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Old 07-25-2003, 04:52 AM
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Question about selling cars on Ebay.

Dear friends:

I've just taken a look at Ebay fees for selling cars on Ebay and it looks like Ebay is very much greedy in getting money from car sellers. For example, it charges $40 Insertion Fee for passenger vehicles AND another $40 Transaction Services Fee (similar to Final Value Fee for other items). That's a total of $80 !!??!!

Many people can only sell old cars on Ebay for $200-$300 and they have to pay Ebay $80 ! That's not reasonable at all!. Ebay should only charge sellers based on a percentage (variable depending on final value ranges) of the final price, not a fixed charge for all cars.

I wonder whether anyone here has tried to sell an old car on Ebay as a "regular item" instead of a vehicle, and that will save sellers lots of money because insertion and final value fees are much less for regular items. Does Ebay allow such a thing? If people do a search based on title or description, they will still be able to find that car (as a regular item).

Please tell us your experience of selling cars on Ebay. Thanks a lot!

Best regards,

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Old 07-25-2003, 08:26 AM
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Isn't the price driven by the consumer??? If it's too high, people won't buy it.. E-bay can charge whatever they think they can get for placing an add.. Is it fair??? Well.. Look how many people are willing to pay it..
If I sold a $200 car on e-bay, and then had to pay them $80.00, who would look like the idiot in this picture???

Does your local paper have different priced adds, for different priced cars??
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Old 07-25-2003, 10:11 AM
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Just about ANYTHING that runs and isn't a rust bucket gets at least $500 nowadays.
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Old 07-25-2003, 11:17 AM
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Our local Autotrader does charge less for cars under 1000GBP.
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Old 07-25-2003, 01:55 PM
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Some newspapers have a different price category for items including cars under $500 but you won't get your car listed with the rest of the cars, your listing will be in the flea market or mechanic specials section.

If it's a $200 car, sell it as parts. You can remove something simple to disable it if your conscience bothers you.

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Old 07-25-2003, 08:58 PM
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Also, you may be able to turn a $200 car into a $1200 car by selling the parts rather than the entire car.
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