So I've been "dabbling" in eBay for a bit after opening up my own account on eBay, and have sold about 30 or so items. For the most part I was happy with the whole process, even though I was thoroughly irked every time I completed a listing and noticed the insertion fees, the gallery fees, and whatever else kind of fees there were. Of particular matter to me, was the final value fees which could range anywhere from "ouch" to "outrageous", and the fees you would accumulate even if your item did not sell. Anyhoo, I had thought that over the course of a month or so, I had managed to get my money back on bags that no longer suited me, and also had made a few bucks on the side, until I received my monthly sellers invoice. $800! 800 dollars, ladies! Any monies I had thought that I had made was going to be funneled directly back to eBay and (Meg Whitman's) pockets! I was seriously outraged, and this was not even including Paypal fees! I checked over my fees invoice, and has remembered that not long ago, there was a seller's special from Ebay for free insertion fees and what not. Was it there? Was I credited for these fees? NO! I didnt see them anywhere! Did I get credited for the 4 listings that Ebay pulled where I had listed them as "Like New"? NO! I was charged for them! I called Ebay and spoke to a pompous pr*ck who for some reason had no inkling of an idea what I was referring to in regard to free insertion fees. He mentioned that Ebay automatically credits fees that are due to sellers, and that if I was owed monies, I would have been credited. Basically, the phone call was a waste of my time. Miffed, I commented to him that I just might take my business elsewhere, and he snarkily said Ebay is the only viable auction site...blah..blah. Im over it. I really am. I don't care about pocket change so much that I am going to force myself to be held in the grips of the monster monopoly other wise known as Ebay. I shut down my buying and selling accounts, furious beyond belief and went to bed. Having woke up from a fitful sleep, I wonder: How does anyone make money off of Ebay? Isnt that what it is supposed to be all about? Individual sellers representing themselves and earning an income through online auctions? Its not that way though, and it cant be, with all the fees that are included. There are so many fees! Insertion fees, listing fees, picture and gallery fees, subtitle fees, final value fees, and PAYPAL FEES! I am angry, I really am. Back when I didn't know better, I had viewed Ebay as a way in which the middle class and blue collar person could better their lot in the world by making an extra buck or two, but now I'm pretty sure I was wrong. So what do you think? Do you disagree or agree with me? Are you making money on the Monster Monopoly known as Ebay or are you just barely breaking even? Thank you for reading, and any of your thoughts are appreciated!