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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). She is a member of the Online News Association (Sep 2005 - present) and Investigative Reporters and Editors (Mar 2006 - present). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com. See disclosure at EcommerceBytes.com/disclosure/.

3 thoughts on “eBay Must Collect Social Security Numbers from Sellers”

  1. And just like that, after 20+ years, I will be Done with ebay. There is No Possible Way that I am able to keep track of my ‘profits’ and ‘expenses’ on every little $5 and $10 item I sell! Every Photo that I have is in a flat paper bag, and then packed in 6×9 envelope, sometimes another Larger one, and a sealed plastic bag. A business card is included with each sold item. The cost of all these things, plus mailing and packing materials, labels, ink, 10-mile round-trip to the post office, etc…is Incalculable!

    Not to mention the Dozens and Dozens of Movie Posters that I have had since the 80s that I Can’t sell, because of the Outrageous New Fees on the Mailing tubes!!

    What ‘value’ do I put on all of my Collectibles, and Entertainment Memorabilia? Who decides how much of my so-called income on the sale of these things is ‘profit!?’

    ebay has been a Fun little sideline, and a great way to share my time in The Biz with the World. Frank Oz now owns photos that I took on the set of The Muppet Movie. Richard Hatch owned pictures from the filming of Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen that I worked on (great guy, will be missed). Victoria Mature bought some slides/prints from the film, Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood, of Her Father, Victor Mature.

    I’m sure that the Other sites will follow ebay and bow to the IRS…but sales on those sites have been Pitiful-to-nonexistent.

    This is The End.

  2. On $10 or $20 or $30 items, by the time you pay eBay fees, shipping, and the cost of the item itself, there is often very little left. On a $40 item you might make $5 or $10. That’s not a lot of money for the time spent finding the item, storing it, packing it and dealing with issues that come up.

    1. Absolutely! What ebay and the IRS see as ‘income’ is many times Pennies….compare that with the Billions of Dollars of Our money that the Government has ‘misplaced!!’
      I just made a special order for a guy on ebay of items that would have totaled over $160…I came down to $125, and he wanted it all for $90! NOT worth my Time or Money invested! (He did pay the $125, which will likely be my Last Ever sale on ebay, or any other online site. I am Not giving Anyone my Social Security Number!!!) I guess all of my memorabilia will just end up at Goodwill after I die!

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