I would like to start this by saying that people like me should not be allowed to use EBAY.... EVER!!! I had a bad experience with ebay in 2002 and I haven't been on since. Well, I guess this bad experience wore off and so I decided to jump back in the water yesterday.
ps. NOT a good idea!
As I was searching for a specific gift (will not mention what the gift was due to the fact that the reciever of this gift will probably read this). I came across what I was looking for at more than 1/3 the retail price. I see 96.00 with 1 min remaining... so I proceeded to click away and bid on this great deal! Winner! Yup, that's right I was the highest bidder. About 2 min later, I receive an email letting me know that I had just won the item at a sale price of 96.00 GBP. "What does GBP stand for?" you are thinking to yourself...well, great question, I wondered that myself.... GBP infact means Great Britain Pound. Which means that I didn't just bid $96, I had just bid around $166.04! Gulp! To make matters worse, I promptly received another email from the seller... his name is XiaoHong Ma, and he lives in CHINA!!! Double Gulp! So XiaoHong informs me (in very broken english might I add) that I need to pay him by wire over an additional 35 Pounds as well for shipping. So my wonderful prize that I thought would cost me around $100 with shipping was going to cost me around $226 total! I FREAKED!
Here is the email conversation that I had with XiaoHong Ma :
I am sorry, I bid on your item without realizing that you are in China. I would rather get _____ from somewhere in the states to avoid the confusion of western union money transfer. Can I please revoke my purchase? I apologize for the confusion.
XiaoHong Ma :
Dear friend!Please believe that I am a seller of trustworthiness, after I receive your money, will deliver to send your item immediately.The item is in China, so must send money China. thanking you.
I believe that your product is true. I was just mislead by all of the other information.
I am sorry, I am a brand new user to EBay... I didn't know that GBP meant pound, and so I bid on your item thinking that it was $96... I realize that this is my error, I should have not bid on your item until I understood the GBP and that I would have to pay a high amt of shipping as well.
If able, I would like to cancel my order.
XiaoHong Ma :
Dear!The item is in China, so must send money China, I can give you are on the postage special special discount, postage:GBP20.00 ambulation, thank you.
ME (getting very frustrated now):
I do not want the item. Please cancel the order. Thank you.
XiaoHong Ma :
That I will is to contact the EBAY!!
OK, I think to myself, what is the worst he can do? bad mouth me on my ebay profile, get me kicked off of ebay?... who cares, by this point, I have vowed to never get back on there ever again! I go about my day... things are just fine.
This morning I recieved a VERY interesting email:
Dear Aim Claim,
The following is a notice from eBay Trust & Safety regarding ________ :
Our records show that you placed a bid on this item. We removed this item from the Site and cancelled your bid because it appears that the seller's account has been compromised and used by an unauthorized third party. The seller's privileges to trade on eBay may be temporarily suspended while we investigate this matter further. Due to privacy concerns we will not be able to share further details related to this seller. If someone claiming to be the seller asks you to complete a transaction outside of eBay, we strongly recommend that you ignore the request. Transactions for items listed on eBay that are completed outside of the eBay marketplace are not covered by the Buyer Protection services offered by eBay and can be highly indicative of fraud.
HA... Can you believe it? So China man went to go tattle to "the Ebay" and ended up busting himself! ALL IS GOOD!
2 days ago