If you own a computer and use the internet, which you obviously do or you wouldn’t be reading this, then chances are you have used eBay, the online auction house. eBay provides a useful service and even simplifies online payments with Paypal. All well and good. The problem is with some of the people who sell items on eBay.
Most of the sellers are good people who give you exactly what you bid on. Some don’t. I have had good dealings and bad. Most recently, I had a ‘bad.’ There is a seller who goes by the name of ‘radiosadness’ (firstname.lastname@example.org) whom, in my opinion, cheats the buyers. He throws up a bid page designed to make you think he is selling an Acer Monitor for $68.00, no postage fees. Only a couple days later you get a link for a pdf file that downloads a list of wholesale items.
When you go back to check the bid page you notice the title reads “NEW 22 FLAT SCREEN LCD COMPUTER MONITOR WHOSAL£ ¦IST”. The characters £ ¦ in place of the e & l are clearly designed to confuse the item. But he goes a step further, he adds “Wholesale List” way down on the page in yellow letters that are easy to miss in the white background. Here is the link so you can see for yourself: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=260646621603&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT
Naturally, his feedback is all kept private so you can’t see the warnings from previous victims.
This came in the e-mail he sent me below the link for the useless wholesale list (which doesn’t even have a price guide!):
All sales are final and no refund in generally but we do have cases where
we do consider a refund upon request . Decision of refund processing is absolute
discretion of refund department.
Many buyers have raised EBAY DISPUTE ‘Item Not As Described’ because they
have not read the description of the listing properly and have mistakenly
thought that this is a physical goods.PLEASE DO NOT RAISE ANY EBAY DISPUTE!!! This list
has undergone years of research and we have spend huge amount of investment
in our R&D team. Sad to say , due to the new EBAY 100% buyer protection policy,
many buyers have abuse it and used it to raise dispute to get this list
publication for free.
We have lost alot of EBAY DISPUTES ‘Item Not As Described’ to buyers trying
to get our list for free , this is not fair as we have spend lots of money
in R&D for this wholesale list.
But yet alot of buyers have mistakenly bought it thinking that it is the
item in the picture. We are truly selling a list containing valueble supplier
information that can bring profit for you
and generate a lot of money for businesses. Buyers please not to raise any
EBAY dispute as we have delivered as promised.If you have bought this wrongly
please revisit item description.
Apparently, he has done this before and REALLY doesn’t want to get eBay involved in a claim. Too bad for him.
If you have been screwed like this in the past, or you are concerned it could happen in the future, why don’t you send eBay a message telling them what you think of this practice? I have already filed a claim with eBay.
One other interesting tidbit…his list isn’t copyrighted. So that means I can copy and distribute this (useless) list all I want and he can’t do a thing about it. Well, if I don’t get my refund, I will do exactly that for free! It’s a useless piece of $#!+, but he seems to think highly of it.
This has been a public service blog.