Originally Posted by SpooPoker
Though, remember that big brother watches all ebay messages and you cant ask to complete the sale outside ebay through ebay messages...
Im too tired to find the USPS postal code regarding this, but thats against policy. That happened to me once and I had to look it up. If a seller has insufficient postage, they either RTS the package or the seller has to pay the diff - never the recipient.
This happened to me recently too. Biatch at the USPS (who has given me hassle before; the rest of them know me by name and like me) flagged a priority envelope because I'd taped the flap down and forced the buyer to go OOP for an additional $7, saying that the contents distorted the envelope beyond what is permitted by the flat rate guidelines. I apologized and reimbursed the guy his additional $7 plus his full original shipping. No neg feedback, but I still don't think he was happy.
Originally Posted by suited Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
For those of you that have an ebay business on the side, it not being your primary source of income but something you do in your spare time, do you take all the deductions available to you? From what I understand, Paypal will automatically send the IRS a 1099 if you're over 20k gross & 200 transactions. I'm going to talk to one of the CPAs here at my office, but I was curious as to whether or not you guys deduct your gasoline, office supplies, COGS, etc.
I read that you stand a much greater chance of being audited when you take a home business deduction based on the square footage of your home office.
Recognizing that none of us has been retained as your accountant or your lawyer, the only thing I'd add is that it's my understanding that at some point these deductions phase out. Above a certain income level, you can deduct these things but it only counts for carry-forward losses, and doesn't actually reduce the amount of tax you owe in that year.
Originally Posted by TheBurnOut
It's pricey to the buyer.
Also, if they claim the item is not as described they are entitled to a full refund (cost + shipping to KY facility + cost to ship to them) so you could end up eating it.
Originally Posted by VLSI
I didn't know that last bit... will be removing that from all my auctions promptly.
Yeah, that sucks, because you don't ever get paid for it in the first place. You could end up net negative on a transaction. Are we sure this is the rule?
Here's the policy:http://pages.ebay.com/shipping/globalshipping/seller-tnc.html
This passage is, I think, the source of the ambiguity:
"If eBay finds against you in a case stemming from your Buyer’s purchase of a GSP Item, the applicable coverage amount will include all Program Fees that your Buyer paid for the GSP Item in addition to the GSP Item price
. However, you will only be responsible for the amount that has been paid to you by your Buyer consisting of the GSP Item price and the amount (if any) charged by you to ship the GSP Item to the U.S. Shipping Center.
On a quick pass, I think the net is that you will never end up net negative. You'll have to repay everything you received, but never more.
This is the part where you tell me I missed something obvious earlier in the policy, or that I'm missing something obvious in that language.Edited by GMMcL - 3/21/13 at 2:27pm