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Black Cavalier Inactive Member08 Jul 2012 10:38 p.m. PST

I know you can't offer to sell an item outside of Ebay, that's already listed on Ebay, but what about additional items that aren't listed?

For example, after someone wins an auction, could I offer to sell them some number more of items not listed in any auction? The item listed in the auction would still be paid for & processed through Ebay, but the additional items would be paid directly to me.

Personal logo The Nigerian Lead Minister Supporting Member of TMP08 Jul 2012 11:32 p.m. PST

This is frowned upon by ebay, since there are no seller or buyer protections on these items (read: they wouldn't get to charge you any fees on the extra items.) That said, I have done this as both a buyer and a seller on an infrequent basis and I have not had any trouble with ebay as a result. If you wish to do so, I would send the buyer a note and then conduct the remaining transactions by email outside the ebay system.

napthyme Sponsoring Member of TMP09 Jul 2012 1:44 a.m. PST

Once they buy from you you can market anything you like to them, they are your customers and Ebay can not do anything about it.

Doesn't matter whether it is 2 seconds after they click pay in paypal they are your customers and no further transactions have to go through them.

They don't like it but there is nothing they can do about it. They have lost more then one multiple million dollar sellers who has taken there customer list to there own sites and they have every right to do so.

WeeSparky09 Jul 2012 2:18 a.m. PST

Just send a quick note to they buyer thanking them for the quick and painfree transaction as you have so many other auctions to create for simular items. If they are interested, they will ask. If they are not interested they should not be offended enough to report you to the authorities.

I use this approach in my dating life. Black Cavalier is an interesting screen name, wanna make out?

Space Monkey Inactive Member09 Jul 2012 3:35 a.m. PST

I've had people make me offers outside of Ebay like that… sometimes I've bit and (so far) it has worked out well. Every once in a while I get one that smells iffy so I just ignore it.

The Hobbybox Inactive Member09 Jul 2012 5:10 a.m. PST

Don't sell the items as part of the auction transactions.

Do the auction transaction and then ask the buyer if they are interested in additional items.

Also worth remembering that if you do this approach rather than an auction then YOU also have no protection.

Terrement Inactive Member09 Jul 2012 6:08 a.m. PST

Also worth remembering that if you do this approach rather than an auction then YOU also have no protection.

True. OTOH, if it is a customer with whom you've had successful transactions, it is usually a safe bet. There are sellers who will either contact me before they post (ideal) or at least give me a heads up on certain listings.

If you are communicating, try to do so in email rather than using ebay messaging. I included my email address for something totally unrelated to selling (exchange of a game review) and the ebay checking system detected an email address and yellow carded the two of us warning that trading off ebay was against the rules.

I for one far rather dealing with a known seller off ebay rather than on when possible, as do many of the sellers. Less hassle, better return for their money, no fees.

Just sayin'


altfritz09 Jul 2012 7:40 a.m. PST

If you pay via paypal then the same protection (from PayPal) applies whether you are buying something on eBay or not – correct?

I use PayPal for lots of non-ebay stuff. I have bought stuff from some people on ebay and off. If it's off ebay, then ebay doesn't even enter into the equation.

galvinm Inactive Member09 Jul 2012 8:05 a.m. PST

Fritz is correct. I have bought items from sellers on ebay, completed the transaction, and continued to do business without ebay. I paid via paypal to keep the protection, which is usually not a problem, since I've already had successful transactions with the individual.

combatpainter Fezian Inactive Member09 Jul 2012 8:14 a.m. PST

For me Ebay is a meeting point. After that it is up to you and your own personal dealings.

richarDISNEY Inactive Member09 Jul 2012 9:04 a.m. PST

I have got burned from sellers selling me 'after auction goods'.
I'd never do it again.

Terrement Inactive Member09 Jul 2012 10:03 a.m. PST

Guess it depends on the sellers. I was burned once, but my fault for violating my own rule about only doing this with established buy/sell partners with whom I've had multiple successful transactions. All the others have gone well, and a number of but not all of them reside here on TMP as well.


pphalen Inactive Member09 Jul 2012 10:20 a.m. PST

I've found many good commission painters this way.
From my experience, it is better if the buyer initiates any follow-on, since when the seller does so, it feels too much like a come on…

altfritz09 Jul 2012 10:51 a.m. PST

I've found many good commission painters this way.

Me Too!

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP02 Aug 2012 7:03 p.m. PST

I've done it before. Seems to have worked out for everyone involved.

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