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    What is it with Ebay Buyers????

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    I have been trying to sell a smart phone on ebay. First time I advertised it I had 30 watchers and quite a few bids. In the dying seconds of the auction a new bidder pops up and bids the highest amount and wins. I thought great, it was just over what I wanted for the phone. Next thing I get an ebay message - the buyer wants to retract because she had bid on another phone earlier in the day and hadnt realised she had won that one already!!!

    Fair enough - we cancel the transaction.

    Relist the phone. This time in the dying minutes 2 bidders start a bidding war and one of them wins my phone. These bidders had 0 and 2 feedback. Buyer doesnt make any payment. On checking their profiles i see that the one with 0 feedback is based in Uganda!! The other has has 2 negative points for non payment!!!
    Cancel transaction

    Look up how to block those with negative feedback and those not based in UK. Put these restrictions in my settings.


    relist item.

    This time new bidder jumps in at last few seconds and wins. Has 1 feedback. I look at his profile - based in united states!!!. Has a UK address for delivery as a self storage place.
    He sends me an email to say he is having problems with his paypal and would I send him my email address so that he can ask his friend to make payment via paypal using my email.
    Not too familiar with paypal and ebay rules but this sounded distinctly dodgy so I contacted ebay. They have said he shouldnt be using a storage place as his address and that I should cancel the transaction.

    Each time I relist they seem to charge me a listing fee.

    I am back to square one!!!!

    I give up!!!

    I understand that there is a certain "buzz" when bidding but these guys are costing me money!!!
    As a buyer on Ebay I have never done this - Always paid for what I bid and won.
    First time I am selling anything of value and I have seen a whole other side to Ebay!! Feel like finding these people and £$^£$%"£"££$*^&$

    ****End of Rant******
    Last edited by fiza; 5th November 2013 at 10:30 AM.

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    Would it not let you do a second chance offer the first time around?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bladedanny View Post
    Would it not let you do a second chance offer the first time around?
    Problem was that the next few bidders down were all 0 feedback or negative feedback. The next decent bidder was lower than what I wanted.

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    Ah, ok

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    Have to have buyer restrictions in place, it's a must. Other than that, it's luck of the draw, mobiles are always going to invite dubious bidders as it's easy to pass the item on afterwards. There are many many loopholes in the eBay\PayPal system than can be worked into any ones favour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danp View Post
    mobiles are always going to invite dubious bidders as it's easy to pass the item on afterwards.
    I wouldnt mind if they just paid for the phone!!!

    They seem to get a thrill out of bidding, winning and then going silent!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiza View Post
    I wouldnt mind if they just paid for the phone!!!

    They seem to get a thrill out of bidding, winning and then going silent!
    I would expect it's the sort of person who does not value people's time or money!

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    Yep had this a few times - being stung by fees for having to relist. And the people that bid and pay and then complain about postage or something.

    Don't really think it's worth selling on ebay with ebay selling and postage fees and paypal fees. gonna try facebook/gumtree next time i sell sometihng.

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    We've been selling loads on local facebook groups. Most stuff has sold within an hour. Only down side to this, a lot of people want stuff dropping off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mole View Post
    Yep had this a few times - being stung by fees for having to relist. And the people that bid and pay and then complain about postage or something.

    Don't really think it's worth selling on ebay with ebay selling and postage fees and paypal fees. gonna try facebook/gumtree next time i sell sometihng.
    eBay used to be great but these days it's just another online shop. Unless you're running a business or just want to clear out your clutter and and cover your costs, it's not worth the hassle

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    well at the moment i have a penny farthing on and the buyer is from singapour thats fine its just the shipping costs from here to there 250 for it so got the buyer looking from there side for collection thats going to be fine. its just an awkuade shape to send :P

    but it did take a while to sell due to the uniqeness of the item

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    I had a similar experience when I listed my Vectra on Autotrader - so many timewasters! People emailing me asking for complex and convoluted payment mechanisms and wanting to 'send a friend' to collect the car. I even specified 'Cash on collection' in the Ad. In the end I had 2 genuine queries - the first never turned up to our arranged viewing and I text him to find out if he was still interested and he said 'no, sorry, were you waiting for me?' (well DUH!) and the second ended up buying it. It was a nightmare though. I can see why people would prefer to use 'webuyanycar.com' even if you do only get 50% of the cars value!

    I'm a prolific ebayer though - it is excellent for my crafting. We're not all charlatans although many sellers are.

    Personally I will not buy any electrical goods on ebay. Too much hassle. I don't use ebay for anything over £50.

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    Ebay generaly have free listing weekends fortnightly.

    You only pay the final value fee.

    List it at teh price you want and that should cut out most fo the chaff.

    Rob

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    Quote Originally Posted by twin--turbo View Post
    Ebay generaly have free listing weekends fortnightly.

    You only pay the final value fee.

    List it at teh price you want and that should cut out most fo the chaff.

    Rob
    Yeah, the free listing saves you a whole 10p!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mole View Post
    And the people that bid and pay and then complain about postage or something.
    Oh yeah, got into a right argument about this a little while ago.
    We were selling some cake plates from our wedding, for various reasons we really weren't able to wait in for someone to come and collect, so we stated *very* clearly in the postage and in the description that it was delivery only and we wouldn't be able to offer collection.

    Of course the winner contacted us to tell us she wanted to collect *facepalm*.

    We replied showing her the bit on the listing stating delivery only. We entered into a back and forth with her getting more and more irate including:
    • Demanding our address so she could come pick up.
    • Sending us a quote from a delivery company because we were 'ripping her off' (we really weren't).
    • Demanding we sent the plates over in a Taxi as it was cheaper (a taxi? wft!?).
    • Refusing to pay.
    • Complaining to ebay.


    Each time I just sent back "By bidding on our item you are accepting the postage conditions on the listing. We look forward to your swift payment." until ebay told her to pay.
    She did pay in the end but it really put us off using ebay to sell.



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