There was someone on the eventing forum who had a similar experience. Ebay found in her favor. You might be able to find the thread with a search.
Do y'all remember the COTH users name? I'm searching for it. I'm definitely not letting this drop. I've requested that the buyer send me a photo of the alleged damage and do it us to get no reply. Probably b/c there is no damage to photograph. Anyway I'm searching the eventing forum but if anyone remembers other details please share. I have a bad feeling this business of trying saddles at the sellers expense is maybe a habit for this girl.
Oh - some advice please - I have the name of the "trainer" and her business phone number at her studio in Upstare NY - should I call her and request a photo of the damage? The buyer has written that the trainer said the saddle was completely unsafe. Probably not a good idea but I sort of want to just call this all out into the real world as opposed to cyber world.
I think this was the eventing thread: http://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/sh...highlight=ebay
So if ebay doesn't allow sellers to rate buyers, how come we buyers have ratings? Sellers rate us as we rate them on each purchase.
I've bought 5 saddles off of ebay over the years. One from the UK, one from Germany, one from FL and one from California, all high end saddles. The fifth saddle was a moderately priced german saddle that I bought from a seller here in GA. I've bought high end bridles from France and from NY state and from Maryland & CA as well as other tack from all over the USA and the UK. All the buyers correctly & honestly described tack, and those who weren't horse people responded to my questions about the tack, when I explained what I was asking to them. All showed any defects and all were honest seller.
I bought one saddle consigned to a tack store in SC. I think the fee to the seller was something like 45% of the sales price. I also bought 2 saddles out of the Georgia Agricultural Market Bulletin, but I drove up to Madison to look at them before buying. And I bought one high end saddle from the ads in Coth Mag. The seller lived in Jax, and I worked down to the border, so we met and exchanged saddle for money on 95. I bet that looked like a dope deal with thousands of dollars in cash being handed over for a big brown item.
As long as people check the buyer's rating and feedback, as we buyers should check the seller's rating and feedback, and ask questions about tack, things should work out. There will always be scammers everywhere. Both paypal and ebay have been great on the few things, non-horse items, that I did not receive from the sellers.
I have been a seller/buyer on eBay since forever. I've even purchased saddles from German eBay and NEVER had a bad situation. I have 100s of (+) feedback - not one negative. If this buyer had chosen to communicate with me beforehand, she wouldn't have bought this saddle b/c I wouldn't have sent it on trial. If she had communicated with me after the saddle didn't fit her very wide paint horse instead of lying and filing a case, I probably would have been just fine with refunding her purchase price less the shipping and eBay fee.
I was honest to a fault with this saddle sale. Everyone involved knows it; buyer refuses to present any evidence of her claim. Honesty apparently isn't worth much these days. :( Looks like eBay will lose an honest seller...not that I did much on there...but I was one of the honest ones.
A buyer can give a seller positive, neutral, or negative feedback. Or none.
The lengths dishonest people will go to on eBay is astounding. I bought a blue iPhone 5 Otterbox from a commercial seller. As soon as I paid, I mean the VERY SECOND, the seller withdrew the listing. When the package arrived, it was an Otterbox alright-- a green one that fit an iPhone 4. I couldn't leave the seller negative feedback because you can't leave feedback on a removed listing. Very very sneaky/clever and now that I watch that seller-- it's what s/he ALWAYS does to avoid getting negged for sending out defective/incorrect merchandise.
vxf111 - This is exactly why I wish I could out this woman in Upstate New York. I wish people would know how she - a small business owner - operates. I have a feeling this ain't her first rodeo either.
Let me just say as much as I LOVE fish & rice, if I were in Poughkeepsie [sic], I wouldn't be dining at her establishment not matter how great the food... It IS about the principle...I try not to do any sort of business with dishonest, sneaky people. The end.
Seriously... I'm basically done with eBay.
Only looky look... back in the days when sellers COULD leave negative feedback, she was bidding on items, winning, and not paying....
So she's been doing this bid, win, no pay, no communication deal since 2002 on TWO DIFFERENT USERNAMES and eBay's done nothing to terminate her account. Nice.
The powerseller who knows how to take listings down before sending out incorrect merchandise is "axsecure51z1." Doesn't look like eBay has done a thing to him... he's still got plenty of electronics etc. listed...