There used to be, maybe still is, an outfit called BidPay. I dunno if its still around or not. I'm sure if it was around, eBay would not allow it.
I've noticed a trend on eBay: inflated shipping prices. Sellers try to make up for higher eBay fees by adding handling charges and what not. I'm sure there are plenty of folks that jump on an attractive Buy It Now price, only to realize that the shipping charge is through the roof.
I don't operate an eBay store, but I do buy and sell on eBay. I think of it as renting. As an occasional seller, I have to confess that I charge an extra $6 handling fee for shipping outside the US, but that's because eBay / PayPal estimates are consistenly off by about that amount.
I'd cut and paste the article, but it IS marked as "all rights reserved"...
Originally Posted by Ian Grant
Can you elaborate on what you mean by price rigging?
And God help you if your buyer decides to go into dispute. That's a complete sod.
I've bought and sold several items on Ebay and always used PayPal only, even before the policy change. I don't want to hassle with waiting for money orders, personal checks, depositing, waiting to clear etc. In keeping with APUG's theme, this discussion of digital money vs. analog money should probably be moved to the Hybrid Currency website.
there is an alternative that is not pay pal and not part of the ebay family of companies.
it is a 3rd party vendor called propay.
when i thought i was going to be selling things more often, i looked into propay.
the fee structure is a little different, not pay as you transact, from what i remember it was a
monthly - thing.
if you have such bad feelings about paypal, there is an alternative ...
not such an alternative for the buyer, but the seller.
credit card fees are credit card fees ...
Quote from the Propay website:
Originally Posted by jnanian
"Currently, the ProPay eAuction account is exclusively for US-based eBay PowerSellers."
When I am interested in a product, I e-mail the seller to ask if they will take a usps money order. Everyone has agreed to this immediately.
I used to only pay by money orders but after I actually one lost in the mail I moved to paypal
No problems with yet but don't keep much cash in the balance just in case
Only thing about this approach that bugs me is these immediate payment only auctions
When did these become IMMEDIATE or nothing?
Lost out on two items same day because I was uploading money
You put up a 7 day BIN auction I think immediate payment gets voided
If you're willing to wait 7 days for increased exposure/chance of selling
you should give those buying some slack
Crappy attitude if you ask me
People get pissy after 2 days not receiving paypal
It's like they these sellers think they're helping the buyer out with their goods
I had to wait 7 days to buy this thing and now when you've reached max bid you cannot wait a couple days
where is the courtesy
I don't DEMAND these people get to UPS to ship my item out that very day
..power trippin punks lol
that was off topic