Ran across a cordless saw on eBay:
I know it retails for $59.99 in Home Depot. Do you think I should
purchase it for $18.99
It was kinda hard to miss... Three times within a week or ten days, same items
from the same seller every time... not too hard to figure out. Check the
feedback comments -- I wasn't the only one who cottoned on to that.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
I've purchased many things on Ebay and never got stung. If the seller has a
good feedback score and has been on quite awhile, it's usually safe to buy.
I also pay by credit card just in case. Like everything else "Caveat Emptor"
I've bought about 14 things and only had trouble with 1.
I bought a CD copy of Open Office 1.1, an " MS Word" emulation that is
free, but I didn't have the time to do a download. I went with this
guy because he promised quick shipping. It took about 2 1/2 weeks,
and arrived long after I downloaded it.
I complained and he said if I didn't give him good feedback he'd give
me bad feedback even though I had paid immediately. He pointed out
that it would lower my percertage of good far more than his, since he
sold hundreds or thousands of things.
What difference does it make if a buyer has gotten good or bad
feedback? They have to sell to the highest bidder, and they don't
have to ship until I pay. They are bound by the ebay rules for the
first part and have no risk for the second part, and I'm sure they
But I still wanted to keep my percentage good at 100%, so I decided to
settle for a copy of his other CD, which had lots of freeware and
shareware on it, that he said was useful for debugging. Probably was
but it was poorly organized, had no index pretty much, and almost all
had to be installed before it could be used.
He had lots of excuses. Claimed the wild fires in California had
interfered, (but also said he shipped only a day or 2 later because of
that. Both his cd's came with a printed note, the same one, that
something had gone wrong so the shipping was delayed. I'm sure
everyone gets that.
AIUI, the founder of ebay thought everyone would be honest, but by now
they have been forced to hire 100's of lawyers to handle complaints
(and that only relates to the problems aboven above the level that
non-lawyers can handle.)
Fortunately, I have had good luck with ebay the only time I used it. You
want to know how stupid I was? My first transaction, and I sent $300.00
to Bogota Columbia! Now that's dumb, but it did work out. Praise be.
What a deal! Only $18.99 + $14.95 shipping = $33.94 for a cordless saw
without battery or charger
and without warranty from a person with a reputation of defaulting on nearly
20% of transactions.
Buy it. You deserve it!
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