Back in late Summer I got an email from Ebay talking about some changes they were making to their user Agreement. It also said they were adding a clause about agreeing to arbitration blah blah…. it also stated that you could opt out by sending written form to an address in Utah (mash that link for a WTF). I thought nothing about it. I wasn’t doing much business there. I have been selling plastic model kits at a site like ebay but it’s free. It’s called ecrater. The problem is that no one ever sees it. It doesn’t get much traffic although it’s tied into Google. Anyway I was making a majority of my sales through several different modeling forums (fora?? -that’s another story) on the interwebz. Anyway not long after the email I came to the realization that the economy was not conducive to maximizing the profit potential of the product in my inventory. These aren’t the 2.00 airplane and tank models from the days of our youth. These are highly sophisticated kits made for skilled modelers.
So I realized what was “Brand X Scale Model Kits” had to come to an end. So I decided to liquidate my inventory and some model kits I had set aside in my personal “stash”. I loaded the forums with a list of the products I had in my stash and sold a good amount for a slight profit loss. At least My storage unit was emptying and there was money in my bank acct no prob. So when I reached a certain level I decided to return to “feebay”. Then I found out why I received the email announcing the user agreement change and the subsequent identical announcement from Paypal (also owned by Ebay) although the opt out forms go to a different address.
Once upon a time Ebay was a place where a small business person could sell or auction items for a reasonable up front fee. Then they got larger got a new CEO bought Paypal and morphed Ebay into the Bearded Spock version of what it used to be. FEE BAY (but I was not aware of this).
So I started selling stuff and things were going at quite a pace then I checked my bill from Ebay after I looked at my Paypal account and the numbers didn’t add up. That “reality” prompted me to investigate. Apparently this is how Fee Bay is working now:
If you sell through Fee Bay they get 9% off what you get 9% of what the buyer pays for shipping from YOU then on top of that Paypal gets the 4% on top of that.
So you sell something for 45.00 and 8.25 shipping (you paid for listing at least .50 then goes up)
total- $53.25 (minus paypal’s 4%)
$51.12 ( 9% of 45.00- 4.05 and 9% of 8.25 =.74 Total= 4.80)
$46.32 Now you have to pay for the shipping 8.25
$38.07 (minus the listing fee .50 and other fees)
$37.57 is what you end up with in your paypal acct. when you asked $45.00 (well with the listing you agreed to $44.50-43.20 given the Paypal cut) for your item.
Increasing the price means NO Sale. Padding the shipping expense means ripping people off and Ebay gets all of what you might get away with their 9% shipping value fee.
That is the magic of Fee Bay and Paypal unveiled.
This is why I opted out of the arbitration clause on the new PayPal user agreement. I smell a major Class-Action coming for Ebay and Paypal… but precedent is not promising given previous rulings in earlier Class Actions. But I have sold everything I needed to and have one 1/72 Chinook A for $10.50. After this I am out for good. Pretty much breaking even and having some free models for my own hobby.
Bad thing about making a business out of your hobby- you can’t do both in a one BR apt. Now back to the hobby. I’ll post some pics of some of my models soon I am a mediocre modeler but I now have time to bleed (from Xacto cuts) and glue!!! Glad to be back!! — Dane
December 13, 2011
Hmm we sold missile secrets to China under Clinton’s watch and now Drones are falling out of the skies. One miraculously in perfect condition….
See any consistencies here??? Just like we get into protracted Wars when Presidents from Texas get in the White House… (Fair and Balanced…just sayin)
Yarbz- If you see a drone at a tag sale please get it for me and I’ll pay you back…
January 6, 2011
I shall be in Birmingham Alabama for a meeting on February 18, 2011. That meeting will be on South Bridge Parkway so I may stay in that area or maybe someplace where there is stuff around. I will likely add some additional time to the trip and snoop around with my camera and my thirst. I also usually hit thrift stores and yard sales, though I assume the latter is out of season. Dates may be February 17th, 19th and 20th? I won’t know the precise dates until late January or early February. Can anyone recommend some unique places to see, to eat, to goof off and/or does anyone want to join me for same?
January 7, 2009
This beer is very good. It’s matured in used casks from Highland Park 12 Year Old. This is dark but not sweet and super nice. I suggest to you that it is certainly worth a try. I actually enjoyed the 18 Year Old better but it costs $14 for a 12 ounce bottle. The 12 is only about $8! Of course, you have to appreciate anyone who is a ‘Master of Wood”…
We had a New Years Eve snow storm and this was taken as I was heading back home from the local liquor store. We ended up with about 8 inches of snow.
I pulled out all my Frank Sinatra vinyl that I have been buying from thrift stores and garage sales and got rid of any duplicates, combining the best cover and vinyl. I digitized about five and have many more to do. Some of the old Frank form the 1950’s and 1960’s sounds super nice on vinyl, more open and warm than any CD copy. Good stuff…
December 30, 2008
FYI TO ALL JUGGHEADS: I have requested a copy of the old program that ran the ‘Old Jugg’ site. If this works, we may have full access to the old blog dating back to September 2003 which should include comments and ‘more’ sections. I will need help once I get the program so volunteers are needed. I know Trench is smart enough but I think he is very busy. Feste knows somebody who may be able to help. I will have to host the old site separately so we’ll have to see how it goes. I would really like to have to old stuff up again as there were some classic posts with pics and stories that should not be lost to history.
November 29, 2008
When I clean an album, I mean the following:
1) Vacuum clean the vinyl with two different solutions and a vacuum rinse with distilled water
2) Give it a new anti-static inner sleeve
3) Use compressed air on the inside of the album cover to clear out the dust/grit
4) Use cheap vodka (Smirnoff or similar) to wipe the surfaces of the cover and inside gatefold (if any). Vodka dries quickly and down not harm the surface. Rubbing alcohol is too aggresive
5) Put newly cleaned album in 4 mil poly sleeve and file with the original inner sleeve if the inner sleeve is has album or label infomation…
These albums were bought at tag sales (‘garage sales’ for you non-New Englanders) or thrift shops…
Here’s some images of some of the albums done this weekend:
This was funn because I cleaned this one which is traditional music from the Middle East while I was cleaning my AR-15… I thought it was a funny coincidence…
This one was not authentic Spanish style guitar… It was kinda weird pop with full instrumentation and some Spanish guitar stylings thrown in.
1967. This was a great album of upbeat music that somebody thought would be good to listen to while you hug panty girls apparently. I’m all for it myself… All the music was interesting and similar to 1960’s beach movie interpretations of rock beat…
Here’s a little de’tail’ shot from Valley of the Dolls…
Talk about poupees… See previous image…
This is a nice version of Peter and the Wolf. I have always liked Peter Ustinov.
Here is Peter in Hartford…
This was a very fun and bouncy spaceage pop albums. Great heavy handed stereo production as are most of the spaceage pop recordings. When the first stereo recording began coming out, they were not sure how to use it and since it was a new toy they insisted on mixing extreme stereo with lots of panning sounds…
November 12, 2008
So if you don’t like your rate, just quit paying for a while, get behind and then you can renegotiate it… Sound like bullshit to me. I say the only people who should get a renegotiation are the folk who can show that they were mislead or cheated somehow and didn’t know what they were signing… If the folks who are just signed on the dotted line and hoped for the best get better rated, the folks who are up to date and current should get a discounted rate as well. We should all get 1/2 a percentage or so off our currently rate. That is only fair, decent and right. We should all demand this of the governments and banks. What a crock. Now, I am not without sympathy for those who lost jobs or actually were ripped off by the bank, but I think most of these are people who over bought and over extended. It’s not all ‘poor’ folk getting foreclosed. There are a LOT of McMansion’s out there getting foreclosed… When we set this precedent, it’ll always be the governments job from here on in to un-fuck your mistakes… It’ll make making mistakes a desirable path. “Well honey, we can’t really afford this house (car, boat, plane, stereo blah blah blah…) but we’ll just default on the loan that Uncle Sam will fix it for us!”… A crock of shit is what I call this!
November 3, 2008
81 pages of lava lamp pics.
Instructions on how to build your own.
October 31, 2008
Today is Halloween, 2008. I have nothing scary to share but here are two photos, one from today and one from yesterday:
Today I decided to put on the older of the SCIC pins that I have. This was bought at the same tag/garage sale where the other one was found. The lady’s hubby had worked for SCIC all his like and has passed away. She was selling the house and the stuff. This one is, I believe, the first use of the Umbrella for SCIC. The ribs of the umbrella with the “T” date back to the late 1950’s. As you saw in the picture earlier this week, the next logo dropped the ribs and kept the “T”. The umbrella also became symmetrical in the second logo. This first one looks as though it was been in a wind storm and got misshapen. It’s fun to have these old pins.
This was shot from the hip leaving the bus on Thursday morning at 0645hrs. The lady in front is one of the riders on my bus. She is a total curmudgeon. She is very unhappy about everything and no matter what anyone says to her she always says the opposite. If you tell her it is a nice day, she will tell you it is not and give you some personal insight into why. We all just quit talking to her. Of course we get on the bus at 0630 in the morning so I guess being a little grumpy is acceptable. However, she’s like this even on the ride home at 1600 (She is the reason I added the BSFF category to this post). I have always liked long exposure blur shots. This type of image tends to pass on more of the actual ambiance of the scene that a flashed or tripod photograph.