And yet another way of sticking it to the seller. Not only have I been royally screwed by buyers not paying after being the winning bidder over 5 times in less than 6 months, I now have a new and novel approach for circumventing the NPB strike in the Resolution forum by seasoned eBay buyers.
I sold an antique lawyer's/banker's book case on auction on eBay. Sold the weekend of March 26-27. Selling price was approximately $200. It was listed for pick up, cash only. This is way too large to ship at any cost close to reasonable. I live in Missouri. Winning bidder lives in Oklahoma - not exactly a hop, skip and a jump.
Auction ended on Saturday. Assurances were given cash would be sent via FedEx and tracking number would be sent via email Monday evening. Winner assured me he/she would be within one hour of my home this weekend (April 2-3).
My mother raised no fool and neither did my father. The winning bidder had over 700 feedback so he/she had been around the block many times. No one would send cash any more than they would send it Western Union.
Alas, no money and no tracking number. No response to emails regarding payment, pick up, etc. Zip, zilch, nada. I opened a case in Resolution for non-payment.
No response to dispute. No email. Nothing.
Two hours before dispute would have closed in my favor and costing a strike to the buyer, I received payment via PayPal. Yeah, right. I'm going to accept PayPal. I'm going to ship free. Any case they would have opened in dispute on this score would have been resolved in their favor - not mine. I refunded the PayPal payment as they would have gotten it refunded anyway.
Do I need to tell you how long it took to get a fee credit? Do I need to tell you how many transfers and how long I was on hold getting the fee credit resolved? Do I need to tell you the buyer has probably done this before? Do I need to tell you my time was wasted and not the buyer's? Do I need to tell you some sellers have inadvertently paid eBay commission fees due to scam artists such as the one I am describing?
No, I'm sure I'm not the only one frustrated beyond belief. I just don't understand why eBay keeps letting it happen. Does anyone have an answer?