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February 10, 2004

1973sdnative Is a Non Paying Bidder!

So I decided to take the plunge into the world of selling stuff on eBay. My first auction was for a limited edition MAC eyeshadow palette. It sold on Sunday night for $53.

On Tuesday morning, I got this email from the winning bidder, 1973sdnative:

To: highwaygirl98@yahoo.com
From: cnojeda@yahoo.com
Subject: Question for seller -- Item #2984463409
Date: Mon, 09 Feb 2004 23:28:02 PST

Thank you for the opportunity to bid on your item. However I won the same thing about $10 cheaper from someone else about a day after I won yours. :( I'm sorry.

Yes, sorry. Well, SHE WILL BE.

So I wrote her back and told her that if she wasn't going to pay, I would offer the palette to the next high bidder, but would also have to file a Non Paying Bidder complaint against her in order to get my selling fees back.

And she responds with this:

Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2004 07:08:39 -0800 (PST)
From: "C;o))ette"
Subject: Re: Question for seller -- Item #2984463409
To: "Highwaygirl"

Well that's just mean. And I'm assuming you will file a Non-Paying Bidder complaint against her as well if she decides she doesn't want it either...and so on and so on? That's fine, you do what you gotta do. I will just add my reason to not purchasing the item to the complaint. There are two sides to every story. I'm sorry you're mad about it.

Heh! So then I replied with this:

Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2004 08:41:42 -0800 (PST)
From: "Highwaygirl"
Subject: Re: Question for seller -- Item #2984463409
To: "C;o))ette"

I'm not mad about it, but I shouldn't have to lose
money because you changed your mind after the fact.
EBay charges me a percentage fee based on the Final
Selling Value of the item. I get charged that fee
whether you pay me or not.

If you have any questions you should look at eBay's
Terms of Service. You bid on my auction. You won my
auction. You might have changed your mind, but you're
still on the hook as the winning bidder. I can't
force you to pay, of course, but eBay gives me the
right to get my fees back.

As for filing the same complaint against my second
highest bidder if SHE doesn't pay as well - if that's
what happens, then yes. EBay is pretty strict when it
comes to people bidding on items and then not paying
when they win.

Just so you know, in case you decide to do this to
more sellers - if you get three Non-Paying Bidder
complaints against you, eBay will delete your account.
According to eBay it really doesn't matter *what*
your side is or *why* you changed your mind. And
honestly, "I won another auction for less" isn't an
excuse that is going to fly with anyone.

I have to wait three days after the end of the auction
to file the complaint against you, so you'll get it
then. I'll leave feedback for you then as well.


Now, understand, at this point I know it is for the best that I don't have to actually send a pricey item to this mental midget. Then, I get this email from her:

Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2004 09:16:41 -0800 (PST)
From: "C;o))ette"
Subject: Re: Question for seller -- Item #2984463409
To: "Highwaygirl"

Like I said, do what you gotta do HighwayGirl. Whatever makes you feel better and takes away your bitterness.

Muahahahahaha! This is getting interesting...

Posted by Highwaygirl on February 10, 2004 08:45 PM to the category Randomness

Holy shit, this girl is batshit crazy. And not batshit crazy in a good way, either.

And speaking of theft, I'm going to name my next band Mental Midget.

Posted by: rappy at February 10, 2004 08:56 PM

Your notes to her were right on point. I think she's the one who is on the bitter and mean side, and VERY immature.

Its too bad this happened to you on your first sale. I hope you follow through on the complaint because this person needs the reality check.

Posted by: lifeonhold at February 11, 2004 09:17 AM

Ugh she is wacko.
Does she not understand e-bay is an auction? She cannot hedge her bets by bidding on other items & then backing out!

Posted by: mike at February 11, 2004 08:48 PM

So not cool. You should send a band of mental midgets to her house to beat her up. I hope the "sd" in her name means South Dakota, not San Diego. I would hate to share a city with a bitter, welching meanie. Sic the EBay gods on her! Grrr...

Posted by: Mandy at February 12, 2004 04:32 PM
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