“….it may once have been a fun and enjoyable venue, with a sense of community, eBay, which is the leading internet auction site, is nowadays anything but. Dishonesty, illegality, and fraud are rampant. Present in equally large sums is stupidity – staggering, mind-numbing stupidity.”
“Anything sold “as-is” probably isn’t “as described”, and will almost never work. Anything that’s untested is likely tested and found not working. If it can be fake, it almost certainly is, unless described as “genuine”, “real”, “authentic”, or “natural”. (and even then they may be lying.)”
“….It is in no way safe to assume that the individuals you will interact with on eBay are honest. Anyone who believes in the general goodness of human nature should never visit eBay; the shock could be fatal. If you treat is as a large flea market, largely filled with shifty, underhanded east-coast dealers, each trying to unload their latest batch of white elephants at inflated prices, you may be safe.”
“…consider the last one hundred purchases I made on eBay over the last year. Six orders failed to arrive, one because of poor packaging, and at least two because of dishonest sellers (since barred from eBay). Eleven were significantly other than as described and pictured, including two that I believe were intentionally misrepresented. Five auctions were for multiple items and contained the wrong quantity”
“…. And I truly love it when people add self-invented folklore for items or terms. One shining example was a seller auctioning a pair of dress shoes, which she described twice as “Patton leather”, and went on to describe how this type of leather was named after the boots General Patton wore. Uh-huh. Not surprisingly, the shoes weren’t even patent leather at all, but vinyl…!”
“….Dumb people and computers are a dangerous mix. As punishment for their horrible ways, I make a special effort not to bid on items with gratuitous misspellings or really awful pictures, no matter how badly I want the item. It’s a boycott of sorts, I suppose; an application of economic leverage on eBay’s finest. Join in, won’t you? Refuse to bid on auctions listed by grammatically-impaired hill-people in Pennsylvania, or inbred rednecks in Louisiana.”
That last quote had me in fits of laughter….hill-people….inbred rednecks…..haha!
Anyway, these are quotes I picked up about buying stuff off flea-Bay….I won’t use their correct name as they don’t need any more publicity than they already have.
Cut a long story short….if flea-Bay is bad, then the answer is….buy from me…especially cameras! I try not to include any grammatical errors, I certainly wasn’t born in Pennsylvania (apologies to Pennsylvanians!), and I very emphatically am not an inbred redneck!