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Sunday, 24 February 2013

Missing the Boat?

I sold some radio equipment back in January on eBay to fund my boat buying. I really wanted the money available by March as that's the month when the market gets a glut of boats as its the time harbour dues and mooring fees become payable.

Prices tend to drop thanks to the increased supply of boats and the eagerness of owners to sell before having to pay the considerable sums to moor or store their boat.

Well, I've been given the run-around by the buyer, first bemoaning the fact that I'm over 200 miles away from him (when the item was clearly described as cash on collection), then saying that his shift pattern stopped him picking the equipment up as well. The only weekend day he had free was the 24th and I agreed (unwisely as it turned out) that he could pick the equipment up then. In the meantime, I've had to pay over £60 in ebay fees, so was hoping he'd turn up today. To make sure he turned up, I sent him and email this week reminding him, which unsurprisingly wasn't replied to.

Also unsurprisingly he didn't turn up today.

The thing is it's too late to go through the standard ebay non-paying bidder procedure in the resolution centre, so I've had to fire off an email to ebay to see what the chances are of getting my fees back.

I'm losing faith with ebay as non-paying bidders and non-delivering sellers seem to be on the rise. I'm already involved in a dispute with a seller who hasn't sent an SD card I ordered last month.

So at the moment not only am I without money at the second opportunity of the year to buy a cheap boat (the period just after Christmas is the first), but I'm actually over £60 worse off. Great.


Put in a complaint to ebay and they can't or won't do anything. So that's it; no fees returned, no sanction of a multiple non-paying bidder. I know caveat emptor means buyer beware, but on ebay the opposite is true.
The buyer can be given the run-around, be seriously out of pocket and the buyer doesn't even get their 100 percent rating dented. Caveat venditor.

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