|Sun Jan 19 2014 12:05:46|
Longtime Comic Book Seller Is Thankful for eBay
I enjoy the articles linked to in the e-mail you send almost every day - a lot of good information. What I don't enjoy is all the eBay whining that I see going on - I have been selling on eBay as a comic book dealer for almost 17 years.
Sure, there are plenty of changes through the years that I haven't liked but by in large, I can sell my "stuff" for 85% to 89% of the final value which is WAY better than the terms you get at a large auction house like Heritage Auctions - even local auction houses charge 20% (which I don't have a problem with at all.)
I see so many letters about people that are banned from eBay for some reason or another and I don't get it. If they are restricted from selling, I would bet my bottom dollar that they did something they shouldn't have done.
Yeah, I liked it when it was three to five cents to list and FVFs were 5% but I sure didn't like the frequent outages - the reliability of eBay back in the 1990's was horrible.
My hunch is that the reason most people complain about eBay is that they just don't know what they are doing - i.e. don't know their market, don't know their cost of goods sold, don't understand that their time is worth something (a lot really), don't understand how to properly ship items, etc. eBay is a LOT of hard work but if you put the work in, know your niche VERY well, you can do OK for a nice supplemental income.
I understand that eBay is going to do what is in their (i.e. the stockholders) best interest because they are a publicly traded company but when I think about all the struggling comic dealers with their brick and mortar stores and their schlepping all their merchandise to all the cons every weekend, I am pretty thankful that a venue like eBay exists. I get to enjoy my hobby and make some good income while not having the headaches of a brick and mortar or the back breaking work of setting up at conventions (I used to do that - SO glad I don't anymore).
BTW, I get every invitation for free listings that you cover unless it is in some category that I don't ever list in like eBay Motors - eBay doesn't want to restrict my sales, they would love it if I could clone myself and sell more.
Anyway, my $0.02 worth.