Tuesday, May 22, 2012

eBay and Common Sense- TRS's Sound Off

I believe it was either Mark Twain or Oscar Wilde that said, "Common sense? It ain't so common."  As the looming deadline nears for eBay Top Rated Sellers to conform to the online marketplace's new guidelines to maintain their previously achieved benefits of Best Match search results and fee discounts, I am curious what TRS's will do. 

Basically, sellers of trading cards are most impacted by (2) changes.

1) One Day Handling- Not really a problem unless you sell something while you are sick, dying or out of town.

2) Return Policy of 14 Days- For trading cards?!?! Are you serious?!?! Seven days from receipt of product is more than fair and has been sufficient for years. What could possibly warrant a 14-Day return policy? 

My concern with this new policy is that it allows time for people to purchase something from you and relist it in an attempt to "flip" it and if they lose money can end their item listing and return it to me guaranteed a full refund.

So as a Top Rated Seller myself, I now have to decide do I want to to risk the potential hassle and headache for the sake of keeping my TRS benefits or will those potential hassles and headaches outweigh those benefits?

For you TRS's out there what say you?


Joshua said...

I don't really sell too much on eBay anymore, but you hit the nail right on the head with the 14 day return policy. Someone could try and flip it and if not, return it. I think this will be a killer for users selling on eBay.

Spiegel83 said...

If you don't want to sell cards on ebay, what site is another option?

lifetimetopps.wordpress.com said...

I agree, it's not a good thing - I didn't know about this and didn't think of the "flip" thing that people could do. 7 vs 14 is a big difference.

I only sell on eBay every now and then, so being a top rated seller doesn't matter to me. But for others, I see the point. Also, I agree with Spiegel's question - what else is there? I guess this makes it more difficult to sell on ebay, which will lessen the amount of transactions. Which will probably hurt ebay in the long run.

Anonymous said...

The only other option is Check Out My cards. Once they lower the 20% cash out fee (They said they will), I think it will be a better place to sell than ebay

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