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03-28-2015 08:00 AM
I have fallen prey to this scam, also. The last two came from buyers with "PMB" mailbox (private mailbox service) in Calexico, CA. I got another purchase from this same set-up and I canceled the order and blocked the bidder. Not sure if its the same person, but when they return the "merchandise" (just packing material), it comes from Riverside, CA. So the scammers must work in cahoots with other scammers. We sellers are like fish in a barrel.
03-27-2015 12:46 PM
What are you talking about? All you have to do is go to ebay or maybe it's paypal and tell them the item is not as described. You have already contacted the seller.
You will automatically get all your money back. You can leave negative feedback, and the worst thing they can do to you is leave you positive feedback.
There is no reason for any buyer to be out money when the seller has not described things right, with the possible exception of the cost of shipping it back..
03-27-2015 12:21 PM
This is why I have a special paragraph in every single auction I put up on Ebay.
Goes like this -
.............Ebay has aggressive policies to prote
to ship pricey items overseas and still maintain s
and above must be signed for by the buyer or there
accumulated over a lifetime and raise a few dollar
For this reason, there are many cases where I just
Sometimes there is a way to find a solution around
Although, to be honest, I have closed off bidding from ALL countries other than the US. In addition, we all have the right to set up paypal so that we do not accept funds from financial institutions outside the US. It's not enough to check the box for 'no international shipping.' You have to go through and specifially forbid bidding from all other continents and countries.
To get around this, there is a new industry in the US called 'reshipping.' Many overseas bidders will register as if they are US, then wilrl bid on US items. Then they have us ship the item to locations in California, Seattle, or Florida and maybe other places. These purchases are easy to spot because they usually have special instructions to include some odd code in the shipping address.
The only bright spot in this is that Paypal does NOT provide buyer protection once the item has been delivered successfuly if it is then reshipped to another location.
I got out of a scrape because of that last year when the buyer pretended to live in the US but really was in Vietnam. They bought a soprano sax that I had paid $50 to put in great playing condition. Took about three weeks after I shipped it to hear back from the buyer. They apologized for taking so long but had been 'traveling.' Actually it was the sax that had been traveling. Anyway, they weren't happy with it because it 'wasn't as described' and they couldn't get the bottom notes.
They kept hinting around that they should get a partial refund. I asked them for photos.
When I got the photos I figured out that it had gotten really messed up somehow. Most likely by the customs inspectors who are pretty aggressive looking for drugs and such. When they don't find drugs, they don't carefully repackage things to make sure there is no damage for the final leg of the journey. Instead, they throw it back together any old way and use paperclips and scotch tape to hold it together..... sort of. In addition to the messed up key, I saw that someone had been 'polishing' the vintage silver-plated surface of the sax using something abrasive.
So then I let him have it. I told him I wasn't responsible for sax after they had damaged it through the use of incompetent techs and reshipping. At that point they realized they wouldn't get money from me and the jig was up and started making threats of bad feedback. I made it clear that they weren't going to extort money from me.
In short order, I got negative feedback. I complained to ebay. Ebay let the negative stand, which is TOTALLY unfair, but also TOTALLY expected. But I got to keep my money. And of course, I immediately blocked that buyer from ever bidding again on my auctions.
03-27-2015 05:17 AM
I am speachless yet again. I just had a buyer with 0 feedback buy an item. Somehow I get an email from Ebay that the buyer isn't happy and "Ebay will handle it" without a case opened and without me even knowing why. The item was refunded to the buyer. The buyer gets to just keep the item. How can this be?? How can this go on?? Since it is obviously ok to do then maybe I should open another Ebay account and just start getting free merchandise!! (I'm not a scumbag and wouldn't but the problem is I very easily could!!!)
We need to get together and fight this somehow.
For what it's worth and for the ones reading this, the buyer was rr1rol.uwdizw6
Another problem that fuels this in an indirect way is that many big sellers just automatically give these people good feedback as soon as they check out. Makes others believe that they are legit. This guy now has 1 good feedback that says "Great Ebayer"!!! lol
03-26-2015 12:24 PM
I also got ripped off sending 2 very expensive antique jade bracelets to Japan. The lady emailed that she hasn't received the bracelets, when only close to a month had passed since mailing it. I bought small pieces of jewelry from Japan that had taken 2 months to come in. The lady said she was tired of waiting for delivery so paypal gave her all of the money back plus shipping. So now she has her money and the 2 antique bracelets. What a scam.
03-26-2015 04:32 AM
03-22-2015 07:55 PM
The buyer gets ripped off too I have been over charged shipping 3 times so I'm done . If sellers can lie in thier Ads I will take my money and leave
03-09-2015 05:47 AM
Everybody in the open market will divulge if something was in the house of a smoker, a cat or a dog. This is standard practice.Allergens are affecting more and more people these days annd can be triggered by even a small exposure.
03-02-2015 09:39 AM
You do have rights. If the item was not as described you can open a case which it sounds like you have. The buyer should get back to you and offer the item to be returned for a refund. The problem is from what I hear is that even when sellers ask to have the item returned, Ebay is still giving the buyer a refund regardless whether the item comes back or not. I agree that there are some bad sellers as well as buyers but it looks like the people that get the short end of the stick are the honest sellers. I think the whole money back guarantee policy has some flaws. In your case, you will most likely get a refund through Ebay regardless. The seller sounds like they didn't describe the item properly and you should get the opportunity to send it back and get a refund, however some buyers need to ask questions and confirm the information on certain items to avoid these kind of situations. I don't know if you did or not but if you did and the seller confirmed that it was what you were exactly asking then the seller made the mistake and should be held responsible. Having said that, when the buyer makes a mistake or makes a false claim or whatever, the seller in the majority of cases seems to get the loss in situations that should favour the seller.
03-02-2015 03:32 AM
02-28-2015 09:46 PM
02-28-2015 08:31 PM
02-22-2015 05:24 PM
The key to understanding Ebay's policies is to look at them through the lens of Wall Street. Ebay is a public company and all they care about is pleasing the Street each and every quarter. In order to do that they need volume. If some small sellers get ripped off, Ebay doesn't care because they know you don't really have a lot of other options. Buyers on the other hand, can purchase goods from Amazon or many other e-commerce sites. Therefore, Ebay is always going to skew its policies in favor of buyers.
Think of your local shopping mall, if a candy store or a t-shirt shop (both tend to be small, privately owned businesses) goes belly-up and leaves the mall then management isn't going to waste too many tissues crying about them. However, if one of their anchor tenants like Macys or Belk, for instance, were to suddenly leave then management would be in for some serious pain pretty quickly.
Ebay is essentially mall management. They really don't care about small-time sellers. If you do well then fine, if you don't then no big deal. The only way Ebay is going to start caring about small sellers is if another site comes along that threatens to lure them away en masse. Only if Ebay were to have a legit competitor (other than Amazon) would they then start trying to balance their policies to be more accomodative of small sellers.
02-12-2015 01:22 PM
02-10-2015 01:24 PM
Did PayPal ever make this right for you. I am in the same prdicament and i am dead in the water till they reimberse me.
02-06-2015 03:55 PM
There are millions of stories like this, so take my word...do not sell on eBAD!
02-05-2015 06:07 PM
What's the use of even using eBay...You lose either way with dishonest buyers!
I shipped a product to a fellow last December 15. He never reported a problem till a month later. By then the insurance company would not accept a claim.
Fast forward to a couple of days ago. I received the return of one piece out of 600+ that measured 3x4x2 inches and weighed 7 ounces. It was shipped in a huge box that the lable stated was 7 pounds. The auctual box and lots of newspaper with this one 3x4x2" part was 1lb-10 ounces. I called eBay imediately and they said they would investigate. Now my paypal is in the negative and they are still waiting to collect $110. to be able to send him a total of $250.20.
I am in the process of filing a federal fraud case as we speak, and if there will be justice in this...