My Perfect eBay Feedback is Gone, Thanks to a Seller that Hides Behind PayPal Policies to Perpetuate Fraud
Edit: I rewrote and cleaned this post up a bit, since a bit has changed.
A little bit ago, this was my eBay feedback:
Positive Feedback: 100%
Members who left a positive: 336
Members who left a negative: 0
All positive feedback received: 516
But, yeah, that has now changed.
A while back, I wanted a copy of the recent Blender issue with Biggie on the cover. I wanted one without an address printed on it. I found one. The listing even had a picture of the magazine. No address printed. No mention of the photo being altered, no mention that it is a stock photo.
So, I won the auction at $3.50 (with shipping). So, I receive it and I open it and… great, it has an address on it. So, I contacted the seller on March 31. No response. Contacted him on April 7. No response. Finally, I opened a claim with PayPal on like April 15. He responded finally, telling me to send it back. The only thing is that it wasn’t my mistake. If it is my mistake, I’ll gladly pay for return shipping. But, if it’s not – if I was mislead – then I shouldn’t have to.
So, he got rude, asked me if I was serious, told me I didn’t know what I was talking about and so on and so forth. So, it became clear that it was time to end communication with the seller – he doesn’t care about buyer satisfaction and he said so (see below). So, I said that I would have to escalate it to PayPal. I said: “Very well. I will escalate the claim now. Thank you.”. His response?
Nice guy. “100% not no more” – he was right about that because he gave me negative feedback. The comment? “.” Of course. People like this are, of course, what’s wrong with eBay, PayPal… and everything else on the internet. I don’t have perfect feedback anymore because of this idiot. I realize it’s just eBay feedback… but, it’s still annoying when you try to do everything right.
Anyway, I’m not one to be threatened or to bow out when I’m in the right, even over $3.50. Money’s money and I value mine. So, I escalated the claim to PayPal. Little did I know that PayPal policies favored the sellers in such a way where they could simply silence the dispute by selecting a (ratio button or drop down menu, I’m sure) option saying they’ll refund my money if I send the item back. Here is an exact quote:
You are responsible for shipping and handling costs associated with returning the item. Once you ship the item, please provide us with an online tracking number by Apr. 27, 2007. This tracking number allows us to confirm that you shipped the item. Please understand that if you fail to provide this information, your case will automatically be closed.
We recommend that you ship the item using a service that can supply proof of shipment or a tracking number. Otherwise, you may need to rely on the seller to confirm if the item was received.
Shortly thereafter, an e-mail from that great fellow, the seller:
Message: ship it back.
Of course, I am not going to ship this guy anything. I’d have to pay the $2.55 plus tracking since he can’t be trusted. I imagine that’d push it even closer… perhaps over… the original $3.50 I paid. So, sending it back makes no sense. I’ll just cancel the claim, I guess, since that makes the most sense. This guy has effectively hidden behind PayPal policies to perpetuate fraud and I’ll be saying as much when I leave feedback for him.
I don’t know how I feel about a system that allows this guy to get away with this. As an eBay shareholder, it’s really concerning. Are there any eBay or PayPal bloggers out there?