I find lengthy discussion about this or that eBay
seller's honesty frustrating and depressing. Let me say upfront I've been buying on eBay
for more than fifteen years and in that time I've found very few sellers who were anything other than helpful and pleasant and who gave great service. Of course there are rip off merchants - there are in every walk of life but please lets not go round looking for them
I regularly buy from a seller who has actually been absolutely slated on a very long and tedious thread on "the board down under" and have always found their lots to be exactly as described and to go for what I expect them to go for. Pages and pages of my collection have been filled with stuff I was very pleased to buy from them, because I go to stamp fairs and look at what other people on eBay
are offering and the same material is going for far more money
Of course there are chancers, my particular dislike are the guys who charge a fortune for postage and when the packet arrives it's sent for a fraction of that with stamps that have obviously either been used before or are unwanted mint stock. And there are the odd people out there who make a pile of garbage look like a really good deal.
But there are also 99% of people I've dealt with who want you to be happy and after your repeat business and I regularly buy from them when I find them. Without going to the trouble of giving you backs and fronts and several pictures of the same cheap stamps quite a lot of sellers give good clear pictures of everything you're going to get. I bid cheap, and I use an app so my bid is put on at the last minute. I win about half my "cheeky bids" and some of what arrives is very pleasing.
The other day I got a couple of lovely albums of French stamps for a song - not loads of stamps, and those that were there are mainly mid-period and pretty common but somebody had lovingly made pages by hand and they look so great I'm going to keep them and try to fill in the spaces. To buy one of the albums new would have cost more than I paid for these two albums and a whole load of off paper kiloware from the same seller.
The images weren't great - half a dozen or so for two albums - but I put in a cheeky bid and got lucky. Isn't that part of the reason we use eBay
, because sometimes you get lucky? And sometimes you get outbid and that's all part of it too and there's no great conspiracy most of the time.
Sorry, I've gone on a bit. Rant over!