Has anyone ever had a bad experience on Ebay?

@Jshean20 (14362)
Canada
November 4, 2006 12:42am CST
I've never used ebay, what have your experiences been?
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@Bexley (30)
• United States
12 Nov 06
No, I have never had a bad experience with E-Bay. I have been a buyer and seller for 6 years and it's been a very good experience for me. I think there are some catagories, where there may be more abuse and problems, such as electronics and knock-off products such as watches, purses etc. The best way to protect yourself is by checking the feedback of the seller...if they have negative feedback, don't buy from them.
@Aali311 (6125)
• United States
12 Nov 06
good advise.
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@Jshean20 (14362)
• Canada
13 Nov 06
very good advice thanks.
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@jamz82 (1861)
• Italy
1 Dec 06
two times my item didn't arrive. But I think that is still good because i saved money with the other auctions.
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• United States
1 Dec 06
lol.. i must say i luv your optomistic positive attitude! lol
• United States
1 Dec 06
Most of my experiences have been great on ebay, but I did have one bad experience. I bought a gameboy camera and printer for my little brother, from two different sellers. The camera came in fine, but the printer seemed to be taking a while. So I went to email the seller and his account had been deleted! He had a ton of complaints right before his account was deleted, he'd run off with a bunch of people's money. I couldn't even get a refund because I'd paid by money order. So I don't pay for anything on ebay anymore unless I can pay by credit card or thru paypal so it's protected and I can get a refund if this type of thing happens again. I have been a member of ebay since 1997 (my parents took over my original account though when I moved out) and actually most of what I wore to my wedding was purchased on ebay! Everything but my understuff and shoes. It's a great place to find a bargain, just be careful, read feedback, etc.
• United States
1 Dec 06
good advice about the feedback.. people that care have good feedback.. and though i understand that its difficult sometimes to get your "feedback off the ground" in the beginning as a new user.. i still wont buy or sell to people with less then 5 total... and i read them ALL!
@linns31 (213)
• United States
1 Dec 06
I have been buying and selling on Ebay for 3 years now. Only thing I have to say to buyers is READ the auction!! Look at the description and see how it is described. Look at shipping costs and see what they are and if you have any questions about an item ask the seller BEFORE you make on anything. I have only had one problem and that was with an item I was selling. The winner of the auction refused to pay because they thought the shipping cost was to high, but I live in the US and they were from England so they should have read what the shipping casts were before they made the bid. So just make sure you read everything in the auction and if you don't understand something ask the seller questions.
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• United States
1 Dec 06
OMG agreed!!!... we always type in EVERY AUCTION that we ship to USA only!!.. we had some guy from Japan hit "buy it now"! wtf?? i dont understand whats so difficult!! READ!! ..if you cant read it then you shouldnt be sending your money after it! and ALOT of people charge more nowfor shipping to avoid ebay costs.. they gotta get over it or not BUY IT!!!! lol
@sandie61 (2359)
• United States
12 Nov 06
I have never had any problems with ebay. I have bought and sold. everything has been great
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@Jshean20 (14362)
• Canada
13 Nov 06
good to hear.
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@ariana99 (116)
• United States
5 Nov 06
out of the couple of years that I have been on Ebay, I've only had one. I purchased a shirt awhile back, paid for it, and never got it. I didn't spend alot of money--it was under $10..but still I lost $10 and the chance to have a cool shirt.. But that's the only problem I have ever had (knock on wood) I sell jewelry on ebay now and seem to have some luck with it every now and then :) I sold 5 handmade bracelets last month :)
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@Jshean20 (14362)
• Canada
12 Nov 06
glad to hear it's going well for ya
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@themyl (1423)
• United States
5 Nov 06
Yes, BUT NOT WITH EBAY. There was this seller selling a NEW video game system that had been completely sold out in Every store where I live. The stores had a LOOOONG waiting list of people who also wanted this system, so I went to ebay and found a seller who was selling this particular game system. As a matter of fact, he had several. I wanted one for our son so I bid on it and got 1. Naturally, I sent in my money via USPS money order and waited for a response from the seller regarding my order. He never responded so I had to look into this seller. He was a FRAUD. He didn't have a single game system, yet he took several people's money and never delivered the product. I went through the Postal Service, gathered information and contacted Ebay. After some time, Ebay refunded Most of my money. So eBay is a respectable place to get what you are looking for.
@Jshean20 (14362)
• Canada
12 Nov 06
OK thanks for the info
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@nhtpscd (1418)
• Australia
17 Dec 06
most of my experience was good only a few non deliveries or broken items mainly due to poor packaging
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• United States
17 Dec 06
yes, I've had people sell me fraudelent things and then not refund my money after I have returned the items. I've had people get me suspended...(I am no longer suspended) I've had people give me negative reviews, when clearly they were psycho!
@rmuxagirl (7559)
• United States
11 Dec 06
I've never used Ebay, I don't really trust it all that much right now. I knew of someone who used Ebay to sell stolen items and a girl I knew in college, her husband entered a online job and ended up selling stolen items also. You never know if what you buy is legit or not.
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@claudia413 (4284)
• United States
11 Dec 06
I've been an eBay buyer and seller for over 5 years now and have only had 2 problems...not receiving items I paid for. Now I will only pay through PayPal because they will take back your payment from the buyer if you can show proof you've contacted them about not having received the item you paid for. So be sure to save any correspondence between you and the other party (and from PayPal if that's how you pay). I have a separate folder set up just for eBay transactions, and that does help. Before you ever bid on an item, be sure you check out the feedback of the seller. If they have recent negative feedback, don't even bother to bid. If their feedback percentage is really high (say over 96% if they have a large feedback number), you can probably trust them. I get many good bargains on eBay, but I usually only bid on items being sold by someone with a very high positive feedback percentage.
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• United States
10 Dec 06
The Cyber Police - at work
I've only used ebay a few times but all times it was a very good experience. I've heard horror stories and my brother in law, who uses them a lot, has had a few instances that he was really screwed over but for the most part he's had good things happen too.
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@am99gt (187)
• United States
12 Nov 06
I'm an ebay aholic!!! I love it....though I wouldn't buy electronics off of ebay....just to much fraud risk
@Jshean20 (14362)
• Canada
27 Nov 06
thank you
@Jshean20 (14362)
• Canada
27 Nov 06
thank you
@Jshean20 (14362)
• Canada
27 Nov 06
thank you
• United States
12 Nov 06
Ebay - EBAY ROCKS!!
Ohh you should soo use ebay!!! you wil be addicted like mylot! lol lol..I have bought soo many things dirty cheap..and with xmas coming..things that cost 40 bucks or more i have gotten for half if not more!!! I love the site!! and S&H isnt too bad..they even have Vintage things!! aww LOOOOOOOOVE ITTTTTT!!! LOL..And in everything i bought..I have only had one bad experience,,I didnt get my sons Video..but that was only 3$ included S&h...butt hats the only time..take care and if you check it out let me know what ya think!byeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!
@Jshean20 (14362)
• Canada
27 Nov 06
I might have to try out ebay
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@Jshean20 (14362)
• Canada
27 Nov 06
I might have to try out ebay sometime
@Jshean20 (14362)
• Canada
27 Nov 06
I might have to try out ebay sometime
@banta78 (4334)
• India
12 Nov 06
I have used ebay to buy jewellery. I bought two pieces of jewellery one i got alright. the other i had problem getting. i had to give many messages to them through ebay and finally got a replacement.
@Jshean20 (14362)
• Canada
27 Nov 06
glad to hear it worked out in the end
@Jshean20 (14362)
• Canada
27 Nov 06
glad to hear it worked out in the end
• United States
4 Nov 06
Yeah a friend of mine ..someone hacked into his computer and put a classic car up for sale on his ebay account,,,,needless to say my friend never owned a classic car...BUT ebay straightened it out! As far as me no ,I'm a newbie on ebay
@Jshean20 (14362)
• Canada
12 Nov 06
Thanks for responding
• United States
27 Nov 06
what do you mean by a digital item?
@suscan (1955)
• United States
27 Nov 06
I have had only one really bad experience. The sellers never sent me my stuff. She started having a lot of negative feed back from a lot of people and was thrown off e bay.
@Jshean20 (14362)
• Canada
20 Dec 06
good thing she was booted off..
@yorb24 (2180)
• United States
27 Nov 06
I've been a member for 8 years. I've had a few negative experiences but it has overwhelming been very postive for me. Both selling and buying. I would suggest to give it a try if you are really interested in it.
@Jshean20 (14362)
• Canada
18 Dec 06
thank you
• United States
27 Nov 06
I have never bought anything, however I have sold quite a few things. I have had great experiences though all and all.
@Jshean20 (14362)
• Canada
18 Dec 06
thanks
• United States
27 Nov 06
oh yea, i have been ripped off on ebay many times... i bought starbucks giftcard, and i paid 200.00 USD for them but the person never sent my gift card. i only got 170.00 back from ebay/paypal. i hate scammers!
@Jshean20 (14362)
• Canada
17 Dec 06
thank you