Tell us some of your online sales stories
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I was going to say Marketplace because from my experience that's where the dregs of society seem to be but I'm sure some of you will have some great eBay tales or maybe Gumtree or whoever else.
I'm currently having a house clear out & as eBay haven't given me a 'max £1 on sales' offer in a while, I'm listing on Facebook Marketplace and oh boy is it making me want to send my head through a wall.
There's the usual "is this available" to which you say yes & then a week later they're back ... "is this available" that we'll all get.
Then I had this clown. Thankfully (I hope!!!) he unravelled the bubble wrap and found his item that I 'never sent'. I mean, who even gets in touch with someone saying they never sent something without properly checking what you've opened?
I don't think I mentioned it in that thread but he messaged me somewhere around 10pm one night also to say he'd sent payment & then messaged again like 7:30-8:00am with a bunch of question marks.
Am I not allowed to sleep? Jesus! I'm not about to get in to a text to-&-fro at that time of night anyway.
Then a couple days after that I had someone buy another item from me. I told them I was out at the moment, gave them my post code etc, told them I'd be back at such-a-time.....
They told me they'd set off and need it now.
I said well that's no good to me as I just told you I'm out. I'll be back at 11.
Their reply - fine, 11 will have to do then.
You're damn right it'll have to do you stroppy mare!!
1) Selling a vacuum cleaner spares or repair, damaged. Says this in the title, says it in the description. BIG CAPITAL LETTERS, also says collection only.
Woman who basically looks like she's just punched her keyboard for her message ... after i decipher it she's asking if i still have it and does it work.
Yes I still have it and the condition is mentioned in the listing title AND description (I'd had enough by this point - that is me being VERY patient & nice).
Follows up with can I deliver it to her!!!!!!
Told her delivery/collection is ALSO mentioned in the description. Then I left the chat & blocked her.
2) Recently, 'sold' another item. It's up for £5. Guy just messages me "10". Not "£10" or "will you take £10", either of which would be odd, but just "10".
Thinking another timewaster I ignore it.
Next day he offers £5, I accept.
exchange details. I ask when he's thinking of collecting, he tells me after 12. I tell him I'll be back home from 1pm. He responds ok.
Haven't seen him.
Now I guess today is still technically after yesterday's 12 but it's a bit taking the piddle.
I'm sure some of you will have some good ones.
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I'm not fond of selling stuff and telling people to collect and pay. If they have any complaints they know where I live and that could potentially be an issue. Not that I've had that problem.
I sold a perfectly good dyson for £50 - think I asked for £100 knowing that it was worth a lot more being practically knew. Maybe I fell for a story but the woman who bought asked for a lower price and showed up in the worst old banger you could imagine so I don't' really think she was ripping me off. And if she resold for more, well good for her. Another time I was selling a nice Ikea solid wood table and had it on Gumtree mid December talking it up as a great way to accommodate all the family for Christmas. A young couple bought it and I got a lovely email after from the wife thanking me for selling it to them as it was so much nicer than she was expecting. Nearly brought a tear to my eye!
2023 £1 a day £54.26/365
I sold a bedroom wardrobe - well gave it away really as I just wanted rid - so in such cases I have no choice but to offer collection from my home (even though I still get delivery requests!). But generally I get people to meet me at the closest station - not only is it covered by CCTV, but when a buyer purchases something, I'm happy to stay with them while they open and test etc so they are completely happy (I have nothing to hide and am honest with descriptions), but some automatically feel like they have a 10 year guarantee with the item. I don't want anyone knocking on my door due to an item I sold a year ago!
I once sold an external RAID drive for around £1.5k.
Had no choice but to let the buyer round as I wanted him to connect his own laptop to it and test etc beforehand. I actually insisted he do this as I didn't want him to take it and then say something was wrong etc.
The guy ended up coming 2 hours late and staying in my house for 3 hours!!! It seemed he had a mental issue, as he told me his life story, how he regularly got in trouble with the police, and so on. It was actually rather frightening.
It was at this point I stopped inviting people into the house for collections.
When I sell an item I always try to insist the buyer opens the package and checks/tests the item in front of me (unless its a gift purchase of course). That way we know everything works fine and both parties are happy.