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Its nothing new to be asked a stupid question about a lot one has for sale online, but sometimes the questions beggar belief.

I'm sure other sellers suffer from this problem -- please feel free to add yours.

Today I had this one:

"hi,
real stamp or scan page?"

I thought for a minute the lot might contain those black and white pictures of stamps on the album page, I might have priced it wrong, or that the scanner had made everything come out looking grey... Or maybe it was something that looked like printed album pages...

No such luck. It was 5 pages or very ordinary looking stamps, going for 99p, not a grainy shot of a page full of Penny Blacks...

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Whenever you list a set of something, and some smartie comes along and asks if they can have just one specifically (usually the hard to get one) "for their set".

I'm not sure its dumb, but it sure as anything is frustrating.

In your example, I'd be tempted to cut the questioner some slack....... Presumably they ask "not because of anything you've done", but "because of what a previous vendor has done to them".

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And on the other side, daft answers to reasonable questions......

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This may or may not be a stupid eBay question; but I am curious. I have never sold anything on eBay. (I have bought from eBay.) So, I do not know anything about seller's fees.

I have seen the same Samoan junk week after week, and month after month being listed. The same stamps by the same seller. They are way, way overpriced, and will never sell. And he never reduces his starting price.

Doesn't this cost the seller money each time? If so, you would think that he would know by now that this junk will never sell.

In short, does the seller have to pay each time he lists this same material?

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MrSamoa wrote: Doesn't this cost the seller money each time? If so, you would think that he would know by now that this junk will never sell.

In short, does the seller have to pay each time he lists this same material?
It depends on the eBay jurisdiction (site), the vendors standing and their specific account deal.

In the UK, I can list 100 items a month totally free of charge, and only pay if one sells. (Some sellers can list a lot more, especially if they sign up for certain schemes).

On certain paid account options, you can get xx listings free, and a reduced final fee. Against that explicit cost, there is always the possibility that they are selling other items in other categories, and are just using up unused free listings each month.

Either way, the free listing effect does have a general "downward effect" on the quality of material offered.
"If it was good stuff, people would pay to bring it to market".

I regularly see expensive stamps listed for over a year, and I'm guessing that's just auto renewal on a free listing plan.

But when a site fills up with junk, its hard to see the good stuff amongst the trash.

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ViccyVFU- Thanks for the info. That does explain it. It's just that it's a waste of my time seeing this same material day after day. And it moves down the list and eventually off the "New Listing" list only to pop up again at the top of the list.

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I have an ebay Australia store which costs me $24.95 a month for 600 listings.

I can't always find 600 new items per month so I make up my allocation with re-lists.

If you look up my listings now (see below) I currently have 580 items listed.

It looks like a dog's breakfast (thanks ebay) but I counteract that by having everything categorised.

See on the left of the page under categories.If you were only interested for example in USA you will see 41 items listed. Click on USA and they come up.

If you have a basic ebay Australia site, you get 40 free listings per month.

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I get 1,000 listings a month for free. I guess eBay just likes me.

But I never use their re-list facility, because I used that a few times before and found they had changed some default setting so that I got automated re-lists that were costing me 15p a go - adds up really fast if you have a 100 or more items and its being charged every month.

I find you have to be very careful with eBay as they are always screwing things around, the net result of which is that you pay them lots of money. (Even more money than they already make, that is!)

It occurs to me that maybe the reason they gave me 1,000 free per month was the fact I did those automatic re-lists. They thought they'd hooked a prime fool.

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I just listed a 400g bag of kiloware, and included as part of the description --

"No international post due to cost."

The next day a guy emails me to ask what the postage is to Portugal. I tell him its £6.20 -- with the link to the Royal Mail postage charges -- and I'm sure he'll think that's too much. He replies to tell me, yes, that's too much.

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steevh wrote:Its nothing new to be asked a stupid question about a lot one has for sale online, but sometimes the questions beggar belief.

I'm sure other sellers suffer from this problem -- please feel free to add yours.

Today I had this one:

"hi,
real stamp or scan page?"

I thought for a minute the lot might contain those black and white pictures of stamps on the album page, I might have priced it wrong, or that the scanner had made everything come out looking grey... Or maybe it was something that looked like printed album pages...

No such luck. It was 5 pages or very ordinary looking stamps, going for 99p, not a grainy shot of a page full of Penny Blacks...

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Going back to the original post and the original subject, which has nothing to do with how many free listings anybody has in any country, it looks as if the questioner is asking whether the listing is for actual stamps or photocopy of stamp album pages. As if anybody would be selling copies of their album pages.....


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norvic wrote: Going back to the original post and the original subject, which has nothing to do with how many free listings anybody has in any country, it looks as if the questioner is asking whether the listing is for actual stamps or photocopy of stamp album pages. As if anybody would be selling copies of their album pages.....


(Now tell me that has been done!)
After asking and being told the page was indeed real, and not a copy, he never followed up with a 99p bid. So maybe he wanted the photocopy after all?

Or maybe he thought that, at 99p, it was just too risky anyway.

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I once had a question on a trade me page (Sorry not ebay)

Is this a real stamp?

And it was clearly a proper described lot with front and back scans of a specific New Zealand scarce item ( a 1936 vertical mesh 2d whare stamp of New Zealand).

I didn't answer the question, from a person with a 0 feedback score called "janming".
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Sadly there is no IQ test to use ebay, or trademe. :D

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might differ here. 95% of the questions I am asked are quite reasonable.

Mind you, I ignore the cheap as chips Charlies and Charlenes who make unsolicited low ball offers on already cheap items.

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Two weeks after initiating a Paypal chargeback:

'eBay won't let me bid on your items and I don't know why'

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A regular one.

Them: "How much to ship to country xxxx?"

Me: "£x, like it clearly states in the item listing".
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The Pom wrote:A regular one.

Them: "How much to ship to country xxxx?"

Me: "£x, like it clearly states in the item listing".
You are being very tough on these ebay dropkicks - I mean how many AMERICAN dollars is "£x"? $5? $10? $20? Very tough. :mrgreen:
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Global Administrator wrote:
The Pom wrote:A regular one.

Them: "How much to ship to country xxxx?"

Me: "£x, like it clearly states in the item listing".
You are being very tough on these ebay dropkicks - I mean how many AMERICAN dollars is "£x"? $5? $10? $20? Very tough. :mrgreen:
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norvic wrote: Our Post Office doesn't take American dollars for postage. :lol:
How DARE they. Haven't they heard? The world works only in greenbacks. :mrgreen:
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"Is this real?"

For me selling a PCGS-certified coin...

You get a lot of rubbish on eBay, and as much as I dislike using it, it is a bloody excellent place to sell rubbish sub-$100 items that no one will ever accept as items at a regular auction house, or that make sense trying to retail sell.

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nota bene wrote:"Is this real?"

For me selling a PCGS-certified coin...
For something expensive (like, say, an 1889-CC Morgan $1) it is possible to have it where the coin and the PCGS holder are both fake, and the serial number has been selected so that if you look it up, it matches a real coin that looks like what they put into the holder. But they're not going to go to all that trouble when the real item is worth $100 or so.

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erich wrote:
nota bene wrote:"Is this real?"

For me selling a PCGS-certified coin...
For something expensive (like, say, an 1889-CC Morgan $1) it is possible to have it where the coin and the PCGS holder are both fake, and the serial number has been selected so that if you look it up, it matches a real coin that looks like what they put into the holder. But they're not going to go to all that trouble when the real item is worth $100 or so.
And they won’t truthfully answer that question either.
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Obviously not. "Well, I got it from this guy in China..." No, I don't think they'll say that. :lol:

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erich wrote:
27 Apr 2020 08:42
nota bene wrote:"Is this real?"

For me selling a PCGS-certified coin...
For something expensive (like, say, an 1889-CC Morgan $1) it is possible to have it where the coin and the PCGS holder are both fake, and the serial number has been selected so that if you look it up, it matches a real coin that looks like what they put into the holder. But they're not going to go to all that trouble when the real item is worth $100 or so.
While there are attempts at fake holders (with genuine grades/matching serial numbers to actual certified coins), you can usually tell when you have the holder in hand.

A few years ago a dealer tried to do an exchange with some 1oz gold coins purported to be slabbed by NGC with the dealer at the table next to mine. They did the exchange with slabbed 1oz coins versus some expensive world banknote.

After that I looked at the holder and thought the hologram at the back looked a bit off (it was correct, but not as integrated into the emblem as I was used to).

I showed one of the large US bullion dealers and he agreed that the holder looked wrong. We checked the label verification and all matched with NGC records, but we still cracked out the coin - lo and behold - it weighed 21 g instead of 31.1 g and was of course not gold or genuine.

The whole deal was returned to the other dealer, but it is unclear if he was aware of having scam product or if he had been tricked as well...

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Makes sense that a fake holder may be detectable if you handle it in person. I've been out of coins for years, so have read about them and seen pics, but never have personally seen one. They look OK in scans/pictures, generally. There is all kinds of scammy packaging around -- silver and gold bars made to look like they were produced and packaged by legitimate bullion companies, commemorative coins in "original" holders.

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