This was a fantastic article - I am one of the "Mom and Pop" shops....I only began selling on ebay 4 years ago - first 2 years were great - 2007 started getting particular and 2008 took the "cake" with sellers unable to leave negative feedback for buyers and the ridiculous "seller dashboard" - I have 100% feedback and 4.7 - 5.0 in all areas of "dashboard" except "shipping fees" - I usually add 50 cents to $2 extra - depending on package - someone needs to pay for the packing supplies DUH??? - and now I have a 4.3 in that area! Has anyone gone to the post office lately?...their prices DO NOT decrease!
Also what is with the 12% FVF with Buy it Now - talk about highway robbery? Sure they give you a deal on the 35 cent listing and then rape you on the final value fees....goes right along with the PAYPAL or electronic payments only!
Bidders/Buyers do not like this.
I too am searching for alternative sites to sell my items --- all personal collections -
I am open to any suggestions!
Again great article and thanks for letting me vent!