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eBay Birthday Wish list

Since tomorrow is my birthday.  Here are the top 5 things I’d like on eBay for my birthday. (in no particular order)


Coach Hologram Derby Tote  I love this blue green color.  It’s being sold for an average of 185.00

Endless Pool  This 9×16 stationary swim pool is a the top of my wish list. (after I win the lottery)  Average eBay price for one of these 36,000.  BUT this one is a bargain for 20K.

John Johansen Tall Vase Needlepoint canvas.  This is selling for 199.99.  It’s really a bargain, and if you do no know about John Johansen’s work you should look him up.  He has some unusual needlepoints.

Mackinzie Childs Poppy Chair  Oh how I love this.   It is selling for $2700.00 or best offer. I love this brand, and poppies are my favorite flower.


Starbucks Alice & Olivia Tumbler  I have a little thing for Starbucks tumblers.  THIS tumbler I think looks a little like me.  The only problem is these were only sold in Korea, and are 49.99 + shipping.


Dear eBay Queen: Is There Such A Thing As An eBay Friend?

Dear eBay Queen:

I really need someone that I can talk to about my eBay success’ and problems.  Is there such a thing?  Where can I find one?  I sometimes just feel a little isolated doing what I do.

RTT, Oklahoma

Dear RTT:

I have a few really good eBay friends.  I met most of them on Yahoo groups ( a billion years ago).  Yahoo groups have gone out with the times, but Facebook groups are kind of the same now.  There are so many Facebook groups you can join relating to eBay.  Here are a few that I love (in no particular order)

You can also try the eBay boards, or even a local meet up group.

I met one of my best friends at a local auction house.  She would bid against me on what seems like every item I would try to buy!  We’ve known each other about 18 years.  She is the one I call when I need help loading my car, or when I want to tell some crazy story about being hexed on eBay. 😉  If you can find a friend like Tammy I would recommend one.

The one draw back I can think to having an eBay friend.. is you want to make sure they won’t give out your eBay secrets or maybe your “eBay fishing hole”.  I hope you find your Tammy!


That Time I Got a Hex Put On Me.

A couple of weeks ago I had a buyer upset that an item they purchase went on sale.  She wanted a partial refund OR wanted to return it and purchase it at the sale price.   We have a public rule that states “we do not give refunds on previous non-sale orders.”  I offered a full refund once the item was sent back.

(I know that it would be easier to give a partial refund.  This is not my account, and I follow the rules that have been set forth for me.)

Of course she could not just accept the label and send the item back.  Instead she opened a return request, then a PayPal request.  The return request was closed because you can’t have 2 requests opened at the same time for the same item.

She made some feedback threats on this item and on the other items she had purchased.  She left a message for me saying she was a “practicing witch and was going to put a hex on me”.  At this point I was not too worried but I blocked her from purchasing from us again.

She sent several messages through PayPal not wanting to send the item back. Time was dwindling and she ended up sending it.  When it arrived she was refunded.

Here comes the good part:

She systematically opened a SNAD return request on eBay and left a negative for each item that she purchased before that original non-sale item that she bought.

FOUR of them.

FOUR negatives and 4 open SNAD claims. She also put bad reviews on the company’s Facebook, website  and several other complaint sites.

Each return has a special note for me.

The notes are custom written for me and because they lack kind words and grammar, I probably should not post them here.  But I can tell you one of them said; “I am a retired person of great wealth. You are missing out on my purchases.  There are other sellers out there, I will buy from them.”

Please do.

Did the Hex work? Who can say? eBay removed the negatives, and a this point I’m glad to move on from this bizarre experience.  What is you most bizarre eBay experience?

Dear eBay Queen: Do Best Offers REALLY Work?

Dear eBay Queen:

I’ve been selling for 6 months.  I’ve been seeing that other sellers have “best offer” on their listings.  What do I need to do to have this on my listings, and does it really make a difference?

Teresa J; Lake Elsinore, California

Dear Teresa:

I can not say enough good things about Best Offer. I manage a couple of eBay ID’s.  With my own personal ID, everything I list is fixed price with best offer.  For the other ID’s I manage, I only put best offer on some items.  When you add Best Offer to your eBay listings, you’re giving buyers the opportunity to negotiate with you. Once the buyer makes an offer, you can accept, decline, or make a counteroffer.

Here are some of the interesting pros and cons of best offer.

  • After receiving an offer, you have 48 hours to choose how to respond.  I have found the faster you respond the better.
  • If you set up automatic responses in your listing, eBay can accept or decline a Best Offer for you, based on the price limits you select. eBay buyers won’t know what that limit is, and they are encouraged to make a better offer when it’s low.

I don’t like to use “automatic response”, because I like to respond to my buyer personally.  PLUS you never know when I just might feel like getting rid of that item.

  • Even if the offer is SUPER LOW, always respond/counteroffer.  I’ve had buyers offer me $5.00 on a 150.00 item.  I will counter with $140.00 and put a note: Thank you so much for your offer unfortunately with free shipping and returns this is as low as I can go.  and.. They except!
  • Price your fixed price items a little bit above what you want for them when using Best Offer. That way you won’t mind a lower price.

For instance; let’s say you purchased a vintage fishing lure for 12.00 at a garage sale.  You know that you should get 50.00 out of it considering its condition and age.  I would put my fixed price at $60.00 or Best offer.   You’ve got 12.00 in it+ 3.60 first class shipping total 15.60  If your buyer offers 40.00 your still making ok money but I would counter them at 50.00. If they counter offer you back 45.00, I’d probably take it.

Just pick out a few listings and try it out.  I know that my sell-through is better when I use Best Offer.  Make sure you let me know how it works out for you.

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