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Old 02-06-2016, 02:38 PM
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Bad eBay Sellers

I recently had a seller on eBay try to scam me out of shipping fees so I figured I'd put this up so we could share bad eBay experiences.

I was recently in need of some new riding gear so I started looking on eBay and came across a seller in Miami that had a pair of new Thor Static pants that I was interested in being the price was pretty good. He was taking best offer so I submitted an offer and he came back with an offer of his own. It was a decent price and he still offered free shipping so I decided to take it.

Well, he shipped the pants the next day using USPS Priority and they were set to arrive Monday. I thought I would check the shipping this morning and to my surprise it was actually going to be delivered today. I hear a knock on the door so I answer it and the post office girl is standing there holding a package for me, I go to grab the package and she tells me I need to pay $4.90 before I can have it. It seems the eBay seller sent the package COD thinking I would pay it and say nothing.

Don't get me wrong, this has absolutely nothing with the pocket change...it is only about the fact that we agreed upon a best offer deal that included free shipping.

He did make it right so I won't post a name, but I would love to hear your stories of bad eBay sellers.
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Old 02-06-2016, 04:04 PM
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I haven't had a problem like that before. I would contact eBay and ask their opinion of it , they normally won't tolerate people doing that kinda stuff. For you payed with PayPal you can even open a dispute on it and they won't be able to get any money till it's resolved. I always do my research on the seller before I buy on there , only use people that's been on there for years and have a 100% rating.
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Old 02-06-2016, 04:21 PM
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Had an old Honda 200s 3 wheeler when I was a kid. I worked and worked to get it. I rode the snot out of it literally and the engine finally pooped out of it. My dad never had time to help me with anything and instead just bought me a brand new tool box full of tools. I didn't know anything about engines but I had enough skill to get the old motor yanked out. I found a used engine on eBay that the seller said was removed from a running trike. Perfect I had just enough lawn mower money to buy. Obviously wasn't old enough for a eBay account so I waited patiently for the old man to get home to open an account and buy it. 1 week or so goes by and I get home from school and there sits the motor in a wooden box on the porch. I open it up and get busy bolting this engine into the trike. Few days later I am ready to fire it up for the first time and it really has no resistance on the pull rope. I am stumped wait til dad gets home beg him to help me with it and after a little bit of time figure out the engine doesn't even have a piston in it. Seller just bolted the cylinder and head back on it. WTF. It never really was resolved and still leaves a bad taste in my mouth 17 years later. Old man had pitty on me and helped me put a new top end in my old motor. Just took a lot longer than planned.
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Old 02-06-2016, 06:21 PM
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Sorry for your bad luck, happy there's no story for me to tell here. I've bought hundreds of things off of ebay and never once had an issue...maybe luck but I only buy from 95% or higher positive feedback sellers who have a long transaction history.
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Old 02-06-2016, 06:27 PM
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Yeah, this guy had a good eBay history so it might have been a legit mistake.

That sucks about the engine, get it done and think you're about to be able to ride only to find out you've been screwed over.
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Old 02-06-2016, 07:16 PM
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I won an auction for some Muzzy broadheads right before hunting season, paid with my Pay Pal account and never saw them. They never shipped, no communication from the seller, and finally had to let E Bay make it right. The seller also had a good record up until 3 sales before mine. I have no idea why it went the way it did but E Bay did refund my money. I have bought many times from E Bay sellers and this is the only time I've ever had a problem
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Old 02-06-2016, 07:24 PM
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Old 02-06-2016, 07:26 PM
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When I bought my highlifter springs from an eBay dealer, he posted them WITH the adapter plates. The add said the adapter plates were included.

The add said 09-11 not 12 and up. But the 12 and up require the adapter plates.

I emailed the guy and he said the plates were included, so I ordered them. Sure enough they showed up and had no plates. So I asked him about it.

He ended up freaking out and saying Canadians are a bunch of idiots and "french frogs" , and tons of bulls hit. I opened up a claim to get just the money needed to buy the spacers from highlifter. He offered to return my money but I would have to pay the $80 to ship them back (and they were around $200 total).

Because he offered to refund my money iF I returned them, ebay sided with him and I got nothing.

I ended up ordering the plates from highlifter directly and won't buy from a middle man again.
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Old 02-06-2016, 08:01 PM
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He ended up freaking out and saying Canadians are a bunch of idiots and "french frogs"
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Old 02-06-2016, 09:47 PM
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Been on EBay for several years and been lucky. One issue years back but the guy made it right when I told him that I was going to come to his house if I needed to. He lived in California and I'm in Illinois but I was actually going there to visit a friend who lived in the same town. He later mailed my items, was shocked. My suggestion, use PayPal, they got you covered. Great way to go. Just my opinion.
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