Since my post of 14th July, I have actually sold 35 lots (collectables NOT stamps) on eBay
. I have been de-cluttering. As a rule, I dont like eBay
because at times the interaction between sellers and buyers CAN produce Greed.
To some Greed is part of Life. ...a throwback to the 1980s when somebody allegedly said that "Greed is Good".
Some sellers can be greedy. Some buyers can be greedy. Some are even proud of it. Some people have difficulty recognising greed.
So I keep a check on myself that my natural instinct to become a millionaire is not undermined by me taking shortcuts.
As a general rule I charge a (low) fixed amount for postage and then pay £1 more for Tracking. And while I am happy enough to take a hit of £1 per lot sold (and more than happy to combine postage), I get the peace of mind that an item can be tracked and that I have not ripped off the buyer.
But an odd thing happened at the beginning of this week.
During the course of the evening, a buyer bought three lots. Hooray.
I went to the post office, had his items weighed, combined postage meant that all three of the lots could be posted for the same as one lot.
Great news. Everyone is a winner?
After all postage would only cost him £3.10 and cost me £4.10.
To my surprise the Buyer was not entirely happy.
He is interested in more items that I have for sale. Could I refrain from posting until he had possibly bought more items. I should point out as I did to him that this meant re-packaging in a bigger envelope.
He has not contacted me since.
Much as I am enjoying this unusual foray into the world of capitalism, I think he is being just a tad greedy. My response I ended the listings of all items that I had in the "Buy it Now" sales...theres nothing here now. And I ended the listing for all items in auction with the exception for those that have had bids...four in all. The four auction sales will be sold in three days time. Its quite possible that the Buyer will have bid on one or more items. He might even "win" and I will do my best to facilitate him in terms of postage.
I am also happy to cancel his order if he doesnt follow thru on items he has agreed to buy.
As always I look for minimal hassle. When the four items are sold, then the items I de-listed will go back on eBay
. The one crucial difference is that the greedy buyer wont see the new listing. He will be discretely blocked.
And as the original question asked "Am I Losing Faith in eBay
?", the answer is that in this matter, I actually have faith in a system which allows me to minimise "hassle".