Long Time Respected eBay Motors Used Car Dealers Are Leaving eBay

Another respected used car dealer gives up on eBay Motors, that’s no longer the profitable niche venue it used to be. Deadbeat bidders are not required to pay according to site policy. High fees with few sales have forever killed this once top car peddling site. 🙁

Tony1963 Leaving eBay Motors
Snapshot of eBay seller Tony1963 sales/service facility, from Docs image archive.

I’ve known this guy since the good old days. He has a satisfaction guarantee like no other. He built a solid reputation selling the finest older motor vehicles back when the motors site had its credibility and trust, but that’s forever long gone.

Partial snippet from the topic: I signed into eBay back on November 15, 1998, a little over 20 years ago. Back then, eBay was only a few years old and the site was mainly a classified ad.

Being new to the site and 35 years old, I noticed the occasional car for sale on the site as well. I decided that I could do better and built a shop, and car lot, and went into the business. I fell into the Volvo business and added Mercedes, BMW, Saab, and some others back in the day. Looking back, I had the time of my life!

There were many happy buyers and I just kept the ball rolling. As I participated in this forum, I made a few enemies, and being so brash I can understand why I rubbed people. I suppose that when you have success at that age, you feel pretty good about yourself and don’t mind letting people know about it. However, the business continued to grow.

Grove Automotive Group
Keepsake was given to Doc from eBay Motors seller Tony1963 of Grove Automotive Inc. The finest cars on eBay!

As time went on, I noticed a trend with eBay buyers. They wanted more and more for less and less. They were also quick to threaten negative feedback if they didn’t get their way. I took a few knocks over the years and it probably bolstered my position as a seller since anyone selling 10+-year-old cars is probably going to have some unhappy customers. Yeah, I had a few and it didn’t bother me as long as the remarks were truthful. In a few cases where they weren’t truthful, I did something about it.

Back in 2016, we started moving products off eBay and I paid my last eBay invoice in June 2017. What I noticed was that the sell-through rate had deteriorated to the point that you had to list a car three or four times, maybe more, to make a sale. At $90 per 21-day listing, the cost added up. I had a few cars where eBay made more than I did. So, I made the move completely away from eBay.

Video from Doc’s 2013 ZERO FEEDBACK Car Seller Scams that phished high-line car buyers via bank wire transfer. Fraudsters had the run of the house for several months.

Early eBay buyers and sellers built this venue back in the good old days. It was our hard work and reputation building that turned eBay into a household brand name. Now bidders are not required to pay for auctions they win . But the house scores a successful sale and the cash register goes ka-ching ringing up another sale. Too bad the seller didn’t get paid! 

Special thoughts go out to eBay seller Phil Graham of Oklahoma City OK who left this earth too early. Phil (ImpalaSS1304 eBay ID) was a great friend I once met in person. He kept the eBay motors forum entertained with his deadbeat bidder stories. He once sued a deadbeat bidder and garnished his government paycheck. Phil’s obituary and guestbook are here. 😥

As for the good doctor, I too built a great reputation selling quality older motor vehicles. This website contains close to 15 years of my observation documented with empirical evidence. Yea the execs hate this site, and the DDOS and other hacks were bad enough. But when they started a smear campaign spreading rumors I sold stolen cars, rolled back odometers, and was a scammer, was the straw that broke the camel’s back so to speak.

Are ya feeling lucky? Roll the eBay relist dice again! 😆

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