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Selling old PC components on eBay - anything to watch out for?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by FatalSaviour, 11 Sep 2009.

  1. FatalSaviour

    Gangster

    Joined: 10 Sep 2005

    Posts: 145

    As above really...I've read through the relevant info on eBay, but is there anything that eBay probably won't mention that I should be wary of (I know there used to be a few scams revolving around PayPal abuse, but not sure of the current state of this).
    Although having used eBay quite a few times over the past 5 years, I've never sold anything using the site before, so am a complete novice to it!
    Thanks for your help all
     
  2. Rainmaker

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 18 Aug 2007

    Posts: 8,545

    Location: Liverpool

    Make a note of all serial numbers before dispatch. Photograph them, showing their condition, with a proof of the date in the image (newspaper?). Photograph them in their dispatch packaging, and send recorded delivery at a minimum. Then cross your fingers. :D
     
  3. Uriel

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 15 Jan 2006

    Posts: 7,641

    The only one that's affected me adversely was Paypal's random tendancy to withhold funds until you've received positive feedback from the buyer. Only hit me once, but it was very annoying as I'd only sold the item as I needed the money quickly. If I'd have known that was going to happen I wouldn't have used Paypal on that occasion.
     
  4. Burned_Alive

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 11,668

    Location: Cheshire

    Dont sell anything high value that can be damaged during installation, processors with pins or motherboards with socket pins, for example.
     
  5. xiphrex

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 21 Sep 2003

    Posts: 1,249

    Location: Leicester

    Find out what the ebay fees are going to be, as they have put them up recently, and it almost makes it pointless to try and sell anything on there for the hassle.
     
  6. EVH

    Don

    Joined: 11 Mar 2004

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    Location: Wales

    http://www.ebaycalculator.co.uk/
     
  7. pingwing

    Capodecina

    Joined: 9 Apr 2008

    Posts: 19,548

    Location: Bedford

    Basically start with small low value items and build up the experence to bigger more expensive stuff....

    My real advise is just not too really, there's always a horror story about ebay and some of us have just gotten lucky around them
     
  8. Darkst4r

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 14 Apr 2009

    Posts: 1,058

    Location: Bedford , United Kingdom

    Ebay are massive rip off merchants , thats all you need to know. By the time they take their listing fees and final valuation fees you may as well have thrown whatever you are selling in the bin.
     
  9. drusus

    Associate

    Joined: 30 Apr 2008

    Posts: 79

    Agreed. Ebay for selling sucks now!
     
  10. Maccy

    Commissario

    Joined: 23 Nov 2004

    Posts: 37,392

    Location: Herts

    Make sure you send them using a recorded delivery service!!
     
  11. G J

    Hitman

    Joined: 3 Oct 2008

    Posts: 888

    This, also be wary of people asking for discounts off postage trying to get you to sent via non-trackable means.

    Also people that pm you to end the auction early and do a 'deal' outside eBay
     
  12. Maccy

    Commissario

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    Posts: 37,392

    Location: Herts

    Can't echo this advice enough either!
     
  13. Amp34

    Caporegime

    Joined: 25 Jul 2005

    Posts: 28,867

    Location: Canada

    With fees and postage it's almost worthless selling cheap stuff on there any more, expensive stuff is a possibility but watch out for scams.

    For example with the cheap stuff. I sold a couple of small things on there recently (a network card and fan or something). Got £8 in all (for postage and sale fees), postage fees were almost more than the sale fees an only just covered costs. Then there's the £1.60 fee along with that, so in all I made about £3, after spending half an hour photographing and listing, and another half an hour at least packaging and walking to the post office. Not really worth the while tbh.
     
  14. Vonhelmet

    Caporegime

    Joined: 28 Jun 2005

    Posts: 48,107

    Location: On the hoods

    As has been said, the main risk when selling pc parts on ebay is making no money at all.
     
  15. Burnsy2023

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 17 Nov 2003

    Posts: 36,569

    Location: Southampton, UK

    I would suggest getting a few more posts and using the OcUK MM. There's very few problem sales all in all :)
     
  16. Amp34

    Caporegime

    Joined: 25 Jul 2005

    Posts: 28,867

    Location: Canada

    True, but the reason I didn't use it was because I have no idea how much the things I am selling are worth.
     
  17. Burnsy2023

    Man of Honour

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    Location: Southampton, UK

    That's what price checks is for :) Or just search For Sale for similar items.
     
  18. Maccy

    Commissario

    Joined: 23 Nov 2004

    Posts: 37,392

    Location: Herts

    Definitely safer selling/buying on here :)
     
  19. Amp34

    Caporegime

    Joined: 25 Jul 2005

    Posts: 28,867

    Location: Canada

    Yeah I just remembered there was a price check forum..:o Only problem is some of the stuff is more exotic lets say (old xeons for example) that I thought would sell on ebay but not here, turned out they wouldn't sell on ebay either...:p
     
  20. xb8browney

    Soldato

    Joined: 19 May 2005

    Posts: 6,062

    It's sad to say don't use ebay. It was once a great tool now it is full of people wanting items for free thanks to paypal.