I'm sure there are several ebayers around here. See if you can relate to any of these "Ten Worst Things That eBay Sellers Do". This is all meant in fun, by the way, and the strong language and sarcasm that I use are a part of my attempt at humor. I'm not really this grouchy.
Without further ado, here's the list:
Okay, I can only come up with nine. Is there one you want to add?
- Overcharging for shipping "and handling". Just state it for what it is: you expect me to pay your eBay and Paypal fees for you.
- Blurred, uncropped, or otherwise horrible photos. Turn that overhead light on or use a flash, would you? Are you trying to hide something by using this crappy photo? Also, load the thing into MS Paint and crop it a little, please. I’m on a dial-up connection here, and I shouldn’t have to wait two minutes for images of the stuff on your garage shelf in the background to load while I’m waiting for the actual item to appear at the bottom of the photo.
- Poor or nonexistent description of the item. Okay, I think I’ll just guess at what this thing is like and hope for the best. Is it really that much work to press a few keys on a keyboard?
- Failing to state shipping rate or policy. Every time I see “Buyer pays shipping” and nothing more, I want to scream.
- Using the word “RARE” in the auction title, when a search shows that there are seven more exactly like it currently available on eBay. Just because it’s the first you’ve seen doesn’t mean it’s the only one on the planet.
- Listing an item with a starting bid that is five times what similar or identical items have sold for in the past month. Is there some reason why someone should but that item at five times the going rate? Quit trolling for newbies – it’s not nice.
- Making extreme threats in the fine print of the item description toward those who bid and don’t pay. It offends the good people and does nothing to deter the pranksters.
- Using the word “vintage” to describe something that came out in 1997. You’re making me feel really old.
- Using your unkempt cousin as a model for the tee shirt you’re trying to sell. Just lay it out on the table and photograph it, okay? The image of him standing there wearing that shirt with a demented look on his face is deterring me from bidding.
- [insert yours here]