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randy51 Supporting Member of TMP04 Sep 2017 9:00 a.m. PST

I hadn't looked at my ebay seller invoices for quite a while until today. I was a tad surprised at their current 14.23% and an additional charge for an "advanced listing update fee", which after reading what that involves, I realized I had never used any of those services. Then when you add in what pay pal charges to process the transactions, well, I've had enough.

All of my sales were just trying to move excess miniatures I no longer use. I'm not a dealer or store seller.

I tried to contact ebay to vent my displeasure but I gave up after wading through page after page of circular bs that just lead back to the original "contact us" link.

So, it looks like I'll start giving Bartertown and the Facebook buy/sell sites a try.

BTW. I was involved in real world business for 40+ years before retiring, so I understand the need to be profitable. But I also know that customers/consumers will walk when they think, realistically or not, that a particular company isn't providing them with good value for what's being charged.

Finis,……end of rant.

RudyNelson04 Sep 2017 10:22 a.m. PST

I stopped selling on eBay several years ago. 14% is excessive and not worth the time or effort to the seller.

coopman04 Sep 2017 10:40 a.m. PST

What are the Facebook buy/sell sites?

Phillius Supporting Member of TMP04 Sep 2017 12:46 p.m. PST

I agree, haven't used ebay for a while. I still look occasionally, but costs for the service are just too high.

I use a Facebook selling page that support Oz and NZ, seems like a far more sensible approach.

Coopman, you might just have to hunt on Facebook for some generic titles; wargames, model soldiers, miniatures, etc.
There are a few out there.

randy51 Supporting Member of TMP04 Sep 2017 12:47 p.m. PST

"What are the Facebook buy/sell sites?"

These are the two I'm aware of:

Wargame Miniatures Marketplace

Historical Wargamers Buy, Swap and Sell

skinkmasterreturns04 Sep 2017 1:45 p.m. PST

I am a member of several figure selling sites and one transaction so far,and no problem. One site has a good trader list and there seem to be good deals to be had. Perhaps folks dont feel like they have to jack up prices to make up that 14%?

Onomarchos Supporting Member of TMP04 Sep 2017 2:36 p.m. PST

What about just selling your items here on the miniatures page.

Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP04 Sep 2017 2:37 p.m. PST

Why not use the TMP Marketplace? You are a supporting member so you can list on the Marketplace. And, you won't be "data mined" like you would be on facebook.


alex75704 Sep 2017 4:15 p.m. PST

There are literally dozens of for sale groups on Facebook. Here are a few that you should be able to find via FB search.

6mm Wargames Buy Sell & Trade (1/285th and 1/300)
flames of war swap shop
15mm sci-fi gaming b/s/t
Team Yankee Buy Sell or Trade
Miniatures Buy, Sell or Trade
Role Playing Games & Miniatures (Sales & Trades)
The Military Book Marketplace
Wargamer's Marketplace
Wargame Miniatures Marketplace

Grumpy Monkey04 Sep 2017 4:45 p.m. PST

There is a larger audience on the FB pages, also just about every type of game has a Buy/Sell site so it makes it very easy to target your exact audience.

skinkmasterreturns04 Sep 2017 5:02 p.m. PST

If I was worried about data mining I wouldnt be on the internet at all. besides,Im really quite boring.

Personal logo BigRedBat Sponsoring Member of TMP05 Sep 2017 11:44 a.m. PST

Historical Wargamers Buy, Swap and Sell is very good. I have spent too much money on that page….

Shame about eBay- was once a great place to sell.

wmyers09 Sep 2017 1:05 p.m. PST

+1 for StoneMtnMinis (Dave) post about the Marketplace on here! Stuff that is reasonably priced seems to sell almost immediately (to my frustration at times …).

Also, not everyone, despite what mass media wants to portray, has Facebook.

Bartertown is another good one.

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