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Ebay Buyers Wanting To Organise Courier

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hubby is selling some tat on ebay.

He's had two people wanting to organise their own courier. Sounds like a bad idea to me - lots of potential for things being broken/going missing without us having any contract with courier to sort out problems...

Too cynical?

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hubby is selling some tat on ebay.

He's had two people wanting to organise their own courier. Sounds like a bad idea to me - lots of potential for things being broken/going missing without us having any contract with courier to sort out problems...

Too cynical?

Depends what the stuff is, if it is a grand piano and a set of blacksmiths anvils you are selling, sounds reasonable enough.

If it is household implements tell them to get stuffed and read the listing!

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He's offered courier delivery I think - which would be insured and cover him for any losses on the way there. Just had a read - first 10 results all say no don't do it unless it's bank transfer paid.

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Depends what the stuff is, if it is a grand piano and a set of blacksmiths anvils you are selling, sounds reasonable enough.

If it is household implements tell them to get stuffed and read the listing!

How did you know my buying habits? Are you "The Internet"? :o

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He's offered courier delivery I think - which would be insured and cover him for any losses on the way there. Just had a read - first 10 results all say no don't do it unless it's bank transfer paid.

Cash on collection or take a hike.

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Have you only put it on collection?

I would always put a cost for delivery on even if it would mean shipping on a pallet as an auction will make much more. You don't want the aggro of Joe Public on your doorstep trying to knock down the price for some trivial cosmetic blemish.

All delivery options can be sorted online easily these days and you don't want to piss about waiting in for a courier someone else has organised.

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The problem with them collecting is the risk that they'll then tell Ebay/Paypal that you failed to hand over the goods, and you'll get a chargeback (i.e. it'll be your word against theirs, and Ebay/Paypal tends to side with the customer in the absence of hard evidence). Hence the "bank transfer paid" advice you've seen: Paypal cannot grab your money back if the money is transferred directly into a bank account which is not linked to your Paypal account. Ebay/Paypal don't like this, which is why they try every propaganda and coercion trick they can think of to dissuade Ebay users from making payment arrangements that do not involve Paypal, and also use ways to try to persuade you to link a bank account (not just a credit card) to your Paypal account, e.g. telling sellers that you're a higher risk buyer if you don't.

One option is to allow collection if the buyer or courier agrees that you will photograph him/her holding the sold object, with a copy of that day's newspaper visible in the shot.

But I tend to agree with everyone else: unless it's a very bulky and/or heavy object, in which case it's reasonable for the buyer to want to make their own collection arrangements, the only way I would sell is via a tracked delivery method.

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Wasn't your last delivery those 14 broken Bassoons?

We do not speak the name of "Lucky Panda Double Reed Music Emporium" any more! Although I am interested in Centurion Forte's musical farrier business! I do think a horse likes a little Chopin, whilst being shod! :blink:

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It all depends. If sellers want to charge silly money for delivery then arranging collection is a viable option to ask for. If sellers offer well priced delivery, then I doubt many buyers will ask.

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Are you the legendary Bechstein Farrier?

I only have an old upright joanna for donkeys, as I am a rotten snob! :(

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I had this exact problem last night. Put something on with the postage option set as Collection only, even wrote in the advert itself Collection only. Yet 10 minutes later someone bought it and immediately messaged me asking if they could arrange a courier!

Ended up cancelling the transaction which has probably done me a favour as I think the Item I put on there is worth a lot more.

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Yeah he's had another few including one person who managed to email twice in five minutes - obviously not native English speaker from the gibberish. Although they might have been using text speak..

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