eBay 101 for the uninitiated
eBay 101 for the uninitiated
Posted in Custom Workstation
Ok folks, I thought I'd post this in light of recent events on eBay. I have at teh time of this writing 5463 positive feedback on eBay and 30 negative feedback. my seller account is thecelticmonk for those that weren't aware. heh.
I've been eBaying since long before the towers fell and even before that. Here's some helpful tips for those of you who are newer to it.
1) Copyright: When you are placing words in the auction description such as ToyBiz or Hasbro or Marvel use the TM directly after it. You should also place a disclaimer in the end of the text that gives a blanket copyright statement such as Marvel, ToyBiz, Hasbro, Black Panther and the Incredible Hulk are all copyright and trademark thier respective owners. This won't always keep your auction from getting yanked but it helps a lot!
2) Shill bidding: This is where you or a buddy bids up an item for you because the price is too low or you haven't got any bids on it yet. If eBay finds out about this, they will ban you for LIFE. that is to say that YOUR REAL NAME will never be able to have an eBay account again. It's also a really dishonest practice but I only preach about it, I don't narc people out for it.
3) Don't buy with your seller account: eBay says you can have as many eBay IDs as you want so long as you use your real name and address to set each one up. I have numerous eBay IDs. I sell with thecelticmonk, but I buy items with several other account IDs. I can look at GeeJay's (man picking on you again friend! ) feedback and see what figures he's buying, what paints he uses, how much Apoxiesculpt he buys etc. You can't do that looking at my seller ID.
People selling straight loose figures are quite resentful of modders. You swoop down, buy a loose fig for 7 bucks shipped and turn it into a $200 mod. The figure sellers want some of that action but they can't sell a loose deadlok for $50, they'd get laughed out of existance. So, they look for who is buying what figs and try to jack you with shipping and the like or narc on you to eBay for a copyright violation to get your auction yanked. Don't let them know it was GeeJay that just baught this figure from them. Use a Byer ID and a Seperate seller ID. Yes your real name will be on the shipping info but I can promise you they rarely care about that once the item was shipped.
4) Feedback: Negative feedback sux. I have 30 myself. That's like more negatives than some of you have positive. sometimes, you are just dealing with a jerk and you get a negative. it happens and it's rarely controllable. You can repair negative feedback by doing the following things:
A) use a seperate buyer ID.
B) buy from a feedback seller. These are auctions that say "50 recipes .pdf for $.99". You buy that, pay with paypal and then bam, instant positive feedback. now the more positives, the more thinned down your negative is. I have a lot of positives so if I get a negative I am not too worried about it, but someone with 30 positive feedbacks gets a negative, and boom! you look like doodoo! This is also good protection against a feedback terrorist. That's someone who gets the item and says in an e-mail "hey, I like this, I want one for my buddy for free, give it to me or I'll give you a negative feedback!" Yes sadly people like that exist and they will nuke you if you don't give them what they want. So naturally we don't negotiate with terrorists so you need to find feedback sellers like mentioned above to help thin down negatives.
C) Leave feedback AFTER they do. so you might not get a feedback once in a while, but they won't leave you a negative for fear of retailiatory feedback from you. Most sellers do this now you'll note, adopt this philosophy until you have enough feedback that it doesn't matter if you get one or two negs.
D) Be honest. Always. Tell them exactly what they will get and when. Don't be a shipping pirate, charge what the shipping really is. Treat others like you want to be treated it's not a hard rule to grasp.
Ok that's the basics, enjoy and I'm sorry if I stepped on anyone's toes!
Posted by greymonk
on Wednesday, May 23, 2007
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