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Reason to keep eBay as last shopping resort

Recently I’ve been browsing for an Android phone (costing $500-600 tops) to use as secondary device to manage my sales; right now I’m using an iPhone 11 that I bought last year, but I can’t get used to how iOS runs on it so I’m selling it and switching to Android....more precisely to a Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G which I already bought new on Amazon, but only after an attempt to buy it used on eBay. Here’s the full story.

The eBay seller was selling a 6-months-old S20 FE at a seemingly fair price, in the color I wanted as well, and was willing to ship; so, I got in touch with the guy and asked him a couple of normal questions - namely the battery status’ percentage and if the phone was branded or no-brand. Since his reply was very vague as well as based on incorrect facts, I politely explained him some details he was missing and, again super nicely, asked about the (simple and very basic) data....at which the guy never replied back and simply vanished....WTF!?
The questions I asked are totally normal, and ones every aware buyer asks before buying a used phone; the fact the seller ignored them and answered vaguely at most is a pretty big red flag that he was not a serious seller (despite his positive feedback), and it’s the aforementioned reason why eBay should alwasy be kept as an absolutely last resort for your shopping - but I would avoid it altogether.

Sorry for the umpteenth mini-rant, but I couldn’t not share this and not let people know about the shady sides of eBay - which are the biggest part of the platform actually.
See you on next entry; many cheers. XOXO

Posted on March 18 2021 | 0 your truths

Of buyer-seller conversations

Small tip for people who want to sell their old things online: be ready and prepared for lots of headaches and (above all) to deal with heaps of penniless timewasters who think that “used” equals dirty/half-broken junk that can be bought paying cents instead of dollars; a good example of this is my last chat with a possible buyer.
The discussed item has a starting price of $200 - I use dollars for readers’ convenience, but the prices were in euros (which means a bit higher).

Buyer ::: Hi, I’m very interested. Is item still available?
Seller (Me) ::: Sure. Price starts at $200, but it’s slightly negotiable.
Buyer ::: Can you do $120? I can pick up the item on my way back from my business trip.
Seller (Me) ::: No, sorry. Item is immaculate and last model, new is $260.
Buyer ::: What about $130?
Seller (Me) ::: No, sorry. The absolute lowest I can do is $165. It’s less than I usually ask (my usual final price is $180), I gave you a further tiny discount because of your detour to pick it up.

No peep. The guy replies a few hours later....yet again trying to lower the price, even after I told him very clearly I wouldn’t go below $165.

Buyer ::: Can you do $150?
Seller (Me) ::: No. I already gave you a larger discount than I usually give to others, and considering the items’ conditions I cannot do less than $165.

Radio silence again, lasting to the following day. Since I heard nothing by dinner time, I messaged him.

Seller (Me) ::: Since I haven’t heard nothing, I’m closing the negotiation and unblocking the item. Sorry we weren’t able to close the deal.
Buyer ::: I’m sorry too. I found another seller who’s giving me a lower price. Thank you.

Basically the timewaster pretended to be very interested only until he thought he could get me to go down to the price he wanted, vanishing when he realized that wasn’t gonna happen and then bailing out for good with a very classic excuse - I’ve heard the “found another seller giving me a lower price” dozens of times, it’s classic BS to push a seller to lower the price further (if he really found a lower price offer, it’s because it’s not the last model) - when I got back to him to follow up on the “super interest” he had claimed (read *faked) to have....what a loser. LMFAO

Sorry for the long post, but I needed to share this because people like him deserve to have others making fun of their ridiculous attempts at buying things without having the required money.
See you all next time; many cheers. XOXO

Posted on November 05 2020 | 0 your truths

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