eBayunfair business practices


I am an ebay seller, I sell small, inexpensive parts and hardware in an ebay "store", ebay charges a monthly fee for the storefront, a small insertion fee for each listing, and 12 per cent of the final sale price. Recently they have been encouraging sellers to offer free shipping, and to add the shipping cost to the sale price. Obviously this will add to ebay's bottom line since the seller would be paying to ebay the final value fee on the price of the item and on the shipping cost. What I think is unfair is ebay's decision to limit the amount that can be charged for shipping on certain items EVEN WHEN THE ACTUAL SHIPPING COST IS HIGHER, and then to charge the final value fee on the difference. Of course, ebay claims this will help sellers, as they always do when they find new and creative ways to squeeze more money out of each transaction. I just think it is unfair and dishonest to require sellers to charge less than their actual shipping costs in some instances and then charge them a commission on the difference.


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    b4bes.0121 Feb 09, 2009

    i ordered tablets from ebay 27th jan 2009. ebay emailed me 28th to tell me my parcel had been posted that day, but i still havent got it .payment was taken from our bank card 27th jan

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    bamargeracom Aug 06, 2009

    12%???!!! Thats CRAZY!!!
    How greedy are these guys going to get?!?!
    And they have a scam/monopoly with Paypal where they force new sellers to use Paypal to accept payments so they get another 4% from you.
    Ebay soon will be a thing of the past.
    Amazon has already gained almost a million of pissed off ebay sellers, including myself.

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    ashleyburnem Oct 06, 2009

    yeah ebay is a very big scam they will do anything for money their are sites out their which charge nothing or close to nothing to list auctions but since Ebay has the most users people will always be using that I wish ebay ends but that probably wont happen.

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    SCAMARA Mar 04, 2010


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    chuck mueller Jun 10, 2010

    i was bidding on a satellite receiver on ebay.it was an open auction not
    a buy now.that should have taken care of it but ebay is charging for it

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    mkusher Mar 27, 2011

    Ebay is now going to charge us (the seller) commission on the shipping price! This has to be an unfair business practice! The poor little seller just keeps getting charged more & more until we can make no money. What are they thinking! If the little guy gets squeezed out won't that hurt the bottom line for eBay??? I never heard of charging a final value fee that includes the shipping. UNFAIR! UNFAIR! UNFAIR!

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    Treelover666 Aug 18, 2012

    Ebay is not the same company, since the new CEO donaho took over...He has implemented many new rules & fees..Its not Ebay, its the NEW CEO.

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    bigjim1001 Oct 30, 2012

    I have had an Ebay account for many years. I was unable to log in. After a lot off bull, I realized that something has happened to my acct. Ebay did not find my account under my name, address, user Id, nothing. I lost all those years of Ebay. Sad state of affairs.

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    Pradeep sankar Feb 12, 2013

    The seller didn't shipped the item completely..registered the complaint through all possible ways to Ebay(Mail, Call and Chat).I havent get any response also they have provided me a fake reference number...I havent get any response till today and what should i do??

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    jimmyjames31 Sep 04, 2013

    i bought a dvd from an ebay seller i asked him to cancel he refused to cancel my item he is an jerk his name is csmcom dont buy from him i called ebay they dont help i also called paypal they dont care either heads up dont buy from ebay

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    Amir Z Jul 07, 2014

    I bought "ZS5 Flip Leather Ultra Slim Battery Case Cover F SAMSUNG I9070 GALAXY S ADVANCE #331007604542" from greatbidacc company on Ebay. I paid 16 March and I have not receive my item. What should I do?
    I never buy from ebay again.

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    Jared S. Cain Oct 11, 2014

    A decent app for buying and selling on ebay. I still prefer to use a normal computer when I'm listing items for sale, but the app is a good way to make purchases and monitor the items you're selling.

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    pbjrbon Apr 05, 2015

    ebay is very very unfair to sellers, from ignorant buyers that run our business, what ever a buyer wants to say bad about your feedback you as a seller is always wrong even you prove the buyer wrong . ebay has become a monopoly

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