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Old 06-21-2016, 05:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just received this message from an eBay member:
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"WOULD YOU SELL THIS CARD FOR $11.55 TO THIS RETIRED PHILADELPHIA FIREFIGHTER THAT HAD TO RETIRE AFTER 31 1/3 YEARS SERVICE . HAD BAD C.O.P.D. AND P.T.S.D. FROM NAM IN 1968..PPLEASE RESPOND,THANK YOU AND STAY SAFE."

All he had to do was ask if I would sell it for $11.55 and I would have responded right away with an offer. No need to shout his life story at me as if it would influence me in some way. Well, actually it does influence me a bit: the cynical part of me is suspicious.
Why do people feel the need to do this? Do they do the same thing when they go to Wal-Mart or Denny's? Shout at everyone how they are a retired veteran and one of the millions who suffer from PTSD?
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Old 06-21-2016, 06:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Cause it's a fake reason I imagine


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Old 06-21-2016, 06:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I just received this message from an eBay member:
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"WOULD YOU SELL THIS CARD FOR $11.55 TO THIS RETIRED PHILADELPHIA FIREFIGHTER THAT HAD TO RETIRE AFTER 31 1/3 YEARS SERVICE . HAD BAD C.O.P.D. AND P.T.S.D. FROM NAM IN 1968..PPLEASE RESPOND,THANK YOU AND STAY SAFE."

All he had to do was ask if I would sell it for $11.55 and I would have responded right away with an offer. No need to shout his life story at me as if it would influence me in some way. Well, actually it does influence me a bit: the cynical part of me is suspicious.
Why do people feel the need to do this? Do they do the same thing when they go to Wal-Mart or Denny's? Shout at everyone how they are a retired veteran and one of the millions who suffer from PTSD?
Complete BS,there's no way he'd be able to work 31 years with those conditions.Block and move on.
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Old 06-21-2016, 06:47 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Complete BS,there's no way he'd be able to work 31 years with those conditions.Block and move on.
That was my thoughts, as well.

The thing is, they have been an eBay member since '03 and have over 4000 feedback, and nothing seems fishy there. It's just annoying to me that they feel the need to say those things to try and convince someone to lower their prices. I can't stand people who constantly play the victim.
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Old 06-27-2016, 11:22 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Message has changed, just got this:

"WOULD YOU SELL THIS CARD FOR $8.55 TO THIS 1968 SOUTH JERSEY VIETNAM VET ?? PLEASE RESPOND, THANK YOU AND STAY SAFE.I LIVE IN PHILADELPHIA NOW. I WAS A FIREFIGHTER FOR 31 1/2 YEARS.I HAD TO RETIRE BECAUSE OF C.O.P.D. AND BAD HEARING FROM ARTILLERY AND P.T.S.D."
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Old 06-27-2016, 11:29 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Without exception, every time I've had a buyer or seller message me with anything resembling what is in the OP, I've been scammed or a scam has been attempted against me. From now on I would immediately back away from any transaction where it happened.
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Ugh that's annoying as heck. Even if it's true, the sense of entitlement is too overwhelming for me and I wouldn't respond.
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On Friday Some guy made an offer and i accepted. This morning he messages me asking for the condition. Theres nothing wrong with the card. I just told him ill cancel the transaction. I rather keep it than to sell it to an idiot.
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On Friday Some guy made an offer and i accepted. This morning he messages me asking for the condition. Theres nothing wrong with the card. I just told him ill cancel the transaction. I rather keep it than to sell it to an idiot.
Yep, this happened to me.
A guy bought a card then starts asking questions. He tells me he has no money because he takes care of his parents, then sends me offers on other cards.

Asked me to cancel, but it is GSP...I can't cancel. I have to go the NPB route.
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This is just sad. People have no shame when sitting behind a computer. This really reminds me of the guy who expected to get the stand the card was leaning against. People will do whatever they can these days to save a couple dollars.
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This is one of my favorites from a buyer with too many strikes:

"i am good for the money if i win,no problem. just let me in. things always go wrong for whatever reason.thanks bob".

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Ugh that's annoying as heck. Even if it's true, the sense of entitlement is too overwhelming for me and I wouldn't respond.
^This is what gets me about the situation.^

I looked into his feedback (not just feedback received, but feedback left), and sent an offer, since I really was cool with the amount he offered - just annoyed by the sob story. Like I said, if I get a fair offer, I will probably accept it, no need to try and pull at the heart strings. Since then he has purchased two more cards, and paid immediately, so time will tell if that was a smart move or not.
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I guess he forgot he messaged me already....and lowered the price:

"WOULD YOU SELL THIS CARD FOR $8.05 TO THIS 1968 VIETNAM VET PLEASE RESPOND,THANK YOU AND STAY SAFE,"
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I've received messages like this (not from same ID)

"This is the highest I can go, I'm a veteran that served your country and gives you freedom, but if you only care about making profit then thanks anyway" bla bla

Something a real veteran wouldn't say....
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Please post the Ebay ID so that those to choose can add user to Block Bidders list. Thanks!
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Old 06-28-2016, 11:56 AM   #17 (permalink)
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I've received messages like this (not from same ID)

"This is the highest I can go, I'm a veteran that served your country and gives you freedom, but if you only care about making profit then thanks anyway" bla bla

Something a real veteran wouldn't say....
If someone said that to me, I'd sell it to someone else for less because of my freedom. Hate that crap.
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I've received messages like this (not from same ID)

"This is the highest I can go, I'm a veteran that served your country and gives you freedom, but if you only care about making profit then thanks anyway" bla bla

Something a real veteran wouldn't say....
I'd tell him, thanks for your service. I now have the right to put you on my block list.
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Do they do the same thing when they go to Wal-Mart or Denny's? Shout at everyone how they are a retired veteran and one of the millions who suffer from PTSD?
I was a big box retail store manager for 20+ years so I can confirm that Yes, this happens daily. Hearing these stories daily can wear on you and make you really skeptical of everyone.
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Thing is, retired doesn't necessarily equal poor.

He could have a huge pension, disability, come from money anyway with $$$ in the bank, rich wife etc etc....

People playing the pity card should be a bit smarter!
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