Hey everyone, want to explain the situation and see if anyone can provide some insight on if my next step is the right step.
So a little over a month ago, I purchased a 1st Ed. Shining Gyarados to replace my current one that’s in less than NM Condition. I was hesitant at first because the seller was a new seller. However, they were selling a few different things and had one successful item sold with a positive rating. I went ahead and gave an offer for the card and they accepted.
I purchased the card on December 2nd and the shipment date suggested I would see the card on the 11th of the same month.
I normally avoid new sellers, but have had luck with trusting two others in the past and have even offered selling advice if they ever needed it, or suggested alternatives and warnings. When I first started selling, I had to create a new account because I started out pretty roughly and didn’t know the rules of ebay, so I like to give new sellers a chance.
However, after he said he would ship it that day, I waited two weeks. I figured that, because it was over Christmas, it might take a bit longer. However, I begun to worry for several different reasons. 1. I had already had an item stolen from my apartment and thought maybe it was the case in this situation. 2. It typically doesn’t take more than a week and a half for anything in the inner United States to be mailed.
I was upset, least to say, but anyone who has done previous business with me should know how patient I am. I felt a bit off continuing trusting this guy but the story sounded believable and I checked the area he was in and did see that a storm had hit that area and so I believed him. I gave him one more chance and asked for tracking.
He never gave me tracking info, but did say that it was successfully shipped.
However, it’s been a little over a week. I’m thinking that if I don’t receive the item by tomorrow, I should request a refund.
I also am worried because during this time, he has received 1 positive rating, and 1 negative rating from someone else who did not receive their item because it was “never shipped on time”.
I want to give this seller the benefit of the doubt, because typically you wouldn’t see such communication between a scammer, or you wouldn’t see any activity from them either. I try to branch out communication to sift out potential scammers since they typically give red flags, but this guy hasn’t given me enough to completely wipe him off my list. But after waiting over a month for this card, I’m wondering if I’ll ever get it at all and whether I should just ask for a refund at this point if I don’t get it by tomorrow.