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Nov 09, 2012 08:32 |  #31

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You used to be able to set it so that bidders with no feedback couldn't bid when you listed the item.

As long as I can remember, that was not the case. eBay would lose potential clients like that left and right, and with less people available to bid, there's less money to be made. Sellers used to cancel the bids of people that had no feedback or negative feedback, and they would post it in their ads indicating this; if it was possible to block them, they wouldn't have needed to post it in the ad.


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Nov 09, 2012 08:34 |  #32

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Nope. Never, ever. You could (and still can) set your options to block bidders with an overall negative feedback score (i.e. a score less than zero), but since buyers can't get negative feedback, that option is useless.

eBay has never allowed sellers to block zero feedback buyers. Why would they?

They have, and I've done it.


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Nov 09, 2012 08:37 |  #33

Numenorean wrote in post #15225894 (external link)
They have, and I've done it.

I'll bet you've done a lot of things. ;)




  
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Nov 09, 2012 08:44 |  #34

As far as I know these are the criteria you can use to block buyers.

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.Are in countries you don't want to send items to.
.Have a negative Feedback score.
.Have unpaid item cases recorded against them.
.May bid on several items and not pay for them.
.Don't have a PayPal account.
.Have breached eBay policies.


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Nov 09, 2012 09:31 |  #35

Numenorean wrote in post #15225894 (external link)
They have, and I've done it.

They've never allowed you to block zero feedback bidders.

OP, what wound up happening?


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Nov 09, 2012 09:53 |  #36

When i sold my Pentax 645 stuff, it was my first time selling on eBay. The AF body went to a zero feedback buyer in Italy. I researched the name and address, found them to be legit, clenched my nethercheeks and shipped it. Scary, but it worked out. Good luck.


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Nov 09, 2012 12:55 |  #37

Definitely some really great info here thank you all. Within the last minute someone else placed a bid! I was relieved and although their address is a university paypal shows it as confirmed. I am about to place shipping via ebay. I did do insurance and signature confirmation. If anyone has any last minute advice for me I appreciate it. I really appreciate all the responses and def learned something for next time, thank you all.




  
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Nov 09, 2012 18:44 |  #38

My advice would be not to sell on ebay or anywhere else where you are not doing face to face if you are that paranoid. People chose ebay due to typically the item being available to a much larger audience than your local paper and hopefully the item sells for more on ebay (for the seller). To be honest, there are risks in selling or buying anything anywhere. Same goes for on this forum....all of which I have bought and sold from many times. Glad it worked out and good thing no one said never ever ship to a university address. :)


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Nov 09, 2012 19:48 |  #39

You can put a disclaimer in your auction saying that 0 feedback bidders will have their bids cancelled or something to that effect, but I think thats the most you can do.


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Nov 09, 2012 19:51 |  #40

Sirrith wrote in post #15228169 (external link)
You can put a disclaimer in your auction saying that 0 feedback bidders will have their bids cancelled or something to that effect, but I think thats the most you can do.

So they'll bid at the last second. What do you do then?

You complete the sale.




  
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Nov 09, 2012 20:05 |  #41

Mistabernie wrote in post #15225855 (external link)
Wow, I don't have any real vestment in eBay or anything like that, but people really need to lay off the 'zomg eBay doesn't protect sellers' thing. If you follow eBay's (albeit somewhat stringent) rules, sellers can absolutely be protected. That's not to say that there's not a tendency for eBay to side with sellers, but people seriously make it sound like eBay always sides with buyers, and that's simply not the case.

You'll note the words worst case scenario in my post.

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So they'll bid at the last second. What do you do then?

You complete the sale.

What does this have to do with my post? I'm not here to solve eBay's problems, I simply stated what I think the actual position is.


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Nov 09, 2012 20:20 |  #42

Print out an invoice with both of your addresses on it and place it inside the box.

2 weeks ago I had a package get lost because they somehow ripped both labels off. When they found it they were able to finish the delivery and my buyer was happy.

I prefer selling online vs in person. Online i've never had a single buyer flake on me in 250+ sales. On craigslist/forums the flake percentage is 80%. And on top of that they always lowball you on already great deals.
at least on ebay you can reject low offers automatically and you dont have to waste time when someone flakes, just relist it in 2 seconds.

And with fuel prices these days it's one more thing to save money on. Most carries have free pick ups.


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Nov 09, 2012 20:36 as a reply to  @ maverick75's post |  #43

It's kind of like selling here or anywhere. A little due diligence on the buyer can go a long way and at some point you have to be willing to trust. It's not just 0 posters or newbies that scam, it seems it can be almost anyone. Heck, I only have something like 4 transactions on e-bay in something like 10 years. Despite that, I was recently able to win a CPL over there from someone that is also a member here (I don't think they know it though). I paid promptly, followed up with them via e-mail to verify receipt and no issues, and gave positive feedback so they would not be worried about being scammed.


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Nov 09, 2012 20:44 |  #44

That's more good info Maverick. This is exactly why I posted here. I guess you could call me paranoid but I don't want to be "uninformed" and I haven't sold enough to feel like I fully know all the ins and outs of the scams.

And yah on the craiglist lowballing. I had a couple call on my mtn bike today, it's in awesome condition and they tried to lowball me on the phone $100 (It's already 50% of selling price) and I said no then they showed up and tried again and I was like no I already told you on the phone no. I kinda felt back b/c they drove a good ways but good grief.....

In all honesty I guess you could call me "disgruntled". I have another business and over the years it never ceases to amaze me the things people will do or say to get out of paying and to scam. And while no one's successfully pulled a "fast one" just dealing with the crap people say to avoid paying puts a damper on things! It's to the point where nothing surprises me anymore! *end rant*




  
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Nov 10, 2012 08:04 |  #45

Sirrith wrote in post #15228196 (external link)
What does this have to do with my post? I'm not here to solve eBay's problems, I simply stated what I think the actual position is.

What it has to do with your post is this: your disclaimer is worthless. You can already cancel any bid you want to, as long as you catch it before the auction ends; you don't have to announce it. And your disclaimer isn't going to discourage anyone who's planning to scam you. In fact, it may chase away some members who don't want to send their money to sellers with idiotic terms in their listings.

None of use are here to solve eBay's problems. We're here to help the OP. And your suggestion doesn't do that, so I'm helping the OP by pointing that out.

Got any useful suggestions?




  
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