How would you revamp Ebay?

gregdrummeraz

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I would first drop insertion prices. it is expensive, we all know. I would secondly require EVERYONE to create and verify a Paypal account, completely different thing to discuss.

What do you guys think? :eek:
 

EricNau

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Require approval of every auction by ebay staff before the auction is listed.

Yes, it would be time consuming and expensive, but currently ebay is practically unusable due to the ridiculously high levels of scams and fraudulent sales, and this would be the only way to mitigate the problem.
 

Dmac77

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Agree with Eric. Plus I would kill the flash interface (flash is evil). Plus I would do something about people overcharging for items (iPHones going for $700+), also I would delete auctions where people say things about old computers like "this isn't an old piece of junk, it can do everything a brand new computer can" I read that about a G3 Pismo once.

Don
 

gregdrummeraz

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Agree with Eric. Plus I would kill the flash interface (flash is evil). Plus I would do something about people overcharging for items (iPHones going for $700+), also I would delete auctions where people say things about old computers like "this isn't an old piece of junk, it can do everything a brand new computer can" I read that about a G3 Pismo once.

Don
I agree a little. I dont like the flash junk. But you pay the price you choose. I do agree about describing old computers as like it where as like a new macbook or something like that.
 

gregdrummeraz

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Require approval of every auction by ebay staff before the auction is listed.

Yes, it would be time consuming and expensive, but currently ebay is practically unusable due to the ridiculously high levels of scams and fraudulent sales, and this would be the only way to mitigate the problem.
I don't think that is necessary but if they make EVERYONE require to have a Verified Paypal.
 

Dmac77

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I'd do a Mike Dell, and shut 'er down.
Sometimes I would agree with this statement. 99% of eBay is junk and scams, but sometimes you find a good deal. More strict filtering on what can be posted on eBay needs to be implemented.

Don
 

Dmac77

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It's an auction site. The entire point of an auction is to get the price as high as possible.

--Eric
That is gouging. If gas stations and grocery stores aren't allowed to charge whatever they want neither should people using auction sites. Items should be sold at a REASONABLE price.

Don
 

bartelby

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That is gouging. If gas stations and grocery stores aren't allowed to charge whatever they want neither should people using auction sites. Items should be sold at a REASONABLE price.

Don
What don't you understand about auction sites?

Items sell at whatever price people are willing to pay.
 

gregdrummeraz

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That is gouging. If gas stations and grocery stores aren't allowed to charge whatever they want neither should people using auction sites. Items should be sold at a REASONABLE price.

Don
I agree on that, I was not Shunning price control completely. The people, however, that usually jack prices up so high are fake anyway, non paying bidders.
 

Dmac77

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What don't you understand about auction sites?

Items sell at whatever price people are willing to pay.
I understand, but who is going to pay $700 for a phone when you can get it for $200? All it does is waste server space, and as a result increase listing fees.

Don
 

Eric5h5

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That is gouging. If gas stations and grocery stores aren't allowed to charge whatever they want neither should people using auction sites. Items should be sold at a REASONABLE price.
:confused: Look up "auction" in the dictionary. An auction site is neither a gas station nor a grocery store.

--Eric
 

Sdashiki

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Sometimes I would agree with this statement. 99% of eBay is junk and scams, but sometimes you find a good deal. More strict filtering on what can be posted on eBay needs to be implemented.

Don
Link?

Yea, I dont think thats an accurate statement. Id argue 95% of ebay is NOT scams.
 

ZachsMacDaddy

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With Ebay pushing Paypal down your throat and soon not accepting most other payments, I think they need to STOP double dipping by charging both ebay closing fees AND paypal receiving fees. If you want to practically force me to use PayPal, then consolidate the fees somehow.

I am really tired of paying to list, then paying the closing fee, then paying another fee to receive the money. Ebay and Paypal are the same company now (more or less), so why do I have to pay so many fees for the same thing?!?!
 

g4cubed

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With Ebay pushing Paypal down your throat and soon not accepting most other payments, I think they need to STOP double dipping by charging both ebay closing fees AND paypal receiving fees. If you want to practically force me to use PayPal, then consolidate the fees somehow.

I am really tired of paying to list, then paying the closing fee, then paying another fee to receive the money. Ebay and Paypal are the same company now (more or less), so why do I have to pay so many fees for the same thing?!?!
Absolutely! I quit using Paypal because of their fees being so outrageous on top of the ebay ones. If it becomes required then bye bye ebay for me.
 

Sdashiki

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With Ebay pushing Paypal down your throat and soon not accepting most other payments, I think they need to STOP double dipping by charging both ebay closing fees AND paypal receiving fees. If you want to practically force me to use PayPal, then consolidate the fees somehow.

I am really tired of paying to list, then paying the closing fee, then paying another fee to receive the money. Ebay and Paypal are the same company now (more or less), so why do I have to pay so many fees for the same thing?!?!
Um, you dont have to use paypal to pay unless the buyer specifically ONLY accepts PP (which few do, unless they do large volume, and even then, not always)

eBay BOUGHT paypal years ago, knowing it would work in their profitable favor. And it does make the buying experience ALOT easier and smoother, you cant argue that.

Anyone, who is pissed like you about the fee doubling, doesnt use PP and accept money orders OR credit cards through another merchant account.

You dont HAVE to sell on eBay. You dont HAVE to accept PP. You dont HAVE to pay fees then.

The business model of eBay is incredibly efficient, while sometimes I think it is a bit $$$, it works. Pay to list, pay for the sale. THATS ALL you are obligated to pay when using eBay. Its YOU who are using PP and incurring fees.

AND, as Im sure you know (unless things have changed radically) that you dont pay ANY fees when accepting PP payments, so long as you arent a "premier/business" member. Being a premier member allows people to pay with CC vs just a bank account. And honestly, I havent run into ANYONE who only uses a CC to pay with paypal. So, if you became a premier member to accept CC and all the bonuses that comes with, you agreed to now start paying fees on ALL payments to you.