Posts tagged ‘eBay’


I’ve stuff listed on eBay at the moment, and had answered a query from a guy interested in some of my items. (Doesn’t that sound like a euphemism?) In responding to him I called him by the wrong name. Then, because I don’t do things by halves, I posted his question and my response onto the item listing so EVERYBODY could share in my humiliation. Before I realised my error I hasten to add; I’m not that much a glutton for punishment. Although if you ask me to choose between being thought a masochist or a garden variety idiot it’d be masochist every time, but that’s another post for another day as the delightful Courtney Beck likes to say. Gah! Not my finest moment. A shame too, as he’d asked an interesting question and I was curious to know why. After much apologising Ben forgave me and rewarded me for getting it correct by telling me why he’d asked his question. We were talking the finer points of vintage AC/DC records. I was most excited to find particular markings he was looking for, and to discover what they meant. It was like a treasure hunt for me. I love hearing people’s stories and I love to learn new things; the why’s, how’s, the in’s and out’s. Tell me something I don’t know, and I’m in heaven. So we spent a happy couple of hours flicking emails back and forth. We made each other laugh, and I learnt a bit about the items I’m selling. Not a shabby way to spend time, and a definite pick me up.

After I signed off from Ben the AC/DC aficionado the Michael Jackson song ‘Ben’ was going through my head. Did you know that song is from a movie soundtrack and is, in actual fact, about a RAT? Seriously! And I know this because one night, well, it was the wee hours of the morning actually, when I was very young, my Malcolm took me back to his parents house after a night of dancing. He’d fallen asleep in his car in the club car park and we narrowly missed being locked in. We arrived back at his to find his folks still up; big coffee drinkers, big smokers and night owls all, in that family. The movie playing was ‘Ben’. So we sat and watched the rest of the film with them, drank coffee, they smoked. The lyrics ‘Ben, the two of us need look no more. We’ve both found what we were looking for. With a friend to call my own, I’ll never be alone. And you my friend will see, you’ve got a friend in me’ – ALL ABOUT A RAT. Good times though.

My mind goes from AC/DC to Michael Jackson, from entertaining strangers to lost lovers.  Keep laughing, keep learning, keep loving. Keep putting one foot in front of the other ’til I get to the other side. Oh, and don’t try to answer two buyer questions at once, especially when half asleep.


People are strange.

So, I’ve been selling bits and pieces on eBay. I love eBay, it has been good to me, and I’ve dabbled in both buying and selling for a number of years. Part of the whole deal is that for every transaction completed both parties leave written feedback on how things went, so future parties can decide if they want to trade with you. I had a transaction over the last few days that had pushed my buttons in a few ways. Firstly, I was allergic to this guy’s eBay name. Books, covers, and all that so I pressed on. Then, when I was speaking to him on the phone trying to give him directions so he could pick up his item from me, he spoke to me as if I was a developmentally delayed two-year old. Mmmmmm. Still, the transaction was nearly over and then we’d part ways. This morning I find he has left ‘positive’ feedback, but with the comment ‘Trains were broken WTF?’.

Pardon? Did you really just put ‘WTF’ on my public feedback for all the world to see? You actually think that is a smart way to resolve an issue? Well, I see your ‘WTF’ and raise you a GO FUCK YOURSELF YOU COCKHEAD. I like to think I am a tolerant and respectful person in general, but I am aware that I don’t suffer fools gladly. This guy seems seven shades of stupid. If he was unhappy with his purchase he could have contacted me via eBay. He could have contacted me via email. He has my bloody mobile number! If there’s an issue to resolve, and by the way all items were sold in good faith and working when tested, then contacting me directly would seem to me a good first step in finding a resolution? I will bend over backwards for people in general and in particular I’d hate anyone I’m trading with on eBay to be left with a bad taste in their mouth. There is always a solution. This guy just shits me; passive aggressive sack of crap.

Before anyone states the obvious I am not only having a whinge to the interwebs. I have contacted him via email, and left a response to his feedback in an attempt to resolve his issue. I should say this issue, as it’s apparent he’s more than one.

His eBay handle is ‘Godshelper’. I suppose there’s the slim chance he is being profoundly ironic, in which case all props to him.


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