September 21, 2007
Dear CNET members,
Happy Friday! Get ready for fall and the holiday season to come! (Yeah, I know it's a bit early, but you know how time flies.) What better time to bring up and learn from a bad buying experience?
This past week, our members poured in suggestions to Jim on what steps to take when an online auction transaction goes bad, and many folks offered up a ton of safe-buying tips. Many members shared their personal good and bad experiences as buyers and as sellers, which makes for a great gathering place for our members to educate one another about online auction sites.
Jim, I'm really sorry to hear about your bad experience. Even if the resolution doesn't come out in your favor, your question will save many people from going through the same ordeal you just experienced, and it will help others know how to go about handling such a situation in case it does happen to them. Personally, I use eBay quite often, and even with a few hundred transactions (537 to be exact) under my belt, there a few times where I still got burned on a transaction. Why, because I broke the No. 1 rule: read everything carefully, from the description to the shipping. And if anything in the details is even slightly in question, don't be afraid to ask. I learned that doing a little homework on the eBay seller goes a long way. And as many other members suggested, always use a credit card for purchases, as many credit card companies do offer buyer-protection plans. One other thing that was mentioned quite often by our members: if you are going through a PayPal resolution process, never resolve it until you have the item in your hands or have received your money back--because once it's resolved, there is no going back. I'm going to stop here and allow you and the others to read what our members have provided through their experiences and knowledge. And to get the ball rolling, I have a few selected answers to get you started.
I encourage all of you to continue this topic of conversation--whether a good or bad auction experience. The more people contribute, the more we learn from one another. Take care everyone and be safe online!
Member Question of the Week
Here's my problem, I purchased an iPod from eBay some time
ago; the user claimed a friend shipped them out without
tracking numbers. So I listened to his song and dance, and
going on the belief that all people are good, I believed he
would send me an iPod. So I cancelled my resolution on
PayPal and threw caution to the wind. Well, here I am 8
months later with no iPod and out $200. When I talked with
PayPal, they said I could only use 1 resolution per
transaction, and then said the seller had used the service
before and seemed to be an alright person. So now I guess
I'm screwed, because I have no way of getting him to give my
money back. The only thing I have is his phone number that
he gave to me in an e-mail. I have called him and talked to
him about either giving me my money back or getting me the
iPod I'm owed. Is there anything else I can do to get back my
money? In addition, what are some eBay buying tips that you
can offer, so it does not happen to me or future eBay users?
And if you have had any bad experience like me on eBay, what
did you do? I love to hear your stories and advice. Thanks!
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