I sold a laptop on ebay on the 27th March for £820. A second hand gaming laptop that I was using while mine was being repaired. Yes I am a complete nerd but I needed a laptop for a month.
A few days after receiving it the buyer points out I incorrectly listed the hard drive size. Its 512gb not the 1TB I had listed. We settle on a partial refund of £60 so he can go buy the bigger size and I consider everything rosie.
I have my cash from my temporary laptop, the buyer has the laptop and ebay have £83 of fees
Fast forward to the 7th of May. The buyer once again contacts me.
"This laptop is stolen" He Cries,
"Dell want it back, give me my money back"
I dutifully call Dell, I've read here about these stolen boats and outboards scams. Knowing that these things go on I had taken a photo of the serial number and other details not on the listing to protect myself.
Dell tell me "this laptop is not stolen, that is a matter for the police. Yes the person has called but we have not requested it to be returned, it's his property"
I speak to the buyer enquiring why he was calling dell. Apparently the touch screen doesn't work.
"its not a touch screen laptop mate, its a Dell XPS with the HD infinity screen" I respond
He ignores this and blurts back, "its not charging and the screen has lost colour on the bottom left corner"
All of this is in email so you know....
Also here is the ebay ad. Screen looks fine to me..... It charged fine, worked perfectly and was sent in a £10 laptop postage box from AMAZON
7 days later again I have an email from paypal, your account is in negative balance. I look it up and there it is, a negative balance of £775. At first I ignored it waiting the details of the case, however pretty soon they start calling me threatening me with the debt collectors. Despite me phoning them everyday for a week, speaking to all departments, supervisors, managers and the dalai llama telling them all the situation. YOU MUST PAY or we may call a debt collection agency.
Whats happened is that the buyer has opened a case with paypal, but screamed wolf to his bank or credit card to seek compensation. I have phoned paypal every week for the last 2 months however all they are saying is "we are awaiting a decision from the buyers bank"
Hang on, how is this other persons bank making the decisions here? Aren't you the people I am dealing with? You have taken the money from me....
No amount of screaming, complaints, emails, telephone calls and investigative work is helping in this matter. No matter how much evidence you have, photos, details, timescales, emails, correspondence and expert opinions you are at the mercy of a ruthless global web company.
Btw, ebay states 30 days for returns and even if you put returns not accepted you can claim up to 180 days on paypal. That's great if your a buyer, not so much for a seller. It basically means people can rape you and keep the goods you sold in good faith.
I am all for second hand sales, Buyer beware. Use your head caveat emptor and all that but when your 800 quid in the red and the hassle doesn't last minutes, hours, even days this has been months its really not worth doing it on ebay!
I'd also like to point out that ebay charges you a percentage on postage and packaging now also, so no matter how many free listings or deals they do they will still take money.
Paypal and Ebay should combine and be called Dickturpin.com. Everybody in this case is quids in apart from me.
Ebay have had my £83 of fees until today as the middle man
Paypal have the money I had to put back into the paypal account
and the poor unfortunate buyer has a claim with his bank and a laptop
I wish I could laugh about this, but its the nail in the coffin for my ebay selling. Scumtree doesn't threaten you with debt collectors