lot of 5 books -- one was water-damaged. What recompense should I ask for? [more inside]
posted by Zed on Mar 19, 2013 - 15 answers

Is it right to leave negative Ebay feedback in this situation?

Three weeks ago I won the auction for a computer bundle on Ebay advertised as including a new desktop, keyboard and monitor. The price was pretty low and an excellent deal for all three. But the box arrived and there was no monitor. The seller says it was broken. He offered to send me another one but now just wants to give me some money back and call it a day. I am unhappy but don't necessarily want to leave negative feedback which could hurt his business (he has 100% positive feedback). On the other hand, I let people walk over me a lot and my gut feels bad about this whole situation. Can you walk me through this? [more inside]
posted by Danila on Mar 5, 2013 - 52 answers

How can you make sure buyers use a web-platform for large purchases?

I am advising on the creation of a web portal for the sales of homes. One of the concerns is that buyer and seller will find each other via the site but then carry out the purchase on their own, cutting the site out of a potential "intermediary" fee. Does anybody have any ideas / experience on how this can be addressed?
posted by BigBrownBear on Mar 3, 2013 - 5 answers

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