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Old 09-26-2015, 06:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Well here is my latest ebay rant. I have been ebaying for 15 years and this is a new one for me.

I am retired because of health reasons and look for "lost treasures" mostly toys and watches. Living here in new Jersey I can find almost anything.

I recently sold a lot of four vintage mostly Marx miniature toy guns from the 1960s. I wrapped up each toy in bubble wrap. I received a message that the one toy gun this person wanted was broken in transit.

To make a long story short I refunded the amount the buyer wanted which was about half of the total sale. I asked for proof. The picture he sent was not very clear. The toy was literally snapped in half which I cannot figure out how that could happen when the other toys were all OK.

How convenient that the one toy this person wanted out of the group was broken. Because of the low quality of the picture I couldn't tell if the toy was switched with another one. It's not that rare a toy.

I paid for the initial shipping and would have had to pay for return shipping even though I state that the buyer pay for return shipping.

Maybe this item really was broken during shipment but if you saw the way the toy was snapped in half near the butt stock you would think twice. For example take a pencil and snap it in half over your knee, Can this happen during shipment if it is individually wrapped in bubble wrap with three other pencils in the group that are not affected?

Live and learn. All I can do is place the buyer in my ebay blocked list which seems to be growing...
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Nothing still tops the ebay buyer who asked where her item was for an auction that ended six (6) years ago. She didn't know that I have a problem getting rid of stuff. I found a hard copy of this non sale because she sent me a check with a foreign signature that the bank would not accept. I even saved a copy of this check and her envelope she originally sent it in.
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I am pretty much where you are not only in location just north of you in Connecticut but also retired at 50 due to heath issues. So like you went from using eBay to pick up some toys here and the to grabbing all sorts of odds and ends and listing them and I also dove into collecting Seiko's to fixing them to eventually doing full restorations and even acquiring a very large inventory of NOS Seiko parts and and even larger inventory of used part from complete movements to cases crystals and even bands. I made a substantial investment from a portion of my retirement money to do this. Now that I find myself on eBay for several hours a day i like you am running into situations that you gut is telling you something is fishy here.
In the first 8 years I spent on eBay i never had to put a single name on a blocked list. I did not even know HOW!! Now there are over 40 names on my blocked list. some are actually multiple accounts but the same person. They are just to dumb to realize it is not hard to link account names to the same person with a little work.
Still even as recently as last month I made two more internet friends by selling on eBay that lead to me actually installing the parts. In the end the good people far outweigh the liars and jerks by far. The problem is it only takes one jerk to ruin a whole day for you.
I myself demand any supposedly damage items be returned to me before I will refund any money. I caught a scammer this way who claimed a part of an airplane model kit was broken in shipping two weeks after he had taken delivery. The part in question was a very delicate part to work with. A part I myself have actually broken when building model airplanes. He wrote me and said the part was broken but If I refunded him $10 dollars so he could replace the part all would be good. I smelled a rat so i told him I do not do partial refunds. If the item was damaged ship the complete kit back to me at my expense and when i receive it I will issue a full refund. He then accused me of knowing the part was broken when I sold the kit. I told him if that is what he believed send the whole kit back and i will refund all of your money and your shipping cost. He sent me only more email all in caps that just said i knew the part was broken and never returned the kit. Now why would anybody not return something they received broken for a full refund unless they were trying to pull a scam?

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In dealing with the general public in any capacity you are always going to encounter a few "oddballs". It goes with the territory.
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Thank you...you made me feel better.

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[QUOTE=normdiaz;1496602]In dealing with the general public in any capacity you are always going to encounter a few "oddballs". It goes with the territory.[/QUOTE

Unfortunately that is so true no matter where you go these days. The ranting section here though does allow you to release the frustration and share it with the other members here who know exactly how you feel. It is therapeutic to release frustration.

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In dealing with the general public in any capacity you are always going to encounter a few "oddballs". It goes with the territory.[/QUOTE

Unfortunately that is so true no matter where you go these days. The ranting section here though does allow you to release the frustration and share it with the other members here who know exactly how you feel. It is therapeutic to release frustration.

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