davidd (davidd) wrote,

eBay Idiocy

Over the past several years I have purchased a (*cough*) fair number of items via eBay, and have had very few difficulties with eBay sellers... until now!

In the past two weeks, I have had four issues with eBay sellers. Apparently eBay's new policies have driven away the competent sellers and left the dregs. My recent experiences leave me wary of conducting further transactions through eBay.

1. Purchased two new shirts (Willis & Geiger) using Buy-It-Now. The listing noted that three items were available, and I used the Buy-It-Now feature to purchase two of them. I received a parcel containing one shirt. At $70 per shirt, this was disturbing. I contacted the seller, who eventually refunded the money for one of the shirts along with a terse apology for the oversight.

2. Purchased Gillette Mach 3 razor blades in bulk on 21 May. The listing promises fast shipping. I received an email from the seller a couple of days ago (9 June) indicating the parcel had been returned for incorrect address. The seller claimed he would resend the parcel and issue a $10 refund for the inconvenience. Neither the parcel nor the refund have been forthcoming.

3. Received notice from a Canadian seller (transaction date: 27 May) that the parcel had been rejected by Customs due to an improperly completed customs form. "This may have been an error on my part," noted the seller. Like, ya think, hose-head? No more Canadian transactions for me.

4. Received an email yesterday (12 June) indicating that the seller of an item purchased on 25 May had "misplaced the item" and will ship it as soon as it is found.

In over 140 eBay buying transactions over the course of several years, I have never had issues like this arise until these past few weeks. Perhaps it's merely coincidence. Perhaps, too, I should look to learn from this. It is a sign from the universe that I should curb my insane desire to acquire things!

I need those stoopid razor blades, though. In theory they're way cheaper to buy through eBay than anywhere else... but only if they show up!

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