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How To Not Send a Return Back.

It’s hard to tell, but this is glass vase, wrapped in a piece of  B Flute held together by masking tape  with 2 forever stamps on it.  Just in case you were wondering the vase arrived broken.


This might look like a sack lunch (and it is) Inside is a WORN lace tank top.  The buyer has used it, and it no longer fits.  For some reason thought the best way to send it back would be packed in a paper lunch bag, sealed with scotch tape and 1 forever stamp on the front.


Please do not send your returns back like this.

The Best eBay Return Message

I had a buyer that had 9 business days to send back their return.  I called eBay and they closed the return out.

Today I received this email.

“Hello,  The case to return this item was closed last week.  I’m asking you to please reconsider.  We have had a crazy few weeks, my husband broke his arm and we went on a family vacation for 5 days.  The item was sent back last week.  Please see the photos.  Please reconsider the decision and refund my original form of payment.”

It’s a very kind message.. but the best part of the message is that they sent me proof of the broken arm and a family vacation photo!  This was a good day on eBay!

Can You Guess What I Did Wrong with This Transaction?

All I can say about this post is.. What the French Toast?  I’m posting this, because an eBay Concierge CS person told me that I was in the wrong.  Read through this, and at the end, I’ll tell you what eBay said I did wrong.  Why am I doing this?  So that you won’t do what I did.

Here’s the story without the pics: 

The buyer purchased one listing for 2 curtain valances.  These valances were a sample, and the only one’s like it we had in inventory for the company I eBay for.  They are located in the “eBay Warehouse” instead of the big warehouse.  The significance of that is that it makes this a unique transaction for the picker and packer, so they remember this kind of thing.

  • Buyer messages says they only received one item and they want a partial refund.

**I am on my way to eBay Open and can not log into the VPN at the company.  So I am answering questions blind.**

  • I respond apologize and tell them I need to ask the warehouse if they left it out.
  • She wants a partial refund
  • I once again let her know that I need to get back with her on Mon/Tues with the information but I will give her a partial refund OR I will give her a label to send it back.
  • She proceeds to tell me she’s not sending it back and just wants a partial refund

Warehouse employee confirms that they shipped both AND I log into our shipping to see that the packages weighs more that 3lbs. Confirming that both were sent.

  • I message the buyer ask them to open a return request. (they do) and I provide the label.
  • The buyer calls me names, and refuses to send the item back wants partial refund.
  • I call eBay. eBay tells me I am doing the right thing.
  • More name calling and wanting a partial refund.
  • I call eBay again and they re-assure me that she has opened a return request and that they are going to insist she send it back NOT give a partial refund.
  • Saturday afternoon. They give her a partial refund and debit my account.

Any guesses why or what I did wrong?

Here’s how many times the buyer messaged me.

YES, that is 23 times




She told me she saw them on our site.  Since these were samples, I knew we did not have any on our site. So I asked for proof.

**this is where I knew she received both of them, so I told her she would need to send them back.





So if you read through this mess.  You saw that she threatened feedback and star extortion, she called me names, and refused to send the item back.  So here’s the outcome:


eBay gave the buyer a partial refund and did not wait for the return case to time out.  Why?  They said “You agreed to give the buyer a refund but didn’t issue it.”

When I told the buyer I would give a partial refund OR I would give them a label, that means to eBay I agreed to give them the partial refund NO MATTER what.    What I want to know is when the CS person at eBay reviewed the messages between the buyer and myself, did they think it was ok for the buyer to use feedback extortion and curse and call me names?

What do you think?

A Tale of Two Purses; Do Pictures, Price & Shipping Matter

I’ve talked about my love for Cole Haan totes on here before.  As  reward for a 1000 new feedback I will buy myself a new tote.

I found 2 purses on eBay that I wanted.  One of them was listed as metallic, and the other as black, but had a picture of a tan purse.  I did not think that I would win either of them, because this style of  used Cole Haan usually NEVER sells for under 75-100.00.


I won them both; one for $55.00 and the other for $18.00.  I paid for both, believing that I was receiving a metallic copper colored tote and a tan tote (both in the same style).  Which I love.

wpid-20150915_102132.jpgI received the “metallic” purse yesterday and the “tan” purse today.  Unfortunately they are the same color and style.  Which got me thinking – Why did one sell for $18 and the other for $55?

chpurse3Here’s the listing for the $55.00 metallic purse.

The seller of this purse has a couple of sentences for the description, and 5 photographs.  The measurements are close, but not quite accurate.  Her photos are clear and show the color of the purse on a white and black background for contrast.  She states this purse is from the late 90’s, (its not) and that’s ok. Shipping was $11.95. Seller has 24 feedback @ 100%.  Item ended September 8th at 8:00pm

chpurse2Here’s the listing for the $18.00 purse.

This has 6 photographs of a purse that looks like a light tan but the item specifics says black. Measurements are off, and there is only ONE sentence about the purse in the description.  The photographs are taken on what looks like an aqua background and  white background.  The seller calls this purse vintage, but it’s not.  Shipping was $12.20.  The seller has 271 feedback and is at 100%.  The item ended on September 9th at 8:24am.

Here are a couple of things I wonder:

  1. Do you think the $1.25 shipping cost difference between the 2 purses made  a difference in people bidding?
  2. Was the lack of description a factor?
  3. Do you think the poor photos of the $18.00 purse, combined with the inaccurate item specifics made it so no one bid on that one?
  4. Do you think ending time was a factor?

You might be wondering what I am going to do with my twin purses… Some would return one.  I hate returns. I think it puts fear in the heart of  seller.. because it does me…  I am going to re-sell mine on eBay.

May 2020
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