a bad e-bay experience

Matthew Buckingham mdbuckingham at msn.com
Mon Dec 2 23:01:11 EST 2002

Cross your fingers and the seller may still do the right thing. If he does, be especially effusive with positive feedback. Do NOT resort to negative feedback: It will accomplish nothing and only result in retaliation. Why sully your (or the seller's) feedback rating over what may be a mutual misunderstanding? My experience in negotiating returns/refunds on eBay (I've done this many, many times): Be really, really nice. Negotiate everything up front before returning any merchandise. Be willing to eat postage costs.

In future, ask lots of questions and keep copies of the answers until the sale is completed to your satisfaction; that way you can remember what the seller said about an item and remind him of it when negotiating a refund ("You said the dust jacket wasn't price-clipped," etc.).

Which seller are we talking about, anyway?

----- Original Message ----- 
  From: acpertusi at aol.com 
  To: modlib at algol.owu.edu 
  Sent: Monday, December 02, 2002 4:00 PM
  Subject: a bad e-bay experience

  recently I had a bad experience on e-bay where I purchased two books. the 
  first book was advertised as a binding 11 and turned out to be binding 14. the
  other book was not a first edition cover. this one I consider to be my fault 
  because while he didn't say, I was remiss  in asking.
  also I paid $7.50 for priority mail that was sent media mail for $ 1.84, which I didnt receive for three weeks. I had paid for and requested priority. 
  I explained all of this to the seller and requested a refund on the first book, and
  a rebate on the unused postage. I have gotten nowhere with this person, and the last e-mail I sent I threathened to contact e-bay. this was foolish on my part because
  I don't have a clue how to do this. the amount do me is less than $20.00. 
  I returned both books to him, media mail, and have not heard from him since.
  please advise.
  anthony pertusi 
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