Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Ebay is really irking me.
Secondly, I just have to say that ebay has become such a disappointment these past couple of years. They are so sneaky with their fee system. When I looked up how fees are calculated, their fee schedule page states 8.75% of the first $25 and then 3.5% of the rest of your sale up to $1,000. However, now they don't charge an insertion fee on your first five listings and charge 8.75% of the total sale at the other end. Maybe that would be okay if it was clear from the beginning but it is hard to find where that is stated. Now they also own paypal so they get another cut at the other end. If you state on your listing that you are wiling to accept another form of payment they pull your listing and you lose the insertion fee money. If you link to your blog or website they also pull your listing. Hopefully, they won't read this post and pull my listing! They pretty much get between 20 and 25% of my total sales - hmmph. I believe in capitalism and I hate to whine but I just feel the way they go about it is very sneaky and borders on unethical.
I have gotten so many wonderful collectors from Ebay and for that I will be forever grateful. However, I think I am going to start to step up my efforts to move the majority of my art to Etsy. Etsy has been fantastic - I just don't get as much exposure there. I am going to start by stating on my Etsy page that I am willing to take offers - the price listed is suggested. One of the nice things about the ebay format is that the market can kind of determine your paintings sale price. Especially with the way the economy is right now. I would always rather a sale at a reduced price than no movement. Just thinking out loud and would love to hear ideas or other people's experiences.