I sold a book on Amazon - and then I didn't

@boiboing (12425)
Northampton, England
December 23, 2015 2:35pm CST
This morning I was amazed to get a mail from Amazon to tell me that one of my market place book items had sold. I was amazed because I thought I'd cancelled all my listings and so I really wasn't expecting to sell anything. Sadly, I had a pretty clear memory that the book in question had gone into my 'Help Yourself' box a few months ago and had either been picked up by a friend or gone to the charity shop. Annoyingly, I had got a great price for it and would have cleared more than £5 after Amazon took their slice and I'd paid the postage. At least it taught me how to cancel a sale but I feel terrible for letting the buyer down. My peripatetic lifestyle just isn't suited to Amazon Marketplace and I certainly can't leave it to my husband to find, package and dispatch books whilst I'm away. So I've checked that all my items are now properly withdrawn so that it hopefully won't happen again.
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@T_gray (7812)
• Salina, Kansas
23 Dec 15
I know nothing about selling on those sites. My dad is into it. I don't think I could do it. That sucks that you had to cancel a sale though
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@poehere (17700)
• French Polynesia
23 Dec 15
I have never tried this one before and sort of looks like it can take so long for a book to sell there. I guess you are better off by just letting it all go. sorry to hear you lost a sale but glad to hear you had one for a short time.
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@pgntwo (21648)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
23 Dec 15
I sold a Haynes Manual (repair manual for a Series II Landrover) some years back, it had been up for sale for a good few years before that. Painless enough, and no great time pressure after sale to dispatch it, a Saturday morning saw it safely on its way. Interesting experience, and I must check the other remaining item I have up there, thanks for the prompt!
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@celticeagle (118231)
• Boise, Idaho
24 Dec 15
That is a bummer. Hope next year is better for you.
@boiboing (12425)
• Northampton, England
24 Dec 15
Not really. It's just a little niggle.
@Marcyaz (35672)
• United States
23 Dec 15
If I was the one buying that book I would have been so disappointed but of course things like that do happen.
@boiboing (12425)
• Northampton, England
23 Dec 15
It's a shame there was no way I could send the buyer an apology.
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@Jessicalynnt (47854)
• Centralia, Missouri
30 Dec 15
I did well for a time on that, but ran into the same problem, would get distracted, and had to be super organized to do it. If I went back to not working I might, but until then, nope.
@kevin1877uk (36976)
24 Dec 15
Sound a bit like me, I had something like that happen to me in Etsy store, it's funny no but it wasn't then. I really need to pay more attention to things.
@Tampa_girl7 (25678)
• United States
24 Dec 15
I have never sold on Amazon, just bought.
@jstory07 (66957)
• Roseburg, Oregon
23 Dec 15
I hope you got all the sales canceled.