Tagged: Strange Buyer Requests
11/05/2018 at 10:47 am #51204
Got a request to send photographs of a red coat with the model wearing black gloves so that he could see what it looked like.
Er… no…. But I do try to offer good customer service, so I photoshopped a pair of gloves onto one of my photos and sent it. It only took me a couple minutes, and I told the buyer what I did – no misrepresentation.
Why so magnanimous?
My husband is not able to “see” stuff. He is very practical, but cannot visualize things. When I want him to build anything, I create a picture of what I have in mind by cobbling together ideas off the internet, then physically draw him a 3D model. Once he can actually see it, rather than “see” it (visualize) he usually builds me something better than I was hoping for. He’s just wired differently to me.
Understanding my husband, I considered that perhaps my buyer had the same problem and tried to help. Not every buyer is being a dick (although some days I feel like they are!) and a little work may help my buyer and definitely makes me feel a better person.
On the other hand, the asswad who offered me 50c on a $50 item got a flat decline, and as for the doodlewipe who sent me an offer for $1 because “the shipping is so high” …. 😀2+
11/05/2018 at 11:44 am #51213
- Location: Virginia
It’s a tricky thing. Sometimes guys asking for more model shots are just fetish creeps. Maybe not.0
11/05/2018 at 2:17 pm #51226
- Location: Central NJ
asswad … doodlewipe
11/05/2018 at 3:28 pm #51236
Those kinds of requests skeeve me out because I always thing it’s some weird pervy thing. I ignore and block. Did he buy after you sent the photoshopped pic?1+
11/06/2018 at 7:41 am #51272
- Location: SC
I’d be tempted to respond – Wrong website, this isn’t Fetlife.0
11/06/2018 at 8:41 am #51277
Retro Treasures WVParticipant
Since I sell shoes I occasionally get a question asking for the shoes to be shown being worn. These requests get a flat “no”. I use shoe forms in my photos. That is good enough for reasonable buyers.
As for cursing, we just finished watching some Netflix cooking show called Zumbo’s Just Deserts. They are all Australian and they have GREAT curse words. One lady said “Boogers and Arse!” That’s been my go-to for the last week or two.0
11/08/2018 at 9:44 am #51406
- Location: East TN
Thanks for recommending Zumbo’s. I get the best Netflix recommendations from Scavenger life forums. Great unintended consequences.1+
11/06/2018 at 10:17 am #51285
- Location: Ohio
Can’t help to add to this thread.. haha… Yes, I’ve gotten the occasional “Can you send a picture of you wearing the shoe…” (ah… no thanks) – someone is definitely getting off on that one… also for trashed converse I have been asked “Was this worn (used) by a man or a woman?” (Does it matter? I don’t know.)
One very strange sale… I sold a Barbie doll (unclothed) – not that I recommend sourcing these, but it was something I had grabbed at the bins for my kid and later decided to sell it… and it was purchased from a male buyer – (I could tell he pretty much purchased a Barbie doll every day, basically from looking at his feedback sent and received.) He had it sent to c/o his name to a hotel room… (What is he doing with all those Barbies? I don’t really want to know…)0
11/06/2018 at 11:34 am #51289
😀 😀 😀 What a fun thread this turned out to be!
Jay – my model is cropped out. Here’s the listing he was asking about – there’s no fetish input. I’m always careful not to include bust cleavage shots or anything like that. It all stays very professional. That’s why I didn’t consider the “creep” angle. I use a live model (a size 4 friend) for things like coats bc it just shows better. She comes to visit for an afternoon when I ask, we generally do front, back, side, and possibly a particular detail that I might be looking for, and then I add flat photos for details later. We can get through about 30 items in one afternoon – and that includes laughing and talking time. And lunch. She might be a size 4, but she can pack it away! She has one of those metabolisms!
ChristineK – not yet, nor responded either. No loss. It only took me a couple minutes.
Retro Treasures – I’ve been to Australia. My eyebrows turned into caterpillars and tried to crawl into my hairline. Wow, those folks can cuss!
ebaymom – 😀 😀 😀 😀0
11/09/2018 at 11:16 am #51457
This isn’t creepy but I had a first yesterday. The lady bought 4 skeins of yarn and opened a return request because they weren’t what she needed. Okay whatever. I get them email buyer shipped and then I get an email. I need another label I only sent two skeins back by accident. Um nope. I wrote her a sarcastic email in my head 🙂 and then replied sorry but I cannot do that. She shipped the other two back on her dime… Goodness1+
11/11/2018 at 8:41 pm #51500
Terri – thanks. I actually am a bit CDO (that’s OCD, but in the correct alphabetical order!) No matter how much I convince myself that it doesn’t matter, it drives me nuts not having perfect photos! LOL. So lame! I know.
My photography tools are really cheap; an old Nokia Coolpix camera that has the worst white balance on the planet, some LED tubes mounted on stands, and my spare bed. The spare room has two windows, so I choose the time of day for maximum light. I use MS Picture Manager (the old version) for basic white balance, and also opened a Bonanza account just so that I could use the free burner tool, but I only use that in emergencies. It’s waaaay too slow on the free program for many items. I try to use standard backgrounds like white or black (well, my “black” is actually blue, but it usually comes out black) with no texture, and use MS Paint transparent selection tool if I really need to clean out a background. For smalls, I recently purchased a lightbox when Amazon had a Gold Box deal and it has been the best buy ever. It’s now on my list of “what to buy when you’re starting out.”
The experienced hands on this forum will tell you that I list way too slowly and can increase my speed of listings by not being so anal about my photos. If you browse my store, you’ll see a few that I allowed to bypass QC, but they’re usually items that are low-ticket. For those, I used my phone and took photos in the eBay app. I hate them and, if they don’t sell, they’ll be redone when I’ve cleared my death piles.1+
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