I am a Buyer on eBay and just started to sell items. I have put up a total of 5 items for Auction. 3 Transactions (2 Sales Items, 1 Purchase item) have gone south due to Scammers. A very high Ratio of my Items for Sale have been intruded upon by Scammers (2 of 5.) Here is a synopsis:
1) Buyer is in The United States, bids on a Laptop in the last 2 minutes of the auction and wins. The buyer wants me to Ship the item to Nigeria!!!!! and sends many Spoof eBay & PayPal Emails to try to get me to ship the item and get paid afterwards!!!! UNBELIEVABLE!! The Seller Unregisters from eBay shortly afterwards. eBay & PayPal are notified, and inform me that the Seller is no longer registered and appropriate actions (which are private) were taken.
2) Buyer puts in 1 Bid, in a Buy it Now Listing. Buyer wins a Pair of new Ecco Shoes,and is located in the United Kingdom. The Buyer then wants me to ship the item to the Ukraine. I send 4 Messages to the Buyer informing him that I cannot complete the Transaction, and the reasons why. My Listing says United States and also You are in the United Kingdom and want me to ship to the Ukraine, a third-party transaction. He must have read them, because 20 minutes later he deposits the Funds into my PayPal Account. The Shipping address is Unconfirmed and I have No Seller Protection. i inform eBay of the above in 2 chat sessions, asking what to do. I was instructed to Cancel the Transaction. I informed the buyer of such, and I also Refunded his PayPal Funds. I am awaiting the Buyers response so the transaction can be cancelled, and my Final Fees refunded to me. In the interim, he had sent me Emails, not messages from the eBay Channels, requesting tracking Info. I did not respond as I was awaiting responses to the Messages I sent Thru eBay. The seller did have a Feedback of 150 at 100% but i thought this was a suspicious transaction regarding Shipping to a third Party Country, where I would not have any Seller Protection from PayPal. It wasn’t electronics but shoes, but something didn’t seem right. Worse case scenario would be Ukraine Receiver would say never got the item, and the Bidder would ask for PayPal funds to be Refunded. Btw, the Person who paid the PayPal funds has a different name then the Bidder. And the Shipping address in the Ukraine has a different name than all of them,.
3) Seller in Hong Kong Ships? a ring I won 35 days ago. I never received it. I notify eBay, after there were no responses to my messages to the Seller. eBay opens a case, and the Seller agrees to Refund my money. He never did, and eBay refunds my money after 8 days.
I have wasted many hours of my time regarding resolving these issues. I will NOT be selling on eBay anymore as it is Not Worth The Time Necessary to resolve issues. All of my for Auction items say United States in the Info Box to the Right of the Listing. As for the Hong Kong Transaction, I did not realize the Seller was in Hong Kong, so I will be more careful reading the Listing. I would have never Purchased an item from Hong Kong!.
I have since added Blocked Countries to my Seller Preferences anyway. I was not aware of this option also. I was told by eBay to Cancel the Transaction, but I see if the Buyer disagrees, i may not get my Final Sale Fees returned by eBay. Maybe i should have tried the Malicious Buy Route, due to the Buyer Bidding on an Item That said United States. But I don’t know if that was an option after the Sale is Made. Btw, eBay Chat saw that my item was United States, and informed me that I can cancel the item. But then the Buyer sent Funds, so I immediately sent a Cancel Notice and Refunded the Funds. I read that if the Buyer does not agree to cancelling the Sale, eBay closes the Case? I don’t know about that because of the Circumstances and Chat. i have the Session ID numbers as the Second chat was closed before I could Copy it.
The Bottom line is that I don’t know how Sellers deal with all of the Bullshit that is going on at eBay. I have only put up a few items for auction, and have had all these issues, and spent hours trying to resolve them. Sellers that sell 1000’s of items must have a lot more issues than I. How do they have the Time to Resolve All These Issues, regarding these Asshole SCAMMERS??????