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Old 10-30-2012, 01:02 AM
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I recently got into a problem with a seller on eBay. To make long story short, her shipping was a bit high compared to others with the same service, and I asked her whether she could lower it. She said no. Okay, I understand that some sellers may feel that they weren't earning enough from the BIN price so they want to earn extra from the shipping, so I replied back to her with a very polite email saying that I may have to decide later on whether I'm willing to buy it from her, since the BIN price + shipping is going way over my budget. A few days later, I decided that I'll purchase the item from her anyway, despite the ridiculous shipping charges since I have been looking for the item for a while now. When I clicked "buy it now", a message appeared saying that the seller has blocked me from buying her items so I sent her a second email telling her that I finally persuaded myself to pay the full price for that item and yet for some reason she block me from buying her items, and that I guess I should go spend my money on better things instead.
But now I'm just wondering, would she report me to eBay or something? I have never bought anything from her before, therefore I know she cannot leave me any feedback. Does eBay allow members to report each other even though they never had any business interactions? Now I'm kinda regretting sending her that second email of complaint, in case she's allowed to use that to report me on eBay and have them disable my account or something.

Any help would be appreciated. This may seem like a small problem compared to all you eBay power-users I never got into any problems on eBay (this is the first time I have seen such situation ), therefore I do not know many of the eBay rules.
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Old 10-30-2012, 01:44 AM
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She probably figured you were going to be a hassle and didn't want to deal with it (not saying you were) however she set her shipping price and it is buyers choice to either pay it or leave it so she probably figured maybe you would try to get a refund after getting item, seems legit for her to be skeptical and block SO many buyers try to pull fast ones and it normally starts with messages about reducing cost of some sort. This is just MY opinion of what she was probably thinking NOT saying thats what you were doing.
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Old 10-30-2012, 08:14 AM
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Thanks for clarifying a few things for me, Debbie I didn't even know that buyers could ask for a shipping refund after they receive the item. Then again, all my eBay transactions went pretty smoothly and I never encountered problems.
Ah well, guess I won't be buying anything from that seller anytime soon
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Old 10-30-2012, 12:04 PM
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Well not necessarily a shipping refund but a partial refund in general.
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Lol not all of us are dishonest buyers I was actually ready to pay full amount until I found out I was blocked oh well I'll just buy the item somewhere else and hopefully it's cheaper elsewhere.
Thanks for your input Debbie I'm still quite inexperienced with eBay
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Old 10-30-2012, 04:42 PM
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oh I am not saying that, I buy all the time and I'm honest. I am just letting you know probably what the seller felt, and I am partial to it because I have had a lot of issues where when I start getting messages from buyers BEFORE they purchase about lowering prices in general they are usually problematic, and this is just MY opinion. I actually don't even sell on e-day anymore because of all the issues I was having with buyers/scammers.
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Old 10-30-2012, 05:01 PM
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My most problematic buyers have been the ones who have tried to get me to lower shipping, ship a different method then what I have listed, lie on customs forms, or lowball me/ask me to reduce an already agreed upon price, etc. Once I have received several ridiculous messages from a buyer I do indeed block them. I don't need the headache. I might lose a sale that way, but it's not worth the risk sometimes.

For example, I just blocked a buyer that asked me to take $50 less on an item that I already had on a 'sale price' of $50 less then my original asking price (total of $100 less then my original asking price, making the item $100 instead of $200). I've had it listed for awhile so I said that 'ok, I guess I could do that price' for her. But then she wanted me to hold the item for her for a few days until she got another pair in the mail to see how the sizing was. Then she asked a series of questions about fit and if I think they would fit her (how the hell am I supposed to know how something fits you? You could be a 400lb man on the other end of the computer for all I know?!!). The she wanted to know if I would do another $10 less in case they don't fit after I had already gone down a ton for her. After 6-7 e-mails back in forth I finally decided that I am not wasting another precious minute of my time and that this transaction was probably going to be a hassle after the actual purchase as well. So when she finally went to put in her official 'offer' on the item, I declined it and blocked her. It had trouble written all over it. She has e-mailed me 5 times since then with some not-so nice wording and demanding that I still sell them to her. I called it right on that one.

I am not saying that you are anything remotely close to what that buyer is. But yes, there are reasons that sellers block buyers if we smell trouble.
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My most problematic buyers have been the ones who have tried to get me to lower shipping, ship a different method then what I have listed, lie on customs forms, or lowball me/ask me to reduce an already agreed upon price, etc. Once I have received several ridiculous messages from a buyer I do indeed block them. I don't need the headache. I might lose a sale that way, but it's not worth the risk sometimes.

For example, I just blocked a buyer that asked me to take $50 less on an item that I already had on a 'sale price' of $50 less then my original asking price (total of $100 less then my original asking price, making the item $100 instead of $200). I've had it listed for awhile so I said that 'ok, I guess I could do that price' for her. But then she wanted me to hold the item for her for a few days until she got another pair in the mail to see how the sizing was. Then she asked a series of questions about fit and if I think they would fit her (how the hell am I supposed to know how something fits you? You could be a 400lb man on the other end of the computer for all I know?!!). The she wanted to know if I would do another $10 less in case they don't fit after I had already gone down a ton for her. After 6-7 e-mails back in forth I finally decided that I am not wasting another precious minute of my time and that this transaction was probably going to be a hassle after the actual purchase as well. So when she finally went to put in her official 'offer' on the item, I declined it and blocked her. It had trouble written all over it. She has e-mailed me 5 times since then with some not-so nice wording and demanding that I still sell them to her. I called it right on that one.

I am not saying that you are anything remotely close to what that buyer is. But yes, there are reasons that sellers block buyers if we smell trouble.
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Old 10-30-2012, 05:18 PM
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Haha. It looks funny that size. But ya know what I mean? It's mind boggling to me the amount of people that message me asking my opinion on if I think a particular pair will fit them or not. How the hell should I know that?
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My most problematic buyers have been the ones who have tried to get me to lower shipping, ship a different method then what I have listed, lie on customs forms, or lowball me/ask me to reduce an already agreed upon price, etc. Once I have received several ridiculous messages from a buyer I do indeed block them. I don't need the headache. I might lose a sale that way, but it's not worth the risk sometimes.

For example, I just blocked a buyer that asked me to take $50 less on an item that I already had on a 'sale price' of $50 less then my original asking price (total of $100 less then my original asking price, making the item $100 instead of $200). I've had it listed for awhile so I said that 'ok, I guess I could do that price' for her. But then she wanted me to hold the item for her for a few days until she got another pair in the mail to see how the sizing was. Then she asked a series of questions about fit and if I think they would fit her (how the hell am I supposed to know how something fits you? You could be a 400lb man on the other end of the computer for all I know?!!). The she wanted to know if I would do another $10 less in case they don't fit after I had already gone down a ton for her. After 6-7 e-mails back in forth I finally decided that I am not wasting another precious minute of my time and that this transaction was probably going to be a hassle after the actual purchase as well. So when she finally went to put in her official 'offer' on the item, I declined it and blocked her. It had trouble written all over it. She has e-mailed me 5 times since then with some not-so nice wording and demanding that I still sell them to her. I called it right on that one.

I am not saying that you are anything remotely close to what that buyer is. But yes, there are reasons that sellers block buyers if we smell trouble.
Wow Amber that is a very problematic buyer and sellers have every reason to block her. People like that shouldn't even be allowed to buy on eBay lol. I wasn't even close to that hahaha. My seller here had a shipping fee that's XX amount higher than other sellers using the same mailing service, First Class Mail (her shipping fee was even higher than Priority Mail...). I just asked her why she's charging XX amount higher for First Class Mail and if it's possible, can she consider lowering it a bit. After she refused to lower the shipping cost, I decided that I'll still buy it from her anyway since I've been searching all over the place for that item. And then BAM I get blocked Yeah I guess I took it too personally haha never had anything like that happen to me before

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