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

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

  1. Lirum

    Lirum Senior member

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    You're not getting much love in the thread, which is why I didn't reply earlier, but the bolded bothers me.

    It doesn't matter how much you're incurring the business. It doesn't matter if it's $2.51 or $251, scale is irrelevant. A customer mistake is his own mistake. Sellers are under no ethical obligation to ameliorate customer fault with grace. I'd think that, in a sometimes confusing web environment, most mistakes are actual mistakes and not intentional, so it is often beneficial for the seller to further the relationship with the buyer by extending grace. But again, that is not the seller's obligation.
     
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    I agree with your ultimate conclusion, but I don't see where there is a gray area.

    OP ordered a Final Sale item, Unionmade shipped what was ordered.
     
  3. Orgetorix

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    Eh...I mean, I'd be disappointed too, but $10 instead of $4 is still not a bad deal. In any transaction, either party needs to be ready to cut the other some slack for genuine mistakes and not insist on their right to abuse a plain error. If you go to the car lot down the street, the guy who runs it isn't going to sell you a car for 10% of its value just 'cause the window chalk guy left a zero off the price on the windshield. A bunch of us ordered Allen Edmonds shoes from Jos A. Bank last year when they were on a crazy price mistake sale. JAB ended up canceling all the orders - which was disappointing, completely expected, and utterly within their rights to do. If a retailer occasionally chooses to honor a price mistake (or a situation like yours here), good for them; that can be a powerful tool to build customer good will. But it's not obligatory, and shouldn't be expected.
     
  4. Brianpore

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

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  5. Shoeluv

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    Here is my point of view as a seller. Don't list something for a price you are not satisfied with. Period. So the fact that he started his bidding at $3.99 should mean he is willing to sell the tie for $3.99. I don't actually remember what I bid on this since I bid on several hundred things a week but there are tools to protect yourself. He could have started the bidding at $9.99 or put a reserve at $9.99. So the fact that he started it at No Reserve is not an error, it is what he intended.

    Whatever, this is probably the 30th time this has happened to me, unless it is an error in price (only once have I seen this, guy did BIN for $3.99 on a BB slim fit shirt in great condition) I give bad feedback and move on.

     
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    That's a good point. I can see that side of it, too.
     
  7. ridethecliche

    ridethecliche Senior member

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    Gray area because he tried cancelling it right away. It wasn't that he'd received it and had second thoughts. He tried catching it before it left and they were unresponsive.
     
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    I' never stated that the customer is always right. I've acknowledged I've made a mistake but also contacted them within seconds of purchasing. It wasn't marked "FINALE SALE".


    The seller is not under any obligation, but if it cost nothing to make the interaction between seller and buyer a positive one, why not do so.
     
  9. TheNeedMachine

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    Seller should honor their sold price - I'd ding them on feedback as well. I sold a flawless Theory blazer for $9.99 recently because that was my starting bid and that's what it sold for. Tough nuts for me, a good deal for the buyer.
     
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    At first I was going to say go easy on him, it looks like he meant to list the tie at 39.99 [​IMG] But after checking out his completed items, he's got other NWT ties that have sold for 4.99 - I think he should honor the sale, learn from his mistake, and move on. I had one seller try a similar thing with me, and I was going to let it go, but messaged them saying it was pretty poor business practice and a really good way to get negative feedback. Next thing I knew there was a shipping notification and an apology. #accidentalextortion The point is, this guy has over 800 feedback, he should know better. If he doesn't ship, neg him, open a case, etc.
     
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    ^also, for the practice of modeling the used mens underwear he sells - neg him on principle. :)
     
  12. Shoeluv

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    haha I noticed that, I think he is selling new underwear but takes pictures of used. [​IMG]
     
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    I am also just ignoring his message, he did the fake USPS number to keep his rating up while waiting for me which is even sleazier so I will just wait a week and open a case.
     
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    Fake USPS number? If that's not against policy, it should be. Since part of our ratings are based on shipping time, faking that should be a big red flag with Ebay.
     
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    I have listed hundreds of Brooks Brothers items on ebay with starting bids of $1. This is a strategy designed to generate interest because a buyer thinks that perhaps he can get the item for a very low price. That is a two-edged sword and sometimes the item sells dirt cheap. This guy wanting to back up on a tie over a few bucks is complete BS and he deserves negative feedback.

    I shipped a BB tie yesterday which I would not trade for the tie in his auction. It went for $8.50 shipped. No big deal. In that situation the buyer gets a great deal and you ship it.

    Being wrapped up in whether you make a profit on a single item is a rookie attitude anyway. You look at the big picture. If your reputation and your personal integrity is not worth more that $6 then you have a huge problem.

    TLDR: The ebay tie seller needs to ship the tie and grow up.
     

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