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Old 04-18-2010
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Originally Posted by mojosavage View Post
Private listings are really used for expensive things where sellers don't want their buyers molested by people trying to scam them with ⊗⊗⊗⊗ second offers, or trying to offer the same goods to them for less money, etc. I have run auctions for utility trailers, a real Rolex, etc. and made them private. If you use private auctions for lower priced things (as in under $100 or so) it just looks suspicious as if you are trying to hide something. This is apparently a known technique for hiding vero etc. by not allowing others to contact your bidders or seeing what your real selling history is.

Just my 2 cents.
There are several logical reasons to list privately only.

1. Protect your customers from spam/scams.
2. Keep your competitors in the dark.
-All kinds of info can be used to outsell you or worse.
3. Keep customers in the dark.
-They hate to see that they paid 70 bucks for something that someone else got for 40. It could cause unnecessary negatives, or customers demanding discounts.
4. Keep Vero out of your business
5. Keeps your listings from getting a undeserved bad reputation.
-Example: Buyer runs scam that did not work and says "item arrived broken" Well, if no one can see what the item was, no one will have a reason to doubt the products they buy from you.

Bottom line. I don't know about you, but I don't want anyone keeping tabs on me. I watch some sellers just to add up how much they made in a week in sales. I don't plan on giving anyone the license to do that to me.

To say that eBay looks at sellers who use private listings exclusively as scams is ridiculous.
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