BTRIPP (btripp) wrote,

Ethical dilemma ...

OK ... in my last post I outlined how I'd gotten screwed on an auction ... the seller responded with a very apologetic note, saying that he really didn't know anything about Pokemon cards and had thought the rare card was a holographic when he listed it (now, this sounds like B.S., since a "holo" card has a shiny holographic picture, but it is true that in some of the early sets, it's hard to tell a holo on some of the darker cards, since the ink coverage eliminated most of the reflective surfaces, so he MIGHT have thought that this was like the Team Rocket Dark Weezing #14/82 holo, where you can only really tell it's a holo around the edges of the figure).

Still ... he was quite clear in his description that the auction was for two holo cards ... and the missing card was quite valuable ($20 to $40, depending on the reference site). The only saving grace is that it went for the minimum bid of 99¢, so it's not like I had fought through a bidding war to get the holo Dark Charizard only to find it wasn't available. However, there should be some response.

I have never left a negative feedback, and I'm not sure this (which appears to be a mistake) qualifies for one, but somehow leaving a "neutral" does not quite convey the "I feel like I've been had" message sufficiently. As I noted, I could report him to eBay for a "fraudulent listing", but that would be icky karma, especially given the small "investment" I have in this. I suppose I could demand some resitution, but on a 99¢ win, I'd hardly feel OK with that.

So, what to do? Just leave a "neutral" feedback with a harsh description of the issue? Press the matter with him? Narc him out to eBay? Leave a ("This goes on your permanent record!") negative feedback? How would y'all handle this?

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