Wednesday, 23 December 2009

christmas cheer

I bought a fire guard for a fiver off eBay a couple of weeks ago and for various reasons haven't been able to go and collect it. I've kept in touch with the seller and today I paid her by paypal as a mark of good faith and told her that I wasn't going to be able to get over this afternoon as we had tentatively arranged, because of the icy roads.

She has sent me back a message via eBay saying that she didn't want paying by paypal (which wasn't stated in the auction) and that she was offering it for sale, not sale and storage. And that the roads weren't icy as she had been out; and that she needed it picking up tomorrow.

I've just sent her a message back telling her to relist it, as I can't be bothered at the moment to deal with people who are unpleasant. Should I negative feed-back her, explaining what happened in the comment? Or neutral? Or not bother feed-backing her at all? I'm not bothering to ask for my money back - I can't be doing with the hassle.

Thoughts, please? I do a lot on eBay and I'm not sure it deserves a negative. But it was nasty.


  1. I don't know that a negative is necessary, but I'd certainly be neutral and explain the situation in the comment. It's ridiculous to say the roads aren't icy - every single road is different (where I live we can't get the car off the drive and up the hill) and while she may live on a gritted main road some of us will be lucky to get out by Xmas Day.

  2. Hmmm, the code of conduect on e-bay states that if you don't want paid my paypal then you have to specify in the advert. If you change it after the sale is agreed then you are in breach of the contract. So, you can either leave a neutral comment or contact e-bay to have the sale voided.

    Hope that's helps

    C x

  3. Hello!

    Suggest you tell them to chop said fireguard up then insert up nose, piece by piece.

    We have a fireguard if you're interested; big copper-coloured thing. You can adjust it but we as we wanted to put it inside our fireplace, not in front of it, it didn't fit. If you want something to go in front of the fire it'd probably be ideal.

  4. Yeah, I think I might go the neutral route. She has now become very conciliatory and said that she will keep it for as long as I need her to; so I'm in a cleft stick really. I just can't be bothered with other people's being passive aggressive atm!

    Quercus, yes please, that would be fantastic. Perhaps if we manage to meet up for walk-and-cake at some point we could swap?