Almost Made a Big Mistake

United States
February 5, 2016 11:51am CST
I like to sell things on Ebay but do it as a hobby not as an income I can depend on. The other day I listed a few books and one sold yesterday afternoon. I packed it up and was going to put it in the mailbox but decided to wait until this morning. When I checked my Ebay site I found another book had sold. As I was packaging up that book I realized that the other book I had packaged was still listed. Checking more carefully I realized I had the wrong book ready to mail and thankfully was able to get the right book in the package. What a big mistake that would have been not only for me but for the person getting the wrong book. Oy Vey....I've been distracted and it goes to show that when you don't pay attention mistakes are easily made. At least I didn't mail it yesterday and I guess my Guardian Angel knew I had made a mistake. Whew!! thank goodness I caught it in time
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34 responses
• United States
5 Feb 16
Oh thank goodness, that would have been quite a big deal huh? And the person might have given you a low rating..Good you caught it when you did friend.
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• United States
5 Feb 16
A mistake led to you fixing a mistake!
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@allknowing (65091)
• India
6 Feb 16
I too would like to get rid of stuff that I do not want - all in excellent condition but the rigmarole of all that is needed to be done puts me off.
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• United States
6 Feb 16
Sometimes it's worth a little rigmarole to make a few dollars selling things
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@allknowing (65091)
• India
6 Feb 16
@Marilynda1225 I agree with you. I must get over this thought of not wanting to go through the rigmarole (lol)
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• Preston, England
6 Feb 16
glad you spotted the error in time - the customer might not have appreciated the wrong item
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• United States
6 Feb 16
I'm sure the customer would have been very disappointed in the wrong book
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@BelleStarr (38213)
• United States
6 Feb 16
Thank goodness you caught that, I imagine it would have been awkward.
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• United States
6 Feb 16
It would have been a hassle to send the correct book and have them send back the mistake. Thank goodness I caught it in time
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@RonElFran (892)
• Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
5 Feb 16
I've sold a few books on Amazon, but never considered Ebay. Does it work pretty well for you?
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• United States
6 Feb 16
I find Ebay pretty good for selling books but I never sold any on Amazon
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@louievill (18656)
• Philippines
5 Feb 16
I'm glad you found your mistake, there is very little room for mistakes in business more so on an online one where it's impersonal and people would just like to get what they pay for and always consider the time they have to wait to receive the item. A negative strike would have affected your reputation and would make it a little more difficult to sell next time
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@Platespinner (16491)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
5 Feb 16
Glad you caught that before it was too late!
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@amadeo (65835)
• United States
5 Feb 16
these things happens.I recall a similar.When I had a few almost identical and got confused which one was it.
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@DianneN (78116)
• United States
6 Feb 16
Oy vey is right!
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• United States
6 Feb 16
Oy Vey sums it all up doesn't it
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@DianneN (78116)
• United States
6 Feb 16
@Marilynda1225 Very well! Lol!
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@scheng1 (24800)
• Singapore
6 Feb 16
Fortunately you discover your mistake. I think that is why in many big organization, they hire 2 people to do one simple piece of work. One does, and another checks.
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• United States
6 Feb 16
that's what I need...a checker!!
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@jstory07 (67081)
• Roseburg, Oregon
6 Feb 16
I sell on ebay just because I love selling things. I have sold on ebay since 2000 and still get a thrill every time I have a sell.
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• United States
6 Feb 16
I get excited when I see a sale too
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@amnabas (10282)
• Karachi, Pakistan
6 Feb 16
It's good that you had a good look again and that saved you from loss.
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@LadyDuck (157301)
• Switzerland
6 Feb 16
I am glad you were able to notice your mistake because it was too late. Our guardian Angels surely had a lot of work watching us.
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@jaboUK (53935)
• United Kingdom
6 Feb 16
Lol - I don't think guardian angels had anything to do with it - it was just luck. Glad ytou caught the mistake.
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
6 Feb 16
I sell on ebay as well, I don't think I have ever done that. Good thing you waited.
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@Lucky15 (33384)
• Philippines
6 Feb 16
we all have those moment, someone will guide us---our guardian angel i wanted to sell few books of mine, or maybe swap them, and checking some online stores
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@boiboing (12465)
• Northampton, England
5 Feb 16
I used to use a book swapping site and would wait until I had a few to post out at the same time. Trouble was I had to really focus on not getting them muddled up.
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@mommaj (22768)
• United States
5 Feb 16
That's fortunate you were able to catch the mistake. Glad you were able to mail the right one. These things happen more than you think. I was shipped the wrong camera off of ebay. Turned out it didn't work anyway so I was told to throw it away and they gave me the money back.
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@msiduri (5750)
• United States
5 Feb 16
That would have been annoying. Glad you caught it in time.
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