I'm getting increasingly fed up with ebay, having apparently been
escalated to the black hole that is "Level 2 support" on one complaint,
and having multiple sales blown away by non-existent zero feedback
bidders. Computer related items seem particularly affected by this
latter for some reason
I need to get rid of a lot of elderly but usable stuff fairly quickly to
free up space here. It would be nice to get a bit of cash as we are
having to pay out for all the bills relating to the house of the
disabled person we now nurse.
Gumtree looks awful. Has anyone found a promising auction site like
ebay, but that has not lost the plot?
On 13/06/2018 19:11, Huge wrote:
I've just deleted my Freegle account
Oh Yes. Freegle.
About as much use as a condom machine in the Vatican.
Mind you someone in the Barnsley area was offering free used popcorn
tubs on there not so long ago. At least the condoms bought in the
Vatican would be unused.
 I cannot see a demand for these free used popcorn tubs ever taking off.
Freegle is just annoying, but I've been reasonably happy with the
general public I've met or corresponded with through Freecycle, ebay
and at the tip. In fact, I've met some extremely interesting people.
It looks as though the ebay problems relate to insufficiently tested
programming and children pratting about with scripts.
There are people over there trying to sell knackered old 45rpm singles at
over 6 quid each and they are not rare as even I have most of them!
What about some kind of specialist site or merely advertising them with no
safety net on forums that allow it..
it cannot be worse.
This newsgroup posting comes to you directly from...
I prefer local marketing. You don't get top dollar, but people come
round, look at the stuff, pay and take it away or they leave it. There's
Round here, there are some active facebook marketing pages. Also,
gumtree isn't too bad, just keep your wits about you.
Ebay is a gigantic PITA. Apart from anything else, you have to pay for
shipping. OTOH for esoteric items, such as old computery bits, it does
reach a large audience.
A mate sells *loads* of stuff and fairly quickly on eBay (and a lot of
it computer related) but rarely puts any of it up as an auction but
So, if you weren't actually meaning an auction but an online sales
outlet then I've also done a few bits (both ways) on Shpock and it
worked out ok.
Talking of Freegle ... I've also done quite a bit of stuff in both
directions and again, in most cases it was pretty straightforward but
some of that could be down to how you word the Offered and respond to
Cheers, T i m
eBay -agree using Buy it Now or best offer especially with immediate
PayPal payment required can help .
Also set your Buyers requirements to block people with a history of
non-payment and policy violations.
Some specialist Forums have Buy or Sale sections which have worked okay
for me for car parts.
Think Facebook selling groups , Gumtree etc depends where you are in the
country, may not work in the more rural areas. I've failed to give away
stuff on the "local" Facebook sellings groups which I then sold on eBay.
Freegle works reasonably well here, no very active Freecycle groups as
they all migrated to Freegle a few years ago. Most users dont care about
the politics of Freecycle v Freegle , just want a group that works !
You can have the system not accept bids from those.
Vast amounts of stuff now move using facebook
buy swap sell groups and the new marketplace.
But it isnt really an auction site, you normally
say what you want for it and often accept a
lower offer. And its more local with personal
pickup than nationwide and posting too.
I appreciate the suggestion, and that this seems to be an option.
I do have serious problems with Facebook, though.
First, no-one I know, with the exception of one son who used to use it
as a promotional tool, is on Facebook.
Second, I did join years ago because of this son, but for safety reasons
have a profile that includes no pictures, has an absurd dob etc.
Third, I may sound paranoid, but I wonder why I keep getting suggestions
from FB about people I have never heard of but that I might want to
befriend. I wonder if my name is being thrown out there in this way by
Fourth, nothing I have seen or read about FB is at all attractive to me.
However, I have updated my profile to make it secret that I live
somewhere else, I had no college education and didn't go to school and
was born before 1910. I have now applied to join the local buy and sell
group. It will be interesting to see what happens next.
I too feel that joining facebook would be an unnecessary invitation to overmuch intrusion, but maybe it's possible to limit the information that one provides. But if you give too many fake details, doesn't that make it harder to make contact with potential buyers of your stuff? Let us know how you get on, some of us would be interested...
Corse it is, you don’t need to provide anything
at all, and plenty don’t provide anything.
Not really. You join the buy sell swap groups that look like
they might be useful and the usual thing is to post what
you are trying to flog and someone who wants to buy it
tells you that and asks where the should pick it up from.
I usually tell them I will deliver it and get their address instead.
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