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    "Buy It Now" question

    Sorry, another stupid question, but I wondered if you can email an ebay member and ask if they'll take a lower price for their Buy It Now listing? I don't want to break any rules! Or would that just be rude?! (It's not an auction item.) This is not the one I asked about last week, but it's the same type of item.
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...WNASIF:US:1123

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taximom View Post
    Sorry, another stupid question, but I wondered if you can email an ebay member and ask if they'll take a lower price for their Buy It Now listing? I don't want to break any rules! Or would that just be rude?! (It's not an auction item.) This is not the one I asked about last week, but it's the same type of item.
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...WNASIF:US:1123
    You want to make an offer on something at a price lower than the offer listed???? Is that it? If so, won't hurt to ask - the worse thing they can do is so NO!!! I've had people ask me before - sometimes I say yes and sometimes no, depending on the item. Go for it!!!

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    Thanks, poco. I'm looking at the feedback etc and thinking about it.

    I'm kind of concerned the person doesn't take paypal and/or credit/debit card. Who doesn't take paypal nowadays?! Therefore no paypal protection, right? I also note there's no insurance offered on the shipment. I don't buy many things but I would think that would be an option on something like this.

    Geez, all I want is one of these machines for my daughter but so far both listings have been iffy....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taximom View Post
    Sorry, another stupid question, but I wondered if you can email an ebay member and ask if they'll take a lower price for their Buy It Now listing? I don't want to break any rules! Or would that just be rude?! (It's not an auction item.) This is not the one I asked about last week, but it's the same type of item.
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...WNASIF:US:1123
    Yes, we did it on a car actually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rino View Post
    Yes, we did it on a car actually.
    Rino, thanks for letting me know that!

    What do you think about this person not using paypal and not offering any buyer protection or shipment insurance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taximom View Post
    Rino, thanks for letting me know that!

    What do you think about this person not using paypal and not offering any buyer protection or shipment insurance?
    See, now, I won't buy from someone unless I can use the protection of Paypal, or my credit card company. There's not a good enough deal in the world that I'm willing to get ripped off over. It may not be fair, but that's how I buy or don't buy on E-bay.

    As far as insurance goes, the last time I looked (I'll admit, it has been awhile), it is the seller's responsibility to get the item to you, and in good condition. I always took that to mean that they should pay the insurance. It may have changed, it'd be worth looking into. If they ship through the post office, insurance is pretty cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IrishMist View Post
    See, now, I won't buy from someone unless I can use the protection of Paypal, or my credit card company. There's not a good enough deal in the world that I'm willing to get ripped off over. It may not be fair, but that's how I buy or don't buy on E-bay.

    As far as insurance goes, the last time I looked (I'll admit, it has been awhile), it is the seller's responsibility to get the item to you, and in good condition. I always took that to mean that they should pay the insurance. It may have changed, it'd be worth looking into. If they ship through the post office, insurance is pretty cheap.
    I'm glad you wrote this. Sometimes I think I'm too careful about things, but you've reiterated my thoughts exactly.

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    ebay has actually cracked down on this, you are now NOT allowed to make an offer if the "best offer" option is not present. They consider it to be the same as an offer to sell off of ebay.

    ebay is slipping, IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BirdieBoo View Post
    ebay has actually cracked down on this, you are now NOT allowed to make an offer if the "best offer" option is not present. They consider it to be the same as an offer to sell off of ebay.

    ebay is slipping, IMO.
    Hi BirdieBoo! I just saw your comment. I didn't do so and now I'm glad I didn't!

    I agree that ebay is slipping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taximom View Post
    Rino, thanks for letting me know that!

    What do you think about this person not using paypal and not offering any buyer protection or shipment insurance?
    The other side of the coin is Paypal charges you, the seller, to use them. I have seen where some sellers will take a credit card but not through Paypal. Also, I have always had to pay for my own insurance, tacked on by the seller, if the USPS is used. I believe that UPS and FedEx give automatic insurance at no extra charge for the first $100, don't they?


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    I didn't know Paypal charged the seller. Interesting.

    I just thought it was interesting given all the negative comments this guy had. Seems like he got his money whether or not the customer was satisfied.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nanandjim View Post
    The other side of the coin is Paypal charges you, the seller, to use them. I have seen where some sellers will take a credit card but not through Paypal. Also, I have always had to pay for my own insurance, tacked on by the seller, if the USPS is used. I believe that UPS and FedEx give automatic insurance at no extra charge for the first $100, don't they?
    UPS does, USPS only provides the $100 if it is express.

    FYI insurance protects the seller. It's the sellers responsibility to get the item to the buyer intact. If they don't, they are obligated to reimburse. if you pay by paypal, paypal will MAKE them reimburse for a damaged item, but may require return of the item. When I sell, I just add the insurance cost into the shipping cost if its a high priced item, or pay it myself. If its a $5 item, though, I am not going to spend extra to insure, I would just rather pack well & reimburse in case something happened.

    Sellers CAN require the buyer to pay for insurance, but, it really protects the seller, not the buyer, so you might want to find a different seller if they are adding extra costs on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Taximom View Post
    I didn't know Paypal charged the seller. Interesting.

    I just thought it was interesting given all the negative comments this guy had. Seems like he got his money whether or not the customer was satisfied.

    Paypal does charge the seller. Paypal is actually not ideal for sellers, because they get double dipped with the ebay fees AND the paypal fees (when it is the same company), as well as the fact that paypal will remove money from or freeze a sellers account based on an insubstantiated complaint from a buyer.
    I'd rather be hated for who I am than loved for pretending to be someone I'm not.

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    I have done 99.97 of my holiday shopping on Ebay the last 3 yrs and have been VERY pleased.

    I am very picky about who I buy from. I have never bought from anyone with negative unless they have a gazillion positive and 1 negative.

    This year I bought more than any year, a multitude of items from a Wii to 24 movies for $52, including shipping (yup!).

    My first experience w/Ebay was a few years ago my older sister broke an item she had from childhood, a snoopy lamp, made the year she was born, 1966. She was devasted. I was able to find the exact lamp on Ebay and was able to replace it for her. I think it cost me $14.00 + shipping. Since then, I've been hooked.

    Out of the items I have purchased only once was I burned. Rec'd a broken CD. No biggie.

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    I broke a little Bluebird bank that my sister had when I was little. I found one on ebay 20 years later and she cried when I gave it to her for her birthday! It's so cute. I wish I had found two!

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