Friday, September 9, 2011

News: Farewell, eBay

I've decided to stop selling issues on eBay. I managed to move quite a few that way and succeeded in introducing people to the zine. However, PayPal and eBay have instituted a new policy that I find very frustrating. A week or so ago PayPal began holding onto my funds, stating that they would do so for up to 21 days while I established a seller reputation on eBay. This was not something that was done when I first started selling zines. They are vague on what constitutes a "good seller reputation."

     I understand that the move is done to protect buyers, but I think that sellers deserve consideration as well. Anyone who read the intro to Loviatar No. 2 understands that the zine operates on tight margins. I can't have money tied up in PayPal limbo for three weeks in addition to paying auction insertion fees.

     The zine has been growing rapidly and is reaching a circulation much larger than I expected. It's still easily manageable, but cutting out eBay will ensure modest growth and will save me the headache of being denied access to my money.

3 comments:

  1. Your doing the right thing ditching eBay... that policy is absurd.

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  2. Same reason I ditched them. I also hated that they charged a percentage of the shipping costs. What nerve!

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  3. I guess I got my issues just in time!

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