September 3rd, 2003

Loon

a question for regular EBAY users ...

Hey, I'm hoping that somebody here can help me out with this ...

I'm relatively new to EBAY and have just hit a situation that I'm not sure how to handle. On Monday I "won" an auction for some Pokemon cards for my elder daughter. The seller (who was "new", i.e. had zero feedback and had just registered a couple of weeks ago) had not listed a shipping price on the auction, and I have been waiting for the "total with shipping" to pay for the cards. I have e-mailed the seller twice, and also used the "request total" link on the auction page ... but have not as yet had ANY response. I even weighed a similar number of cards on a postage scale here, added an appropriate box, came up with a shipping weight, then plugged that into the Post Office's calculator to come up with what it would cost to send it Priority Mail from their zip code to mine, and included this figure in my various e-mails.

In all my previous EBAY experiences, I have had very speedy responses to winning bids. I don't know if the lag is due to the seller being "new", or if the seller had no intent of actually completing the sale. The description of the item (see here) is fairly vague for the category, and while the winning bid is in line for what I've been paying "per card", it could be quite low for what is being described (i.e., given the number of "star" cards), which makes me think that possibly the seller had been expecting to get a LOT more money for the auction and is now "ducking me" to try to not have to complete the sale. Needless to say, I'm hesitant to send a PayPal payment for the product, and be left "holding the bag" for the shipping.

What do I do? Just keep waiting for a response?

I'm a bit afraid to use any of the "open forum" sorts of things there as my sense is that one makes oneself a "target" for scammers and account hackers if one starts asking around about this sort of stuff there. Anybody have any suggestions for me?

thanks ...


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Evil

OK ... now, everybody sing along with me ...

Yeah ... it has been one of those days, so to make it "fit better" (gotta try to defuse that cognitive dissonance somehow) I finally got around to writing down the little ditty that runs around inside my brain when things are bad! I just did the English version, although the original goes on into Spanish and French as well.

         IT'S A HELL WORLD (AFTER ALL)

         It's a world of torture, a world of pain.
         It's a world where everyone is insane.
         It is filled up with hate, and the darkest of fates
         It's a Hell-world after all.

         It's a Hell-world after all.
         It's a Hell-world after all.
         It's a Hell-world after all.
         It's a dark, dark world.

         There is endless evil and untold dread
         A nightmare unstopping until we're dead.
         No response to our prayers, we know nobody cares
         It's a Hell-world after all.

         It's a Hell-world after all.
         It's a Hell-world after all.
         It's a Hell-world after all.
         It's a dark, dark world.


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Loon

More EBAY questioning ...

Again, looking for as much input as I can get on this situation from the "more seasoned eBayers" out there!

I "won" a set of 384 Pokemon Cards (my elder daughter's latest thing) which purported to have 60 rare cards (stars and holos). Now, most folks selling Pokemon Cards on eBay pull out the rare cards and sell them separately in 1-2 card lots, typically getting several dollars per (the priceguides list rare and holographic cards anywhere from $1.50 to $20.00 a pop), so my getting a set with 60 of these for my $10.50 winning bid was quite a coup. This is why I suspect that the seller is trying to weasel out of the sale!

Now, I would have already PayPal-ed off the money for this, except for the seller had not listed shipping costs, leaving the total sort of in limbo. Since "winning" this on Monday, I have directly e-mailed the seller twice, used the "request total" form and sent a note via the eBay mail system. So far, I have had ZERO response.

Unfortunately, the seller was brand new on eBay (registered on 8/15/03), so had no "track record" to protect, so just leaving nasty feedback would probably prove fruitless. I would like to report this to eBay, but I'm wondering how much time I should give the seller to communicate with me. The auction did end, after all, on a major holiday, so it IS possible that the seller is AFK on vacation and not just ignoring me!

What would you recommend in my position? I am fairly new to eBay myself (with only 7 feedback points), so I don't want to do anything that would spark a retalitory feedback attack. Should I give them a week to respond and then lodge a complaint? Needless to say, I would IDEALLY like to get the cards (as described), as Daughter #1 really really likes those shiny holographic Pokemon cards!


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Loon

Wow ... VistaPrint's new stuff ...

OK ... so I don't get ANY kick-back from this (which bugs the heck out of me), but I need to tell folks about this ... not only is VistaPrint having a very cool sale (66% off!), but there are some awesome new card styles available!

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Man ... the Eagle Nebula, Stonehenge, and a nice Gothy graveyard! I've got to figure out some new projects that I need cards for while the sale's going (the cards, usually $9.99/250 are now $3.33/250)! Like I've mentioned in this space before, I just love grabbing a URL, whipping up a site (or just doing a re-direct to one of my existing "front doors") and getting some cards done ... and now I have all this extra incentive!


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