Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Berkeley Springs
new ebay scam
In just the past few months, a practice among unscrupulous buyers has seemingly grown exponentially. They must be sharing the trick with their friends or on internet forums, as the problem is getting completely out of hand. Evidently they have found that it's a way to get stuff without paying.
What they do is buy something (it's happening on ebay, etsy and other similar sites). Then contact the item's seller using hostile language that the item arrived and it REEKS (they always use that word) of NASTY cigarette smoke. They carry on about how allergic or sensitive they are to even a trace of smoke residue, and declare that they threw the item away because it was stinking up their home. They demand a refund but will not return the item.
Even non-smoking sellers are getting this, and since the ebay system favors the buyer, many are extorted into giving a full refund, including shipping costs, because negative buyer feedback can ruin a seller.
I know many of you don't smoke in your homes, but even you could fall victim to this. It is important in your listings to stipulate that whatever you sell "may have" come into contact with smoke (and I'd go as far as to add pet smells too), for your own protection. The presence of such a disclaimer may deter them, because they can't claim they weren't warned. A disclaimer might lose a few sales, but negative customer feedback could cost you a lot more.
Have any of you encountered this yet?
"Quite simply, my dear, tobacco is the greatest pleasure that we have ever discovered... I know of no other miracle like it in nature." -- Bela Lugosi, 1939