eBay Tales

This morning the first job of the day was to cancel the bids on 20 of the silver stamp ingots. The bidder claims that his child got into the account and put the bids on. It’s more likely that he he bid himself and then decided he didn’t want them but you can’t prove it so we cancelled all the bids. He really should have paid us for the time taken in cancelling them.

Then we had a note from someone wanting to send a Lego set back. He’d paid around £150 for a complete 1960’s LEGO set, winning it against stiff competition and now claims the box is a reproduction. This isn’t as unlikely as it sounds as there are some repro toy boxes about, though mainly for Dinky toys, which are quite small and plain.

However, this set belonged to a man as old as I am. He had it from new, looked after it and recently decided to sell it. We’ve dealt with him and his father with coins for probably 30 years. It’s genuine and there’s absolutely no question about it.

This, as sometimes happens, is a case of buyer’s remorse. Again, it’s a well known phenomenon in eBay circles. You get locked in a bidding war, you pay too much, and, protected by eBay rules, you decide to send it back even though there is nothing wrong with the item.

I understand it. Even after 30 years and hundreds of auctions I still sometimes worry I paid too much, and don’t always enjoy my purchases. What I don’t do is send it back. My decision, my problem. The vendor or auctioneer is not to blame for my poor decision. Unfortunately, in modern times, it’s the fashion to cry over spilt milk and to try to evade your responsibilities.

After that, things could only get better, and for once, they did.

These three pictures are from a set we posted on eBay – a 1953 crown, a 2003 crown and a silver stamp ingot of a stamp from coronation year. The ’53 was a well designed coin with a face value of 5 shillings, or 25 pence in the modern system. The 2003 crown has a face value of £5, showing how the value of money has declined. So, have design standards. I could have designed that – it doesn’t take much skill to chuck some letters together.  Horses, on the other hand, are quite difficult to do.



11 thoughts on “eBay Tales

  1. Laurie Graves

    That’s an “Interesting” excuse—blaming the bidding on your child. Possible but not probable. Your point is well taken about buyers remorse and how it should be the buyer’s responsibility.

    1. quercuscommunity

      One of the rules of retail is that we pretend to believe the excuses. People who argue lead miserable lives shortened by stress.

      I bought something in auction last week. By the time I’d paid commission, import duty, tax and postage it came to over £300, which was a bit of a psychological barrier, particularly as my bid had been a comfortable sum just over £200. It caused several days of mild regret, but I’m happy now and wrestling with my conscience about whether I can justify bidding at another auction next week.

      I tell you, it’s a sickness. 🙂

    1. quercuscommunity

      I look on it as the electronic version of a settee/sofa/couch – it’s often useful but you do get an accumulation of fluff and ill-defined debris down the back.


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