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I cant wait to sell the last of my items and be done with it.
Or this one, ''my son/daughter has only managed to save X amount and would really love this set but can only afford it if you knock £50 off your asking price, please please im begging you?''.
I imagine these people have a file saved with all these templates saved.
That's slimy to me.
The seller probably had a high number of enquiries and watchers, auctioning would be the best option.
A friend of mine collects images from the US Civil War. He is very good at recognizing faces and has been able to consistently get great deals for the last decade, amassing a huge collection of IDed soldiers.
This past week a seller listed two images, one of a famous general, another of a regular soldier from a famous unit my friend collects. Both listed BIN for $200. He contacted the seller, saying that he just wanted the soldier and not the general, and would the seller consider breaking them up and listing them separately. The seller responds, says that would be fine, and asks what my friend would offer for the soldier. The seller goes on to say that he's just a "picker" and really needs the money fast. They agree on $100 and the seller says he will relist in a couple of hours.
Time goes by, the general is listed for $200 (WAY too much) and then finally the soldier is listed for...$175! My friend contacts the seller to ask what happened and the only response he gets is:
"Take it or leave it."
He passes (of course) and then a week later I check the listing, and the seller has raised it to $199!
Yesterday the seller sends my friend another message:
"Better act fast!!!"
This guy isn't winning any awards for charm...
Even without using that feature, I still get a ton of offers via message. I don't even reply to them any more.
Another favorite - all the people asking "how much is shipping to zip XXXXX". Hey idiot - right below the price/buy buttons there is a whole shipping section that will give you an exact quote.
I'm tired of the shipping question as well, even for Global shipping I believe it shows in the shipping and payment tab. Though I would not consider that 'slimy'..
Also getting sick of people overseas opening another account to buy something only to not pay. Like they could not figure out what shipping would be until they got the global shipping program invoice then decided they did not want it because shipping quote is too high (because, after all, a mark against another new account means nothing to them). Now THAT I consider at least underhanded as I'm guessing that is why I'm seeing new, and not 'established', overseas accounts purchasing items.
i hate ebay.
I can say that they have the minimal tolerable protections for buyers and sellers, and have a fairly useful arbitration system to resolve disputes.
i just stick to bricklink. i set a price. can add handling fees (if i want to). people just buy if they are satisfied with my price. the whole experience feels a lot more personal.
on ebay i always have the feeling of getting stolen blind! everyone just wants your money. the rest is bolocks ...
bricklink feels like "fans for fans" . ebay feels like resellers for dumb fans!
On a couple of occasions, I have received a "complete" set that was missing a piece but, in both cases the seller dealt with the problem to my satisfaction, even if that didn't mean they were able to send the missing pieces.
I have had similar experiences on BrickLink as well, but given one over the other, I would pick BrickLink over eBay in most cases.
Was very tempted to return the set but it was a good deal so I just aired the set for a few days in fresh air (outside!!) and it's ok now.
I never checked it was from a smoke free home hence didn't feel in a position to complain. I would never buy now without checking any item was from a smoke and pet free home.
I now have a tendency to 'sniff' the freshly opened boxed used LEGO lot when I get it to see if I detect a whiff of smoke. Though I really hate doing that. I do the same with BL parcels lately as well. But at least I'm not sniffing ponies... yet.
Regarding low offers, I make low offers all the time. If I know something (LEGO or not) will almost certainly come up for a price much lower than a best-offer listing, there's no reason not to make that offer. I don't expect it to be accepted, but sometimes the seller knows they're asking for a lot and really wants to sell.
5 years on, my then fiancé listed a pair of boots and immediately got a very similar message. It took me an hour to dig the old email out but it was the same ebay username. Called him out on it this time, got a very awkward apology.
Bought some keychains from a guy who has a lot listed. Decided to sell some of my doubles and got the standard "my disabled son has been saving for months to buy this and only has x amount" from the same seller who, two weeks before had taken £200 from me. I just pointed out that the story would have been more plausible if he'd not used the same account, I heard nothing back.
Its stupid that for a seller to have photos of the item in its condition from every stage including its packaging, to have recorded and insured delivery method that will track all the way to the buyer and get the it signed, to have everything indicated to the point where you are going above and beyond to give great customer service and ebay keep trying to come up with ways of moving the goalposts further away and promote fraud activity.
Fundamentally, they don't know what the truth is. It's easier to refund.
(Which I am assuming they are doing?)
Slime #1 - Doesn't that seem fast for a definite cancellation? Seems like some shill bidding may have occurred.
Slime #2 - After the offer was made, I found the item relisted on eBay by the same seller in an auction. Despite the possible shill bidding, my bid was a fair price based and I chose to accept the second-chance offer. Payment was sent. The second auction ran until completion. A few days later and my item still has not shipped.
So I'm expecting to get notification in a few days that the seller wants to cancel the order.
Not nearly as disgusting as other stories here, thankfully.
I know, wah wah wah. But this was so confusing and such a hassle.
As for shilling, you can report such suspicions to eBay. I'm not sure if people realize it, but you can.
I would hazard people are, or they would not be using it. Look if you want a specific number, then list it as a buy it now, especially if you are worried about it not going for enough... Lately most auctions I see are people waiting til the last minute to snipe it anyway.. Would rather just list as a buy it now.
Heck, sniping's been going on for at least 14 years! Not a recent development, nor an unethical one (at least in my opinion--but then, I was a sniper myself often enough).
Buy it now is fine if you know what the item's really worth and don't care to take advantage of people who get "auction fever." If you want to make the most money, perhaps an auction with a suitable reserve is the way to go, although that depends on eBay's fee system, of course. I'd never try to sell on eBay without studying the fees very carefully first. (If I were selling Lego I'd probably use Bricklink or the Brickset Marketplace instead, because I'd rather be selling to other FOLs.)
While I usually have to wait longer for the "right" buyer, the final sale price is usually through the best offer feature and the sale price is more than the average selling price. Considering, that I'm typically in no rush to sell I have no bother waiting longer to sell higher.
If the item is worth less than $100 and has a relatively small market, I'll put it up for a 7 day, $.99 auction. Whenever I do this though, I list in large batches of 20+ items to maximize views/interest in my other items.
I do love seeing the 80% of value offers with the message "it's just plastic" (sad part is, they are true). I've gotten several of those :)
Say it ain't so!
And I have children that wouldn't benefit at all from your item, but I want a huge discount.