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Buying and Selling on eBay: Tips, Tricks, Problems & Questions

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by HansderHund, Jul 27, 2012.

  1. 83glt

    83glt Senior member

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    What is to prevent a buyer of let's say a Kiton suit, turning around and saying I sent them a bag of rags, filing a SNAD claim, getting a refund, mailing me back a box of rags and keeping my Kiton suit? As I understand it, shipping insurance will cover loss or damage, but not transplanted contents. Short of actually filming the packaging AND physical shipping of the item (which even then probably wouldn't be enough for ebay), how can one as a seller defend against this most sinister scam?

    For the record, I have recently been the victim of this twice in the past month, on top of 3 non-paying bidders. I don't sell anymore like I used to, but it appears ebay has really devolved into the wild west. What can be done?

    BTW, if the answer is there is nothing that can be done, and that it's just part of the risk of selling on ebay, then as far as I'm concerned it's open season and why wouldn't anyone just go on a free shopping spree? Does ebay have a limit to how many SNAD claims a buyer can make before they catch on?
     


  2. dragon8

    dragon8 Senior member

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    I'm sure ebay monitors this to an extent and tries to prevent this from occurring. What you described has always crossed my mind but never encountered it myself. sorry to herar about your past experiences.
     


  3. green_machine

    green_machine Senior member

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    if I sell a very expensive item to someone with low feedback I video record myself packing and sending the item all in 1 cut at the post office. Even with this, it's still a gamble.
     


  4. scootypuff

    scootypuff Well-Known Member

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    Ya'll are worrying me. I should probably start videotaping myself [​IMG]
     


  5. 83glt

    83glt Senior member

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    Wow! I was joking! I didn't think this would really be practical, but I guess that's what I'm going to start doing. So basically there is no recourse?
     


  6. Steve Smith

    Steve Smith Senior member

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    ^This is one of those things which I think is better not discussed. Don't give the assholes any ideas.
     


  7. 83glt

    83glt Senior member

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    But it's happening to me right now! If there's currently no recourse, can't something be done to influence ebay's policies going forward?
     


  8. SpooPoker

    SpooPoker Internet Bigtimer and Most Popular Man on Campus Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    Zero recourse bro, sorry.
     


  9. jerrybrowne

    jerrybrowne Senior member

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    Heh. You have to admit "Waist belt line 2d button from bottom" is pretty funny.
     


  10. Steve Smith

    Steve Smith Senior member

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    A seller can just as easily send a buyer a box of rags instead of the NWT Kiton suit. Ebay will not be able to determine who is lying. The whole thing is built on trust and honesty.
     
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  11. GMMcL

    GMMcL Senior member

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    And for every shitty buyer, there are at least as many shitty sellers, which is why ebay has enacted all the policies we regularly decry. Crappy ebay sellers are what drove me to head more deeply into buying secondhand/thrifting. I was so tired of buying items only to get them and find undisclosed damage that I decided to bypass Ebay and find it myself so I could personally inspect it before committing to buy it. I buy almost nothing on Ebay these days.
     
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  12. Steve Smith

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    ^Agreed. I transposed buyer and seller on my original post, then edited it when I saw your quote. I meant to say exactly what you are saying.

    We complain about idiotic or dishonest buyers here because most of us are predominantly sellers on ebay. There are many shitty sellers there too.
     


  13. 83glt

    83glt Senior member

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    Just to be clear, let me give you the main examples I'm dealing with. If nothing else there might be lessons here that everyone can draw from.

    I sold a 3rd Gen iPad, used about 2 months. Mint condition in every respect. Buyer receives it and says it's 2nd Gen which is total bullshit. She's now threatening to file a claim and I fear she will send me back what I assume is her old 2nd Gen iPad, keeping the near new 3rd Gen I just sent her, and getting her money back. I worry Ebay will side totally with the buyer without question, because short of having filmed the process, which seems totally ridiculous to me and incredibly onerous, I can't prove what I sent her. So buyer will get a free upgrade. From what you guys are saying, It seems when it's he said she said, the buyer will always prevail.

    The other buyer basically opened the box to remove the items (a mixed lot) that he wanted (and the most valuable), leaving the rest, and saying the box was damaged and contents lost during shipment (I very stupidly did not purchase insurance this time). This dude is totally sketchy. He's registered in China but claims he lives in Canada, and the package was in the hands of a "forwarding company" before USPS noted it as delivered through their delivery confirmation, so he or at least someone under his direction had access to the package before it was noted as delivered (I printed the USPS status page at the time to show this). I'm still fighting this one, but the best thing I have going for me is that the buyer, in an early email, specified precisely how he wanted me to package the items as he wasn't interested in most of them and wanted the desirable items to be packaged in the center of the package to be protected by the less desirable items "should something happen." So if the package was damaged in transit as he claimed, there's a good chance that the more desirable items will still be there, or at least mostly. If all the items that he wanted are exactly the ones missing from the package then it's highly suspect. In addition, even though he claims he uses a "forwarding company", the address he gave me is not a business address. He has 100% positive feedback, and I had no reason to worry. I'm going to fight it all the way. Any other ideas?
     
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  14. davesmith

    davesmith Affiliate Vendor

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    How did I just see this thread now?! That's my weekend reading sorted, thanks gents. [​IMG]
     
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  15. Brianpore

    Brianpore B&S (BS) ambassador-in-chief

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    NOTE: Please do not post the buyers full name or address as I do not feel that at this point it should be public.

    What state do you live in, what state/city is the buyer in? You have their address, call the local police department or sheriffs department in their town and file a claim for interstate fraud (federal offense). If it's a small town it's amazing what a cop knocking on their front door and asking for a statement they write down in the little notepad does. Speak with the local prosecutor in her town/county and find out what recourse you have to file a interstate fraud transaction. Make sure to take notes of peoples names, titles and times you speak. If possible open a "case" so you have a case number with someone, any case number will do. Once you have some info, send a note though ebay messages with a detailed description of the steps you are taking, people you have spoken to etc. It may work, it may not, but you dont have many other options and you really just want the buyer to go away. In reality, it's such a small amount of money and fraud that nothing can be done, but it may work if you just scare the buyer that you're going to go after them any way you can on principals not about the money.

    Just my 2 cents.
     
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