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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Frustrations: Just a little venting

I know I'm not the only one who gets frustrated with eBay buyers.  Of course, I prefer to list my item, sell it, ship it and only ever hear from my buyer when they leave positive feedback. Easy peasy, right?

Most of time, it goes exactly like that. Once in a while you get one of those people who 1.) either only looks at pictures or 2.) only reads the listing partially-many times this is only part of the title and then this person wants to back out of the transaction after they've paid.

These kinds of situations give me a migraine because of the effort that must go into getting these people to understand the process and how much they can cost us if they don't get it right when they answer the Request To Cancel Transaction.

I had a person do this recently-AGAIN.  I was sorely tempted to Just Say No! I had to wrestle struggle with my inner disciplinarian and her desire to make an example of this person.(Yes, in another life I would have made one helluva Dominatrix.) However, my desire for good eBay Karma won out over my fantasies of buyer flogging and I was nice and let them out of the transaction. I hope they remember how nice I was about the whole thing. Is a Christmas card too much to hope for??? Probably.

I know if the shoe were on the other foot, I'd want an understanding seller. In this house $30 is a small fortune these days and I couldn't afford to "lose" that much money.  Now that eBay is having issues with it's search function showing items with calculated shipping dead last, every penny counts for sellers as they see their sales drop off or stop dead. Here is an article -and another about it if you've missed this brouhaha gaining speed as sellers notice drops in sales. Just as soon as I get a little energy I'll call and add my voice to the complainers. Might as well, everyone else is complaining lately! Plus, I'm cold so that makes me cranky.

On the other side of my little world, autumn is here in full swing. The other night we made a fire in the pit and roasted weenies and marshmallows. We enjoyed a great time outside and then came in to watch a scary movie in honor of the Halloween season.  Our fire has been going all weekend and it's doing a pretty good job keeping us snug as we cuddle up in front of the t.v. for a marathon of Scooby Doo cartoons.  I've even started looking forward to the Christmas season, which I don't usually care much about.  I guess I'm hopeful that the new year will bring new opportunities.Until then, I'll be right here in front of the fire.