The Answer Center is your place to ask fellow eBay Community members questions about buying and selling on eBay, and for you to share your best information, tips, and insights to help other members get answers to their own questions.
Meet other eBay Community members who share your interests and passions.
Groups is a great place to connect with other community members who share similar interests. Give support, share information, and connect with fellow members. Create or join a Group today!
The latest news and updates affecting eBay buyers and sellers
The single source of information for new and professional sellers
Our policies are designed to create a safe and fair environment for all eBay members. Learning what’s allowed can help you avoid unintentionally breaking the rules and helps everyone in working with reliable, trustworthy members.
on 06-07-2012 04:02 PM
on 06-07-2012 05:45 PM
There are A LOT of deadbeat bidders on eBay.
Please DO file UPI reports after 4-5 days AND close them out 4-5 days later. When you close it out:
a) you get your eBay FVFs back and
b) buyer can't leave you negative feedback.
Sellers filing the UPI help themselves and other sellers.
eBay provides a method for SELLERS to automatically BLOCK those non-paying deadbeat bidders from your auctions.
Go to My eBay, the ACCOUNT tab.
Click on the SITE PREFERENCES link.
On the right side of page, near the top, is a "show all" link.
Click that, then scroll down to:
Buyer requirements Block buyers who:
THEN you have to look on the far right for the "Edit" link,
click that and choose any/all of these:
Don't have a PayPal account (99% of the scammers don't)
Have received 2 Unpaid Item strike(s) within 12 Month(s)
Have a primary shipping address in a location I don't ship to
Have 4 Policy Violation report(s) within 6 Month(s)
Have a feedback score of -1 or lower
You would be amazed at the number of people who come to the Answer Center saying "How come I can't bid on any auctions? I don't know what it means by unpaid items."
And the UPIs stay on their record for a year. So they have a nice long "time out" to think about what they've done wrong :-)
on 06-07-2012 05:27 PM
Your buyer could deny the request and then you would not get your fees back and he will suffer no consequences.
You did not do yourself or your fellow sellers any favors by letting a now payer off the hook with a transaction cancellation. You should have opened an unpaid item case.
on 06-07-2012 05:10 PM
You cannot file a nonpayment dispute after filing a cancellation request.
Just hope that the buyer continues to ignore the cancellation so that you can close it in 7 days and get your fees refunded.
Buyer will still be able to leave you feedback, BTW. They would not be able to leave feedback if you had filed a nonpayment dispute and closed it with a strike ... one of the reasons why this dispute would have been preferable.
on 04-16-2013 09:47 AM
In my case - the Buyer contacted me stating that her child was playing with the cell phone and accidentally bought the item. She had no intentions of buying it and wanted to cancel. In evaluating the situation:
1.) She had a (0) rating - no sales/no purchases.
2.) My item was a full size organ and large speakers listed as Local Pick-up Only (me in Ohio and she in Las Vegas)
I could not force her to buy the item because of what the item was. I wanted to get things over with quickly, so I cancelled the item (with the intentions that she was going to respond to the cancellation). She never did. She appeared to have no clue what she was doing. I couldn't open open an unpaid item case because Ebay said it was too soon. Now.....here I wait until the waiting period (7 days?) is over to get my fees refunded. UGH!
on 06-07-2012 04:05 PM
You should have filed the Unpaid Item dispute in the first place.
Just hope the buyer does not respond with a refusal -- if he does you're out of luck. If he does not respond at all you can close it yourself after 7 days, but there will be no penalty for the buyer, which is too bad.