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

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

  1. HansderHund

    HansderHund Senior member

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    I can't say that I am on your side with this one.
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    Wow, that's insane! It pays for itself, but I have to say that I'm really impressed with your schedule!





    I'm the same. I read the situation twice to better understand what's going on with it, but it seems he did send you what was pictured, regardless if it was supposed to be the UK/Netherlands/Poland. It seems you're upset that they're not what you wanted them to be, but I'm not sure who's to blame on that, possibly both of you? I don't know anything about biking and/or its equipment, so maybe that's also part of it. I also didn't see the listing for the item.

    Having said that, shouldn't you have emailed the seller before buying if you weren't 100% sure they were the recent ones? He may have written the auction to sound as though they were, but unless he lied about something, I would just take him up on his offer to refund part of it.
     


  2. othertravel

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    I would also recommend trying to find out who makes the boots (if that's possible). For example, alot of Paul Smith shoes are made by Grenson and are identified as such in the listing (it will then show up in searches for Grenson shoes). In the case of the JV boots, might be trickier, but possible to find out the manufacturer.
     


  3. Dolfan954

    Dolfan954 Senior member

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    I am confused. First, why does it matter where it came from? If he shipped it while on vacation, it was a bigger hassle for him to get it to you on time. He could have printed out the label and waited until he got back. We have joked plenty on here about forgetting and bringing auction items that we knew would end while making a trip. Your anger about the location it came from seems to be you trying to attack the eBay policy sideways to scare him into a return. Are you really offended it came from Poland?

    Second, why should he be required to date an item? If you cannot recognize the differences, that is why you ask. Do you list the items you sell and provide dates? It sounds like he is being pretty fair in trying to resolve it. For an international order, taking any refund is already a tremendous loss for the seller because the sunk cost of shipping is so high. Also remember that depending on the policy in the listing, you might have to pay return shipping.

    You were unhappy with the product because you made an assumption and were wrong. It happens. I recently bought a suit with the waist size a little small assuming there would be the normal amount of extra fabric to let out in the waist when I received it. When I got it, some tailor had obviously trimmed the excess in the waist for reasons I do not know. Seller didn't list if excess fabric existed, I just assumed it was like a million other suits. My fault for assuming, so I just happily relisted it. Take it as a lesson to ask next time. It takes five seconds to ask for a measurement or a picture.
     


  4. Brianpore

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

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  5. Fueco

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  6. Steve Smith

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    Even though those are from a well known designer they are a bit off the mainstream in styling. IME BIN will bring a higher price for shoes and boots if you don't mind waiting.

    And I also think that ebay is in a pricing downswing right now. I was getting more for auction items a few months ago.
     


  7. Fueco

    Fueco Senior member

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    Wow, that's insane! It pays for itself, but I have to say that I'm really impressed with your schedule!
    I'm the same. I read the situation twice to better understand what's going on with it, but it seems he did send you what was pictured, regardless if it was supposed to be the UK/Netherlands/Poland. It seems you're upset that they're not what you wanted them to be, but I'm not sure who's to blame on that, possibly both of you? I don't know anything about biking and/or its equipment, so maybe that's also part of it. I also didn't see the listing for the item.

    Having said that, shouldn't you have emailed the seller before buying if you weren't 100% sure they were the recent ones? He may have written the auction to sound as though they were, but unless he lied about something, I would just take him up on his offer to refund part of it.[/QUOTE]

    There was absolutely no reason to suspect that these were super-old shorts with synthetic padding. Those have not been made for at least 20 years. Bike shorts don't last forever, like most items of clothing, if they aren't worn. The chamois dries out and becomes brittle, for one thing. The new padding in shorts doesn't have this problem, therefor anything with a synthetic chamois would be "Great Quality".

    I don't expect all of you to understand the details here... But this is a seller who primarily sell clothing items, and clearly didn't know what he/she had. I guess the lesson here is to only sell things you know about (or know someone who knows) and to thoroughly go over auction listings and the item descriptions.

    He implied that they were new ones by listing them like this:

    ASSOS SWISS MADE - GREAT BIB SHORTS


    Great quality!



    The size on the label says LARGE



     


  8. tben

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    I still am not seeing how he claimed they are "new ones." Pardon my ignorance. Additionally, eBay has added a place to upload more photographs to prospective buyers. When in doubt, just ask. If the seller doesn't answer and/or send additional photographs, then don't purchase items from that seller. Again, pardon my ignorance, but I am still unable to see how the seller misrepresented the item.
     


  9. VLSI

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    Fueco, you have two options. Realize you fucked up and move on with your life. Be bitch, extort eBay policy, and steal the seller's money. You're wrong on this one. There it is, ball is in your court.


    For what it's worth, I have no clue how old the suits I sell are. Some are dated and super out of style. It's not my issue.
     


  10. Fueco

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    This isn't an issue of age, it's of misrepresentation.

    I'll try to put it in a way you might understand:

    Let's say that a seller lists a suit. Let's say that in the picture it appears to be a 3/2 Roll. Do you still question the seller to make sure it's a 3/2? If you don't, and you buy and it turns out to be a hard 3-button, do you have a case of an item being misrepresented, or did you do something wrong?

    This is perhaps an over-simplification... Again, I don't expect anyone here to know the difference between a leather chamois and a synthetic chamois, just know that the Assos shorts of 20 years ago are not of the same quality and comfort as the modern ones.

    Obviously, the seller has recognized that he/she is partially at fault, and has given me a full refund. I will be shipping them off to jolly old England later today.

    Yes, I've learned my lesson about reading the listings. And yes, I did report the seller for violating TOS. It may not be the direct issue here, but it is an issue. I should have noticed that and not bid on the item in the first place.
     


  11. Fueco

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    And put on some FU Plaid and tell you to FO?
     
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  12. VLSI

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    :lol:

    It's been posted before, you can find it. Truth hurts I guess.
     


  13. Fueco

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    Whatever.

    I'm happy not to do business with you here or on Ebay.
     


  14. VLSI

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    Sounds like that's to my benefit. If roles were reversed and the seller was the poster here, you would have just earned your place on the blacklist.
     


  15. Steve Smith

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    Your only case is based on an irrelevant fact. You are wrong. If you want to be a PITA and abuse ebay policies then nobody can stop you from doing that. However this is the wrong place to look for validation of your tactics.

    If you are not looking for someone to be on your side then why did you post the story?
     
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