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Old 09-12-2017, 03:04 PM   #11 (permalink)
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How is Ebay's fees a ransom? I have found their fees to be exactly what they have advertised them to be, and never had a problem paying their cut as agreed.

I donate things worth $20 or less nowadays since it isn't worth the hassle taking pictures, posting the item on CL, responding to stupid people, arranging a time to meet someone who is inevitably late, and then dealing with them playing dumb about the agreed price. Now that I have typed all that, I might have to bump up my minimum price to $40.

How do you get a parking ticket for parking in front of your own home? If you contest it, they will likely reduce the amount regardless of guilt.

This is why I prefer to own a driveway and garage. You can tell the authority to leave private property.

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Old 09-12-2017, 06:43 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I realized there were far fewer cars well before the semester ended and they have not come back after school started.

We have a driveway and carport, but more guys than spots.

The City of Tempe has also threatened to fine and\or jail our landlord for not trimming the weeds.

Most people call that grass.

It might have been a foot tall.

Fine and\or jail time for not mowing often enough?

I lived in Mesa for at least twenty years and liked it, but I had many complaints about Tempe. People in Gilbert seemed especially friendly.
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Fine and\or jail time for not mowing often enough?
Sounds right to me. The tenants have a responsibility to pay their rent (which includes groundskeeping) in full, and on time, and the landlord has a responsibility to regularly maintain the property.
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eBay is fine. Nobody is going to sell/buy things like 1970 motorcycles old vintage tool boxes on Amazon.
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Almost nobody seemed to want U.S. Army uniforms and equipment for a few dollars.

That probably would have been simpler through Craigslist back when I was in Phoenix. Perhaps someone would rather pay for shipping than meet a potential buyer, but often the shipping is far more than the purchase price.

I still want someone to know why eBay takes the buyer's money, sends 100% of it to Paypal, Paypal takes their cut, but eBay sends me a bill.

Why not take what they want while they still have my money?
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I still want someone to know why eBay takes the buyer's money, sends 100% of it to Paypal, Paypal takes their cut, but eBay sends me a bill.

Why not take what they want while they still have my money?
You define how Ebay collects the fees; either through a credit card, checking account, etc. You can even setup automatic payment of fees.

The reason they don't withhold the fees to begin with is that you normally get the money for a sale within a couple days, but Ebay bills only once per month. Another reason is that not everyone pays through Paypal, and therefore Ebay doesn't necessarily handle the money in the first place.

Why make a big deal out of this? I've had Ebay threaten suspension because my credit card used to pay fees expired and my bill was past due. This is a reasonable business practice. If someone agrees to pay a fee to sell in my store, but then doesn't pay, I'm not very likely to let them continue selling the next month.

I'm all for fighting whenever a business is in the wrong, but I just don't see it in this case.
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If you don't like eBay's selling system don't even think about Amazon. They're way more strict and have way more rules to follow.

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