Thanks Greg. My take on offers is that its ideally helping out both seller and buyer. If you intend to sell an item for $100, you're going to have to pay eBay and paypal fees of at least $5-6. And after being up a whole week, you have no bids, so chances of selling at that price are greatly reduced. Then someone comes along promising to buy direct for $90. The buyer clearly saves $10 vs. the initial price, but the seller is only getting $4 less than he intended with no fees and no Ebay siding with seller complaints. I typically get buyers to see the light, but amazes me how many people don't get it.
Ah, I see where you're coming from. Honestly I skimmed your earlier post (
) so I missed that buying direct part. You're 100% right though, making the deal outside of eBay does save fees and should reduce the price. I actually don't think I have gotten any offers for making a deal outside eBay, just offers to lower my price on
Personally I don't think I
would do any off-eBay deals, since I don't know if eBay checks messages and regulates stuff like that (I know they have an annoying disclaimer on all messages). I've been working on getting a small toy business right now, so I wouldn't want to screw things up by getting my eBay account banned or something. I play things overly cautious though, that's just who I am.