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Old 10-14-21, 09:15 PM
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So much to be "thankful" to good, old, oldest Biden, right?! Ruining the internet is one of them!
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Old 10-15-21, 06:22 AM
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I still haven't seen this answered unless I overlooked it but what % are they going to tax on what you sell?
Old 10-15-21, 06:25 AM
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I still haven't seen this answered unless I overlooked it but what % are they going to tax on what you sell?
Your marginal ordinary income tax rate, based upon your AGI. So, what, a fat 32% for a single guy who makes $163,301 to $207,350 per year AGI, for example...
Old 10-15-21, 06:41 AM
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Your marginal ordinary income tax rate, based upon your AGI. So, what, a fat 32% for a single guy who makes $163,301 to $207,350 per year AGI, for example...
Holy shit. That makes it definitely not worth it to sell on eBay now. After their approx 15% in fees, you are getting near the 50% mark.

This really sucks because I have been slowly selling off old books and movies I no longer wanted. It was better than getting pennies for them at a trade-in store.

This will definitely curb my overall buying as well. I used to take a chance and buy various movies, music and books because I know I could get rid of them and at least get back close to what I paid for them if I didn't want them any more.

Ugh. I still have hundreds of movies and books I wanted to eventually watch/read and then sell. I don't know what to do now.
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Originally Posted by Sonic View Post
Biden signed it into law months ago. End of story. It starts on January 2022.


PayPal, Cash app, and everything that people earn income on.
I'm not sure how you distinguish "friend" payments on Venmo, Cash App, etc. PayPal has the F&F option. But this will curtail selling on other formats as well including Facebook where PayPal is common for buyer protection. People probably won't realize what has happened until they get that 1099 in 2023.
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Old 10-15-21, 12:55 PM
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Yeah, I don't see how the venmo stuff would be taxable, as it's usually people paying you back for stuff like dinner, concert or movie tickets, etc.
Obviously people use it to sell stuff, but how do you differentiate each and every transaction from paying you back versus a service?
Old 10-16-21, 10:16 PM
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Put you only accept Money orders or personal checks on your ebay listings (like the old days). That should work. Probably not.
Old 10-16-21, 10:24 PM
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Damn, I was planning to start selling a bunch of higher priced vintage toys on ebay. Between this and the recent USPS fuckery, I'm not sure if this is good timing.
Old 10-17-21, 02:15 AM
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It is disgusting to come after sellers for such small sum while the multi billionaire are blatantly evading tax.
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Old 10-17-21, 08:38 AM
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Originally Posted by davidlynchfan View Post
Put you only accept Money orders or personal checks on your ebay listings (like the old days). That should work. Probably not.
You can't anymore. Before Managed Payments, you were required to have Paypal as one if the payment options. I'm sure it's the same with managed payments.
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Originally Posted by Sonic View Post
Last month and so far, my sales have tanked. Along with less views. ☹️ Any other seller here experiencing the same outcome?
Yes, my sales have really slowed up since Mid-July. Usually by this time of the year my sales are really good, but they are at a trickle now...fuck.
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Old 10-18-21, 09:57 AM
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Yes, my sales have really slowed up since Mid-July. Usually by this time of the year my sales are really good, but they are at a trickle now...fuck.
My sales are up by over 50% every month this whole year. I have increased my inventory quite a bit since October of last year, so that accounts for some of it. I have items that cost anywhere from $10 to to $1300 on there, so when I sell a couple of higher dollar items in a month it skews my results a bit.
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Originally Posted by movieguru View Post
My sales are up by over 50% every month this whole year. I have increased my inventory quite a bit since October of last year, so that accounts for some of it. I have items that cost anywhere from $10 to to $1300 on there, so when I sell a couple of higher dollar items in a month it skews my results a bit.
Its not just eBay, my sales have slowed down on Amazon as well..
Old 10-18-21, 04:18 PM
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Its not just eBay, my sales have slowed down on Amazon as well..
I've only sold once on Amazon and that was in 2003. I spent too much time listing 500 items and only ended up selling about 5 items most after months on there. It's too much hassle on there.

I guess it depends on what you are selling that may account for your decrease in sales. I pay extra on a lot of my listings to promote them. I noticed since I've been doing that last year, my sales increased dramatically.
Old 10-18-21, 04:29 PM
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A little off topic, but does anyone remember or ever buy/sell on Yahoo Auctions? I don't think they lasted more than a few years. I recall they were trying to compete directly against Ebay at the time. It seemed like more of a buyers' market on there as prices went for a bit less, but there were no final value fees if I remember correctly. I think they may have charged a ten cent listing fee or something like that, but nothing was charged for the value post sale which may have somewhat made up for the lower sales prices on their platform.
Old 10-18-21, 05:36 PM
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I guess it depends on what you are selling that may account for your decrease in sales. I pay extra on a lot of my listings to promote them. I noticed since I've been doing that last year, my sales increased dramatically.
That's interesting. You can *pay* Ebay for it to skew its AI (?) algorithms positively in your favor... Like everything else, their game is rigged. They're not playing with a fair deck. Paying ebay a total of four (?) fees for every transaction: a "me first fee", a listing fee, a sales fee, a Paypal fee. Wow, that's fucked up, And what a damn gravy train for the bean counters at Ebay!
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That's interesting. You can *pay* Ebay for it to skew its AI (?) algorithms positively in your favor... Like everything else, their game is rigged. They're not playing with a fair deck. Paying ebay a total of four (?) fees for every transaction: a "me first fee", a listing fee, a sales fee, a Paypal fee. Wow, that's fucked up, And what a damn gravy train for the bean counters at Ebay!
It's not unfair as everyone has the opportunity to pay to promote their items to get a better position in their search engines. It's like in newspaper classifieds or advertisements in magazines. If you want a bigger ad or one in a better position in the magazine, like the back cover, you have to pay more. If you want you want to have your product or service advertised on television, you have to pay more than the average rate if you want it aired during the Super Bowl vs. a repeat airing of a tv show with low ratings.

The one thing I don't like about promoted listings is that when you try and sort by lowest price to highest price or highest price to lowest price, the promoted listings can appear at random in between the sorted items which is a bit distracting.
Old 10-18-21, 09:58 PM
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Anybody want to buy a run of Bondage Fairies comic books?
Funny you mention this because according to eBay's new policy that started around May of this year, you most likely would not be able to sell those comics on their site anymore. A friend of mine just made me aware of this as he was trying to sell some Penthouse Comix that have some famous comic book artists in them and was unable to do so due to the new policy. This new policy was made to get rid of the adult section and the new rules make no fucking sense as to what is allowed to sell.

Adult items policy

Some adult items are allowed when they follow our guidelines.

At eBay, we have policies to ensure our platform remains a trusted and inclusive environment for our global community of buyers and sellers. Although most adult-only items are prohibited, listings that show nudity are allowed in limited situations when they follow the guidelines below.

We're committed to preventing bias in the application of our policies. All forms of adult content that don't follow our policy will be removed. We'll review the content of the listing, images, and the category of the items to determine if it is allowed.

eBay defines nudity as showing any part of male or female genitalia, anus, or female breasts where the areola or nipple is visible. The following are also considered nudity:
  • Modeled clothing that is see-through or very tight and shows human genitalia, the anus, or the nipple/areola of female breasts
  • Male erections, even if the model is clothed
  • People engaged in sexual contact or activity

What is the policy?

The following items are not allowed:
  • Adult items with content that is illegal
  • Sexually explicit materials, including items displaying sexual activities, are not allowed. This includes the following:
    • Sexually explicit adult films with a rating of X, XXX, or unrated for an adults-only audience
    • Sexually explicit video games with a rating of Adults Only 18+
    • Sexually explicit anime, comics, books, animation, manga, hentai, yaoi
    • Sexually explicit magazines that show displays of sexual activity
  • Items that don't comply with our Illegal explicit content policy, including nudist publications
  • eBay-hosted video content may not contain nudity
The following items are allowed only under the conditions outlined below:
  • Adult magazines that contain nudity are allowed only if they don't contain sexual activity and if no images of nudity are showing in the listing
    • Some examples of this include Bear (magazine), Blue (magazine), Butt (magazine), Gayletter, Mayfair, On Our Backs, Penthouse, Playboy, Playgirl, and Playguy. This isn't an exhaustive list of magazines we allow. Any adult magazine that doesn't contain sexually explicit content can be listed following the guidelines in the this policy
  • Nude art listings that do not contain sexually suggestive poses or sexual acts are allowed, but they must include the item specific attribute Subject: Nudes. They can be listed only in the following categories:
    • Art categories
    • Collectibles > Paper > Pin Up > Vintage (Pre-1970)
    • Collectibles > Postcards > Non-Topographical Postcards
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  • Sex toys and sex accessories can be listed in the Health & Beauty > Health Care > Sexual Wellness categories, and must follow these guidelines:
    • Sellers must be pre-approved. Seller accounts are automatically reviewed for pre-approval at the time of attempting to list in these categories
    • Items must be new and in the original packaging
    • Listings must not offer international shipping
    • Listings must not include images of nudity or sexual content
  • Educational materials that don't contain sexually explicit content can be listed as long as the listing doesn't show nude images
Activity that doesn't follow eBay policy could result in a range of actions including for example: administratively ending or canceling listings, hiding or demoting all listings from search results, lowering seller rating, buying or selling restrictions, and account suspension. All fees paid or payable in relation to listings or accounts on which we take any action will not be refunded or otherwise credited to your account.

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Why does eBay have this policy?

We want to make adult items available to those who wish to purchase them and can do so legally, while preventing those who do not wish to view or purchase these items from easily accessing them.
https://www.ebay.com/help/policies/p...policy?id=4278

Mashable did an article on how ridiculous this rule is it not only affects X o XXX material, but it affects unrated movies, works of art with nudity, comic books, sex toys among other things.

https://mashable.com/article/ebay-adult-items-ban
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Damn, I was not aware of that! I have a few underground comics listed that I should probably take down now.
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Damn, I was not aware of that! I have a few underground comics listed that I should probably take down now.
Unless ebay contacts you, don't take them down. So far, no one inside the company knows exactly how these new rules work. It's another stupid move by a company that has gotten too big and forgotten exactly what got them to that position.
Old 10-19-21, 01:43 PM
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Yeah, there's a lot of stuff that is explicit, but not out and out "pornographic."

While there are pornographic comics (like Fantagraphics' Eros line), there are also some that are sexually explicit but aren't strictly pornographic like Lost Girls, Faust, and Heavy Metal magazine.

The same could be said for movies. Some "unrated" movies, like Romance, 9 Songs, and In the Realm of the Senses, show explicit uncensored sex, but don't really fall into the realm of XXX pornography like Debbie Does Dallas.
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They kept taking my listings of A Serbian Film down. I was going to try to list it in the Adult section but I wonder if it will be taken down there as well?

I also have around 10 Girls Gone Wild Blu-rays I wanted to unload on there. But those videos seem to be never sold on eBay which makes me wonder if they take them also down whenever they are put up for sale whether it is in the regular area or the Adult area???
Old 10-19-21, 04:20 PM
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They kept taking my listings of A Serbian Film down. I was going to try to list it in the Adult section but I wonder if it will be taken down there as well?

I also have around 10 Girls Gone Wild Blu-rays I wanted to unload on there. But those videos seem to be never sold on eBay which makes me wonder if they take them also down whenever they are put up for sale whether it is in the regular area or the Adult area???
Well, there’s no adult area anymore, so that option is gone.

Like I said before, their decision is ridiculous. Who are they protecting?
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Well, there’s no adult area anymore, so that option is gone.

Like I said before, their decision is ridiculous. Who are they protecting?
Their sterling reputation?

I guess I misunderstood. Those new rule changes change the entire definition of "Adult" so...yeah...I am confused.

So is there even an adult area anymore at all?

I would love a viable alternative to selling on eBay but there really isn't one for someone like me. I moved all my selling to Half.com when it first came out and quit selling almost completely on eBay. Then eBay bought the site, ripped up everything that was good about Half.com, neutered it and then finally shut the whole damn thing down. That really sucked. I haven't seen a decent alternative since. I loved Half.com.

Guess I will just get stuck with a lot of taxes until I either sell everything (which one my slow-ass schedule will take a decade) or some other place comes along.
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Kinda miss when the internet was more of a wild west... but I suppose corporations have to keep growing their shares.

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