I don't like eBay

applekid

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Only got to my third purchase on eBay and I get gipped. I bought a battery for my cell phone that was labeled "new" but really it was just some used battery. After about a week and half of PayPal disputes and a negative comment on eBay, the seller does refund me, but holds me hostage with a negative feedback and forces me to withdraw.

So we withdrawn our comments. Now do I have to actually pay him for anything? He didn't say anything about re-paying and I have the "Mark As Payment Sent", but the price on the item is now halved.
 

Warbrain

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Jun 28, 2004
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He refunded you, right? So you have your money. There's nothing else that needs to happen money-wise. But you should've kept your negative feedback on his account, regardless of his on yours.
 

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eBay is a place with conners on but you can avoid them.
As warbrain says, if you are refunded then it doesnt matter, just go and buy a battery off a different seller. A good thing to do when buying is to look at their sold items and see if they specialise in something or if the products are only £0.01 in which case they are a scammer.
 

SMM

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applekid said:
Only got to my third purchase on eBay and I get gipped. I bought a battery for my cell phone that was labeled "new" but really it was just some used battery. After about a week and half of PayPal disputes and a negative comment on eBay, the seller does refund me, but holds me hostage with a negative feedback and forces me to withdraw.

So we withdrawn our comments. Now do I have to actually pay him for anything? He didn't say anything about re-paying and I have the "Mark As Payment Sent", but the price on the item is now halved.
I have had mixed results with eBay. I guess I am rather neutral. I have not been burned on a deal and have generally received what I ordered. I bought an automobile there and would do so again. However, I have had a very difficult time trying to contact them, or solve some very basic issues. I do not get a good feeling doing business with them. That matters to me.

There are many places where I LIKE spending my hard earned. Then there are places which provide a good purchase price, but the reset of the experience sucks. There are a few places I will not shop, regardless of the deal. eBay is kind of a middling experience for me.
 

Cube54

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Sep 4, 2006
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Dud you check out the Seller before bidding. As in read the feedback posted about the seller.

If I make a major purchase on eBay I not only check their feedback I also contact some of the buyers who posted the positve feedback directly to ensure that they weren't forced to post 'postive' in order to avoid a 'negative' for themselves. A common occurrence it seems.

It was good that you used PayPal to pay the seller so you has some leverage to either get your $$$ back or get the product you ordered. Thats the only way I pay. Too many buyer complaints against a seller using their service & PayPal starts 'freezing their payments' denying the fraudster the $$$
 

applekid

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Yeah, I guess I should've contacted some of the past buyers. With the seller at hand, his problem seems to be selling used batteries instead of new. The overall feedback was around 97-98%, so it seemed safe.

Oh well, got a free battery, I guess :)
 

Cube54

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applekid said:
Yeah, I guess I should've contacted some of the past buyers. With the seller at hand, his problem seems to be selling used batteries instead of new. The overall feedback was around 97-98%, so it seemed safe.

Oh well, got a free battery, I guess :)
Check your PayPal account & see what your balance is? It may be that the seller just rebated 50% of the purchase price and you've bought a used battery for 50% of the 'bid price'
 

applekid

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Cube54 said:
Check your PayPal account & see what your balance is? It may be that the seller just rebated 50% of the purchase price and you've bought a used battery for 50% of the 'bid price'
I got the full $13 and change back. I guess it could've been worse, right?
 
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