I ditched eBay a long time ago. They're making it very difficult for a seller to actually make a profit.
The whole scheme they have with holding funds is also ridiculous, so I will never sell an item there anymore.
Craigslist is actually a pretty cool place to buy and sell, even though there are a lot of duds there, it's free! The site just connects people, and the transaction takes place in private.
I have bought and sold items here on APUG, and I've always been happy with it. I do find that the classifieds system here could use improvement, but it works. And as a community it's nice to be able to perhaps even purchase things from other people you already know somewhat.
If you start posting wtb (wanted to buy) ads on either form you may want to add some indicator of your location to your profile. It might be reasonable to ship a lens from California to England, but not an eight foot stainless steel sink. How specific about your location is up to you. There are differences of opinion here on how much to say.
I like you bought most of my gear on eBay up to about two years ago. Now in this economy I buy less from anywhere, but I buy more from the forms than eBay. Twice in the last year my eBay eSnipe account has gone into the dormant category.
I've occasionally met people to trade items through forums, since I'm in New York, and there are a lot of people around here, but most of my trades have been by mail and on the basis of mutual trust. I bought my Linhof Tech V 23b through a forum, wire transfer to Croatia and DHL to New York, no problems. Most of the people I've traded with on the forums have been willing to send goods before the funds are received, and I've done the same when purchasing, since these are people I've been conversing with online for years for the most part.
I have limited experience with keh.com but they have reasonable prices it seems. I bought from them a RB67 for a little bit more than I could on ebay, but it was in mint condition, well packaged etc... I used to love ebay, and now I started to hate it for some reason. Do you know what I use ebay for the most part now, to learn about camera equipment, it is like a huge catalog of lenses, cameras and other equipment.
Originally Posted by wildtypitch
Just my two cents
FePay is now my absolute LAST resort...
Originally Posted by Thomas Bertilsson
i haven't bought photo stuff in general on eboink or anywhere else for that matter
in a long time, and i haven't sold there in even a longer time ...
the classifieds here are usually a good deal, and most of the time
you trade with a nice person, not always though.
pretty much my worst experience of my online trading ( since the early 90s )
was right here on aPug.
even with all its problems, at least with eBoo you can leave feedback and warn people
that sometimes things are not what they seem ...
unfortunately, here we can't leave feedback :(
.. so i will only buy from people i "know" or have bought from before.
Like John says locations in Profiles etc are important, and need to be clear like his.
Originally Posted by jp80874
It's no good just saying Paris or Athens when you live in the US versions. If John just put Bath we'd all assume he lived in the UK :D
Another pet gripe is put the Currency in adverts. If you don't put a location or currency & say $ I'll offer you Zimbawean Dollars :D All these forums are so International a $ could realisticly be US, Canadian, Australian or perhaps New Zealand.
it seems to me that ebid would be a good choice the as fees are 3% or nothing for life if you pay a startup £50. and you get the pro's of ebay like user ratings and online payment systems. Only thing is lack of users, maybe using ebid linked to items posted in apug forums would be a good way to get things cooking for me anyhow. ebid also has a wanted section.
There's also KEH.com. Quality is almost always well above the listed rating. I've bought plenty of Bargain items that would be listed as Like New with anyone else.
Isn't there a larger potential "audience" on Ebay? Also, if one buys from one with a large number of positive feedback ratings ( smaller numbers can be "cooked" ), and uses the "Buyer Protection Plan", then one has some measure of protection. One can also use the escrow feature. All in all, I find Ebay a reasonable place to find some items, and to occasionally sell some as well. It's good to have some options, and all mentioned are certainly reasonable.