A Deal Gone Wrong & How To Get It Sorted

July 31, 2010

Unfortunately, there a lot of people out there that are trying to part you from your money without giving you something in return. They may list items and not send them, or inaccurately describe them, or simply not have the item they claim to. It’s all so frustrating when you are done out of something you really want.

And eBay is here to help! Having bought 7 boxset dvds (Smallville, great show!), I found one disk in series 4 missing, but only noticed this a week or so after I had recieved the item (I know, I know, I should have checked them fully as soon as I had seen them). So, I dropped eBay an email, as I wasn’t getting a response from the seller – and got a phone call within a couple of hours, completed some security checks, and then got the direct contact details for the seller – dropped him a line, and got the disk in the post that week!It was really really easy.

So, top tips – always check the seller is an established one, and if not – ask them questions! Always, always double check the items (all of them if its multiples) and let the seller know asap – and if all else fails, contact eBay!

Generate Cash For Charity With Your eBay Items!

July 24, 2010

The classic “bring-and-buy” sale is an often used format within schools or churches, to generate a “re-use your unwanted items” at the same time as making some cash for a good cause. And eBay fits really well into this category! Sell your items, collect the cash – donate to charity. Well, eBay have made this even easier!

In the “GivingWorks” section of the site, you are now able to list items, and donate the funds straight to the charity – getting them the cash quicker, and giving you that sense of doing some good for your worthy cause, and all from the comfort of your PC!

eBay may have started life as a simple auction site, but it is developing into a real online community.

A WorldofGood on eBay!

July 17, 2010

I have been increasingly aware of the availability of more environmentally and economically responsible products, and their increasing availability online. From chocolate, to clothes, to home decorations, if it can be made ethically, there is an increasing market for it. The increasing presence in the media has generated an awareness of where things come from – and people are increasingly uncomfortable with the idea of buying items made at the cost of someone else.

I expected to find such items on eBay, but was pleasantly surprised to find an entire sub-domain dedicated to them! I’ve had a look through, and found some beautiful jewelery, clothes, ornaments, and even musical instruments! Some are a little pricey, but most are really reasonably priced! So pop on over to eBay and check out your ethical bargains today!

Just Search

July 15, 2010

Just Search, is a game we play on eBay, you have to come up with a term that you can Just Search and only get one result. If you find a product that only has one result you get points for the buy it now price and points for the amount of letters contained in the product description.

Try playing Just Search with your friends and create a league table with a prize from a cheap seller on eBay. We did this and the only reason I’m blogging about the game Just Search is because I won, my friends have just bought me a new water bottle for my bike.

We have recoreded all the results so we can play again next month and not include all the products used so far.

Off the record I won because I found a misspelt product with no other matches which have a very long description getting me the most points and making me the Just Search champion for July.

What NOT to Sell on eBay?

July 10, 2010

As I talked about in my last post, there are no real restrictions to what you can sell on eBay (other than the illegal, etc, type items). However, there are some things that just won’t sell – 1, because there are a lot of people trying to sell them, and 2, there are other sellers selling them cheaper.

So, before listing your item, make sure you check out who else is selling your items – what condition they are in, what prices they are charging, where they are selling it, etc. If they’ve got a better deal going, it might be worth holding back listing your item. Or in the case of books, dvds, etc (if the seller is a dealer in such items), it might be worth contacting them to see if they wish to list them on your behalf.

What To Sell On eBay?

July 6, 2010

Well, just about anything you want to get rid of really! As the age-old saying goes, “one mans trash is another mans treasure”! And eBay is a perfect example of the types of things people keep before a move or new partner (etc) convinces them to get rid and make space for new stuff.

Over the years that I have seen all sorts on eBay – from promotional Pepsi cans (the whole set with all of Boyzone on them) to broken toys and people’s virginity!

Although certain things would be removed from the site (illegal things, so common sense should tell you if it will get you banned from the site or not!), I do not think there is any real limit to what you can sell – if you have it, chances are someone else might want it too!

So before binning that bag of “junk”, have a look-see on good old eBay, and see if you unwanted items can net you some cash for the summer hols!