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Facebook ‘Marketplace’ NEW ‘Shipping Option’ Works, Works Well — & Makes It Better Than eBay.

by Anura Guruge


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In the past, with Facebook ‘Marketplace’ you either had to hope for local sales or rely on using PayPal (or equivalent) to obtain payment & then sort out your own shipping.

Not anymore. Facebook ‘Marketplace’ now has a NIFTY built-in ‘SHIPPING’ option with Facebook collecting the payment & supplying a shipping label.

I listed an item earlier this week. Facebook notified me of the new ‘shipping’ option & to entice me (totally) sadi that they will pay for the shipping. That was quite the enticement. They were ALSO NOT charging any fees or commission. WOW.

So, I would get, 100%, of the selling price of the item.

Facebook was paying for the shipping & there were no fees that were going to be deductible.

OF COURSE there was a catch. FB hold onto the payment for a week or so! Unlike eBay/PayPal you do NOT get paid when the buyer pays. Instead FB holds onto it. They don’t release it until the item is DELIVERED. Then, they still reserve 5-days to pay you. So, I still haven’t got paid. SMILE.

But, ….

I am impressed. It worked well. They, like eBay, provide built-in tracking.

They are setting themselves up to compete with eBay head-to-head. That is good. eBay had become complacent. This is good.

Try it out. I am sure you will like it. I did.


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eBay Buyers Can Be So Pigheaded & Short-Sighted.

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This morning, I happened to look at what this Tamron superzoom was selling for at eBay. I had one to sell (but, no more since I got a very SWEET trade-in deal from my friend Kurt Seelig at ‘Cardinal Camera’.

What I saw made me SMILE.

People bidding on the ‘For Auction’ item ignoring the ‘Buy it Now’ offers.

IF you really wanted this lens why would you make a BID for $110.14 (and then wait 2-days to see if you will get OUTBID) when for 6 cents more — yes 6 CENTS more — you could get a refurbished lens from a ‘Top Rated PLUS’ seller?

Plus another that will entertain offers.

Crazy.

I understand what happens. I have bought & sold a TON on eBay & was a proud eBay shareholder for at least a decade. SMILE.

People get caught up in the bidding & YES, there are the automatic bids.

But, you have to SMILE.

I have been a seller in similar situations, watching folks bid all around you when they would be better off trying to buy my listing.

C’est la vie. Life goes on.


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The Jaguar Comes Out Of Hibernation.

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I am pretty sure that this is the latest it has hibernated. I am sure that I usually drive it in March — April, provided that there is no snow on the ground.

Well, this year was different. I was cooler for a start & we had the stay at home. There was nowhere to go in it.

I had it on a Schumacher trickle-charger while it hibernated. I have 3 of these chargers. One for each of my British cars. It works great. Started first time. No hesitation. Bang. That made me happy.

The pictures, quite nicely, hide all the dust on the car. Will put it through a car wash soon.

Well, Summer must be here. Now to get the other Jag out of hibernation.


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I Sold My Full-Frame ‘Canon EOS RP’ On eBay Today — 1-Year After I Got It.

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Did NOT plan it as such — sell it after 1-year.

NO. I did NOT need the money. SMILE.

I just realized I had NOT used it in over 2-months. And that is my rule with cameras. IF I haven’t used it — get rid of it.

Last picture I had taken with it.

That was on January 28, 2020!

Not good.


It had to go.

Obviously I am still taking pictures every day. But, not with my Canon. I like my ‘new’ Google Pixel 4.

I am happy with what I got on eBay. I ended up selling the grip, my Canon RF 35mm (which I had BARELY used) and my control ring adapter. Still have two other items to sell. I am good.

I have NO CAMERA! Wow. Just my Google Pixel 4. Kind of feel naked.

Yes, I have an idea as to what I might get. NO, it will not be full-frame. It will not even be APS-C or even 1″!

Yes, I am going back to TINY sensor. I am going to get a TRAVEL compact. The Pixel 4 doesn’t zoom far or do macro that well.

I will keep you posted.


One of the 1st pictures I took with it.
April 17, 2019.


Funny. I wrote a book about getting this camera.

My accidental book!

 


Camera’s gone. But, the book is forever! That is life. That is why I write books!


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My Jaguar XJ8 Is Still Good (& V12 XJS Is ‘OK’) BUT I Can’t Help Lusting After This One.

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My 2002 XJ8 in Fall 2019 BEFORE I mothballed it for the Winter.

It is ready to be sprung free. Had the battery on a good trickle-charger.

Jaguar XJ8 2002 Anura Guruge

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My 1989 V12 XJS in Fall 2019 BEFORE it too was mothballed it for the Winter.

Also on a good trickle-charger, but this one needs to be registered. SMILE.


Wow, I haven’t bought a Jag in 5-years! Wow. I am impressed with myself.

I would NOT get rid of the XJ8 unless it was totally & utterly kaput. It is a lovely car — aesthetically and it hasn’t given me too much grief on the mechanical side. But, that can change. Yikes. My plan is to nurse it along as long as I can.

I haven’t looked for Jags online for years — ok, maybe for ‘months’. Just had a quick look. There are Jags out there for I. So, I am OK.

SMILE.


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eBay: BEWARE Change Shipping Address Scam — I Got An e-Mail.

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So, finally sold this Canon lens yesterday. Reasonably happy with price.


THEN got this e-mail this morning!


Just looked dodgy. Reminded me of some of the old Craigslist scams.

So, I Googled. BINGO.




Luckily I did NOT fall for it. There was no way I was going to bypass the eBay automated process for printing shipping labels.

Just wanted to give YOU a Heads Up.

OK?


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My New eBay Listings Are So, So PRO-U.S. That Trump Will Be Proud!

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The last bloody straw. Click to access my earlier post.


My choice. It is true that I have had some real good sales to Canadians. But, I am eliminating them too, my regret, just to make sure no bloody Germans bid on any of my stuff. Just so fed up of being screwed by the Germans.


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I Sold My AliveCor ‘KardiMobile’ ECG Unit On eBay For $67 + Shipping.

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My LSAT AliveCor ECG
from April 29, 2019.

My heart rate was just one beat above the cut-off for Bradycardia!

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I got the AliveCor ‘KardiMobile’ last September, for $99 (from Amazon), to allay Apple Watch 4 envy.

I have no regrets about getting it. It was cool to do my own ECGs and those of relatives.

But, none of us had any heart issues! That is NOT a bad thing. But, after awhile it becomes boring. Samo-samo. So, it just sat there not getting used. But, the Kardi APP can be annoying. Reminds you daily to take an ECG.

So, I decided to sell it. Was easy enough. I am fairly chuffed with the price I got $67 + shipping.

So, I had it for 8-months and that cost me $32. That is not bad in my book.


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I Got A ‘Garmin MARQ Expedition’ Today (Trading In My Fenix 5 Plus) & It Is Pretty Cool.

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Garmin MARQ Expedition Anura Guruge May 2019

My Garmin MARQ Expedition on my wrist for the first time.


Saying Goodbye to my trusty Fenix 5 Plus. I will miss it!


The Twelve (12) Trackers I Have Had In The Last 2-Years


The Packing & Box


Yes, I know I am VERY fortunate (but I did a fair amount of writing to earn this). Basically, I did NOT have to pay for it. I traded in my 7-month old (and in IMMACULATE condition) Fenix 5 Plus and called upon ‘virtual $$$s‘ I had banked away for technical & writing services rendered over a 6-month period. Though I now rarely charge folks for my writing, I still get rewarded for it. This is the most visible example.

Impressive watch — but I am not sure whether I would have paid $1,750 for it! Given that I didn’t have to part with any money, at all, at all, it feels GREAT.

The Titanium body looks good and the Italian leather strap does look pretty good.

Now this is nowhere CLOSE to the most expensive watch I have owned. I wore a Rolex, with diamonds on its face, for 26-years. This watch is 1/4 the price of the Rolex.

Garmin has tried to make it upmarket. The box it comes in is HUGE and weights a ‘ton’. The dark gray plastic box (which feels metalish) is about the same size — and looks just like — a 6V lawn mower battery. Garmin is trying to compete with the packaging of high end watches and I am not sure whether they truly succeeded. 15-years ago, I sold my EMPTY Rolex box, since I had no use for it, on eBay for $98! Doubt whether I could get $22 for the empty MARQ box.

Though the straps are 22mm Quick-Fit the black plastic strap they include in the box has ‘larger’ (nicer) wrap-around ends over the Quick-Fit mechanism.

All the screens have been jazzed up and are much more appealing though it is still the same old TIRED display from the original Fenix 5. That is definitely a negative.

It has this ‘Body Battery’ feature, oxygen saturation and fall-detection. I haven’t worn it for long enough to determine if the ‘Body Battery’ or oxygen saturation is for I. For an old guy my oxygen saturation, at 96%+, is adequate.

So, this is my first cut review/impression.

I am GLAD I got it, the WAY I did.

I will keep you posted.


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I Sold My AliveCor ‘KardiMobile’ ECG Unit On eBay For $67 + Shipping.

by Anura Guruge


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My LSAT AliveCor ECG
from April 29, 2019.

My heart rate was just one beat above the cut-off for Bradycardia!

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I got the AliveCor ‘KardiMobile’ last September, for $99 (from Amazon), to allay Apple Watch 4 envy.

I have no regrets about getting it. It was cool to do my own ECGs and those of relatives.

But, none of us had any heart issues! That is NOT a bad thing. But, after awhile it becomes boring. Samo-samo. So, it just sat there not getting used. But, the Kardi APP can be annoying. Reminds you daily to take an ECG.

So, I decided to sell it. Was easy enough. I am fairly chuffed with the price I got $67 + shipping.

So, I had it for 8-months and that cost me $32. That is not bad in my book.


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