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I recently won an item that I bid more than what it should have sold for to increase the likelyhood that I would win. I'm fine with that. I won it. But while following the bids toward the end of the auction, I saw something that seems suspicious.


In one minute and 14 seconds, the last bidder entered 14 individual bids (not "automatic bids") at $5 and $8 increments and stopped at $249.50. That's an odd number to stop at. It is more logical to go just above the "round numbers" like $250 in this case to "out smart" those who bid a penny over, etc. Stll, every bidder can stop when they want so no problem. However........


When I looked at the bidders bid history, they had 7 bid retractions on only 30 items in the past 30 days. They had 122 bid retractions in the past 6 months. How can this buyer continue to be allowed to bid? My suspicion if that they are only trying to run up the price and if they happen to go over the other buyer's max bid, then they retract it. Great for a seller. Lousy for a buyer. I thought Ebay had strict restrictions on bid retractions. Can someone check on this buyer's activity?


Item number: 221864888422

Bidding & Buying question

Sep 2, 2015 5:08:33 PM PT

25% bid retraction rate.

I think this was a popular planter but I cannot find another one.

Is this a McCoy? possible age?

Thank you for any help.





Pottery, Glass & Porcelain discussion

Hi was wondering if anyone knew the title and maker of this toy? I have no idea!! Thanks all for your help with this!!

Toys & Hobbies discussion

I love this dress, untagged, modeled on Francie but probably made for Barbie.  I think its the same material used for the 1971 TNT swimsuit, but I can't find this dress style or this material dress in my books or online.  Can anyone ID it or date it for me?  Thanks in advance!  

Dolls discussion


This fused glass plate is 8.5" in diameter. The letters Syd. are etched on the bottom. Thanks for your help! : )



Pottery, Glass & Porcelain discussion

Sep 2, 2015 2:08:52 PM PT

GLASSIES - Please Help ID Maker's Mark

Carafe?  Decanter?  Something else?  Measures about 10' high including stopper.  Any notion of age?


Thanks in advance for any assistance.  -kyal



Pottery, Glass & Porcelain discussion

Sep 2, 2015 11:23:42 AM PT

Etched clear glass Bottle with Stopper

I saw this truck on craigslist - emailed with the person - she said she'd list it on ebay and "sell" it to me directly as a buy it now. 

I got this invoice but it isn't my ebay account - it's just my full name - (which she asked for)

Now I'm not so sure it's legit . . . 

How do I find out if it's a real thing or a scam at this point

I haven't paid her yet





Financial Department <e.BayCustomerService@financier.com>
Aug 29 (4 days ago)
to me
Vehicle info in the middle -
eBay Motors sent this message to ... . 
Your registered name is included to show this message originated from eBay.

eBay Motors Purchase Invoice 
  Invoice for VPP Transaction Case ID #54628364534OKER between ... as the Seller and ... as the Buyer.
  Please follow our instructions to complete the transaction safely.
Vehicle Purchase Protection Overview:Email reference id: [#6ddb8154e4ec4d30aab0935f5182a046#]
Please don't remove this number. eBay may ask you for this number, if you should need assistance.
Please confirm in 1 day (24 hours) your proof payment by replying at this email with the attachments, the back of each voucher with the 10 digit PIN and the receipts!

Member To Member Support question

Sep 2, 2015 5:51:16 PM PT

Is this legit?


Antiques discussion

It is about 7" tall and the imprint on the bottom of one foot has rubbed off.  It was in a lot with a vintage wind up Chipettes toy I have listed.


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Selling discussion

Sep 1, 2015 9:50:17 PM PT

Does anyone recognize this doll?

Don't just sit there, post something!  Please keep the images smaller for faster loading, and as always no live auctions.



Iris rhinestone four leaf clover.  It's an old one. 



Followed by a big honkin' Israeli sterling piece.


My 15 year-old jool theif and general inspector.  And they wonder why I can never get anything done!

Her Imperial Furry Majesty demands complete attention, or she'll steal your jools until she gets it.


Jewelry & Gemstones Board Group

Sep 1, 2015 9:49:03 PM PT

Labor Day Special Wednesday Eye Candy!



Hope everyone has a peachy day!



New to eBay Chit Chat & More ~ EVERYONE WELCOME!


Fashion discussion

Wimage.jpgHello I won an auction for this item 311429596608  And the seller sent me an invoice with a different amount of the original shipping of $34.96, changing it to $500 plus also charging an additional fee of $500, and he also opened an unpaid case, now I'm unable to pay nor leave negative feedback. I'm pretty sure he is violating a selling policy. What can I do in this case? 

He also relisted the item and it's active at this moment.

Please need some professional advise.

Thank you very much.

Payments question



When did this happen??


It wasn't like this a couple weeks ago, and it's not on the Post Office website that I can find.


Glitch, maybe?

Selling discussion



Good morning everyone.



New to eBay Chit Chat & More ~ EVERYONE WELCOME!

Sep 3, 2015 6:50:56 AM PT

New to eBay Daily Chat Thursday Sept 3

Hi All,

do you think this necklace could be old mediterranean coral, the beads are very heavy and cold, the necklace weighs 127 grams. The stringing and fastening is new but the bead caps are old worn silver.

I'm supposed to see a gemologist to get it valued but it costs heaps, so I thought I'd ask for your feedback first.

thanks Marie



Jewelry & Gemstones Board Group

Sep 2, 2015 10:28:23 PM PT

mediterranean coral

Hello, forgive me if I'm posting in the wrong forum.


I have a sterling mug/cup stamped with four marks. The last mark is possibly the date stamp but I cannot figure out the symbol/letter. My research shows the HA to be Harry Atkin/Atkin Bros, the Crown is Sheffield, the walking lion is England, but whatever the last symbol is eludes me. Help, please Smiley Happy



Antiques discussion

Thought this might be Heidi Schoop but can't find anything similar.  Probably CA pottery from 40-50's.  Anyone recognize her? No marks on bottom.  Thanks!008.JPG005.JPG

Pottery, Glass & Porcelain discussion

A friend of my cousin brought me this yesterday & asked me if I would sell it for her - since I buy & sell a lot of unusual things she thinks I could find out what it is. She told me she's taken it to a couple of unniversity professors whocould only tell her it was very old & made from animal skin (vellum?). None of them could identify the language it was written in.

Another thing - she told me it had a blob of wax on it but she threw it away thinking it was just something that stuck to it over the years (I cringed when she told me that - I think it may have been a seal).

I told her I would try, but if professors couldn't tell her anything ...

Can anyone help me look like a hero & tell me what it is ( just a letter?),  it's age or at the least what the language is it's written in?

I appreciate any help.












Collectibles & Art discussion

Sep 3, 2015 10:40:05 AM PT


Canvas measures 26" X 15.75".  I have tried to photo the signature but my little Coolpix isn't very good with close-ups.


Came from a lot that also included several sketches by a Mary Schaefer but this is not her work (I'm pretty sure).  My guess is a local (southern Ohio/northeastern Kentucky) amateur artist but with an indecipherable signature (to me), I just don't know.  


Any information at all will be much appreciated!  -kyal



Collectibles & Art discussion

Out of my element here, can anyone tell if this is real? 





Fashion discussion

Sep 1, 2015 3:14:32 PM PT

Help With a Louis Vuitton Bag

Let's see if i can figure this board out now.


These are always popular threads on other boards, so....


Let's see your lates acquisitions.


I just got these in the mail the other day.


First is the small numeral version of the 5ö green from 1882 (scott #35). I actually fund it unexpectedly in a small lot of Denmark I won, so I was happy. It's my first one of these.


Second is the 4ö slate and ultra (Scott #26b)



The Stamp Board

Sep 3, 2015 2:48:41 PM PT

Let's see your latest pickups!

I'm going to spend the long week-end looking for my 52 items. Smiley Very Happy

And I'm gonna change my ID name too to something chic. 




You in?


Jewelry & Gemstones Board Group

Sep 3, 2015 7:38:57 PM PT

Wanna play 52 Pick Up???

So I recently bought a blazer  that was descirbed as "beautfiul pristine condition" and nothing else except for a copy pasted description from the original retailer's website. 


I received the blazer today and I discoverd that there were 3 small holes on the blazer. One on the shoulder and two on the sleeve. I don't know if I'm just being picky or if I'm actually justified but I feel like if something was listed under beautiful pristine condtion it shouldn't have holes. 


The seller doesn't offer returns. 


The holes aren't major enough to warrant an entire return process but I think a partial refund might be reasonable considering the fact that the existence of said holes were never brought up. If I do ask for a refund, how much should I ask for? 


Here are pictures of the holes 

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Bidding & Buying discussion

This item sells for $59.99. It sold to Japan.


But...I only got $55?? What the hell is up with that? In 10yrs on eBay and selling to many foriegn countries...this is a first.




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ebay 55.png

Selling question

Hi, this candlestick is about 10 inches tall, 2 inches across the top, and 4 3/8 inches across the base.  Does anyone happen to recognize the maker or pattern?  Would you say that this is elegant glassware era?











Pottery, Glass & Porcelain discussion

God's Eye Candy.jpg


Hi everyone! What's on the agenda for today?



New to eBay Chit Chat & More ~ EVERYONE WELCOME!

Sep 4, 2015 7:37:25 AM PT

New to eBay Chat Friday Sept.4 Welcome!

A total lunar eclipse will take place on September 27-28, 2015. You’re not going to miss it, are you?


A total lunar eclipse following the so-called “supermoon” will occur on September 28 bringing the rare phenomenon of four consecutive total eclipses – known as a “tetrad” – to an end.


Early in the morning of September 28 the moon will venture very close by our planet and appear much brighter and bigger than usual. After that the “supermoon” will be completely eclipsed, since the Earth will stand directly between the moon and the sun. After about an hour and a half the celestial body will become visible again.


As a rule, total eclipses do not have a specific order of occurrence. However, when four total eclipses happen in a row in an approximately six month interval, it is called a lunar tetrad (from the Greek word for “four”). Astronomers have calculated that the number of such tetrads varies from century to century. The current century will have eight of them, which along with the 16th, ninth, and 26th centuries will be an absolute maximum. NASA says. The 20th Century yielded a relatively decent result of five tetrads.


The next lunar eclipse tetrad is scheduled for April 25, 2032.





The Front Porch discussion

Sep 2, 2015 6:43:04 PM PT


Hoping if someone can tell me if this is real.



Cute and Frugal Handbags and Fashion

Sep 1, 2015 4:37:23 PM PT

LV Bag Help

Here's a really cool set, I've searched every book I have and online too.  Any clues on maker/pattern name?eapg 001.JPGeapg 001.JPG

Collectibles & Art discussion

Sep 1, 2015 2:09:38 PM PT

help with EAPG Creamer & sugar

Tracking #:



China Post



Undeliverable as Addressed

Sep-01-15, 10:57 AM, ALPHARETTA, GA 30005

Out for Delivery

Aug-31-15, 09:29 AM, MARIETTA, GA 30008

Sorting Complete

Aug-31-15, 09:19 AM, MARIETTA, GA 30008

Arrived at Unit

Aug-31-15, 06:18 AM, ALPHARETTA, GA 30005

Departed USPS Destination Facility




Member To Member Support question

A couple of weeks ago I listed some things and was able to set automatic parameters for the Best Offer option. My recent listings have not offered me the option to set limits. Is that no longer available? I've used Firefox and Safari and it doesn't show in either one, so I don't believe it to be a browser issue.


This is what I see when I list:



Technical Issues discussion

Sep 2, 2015 6:25:43 AM PT

Can't set Best Offer parameters

Send Invoice to Buyer
The following critical errors have occurred:
 A system error has occurred. Please try again.

Member To Member Support question

Sep 4, 2015 3:19:33 AM PT

Cannot send invoice~!

We sold an item and received a neutral feedback.  We contacted the buyer who agreed to change the neutral to a positive.  Several months have passed and although we requested the feedback be changed, nothing has happened.  Here is the content.  Does anyone know how to effect the change?  We have been unable to effect the change no matter what we do.  Thanks.


Neutral feedback ratingdoes not work on my skin,feels good thouBuyer:During past 6 monthsFeedback conversation
  • Follow-up by bthomas9851 (Jun-13-15 00:25):
    i would like to rescind my neutral comment. this is a good item
 Coconut Oil For The Skin And Hair - 7 fl. oz. - You'll Love It...Puritan's Pride (#371254343727)

Member To Member Support question

Is there anywhere to view the Offer History on an item after it has sold?  If there are more than one of an item sold there is a link associated with the "# sold" that will show the offer history as shown below but I can't find any such information on single item listings.


Purchase history
Note: You can see the item description for each buyer's purchase by clicking View Purchased Item.
  User ID (show email addresses)  Buy It Now Price Quantity Date of Purchase Location* Action
 merenkov_dmitry ( 536Feedback score is 500 to 999)US $85.001Aug-12-15 11:23:01 PDT07201
Sell similar
More actionsMore actions
Offer history
Success nkem12310 has won your item!
Note: You can see the item description for each buyer's purchase by clicking View Purchased Item.
  User ID (show email addresses) Offer Price Offer Status Quantity Date of Offer  Location* Action
 nkem12310 ( 636Feedback score is 500 to 999)US $75.00Buyer accepted1Aug-12-15 11:58:50 PDT20785-1408
Sell similar
More actionsMore actions
 trantuanvu ( 5 )US $75.00Expired1Aug-12-15 12:20:19 PDTSingapore--
Buyer message: I just finish high school and am buying this as a gift to my little 14 year old brother. It would be his first laptop. Since it s your last piece. Please kindly accept my offer. Thank you very much
You can retract your Counter Offer under certain circumstances.
*Confirm the Zip code or location with the buyer.


Member To Member Support question

Sep 3, 2015 7:00:51 AM PT


Is anyone else having a problem viewing attached pictures in messages? When I open the message and there are attached pictures it looks like Image 1 (below). When I click on a photo it looks like Image 2 (below). The photos in Image 2 are being distorted and are not the same aspcect ration as in Image 1. These images are screen shots and I have not modifided them in anyway except to crop them out.



Image 1

Ebay Attached Pictures In Message.jpg



Image 2

Ebay Attached Message Lightbox Popup.jpg.


Tools & Apps discussion

Dear Sir,


I did not receive item for almost 140 Days and I am contacting supplier but its unbeneficial 

And supplier reply was unprofessional at all

Please help me in that , I need direct contact with eBay management to help me even email address

Kindly find our correspondences as below



Starting an eBay Business question


Jewelry & Gemstones discussion

I want a refund for this purchase.  The seller is saying I wont receive until the end of October.  I ordered at the end of August.  I needed the book on Monday.  


Thank you,



A Work in Progress: A Memoir by Connor Franta, Paperback (New)
Item no: 321747636689
Sale date: 08/25/15 20:46
Quantity: 1
View order details

Member To Member Support question

Sep 1, 2015 6:23:16 PM PT

Want a refund.

Hello i found these at an estate sale, they are very heavy and weighted as you can see the black sand/tar substance underneath one of them; i am clueless about these and was hoping someone might be able to give me an idea of their age, they are marked with numbers 2684 and capital L on the inside of the top where the candle sits; i would appreciate any help it looks like silverplate over copper? They are 11 1/2 " tall and 5" across bottom. Oh boy, i need some help...........thanks in advance, marytole sconces tennis shorts 045.JPGtole sconces tennis shorts 039.JPG

Collectibles & Art discussion

In response to mecheng:

You clearly work for ebay – only people who work for the company can seem to see my listings. Four independent people have searched for my stuff, on various browsers on different computers and in two different countries (Canada & US) and no one can see anything. I did NOT list for 3 days – I ended the listings early in the hopes it was a glitch that could be fixed by re-listing. Didn't work. I even tried listing an item a second time by 'rebuilding' it from scratch instead of just hitting relist - still cannot be seen.




I had 3 items listed for 3 days and I knew something was wrong, based on the number of views and the number of watchers.  No one could see the listings, I couldn't search for them by keywords and if I did a search by seller using my seller name SKIPPY527, it came back as my having 0 items for sale instead of the 3 that I had up.  HOURS on the phone with ebay, and all I got from them were assertions that they could see the listings, that it must be my cache and cookies, or that my browser was the wrong one. In desperation I emailed two of my US customers (I'm in Canada) and asked them to search for me by seller name  - they did, and came back with the same finding i.e. that I had no items listed, when in fact, I had three.  I can't any get help from ebay support despite a bit of ranting and yelling.  I just ended the listings and tried relisting to no avail, same problem, they still don't show up.  I'm in good standing, have paid my ebay bills - help, I'm desperate!  Does anyone know what's going on here?





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in reply to skippy527

on ‎09-01-2015 05:42 PM

You had three listings that all ended today. Two of those have been relisted and are current:




Not sure what the problem was, other than using the 3-day listing... which eBay discourages by charging a $1 non-refundable "special duration" fee.



Member To Member Support question

I hope someone can help me ID the artist, origin, and what the Asian writing says.  I think it's a woodblock print with bleeding on the back, but I need to know for sure before I put it up for auction. Thanks in advance.  Linda


Collectibles & Art discussion






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Jewelry & Gemstones Board Group


please, i receive this msg the seller .. and he send -me a picture about my address ,.. is impossible to send for me .


help me please


New message from: darkknight937 (127Turquoise Star)
Sorry about this but it still won't let me send this out to you.

On 9/3/15, 8:25 AM, eduardoale75 wrote:

Re: darkknight937 has sent a question about item #171917325645, that ended on Sep-02-15 09:58:40 PDT - Nintendo 64 System Console Bundle Lot Controller 9 Games TESTED

ok.. i adjusted ..
i wait your box mail
tks .

Member To Member Support question

Sep 3, 2015 8:21:52 AM PT

the seller told me , my adrres is worn

4 glasses.jpgI purchased a group f wonderful items from a collector, in a FB group. She mistakenly attributed these snifters as Waterford. They are not.....

   There is heft and clarity and the blank is lead crystal...but there are no marks.

    Could these be European cousins of Waterford? TYIA


Pottery, Glass & Porcelain discussion

Dear Sir,

I did not receive item for almost 140 Days and I am contacting supplier but its useless

And supplier reply was unprofessional at all Please help me in that ,

I need direct contact with eBay management to help me even email address

I am suffering from that supplier and he really wasted my time all his replays unprofessional I need my item asap




Kindly find our correspondences as below when you read you will understand how I suffered much 


New message from: ewwtnet (111,062RedShooting Star)
I suggest you to claim a refund through Paypal. Thank you.

Have a nice day!!

Metal Wong
EC Trading Company

If you want more items, please go to our store via following link.

View Item

Your previous message

What do you mean stuff working on the company if you can not help forward my emails to somebody who can solve my problem I need me item


Actually I am just a staff working in this company and I must follow the rules on my duty.

I really cannot help if your order was over 3 months. Thank you for understanding.

Your previous message

Sorry to tell you that your reply was provocative and unprovoked for me you are sending same text
that you sent before date 27 August 2015 ... you are copying and pasting same email
that really unbelievable and unprofessional at all you repeated your email seems that I did not discusse any thing with you before
Please find image from my purchasing history I bought this items almost 135 Days Now
and again you are asking me to rebid I will not bid cause I bought it directlly without biding
Please understand what I am writing to you or better to go to translation company to help you to comply properly with me
Kindly I need me Item asap

Find image for my purchasing history dated 18 April 2015 .... that amount already deducted from my credit card already


I am sorry I could not check it already if your order was over 3 months ago.

If in doubt, please notify us within 3 months, you may better bid this items again If you really want it. Thank you.

Your previous message

I did not bid and I will not bid again I bought that item last April 2015 exactly 18 April 2015
its extremely late more that expected so kindly send my item
I need exact date to receive my item, I can not wait more days
Why you are not sending ????

This money deduct from my account for more then 132 days now !!!!

please be fare to me this clear injustice I am facing now
you suppose to be a trusted supplier as I read
but what I am facing now not approving that

This my address as following

Name : Ahmed AL Gendi
Doha, Qatar
PO Box 31637

I will report ebay management about it soon if I did not get serious action
I attached image from my purchasing history from my ebay account
I need immediate action now


I am sorry I could not check it already if your order was over 3 months ago.

If in doubt, please notify us within 3 months, you may better bid this items again If you really want it. Thank you.

Your previous message

Really your answer disappointing me too much I am telling you that I paid for one item for almost 3 months now
Where is my item "HTC Desire 816 Dual Sim Full LCD Screen w/ Digitizer+Tools ZVLS929"

When you will send it .... why it takes all that time !!!!


I am sorry, have you purchased item from our store recently?

Thank you very much.

Your previous message

Dear Sirs,

Please be aware that I did not receive my item until today almost 3 months based still i did not get any update even from you

It's not acceptable to deal in that way

Kindly send my items asap

Shipping & Returns discussion

Hi all,


Does anyone know the marker of these figurines?





Collectibles & Art discussion

Sep 3, 2015 7:42:16 PM PT

Pilgrim family figurines (Vintage)


I have an open case with a seller that committed himself to refunding me as package didn't get delivered to me and got returned to him.

The seller refunded me using PayPal, however the refund status remained as "pending" for a while until PayPal finally informed me that "A refund by SELLER was not processed successfully at the sender's side" and the refund got cancelled.

Now eBay is asking me to confirm if I successfully received the refund, but when I try to press the button that say "ask eBay to step in", I get redirected to a page that says:

Page Not Responding 
The eBay page or feature you are attempting to access is not responding.
Please try the options below:
  • Try to access the feature directly from the eBay Home Page, instead of using a bookmark.
  • Wait a few minutes and try to access the feature again.
If you have waited ten to fifteen minutes and you still can't access your page:If what you are looking for is unavailable, you may still be able to access other parts of the site from the eBay Home page



And it's impossible to ask eBay to step in since they have no customer support email available and if I try to open a case again on that item, it won't let me until I close this one, but the only way to close it seems to be telling eBay that I did receive the refund as the site won't let me ask eBay to step in.

I live overseas and this is very frustrating. I really need my money back and I can find no solution.

I would really appreciate the community help.


Shipping & Returns question

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Can anyone help identify this maker's mark? I've tested the earring bodies 3 times and get 10k gold or better. The glass has gold flakes in it which might be a hint at Italian? Thank you in advance for any input.


Antique & Vintage Jewelry by Design

Sep 2, 2015 12:59:13 PM PT

Earring makers mark - need help identifying

Good evening, yet another set of treasures from the newly acquired... yep, the dice earrings actually open up and they are real, really tiny dice..a maker of such whimsy would be a great help in listing, otherwise I have to list under generic, and these are anything but, a time frame would help as well, Regards V76IMG_4674.JPGIMG_4675.JPGIMG_4673.JPG

Antique & Vintage Jewelry by Design

Sep 2, 2015 3:29:01 PM PT

maker of whimsical screw backs

Stamp Insider for September-October 2015




The September-October issue of the Stamp Insider, journal of the Federation of New York Philatelic Societies, is online and available for free download in PDF format or viewing online with page turning. It is available in both PDF and HTML5-friendly format at:




The cover story is “This Cruel War is Over” by Alvin O. Sabo explores events that led to Victory in Europe (VE) and Victory in Japan (VJ) days. A specialist in World War II patriotic covers, he illustrates his article with covers and postcards. In a related article, Steve Davis writes about “VJ Day in Tokyo Bay September 2, 1945” in his Via Airmail column, focusing on use of the US six-cent transport airmail stamp (C25) that was valid on mail sent through army and fleet post offices. 


Steve Swain has written an illustrated how-to article — “Creating Successful PowerPoint Presentations” — showing easy step-by-step instructions to create eye-catching philatelic programs. He plans to follow up with an instructional PowerPoint presentation that will be posted on the Virtual Programs section in November. One of his presentations — “Postal Systems and the Public React to the American Civil War” — is already posted on the site.


A new virtual program — “All Aboard: the All Aboard stamp issue of 1999” — has been added. PDF and PageFlip versions were generated from scans. The exhibit was by the late Norman E. Wright, Sr., of the Rochester Philatelic Association.


The featured video is an instructional film by Encyclopedia Brittanica Films to show children the daily activities of city and rural mail carriers in 1946.



Stamp Collectors discussion

Sep 3, 2015 5:23:47 PM PT

Stamp Insider for September-October 2015


Pottery, Glass & Porcelain discussion

Sep 4, 2015 11:48:40 AM PT

Kitty cat planter any with id? has usa 2005



Morning and welcome to Force Friday and flashbacks. 

New to eBay Chit Chat & More ~ EVERYONE WELCOME!

When I go to my listing with a start time of Sep 07, 2015 00:00:32 PDT, 5 photos I had were replace with what looks like grey polaroid slides.


When I go to revise the item all of the photos are there. I clicked the 'revise it tab' and it shows "Your Item Has Been Successfully Revised"  I check out my listing on eBay and it still does not show those 5 photos!  I would really appreciate any help you can give me to correct this problem. I called Customer Service yesterday and they told me it could take up to 24 hours to get the photos on the listing. It has been over 24 hours.  Thanks    



Member To Member Support question

Sep 4, 2015 9:59:08 AM PT

Missing Pictures on Listing

This piece measures 7" across and weighs in at nearly 3 pounds - very heavy for size.  Interesting effect when viewed from the bottom (second photo).  I see no maker's mark.  As always, any help with an ID will be greatly appreciated!  -kyal



Pottery, Glass & Porcelain discussion

From a local estate of world travelers, appears hand painted (signature? at top left). Very crisp silk; feels & sounds like tissue paper. 43" long x 21.25" wide. Comparing characters to Japanese/Chinese but cannot discern which. Is this more of a souvenir piece or more special?


Only window I had available - please excuse shadows behind fabric. Thank you for your assistance/opinion Smiley Happyfabric 002.jpg


Closeups next post -

Needle Arts & Vintage Textiles discussion

Sep 3, 2015 11:19:13 AM PT

Hand Painted Silk - China? Japan?

3-1/2" tall. I think the correct term is opaque glass. No signature. I've searched Bohemian and Victorian glass but not sure if that is correct. The decoration is not raised - completely smooth on the outside. Searched the 20th Century Glass site and googled otheres. Appreciate any help with it.






Pottery, Glass & Porcelain discussion

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Antiques and Research

Sep 3, 2015 1:50:35 PM PT

Need help identifying this figurine....

I found this pretty thing at a thrift store.  Can't find any marks.   She is composition and real eye lids, human hair, I think.

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Dolls discussion

Sep 3, 2015 7:01:47 AM PT

Who is She????


Collectibles & Art discussion

I have an old English Silver candleabra that I Inherited. It is very tall about 20"

Thre are only two Hallmarks at the base. One says England and their is a hallmark that looks like a shell. The bottom has old felt.

Can anyone shed some light on this piece?




Collectibles & Art discussion

I have this Beautiful Amber/greenish blown glass vase, with Black threads. She stands 8 1/2" tall, 3" top, 6" bottom. 

Thank you in advance. Appreciate the help. image.jpg

Collectibles & Art discussion


  I am Malitha Dilshan. I am using ebay since a long time. But i cannoth undestand what is happening here. 

There was a tabler for AUD 32 and i have paid for it. And i recieved the comfirmation email and after one day i have recieved the shipped email. 

But after 5 days i have recieved that, you have a full refund. So is the item has cancelled or why they have tell me that item has shipped?

This is not the first time it happened to me. I lost 4 deals like this. 3 tablets and a projector.

Please Help.


Thank you,

Smiley Indifferent


Here is the shipping email:




SHIPPED: 9 inch Android 4.4 Tablet PC Quad Core 8GB Wi-Fi Dual Camera +Keyboard Bundle


✓ Shipping info received
In transit
Last scanned dateN/A
Package location 
Shipping statusShipping info received
Shipping carrierChina Post
Tracking number RI590983751CN
Delivery message N/A
See Full tracking history
9 inch Android 4.4 Tablet PC Quad Core 8GB Wi-Fi Dual Camera +Keyboard Bundle
9 inch Android 4.4 Tablet PC Quad Core 8GB Wi-Fi Dual Camera +Keyboard Bundle
Item priceAUD 32.22
Item number231665560148
Shipping serviceAusPost Express Courier International

Member To Member Support question

Hi, folks.


Got tired of banging my head against the wall trying to identify this pattern. Hope you can help.


(I was able to identify the shape as "corail.")


It looks very 1960s to me.  Would you call the gold part of the pattern wheat or something else? The photo is from a 7-1/2" flat soup bowl.


Thanks in advance for any help.



Pottery, Glass & Porcelain discussion

My first guess was Shirley Temple, but my wife says no.  Anyone have a idea who this doll is?  She stands about 18 inches tall.  Mark on back of head base is the number 180.  Thanks for your input in advance.





Toys & Hobbies discussion

Hi, Hope someone can tell me about these baskets. I believe they are very old. The larger  one measures about 12" in diameter and the smaller one measures about 7 1/2" in diameter. Are they American Indian? If so what tribe and if not what is their origin? Are they made of pine needles? Thanks so much for any help you can give. Kay




Collectibles & Art discussion

Sep 2, 2015 2:53:57 PM PT

ID Old Baskets--Pine Needle / Straw?

I recently acquired this center bowl done in reverse glass with enamel floral design.  I was thinking maybe Westmoreland glass from the 1920s/30s. It measures approximately 12.5" in diameter and approximately 2.5" in height with no makers mark to be found.  I would appreciate any help on manufacturer and possible pattern name if there was one.  Thanks.




Pottery, Glass & Porcelain discussion

I have two customers who are afraid to click BUY because of exorbitant shipping costs. I have wasted lots of time trying to explain to them to click buy, but do not pay. Then I can invoice with the lower shipping costs. One buyer just said,"forget it, Ebay is too complicated".

So I have lost a sale!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Am I handling this the correct way?


Can I invoice through Paypal without them buying?



Selling discussion

Alright Seasoned Sellers -- How do you deal with an outright 'bad buyer'?


Here's the story last week this person bought something, paid for it, and sent me a message less than an hour later saying she just learned her grandaughter's shoe size wen up and the shoes she just bought won't fit her.  I cancelled the order and the shipping and I believe she has received her $20 refund from ebay.


Now just two days ago she bid and win a childrens winter vest from me. I saw the user id and cringed. But, alas I then wanted to reiterate to her -- or to whomever ended up winning it -- that before they paid I that they were clear this vest is not in "excellent condition" there are signs of wear/wash as I stated in the listing.  I sent her a message regading it;regarding this and I haven't heard back and she hasn't paid.  I have a feeling she is going to stiff me for payment.


That will make two times she's burned me.  How, if anyway, do you deal with people and situations like this?


Thank you, Deana

Selling discussion

Sep 2, 2015 3:53:40 AM PT

Repetitive Bad buyer

Alright, so I just had my first couple of auctions on Ebay for the first time ever. Two games in particular where marked as payed by a member of this site (I won't say his name as I'm not too sure if its against the rules or not, haha). However, once I checked out the person's feedback, everyone in the past month has said that the person doesn't pay and doesn't respond to their messages. If I had known this, I would have never even associated with the person. Unfortunately for me, I've already mailed the two packages to the person's address! So, my question for you all is if there is a way to recover those two packages so that I won't be giving away the two games for free. Thank you in advance for anyone who takes the time to answer!

Selling discussion

Selling discussion

Sep 2, 2015 3:40:32 PM PT

Why is so slow lately please anyone?

Does anyone really know how safe purchasing via Ebay is?



So far, I have 2 succesful refunds and 1 successful fraud money back. 

However, this is small money. Most transactions are under $500.



Currently, I am looking into purchasing an item with high dollar on Ebay, upper 40k.

How safe will my transaction will be?


How does it really work with the paypal payment?

for example: 

I won a bid of $40k item.

I paid via paypal 40k to seller

Seller promised to send me the item in 2 weeks.

Waited 2 weeks, and item not arrived yet..

filled claim.


During these process, does ebay hold the money that I sent to Seller via paypal?

What if I seller withdraw the money out  of his bank account and run away?


Will i still get my $40k back?


Anyone has clearer idea?





Bidding & Buying discussion

Sep 2, 2015 11:21:03 AM PT

How Safe is Purchasing via Ebay?

I recently signed up for a store.  I noticed on my end of August invoice that I am being charged 10% FVF on many items.  When I called to get a credit for these, I was informed that only the items that were listed AFTER I started my store were eligible for my new FVF rate.


This is unfair and inaccurate according to the store subscription Terms of Service:  http://pages.ebay.com/stores/subscriptionterms.html


see #2 paragraph 4 :  

    When you sign up for a yearly or monthly subscription for the first time:
    • Your Stores benefits start immediately.

Now I understand that their computer system might only catch those newly listed items in order to calculate them automatically.  However, it does NOT say that my old listings are ineligible.  In fact it says benefits start immediately.   That would imply to me that all items sold after opening a store will receive the "benefits" of having the store (in this case decreased FVFs). Someone in customer service can manually add a credit to my account to adjust for the overcharged FVF's.   Mine add up to over $70 for August - more than the cost of my store - so yes it is a very important issue for me.  These FVF savings are part of the calculations that help cover the cost of the store, making it worthwhile to begin with.  


I fought with an agent on the phone for 2 hours today with no luck.  They just repeat themselves without looking at the contract to see that my benefits started IMMEDIATELY.   If these older listings are not eligible, then somewhere on this agreement ebay needs to state:

Note: Older listings will not receive the discounted FVF rates. If this is important to you, cancel all of these listings and relist them under the new store.  I have 500 free listings so it wouldn't cost me a cent to do this.  But it costs me a lot because I relied on their TOS and was not informed of this ridiculous loophole that a "stroke of a pen" (or computer keyboard) can easily credit and correct.


Please any advice would be appreciated.  My head hurts from getting angry. I'm not asking for a special favor. I just want what I was told I was getting.

My Account discussion

If the shipping option drop down menu when using ebay labels shows a regional rate box A option, does that mean you can use it.  I thought the boxes were only for shipping to the same state. Thank you

Shipping & Returns discussion

Sep 1, 2015 3:17:29 PM PT

regional rate boxes

I sold an item from overseas, No tracking, No insurance.
bubble packed it and raped in plastic rap. Simple but effective.
And after I shipped it I realized that the buyer noted for extra packaging.
I apologized and told the buyer that didn't realize about the note and I couldn't do as requested.
Then the buyer replied that if the item is damaged he will report it tp ebay and get his money back..

If it dose get damaged what should I do?
And is it realy my fault? I do insurance with extra cost but the buyer didn't choose it.

Shipping & Returns discussion

Sep 2, 2015 12:07:17 PM PT

Whos responsible?

Won an item in auction, paid immediately. 4 days later seller marks the item as shipped without tracking number, sent a message asking for traking number.

There was no response to the message, later I open a case with resolution center asking for the item. The seller sends a refund.

If he marked the item as shipped, can he issue a refund? I think this is the same as lying, besides leaving the feedback is there anything else I can do?

Bidding & Buying discussion

My Account discussion

I want to return a pair of of sandal , because of the size and not what i expected.

Shipping & Returns discussion

A buyer purchased a gold bracelet from me on the 25th, and I mailed it to him within 24 hours.

In the 7 days (5 business days) since I sent it, I have received 9 messages from him, each increasingly hostile (his name sounds foreign, and his English is terrible).

The first, on Aug 30, telling me I should compensate him "with something" for the delay (2 business days).

Again, on the 30th, a complaint that the price was too high.

The next emails were about me "playing" him, trying to delay the shipment so I can have it back.

Today he told me I was playing him and I should send him another bracelet that was the same (like I have one).

Followed by this message: "If not I will mess your business up on here."


I have responded to his emails with grace and courtesy. I have phoned USPS (both nationally and locally) and they are looking into this at the last place recorded. I will not hear anything for 24 hours. Nothing satisfies him.


Does the threat of "messing up my business on here" if I don't send him another bracelet qualify as extortion?

I have a perfect feedback rating, which I have worked hard for.

I have a feeling that even when he gets his bracelet it's not going to be the end of the story, since he has been so unreasonable already.

And yes, I have blocked him as a seller for the future.


I know I don't technically have to worry about this YET, until he actually DOES something besides threaten me, but I guess I wanted to know my options WHEN (not IF) he makes his next move ...


Never encountered a buyer like this one!

Selling question

Sep 2, 2015 11:07:01 AM PT

buyer threatens even before receiving item

Anyone have this issue? I made a mistake and tried to list a 'replica" of a  famous maker purse. I listed it as a Replica so that buyers would know its not authentic. I tried to list it with the manufacturers name first in the title...I deleted that (mssg. came up and said its not allowed) then I put the name  in my description and again, I was warned. So I took out the name all together and tried to list this as a leather purse....Well, next day they restrict my account and say I violated a policy. I have been on Ebay since 2000 and never violated a policy. I have a 100% score and had no idea that my listing was still a violation because when I took out the designers name ...ebay said "congratulations your item is listed" and I thought I was good to go...NO WARNING. Did anyone have this happen to them....I am mad about it...tried talking to manager who was a-------- Am I being to sensitive and I should just get over it ....or should I keep pursuing it? They pretty much told me to bad ....dont bother us we will not lift the restriction. I cant list anything new or relist anything when it expires for 7 days....What  do you think?

Bidding & Buying discussion

I received an email a couple of weeks ago, informing me that my first 100 listings (or first 20 Collectible listings) would have NO INSERTION FEES.


And I quote:

"List your Collectibles FREE, up to 20 items auction-style

No insertion fees: auction-style listings in collectibles categories. Add Buy It Now free."


So I list my auctions. I get a weird invoice at the end of the month. Insertion fees for every auction.


I call eBay and tell them about what their promotions says. It doesn't say "Exclusions apply." It just says NO INSERTION FEES. PERIOD.


They inform me that the fees I owe are because I listed my auctions in two categories and that I'm paying for the second category.


I say, "But no insertion fees means no insertion fees. I understand if they charge a listing fee per category. If, perhaps, I broke my 20 Collectible listing limit by, say, putting up 10 auctions in 2 categories each then count it as 20, I don't care. But those 20 should be FREE. I don't understand what part of "No insertion fees" that eBay doesn't understand. It's not the most money in the world, it's the idea that I was and could be surprised again by mystery fees that suddenly are hidden on the website.


I asked the person on the phone if there was someone I could complain to and she said "No"! She told me I could complain online, but I cannot for the life of me find it.


Does anyone know where I can complain against eBay? I've seen threads in the past here about people wanting to charge eBay for seller misconduct, but that is not this.


Additionally, I wanted to sell my collectibles individually as they were not selling as a full set. If I put up all 24 separately, I'd pay $55 each time. I discovered two auctions - selling my EXACT items, but with the "multiple variations" listing - and inquired as to how I could do that. Apparently, in the UK, you can sell collectibles with a drop-down menu and only pay 1 listing fee. In the US, you can't. This is total BS. I'm stuck because eBay varies by country?? Why would something like this be restricted??


Hell, maybe eBay will charge me for adding multiple tags to this post!

Selling discussion

Seller listed a trading card item as new and factory sealed in the original box. Feedback on seller looked good when I placed my order about a week ago. I get the item today, box was a little worn and seemed to be sealed. I open the box and all the card packs have been pre opened and re glued togehter. I check the sellers feedback today and five people already reported the same thing that they were scamed the past few days reguarding the same type of item. The box and packs are now damaged but I have all the cards. Some of the cards are damaged from the seller resealing them in.... What should I do? Seller wont take returns. Total scam.  The picuture is before I opened it. As you can see it looks tampered due to the opening. The seal was also torn on the side but you cant see that. I thought it was from shipping and handleing but it was the seller...

Shipping & Returns discussion

That is about it.  I'm just toast. 

Selling discussion

Sep 1, 2015 8:20:53 PM PT

I'm toast

Is it better to purchase from places closer to my location and also to pay for shipping.

Items paid for in early July , have not arrived.


Member To Member Support question

Sep 3, 2015 9:34:52 AM PT

Waiting on purchases

They retain my funds but want me to ship ASAP, using Paypal shipping!!

Am i pay pay forward for shipping when the buyer can open a claim at anytime, even if the item is at destination and in perfect condition!^

What happen to common sense at ePay! sorry..ebay...

Member To Member Support question

Hi,  how I can close or cancel "request to cancel this order" 

 I purchased an item, but there was missing one part.  The only way I find how to contact a seller fast (I'm not familiar to ebuy) through "request to cancel this order" 

We solved a problem, seller will send me a missing part. But seller is asking me "to close the request to cancel this order".  How can I do that? 

Member To Member Support question

I recently had an unauthorized sign in and for security reasons, ebay ended all of my listings. Now having changed my password and listing the items all over again, I cannot find them when I view my account (Clicked my user and am viewing my accaount as if I'm a buyer) and only 1 out of 10 items I have up are not viewable, basically showing that I am only selling 1 item. Why is that?


to the first two answers:


1. I checked everything, they aren't there. Ebay even took down my sold listings(thankfully they were already shipped and paid etc, even contacted my buyers)


Member To Member Support question

Sep 3, 2015 4:01:51 PM PT

Item won't appear?

The postage label tab has changed to a shipping tab and American parcel company information comes up and also in red writing my address is not valid to ship from?


Member To Member Support question

Sep 2, 2015 10:46:57 AM PT

postal information

I probably should have waited until the first of the month because now I am confused on my fees.  I opened my store on August 30th and on August 31.  I was charged the month to month fee of $19.67.  So did I pay that amount for the month of August or am I now paid up for the month of September.  I called but am still a bit confused.  I am not clear if I will get another invoice during September.  If they are billing me a month forward does that mean when I quit I still have a month left or would I get a refund.  As you can tell, I am confused.

Member To Member Support question

I made a purchase from a seller and paid for it via PayPal. They refunded me for the item as [they claimed] the item had sold the prior week and the item wasn't supposed to still listed. No problem - I understand these things happen. But now the item shows up in my "Unpaid items" section of My eBay. the refund has clearned already via PayPal.


Is this normal for a refunded item to show up in one's 'unpaid items' section?

Member To Member Support question

Hi All


I am trying to upload my products to the catalog in bulk. I am using file exchange option for this purpose. Below are the steps I am taking.


1 - Generating category specific template

2 - Filling fields

3 - Uploading that file to ebay (using CSV manager)


When i upload file, it takes some time to be processed. When i download the processed file, the file is empty. I've tried any possible scenario to make it work but no luck.


See the attachment.


Any one could help? Thanks in advance



Tools & Apps question

hi i bout a Monitor  And the seller wants more money for shipping he did say shipping was going to be more but he sold 2 other monitor and he still did not fix the shipping.

and a day before i bout it i send him a message about the shipping but he did not include any numbers when he responded. but he already sold two of them so he knows the cost of the packaging and i even think that he already had them boxed up because there were only stock pitchers of them.

what should i do now.



Member To Member Support question

Sep 3, 2015 6:47:55 PM PT


 i bought  some items but i did not received them but the case has been closed

Member To Member Support question

Sep 1, 2015 9:44:27 PM PT

did not received any item since feb

I sold a Rolex watch for 2499.  I thought the fee was going to be for 4% but I am being charged 10%.  Can someone explain why the 10%?  I must be misunderstanding the fee list.  



Member To Member Support question

Sep 4, 2015 7:27:06 AM PT

Final Value Fee?

On August 22nd I purchased an item from a seller that specifically stated the item was in stock and ready to ship. After a few days of not hearing from the seller I sent him a message asking for shipping status. It took several more days and couple of emails to get an answer. He stated the item was not in stock and that he would not get more until the end of September. He offered several options including a full refund but I opted for a 50% refund and wait until the item was back in stock and he'd ship one out as soon as he got them in. After several days of waiting for my partial refund I had to contact him again and this is what he replied.



We spoke to eBay, and if we issue the partial refund now, we won't be able to print a Shipping Label for the order. So, the partial refund will go into effect as soon as the item ships out.

I have notated the Account and Order to ship via Expedited, and to issue a Refund worth = $44.99 back to your PayPal Account.

Have a great day!

Thank You,

Does this sound legit or should I just request a full refund?



Member To Member Support question

Sep 2, 2015 3:13:35 PM PT

Item purchased not in stock

I started return process on item I received as it arrived faulty, wouldnt turn on and stay on. I printed the return label - attached and today received confirmation via courier wensite that it has been delivered. Tracking history shows : DELIVERED - no signature. IN return request details on Ebay it stil shows in transit - ? What do I need to do now to make sure Ebay knows item has been received by the seller ? I`m bit worried with the no signature comment on couriers website but it is confirmed as delivered. Thank you for your time and help.

Shipping & Returns question

Sep 4, 2015 4:00:37 AM PT

Returned item to the seller

Is there anything you can do to get members to leave you feedback after the sale and delivery of an item without sending them messages begging for feedback lol ? we are new to ebay and need the feedback 


Member To Member Support question

Sep 3, 2015 10:24:44 AM PT


hi, i just bid this item and won. but seller doesn't ship it at all. 5 days has gone, i paid and waiting.

i sent a lot of mail to him, messaged him but no return, no answer.


some friends get me wrong. there's no estimated delivery date or something like that. i paid but i still waiting seller to accept the PayPal transaction.

and the seller doesn't reply me, my mail.


what should i do?

Member To Member Support question

Sep 1, 2015 11:29:26 PM PT



I have been thinking of a way to ship my items to another country since shipping directly to my country Yemen will let my items get lost or stolen in Yemeni Customs.  So, I have been thinking of  using my friend's address in the US as my shipping address while I will purchase my item with my Mastercard(Yemeni billing address) issued in Yemen. (i.e. my a my MasterCard billing address will be different from my shipping address)


While my primary shipping address and my registration address is in Yemen, and when adding a new shipping address of my friend in the US to use it as my primary shipping address when purchasing from eBay,

So, while adding my friend's address in the US, I found these errors below: 

NOTE: my friend is quite sure from that address.



1- When adding '+1' or even '001' as area code in the first field of the four fields specified for entering the phone number, then I faced this error  'the phone number is too short. When I removed the '+1', and began to enter the phone number from the first field to the third field, then it was OK.



2- when adding the zip code '19720 - 9004', I faced 'zip code is invaliad', then when I have typed it as '19720-9004' by the removing the space after and before the slash -, then it was OK.


3-  However, I still don't get rid of this  error  'Street Address - Your shipping address does not match with postal service records. Please correct your address.'





My questions are:

1- is it normal to not type the area code  '+1' or even '001' beofe the phone number?

2- is it normal the zip code is not separated by slash in between two spaces.


3 how to get rid of that error 'Street address - Your shipping address does not match with postal service records. Please correct your address.'? 

Member To Member Support question

A bidder asked me a question via eBay but I can't tell how to respond.  When I click on the "Respond" link, it takes me to my messages inbox but there aren't any unread messages.  Is it possible that this message flag is old and is associated with a message I received yesterday and already responded to?

Member To Member Support question

Sep 3, 2015 6:04:52 PM PT

How to respond to a bidder question??????