Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Driving Again

Thanks for all the kind words, y'all! I had my dad take my car in yesterday AM (because there is just a different price if a boy takes it in vs a girl ... or this girl anyway) and I got it back today. The thingy that fell off actually wasn't super important. So that's fabu. But my car will need to be inspected in the fall and they noticed the "Check Engine" light was on and that needed to be fixed. (And also general tune up and oil and such that I never got taken care of a month ago because I don't like doing car stuff.) Good golly that was expensive as all get out! Now the thing is, that light has been on since I bought the car in 2002. It went off for a short period of time, I can only assume my father had the car people fix it, and then it came back on again. My father insists this is not the case- that the light was not on for a long time as I claim. I'm like, until a few years ago you and I didn't even live in the same state, Dad. How the heck would he know and why on Earth would I fib on such a dumb topic? Whatever, it's fixed now. And Gracie (that's my car's name- yes, I name inanimate objects!) is happy as a clam.

Not that this was my goal but her price to get fixed (you know, to fix something that never bothered me in the first place) was about the same amount that I made selling my old stuff on eBay. So I guess that worked out. Would have been more fun to buy a fun new fall wardrobe item and a pair of Revas. But I am so happy that I was only without a car for one full day. That is a serious relief!

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Oh, so I never updated y'all on my eBay situation. I didn't mention this earlier because I didn't want to jinx my luck. But you know how they refuse to let me sell my Kate Spade bag? Well what I didn't say was that I had another Kate Spade bag for sale, as well as a Coach and Dooney too. All of those sold just peachy. They were all posted within minutes of each other. And all three buyers gave me very nice feedback comments. I am still going back and forth with eBay and they are being very jerky, if I am being honest with y'all. Still refuse to tell me why it was taken down. Continue to give me different reasons/comments each time. And continue to tell me "we don't judge the items" and then attach a link about how eBay will take down illegal and counterfeit items. Which quite frankly, only serves to tick me off further and make me more determined to get a gosh darn "I'm sorry" from the company. I'm sure they don't care about me. They've made that quite clear. But it is just a thorn in my darn side and I am less and less inclined to pretend it didn't happen. I am nothing if not patient and persistent, eBay!

Also on the ebay topic, I have a question for the seasoned sellers out there. Of all the things I sold, everyone has paid within a day or two and I of course shipped right away. Except one person. They bought something from me a full eight days ago. I sent them an invoice via Paypal as a reminder and then two notes via eBay. I've been very nice in all my notes, thinking perhaps they were OOT and forgot. But what do I do now, more than a week later? I don't want to be mean and leave negative feedback. I just want the person to pay and I will happily ship ASAP. Do I go about this another way? Do I contact eBay (because you know they love me so much at the moment!)? Do I wait a few more days? What do y'all do when this happens? I mean, everyone else has been so nice to work with. There was even this sweet woman who didn't end up buying anything from me but she told me the neatest story and I told her about our preppy blogs. Hi new friend, if you are reading! See, nice people! You know, except for the buyer who is ignoring me altogether at the moment. Hmph....

10 comments:

Kimberly said...

eBay is dead to me, its just too frustrating!

Jane said...

When it's been over I think 7 or so days, you can file a "non payment" claim dispute. Ebay will then notify the buyer that payment is due & if after x amount of days - they still don't pay, then you basically cancel the sell & are not charged any fee's from Ebay (since your item did not sell). However, you get the option to offer the item to the next highest bidder for their last bid amount. If they accept, then of course ebay will charge you the seller fee's like usual.

Don't wait any longer for the seller to contact you - it's been long enough - start a non payment dispute sooner rather than later!

Buford Betty said...

I asked the hub about this... he said if you've tried to contact them to no avail, go ahead and file an unpaid item claim (or whatever they call it) with Ebay and Ebay will then contact the buyer. And per the hub, Ebay will "get up their ass like a bicycle without a seat."

Buford Betty said...

Oh and if that doesn't work, the hub will personally get up their ass. His words, not mine.

Buford Betty said...

Because nobody puts KK in the corner. (per the hub)

Gracie Beth said...

My car's name is Yolanda, it is an inside joke but that is it's name.

Sarah Ann said...

Maybe the buyer just hasn't checked the account? I've done that before where I've bid on something, completely forgot and won and then didn't check it for awhile. Luckily I never had a problem with the sellers. It could have just slipped their mind!

Preppy in Pink said...

Definately file the unpaid buyer dispute so you don't have to pay Ebay fees for an item that wasn't paid for.Go to my ebay, get to sold listings under that transaction row go to actions colmn and choose dispute resolution. Be sure to choose unpaid item rather than buyer has not responded. Good Luck

MiMi Magnolia said...

Unfortunately I've had the non-paying customer on Ebay, as well as the "pulling" of my items to sell! For the non-paying customer, I gave them 2 weeks then started the dispute. For my item that was pulled, they informed me that using the word "Hot" is a tip off to fake or stolen goods. Goodness- I was using the word more in the "These shoes are hot!" context. I re-listed without the word "Hot" and had no problems. Maybe you used a flagged word or statement inadvertently, as I did?

Nikki Cogg said...

I usually put on my listing that payment must be recieved within 3 days (or 5) or a non-paying bidder claim will be filed. They are agreeing with this when they place their bid. You can file the claim with ebay and/or do a "second chance offer" with the next highest bidder. That way, you still get some money. You should never have to wait longer than a week to get paid! If the person forgot, then that is their fault. If they forget to pay their credit card bill, they're penalized, why should you be any different? Ebay will refund your seller fees but then they'll charge you the normal fee if your "second chance offer" is accepted. Hope this helps and good luck! I've had my fair share of bad buyers (as well as sellers, it's just par for the course) and ebay is usually pretty good about making sure I get my money refunded if necessary. I don't like how they're treating you regarding your KS bag, though!! Can you re-list it and take different photos to show it's authenticity a little better? I've seen sooooo many fake bags sell, it just kills me when they take down the authentic ones!

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