OT: eBay bitching (was RE: Another Auction Site)

From: Sellam Ismail <foo_at_siconic.com>
Date: Thu Jun 7 01:55:59 2001

On Wed, 6 Jun 2001, Russ Blakeman wrote:

> I bought something (PS/2 model 70 with IEEE 488) back in 98 and then
> the SOB wanted to charge me $45 to ship it (said he had it in the
> auction post but it said nothing of a flat fee) so I wrote ebay and
> they bumped *me* - so I created a new account (2 actually) and started

The reason I have so much contempt for eBay is a similar situation,
although I must admit I was being rather obnoxious to an even more
obnoxious seller (he started it, the whiny bastard). Anyway, the guy was
a total cock and ended up throwing at me what very well could have been
interpreted as an ethnic slur (and which I took as such) posted in his
auction description but my complaints fell on deaf eBay ears. Punk

> all over and I looked later to find that the clown that was trying to
> rip me off was permanently barred (a month after I was) and had since
> gone to exclusively ripping people off thru Yahoo! auctions. I've
> never had a problem since other that a user named "polbit" tell me
> that a perfect machine I shipped was junk and wanted a
> refund/exchange. When I asked him the serial he never wrote back and

I had a weird experience where I was high bidder on a boxed CoCo 2. It
wasn't that special, but I thought it would be nice to have a boxed CoCo
2. So anyway, right after the auction ends the guy ships the thing to me
overnight before I even have a chance to tell him I'd prefer Ground
shipping and also to discuss payment arrangements. Also, he shipped the
thing in the original box and applied packaging tape all over it, thereby
ruining the integrity of the box (which was really the reason I bid on the
thing in the first place). So the shipping comes out to $20 or so, and
the item price was only like $4.99. I told him there was no way I was
going to pay $20 for something that should've only cost at most $7. He
got all huffy and sent some message which indicated he assumed I ripped
him off and I never heard from him again, even after I sent him repeated
messages telling him I'd like to send him something fair, just not $20 for
shipping. I still feel guilty about that one.

Sellam Ismail Vintage Computer Festival
International Man of Intrigue and Danger http://www.vintage.org
Received on Thu Jun 07 2001 - 01:55:59 BST

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