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# 174955 12-Jun-2015 00:24
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I have purchased a few things recently from intrade traders on trademe, who after I have won the auction, they have identified themselves as being a retailer with an online store. After visiting their online store, they are selling the same  products cheaper on their website. I am guessing they make them more expensive on trademe , to cover the commission. Anyone else come across this and get a bit annoyed by it?

The way I see it , using trademe should be treated as an advertising expense for them, and they shouldn't be charging their customers extra to cover it. If it wasn't for trademe, they likely wouldn't be getting those customers anyway. It is similar to using paid Google Adwords to drive traffic to your website, the customer wouldn't expect to pay an extra amount because they got to the website via a Google Adwords link which would have cost the retailer each time someone clicks on the link.

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  # 1323106 12-Jun-2015 00:24
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Hmmmm. Here we go.




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  # 1323110 12-Jun-2015 00:31
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They're not doing anything wrong.

As you said, trademe charge fees.






 
 
 
 


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  # 1323112 12-Jun-2015 00:33
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Guess it depends on what their margin is. It is in the same category as charging extra for paying by credit card.





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  # 1323113 12-Jun-2015 00:34
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TradeMe fees are getting higher and higher, Unless they are a massively bulk seller they are still paying individual sale fees, If you buy elsewhere that single transaction costs less therefore they are able to offer a discount and receive the same proffit.

Personally I look for a anything relating to business info on their listing and account if it looks like a business and then offer to buy it elsewhere primarily for quicker contact however my last purchase of this nature the guy gave me $20 off because he wasn't going to be charged fees.

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TradeMe for a long time now have been positioning them selves as less of the grass roots peer to peer sales we know them to be and more of an amazon type service enabling them to rake in more $$




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  # 1323114 12-Jun-2015 00:38
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lucky015: Trademe fees are getting higher and higher, Unless they are a massively bulk seller they are still paying individual sale fees, If you buy elsewhere that single transaction costs less therefore they are able to offer a discount and receive the same proffit.

Personally I look for a anything relating to business info on their listing and account if it looks like a business and then offer to buy it elsewhere primarily for quicker contact however my last purchase of this nature the guy gave me $20 off because he wasn't going to be charged fees.


I guess it means that in the future I can save on the trademe fees, by buying straight through their website. Probably a bit of a lesson to check their profile first, and then google them to see if they have a website 

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  # 1323122 12-Jun-2015 06:08
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should do your due diligence first and check prices elsewhere before resorting to trademe

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  # 1323126 12-Jun-2015 06:37
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I have also seen the opposite with Savebarn.

Trademe is one price, Online store one price and instore another.

I usually look up which is the cheapest and ask for that price :)

 
 
 
 


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  # 1323131 12-Jun-2015 07:19
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At the end of the day there is nothing wrong with selling general merchandise on Trademe, even if it is higher than the retail price. People will pay what they are willing to pay for it.

 

Consumers have a choice who they purchase from, which is why competition is great for consumers.

 

Also if I wanted an item bad enough. For example an item I could not get anywhere at all from any retailer, or there was a worldwide shortage or something and someone had one on trademe for more than the retail price. I may consider paying more for it, it would depend on the circumstances.





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  # 1323145 12-Jun-2015 08:06
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Of course they would! Trademe has fees you know!




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I'm surprised anybody would jump in any buy anything on Trademe without checking elsewhere first. The last few times I've looked their for things as part of my decision making process before buying something I've noticed it's an incredibly expensive place to buy anything these days, particularly new goods.

If you're wanting low cost electronics / components or gadgets all the Chinese sites offer far better pricing and free shipping - and it's not uncommon to see goods arriving from China or Hong Kong within 7 days now.





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  # 1323150 12-Jun-2015 08:16
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I use to love it when sella was around, some seller would often list the same thing on TM and sella, sella was usually about 10% less :)

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sbiddle: I'm surprised anybody would jump in any buy anything on Trademe without checking elsewhere first. The last few times I've looked their for things as part of my decision making process before buying something I've noticed it's an incredibly expensive place to buy anything these days, particularly new goods.

If you're wanting low cost electronics / components or gadgets all the Chinese sites offer far better pricing and free shipping - and it's not uncommon to see goods arriving from China or Hong Kong within 7 days now.






what sites are you using to get within 7 days?   Most of the time if I use free shipping it takes 4 to 5 weeks, sometimes longer....

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  # 1323161 12-Jun-2015 08:35
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reven:
sbiddle: I'm surprised anybody would jump in any buy anything on Trademe without checking elsewhere first. The last few times I've looked their for things as part of my decision making process before buying something I've noticed it's an incredibly expensive place to buy anything these days, particularly new goods.

If you're wanting low cost electronics / components or gadgets all the Chinese sites offer far better pricing and free shipping - and it's not uncommon to see goods arriving from China or Hong Kong within 7 days now.






what sites are you using to get within 7 days?   Most of the time if I use free shipping it takes 4 to 5 weeks, sometimes longer....


Aliexpress - and that's individual sellers shipping stuff.

Out of the last 5 or so orders I've had nothing would have taken longer than 10 days to get here via regular post, and my parcel this week was exactly 7 days. There are clearly exceptions to this, but I've never had anything take 4-5 weeks except for when I used to buy stuff from DX. I actually had a DX order turn up 11 months after ordering it a few years ago when they were having all their issues!

My only annoyance this week was NZ Post leaving me a card to collect as the authority to leave registered mail had expired. It's nice of them to send me a letter after it had actually expired asking if I'd like to renew it!








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  # 1323179 12-Jun-2015 08:46
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sbiddle:
reven:
sbiddle: I'm surprised anybody would jump in any buy anything on Trademe without checking elsewhere first. The last few times I've looked their for things as part of my decision making process before buying something I've noticed it's an incredibly expensive place to buy anything these days, particularly new goods.

If you're wanting low cost electronics / components or gadgets all the Chinese sites offer far better pricing and free shipping - and it's not uncommon to see goods arriving from China or Hong Kong within 7 days now.






what sites are you using to get within 7 days?   Most of the time if I use free shipping it takes 4 to 5 weeks, sometimes longer....


Aliexpress - and that's individual sellers shipping stuff.

Out of the last 5 or so orders I've had nothing would have taken longer than 10 days to get here via regular post, and my parcel this week was exactly 7 days. There are clearly exceptions to this, but I've never had anything take 4-5 weeks except for when I used to buy stuff from DX. I actually had a DX order turn up 11 months after ordering it a few years ago when they were having all their issues!

My only annoyance this week was NZ Post leaving me a card to collect as the authority to leave registered mail had expired. It's nice of them to send me a letter after it had actually expired asking if I'd like to renew it!



Same for me. I just ordered a car radio on a Monday and it arrived on Friday. Came from HK and the free shipping was handled by DHL.

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sbiddle: I'm surprised anybody would jump in any buy anything on Trademe without checking elsewhere first. The last few times I've looked their for things as part of my decision making process before buying something I've noticed it's an incredibly expensive place to buy anything these days, particularly new goods.

If you're wanting low cost electronics / components or gadgets all the Chinese sites offer far better pricing and free shipping - and it's not uncommon to see goods arriving from China or Hong Kong within 7 days now.


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