On Sunday morning, after a week of putting it off because of having to answer too many questions, I began my first auction over at Ebay. I have been an Ebay member since 2002. (I know, not long.) And in that time I have purchased two things; a leg lamp and a bath caddy. And clearly, no one has ever written about how great I was having done so.
I learned a few things yesterday. I learned that you aren’t able to choose the “Buy it Now” option until you have a rating where a bunch of other Ebayers write about how great you are. This phenomenon has always irked me. It’s the Invisible Dangling Credit Phenomenon. It’s when a credit card company won’t give you any credit because you don’t have enough of a credit history. But if the creditor keeps turning down said credited, how is it said credited is ever to get a credit rating worth a damn? And now Ebay is doing this, too. I want the choice of using Buy It Now, dammit.
I also learned that if you’re not a respected, worthy Ebayer, you’re also unable to sell more than one item during any single auction. You can specify in the description that you have several for sale, but your auction can’t show up all over without filling out an entirely new one. For some reason, this, too, irritated me.
While I know this is most likely a user error and the fact that I haven’t the slightest idea what is I’m doing, I’m still whining about it. From where I am standing, I am unable to use the features I set out to use. So, what is it I’m paying for, exactly? Exposure? 15 people have hit my auction since yesterday. 15. I think I counted for at least one of those people. So, 14 people have hit my auction since yesterday. And by “Auction” I mean “Hey, I want to sell some of these t-shirts and I have no idea how to do so.”
Marketing sucks. Are there Ebay classes offered at colleges yet? There should be. I could learn a thing or two. I could also use a few glowing reviews.