WARNING for those using eBay to sell (return policy)

Discussion in 'Transformers On Ebay' started by rikkomba, May 25, 2020.

  1. rikkomba

    rikkomba Fishmonger Supreme of TFW2005

    Sep 5, 2004
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    I am writing this post to help other users and collectors who might want to use eBay for selling.

    As you know, eBay gives sellers the option of providing a returns policy. Sellers have the option of not accepting returns.

    1) eBay buyers can initiate a return unilaterally
    2) eBay buyers can initiate a return just by claiming "item not as described"
    3) the item description and the picture (s) provided by the seller DO NOT HOLD VALUE against a declaration of "item not as described"
    4) eBay itself will NOT verify the claims of the buyer
    5) therefore, as long as a buyer claims "item not as described", a return can be initiated unilaterally, independently from your item description, your picture, or any evidence you might have
    6) any evidence of proof from the seller will only be considered in a separate process, "report a buyer". There is not guarantee that eBay will use that information or that something will actually happen - the process is completely opaque.
    7) if the returned item is damaged, guess what - eBay will NOT hold responsible the buyer, will not verify the conditions of the item, or do anything else: it's up to the seller to reach out to the authorities to process the damage incurred OUTSIDE eBay. No protection whatsoever.

    I had a buyer openly lie about the motivation for the return - the description said "gun is missing" and the motivation for the return was "the item was not as described, gun is missing!". eBay's customer support ACKNOWLEDGED that the buyer had admitted not having read the description (in writing!) but still no action will be taken - the buyer will get a return anyway.

    I hope this can help other sellers. I welcome the community's feedback on how to protect ourselves from abusive buyers. I do not wish anybody else to be taken advantage of this way.
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  2. fedgez

    fedgez Well-Known Member

    Aug 2, 2019
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    That is jerky. If you, as a buyer, missed the detail you don't just send it back.

    I had more than one sale that I missed a detail, scratch or dent, and it was there in the ebay sale photos to match up with what arrived. I never complained to the seller, just learned from it. I also had a few come slightly damaged, but nothing I couldn't live with==knowing that shipping items can damage them. My wife put something on the toy I was buying in Walmart and dented the box...sheesh.
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