Friday, May 21, 2010


I don't have any hard figures on eBay sales, but to my own scanning eye, it looks like a lot of things are not selling. I wonder if this is not due at least in part to higher postage costs. You can price your item at a garage sale price, but if it is fragile and/or big enough that it needs to go in a box, the price of shipping can be double or triple what is being asked as the selling price. Might as well haul the stuff down to Goodwill, I guess.


Karen said...

I think that shipping comes into play, but husband has had several bad experiences on ebay with highly rated sellers. Consumers may not be as willing to risk their money right now also.

Elephantschild said...

I've drifted away from looking for stuff on eBay because it's so overpopulated by people selling lots of new stuff. When I look for a sewing machine, and the entire first page of search results is eleventy billion of the same new sewing machine all listed by the same seller, it makes it too hard to search for cool stuff.

I'm just seeing less used stuff in general there.

Barb the Evil Genius said...

I agree with both of you, but what I was looking at was a few small pieces of Pfaltzgraff to replace some of our stuff that has broken. Even though sellers were asking as low as .99 or 1.99 for items, the shipping was up to 6.00 or 8.00. That really changes how much I want an item when shipping tacks on so much extra cost.