|Thu Aug 11 2016 17:39:20|
When a Great Buyer May Be Too Good to Be True
I'd like to hear from other sellers whether they've had a repeat buyer whose spending may be out of control (a nice fantasy, we'd all like that, but still...).
I listed a ham radio collectible and it sold to a ham, as evidenced by the call letters after his name. The first odd thing that happened is he left glowing and effusive feedback at the same time he made payment, before I had even shipped the item.
A few days later I listed a vintage fountain pen. Imagine my surprise when the same buyer made a late bid that left everyone else in the dust. Not only that, but the bid history shows he even entered two more bids on top of the winning one, to buttress his chances. The winning bid was frankly more than the pen is worth. When he made his payment via PayPal, he included a note thanking me for listing "such a wonderful pen." Again, he left florid positive feedback before I shipped.
In each case I sent him a message asking to let me know when his purchase arrived. Not a peep.
His feedback history shows a LOT of purchases in the last month. I can't help thinking this person may be not be rich or addicted but perhaps not in good control of himself and not quite compos.
Having had elderly family members who got very careless about spending and vulnerable to con artists, I'm tempted to think this buyer latched onto my second item. I haven't listed anything since but am about to and wonder if he might do it again. If he does, I'll kind of feel tempted to block him, imagining myself as a relative whose whacko uncle or whoever is filling his porch with deliveries he shouldn't have bought.
Not that I'm ungrateful for the business. I'm sure you know what I mean. What say your readers?