selling is fine, although you’re more likely to have a problem transaction. reason being you can choose who you buy from, but not who bids on your stuff. well, you can cancel bids, but when there’s 10 seconds left, you don’t have enough time to. i think you might be able to cancel bids after the auction is over, not sure.
problems are less of a hassle though - you don’t have to ship your item until you get the money, so you can’t get ripped off. well, i guess you could if it’s by a paypal moneyback thing or credit card or something, but i dunno much about seller protection on those fronts.
i’d recommend doing check/money order only; you don’t have to pay any additional fees, and there’s no risk of the buyer calling their merchant to say they never got an item they in fact did.
another issue is the buyer can say the item was damaged when it wasn’t, or complain about condition…and demand a refund. you’re only option at that point is to either comply or get negative feedback. but with negative feedback, you can respond to any feedback, and clarify you got screwed by a lam0r.
i’ve sold a few things successfully, and only had one auction where the buyer never contacted me. i didn’t have time to worry about it then, so i ended up never selling the item and lost $2 or some shit on the transaction fee. you can fill out a non-paying buyer form or something and ebay will relist for free, i think.
a bunch of years ago, i needed some quick cash, and had about 60 store-bought ranma vhs tapes (viz video). well, i posted them with a start price of $350, which was very painful. nobody bid. so i relisted, and two people got in a bidding war and the auction ended at $700. needless to say i was thrilled to death…although i hated to part with my ranma tapes. you never know. and you can always just go ahead and cancel your listing if nobody is bidding on it and you think it will sell too cheap.
read up on reserve price auctions and buy it now on ebay’s help menu. generally the more bids an auction has, curiosity will get you more views because people want to see what the fuss is about. which is why it’s sometimes worth paying extra fees to set a reserve.
always post an image of your item, and don’t pay ebay to host it - put it on geoshities if it’s your only option. remember, no pic = no click.
finally, ship priority (USPS), and demand delivery confirmation. you can avoid lots of bs this way. also, don’t ship to po boxes.
if you have any questions, you can always check ebay help. there’s plenty of “what to do if i get screwed” information available there.
christ, i must be really bored right now to type all this. :thud: