Buying and Selling on eBay: Tips, Tricks, Problems & Questions

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  1. capnwes

    capnwes Senior member

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    Used to sell gift cards on ebay, for the restaurant I worked for. People would almost always pay $5-8 more than the value. They would typically be purchased as gifts to be given to someone who liked the restaurant, but the person giving the giftcard didn't live near one.

    In this case, the nearest Nordstrom to me is about 1.5 hours away. Would totally be worth the extra $2 to get one rather than drive there.
     


  2. TheNeedMachine

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    Their recent activity is pretty sketchy, yes. I doubt they started in 2012 leading up to a big scam in 2014, but maybe saw an opportunity and ran one.
    Honestly I think something is up. I'd call both eBay and PayPal. You didn't get scammed out of any $, if you bought on eBay and paid via PayPal - they did. You'll get your money back if there's an issue - that's part of the ~12% cut they take.

    It's not uncommon for gift cards to sell for at, or above, face value...I've seen it mostly on iTunes cards (buyers not in the US mostly) - haven't figured out the why, but they do.

    DanM might be able to "request seller information", which will be emailed to him, and the seller will get the same information about DanM in return (name, address, email, and phone #, last time I did it).
     


  3. TheNeedMachine

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    They sell every gift card imaginable at my local grocery store - incl. Nordstrom, iTunes, etc - you name it. And you (you being me) get fuel points - gas being gas for most cars - buy $200 worth of gift cards, sell them for face value or more on eBay, and get 20 cents off per gallon of gas. Win win win. If I thrifted full-time and drove a lot, I'd be on that.
     


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  5. DanM

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    Yeah, two years seems like a little much time to put into a con, but I could see somebody jumping on an opportunity. I did request seller information, but haven't received anything yet. Wondering how long that process takes.
     


  6. TheNeedMachine

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    Yeah I think anyone with 6+ months on ebay who developed a drug habit, faced foreclosure, or otherwise needed cash could do the same...if that's the case. Either way you're OK thru eBay and paypal, thankfully.
    The info request took minutes last time I did it. Odd.
     
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    I Lol'd when I saw this. Edit: is this real?
     
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  8. DanM

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    We did have Horseshoe Casino open in town about a year ago...
     


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  10. Brianpore

    Brianpore B&S (BS) ambassador-in-chief

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    If you really have an issue or are worried, just call ebay. They are usually pretty helpful IMO. We can all debate it but they can actually help you.
     
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  11. namdaemun

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    Question about invoices


    If I have an item that I listed last month or even the month prior and it doesn't sell (BINOBO), am I going to pay the listing fee and other fees (int'l UK listing, Gallery Plus, etc) every month ?

    I ask this because I AM getting billed every month. =/
     


  12. edwardthefirst

    edwardthefirst Senior member

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    Hey guys, I have something that could develop into a problem.... I wouldn't normally be worried but the guy is being very rude and I have a feeling he might leave negative feedback. Basically, USPS says his package was delivered this morning. He claims it wasn't. He is telling me to sort it out "immediately". I've called USPS, they said it was delivered, and suggested I call his local post office, which they were unable to connect me to, and I cannot find the number to. I suggested that the buyer call the post office, to which he quite haughtily replied that since I was the seller, it was on me to figure it out and not him. "Please get on it immediately".

    What should I do? Thanks in advance!
     


  13. Koala-T

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    Contact eBay and let them know what is going on ASAP. You've done your part. You can of course attempt to continue to help him, but he's making unreasonable demands, and doing so rudely. eBay should hear about it, and you want to be the one to tell them, not him.
     


  14. Koala-T

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    Also, if you have his address, it shouldn't be too hard to find out which Post Office is his local and get their number from the PO customer service. Although, at the same time it shouldn't be all that easy either.
     


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    Thanks dude. I'll call eBay first, then see about tracking down that number. I'll let you guys know if anything crazy happens haha.
     


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