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Thread: The Iron I wanted on Ebay....

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    Senior Member retired2pa's Avatar
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    My inexpensive iron I've had for almost 20 years finally konked out a couple weeks ago and I've had a terrible time finding a replacement for it. I actually bought 3 different irons at different stores trying to find something that would suit me. I'm not picky...I just want an iron that I don't have to spend a fortune on that will not drag on the fabric or the holes aren't too big so they don't catch on the fabric. How hard can that be right??

    Well, these 3 irons I bought were terrible and I ended up taking them back. They were not $100 irons, but they weren't $7 either. I figured one of them would be good. Wrong!

    I was on Ebay the other day looking for my iron that konked out and thought I'd never find one like it because it's so old, but I did!! I couldn't believe it!! It was a "Buy Now" NIB item and they wanted a reasonable price for the iron but the shipping was very high. This is not a heavy iron and not very big so I emailed the seller and asked if they would take a little less for the iron since the shipping was high. They emailed back with a counter price and I accepted. Then I didn't hear anything back for a couple days. I was getting ready to contact them again because I wanted to pay for it when I got an email from them saying they had sold it to someone else :(

    I was ticked!! They could have contacted me and said they had another offer and ask me if I was still interested. To me, that's a poor way to do business. I'm even very careful what the sellers rating is when I consider something to buy. I look at their rating and how much they've sold. This particular seller was rated at 100% and had sold several thousands of items!!!

    In the end I went to Walmart and bought a $7 iron that I like very much...go figure.

    Thanks for letting me vent :)

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    iT'S OK TO VENT,WE ALL HAVE THESE DAYS.GOOD LUCK WITH THE NEW IRON PAB

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    I think I might have to give that seller a neg feedback. I am with you 100% on that $7 dollar iron from walmart! I have it too although not for very long but it seems fine
    David

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    It's all about the money for Ebay sellers. And most any seller anywhere these days.

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    Did you just 'accept' in the email?

    OR

    Did you actually 'purchase' 'pay' 'buy it now' on the ebay site?

    If you only 'accepted', the item was still available for purchase.

    If you 'purchased' you can take action with paypal or ebay.

    I'd be ticked too but if you didn't purchase through ebay you don't have any recourse.

    Hope you find something you like or the same iron

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    You are probably better off not buying from that seller. Offering something for a low price and charging high shipping for it is (IMO) a form of scam because shipping costs are not refundable. This means if you had bought the iron and wanted to return it for refund, you would have been refunded only the price of the iron -- not the shipping costs for it you had paid.

    I would not leave negative feedback unless the seller has already left good feedback for you; otherwise they can retaliate and give you bad feedback.

    Also, search for your iron again and then save that search (there is an option on the page you can click) so you are emailed whenever an iron like that is listed again on eBay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltinghere
    Did you just 'accept' in the email?

    OR

    Did you actually 'purchase' 'pay' 'buy it now' on the ebay site?

    If you only 'accepted', the item was still available for purchase.

    If you 'purchased' you can take action with paypal or ebay.

    I'd be ticked too but if you didn't purchase through ebay you don't have any recourse.

    Hope you find something you like or the same iron

    I responded to his email and accepted the price and asked him what I needed to do next to purchase it. That's when I didn't hear anything back.

    I understand that the item was still up for grabs, but what upset me was, to my way of thinking, and the way I would have handled it, would have been to contact me and tell me he had another offer and ask if I was still interested in it at the original price since I was the first one to make a bid on it. Just seems like that would have been only common courtesy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by retired2pa
    I understand that the item was still up for grabs, but what upset me was, to my way of thinking, and the way I would have handled it, would have been to contact me and tell me he had another offer and ask if I was still interested in it at the original price since I was the first one to make a bid on it. Just seems like that would have been only common courtesy.
    I don't think you understand how a BIN works on eBay. It didn't have a Best Offer option, did it? You and the seller exchanged emails. Even though you agreed on the price, in that time frame, someone else obviously BIN-ed it. End of story. That BIN represents a legal contract between the the seller and that buyer. The seller couldn't go the buyer and to say he was in prior negotiations with you.

    Could the seller maybe have sent you an email out of courtesy to say it had been sold? Yeah. But maybe he thought you had it on your watch list, and would have easily seen that it was bought.

    If you're knowledgeable about eBay, you can go see what time that BIN happened.

    As for leaving negative feedback, as was suggested upthread, that shows even less understanding of the workings how that site operates.

    Also, the comment about sellers just wanting to make money....geez, imagine that!

    Sellers only make as much money as buyers are willing to pay. Fin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    Quote Originally Posted by retired2pa
    I understand that the item was still up for grabs, but what upset me was, to my way of thinking, and the way I would have handled it, would have been to contact me and tell me he had another offer and ask if I was still interested in it at the original price since I was the first one to make a bid on it. Just seems like that would have been only common courtesy.
    I don't think you understand how a BIN works on eBay. It didn't have a Best Offer option, did it? You and the seller exchanged emails. Even though you agreed on the price, in that time frame, someone else obviously BIN-ed it. End of story. That BIN represents a legal contract between the the seller and that buyer. The seller couldn't go the buyer and to say he was in prior negotiations with you.

    Could the seller maybe have sent you an email out of courtesy to say it had been sold? Yeah. But maybe he thought you had it on your watch list, and would have easily seen that it was bought.

    If you're knowledgeable about eBay, you can go see what time that BIN happened.

    As for leaving negative feedback, as was suggested upthread, that shows even less understanding of the workings how that site operates.

    Also, the comment about sellers just wanting to make money....geez, imagine that!

    Sellers only make as much money as buyers are willing to pay. Fin.
    I don't think you need to be so sarcastic, either. And furthermore...I didn't make the comment about sellers just wanting to make money!!

    All I was saying was the seller should have been more considerate. Is that too much to ask? Obviously you think so. They shouldn't have agreed to sell at a lower price if it wasn't possible to do so and they should have told me that. So, excuse me for being so ignorant about all the little rules (like BIN!!!). We can't all be as smart as some people on here.

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    I definitely see where you're coming from. Having contacted them as you did, it sounds as though you had committed and all they needed to do at that point was invoice you so you could pay them. Sounds to me as though someone else came along and gave them the original price plus shipping and that left you out of the loop. If the seller agreed to sell to you at XXX price then, they should have done so. At the very least, they should have sent you a message and informed you that the item was no longer available. JMHO

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