I just need to vent a little. I've been listing things on eBay lately - nothing big or fancy, just stuff I want to get rid of for a little extra cash.
So, I list 11 pair of earrings (clip and pierced) plus some misc. jewelry findings and doo-dads. I started the bidding at 99 cents. I added shipping charges of $5.50 for a small flat-rate priority box.
Here's how it works out.
I sold it to a buyer for the starting bid - 99 cents. That's .99 + 5.50 for a total of $6.49.
I get the money via PayPal. Automatically they charge me 49 cents for this payment. That's 2.9% plus a flat fee of $.30.
I now have $6 left of this payment.
eBay takes 9% of the total amount - $6.49. That's $.59.
I now have a total of $5.41.
I paid $.30 to list it (2 add'l pics).
I paid $5.00 for the postage.
That's an 11 cent net. That's w/o charging for packing material, my time (at least 45 minutes for listing and packing), and gas to get to the P.O.
So, I get this notification of funds received, and PayPal sends me an email stating that they hold the funds for up to 3 weeks. Because I don't have enough history as a seller.
This is just wrong.
I started selling a bit of stuff - not much - just to get rid of it and earn some extra cash for a trip I'm taking. I can see how I shouldn't complain about the fees because I know these up front, however I do think collecting fees on shipping cost is theft - I have to charge extra for shipping just to cover the fees on shipping or I lose money!
But not getting my money for several weeks - that ought to be illegal. The "money" I earned for my trip won't be available to me until after I return from it.
This makes the hassle of holding a garage sale look like a breeze.