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I'd like to say I still turned out alright, but that would be a lie. flanders private msg quote post Address this user
The only thing good about ebay is that you can cross list there and hopefully sell your items someplace else.
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eBay can be a dangerous place for one’s wallet when buying things it can get easily addictive, to click a button. even selling things is worse than buying sux because eBay’s gonna get their cut for sure.
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Not trying to be an ass since February 12, 2020. HulkSmash private msg quote post Address this user
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Just sold my first item on eBay in years. Holy crap, it's annoying now. Paying fees on the shipping cost is crap. Sold a comic for $20 plus $9 shipping (which was the actual cost). So I ended up losing 25 percent of the sales price after shipping the book. Plus, they won't actually pay me until after the customer gets the book. I almost feel guilty for the cheap slabs I buy on there.
I used to add the 13.5% fee or whatever it was on top of asking price. I think the fee percentage should be calculated on dollar thresholds not only category type. I understand including shipping in the total value fee because people are scum bags and try to skirt an extra dollar on it.
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Ebay is equal opportunity with respect to disappointment and frustration. Several bad experiences as a buyer over the past week. Buying raw books is fraught with risk. Both with the product and shipping. Big part of the reason graded books enjoy such high premiums.

Of course I’ve had some great success over the years with Ebay purchases. That said, absent significant seller diligence, I have a $ cap for ungraded books on the platform. Even with protections in place its just not worth the potential headaches.
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If I could, I would. I swear. DrWatson private msg quote post Address this user
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I despise EBay!

I'm almost in the same boat. I can find things I want on there for sale. However, I do not like the extra 10% I have to add to cover sales tax. Also, sales tax on shipping charges really grinds my gears.
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Collector Rjman48 private msg quote post Address this user
For slabs, ebay is the absolute last resort. Between shortboxed, comic link, fb marketplace and my cultivated connections on ig, I've managed to save considerable $ in buying and selling vs selling /buying on that fkn feebay. I'm not a regular seller, so ebay is of no benefit to me whatsoever
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I blame the forum gremlins. figment private msg quote post Address this user
We abandoned feebay several years ago. It's not worth the hassle buying or selling.
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Masculinity takes a holiday. EbayMafia private msg quote post Address this user
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Paying fees on the shipping cost is crap


Speaking of...not really a gear-grinder but I find it obnoxious that credit card printouts recommend tipping percentages based on a total that includes sales tax. Like I'm supposed to tip more in a high sales tax location and less in a low sales tax location. 10% higher recommended tip in a state where I'm already paying an extra 10% sales tax. And 10% lower recommended tip in a state where there is no sales tax added to the bill.
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If the viagra is working you should be well over a 9.8. xkonk private msg quote post Address this user
@EbayMafia I get it, because I thought it was unfair at first, but a) servers who work in higher tax areas need higher tips so that their income covers their higher costs, and b) you're talking about a negligible difference to yourself. A 20% tip on a $20 bill is $4, and a 20% tip on a $20 + 10% sales tax bill ($22) is $4.40. The difference is only ever going to be a couple percent unless you're a big tipper. But it does feel weird, feels like a tip should just be for service and not for sales tax.
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Masculinity takes a holiday. EbayMafia private msg quote post Address this user
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@EbayMafia I get it, because I thought it was unfair at first, but a) servers who work in higher tax areas need higher tips so that their income covers their higher costs, and b) you're talking about a negligible difference to yourself. A 20% tip on a $20 bill is $4, and a 20% tip on a $20 + 10% sales tax bill ($22) is $4.40. The difference is only ever going to be a couple percent unless you're a big tipper. But it does feel weird, feels like a tip should just be for service and not for sales tax.


I Partially agree. Sometimes the highest sales tax is an indicator of cost of living in the area. Sometimes it's a function of how the tax revenues are generated (sales tax vs. Income tax, property tax, etc). I Agree that it's an insignificant amount per transaction. But the manipulation behind it is that the credit card processors want as many dollars as possible going through their machines. Those small numbers multiplied by millions of transactions add up when they take their 2-3% fee. So, they use a little deception and shaming to prod a bigger number.
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Apparently, I am easily annoyed. Rbolton private msg quote post Address this user
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@EbayMafia I get it, because I thought it was unfair at first, but a) servers who work in higher tax areas need higher tips so that their income covers their higher costs, and b) you're talking about a negligible difference to yourself. A 20% tip on a $20 bill is $4, and a 20% tip on a $20 + 10% sales tax bill ($22) is $4.40. The difference is only ever going to be a couple percent unless you're a big tipper. But it does feel weird, feels like a tip should just be for service and not for sales tax.


I Partially agree. Sometimes the highest sales tax is an indicator of cost of living in the area. Sometimes it's a function of how the tax revenues are generated (sales tax vs. Income tax, property tax, etc). I Agree that it's an insignificant amount per transaction. But the manipulation behind it is that the credit card processors want as many dollars as possible going through their machines. Those small numbers multiplied by millions of transactions add up when they take their 2-3% fee. So, they use a little deception and shaming to prod a bigger number.

Bingo!
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@EbayMafia I get it, because I thought it was unfair at first, but a) servers who work in higher tax areas need higher tips so that their income covers their higher costs, and b) you're talking about a negligible difference to yourself. A 20% tip on a $20 bill is $4, and a 20% tip on a $20 + 10% sales tax bill ($22) is $4.40. The difference is only ever going to be a couple percent unless you're a big tipper. But it does feel weird, feels like a tip should just be for service and not for sales tax.


I Partially agree. Sometimes the highest sales tax is an indicator of cost of living in the area. Sometimes it's a function of how the tax revenues are generated (sales tax vs. Income tax, property tax, etc). I Agree that it's an insignificant amount per transaction. But the manipulation behind it is that the credit card processors want as many dollars as possible going through their machines. Those small numbers multiplied by millions of transactions add up when they take their 2-3% fee. So, they use a little deception and shaming to prod a bigger number.


Will add that in cases where you aren’t a tourist the cost of living part also applies to the customer. Added income to one is added expense to the other. The former gets taxed too…
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I wish I had a title. ComicNinja0215 private msg quote post Address this user
racists, politicians, work, stupid co workers, having to pay extra for sauce at McDonalds, CGC, key books in pgx cases...
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Falling off a ladder and dislocating a finger...........
flippin', son of a, dadgummit, confouded frangnarkin snap....
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The apple sauce and pudding were the best part... Bronte private msg quote post Address this user
Being told uou have to watch and learn to put a catheter into your father after he loses the ability to urinate from anesthesia.
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Masculinity takes a holiday. EbayMafia private msg quote post Address this user
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Being told uou have to watch and learn to put a catheter into your father after he loses the ability to urinate from anesthesia.


Oh man, just reading that made me light-headed and dizzy.
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The apple sauce and pudding were the best part... Bronte private msg quote post Address this user
@EbayMafia

Thankfully the problem resolved itself. And I never had to do it. However, no person should ever have to see their parent naked.

Being a caretaker, the list of stuff I have to do grinds my gears daily. I can't wait for the hell on earth to end.
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Masculinity takes a holiday. EbayMafia private msg quote post Address this user
@Bronte I feel for you. It's difficult for me to even try to empathize because it's such a terrible position to be in.
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@EbayMafia

Thankfully the problem resolved itself. And I never had to do it. However, no person should ever have to see their parent naked.

Being a caretaker, the list of stuff I have to do grinds my gears daily. I can't wait for the hell on earth to end.

I was the caretaker for my mom for about a year, then moved her to a memory care facility. Turns out I should have moved her much sooner, she did much better there, with better professional care. Her doctor said keep her in familiar surroundings as long as possible. Her doctor was wrong.
And I got my life back.
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Beaten by boat oars Studley_Dudley private msg quote post Address this user
The person who types the labels at CBCS and misspells Hasbro as 'Hasbo' resulting in me having to reach out to CS to determine if this is worth my time to get corrected.

Federal civilian employees. As a contractor, they are the ultimate personification of fraud, waste and abuse within the government.
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Beaten by boat oars Studley_Dudley private msg quote post Address this user
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@EbayMafia

Thankfully the problem resolved itself. And I never had to do it. However, no person should ever have to see their parent naked.

Being a caretaker, the list of stuff I have to do grinds my gears daily. I can't wait for the hell on earth to end.

I was the caretaker for my mom for about a year, then moved her to a memory care facility. Turns out I should have moved her much sooner, she did much better there, with better professional care. Her doctor said keep her in familiar surroundings as long as possible. Her doctor was wrong.
And I got my life back.


After my father had a stroke in early 2022, he was also diagnosed with moderate Alzheimer's which will eventually progress. My sister lives with him, and I try to go down to Cincinnati at least once every week or two to hang out for a day or so. It took me some time, but I can tell what a result of the stroke is and what is a result of the Alzheimer's. I started having some questions back in 2018 but my siblings thought I was jumping the gun. He resists certain things like socializing with people even though he is a very social person. He refuses to go to the senior center during the week because he doesn't want to "sit with a bunch of old farts". Bro is 78, but he does try to stay active. I know at some point he'll need more help than we can provide.
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The apple sauce and pudding were the best part... Bronte private msg quote post Address this user
At hospital now since Tuesday. Dad fell and fractured his vertebrae. He wants to go home against medical advice. I'm fighting him to stay in hospital. This has to be one of the worst fights yet. This is almost worse than catheter.
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At hospital now since Tuesday. Dad fell and fractured his vertebrae. He wants to go home against medical advice. I'm fighting him to stay in hospital. This has to be one of the worst fights yet. This is almost worse than catheter.


I hope your dad recovers soon...and woof, catheter life sucks.
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If the viagra is working you should be well over a 9.8. xkonk private msg quote post Address this user
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Federal civilian employees. As a contractor, they are the ultimate personification of fraud, waste and abuse within the government.


I've been both, and that door swings both ways. Personally, I think paying a company twice what it would cost to hire the contractor in the first place is fundamentally wasteful.
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It was a one trick pony show but always hilarious. GAC private msg quote post Address this user
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After my father had a stroke in early 2022, he was also diagnosed with moderate Alzheimer's which will eventually progress. My sister lives him, and I try to go down to Cincinnati at least once every week or two to hang out for a day or so. It took me some time, but I can tell what a result of the stroke is and what is a result of the Alzheimer's. I started having some questions back in 2018 but my siblings thought I was jumping the gun. He resists certain things like socializing with people even though he is a very social person. He refuses to go to the senior center during the week because he doesn't want to "sit with a bunch of old farts". Bro is 78, but he does try to stay active. I know at some point he'll need more help than we can provide.


@Studley_Dudley All the best with your dad! My dad passed away April 2023 and I miss him every day. I assisted in the caretaking for as much as I could (I live 6 hours away) with my mom being his primary caregiver. It's not easy for sure. All we can do is be present and be helpful as often and as much as possible. It's a stressful situation that impacts people differently and manifests in their outward behavior differently too. Strength, patience and understanding is key in these situations. All the best!
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I like bean sprouts. James42 private msg quote post Address this user
I am currently merging my wife's comic collection with mine, after ten years of marriage. She organized books by subject, not alphabetically by title, so I keep hitting books I have already passed in the alphabet. On top of that, she doesn't believe in sealing bags, so I am flipping through a forest of bag flaps. Thankfully, I am down to three short boxes, and from now on every book will be logged and filed as it comes in (just like mine).
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Beaten by boat oars Studley_Dudley private msg quote post Address this user
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Federal civilian employees. As a contractor, they are the ultimate personification of fraud, waste and abuse within the government.


I've been both, and that door swings both ways. Personally, I think paying a company twice what it would cost to hire the contractor in the first place is fundamentally wasteful.


I agree that paying a company more to do the same job can be wasteful but since the govies can't be bothered to do their jobs, so someone has to do it. Would you want the job done or would you want the job done correctly?

When the base started opening back up, leadership began putting out these emails detailing the productivity of the personnel in the building. Contractors were the only ones in the building at this time. The amount of production had a negligible increase when the govies came back. We stopped getting those production updates after a while. I deal with contractor hate every day. I don't get it but you'd think being the help would make the govies happy since the gov takes the official credit for my work anyways.

It's also easier to get rid of the dead weight contractors than it is the government employees. Being a govie is like being a tenured professor. Once they get it, they're set for life.
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If the viagra is working you should be well over a 9.8. xkonk private msg quote post Address this user
@Studley_Dudley it does suck that the feds don't do their job where you are. Where I am, we had a contractor who would literally sleep on the job, or read his book for good chunks of the day. The feds here sign contracts with companies, not hire individual contractors, so they can't fire him. When I was overseeing a few people, they also wouldn't give me feedback at annual review time. It's hard to demonstrate that you've done a good job when no one will tell you what kind of job you've done. But, I did get paid more as a contractor. There was a constant threat of losing my job when Congress didn't feel like getting their act together. Pluses and minuses.
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