>What is being forgotten is that eBay is providing a service and deserves to
>get paid for it. Any fees (past or current) have all been IMHO very
>reasonable. Keep in mind that all parties have the same intent... get the
>hammer down (make the sale) and move onto the next lot.
>Credibility check: I have worked for a "REAL" auction house and have
>tallied bids for about a hundred live and mail auctions. Therefore, I've
>had to deal with both sides of the fence (dealer / buyer). I've sat just as
>many auctions held by other houses and know how they handle their business.
>Most auction houses demand to handle ALL money and take their cut before
>forwarding the proceeds to the dealer. It is a very circumspect and
>tightly-knit business. All business details are overt, and in writing.
>Once you've lost a decent reputation (as buyer OR dealer)...***you
>getting it back... no other houses will do business with you, period
>I've watched many an eBay sale and listened to many folks carp about
>"inconvenience". eBay makes it very easy and should be paid for their work.
>This is not a game... eBay isn't doing this to be nice... it is a business.
Whoa, your post made it look like I said ALL that. What I said was:
> Sounds like a good time to be a bidder :-)
> eBay has started charging a dollar for reserve price auctions, and
> your starting bid now has to be at least 25% of your reserve.
> No doubt too many after the auction deals being made by sellers with
> impossibly high reserves, cutting ebay out of their share.
In other words, I agree with you, ebay is getting taken by
sellers setting reserves way high, then completing the deal anyway
under the table so to speak.
Cutting ebay out of their commission, that is not fair, no matter how
you may feel about eBay.