The List

What was "The List"? and what happened to it?

Topic by MrSillyGuns 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


What is "the list"? Answered

I have heard it every where. "add this to the list" "LET THIS DECEND TO THE LIST" now what the heck is it?

Question by NYPA 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


favourite list

where is the favourite list? when i see the great idea, I always click the favourite button, in hope i can see those instructions later. but I can find the list of my favourite... please tell me...

Topic by diraja 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Contest list

I dont see the contest list anymore on instructables. Neither it is on facebook. Can any one enlighten me why is it removed?

Topic by sabu.dawdy 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


List of categories??

This is a question about the site, not about the @#$% forums! IS there a PAGE that LISTS all of the CATEGORIES for INSTRUCTABLES somewhere? I don't understand why there isn't just a button on the home page...is it inconceivable that one might want to choose from a list of categories of instructables to look at? I don't live here so every time I visit, I'm like a new visitor and confined to the instructables that are listed in emails BECAUSE I CAN'T FIND A @#$% LIST OF CATEGORIES TO BROWSE AND CHOOSE WHAT I WANT TO LOOK AT FOR MYSELF!! #@$%!!! The concept is SO good that the inability to find a list of categories is INFURIATING!

Question by GenerallyOdd 4 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


A "To Do List"

How cool would it be to have a "to do" list on here? I love the favorites feature, and agree with other posters that it needs to have a way to easily organize your favorites or search within your favorites. (I'm not sure about all it has, can't afford a pro membership yet) But, for those with pro, I could see how a to-do list would be sweet, where you can add an instructable to your "to-do" list and go back later and prioritize the items within it. Kinda like how Amazon has the priority wish lists.

Topic by WayfinderAli 8 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Instructable not listed.

Hallo I can't see my Instructable in search result. I posted it three days ago. Why? Thank you.

Topic by enprog 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Recent list

There used to be a way, with a couple of clicks from the home page that would give you a chronological list of the most recent projects regardless off the category. Is there a way to do that now without clicking the recent button in each specific category, but to include all categories? Thanks for your help.

Topic by tyep 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


listing crafts

Other than knitting and sewing what would be crafts? I do woodworking ,metalworking as craft ,i do not think that those would quantify for this. Any ideas ? to expand this ie. leatherwork? wood carving? I am the guy that build stuff not the guy that thought it up.

Topic by bikerbob2005 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


parts lists!!!

 hey guys if you need/want a parts list just comment what gun and leave a link to the gun. also i will be putting up set parts lists. 325 TUB: rods: green:28 white:32 blue:14 yellow:8 red:2 flexi orange:4 flexi purple(gray rod size):4 connectors: dark gray:6 lt gray:6 red:12 green:12 yellow:12 purple:8 white:3 blue:5 other: blue spacer:40 gray spacer:9 blue clip:5 tan clip:2 y clip:7 ball socket:4 ball joint:4 red "eyes":2 small wheels:1 snap on wheel:4 large wheel:2 snap on tred thingys:2 large wheel outer wheel thing:2 small triangle pannel:2 med. tri panel(3 holes):2

Topic by knexsuperbuilderfreak 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Contests listing sort order

New contests seem to be popping up quite stealthily.  I do check the contests listing page often to see what I can throw together for fun but it is getting harder to keep up to see what is new.  New contest announcements will be buried a few down in the listing so I will not notice it if I do not scroll down the browser window. The listing does not seem to have the open contests in a recognizable order.  The Pi contest is at the top and some of the more previous ones were inserted between the open contests below. I suggest new contest announcements be piled on top so people can see what has been announced and work accordingly.  At least there is some chronological order to figure out what contests to enter.  

Topic by caitlinsdad 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


When viewing my settings it is saying i have not joined any groups Answered

But when i look at my public page they all show up they also show up when i want to add an ible to a group. Has anyone else had this problem?

Question by acidbass 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Piece List Please? Answered

I would like a piece list for the Big Ball Factory please, no hurry.

Question by TwistedParadox 10 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


To-do List Feature

I had an idea for something that I think would be a great addition to the site: a To-Do List feature. You could create to do lists and add instructables to those lists. It would help keep your projects together, say if you wanted to make some shelves, repaint your room, and add mood lighting, you could add all of those instructables to a "Room Make Over" To do list. Just a though, I'd love to hear what you all think of it. (Sorry if this is in the wrong section, I couldn't think of anywhere else to put it.)

Topic by Ora 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Schindler's List found

Schindler's actual list has been found.Thirteen fragile yellow pages, 801 typed names, have been found in Australia, between the pages of Thomas Keneally's research notes for his book Schindler's Ark, which was used as he basis for the film Schindler's List.Keneally had been handed it almost 30 years ago in a shop in Los Angeles, by one of the people who Schindler helped escape - Leopold Pfefferberg, Jewish worker 173 on the list.Imagine, holding the actual list. That must be up there with the original Magna Carta, or being allowed to touch the Bayeux Tapestry*.BBC Story*Which isn't actually a tapestry, but that's a whole other topic.

Topic by Kiteman 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Instructables Friends List!

I've been a member of this site for a while, and I've noticed that some of the users here are very close. Wouldn't it be cool if each user could have a list of the other members of the community that they interact with the most?Perhaps it could be linked to the new chat room, or go even further and create an easier PM system much like some popular instant-messaging programsPost your thoughts on the matter, would you use it?

Topic by Firebert010 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Parts list for Rectangle? Answered

I was thinking about making it sometime, but I want to know the part count, preferably for the latest version.

Question by DJ Radio 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Veiw as list default

Sorry if this is an incredibly stupid question, but is there an instructables preference to make this: https://www.instructables.com/tag/type:id/?sort=POPULAR&layout;=text the default over this https://www.instructables.com/tag/type:id/?sort=POPULAR I want an option for my account, not a link to a greasemonkey script etc.Thanks

Topic by Audey 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Another entry not listed

I've notice others on here have this problem recently and now I am too.  This instructable I published yesterday is only accessible through my user profile and not through search or category browsing.  Please help.  I tried unpublishing and republishing and even changing category but nothing worked. https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Split-a-Song-MP3-Using-Garageband-09/ Thanks.

Topic by memorris027 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Chemistry equipment list?

Hello Fellow Instructablers!       Its been a while since I have made a post but I am back with a burning question!  I have a great interest in science and chemistry and always wanted to preform experiments seen on page of authors like Nurdrage for example. But I have never had the required equipment or chemicals to do these. I have taken a high school chemistry class and gotten my stuff down and now am prepared to take on the challenge of the lab. I have a birthday coming on on the 24th and my parents said if I wanted to get into chemistry I should ask for equipment and chemicals or what I need for my birthday.      So I will, but I need help. From an experienced chemist or someone who has done this before. Can anyone give me a list of basic-intermediate lab equipment that is needed for most experiments? I don't want to get one of those chemistry kits for kids since those are so restricted and only let you do the experiments given to you, not very fun So I want to get free use equipment and chemicals for any procedure. But I have no idea what is needed most or least and would really appreciate it if someone were able to do this for me. Just in the comments or PM, have a list of stuff I should ask for if I wanted to kick start my chemistry, what that item is used for, the price and its frequency of use to determine what I should decide on if there were to be a conflict. I would really appreciate any help I can get from you guys cause my birthday is coming up soon! Thanks everyone! ~Ostomesto

Topic by ostomesto 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Virtual Patch List

We've recently started to give out virtual patches to reward users for the cool things you all do. The list is short for now, but it will grow. Check out the patches that exist so far and feel free to give us suggestions for new ones! Holiday Treats Contest Winner DIY Halloween Contest Winner Light Up your Ride Contest Winner Caption Contest Winner Newsletter - Authors whose Instructables have been featured in the newsletter. Hungry Scientist Contest Winner Party Like It's 1929! Contest Winner Instructables Book - Instructables users who have bought or won a copy of The Best of Instructables, Vol. 1. To get this patch, post a picture of yourself with the book here. Forbes Fabergé-Style Egg Contest Winner Craft Skills Contest Winner Pie Contest Winner Horny Toad Invent-a-Sport Contest Winner BBQ PDQ Contest Winner Lonely Planet Travel Tips Contest Winner RoboGames Robot Contest Winner Park Tool Bike Month Contest Winner Toss It! Contest Winner Tool Tips Month Contest Winner T-Shirt Hacks Contest Winner Pocket_Sized Contest Winner Photojojo Photo Month Contest Winner Pets Month Contest Winner Share the Love Contest Winner Discover Green Science Fair for a Better Planet Contest Winner Get the LED Out! Contest Winner Flower Contest Winner Cake Contest Winner

Topic by fungus amungus 10 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


empty watch list

I'm subscribed to some contests, but a lot of the emails I get don't have any projects, although the subject line says the opposite. Here is te last example: subject: You have 2 new instructables from a contest you're following! body: Hello, ........... Here are the newest items from each of the contests you are following.  To change or turn off updates, go to your following  page: https://www.instructables.com/you/watchlist?modify=WATCHLIST --------------------------------------- Thanks for being part of our community! Instructables Team @ Autodesk | https://www.instructables.com/ To manage these notification messages, please visit your watchlist preferences: https://www.instructables.com/you/watchlist?modify=WATCHLIST

Topic by soldeerridder 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Z35 parts lists!

Ok the Z35 is ausome but no parts list that it accurat to all models i mad one its easy you just pic thones that you want like trigger guard,chamber door,etc. but he had a parts list but i hade to go back and grab some more parts here and there so i made this i will list if it is nesserary or not. body shell: 1: with chamber slide and trigger guard: rods: green:86 white:22 connectors: dark gray:2 ltgray:2 red:2 green:4 yellow:50 blue:6 white:2 2: with chamber slide,without trigger guard: rods: green:86 white:22 connectors: dark gray:2 ltgray:2 red:2 green:4 yellow:52 blue:4 white:2 3: without chamber slide,with trigger guard: rods: green:90 white:24 connectors: dark gray:2 ltgray:2 red:2 green:4 yellow:48 blue:6 white:4 4: without chamber slide or trigger guard: rods: green:82 white:24 connectors: dark gray:2 ltgray:2 red:2 green:4 yellow:50 blue:4 white:4 sights(needed): rods: green:14 white:4 blue:3 red:1 connectors: red:3 green:3 yellow:6 other: ball socket:16 track connector:1 barrel 1: 1: with chamber slide rods: green:30 white:3 blue:2 connectors: red:3 yellow:26 blue:2 other: y clip:15 2: without chamber slide: rods: green:30 white:3 blue:2 connectors: red:3 yellow:24 blue:4 other: yclip:15 barrel 2: 1: with bipod and/or carrying strap: rods: green18 white:2 blue8 connectors: orange:11 red:3 yellow:4 other: blue clip:3 2: with carrying strap without bipod: rods: green18 white:1 blue8 connectors: orange:13 red:3 yellow:2 other: blue clip:3 IM STOPING HERE I WILL ADD MORE EVERY DAY

Topic by knexsuperbuilderfreak 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


see a list of ALL the instructables

I am looking for a list of all the instructables available, I need ideas for my cubscouts and a list would be great to look at

Topic by katepark 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Piece List - Screamin' Serpent? Answered

As above

Question by TwistedParadox 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Collection list not in Alpha order

It is difficult to add items to a collection because the drop down list is not in Alpha order.   It would be much easier if the list of Collections would be in Alphabetical order.

Topic by ddpruitt 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Wanted: Top five lists

By top five list I mean something like: five tips to avoid something.. .., or something like: top five reasons to do......(your answer here). I would really appreciate a technology related top five list. I will also try to feature all of the top five lists on my blog: http://rubikstree.blogspot.com/ Thanks a lot! 

Topic by solarblade90 8 years ago


Finding a list of all 'Guides'...?

Is there a page with all guides listed? Despite searching and searching, I certainly haven't found it!

Question by Kryptonite 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Bugs: Ordered List Malfunction

I'm just regularly typing and use ordered list then it malfunction, as if the cursor doesn't locate to '1' and cannot be deleted. 1.) Windows 8.1 Pro 2.) Google Chrome 3.) https://www.instructables.com/editInstructable/edit/E7YZME5IR5MV53U/step/1 4.) Added Screen Shots 5.) It happens in repetitive use of Ordered List

Topic by ephtermulo 2 years ago


piece list for vertical vengance?

Im just wondering so i know if i get my moneys worth thanks

Question by coreyt 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


C# key word list? Answered

I'm looking for a list of keywords used in c# that also includes there definitions. I'd like it so i can print it out

Question by hightekrednek2396 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


China's List of Banned Websites

Here is a nice info-graphic of the websites china's government blocks their population from visiting. I don't know if this is the full list, but these are probably the most important ones. Pretty interesting, We are not banned yet are we ? Its only a matter of time :)

Topic by =SMART= 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


There Should Be a Forum List For Airsoft

I belive there should be a seprate forum list for airsoft, just like there is for Art, Food, K'NEX, and others! If you agree comment +1!

Topic by KnexFreak360 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Is there a list of every "featured" Instructable? Answered

I've subscribed to the "featured" RSS feed for about a year now. I'd like to see a list of every featured Instructable in order from the beginning. I could in theory just scroll back that far in my RSS feed reader but that would take a long, long time. Any suggestion?

Question by nolte919 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Ible isn't being listed

Hi, I got a problem with my newest ible: https://www.instructables.com/id/Knex-Ball-Machine-Catastropha/ Even thought I published it yesterday (some time ago) it isn't listed anywhere exept if you visit my profil.

Topic by Sorunome 7 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Favorites not listed but still favorited

I've been a member for 5 years and always used to login using facebook. That now appears to not be an option, but I can still use the email to login, however my favorites list is empty, though when viewing an instructable I know to have favorited, is still shows as a favorite. What the hell.

Topic by aclark17 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Listings duplicated in Paper projects

I really enjoy seeing all the projects people have taken the time to share --  but because so many of the (exact) same ones show up multiple times, I don't have the opportunity (time) to see ALL of them. Is there some way you can fix it so that the duplicates don't show up?   Thanks.

Topic by delsur 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


duplicates in contest entries list

I noticed when browsing contest entries, there are some entries that show up twice consecutively, see screenshot http://i.imgur.com/H5KzH.png I know it's not intentional

Topic by frank26080115 7 years ago


Multi-generational email lists

Can anyone suggest a mailing list or group hosting solution that is private, self-serve, and extremely simple? I volunteered to setup a mailing list or group for my neighborhood. I just made a Google group, and checked out the invitation and acceptance process, which requires creating a Google account. I feel that creating another account might be burdensome or too complicated for some of my neighbors -- especially the older ones who stay at home peering out of their windows all day that I specifically want included. Mailman does pretty much what I want, but I don't think it's ready for someone who already has trouble dealing with email at all. Yahoo groups seems to be a default solution, but in all honesty, it is a total mess. Am I not giving my older neighbors enough credit? How have you made mailing lists for multi-generational groups?

Topic by ewilhelm 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


No posting dates listed on Instructables?

Looking at some current Instructables in various categories, I don't see any posting dates listed on the project pages. When did this start? Is there a secret way to learn the date? One of my biggest peeves on the web is press releases (or worse -- news stories) posted without a date -- one of the most important pieces of information! (the five W's of journalism, etc.). Or is this just a Chrome issue?

Topic by gmoon 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Pro Feature Suggestion LIST

There currently seems to be a lot of threads suggesting ideas and discussing how they could or couldn't work. I thought I'd compile a list of all of these with links to their discussions so pro users could see what has already been suggested and yell out their support for ideas they like. Later when we've heard back from the ibles team perhaps the following list could be sorted into categories of how likely it is these changes will be made.In no particular order:1) User Online Status by Kiteman - allow pro users to see who's currently online2) Auto Currency Convertor by Jayefuu - automatically convert currencies after users have set their currency of choice3) Time Zones by Jayefuu - allow users to set their time zones in their profiles so ibles, forum topics and answers use times that actually mean something to them.4) PM Subscribers - by Kiteman - allows Pro users to notify their subscribers when they publish a new ible.5) Favourited by - by mikeasaurus - Pro members can see who's added their instructable to their favourites list.Please post links to topics I've missed and I'll add them to the list above. I'm sure Eric and the team have their own list of suggestions we've made, but it'd be nice for us to keep track of what's what.

Topic by Jayefuu 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Christmas list!!!! HELP ASAP!

OKOKOKO, so all I have on my christmas list is a drumset. I know I'm getting that, but my dad said he saved up enough money for some little stuff with my drumset. I want coins for my coin collection but everything is too expensive!!! Does anyone know of any interesting online coin stores with cheap products? It would help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Topic by Flumpkins 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Referring websites no longer listed

Not sure if it's a bug; Noticed with the most recent site update that on ibles the stats tab is gone and page referrers are no longer visible.  Not seeing it in IE 7.0.57.  Just curious if it's a rendering problem, or if it was just legit removed as a feature. -J

Topic by frollard 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Q&A not appearing in recent list.

I posted a Q&A; question 20 hours ago. The URL is https://www.instructables.com/answers/How-do-I-thin-out-2-part-epoxy/. When I go to the Recent Q&A; section at https://www.instructables.com/tag/type-question/?count=30&sort;=RECENT, it doesn't appear. Is there a step that I'm missing when I submit the question?

Topic by yoyology 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


multitude of duplicates in category list

Selecting Workshop/Gardening/All Types came back with 64 pages.  As a newbie, I walked through all 64 pages and found a multitude of duplicates, some are displayed 5 times.  Not similar, duplicate.  Don't know if it occurs retrieving from database or malfunction on displaying the pages.  Firefox on Win8.  Total bummer, as 64 pages were a lot to walk through.

Topic by AmyInNH 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


knex side arm list

This the list of knex side armstrauts side armtds or the dunkis side armloosewires slide action pistolflie-ing goose side armdsman195276's side armtd10 a mod of the tds made yet again by thedunkisOTTG1 by OblivitusP 2000 by the one the only ironman69TheDunkis's Mini-er TDS lol loads of mods for the TDSOKP K'nex Mini Pistolthe TDS2 a major mod or overhaul of the TDSdj radio's 357 knex pistoldgm's mesIf you want your side arm posted please comment the url and the name you want it posted as.Also if you don't want your gun posted up here message me and i will take it down.

Topic by knexfan9182 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Issue with line spacing in lists

I'm having a really annoying issue with formatting while writing Instructables. I'm sure someone else has complained before, but there's little else for me to do besides bringing attention to the issue. When writing instructables on a PC (Chrome, Windows 10), I'm having very annoying issues with line spacing when copying paste from another window. Most of the time it is simply copying text from some prior instructable I've wrote. It is especially problematic in lists. The issue is that sometimes the spacing between lines doubles after copying text, and even in subsequent lines the issue persists. This makes consistent formatting impossible. It seems to be due to copying the text from other formatted sources, but there are still conflicts when I try to copy and paste unformatted text. I'm not exactly sure what the trigger for the issue is. I have posted an image where no space between lines exists for the first 3 bullets of the list, but for the following lines (after pasting the third bullet point), all the spacing is double spaced. It does appear that it shows correctly (consistent formatting) when the instructable is posted and viewed online from a PC, but when viewed on a mobile device, the formatting gets messed up again and shows inconsistently. The issue also seems to sometimes involve different font sizing. Anyway, I just wanted to mention this since I'm finding it very annoying. I'd want to be able to have more control on the formatting, and also being able to copy formatted text (bold, underline...) from other prior instructables. But for the moment with just not having to deal with the line spacing option I'd be satisfied.

Topic by MillennialDIYer 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Is there a parts list for the zkar v2?

I was wanting to make one, but with working on an untangle and having another gun, i was wondering if i had enough of everything, especially green rods and white connectors, though i have o ton of the blue connectors, so in some cases i can use those. Then i was wanting to make the zaktangle or zkar v3, whatever they are calling it, and was wondering if anyone other than mepain had made it, and if there was anything more than the video, like pictures. I can tell a different stock, and a slightly different front so that the mag is removable, but its moving around a lot in the video, and when i pause it, it gets blurry. If i built it, I could probably figure out some way, but it would save me some trouble to just to build it like that with some pictures.

Question by Speedmite 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


The little guide to buying on Ebay

Like or not Ebay is now the number one online market place.Since they do their best to keep it that way a few tips might be of use to someone.Unlike some other guides this one is not about how to find the best bargain.It is about showing some things you should be aware of, especially if you are new Ebay.1. New, unused, refurbished....These three can literally mean anything if you find them in a listing title.Unless you read the full description you simply don't know.Assuming the listing goes along with the title.New should mean exacty that: Same condition as you would find in any retail store.Unused can be the same but could also mean it was opened, like to check it or take the pictures.Refurbished is something to take with caution.Unless it clearly states Manufacturer refurbished you just don't know if the refurbishing is done to specs.For a phone it could mean a badly glued screen, a no name battery, non matching serial numbers...Unless an item is factory sealed you should expect detailed pictures.In a lot of categories you will only find generic pictures though - buyer beware!2. Warranties....Ebay does have a buyer protection but Ebay does not deal with Manufacturer warranties in any way!In some countries a seller is legally required to provide a warranty and return statement.Sadly that is not the case in all countries Ebay serves.When it comes to brand new devices you might experience problems with your warranty.As more and more companies go against online selling platforms they do not support they simply exclude them from a warranty.Let me give you an example for this one:You see your favourite smartphone at your local retailer for the bargain of just under $1600, while on Ebay you find the exact same model for $1200.Easy choice? Depends...If the manufacturer does not support this then only the seller can provide you with some sort or warranty.The good one claim to do so but don't expcet this from someone only selling a handful of items per year.In the worst case it could mean your new gadget develops a fault over time that would be fully covered by a manufacturer warranty but you would totally miss out.The money is gone and you have to fix it at your own cost.If the item in question is also of value then please check the warraty and return conditions the manufacturer allows before buying.4. Pricing....Especially when it comes to things that somehow could be bundled or used with something else you can get screwed.The culprit i question is the multi-item-listing.You might look for a battery pack to keep your phone charged when on long hiking trips.But the first 50 or so listings are all in the lowest imaginable price range.The listing title shows what you are looking for, the image does too....Then you dare to check and it is a listing where you can select multipl items.The price shown in the search result is only for the lowest crap listed there, like a "waterproof usb plug"....The actual thing you need is usually overpriced.You are forced to either ignore suspiciously low priced listings or check them all to compare prices.5. Postage costs....A lot of things these days come with free shipping, all good.If they don't then again: Buyer beware!Sometimes there are exclusions, like certain post code areas.Or the free shipping is not for international customers.If it is clear you have to pay shipping and you buy only a single item then again the case is quite obvious.Combined shipping however does not always mean single costs!Check the psotage options for multi items carefully!Often additionalitems are free if they are small.But if a seller already charges you a high postage fee than chance are you pay the exact same price again for the second - even if the arrive in a single $2 prepaid envelope.6. Faked locations....It seems to be common with Chinese sellers to avoid import taxes by faking a local item a selling address.In some cases (often after Ebay got too many buyer complaints) they list the real shipping time of 2-3 weeks.More often however they don't.Once you have the problem the best option is to open a "item not received" claim 3 days after it was due.On the due date contact the seller and ask when to expect it.There is a way to spot these fakes and tax frauds:If a local seller, with a locally listed item gives you a Chinese Paypal account with an address in China than you got a fraudster.Problem is that once you committed to buying and can see the sellers account details it is already too late.To cancel such a transaction you need to do it the official way and if the seller won't agree then don't expect Ebay to accept that you don't want to suppport tax evasion and fraud.Either way, I report each and every single one seller showing a local item with a local selling addrees but using a Chinese Paypal account.7. Fraudulent listings and sellers....Let me give you a slightly overstated example on what I mean:Seller has only sold a very few items, usually of low value.Suddenly you spot y nice and this years model laptop at a bargain price.You check the listing closer and find just 2 or 3 pics.Further down you read something along the lines "Unwanted gift, comes with car charger only."If it is this years model then it is still under warranty and no one would lose all the additional hardware like the wall charger. ;)Again it is up to the buyer to decide....Ebay does not check where an item comes from or if the seller is the legitimate owner of it.8. Exclusions to make...Be it price, auction only, distance and so on.You can make certain limitation and selections to narrow your search results.Some make sense and work, like just showing items to auction.Distance no longer really works as sellers are no longer required to state a town or post(zip) code anymore.Price is relative too.If you know the ting you need definately costs between $100 and $130 then the search still won't filer anything out that is a multi item listing and within the price range.And in some cases it just totally fails.A very vital exclusion was removed around 2014: by country.Now all that is left is to limit to all within your home country.You can't select for example Japan only if you are located in Europe and would like to avoid the rediculous postage costs from the US.And you could not exclude China either...All or local is what you can play with.For the rest that is available: use it whenever it make sense and is possible.9. You buy it - your problem!No I don't mean faulty items or wrong ones.I mean simple things that can happen to anyone distracted, unconcentrated or too full of exitement.You buy something and think you are the happiest guy in the world until you double check the listing to confirm your luck.Missed the over $300 in postage ocsts?Did not see further down that it states "replica" or "scale model"?Or hints that the massive sized Opal in fact is just a resin with a thin and cheap layer of Opal flakes on a black background?As said, your problem alone.I know a lot of people who started having fun on Ebay until they got their gib bargain surprice - one way or the other.Don't become one of them and read and check listing you might want to buy with great care!10. Feedback...You might have noticed that it is next to impossible to find a seller with a feedback rating below 90%.The reason is quite simple: The lower your ratings as a seller the further down the search results you appear.And of course you don't make any business anymore once so low...But feedback you leave is as important as feedback you get!So if you spot a deal where the seller has a rating below the magic 99.5% positive rating you should check his feedback.Quite often it is clear that some angry customer left it.Most obvious if the seller left a reply stating otherwise.But in some case you more than one buyer left a negative feedback for the same reason as other buyers - this is where you should be careful.The reason to actually check the feedback is quite simple: It is heavily manipulated by Ebay.A seller won't get and negative feedback if he agreed to replace the item in question or if he offers a refund.Same for simply stating that a negative feedback was not justified.The later can be anything from the words used to just wanting a clean sleeve.And if a seller is highly active than business rules and the feedback is corrected by Ebay.You might have noticed that for some sellers now now new negative feedback show up that would be of any real concern for a potential buyer...11. Retractions :(Be it a seller not wanting to sell something that auctioned off below his expectations or a buyer who simply failed to pay attention to the price and all details : A retraction is possible.If you try a lot of auctions you might have had the "second chance offer".After you lost an auction you might get notified that the winning bid was retracted and that you are next in line.In almost all cases your last bid will be accepted but some sellers offer you the item for what the rectracted bid was - so pay attention to details!Now you might think that if happens so often you could make good use of it.Like for example participating in several autions to try to win the device one way or the other.Set some sutomatic bids and go to bed.If lucky you got one, if too lucky you won all auctions.Retracting your bid on those you now no longer need is possible but I strongly advise against it!Firstly you can negative feedback from the seller for it and secondly Ebay will keep you under watch if it happens too often.An honest mistake and all is fine but ask for a retraction a few times a month and you will have a hard time on Ebay.In the worst case Ebay can even suspend your account or exclude you from auctions.So, is it still worth signing up and trying to find a bargain?IMHO it all depends on WHAT you are looking for.Someone in a remote area of Brazil will certainly value it differently than someone living downtown L.A. with access to all sorts of shops, retailers and outlets onevery corner.Same for spare parts, electronic parts or stuff that is made in China anyways.But times have changed for sure.What started free for everyone became a paid platform for those who sell.Later those buying also had to pay extra as still all transactions come with fees on the side of Paypal.Not much to be fair but still...And from a platform with a few scammers and frudsters that always got and kept your money we came to something flooded by sellers that should not even be allowed to have a Paypal account.The buyer protection helps in some way but it can take weeks to get your money back and if it something expensive than this money makes interest for someone else while you don't have to buy what you wanted to buy.While, in a real shop you just go back and return your item to get your money back - plus you get a real warranty.Do your homework and be aware of what could go wrong.If it looks like it could go wrong somewhere than you might want to consider a deffierent option for this item.

Topic by Downunder35m 5 months ago  |  last reply 5 months ago


List all Instrucatbles on one page?

Is there a way to view/list all of my Instructables on one page?

Question by Plusea 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago