eBay Complaint - Tired of Ebay sellers ripping me off
I am adding my 3 cents worth here out of frustration. I have been scammed by ebay sellers for the last time. I wanted to share with others the different ways that I have been ripped off by ebay sellers.
The most recent is an item I paid for July 25th and still haven't received. After numerous emails to the seller I realized that I was not going to receive my item. He told me if I wanted my item to go get it from US customs. It was coming from Canada to Virginia. I told him that if customs rejected it then they wouyld ship it back to him and he could refund my money. He then emailed me and said he was refunding all the "RETARDS" that were emailing him. His choice of words not mine. I fell this type of name calling is abuse in itself as it wasn't necessary. Contacting ebay was no help at all for a couple different reasons. They will not do anything if the item is priced below $40.00 and they will not do anything if the item was purchased over 60 days before the complaint. Both of these things you will never know until you try to take action. The sellers put you off with emails hoping to make it past the 60 day mark. Ebay also gave this seller the option of keeping his negative/positive feedback private! He has over 45 negative feedbacks none of which you can view. The whole idea of feedback was so you could see what problems others may have had with a particuliar seller. So ebay in this case was aiding this seller to continue ripping people off.
The other ebay scam that I learned the hard way (in the pocket book) was the sellers of Fenton art glass. This happened twice by two different sellers before I wisend up to the scam. I purchased 3 pieces that were supposed to be in mint condition from a seller who insisted on the buyer to pay insurance for the pieces. I agreeded because it was glass and it should have insurance on it especially because of the high price I was paying. The seller charged me way more for insurance then it actually cost. The items arrived chipped. Funny that there was absolutely NO pieces of glass fragments what so ever in the box or bubble wrap. The chipped glass magically dissapeared. I contacted the seller and asked for the insurance papers to be mailed to me. A month later after 3 emails I get the papers. this seller was shipping from NC to VA we are next door. I took the insurance paper to the post office with the box and items which, had been sitting on my shelf since it had arrived. The post office said they would reimburse me because the box showed NO signs of having been damaged or misshandled. I was out the price of the items, the shipping costs, which was more then it actually cost to ship as the shipping price was stamped on the box as well as the over stated insurance price which did me no good at all. Bottom line of that transaction... I purchesed worthless broken items. The seller made out like a bandit. I tried to contact the seller to let them know how I felt but they had vanished from ebay.
The next time I was scammed was over an oil painting. The photo on ebay was a little glared so the detail was hard to see. I went so far as to get the sellers contact phone number because her email address wasn't working. Ebay surprised me when they gave me the phone number but it made me think they were an up and up company. After extensive questions about the condition of the painting I bid on it and won/purchased the item. When it arrived 2 months later! after numerous emails and excuses of not feeling well etc., I didn't know whether to laugh of cry. The painting wasn't attached to the frame because the frame wasn't for the painting. It didn't fit the canvas and it was chipped, gouged, and just real beat up. The painting looked like something she had drug out of a thrift store dumpster. It was stained and the canvas was cracked and torn. It didn't look anything like the painting displayed on ebay. I guess a glare on the photo covered/hid all the flaws. When I tried to contact the seller to get my money back for missrepresentation she was no longer an ebay seller and wouldn't return my phone calls. Again!!! I was ripped off.
The next time I was scammed was over the sale of a used 1996 7th grade math book. I'm a home schooler. Well I won the book for like $5.00 but I was charged like $13.00 for shipping and $3.00 for insurance! In the item discription it said the book would be shipped at book rate so I was very shocked when the email came with the final price to pay. I contacted the seller and he said he was going to ship it priority mail which, was still way less then he actually charged me. The book took over a month to arrive as he sent it media mail for the whopping cost of $1.10 and there was NO insurance stamp. The book was in terrible shape. Again, I was totally ripped off.
I wouldn't recommend ebay to anyone now. There are too many bad sellers out there. I have lost hundreds shopping on ebay. My only regret is that I didn't quit bidding on items after the first time i was ripped off. I guess I just wanted to believe that it wouldn't happen again. I was so wrong.
Jody a NON EBAY shopper in Virginia