So I had this interaction with a seller and it really set me off. It felt completely dishonest to me, and like they were acting in bad faith. It’s someone reasonably large and I’d like to get opinions on it.
Seller had an item (set) listed for quite a bit above anything recent (about 10x+ last sold from ~3 months ago). Pictures were quite bad so it was tough to tell exact quality of the cards
I made an offer to seller, he made me a counter higher
I figured if I was going to pay the higher price, I should ask to see the quality just to confirm 100%.
I ask, he tells me no problem he will look through and get back to me on the quality and to remind him tomorrow.
I follow up, and end up needing to continue to chase him down for an entire week of back and forth before he finally gets to it.
(to me this is us being sort of mid transaction and just confirming the quality before I accept his higher counter)
When he finally gets to it he promptly pulls the listing, and gets back to me and says “the quality is good, I won’t sell here now”
To me this feels like extremely bad form from an established seller for multiple reasons.
- He isn’t an amateur, he’s sold many thousands of things on ebay and is a specialist in pokemon / cards
- Considering the poor picture quality, if I had accepted the high bid he could have put almost anything in there, swapped out with trashy versions of the cards / etc.
- He had this item up (WAY over past pricing) and had no buyers, and then used me to gauge buying interest and is going to pull it and re-list higher? This seems like abuse
It feels like I was being entirely freerolled in the transaction. The example I gave of what it’s akin to is posting a high value charizard with a bright glare in one corner of the picture so you can’t see 25% of the card.
If a dumb buyer buys, he gets a charizard with a scratch in the glare-covered area
If they ask for pictures and are serious about buying, pull and relist higher
Am I overreacting? Is this actually considered fine on the seller’s end? Again this was an entire week of back and forth just for me to get pictures, which absolutely felt to me like we are mid transaction. All of this secondary and follow up was done off of ebay / over instagram.