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Subject: Re: easy auctions
From: Raul Alvarez ralvarez@........
Date: Sat, 31 Jul 2004 12:19:44 -0600

Hi Bob,

Sorry that you disagree with me.  Guess my opinion about their fees 
comes from a lifetime of "DIY'ing". I strongly believe that people 
should be self sufficient. In my 60 years, I have always done all my 
automotive, plumbing, electrical and other repairs, built three homes by 
myself, and so on.  When you don't have much, it's hard to give it to 
someone when you can just do the work rather than pay to have it done.
You said it takes two hours to do a whole auction. Do you mean ONE item 
or a group of items?  Also consider that they only want "easy" stuff to 
sell - check their list of items accepted. For example, 45% of, say, a 
$500 sale is $225.  That's a 7.5 hours of work at the rate you quoted!  
Just look at the examples and what they are selling right now.
Sure wish I could make that kind of profit for placing just one item on 
BTW, to answer your question about my process. I do not use any of the 
auction services or software - just need to have more control I guess.  
I generated a template with "Dreamwever" - an HTML generator.  Then I 
just plug in the ad text details and pictures.  Copy and paste this to 
the ebay posting page and it's done.

Again, sorry if it upset you.


BOB BARNS wrote:

> Raul,
>   My notice was to inform those who would like to realize some money 
> from otherwise useless items and do not want to bother with the usual 
> process.
>   I think your characterization of the service as a "rip off" ignores 
> the realities of providing a service like this.  They obviously have 
> to make a profit or get out of the business.  I'm a little surprized 
> that they will handle an item for as little as $20.
>   It takes me at least 2 hrs. to do a whole auction.  If my time is 
> worth $30/hr., this is at least $60.  Your having done "1000's" of 
> items shows that you must have a better process than I do, but I 
> suspect that I'm more representative of the "common man".
> Bob
> Raul Alvarez wrote:
>> Hi Bob and others,
>> I went to Auctiondrops's website and was shocked!  38% commission + 
>> 2.9 "transaction fee" + eBay's fees.
>> Wow, what a rip off!  Comes to about 45% in fees!  To make matters 
>> worse, they start the auction at $1, so if it doesn't make much you 
>> owe them the $19.99 minimum + transaction fee + eBay fee!  They can't 
>> loose.
>> Also noticed they only want the "cream" items - easy to sell, pack 
>> and ship.
>> I've been on eBay for almost 5 years now with 1,000's of items. It's 
>> quite simple to use their basic services.  All you need is a digital 
>> camera and a few minutes - you don't really need any special software 
>> or hosting site,  unless you want to fancy up your ads. And best of 
>> all - you are in control of your items.  Seems scary to drop off your 
>> stuff at UPS, and hope all goes well.
>> Well, that's my 4 cents worth - inflation, you know. :-D
>> Raul


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