|Mon July 22 2013 20:45:53|
What's Your Best 'Baby Bid on My Item' eBay Story?
By: Ina Steiner
Online sellers have lots of pet peeves, but one of the most common among eBay sellers is the bidder/buyer who tries to back out of a purchase by using a version of the "I didn't really order your item" excuse. One recent example got plenty of play in the news media, and eBay's reaction to the incident was a surprising one.
If you didn't see the pages of various versions of the same story on Google News, the transaction in question was a man from Oregon who said he didn't really purchase the 1962 Austin Healey Sprite on eBay for $202.50 - his toddler did using the eBay mobile app "while playing with daddy's smartphone." (An expensive version of butt dialing!)
eBay blogged about the incident, writing, "Initially, Paul and his wife, Christiana, were not sure whether they could afford to take on the car simply because the classic roadster needs a lot of work. However, they decided to keep it and Paul plans to restore it in time for Sorella's high school graduation or 16th birthday."
eBay implies that the purchase was not binding - the couple "decided to keep it" - not exactly the message eBay's sellers would be happy to hear. In fact, eBay rewarded the couple with prizes, including $1,000 in eBay gift cards. Hopefully the next time the toddler accidentally orders something on eBay, the couple will use the free gift cards to pay!
If you've got the eBay mobile app installed on your smartphone, you best not put it down for a second - it's apparently quite easy for anyone to pick it up and ring up quite a tab - so easy, even a baby can do it.
If you have any stories about buyers who provide you with interesting excuses for backing out on a transaction, please share them below! And - we're all human - let us know if you've ever accidentally purchased an item online!