I’ve been on Ebay for quite a while – I’ve only been truly stiffed once, and that was my own fault for not being careful.
Something strange happened this week – not sure why. Actually, I’m pretty sure I know why, but just odd that it happened.
I did a “Buy it Now” on an Electro Harmonix Big Muff Pi. Total price was about $10 less than they normally sell for. So the next day I get this message from Paypal:
” Seller has refunded your money due to: Sorry, I can’t find the pedal! If I get another one, and you still want it let me know!”
I’m thinking WTF? You put something on Ebay and then can’t FIND it?
So I didn’t do anything with the auction – didn’t send a message back because I was still mulling it over.
So apparently while I was at school today, the seller sends a message to me at 9:30am saying, “I found it – do you still want it?”. Then I see a message from ebay at noon or so saying that the seller is cancelling the auction due to “The buyer did not mean to buy it” (?????) And then I look and see that she has RELISTED THAT SAME PEDAL!!!
So I respond to her and say, “Yes, I still want the pedal – I’m Paypaling back right now”. Then I respond to the ebay claim and DENY the seller the right to claim that I didn’t want the pedal after all. Then I sent the seller a note through her NEW auction and said, “I hope that’s not MY pedal that you’re reselling”.
I got messages back saying “Oh – okay” then I get another message saying, “Nooo, that’s not your pedal” and I look back at that auction and it’s been cancelled, pictures taken off and the description changed.
So. Here’s what I think. This seller is in a RUSH to unload this pedal. And also wasn’t happy with how much I paid for it? But then relisted the pedal for the same price? And then pulled the auction after I found out about it? Just strange.