How can people like this get away with it?
Okay first to start out I have been selling on eBay for several years and have run across countless people that buy my items but do not end up buying them. WHY! This is the most annoying thing for a seller. I am out of the time it took to sell the item and I am stuck with a final value fee until I can atleast get the buyer to pay it or file an unpaid item dispute, which I usually like to avoid.
Well I bought a new cellphone and I decided to sell my old one on eBay and hope for the best. At the last few seconds a guy with +1 feedback decides he wants it and places a bid. I already knew this was going down hill. As soon as he won of course no payment. I waited 2 hours and then sent an invoice. Waited another 3 hours then sent another, still nothing. Then I send a message:
please don't forget the payment is due within 24 hours of the auction ending. I will have it shipped out Monday when the payment is received. thank you for your purchase.
Then I get a response from him saying this:
can this phone work with any gsm network
Of course he could have asked this before the auction ended as I noticed he placed numerous bids on the item. Well low and behold I was right he is not going to pay for the item so this is what I said to him.
Here is my followup message:
this phone is not gsm.. it was stated that it is virgin mobile which is cdma.. it will only work virgin mobile which is what I stated in the auction. it is not a gsm phone.
And then he sends this one to me..:
oh well sorry bout that. i am from the caribbean and i dont really the mobile service providers
Once again nothing about payment! Just casual that he won something but is not going to pay for it.
Then I get this one:
i cant buy it, it would be useless
So I reply with this one:
I'm not trying to be rude here. but you bought the cellphone and a bid is a binding contract. you have messaged me twice but nothing about payment. you have purchased this item. once again not trying to be rude but if I do not hear anything from you about payment of the item by 4 pm tomorrow. I will place the item back up for sale and report you. everything was stated in the auction 100 percent and you put a bid on it. Thank you again for your cooperation.
And of course I receive a message back:
i would have but u have been too rude. customer service was poor and go ahead report me, i have a wonderful case
And here is my response:
I have not been rude to you. I simply stated that buying a phone is a binding contract. Your question should have been asked before you purchased the phone. I have been selling on here for years and I usually know when a buyer is not going to pay. You have to understand that as a seller we pay fees for everything we sell so if we do not get payment for the item we are stuck with the fees of selling the item. Plus the time wasted on placing the item for sale. I feel that it is only fair for both of us if you paid the final listing fee that it is going to cost me because you are not going to pay for the item you won. The listing fee comes to $6.87. This only seems fair to me. Once again I have never been rude to you. I was very timely with my communication and you did not respond with proper payment information. You have to understand that buying items on eBay and not paying for then is very frowned upon on here.. Thank you for your time.
I just do not get how people can get away with this all the time on eBay.. I guess making sure a person is going to pay for the item is just plain rude now. He even sent me messages not one stating that he was going to pay for the item.. I just do not get it. I guess I am not going to send things to auction anymore. Well thanks for letting me vent lol..
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