Dear eBay Queen:
I’m on a Facebook Swap group. A woman was selling a doll on there, I made her an offer, she agreed, so I bought it. I brought the doll home and it took me a couple of weeks, but after I researched it, I found out the doll was worth quite a bit of money. I sold it last week, and the lady that I bought the doll from on the swap group somehow found me on eBay! She sent me a message calling me out on it!
“Hi, I was browsing eBay and I see the doll you bought from me out in front of Dollar General is now the one you sold for $385.00 MORE than what I sold it to you for! How do you sleep at night? You are a disgrace to humans! I will make sure you get kicked off of the Swap group. What makes you think you can do something like this? I believe you owe me half of the profit. My address is: (removed.) I think a check should be showing up at my house soon.”
How the heck did she find my doll out of the billions of other dolls? What should I do, and how should I answer her? Seriously, the nerve of some people!
Whoa! You said it! The nerve of some people! Some people might say to not respond to her. I most likely would with this message:
“Hi! Thank you so much for contacting me. I purchased your item at the price you asked, I didn’t haggle with you. I researched it, cleaned it, soaked the clothes in oxyclean, wrote up the listing, answered the questions, packaged it and sent it to the buyer. Since I bought it, it was mine to sell, set on fire, or give away, because it is *mine*. Please do not message me again here on eBay, or on the Facebook Swap group. “
She put the doll up for sale on the Facebook group page for whatever price she wanted and thought was fair. You came along and made the decision to purchase it for her asking price. What you do with the doll from that point forward is your business and yours alone. If she is upset because you came to the realization in doing research that the doll was worth more than what you paid, that is HER fault and not yours. Next time, maybe she will do better research herself before setting the selling price. To me, it is no different than buying an item from a seller on eBay and then turning around and listing it for a higher price. If I am the winning bidder and do a BIN, upon completion of my payment the item now belongs to me and I am free to do with it what I choose. The term for this is called arbitrage, and it’s not illegal. She’s just angry she didn’t do what you did.
Unless you advertise your eBay ID, the only way she could have found your user name is to look under advanced search, search by location, and then choose how many miles from your location you want to search. Over the years, I’ve looked sellers up this way to see what other people in my area were selling. I have also used it to see if someone had an item that I wanted that is normally too heavy to ship. If they are close, I can drive to pick it up. I have a friend that uses it to see what others are buying at thrift stores in the area.
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