Originally Posted by GMMcL
Rare, but it happens. Sometimes I find some serious issue with the item, sometimes I sell it here on SF or somewhere else. Either way, it's BS that Ebay gets paid. Almost as BS as the fact that they take fees from my shipping charge, even when I buy the shipping via Ebay. How hard would it be to exclude the shipping charge when I pa via Ebay (or even PayPal, which they own)?
I dig - I had bids on an item and someone asked for an extra measurement, and it was when making that measurement I noticed a flaw that made the item unsellable, so I had to cancel it. You reminded me of that, so yes I have done it...and if eBay charged me the final value fees I'd be pissed. But what Spoo said - cancel the bids, then the listing - could be a get-around on that rare occasion, which eBay will recognize and address. It's lose-lose for everyone - they wouldn't exist without sellers, but sellers wouldn't exist without buyers.
And I can relate re: eBay taking a cut of the shipping charges, which is by far (in my opinion) the most shitty thing they do...especially if you charge - for example - $11.00 to ship something Priority Flat Rate Medium Box...they know it costs $11.35 and you're losing money on shipping, yet they decide to take a few crumbs for themselves anyway. Well, if we become big-timers and sell stuff for hundreds or thousands, like Mister Spoo, there won't be any complaints from me.