Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Live and learn.....

Warning! This is long and I am whining. I had my first bad experience on EBay. I Bid and won a "lot" of babyclothes. I won the items March 8th and paid immediately (over 100 dollars for an assortment of baby clothing) via paypal like I always do. Did not receive the items until yesterday almost a month later. This was after several attempts to contact the seller with no response. Since it had almost been 30 days I filed a paypal investigation so I would be able to get my money back if need be. The seller finally answered and they said they had been out of town. Promised to ship that day but still appeared to wait a day or 2 before shipping and providing a tracking number. They then emailed me asking me to resolve the investigation so that they would be able to withdraw all their paypal funds received. So I did on the faith that I would receive the items. I finally did receive them and was disappointed. The items were poorly packed, basically dumped in a shopping bag thrown loosely in a dingy box. Alot of the clothes were quite dingy also. During my wait for the items I read all of the sellers prior feedback. While some of it was good there was quite a bit of negative. Complaints were similar such as slow shipper, misrepresented items, items never received, numerous excuses and the words Fraud and Crook were even noted in some of the feedback messages. I have never left anyone any bad feedback before and even only left a neutral for this seller with a simple warning to future buyers to read all of the sellers feedback prebidding. This seller then retaliated by leaving me my 1 and only negative feedback comment saying I was unfair and asked me not to bid on any more of their items. No problem there, I never would have bid in the first place if I had read all of their feedback comments first. ....So if your still with me the moral of this story is to read the sellers feedback first! This event has left a sour taste in my mouth so I will probably take a break from EBay for a while now. Actually not a bad thing as I need to be saving my money not spending it.

7 comments:

Kristie said...

don't give up on eBay yet... the same thing happened to me a few years ago. I now have a score of 186 with one negative. Kinda speaks for itself. Chin up and keep on ebaying!!! Love ya
kristie

Julie said...

That sucks! Sorry to hear of you bad experience. I hope you find a few nice pieces in the lot. Ebay can be fun but you have to really be careful.
Julie
http://spaces.msn.com/larivieres/

laurie said...

i'm sorry about that. i think it's so disappointing because it happens so infrequently you're not expecting it. still sucks

Joannah said...

I had something very similar happen to me on ebay last summer. When I left honest feedback the seller went ballistic! I haven't purchased anything on ebay since. I would rather pay a little more, know what I'm getting, and take it home right away. I'm sorry you had that kind of an experience too.

Aimee said...

Ebay can be hit or miss. Sorry about the bad experience

Sandy said...

Sorry to hear that happened to you, esp. after being disappointed with the merchandise also. In my early ebay days, I had to learn to read the seller feedback after never receiving my merchandise from someone. I have heard stories about the negative feedback backlash so I was leery of it. Don't give up on ebay yet because of one bad apple! I know how it makes you leery though!

mom to two munchkins said...

I am sorry you had encountered such back seller. I too was one of the victim but ever since that bad incident, I too read every seller(s) I buy from. You would think Ebay would suspend these sellers for awhile before they let them back.