I was one of those people who wanted a first glance at a Apple Watch so I pre-ordered one. I received it timely and used it for about 5 weeks. Not seeing the need or what it had to offer, I decided to sell it.
I checked Craigslist but, did not see many posted so I explored using eBay. I have an account there and thought it might be a safe way to sell the item. WRONG !!!!!
The first time I listed the watch, it was set to bid for 7 days. One person bid twice and was the highest. The bid closed and the person never responded to my emails or made payment. Two days later I received an email from eBay saying the buyer was not a registered eBay purchaser. Really? Doesn't eBay have some form of verification process in place to screen fraudulent buyers? Guess not !!!
So, I decided to list the watch again with a bid and price to purchase. It sold very quickly to a buyer who was listed as a "positive" buyer. Communication from the buyer started to look suspicious. Emails from PayPal were not worded in the format I would expect, demands were made for over-night shipping etc. I called eBay and after pushing my way to a supervisor was told that I should not ship the watch. Really? Why didn't eBay's system catch this? Why did I have to call to get a warning flag?
Last time...I posted the watch and it again sold quickly. Same bogus emails, same pushing for over-night shipping etc.
It is obvious to me there is NO seller protection at eBay. Fraud is rampant with little protection for the consumer. I'm sure there are many legitimate transactions every day but, this experience has showed me eBay lacks the systems to protect transactions, they are unable to screen purchasers timely and their customer service to handle calls is weak at best.
What does one learn here? Let the Buyer and Seller BEWARE !!!!
Anyone want to purchase a Apple Watch? 42mm Stainless Steel with black band...email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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