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I like the thumbnail view. easier to flip through a lot of ads.

eBay / Re: Have you ever left negative feedback on another seller?
« on: February 21, 2014, 03:27:00 PM »
I've only ever bought 3 things off of ebay. In each case, I've had no reason to leave a negative feedback. However, it takes a lot for me to consider a transaction bad.

When the weather warms, we close the shop on Sundays and head out to the flea market. We load up the junk on Saturday and get out there early Sunday. Once I get comfortable enough with finances, I'll hire someone to work the flea market Saturday/Sunday. Setup Friday evenings..

Online Storage Auctions / Re: Feedback
« on: February 21, 2014, 03:18:54 PM »
The risk you would run with a feedback system on OSA is buyers leaving false feedback to scare away new bidders.. What's to stop a buyer from putting "This facility messes with the units and takes valuable items... etc. etc."? I think that the buyer's feedback ranking is a moot point to the facility.

In the long run, you could have companies walking away from your service due to the undue bad ratings they could potentially receive.

Mattresses don't scare me, because I see them so often. Costs me nothing to dump.. Odors, like cat urine, will make me run. Another thing I look for is yellowing of electronics (remotes), white lamps, tables, etc. Sign of a heavy smoker, and I'll back away.

I once pulled a couch from a smoker's unit and the whole arm of the couch was covered in black tar. Nasty..

eBay / Re: Why is eBay hemorrhaging sellers? Their lack of common sense!
« on: February 17, 2014, 09:46:03 PM »
Pictures are relevant in case the item was never really damaged and the claim is all a scam. Think of it this way, the item really isn't damaged but the buyer makes the claim, files with PayPal and the USPS. Now he has the item, gets a refund from PP and finally gets an insurance check from the USPS claim. Triple bonus boys and it never cost him a dime!

Perhaps not relevant was the wrong phrase. I thought that me seeing pictures was implied by the fact that I offered to make start the insurance claim process.

I did send him a message after ebay said that they would refund my money after getting proof of a check being cut. Letting him know that he shouldn't expect to keep the money that ebay gave to him and basically calling him out on what I believe was his plan.

I don't think that he bought the item to do an insurance scam. I think that he is so mad that the item broke that he feels like he's owed something additional. So he files the claim, waits forever because that's what USPS does, and finally files the dispute with eBay hoping that he gets double his money back..

My beef in the whole situation is with eBay, not the buyer. eBay should understand that people are idiots, they try to game the system, etc. Their policy should be no disputes while an insurance claim is pending. It's easy enough to check the status of an insurance claim with USPS, FedEx or UPS.

Online Storage Auctions Support / Re: Extremely slow load time today...
« on: February 17, 2014, 08:39:46 PM »
It may be my computer... it's on its last leg.

eBay / Re: Why is eBay hemorrhaging sellers? Their lack of common sense!
« on: February 17, 2014, 02:33:23 PM »
To be frank, you made several errors, First you as the seller/shipper should always be the one to file the claim. Second, you sent the proof of insurance and validated the buyers claim with the USPS. Third, I don't see anywhere that you requested any pictures of the damaged item, or that you requested it be returned to you.

Food for thought:

Forgot to mention that I did ask for pictures, which I received. This was before offering to start the claim. Wasn't really relevant IMO.

I did tell him that I would start the claim, he insisted on it. I told him that it's typical for the shipper to file the claim. He still insists. Customer is a grown man in Hawaii, can't really do anything to stop him except perhaps preempt him claim with a claim of my own.

Also, sent the proof in the interest of resolving the claim asap.


I talked with eBay just a bit ago regarding this issue, and I was told by someone with sense that I can fax or email proof of payment by USPS to the buyer. After they receive it, they'll refund my money back to me.

Not the best solution, but at least it's something!

Online Storage Auctions Support / Extremely slow load time today...
« on: February 17, 2014, 12:54:50 PM »
It could just be my crappy computer, but it seems like the pages are loading extremely slow. Other sites aren't lagging.. Anyone else experiencing this?

Online Storage Auctions / Re: How many people buy online?
« on: February 17, 2014, 12:52:37 PM »
How much is "big money" ?

Over $1,000 for sure. I haven't needed to spend more than $500 on an online auction yet. Other units have gone for more money than $500, but either had items I wasn't interested in, or I felt like it wasn't worth the money.

1. Power Tool Cases
2. Musical Instrument Cases
3. Gaming Boxes (xbox, Playstation, etc.)

People are so stupid sometimes.. They bid on the box, not on the actual items visible.. I've never found an Xbox in it's box..

eBay / Re: Why is eBay hemorrhaging sellers? Their lack of common sense!
« on: February 17, 2014, 12:27:52 PM »
The buyer started the claim and listed himself as the beneficiary with USPS. So he got his refund from eBay and he'll get his check.

Online Storage Auctions / Re: How many people buy online?
« on: February 17, 2014, 12:22:49 PM »
Recently, I've purchased many more units online than in person. However, I would never ever spend big money on a unit that's listed online.

Other Forms of Selling / Re: Has anyone had experience with Worthpoint?
« on: February 16, 2014, 11:50:50 AM »
I never tried it once i saw all the complaints that after free trial its hard to cancel.   They just keep billing your card.

Also, what something sold for a few years ago is worthless IMO.  I only use recent history.  Sure, there are those special items that don't sell often and any "last sold for" is better than nothing.  But Also, the economy sucked these past years. Everyone was selling their stuff and, supply & demand, prices were down.

Mainly, I just see a billion complaints and bad reviews about billing issues.  Red flag. 

My sentiments exactly! I only use 3 months of history to research an item. That's what it's selling for NOW. You can also research items on auctioning sites like If you set up a login, you can find out what items sold for during their auctions.. the only caveat to that is finding the item.

If it's not on ebay, I put it up for $10 and see where it goes. Had good success with that. If an item only sells for $10, well it's worth $10. In some cases, I'll put an item for $10 and sell for $80-$100.

eBay / Why is eBay hemorrhaging sellers? Their lack of common sense!
« on: February 16, 2014, 11:35:21 AM »
eBay's main problem is that they lack common sense when they make policy changes, claims decisions, etc. Their belief is that they can throw hundreds of thousands of free listings at people and that will keep them around. Not true. Once a seller is burned badly enough, they will turn and run, no matter how many free listings they're given.

In mid-December I sold a Johnnie Walker statue. 28" tall. It was a bar display. Very nice piece. I sold it for $157.50 plus something like $30 for shipping. The guy that bought it was in Hawaii. No problem I said, I'll cover the extra shipping which didn't go much over $30. I already had a box and plenty of packing supplies, so no extra expense there.

The package arrives damaged, 2 weeks later. Okay, not my fault. Was packed well. I bought insurance. No problem! I'll start the claim, I tell the buyer. The buyer insists on starting the claim. I tell him that I should, because I'll receive the check and will reimburse him once I get word that the claim has been accepted or denied. No, he insists on making the claim himself. I give in.

February 2ish. Buyer files complaint with eBay. Package does not match description. Arrived broken. Okay, I check with Post Office. Claim is still pending. I contact the buyer, his reason.. Post Office is taking too long. February 10, I receive a letter from the Post Office, they need proof of insurance, no problem. Proof of value. No problem. I mail those items to the address indicated on February 10.

February 13. I contact eBay. Please extend the claim date. There is still a pending review of the insurance claim at USPS. No problem. We'll extend.

February 16. eBay finds in favor of the buyer, takes $182.50 from my Paypal. WTF!?!?!?

I call eBay, heated. I apologize in advance for my upcoming behavior and foul language. Their reasoning for concluding the buyer was due his money? You'll get a check from USPS.. NO.. the message trail clearly indicates that I intended to do the insurance claim but the buyer INSISTED!!

eBay's response to that... Well, we can't do anything about it now.

BULLS!&#T.. Sorry for going Q-Bert..

If eBay would get their heads out of their butts and hire some people with common sense, or the ability to read and comprehend words, they may hang onto more sellers.

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