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I still hate Power Sellers

Power Sellers. Never again shall I purchase from one.

Incident One: the "Princess Mononoke" DVD was not as indicated in the picture or the illustration, it was not the genuine US Miramax release, it was a cheesy cheap overseas import. This seller will accept a return, but I'm out what I paid for postage, plus the return postage.

(On the rare occasions, one or two, in which I have offered a refund to an eBay buyer, I refunded the shipping cost, plus reimbursed them for the return shipping. Here's my advice to you if you choose to pursue sales on eBay: if you're making a choice between "being nice" and "making money," choose "making money," because "being nice" don't pay the rent).

Incident Two: I inqured via email, as directed in the listing, for shipping charges to my ZIP Code. The seller provided a quote. After the close of the bidding, and after I had sent payment, including the extra shipping charge quoted, the seller notifies me that they need an additional $15 for shipping, "because the amount sent does not cover their costs."

(Many times I have underquoted on shipping. I have never requested additional shipping fees from a buyer beyond the original quote. The price quoted is the price, it's not right to change it after the fact. But hey, you can be "fair," or you can make money. Go with the money, nobody gives a rip if you're "fair." Oh, and, get a postage scale.)

One more thing: I've noticed that sellers no longer post feedback until they have received positive feedback from the buyers. In my thinking, the seller should post feedback immediately upon receipt of payment. The buyer's obligation is to pay promptly. Once the buyer has paid, his or her obligation is complete.

I think the eBay system is gradually falling apart.


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Jun. 28th, 2005 04:16 pm (UTC)
Actually, in my note when I pay (via Paypal, which is the *only* way I pay these days), I specifically say, "I would appreciate your feedback on my ebay profile, as my half of the transaction is now finished. I will only leave feedback upon receipt of item and feedback from you. Thank you!"

If they don't leave it, neither do I. :) It's werked, for the most part.
Jun. 29th, 2005 02:49 pm (UTC)
That is an excellent suggestion, and one which I shall definitely implement. I, too, will only bid on items that accept PayPal payments, and I require PayPal payments on all items I sell.
Jun. 28th, 2005 10:38 pm (UTC)
I initially read "I still hate Power Sellers" as "I still hate Peter Sellers." Ah.

Excuse me while I go take care of my "Fight or Flight" response with a tall, cold Labatt's.
Jun. 29th, 2005 02:53 pm (UTC)
I don't mind Peter Sellers. If I run across a Sellers film while channel surfing, I like to watch.
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