Ebay experiences

ordi

Registered User
Like a lot of people, I use Ebay to buy a few bits, and occasionally sell some stuff too....recently, a spare laptop charger, tested and working. So I list it, and agree a generous price about £10 with free P&P with the buyer. Let's call him "****". **** pays promptly and leaves a message saying don't send it using a certain carrier because they just dump stuff in his street. I reply saying I'll use a different carrier.
I then get another message asking will I send it sooner rather than later. I've listed it as free P&P and reply saying as it happens I've sent it earlier, 2nd class and give **** the tracking number.
Three days later, **** sends me a message at 930am.....he's received the charger, but says it doesn't work. And he's sent me three pics of some multimeter type device connected to the charger.
A few mins later, **** sends another message saying he's sure it's damaged so he's returning it and is miffed because he needed it badly.
About 5pm, just as I'm about to send a reply, I get another message from ****, "All ok the cable at the end out of the charger was loose so pushed it back and all is ok".
So basically, **** unpacked it and did not attach the leads correctly.
 

oli356

Registered User
Well at least you didn't get scammed or anything as that's where I thought the story was going!

I've not had many bad experiences really, as a buyer or seller. Nothing major anyway.
 

DieselJake

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I buy and sell loads on eBay, only ever had 1 bad buying experience where a used "near new" item came totally destroyed/unusable with damage clearly not from transit, sent it back and got a full refund which came/comes from eBay rather than the seller when adding the return postage details... the seller did not collect the item and it came back to me as well :wink:... this was also something I paid over £200 for and the seller was sending some quite threatening messages so I also reported the seller pahaha winner winner chicken dinner.

in terms of selling you have to be quite cautious and read from allot of experiance sellers so you don't get cought out, fortunately most the things I've sold have been too big to post so people have paid cash on collection which I guess is where sites like Gumtree fit in the mix.
 

rum4mo

Registered User
I've bought quite a lot of stuff via ebay with only a problem with a single item.

I just don't has the stomach for selling stuff though, too many weird people about with unrealistic expectations for my liking!

Edit:- someone at work, luckily an awkward sod, once bought the classic ebay item - an Xbox and yes he did get an empty box, that caused much satisfaction to the rest of us!
 
I've used eBay many times over the years, luckily with very few problems. A few years ago I bought a PlayStation game which didn't arrive, I got in touch with the seller who didn't reply but sent me a refund, then roughly 2 years later the game arrived showing a postage date a couple of days earlier with no explanation. Very happy
 
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ordi

Registered User
Well at least you didn't get scammed or anything as that's where I thought the story was going!

I've not had many bad experiences really, as a buyer or seller. Nothing major anyway.

Didn't get scammed this time. Just an idiot, - a technically-minded one who can use a multimeter to check voltages - but can't do a basic check to see if he's plugged the cables in properly.

Although I have been scammed before. A scammer once bought a £50+ watch from me. He received it leaving positive feedback saying he loved it, it fitted great. Three wks later, he claimed it arrived damaged. He sent pics showing a filthy watch with a strap that was severed in two different places. When I asked why he originally left positive feedback, he claimed he "accidentally" left me positive feedback. He claimed he didn't notice the damage straight away, hence the three wk delay. When I said that seemed ridiculous the damage is unmissable, he then claimed his internet had been down all that time. This seemed odd as he used both a home and work email address - one of the world's biggest pharmaceutical companies. Told him, I did not believe his company's server was down for three weeks. He then accused me of using low res pictures to hide the damage....which was nonsense as this was back in the day when Ebay reduced the res of your original pics. And then said I had deliberately written my return address poorly so as not to accept returns.....which was also nonsense. He then opened a case and Ebay's policy is, so long as the buyer returns the item, they take your money and refund the buyer. So the watch came back to me in three pieces and a de-faced presentation box, and Ebay took my money. It took me several months pursuing Ebay about the ridiculousness of the case and their original decision, before they refunded me.
 

Tj 0785

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I bought a near brand new pair of aluminium wing mirrors for my s3 8l for £250 turned out to be plastic fakes seller was having none of it was adamant they were genuine then when I told him I removed glass and scratched to prove it (was blatantly obvious from look/ weight)he changed to all the aluminium mirrors are not aluminium but aluminium effect (true for newer models but not 8l) still wouldn’t refund so opened a case with eBay and sent them links to prove they should be aluminium and eBay refund the money once I proved he signed for return delivery because he kept saying he hadn’t received them yet
 

mikep99

Registered User
eBay always have to side with the buyer.
I've had no problems at all. In fact I've been impressed with some of the sellers.
When selling, I've always been upfront and kept buyers updated ie. Photos of the parcel, receipt from post office etc
It gets a bad name because of a few dodgy people unfortunately..
Mike

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