05/15/2018 at 6:11 am #39941
I appreciate every person who is interested in my items. Sometimes, they make me laugh. I can’t and don’t answer many of them. Just going to put these here:
“Will this fit me snugly in the hips? Or can I cross-country ski comfortably?”
“Does it make a swishing sound when you wear it? If so, how loud is it?”
“Will this jacket hurt my armpits or ride up?”
“Exactly how deep is the chip on this Kobenstyle bowl? Deeper than .008 mm?”
“Do the curlers heat up properly and hot enough to use to curl my hair even when using the mist setting? Does it require tap or distilled water?”
“How much will this purse sag when carried on my shoulder? Can you send me a photo of someone about my size wearing it?”
“Is the tan the old lightish tan color or the original tan color?”
“I’ll pay you $50 including shipping (about a $3 discount).” Me: “OK”. Sends offer. Person: “Husband now says I am only allowed to spend $45” Me: Blocks person. Person, 10x over next 2 days, “I’ll pay $50 NOW. RIGHT NOW.” Changes user name but magically a new buyer from same tiny Texas town offers $45. NO. Then third buyer also from Texas buys it for full price.
“When looking at the purse it looks like it is in good condition is there any other places that the picture wouldn’t show that I can see that you can send me thank you for answering me back I appreciate it”
Reason for return of boots: “Feet got too sweaty. Not good for my athlete’s foot.”
What’s your favorite note from a buyer?
05/15/2018 at 7:21 am #39944
- Location: Virginia
These are all great examples of the kind of questions we get every week. Like you said, these are questions we cant really answer because they’re subjective..so we also don’t answer them.
05/15/2018 at 9:19 am #39951
Those are hilarious. I especially like the one badgering you and changing her id. Good eye on your part. Last week I had someone ask for the measurements on a skirt. I provide waist and length. They asked for waist, hip, (how do you even measure that on a full skirt??) length and measure the width of the bottom. One minute later they wanted a picture of the tag confirming it was indeed silk/linen blend like I said. Blocked.
Then there was the person that wanted a picture of me wearing a pair of size 11 penny loafers and pushing down the brake pedal to show her husband they were good driving shoes. (She had just broken her ankle.) They were way too big for me and I wouldn’t do that anyway but guess what this person has sold in the last year? 12 pairs of size 11 penny loafers… Yeah Blocked.
05/15/2018 at 9:37 am #39955
- Location: Texas
My funniest was also my bad.
“I didn’t get what I ordered. The one you sent me is a plain background and I wanted the one with the funky background.”
The photo with the “funky background” had my reflection in it. Brain fart moment that it was the primary photo in the listing! 😀
05/15/2018 at 11:56 am #39980
- Location: Southern California
Is this ($50 vintage cartoon sheet) suitable for making a dress? Actually ended up being a good sale and she was very happy with it.
My favorite (not) is the occasional outraged emails I get for RA listings. I don’t want to buy anything from you, but I”m reaching out to tell you that I remember when one could get this at the store for $x price. Alternatively, I want to buy that discontinued item but I want to pay the old retailer sale price. How dare you price it that high! I always want to volunteer that they should have bought it back then or should buy it now while it’s on sale, but I just don’t answer anymore if they are not looking to buy anything.
05/15/2018 at 1:41 pm #39998
My current “favorite” is
“Thank you so much baby”
He also called me “love”, which wasn’t quite so bad, and I did make a good sale, but still….
05/15/2018 at 1:43 pm #39999
Oh wait, I almost forgot this other crazy one. In my very first INAD return, the reason was “the buttons are weak”. And no, the buttons did not easily break or anything like that.
05/16/2018 at 1:14 pm #40090
Retro Treasures WVParticipant
I always reply to these politely explaining I cannot answer subjective questions.
Boy how I want to reply with the real words swirling through my “jerk brain” at the time though. Lol!
05/16/2018 at 2:02 pm #40095
- Location: Kansas City
I have a women’s leather trench coat for sale. Someone asked for a picture of it being worn while sitting in the car.
I also seem to get frequent questions asking me to rate the condition of an item using a 1 to 10 scale. Ummm… No. Look at the 12 generous pictures I have provided covering every angle and come to your own conclusion.
05/16/2018 at 2:14 pm #40097
- Location: Virginia
anyone asking to see an item worn in a very specific way is most certainly a fetish-ist. we just ignore.
05/16/2018 at 7:09 pm #40118
“Will *item designed for one specific purpose* hold up well if used for *purpose other than what the item was designed for*?”
“Your item is just ok. I doubt it will meet my needs. In fact, I know it won’t make me happy or really do what I want. Due to my future unhappiness, I will only offer you 10% of your asking price. I am doing you a huuuuuuuuuuuuuuge favor in buying it since it doesn’t meet my needs. You should be grateful! Remember, buying this is super inconvenient for me, and your price needs to reflect that!”
“I have been selling on ebay for 8 billion years and I know you are ripping off buyers by charging so much for shipping! I regularly mail 10 foot long canoes that weigh 200 lbs for 6 bucks! There is no way that a 2 lb ashtray costs $9 to mail. When you come down to earth, do us a favor and charge fair shipping! Then I might consider buying your item!!”
“I bought this mug because it looked like my dead cat. But the eyes are wrong. They are WRONG! So I painted the eyes to match my dead cat’s eyes, and but it still looked WRONG! I threw the mug away and I want to know if you have any other mugs that look like the other mug, but with eyes that look like my dead cat’s eyes. I hated that other mug because the eyes are WRONG! Can you go find a mug for me that looks like my dead cat? I really need one, but don’t mail me one that looks like that other mug, because it’s WRONG!!!”
I love people 😀
05/16/2018 at 7:24 pm #40119
- Location: Texas
Liz, I think you get the prize for the weirdest one! 😀
05/16/2018 at 7:40 pm #40121
Yes, Liz’s messages really take the cake.
I think I needed to see those right at this moment, b/c my buttons were being pushed by someone purchasing an item, then immediately sending me a message afterwards saying only “I want a picture of a button.” No please, no reason, no acknowledgement that the listing has many photos that show the shirt’s snaps (it actually has no buttons), nothing. Usually I don’t get too worked up about buyers’ weird messages, but this one got me. So now on to deep breaths. 🙂
05/16/2018 at 9:23 pm #40132
Dead Cat Eyes. Ok that is super funny.
I also had a week of crazytown buyers or wannabe buyers. Down here in Florida the barometric pressure has been off and I know that there have been storms other parts of the country, maybe its making everyone go insane this week.
05/16/2018 at 10:04 pm #40137
I had one guy buy a belt and tell me that he didn’t like it, it was a women’s belt, so he gave it to someone at work, and he wanted a refund. I told him that he had to return it and I would give him a refund. A week or so later, he sent me another email as if he had never sent the first one and said the same sort of thing except that he gave the belt to a homeless person. I gave the same response and asked why his story had changed. He didn’t return it, and eBay wouldn’t take his negative feedback down because it was his opinion.
Someone once asked me if the shipping cost of an item included travel to the moon and back. It was a heavy but not expensive item, and it would have had to travel from one coast to the other. I explained why the cost was so high, but he did not purchase the item.
05/16/2018 at 10:20 pm #40140
So Cal JoeParticipant
I have an item listed on “Offer Up” locally for $20.
Guy offers $15..
I say maybe, when can you be here.
He says “Can you do a drop off? (delivery)”
I say, “Just send an Uber driver over with the money and I’ll give it to him”
“You’re funny.. ha ha” he says.
I’m about to give up on offer up for selling.. It feels a lot like Craigslist now.
05/17/2018 at 1:03 am #40150
The Dead Cat Lady was the only one that has ever concerned me because she was within driving distance of my apartment. She was legit crazy.
05/17/2018 at 12:21 pm #40180
Retro Treasures WVParticipant
I sold a sofa and love seat on craigslist once to “allegedly” an elderly lady. She asked if I could deliver them to her. I really, really wanted these gone and had access to a work truck (free gas and truck use so no cost but time). I agreed because she had a good sob story and I was a young newlywed newbie schmuck seller.
My dad and I delivered to her apartment which was a 30 minute drive. She didn’t bring any help over as she promised, so my dad and I unloaded and brought into her house. Then she asked us to move it around the room until it was in the right spot. Yes, I was a nice guy…too nice.
All this for a $75 living room couch and sofa. So at this point she pays and hands me 4 $20’s. I’m thinking “ah well at least she’s giving me $5 for all the extra effort we put in for her”. As I go to put the money in my wallet she looks at me with a smug smile and says “5 bucks back.” I will never forget the face of that smug b*tch. It is permanently etched into my memory. I can attribute at least 30% – maybe 40% – of my a-holeness to that one experience.
05/17/2018 at 12:30 pm #40184
Retro Treasures: That is awful! All because you were trying to be nice..
05/17/2018 at 12:31 pm #40186
These are so crazy and great!
A lot of the time, if it won’t take me more than a minute to answer the question and it’s objective and reasonable — is this dry clean only? for example — I’ll answer. More than that, no dice. Because 99% of questioners never buy the thing.
My latest is this: “Is the ac adapter cord still Factory twist tied?” I just said, “It appears so” and since it was still on the table behind me, sent him a photo of it.
I bought the thing at Savers. I have no idea whether someone undid the twisty tie between the factory and when I found it on the shelf, but it looked tight and tidy to me.
I figured I’d never hear from him again, but he bought it. And asked for extra cushiony packing. OK – you got it. Thanks for the sale!
I sold something to someone in Saipan this week. First Class to a U.S. territory so it’s going halfway around the world for a few bucks. Amazing. Buyers’ addresses are often so cool. Earlier this year I sold a piece of very tropical printed luggage to a traveling Inuit nurse in a very remote Alaskan village. “Thanks for completing my set!” she wrote. Then I went down the rabbit hole of researching her village and how they function. It was so interesting!
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