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Old 02-17-2017, 01:18 PM   #1
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After the buy scam - Sharing an experience...

You sell something, buyer pays fast, usually via Paypal or online.
And you send it. Tracking shows everything arrived ok.

However, a day later, the buyer contacts you to say the item shows damage or doesn't work right.
BUT they don't want to send it back for a refund, they instead ask for a partial refund...


I've noticed this on a few online transactions lately.
The first time I was yeah, ok, sorry about that. But I've had a few eBay and private transactions go this way.

So protect yourself, photograph ALL angles of your item. And opt for shipping insurance, that should cover damage. If they claim damage, it can be re-referred to the Post Office or UPS.

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Thanks for everyone's input. What it really boils down to is that people out there can be REALLY dishonest about their buying behavior.

As an honest seller, you do everything you can to assure everything is described as is, photos taken, shipping tracked and insured... because it's how you would want someone to take care of something you bought.

But to only have the buyer screw you in some manner... partial refund requests, lying about damage, damaging the product intentionally to get a refund, etc. It kind of kills the experience.

Just sharing as I love selling/buying Star Wars and cars stuff and the last 3 experiences that involved other "enthusiasts" just makes the community suffer overall.

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This isn't always a scam.


I have bought some things that didn't quite come in as clean as they were advertised but at the same time it was an item I could use and considered worth keeping. In that instance a partial refund is the way to go for both parties.
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Sorry, all items I sell are sold "AS-IS".

Buyer has the option of buying insurance.
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Sorry, all items I sell are sold "AS-IS".

Buyer has the option of buying insurance.
Yup, this is the risk you take purchasing things second hand. If you wanted a perfect object buy it from the store/manufacturer with a warranty or a guarantee.
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You sell something, buyer pays fast, usually via Paypal or online.
And you send it. Tracking shows everything arrived ok.

However, a day later, the buyer contacts you to say the item shows damage or doesn't work right.
BUT they don't want to send it back for a refund, they instead ask for a partial refund...


I've noticed this on a few online transactions lately.
The first time I was yeah, ok, sorry about that. But I've had a few eBay and private transactions go this way.

So protect yourself, photograph ALL angles of your item. That should cover damage.
If they claim damage, it can be re-referred to the Post Office or UPS.
UPS, USPS, FEDEX, etc, will laugh at you if you claim they damaged something and didn't have insurance. They all clearly state damage is not their responsibility.

If you are selling something you should have clear pictures up from a bunch of angles, and like was just stated make sure everyone knows you aren't a store and there is no guarantee whatsoever.
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This isn't always a scam.


I have bought some things that didn't quite come in as clean as they were advertised but at the same time it was an item I could use and considered worth keeping. In that instance a partial refund is the way to go for both parties.

I suspect normally you would be happy to send pics of the damage to the seller to show "hey its damaged, I don't mind keeping it but would like a bit more $$$ off". From what the OP is saying that the communication only gets to the point of "hey its broken give me more money off" with no further info. It's always nice to put a small comment about "Selling As-Is" with all the informative information / pics.
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UPS, USPS, FEDEX, etc, will laugh at you if you claim they damaged something and didn't have insurance. They all clearly state damage is not their responsibility.

If you are selling something you should have clear pictures up from a bunch of angles, and like was just stated make sure everyone knows you aren't a store and there is no guarantee whatsoever.
This is 100% correct, we had computer hardware shipped from Dell to our vendor, the vendor then sent it to us but forgot to add insurance, when the system showed up it looked like a giant metal paperweight (I assume it was dropped via a forklift since the pallet had a ton of damage), the vendor ate the 10k product cost since they forgot insurance. Even with freight its the same thing.
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I suspect normally you would be happy to send pics of the damage to the seller to show "hey its damaged, I don't mind keeping it but would like a bit more $$$ off". From what the OP is saying that the communication only gets to the point of "hey its broken give me more money off" with no further info. It's always nice to put a small comment about "Selling As-Is" with all the informative information / pics.
Of course! That would be the correct way to approach the issue.

As - is doesn't stand with the ebay / paypal conglomorate. They make it much too easy for buyers to potentially tie up your accounts now. No returns accepted is not really a thing anymore, lol.
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UPS, USPS, FEDEX, etc, will laugh at you if you claim they damaged something and didn't have insurance. They all clearly state damage is not their responsibility.

If you are selling something you should have clear pictures up from a bunch of angles, and like was just stated make sure everyone knows you aren't a store and there is no guarantee whatsoever.
The USPS will laugh at you even if you had insurance
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The USPS will laugh at you even if you had insurance
I'm about to purchase blanket coverage for all our inbound/outbound shipments at work via UPS Capital Insurance.

$0.10 per $100 valuation, and it covers every bonded carrier to/from our location/customers, and much MUCH easier to file claims than with the carrier.

Carrier insurance has a major drawback: they have to prove that they are at fault. This takes time and often it is a matter of "should I reimburse/replace items for customer, or should I wait for claim to be finished..." and this pisses off many customers.

I'm moving to this setup so I can 1) have payout within 7 days, and 2) can decide if I want to replace or refund customer within 24-48 hours.

Plus, the insurance blanket covers trade shows, used goods, and all of my ocean/air inbound shipments.

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I'm about to purchase blanket coverage for all our inbound/outbound shipments at work via UPS Capital Insurance.

$0.10 per $100 valuation, and it covers every bonded carrier to/from our location/customers, and much MUCH easier to file claims than with the carrier.

Carrier insurance has a major drawback: they have to prove that they are at fault. This takes time and often it is a matter of "should I reimburse/replace items for customer, or should I wait for claim to be finished..." and this pisses off many customers.

I'm moving to this setup so I can 1) have payout within 7 days, and 2) can decide if I want to replace or refund customer within 24-48 hours.

Plus, the insurance blanket covers trade shows, used goods, and all of my ocean/air inbound shipments.

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Sounds way easier than trying to work through USPS's claim process. First they make you wait something like 14 business days, make you file a search request (That only results in just about daily spammed email messages stating no package found - my package was stolen at my doorstep or delivered to the wrong box, but should've been left in my locked box and was left in my locked mailbox per the tracking info.)

My claim was denied because the tracking info says delivered... its going on 3 months waiting for a response on my appeal.
Fortunately the merchandise was only $75, but to have had to pay $150 and wait over a month for my product that I paid 2 day shipping on is ridiculous. After I paid to have the product shipped twice their insurance payout would only equate to about $30

Sorry for the whiny rant. I'm still a little salty thanks to my daily automated emails from them stating my package hasn't been found.

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None of it is easy, especially if something is lost. The supervisor at the post office should be able to figure out where it went, but if it has been that long there probably is no hope.
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None of it is easy, especially if something is lost. The supervisor at the post office should be able to figure out where it went, but if it has been that long there probably is no hope.
Oh I'm 100% sure it was either delivered to the wrong address or stolen due to the fact that we have a certain group of youngsters that like to walk through our neighborhood and check for unlocked cars etc and this was supposed to be delivered around the holidays. I just want the insurance payout. okay I promise no more ranting lol
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I flat out refuse to use USPS ever again. They lost an item I ordered a couple years back that wasn't expensive enough to be insured. As far as I know, it is still in transit according to the tracking site. I called and they opened an "investigation" and were supposed to keep me notified. I called back a couple months later when I hadn't heard anything and they were still conducting their "investigation". Pure incompetence. I get if someone stole it off the porch after delivery or if I chose to not insure something and it shows up damaged, but a shipper should be footing the bill if they can't even manage to deliver the item to its destination.


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Of course! That would be the correct way to approach the issue.

As - is doesn't stand with the ebay / paypal conglomorate. They make it much too easy for buyers to potentially tie up your accounts now. No returns accepted is not really a thing anymore, lol.


I won't use ebay anymore because they are so seller unfriendly. My brother sold a guitar effects pedal for a great price and the jerk who bought it claimed it wasn't working. The guy didn't even attempt to contact the seller to sort things out first, and he only found out about it having gotten an auto-notification from ebay/paypal and a very quick followup that they had ruled in the seller's favor without even asking for any further evidence. My bro had to pay return shipping to even get it back, only to unbox the thing and find it in perfect shape and working condition. We both concluded that jackass had either used it for a show with the intent of never keeping it, or changed his mind, and didn't even have the integrity to "rent" it by way of paying return shipping. After that, never again.


Fast forward a few years and I protect myself with pictures beforehand, including screenshots of having sent the same detailed pictures to the buyer prior to money changing hands. Insurance is mandatory since it is so cheap and I just tack it on to the shipping costs. I haven't had a problem with paypal since. I also haven't sold on ebay since, so there's that.
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