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Is eBay pricing itself out of the market?

August 12th, 2013 58 Comments By Thewlis

ebay new logo 300x160 Is eBay pricing itself out of the market?When eBay first burst into our lives in the late 90s, we all thought it was the answer to our clutter prayers. The premise was simple- now you could get rid of tat you didn’t want anymore and someone would actually pay you for it. It was also a great way to declutter, provided you didn’t start buying other people’s tat at the same time.

Last week, eBay announced another change to their seller fees, which will make selling on eBay even more expensive. So will this be a nail in the coffin of the massive eBay machine, or will people still cough up regardless?

The new changes, which come into force on 4 September will see eBay charging its final value fees (FVF) including postage, instead of the item value alone. For private sellers this amount is normally around 10% on the final selling value of the item, and for business sellers it ranges from 5-12%, but is 10% as standard. Besides being another way to squeeze even more fees out of sellers, eBay might claim to be doing this to stop people profiting out of inflated postage costs.

While this may have been possible, and even prevalent some years ago, with postage costs increasing massively over the last few years, and specifically the huge increases to Royal Mail parcel costs earlier this year, when this is coupled with eBay imposed maxima on the amount of postage that can be charged on an item, sellers would be hard pressed to make much of a turn on postage these days anyway. Not that eBay is charging on the profit- the FVF will apply to the whole postage cost, most or all of which will presumably be spent on postage.

But what can sellers do? For most people who sell occasionally on eBay, the effect will not be so great as for traders who attempt to make a living using eBay as an online shop venue. But the proliferation of selling sites on Facebook might mean that sellers are willing to accept a slightly lower price in order to keep 100% of the sales value. Even if you do have to deal with actual people.

On the same date, and presumably aimed at placating smaller business sellers, eBay are increasing the amount of ‘free’ fixed-price listing fees (a smaller fee paid on listing the item) for basic shop owners, up to 200 from 20 per month, saving up to £20 a month based on 10p listing fees. Basic shops cost £19.99 a month.

And don’t forget, you have also been paying Paypal fees on the final value including postage for years. Some sellers are surprised at just how little they end up with in their pocket at the end of the day.

But will this be enough to turn people away from eBay? Many online sellers have given up when faced with eBay fees, but for many more, the costs may be high, but the practicality of a standalone online shop in a sea of millions of websites may be too high. Sellers said they would boycott eBay after the sellers’ right to negative feedback was revoked, but so far eBay still seems to be surviving. Perhaps this latest change is just an added inflationary cost of surviving these days.

Outsider artists are difficult to find, but when you do, they’re to be treasured. Why? Well, in the case of this particular artist, they’ve decided to paint children’s TV weed, Orville the Duck, with the face of child-botherer, Gary Glitter.

And it gets weirder.

gary glitter Can you find a more peculiar painting that the Gary Glitter/Duck In A Nappy one?

The artist says: “painting is 24″x45″ painted on hardboard, framed in pine, with real teeth, and drilled out eyes (you can fill these holes with l.e.d. lights or raisins)”

Real teeth! Raisin eyes!

And there’ll be more from the grotesque gallery. The artist continues: ”i am having a big spring clear out – so i’ll be putting up loads more of my paintings on ebay every day, so do please come back and check out other original paintings i am selling.”

It is currently going for just over a fiver on eBay. Click here if you want to buy it.

Small third party traders who use Amazon to shift their secondhand books/vacuum cleaners/novelty Lionel ‘Rich Tea’ mugs, are fuming with the mega retailer, who is hiking its selling fees from 7% to 12% after Easter.

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The price rises are causing much distress, but so powerful is Amazon that the smaller traders feel powerless to defend themselves. One UK trader said that he was worried the fees would destroy his small business, but there was no arguing with the might of the online company, which last year boasted worldwide sales of $21.3bn.

Amazon is becoming something of a retail Godzilla, chomping up the high street and destroying businesses. They’re also, of course, sidestepping paying tax in Britain by registering all their UK sales in Luxembourg. (Which is what Godzilla would have done too, if he knew anything about accountancy.)

But small third party traders make up an important part of Amazon’s success, with 2 million traders using the network worldwide.

So will this price rise cause small retailers move back to ebay instead, or are we all Amazon’s bitches now?

ebay new logo 300x160 Selling gig tickets on eBay? Watch out for Elengo Papacostas...Ticket sellers on eBay have been scammed by a mysterious figure called Elengo Papacostas, who has purchased festival tickets from them and sneaked the money back using PayPal.

Elengo -who I like to imagine as a dark handsome type in a fedora carrying a guitar case in the desert – doesn’t exist on the UK Electoral roll, but he’s still managed to con people who have been selling festival tickets online.

The scam is as follows: Elengo snaps up your gig tickets using PayPal. Some time later, he/it/them orders a ‘chargeback’ on the payment, which is the facility you can use to get your money back if your goods don’t arrive or are unsatisfactory.

After a BBC Wales documentary exposed the scam, they got a reply from someone claiming to be Elengo, who complained that he received the tickets and it was PayPal’s fault. The plot thickens…

With dozens of victims taking to the Internet to complain about the fraud, PayPal has since closed Elengo’s account. But don’t be surprised if he springs up in another guise. If Stelios Shufflebottom or Regina Felangi contacts you wanting to buy Glastonbury tickets, report it to the eBay police, OK?

Collector’s item? Neigh, surely not…

February 13th, 2013 2 Comments By Andy Dawson

Don’t think we’ll see this turning up on the Antiques Roadshow in decades to come, unless someone’s got space in their freezer and a lot of patience…

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uk money Now eBay and Ikea are shown to be taking advantage of lax tax laws...Last week it was Starbucks, today it’s eBay and Ikea that are wriggling under the ‘fair tax spotlight’ – a spotlight that we’ve just made up, although it seems like it might be a pretty harsh spotlight, and not the kind that someone might sing a ballad beneath. Of course, we’ve already had Starbucks quivering under the spotlight, as it has paid no UK tax in the past three years in spite of the fact that it’s chalked up £1.2 billion in sales in that period. Hmmm…

Now it’s emerged that eBay channels payments through Luxembourg and Switzerland and manages to avoid paying as much as £50 million in tax while it does so. Ikea avoids some UK tax by sending payments abroad to a sister payment, which it calls a ‘franchise fee’. Hmmm…

In a Sunday Times report, it was revealed that eBay had paid little more than £1m in corporation tax even though it had racked up sales of around £800m a year. As for Starbucks, on Saturday, the taxpayer was footing the bill for the police to protect London branches of Starbucks which had been threatened by marchers on the demonstration against government cuts. Now there’s ironic.

Additionally, it looks as though Amazon is only paying 3% VAT to Luxembourg on ebooks while insisting that publishers knock the UK VAT rate of 20% off cost price, ramping up its profits even more. Classy – and of course Amazon have got form when it comes to dodging its UK tax responsibilities.

So, what about you lot? Do you give a toss about what companies get up to with their accounts as long as they’re illegal? Why should a company pay more to the HMRC if they don’t have to? Social responsibility – what’s all that about? Or are you in favour of boycotting these scoundrels unless they get their act together and stop acting like slippery eels?

KGrHqJlIFBKuklS 0BQZHKwfq6g60 57 223x300 For sale: 50 Shades Of Grey   pre fingered by MILFsStill haven’t bought yourself a copy of 50 Shades Of Grey? Why not treat yourself to a special version of it – one that’s been, erm, well-thumbed by Samantha, Allison and Sona, three self-styled ‘MILFY Brooklyn Babes’, who are flogging it on eBay to the highest-bidding pervert.

“Passed from one friend to another, we each made our way through the tantalising first installment in the Fifty Shades trilogy,” they declare, without going into any more detail, which may or may not be a blessing for all of us.

The trio describe themselves as, “(three) tragically hip mothers and best friends. We share everything from clothes to babysitting duties, so naturally we all had our way with this book. We each tremendously enjoyed reading this single copy of Fifty Shades of Grey. We want you, dear bidder, to enjoy this book as much as we did.” You can interpret that any way you want.

There’s six days left to stake your claim, but you’ll have to beat the current high bid of $145.50 (£90).

Anyone fancy getting a fiver off something on eBay before 10pm tonight? Course you do.

If you’re paying with Paypal, use the coupon code COUPONFROMEBAY at checkout and receive £5 off your eBay.co.uk purchase (excluding P&P).

There’sno minimum spend but you have to use the code in one transaction. We’ve just tried it and it works. We bought one of these. £1.99 after the voucher.

 Deal Attack! Get £5.00 off an eBay purchase before 10pm tonight!

Nice eh? Thanks to avid HotUKDeals members dapp and pantheruncia…

The greatest eBay item of all time…?

March 27th, 2012 15 Comments By Andy Dawson

The title of the listing tells you everything you need to know – ‘Taxidermy: Wild Grey Super Squirrel’. Start the bidding at £14.99…

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bitterwallet ebay logo 500x500 Deal Klaxon! Free £5 to spend at eBay (First 50,000) (Now expired!)Hola amigos! This post has nothing to do with consumer law or sweat stained leotards I am afraid. However…it does offer you a free £5 voucher to spend at eBay as long as you checkout with PayPal!

So, what are you waiting for? Get on over here to check out the HotUKDeals thread and buy yourself something that you would not have purchased if you had to part with some actual money. Feels good, doesn’t it.

Thanks to msesaver001 over at HotUKDeals.

**Deal is no more – 50,000 transactions has now been reached**

Got a spare $5,000 lying around? If so, the bad news is that you’ve just missed out on the chance to invest it in a unique historical artifact that has just been sold in that prestigious international auction house, eBay.

Take a closer look – it’s a three-year-old chicken McNugget that supposedly looks like George Washington.

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Rebekah Speight is the lucky lady who found the tasty miracle, storing it in her freezer until the time was right to try and flog it for as much cash as possible. Rebekah sold the McNugget as part of an attempt to raise $15,000 and send 50 children to summer church camp in Sioux City.

Her listing for the chewy artefact said: “By bidding on this rare President George Washington Chicken McNugget…not only will you have an opportunity to be the new owner of this rare find, but you will be investing in the lives of children.”

We’re almost in tears here, and we haven’t even had the privilege of smelling or licking it.

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PayPal order destruction of WWII violin

January 4th, 2012 6 Comments By Mof Gimmers

PayPal, who made the shortlist in our Worst Companies of 2011, have been showing a wilful disregard for common sense again, this time getting someone to smash up a violin that survived WWII.

A vendor sold an old French violin to a buyer who disputed the label on the instrument. This isn’t uncommon in the violin market. However, instead of understanding what a label dispute means in the violin world, PayPal “made the buyer DESTROY the violin” as they deemed the violin to be “counterfeit”.

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Is there such thing as a pretend violin? Either way, it appears that PayPal don’t have any problem with destroying instruments that have been “examined and authenticated by a top luthier prior to its sale.”

Of course, if you were a sneak, you could exploit PayPal’s system by buying a cheap, tatty violin, crying ‘fake’, smash it up at their behest and then make off with the expensive one complete with a refund. That’d invariably work with clothes and bags too, so well done PayPal.

Read the full story with correspondence and small print here.

Worst Company Of 2011 – the first quarter-finals

December 28th, 2011 3 Comments By Andy Dawson

wcb 2011 deal Worst Company Of 2011   the first quarter finalsFollowing your frenzied vote-casting, we’ve whittled our way down to the eight worst companies in the UK over the past year. They are (in no particular order) eBay, TalkTalk, Vodafone, Santander, Tesco, Yodel, BT and Groupon. Now it’s time for four more of them to be eliminated.

Here’s the first two quarter-final showdowns – first up we have nightmare courier firm Yodel paired with supermarket giants Tesco. Then comes the online auction fiasco that it eBay, coupled with diabolical daily deal vendors Groupon. You’ve got until the end of Thursday to make your decision, and the other two quarter-finals will be here later this afternoon.

Meanwhile, catch up with all the voting to date here.


Worst Company Of 2011 – two more to vote on

December 23rd, 2011 9 Comments By Andy Dawson

wcb 2011 deal Worst Company Of 2011   two more to vote onIt’s Worst Company Of The Year time again here at Bitterwallet and here’s your fifth vote-off in the first round of eight showdowns between the shabbiest companies that the country has to offer.

Ponder for a moment while you decide which you hate most out of BT and British Gas, in a battle between two former nationally-owned companies that were sold off and have constantly pissed you off over the past year.

After that comes the deadly duo that is eBay and Paypal, in the head-to-head that usually causes lots of controversy among certain elements of our readership. Have we pitted them against each other purely out of spite? We couldn’t possibly comment.

You’ve got until the end of Boxing Day to make your decision which of them will progress to the quarter-finals so don’t go making any rash decisions. Catch up with all the voting so far here…