This really cheeses me off...

Discussion in 'The Toyark' started by CdnShockwave, Jun 18, 2006.

  1. CdnShockwave

    CdnShockwave The Prince of Poses TFW2005 Supporter

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    Alright, just so you know this is a little bit of a rant/vent that I'd like to get rid of through the harmless expressive form of the written word rather than doing something stupid like trying to extract a rabid, starving, crazed mongoose's front teeth using nothing but my bare hands and a roll of scotch tape.

    *ahem*

    What do we know about buying/selling edicit? I constantly scour various message boards and selling forums looking for deals and oppotunities to sell stuff I don't need. However, all too often... the potential buyer/seller simply disappears off the face of the web. For example, I was contacted by someone interested in a particular item I have. He says he'd like to buy it and would send payment on... say, Wednesday. Well, Wednesday rolls around payment hasn't been sent. I give him a few days since we're all busy people and maybe he forgot or didn't have time. I always try to give people the benefit of the doubt. However, Saturday comes and goes and still nothing. So I send him an e-mail... a week later and no response. Now I'm put in something of a sticky situation. I have (or rather "had") a buyer who was committed to the sale who has disappeared and won't reply to my e-mails. What am I supposed to do? (I ask that rhetorically). I've got (or potentially) have other people inquiring about the item for sale.

    Basically my point here is: why can't people just communicate? If you're not interested in the item anymore, just let me know. It's no big deal, If you simply disappear, I don't know whether or not your interested which can (and has... many times) messed up the sale for all parties involved. I think people may be intimidated by the thought of calling off a buy that had progressed to the point of sending payment... but they shouldn't be because a seller is going to be a lot angrier if you simply disappear than if you just say "Hey, sorry man, but I think I'll pass".

    Ahh... ok, that's better. The rage has been vented... all's well in my pretty little head.

    Anyway, I'm curious to hear your thoughts on this matter or your own experiences where a deal got sticky.
     
  2. Chaos Muffin

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    Good point. It's annoying when they get shady like that and it leads to doubts.

    They should atleast let you know if they change their mind, especially on shipping day lol
     
  3. planetjacker

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    I agree. At that point there is a "verbal" (as such as the internet will allow) agreement of payment for product. If the situation has changed on either side notice should be given to the other party.
     
  4. Draven

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    What I'm sick of is people contacting me and asking me for a price when I stated clearly in my thread to make an offer. Also, people getting a price from me and never even bothering to let me know if they want to buy or not. Since I put up my first selling thread a month or 2 ago I have had 3 people who have actually gotten back to me about things, and about 30 who never bothered.
     
  5. SydneyY

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    I understand. It's bloody annoying.
    Luckily only one occasion I used Junkion Exchange to sell, all the buyers were quite prompt.

    I'm still wondering about a seller who told me he's going to box his figures to get a shipping cost quote. It's been more than a month and I see him posting here very often.
     
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    Meh. I even sent some of them PMs to ask if they were interested or not, and I only got one reply back.
     
  7. Rattrap

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    Yes, its happened to me, but if they arent responding for 3-4 days, then I just offer it to someone else who wanted it. I try to remember to put that in the sale thread.

    Its also happened to me the other way around. Ive had people hold items for me for a while, but in the end, I couldnt buy them. The person was really mad, and I felt bad because he held the items for almost a month for me. But I guess its better to just tell the person that just not say anything at all.
     
  8. LigerPrime

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    I'm still WAITING for my DX GaoGaiGar but I'm giving the benefit of the doubt to the seller since he's from Canada.

    Another time is a would-be seller took quite awhile to get back to me when I specifically ask for a fast reply - usually within a day. But other than that, the sellers have been friendly to me.
     
  9. Shin-Gouki

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  10. Draven

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    Yeah, Canada shipping can be hella slow, both from AND to; I remember sending a GI Joe Hammerhead to a guy in Canada, and it took about 2 months to get to him. Luckily for me, he was very cool about the wait, and was VERY happy with the Hammerhead when it arrived.
    His name is Gunther. He touches your Tra-la-la.
    (He's a bizarre Euro techno artist)
     
  11. Sledge

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    I've had a few oddities with sellers. Someone who offered to sell to me, and when I ask how much shipping will cost and where to paypal, I get silence. Or the occasional oddball that either says they just sold something or it's not on their list, but I look a month later and they still have it listed.
     
  12. LigerPrime

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    2 months!? What the heck!? I should have paid the extra cash for express mail! Grrrr...
     
  13. CdnShockwave

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    I wouldn't worry too much about it. I've found shipping to and from Canada pretty good, except for the UK and Europe. For some reason shipping between Canada and Europe is just ridiculously slow.


    Draven, :throw  how dare you badmouth my country :p  haha, j/k dude
     
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    I've had a few bad expirences, where a certain buyer told me he was interested, told me he sent payment, and when the payment never showed up, a different story each time on why it didn't.
     
  15. LigerPrime

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    Yeah, I will give my DX GGG one more week before I e-mail the seller. He seems very polite and really made efforts to answer all my questions and even answered my pictures requests. I just hope my package doesn't get lose in the mail! LOL!

    I assumed the time period to ship from Canada to Asia would be the same as shipping from the USA - 2 weeks via normal mail.
     
  16. CdnShockwave

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    It usually takes me about three weeks to get my Macross stuff from Hong Kong... sometimes four depending on the season (you know, all those Hallmark holidays that congest the mail system, preventing us from our much needed and well deserved toys).
     
  17. Trans4mers

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    man i was looking for a thread like this and glad this one was at the top of the forum.

    I too am annoyed with the " lack of response" You message and PM the person to work out a deal and then POOF you dont hear from them after ironing out the deal.

    I think its common courtesy to send a friendly " sorry i dont want the deal anymore" You never know when you have to deal with the person again. Why leave a bitter taste in someone's mouth if you may need help from there later.

    My god its like you take the time to work and talk to the guy and he turns around and doesnt get back to you.

    I dont have a problem with long shipping or anything. Communication is Key. If you commit to getting something. you go through with it! If you dont, don't waste my time!
     
  18. soundwaveCA

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    You think you go nuts with this kind of shenanigans, you should see some of the wankers I have to deal with selling computer gear for my job, talk about annoying.

    Anyway but ya I defiantly hear ya, you think people would have the courtesy to drop something, its amazing how rude some of these people can actually be.
     
  19. LigerPrime

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    Ok thanks for your reply...just feeling impatient because I'm looking forward to the toy.

    3 weeks from HK? That's weird...even if your stuff gets delievered via normal mail, it should take around 2 weeks tops.

    I also agree that its basic courtesy to inform a buyer or seller about one's decision on the transaction to be fair to him.

    That's the "ideal" time for a response? To me, its 1-2 days the most.
     
  20. Sunstorm9119

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    Ebay:
    I've had that happen twice in the last month or so, 2 members pm'd me about what they wanted, I responded with a price and shipping cost, and in one case I even sent a paypal payment request, and then ...............silence.

    Totally Frickin annoying!!
     

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