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

Steve Smith

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Dear seller, something has happened to me and I need luxury clothing at a discounted rate. God Bless.
Here is an interesting specimen, a hard-nosed negotiator from the "God Bless" school:


New message from: bken007 (74Blue Star)
I'll give you 40 bucks for the shirt. No bartering. Take it or leave it. God bless. Thank you....

I left it.
 

Fueco

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Here is an interesting specimen, a hard-nosed negotiator from the "God Bless" school:


New message from: bken007 (74Blue Star)
I'll give you 40 bucks for the shirt. No bartering. Take it or leave it. God bless. Thank you....


I left it.
I hate those kind of messages… I kept getting messages from one guy, asking for a few dollars off. I kept ignoring him, but forgot to block. He bought the item this morning, and I’m just hoping there’s no trouble.
 

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Generally speaking, when a "buyer" has ridiculous demands what do you do? Ignore or block? I had a guy offering to pay 1/2 price and keep my coat for 30 days to "check the fit." I ignored him and then he ended up paying full price a few weeks later. In hindsight I probably should have blocked him. Dealing with losers is always way more energy than losing a sale.
 

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Generally speaking, when a "buyer" has ridiculous demands what do you do? Ignore or block? I had a guy offering to pay 1/2 price and keep my coat for 30 days to "check the fit." I ignored him and then he ended up paying full price a few weeks later. In hindsight I probably should have blocked him. Dealing with losers is always way more energy than losing a sale.
I would’ve blocked that guy the second I saw the “check the fit” bit. That’s a huge red flag. Did it turn out okay in the end?
 

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I would’ve blocked that guy the second I saw the “check the fit” bit. That’s a huge red flag. Did it turn out okay in the end?
Not sure yet; it's in the mail. Fingers crossed but in the future I'm blocking people like this. Usually I do block these clowns but I forgot this time.
 

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Here is an interesting specimen, a hard-nosed negotiator from the "God Bless" school:


New message from: bken007 (74Blue Star)
I'll give you 40 bucks for the shirt. No bartering. Take it or leave it. God bless. Thank you....


I left it.
I picture this guy screaming this TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT...GOD BLESS... THANK YOU... then shuffling off down the street, mumbling.
 

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Not sure yet; it's in the mail. Fingers crossed but in the future I'm blocking people like this. Usually I do block these clowns but I forgot this time.
Hope that IF he does try to return he uses "Doesn't Fit" as the reason. At least stick him with the return shipping if nothing else.
 
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Potential block. I feel such an idiot sometimes for accommodating people's requests. This guy sends me a message asking him if I can overnight him the item if he purchases it. I said sure. He buys it, and keeps sending messages with the same questions over and over again. Hasn't paid, of course. This is what I'm dealing with.

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At this point I'd be happier knowing that this was an ebay version of a phone prank.

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Only three days after I canceled the transaction for non-payment?

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Fueco

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So, why does the eBay interface still let you change the return policy to 14 days?

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So, why does the eBay interface still let you change the return policy to 14 days?

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I have had this message a number of times, but only for items that were listed a long time ago and are (for whatever reason) re-listing. However, I haven't noticed the 14-day option appearing when I try to list a new item. Only 30 and 60 days. I had to become a no-returns guy (losing TR+ status as a result), as I thought a 30-day minimum return requirement was egregious. It should be 3 days, IMHO. If I receive something I need to return I do it the same day or the next.
 

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I have had this message a number of times, but only for items that were listed a long time ago and are (for whatever reason) re-listing. However, I haven't noticed the 14-day option appearing when I try to list a new item. Only 30 and 60 days. I had to become a no-returns guy (losing TR+ status as a result), as I thought a 30-day minimum return requirement was egregious. It should be 3 days, IMHO. If I receive something I need to return I do it the same day or the next.
Yeah, I knocked everything to no returns. I was top rated, but lost that due to shipping some stickers with no tracking. I wasn’t willing offer free returns, so I lost TR+ when they started requiring that.
 

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