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11 minutes ago, Bonanza125 said:

It's the seller who has the option to send you an offer if you are watching an item and can either click allow a counter offer or not. It's a special offer to you. Some sellers are willing to negotiate prices on certain items and other aren't they just want to give you a one time offer.

Im just amazed at just how many are throwing offers out then. Is ebay bombarding sellers with some kind of deal or something to do the offers? After so many years of seeing sellers just leave stuff up and never budge on price it throws me off how much that seems to have changed

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1 minute ago, LeatherRebel5150 said:

Im just amazed at just how many are throwing offers out then. Is ebay bombarding sellers with some kind of deal or something to do the offers? After so many years of seeing sellers just leave stuff up and never budge on price it throws me off how much that seems to have changed

There is no special deal for sellers to submit special offers to buyers. Ebay has actually made it to where sellers could sell more if you have an Ebay store. Use to be 250 listings for this one type store to sell games. Now you are allowed 10,000 listings. Ebay wants to operate the stores as a business. They don't want stuff just sitting in inventory for years. They want movement so they are giving this option to maybe help push stock or items out. Example I just had someone watch a vinyl record a few days ago. Had it up for sale for 2 years. Nobody wanted it. Someone watched it and I submitted a $13.50 offer on a $14.99 vinyl and they accepted it. 

The problem though is a lot of seller are overpricing items such as games and submitting special offers that nobody in there right mind would buy. People wait until they go down in price. 

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On 10/11/2021 at 2:46 PM, LeatherRebel5150 said:

Im just amazed at just how many are throwing offers out then. Is ebay bombarding sellers with some kind of deal or something to do the offers? After so many years of seeing sellers just leave stuff up and never budge on price it throws me off how much that seems to have changed

They made it super easy to send offers. 2 clicks and you're done. I send offers all the time with the minimum allowed discount (5% I think). I allow counter-offers (it's the default setting), I don't think twice about it because to me it's about engaging with potential buyers. That's what boosts my chances of making a sale. More so than just lowering the price of my listing, because the watchers probably don't go through their watch list every day to see if the price moved. I know I don't. Sometimes I'll open my watch list and see stuff there I had completely forgotten.
 

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Hmm I've never touched the button but I've had randomly with increasing frequency just looking at stuff and watching it in case getting discounts thrown out.  A few I've taken, but largely I don't because the reason I watched it was hoping it would fail and the genius would figure out it doesn't cost like $10 to mail a 3oz gameboy cart like 300 miles. (or similar situation)

I just put up the last large push I intend to on ebay going forward, not really hung up on getting what I'm asking, but don't really want to screw with percentage/sales junk which I think is tied to store accounts (or was.)  If I could take any item up there in the maybe 25-70 range and offer $5 off I'd probably do it to see if it lights a fire under some fence sitters ass.

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I couldn't find tennis balls at Wal-Mart. Asked an employee. His attention is consumed with fiddling with a strap on a bike glove. He distractedly points at baseballs. I said "I'm looking for TENNISballs" and gesture towards the tennis racquets I'm holding. He points to the baseballs again, and then goes back to ignoring me. Seriously, between this and the self checkouts... don't know why they even bother hiring anyone at all.

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Why do some g.d. fooked sellers have to lie?  I did a buy it now on a 5' x 6'  Legend of Zelda rug last night.  This morning  I had an email saying my money was refunded and the transaction cancelled by the seller.  The reason given was that I had requested  the cancellation.  Hello - earth to McFly - I did no such thing.  How about you tell the truth and say you are out of stock ("I know I had this 5'x6' rug here somewhere - I guess it ran off with the cow who jumped over the moon.") or whatever,

I guess I will have to take solace in how nice a juicy negative will look next to the 6 positives the seller has.   

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On 10/19/2021 at 4:00 AM, G-type said:

I couldn't find tennis balls at Wal-Mart. Asked an employee. His attention is consumed with fiddling with a strap on a bike glove. He distractedly points at baseballs. I said "I'm looking for TENNISballs" and gesture towards the tennis racquets I'm holding. He points to the baseballs again, and then goes back to ignoring me. Seriously, between this and the self checkouts... don't know why they even bother hiring anyone at all.

Most retail and fast-food workers are absolutely brain-dead these days. Not sure if it's just me getting older, but I don't understand how some people can be so inept and lack any sort of customer service or basic communication skills. I pretty much shop exclusively online or places with self-checkouts now.

 

 

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26 minutes ago, Andy_Bogomil said:

Most retail and fast-food workers are absolutely brain-dead these days. Not sure if it's just me getting older, but I don't understand how some people can be so inept and lack any sort of customer service or basic communication skills. I pretty much shop exclusively online or places with self-checkouts now.

That's because as a former "brain-dead" retail worker, I know from personal experience that even if you do your best to be a model employee and help people and such, the big retail bosses will not hesitate for a second to chew you up and spit you out whenever they feel like it.  And no doubt these so-called "brain-dead" workers started out wanting to be helpful to customers and be "good little soldiers" until they had one too many Karens and/or one too many corrupt/dishonest higher-ups.  I guess these "brain dead" workers figure (who are probably only there because they have no other real choice) if they (both the bad/dishonest customers and higher-ups and co-workers) don't care, why should I care?

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7 minutes ago, Estil said:

That's because as a former "brain-dead" retail worker, I know from personal experience that even if you do your best to be a model employee and help people and such, the big retail bosses will not hesitate for a second to chew you up and spit you out whenever they feel like it.  And no doubt these so-called "brain-dead" workers started out wanting to be helpful to customers and be "good little soldiers" until they had one too many Karens and/or one too many corrupt/dishonest higher-ups.  I guess these "brain dead" workers figure (who are probably only there because they have no other real choice) if they (both the bad/dishonest customers and higher-ups and co-workers) don't care, why should I care?

Don't take it personal - I worked a lot of retail and fast-food jobs through the years. It sucks sometimes and the pay is shit but that's no excuse to turn away from, or be rude to, customers who are asking you to do literally the bare minimum. The user posted that he asked for tennis balls and the employee did jack shit to help when it's their job.... that's become a regular occurrence for me as of late. It's obviously a generalization but some of the shit I see these days from workers is baffling regardless of pay/job.

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On 4/28/2021 at 11:33 PM, Tanooki said:

Hey I got a fun story for you about a person on ebay who likes to play games with sellers.

I posted most of those Big Box PC games I chose from that stash not to keep on ebay Tuesday night.  This morning a buyer Chris Stauffer riftenstyxthetainc9 2420 picked it up for $39(50 shipped~)  Cool.  I was working on postage for two other items that sold the night before so I went ahead and printed that up, wrote the dude I was taking it, and that should have been that.

I get an ebay mail from a concerned third party about someone having borrowed my pictures to sell the same game and for a huge price increase (165 shipped/obo.)  I tried to report it, I get an error.  Have my wife use her account, works fine, seems the guy BANNED me from contact/sales/reporting as he put the listing up.  Dick move, totally.

Me not being amused with this called, got it escalated as far as stateside support, and well they won't do a thing about the images, but they weren't too amused by people doing what he did.

A bit later yet the person writes me again, asked me something I was soooo fixated on I didn't even think to look.  And I confirmed it.  The buyer of my item, is also the SELLER of the inflated item.  HE waited for the tracking to show possession and he pulled the scam.  Now he is selling the item he doesn't actually hold, and won't until the earliest this Saturday if he's lucky with USPS as it is. I called back into ebay, reported the new info, the rep lady was shocked even laughed at the guy for having the nerve to do it, talked about how scammers like that suck and are hard to catch.  She escalated it to some scam team I guess, said it was escalated to a group who could deal with fraudulent listings where the item isn't able to be fulfilled or something.

Here's his listing I'm banned from: https://www.ebay.com/itm/224442401092

And here's mine, look familiar?: https://www.ebay.com/itm/254958649258

Since I feel a little vindictive, dug my print out from the trash for the label.  Stauffer Industries, 2294 Parklake Dr NE #553, Atlanta, GA 30345  -- keep that in mind with the user name, maybe it happened to you?  His account is fairly large with a high rating so this little scam seems to slide by well for him until now.

So I found your post from googling that ebay username because he recently bought a ps5 from me and claims I sent another item. Heres my story for the ebay user riftenstyxthetainc9, as above he claims I sent a different item than the brand new sealed PS5, so after lots of calls with ebay they have instructed him to send package back and they have told me if i receive anything other than the PS5 back they will give me my money thats on hold for the sale. Thats not enough for me so I have also filed a IC3 and police report in his city and contacted the USPS and as soon as I gave the address they said they knew exactly who he is. He leaves his office door open and has instructed the USPS to leave packages in his office as Georgia doesnt require signatures because of COVID and the mail carrier digitally signs for it and he is frequently reporting packages missing/stolen. Im working on some other avenues to prevent this guy from continuing his scamming. Speaking of, weird thing is Ive noticed on his ebay feedback he has what would be negative feedback from others saying he scammed them but the feedback shows up as positive. He has left quite the online trail as I've found an LLC in Florida under his name with the Atlanta, Ga as a mailing address and him listed as the officer of the LLC. Its slowly progressing and I've learned that his employer and apartment are known, so maybe this guy will face some punishment soon. Im gonna continue to work with the USPS, his local police and any other agency that might get involved. Steer clear of this guy.

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5 hours ago, Dman2k21 said:

So I found your post from googling that ebay username because he recently bought a ps5 from me and claims I sent another item. Heres my story for the ebay user riftenstyxthetainc9, as above he claims I sent a different item than the brand new sealed PS5, so after lots of calls with ebay they have instructed him to send package back and they have told me if i receive anything other than the PS5 back they will give me my money thats on hold for the sale. Thats not enough for me so I have also filed a IC3 and police report in his city and contacted the USPS and as soon as I gave the address they said they knew exactly who he is. He leaves his office door open and has instructed the USPS to leave packages in his office as Georgia doesnt require signatures because of COVID and the mail carrier digitally signs for it and he is frequently reporting packages missing/stolen. Im working on some other avenues to prevent this guy from continuing his scamming. Speaking of, weird thing is Ive noticed on his ebay feedback he has what would be negative feedback from others saying he scammed them but the feedback shows up as positive. He has left quite the online trail as I've found an LLC in Florida under his name with the Atlanta, Ga as a mailing address and him listed as the officer of the LLC. Its slowly progressing and I've learned that his employer and apartment are known, so maybe this guy will face some punishment soon. Im gonna continue to work with the USPS, his local police and any other agency that might get involved. Steer clear of this guy.

Wow damn dude, nice work on the googling to find this.  I dug what I could, problem was I could see cases of where what he was up to was not isolated, but since ebay blocks contacting other users I couldn't push it further than I had.  What he did was borderline illegal, most definitely sketchy in my case.  With you though, that was utterly a blatant theft attempt.  It seems ebay wasn't lying if when you got through with him to that point, they were aware and were willing to make it right for you which is good.  It does nothing to stop the clown, which I think is great you took it more steps further I couldn't, since technically I wasn't robbed, maybe I would have been had I not reported it so that stopped a layer of shenanigans you dealt with.

I guess that's his thing.  Buy stuff for a low to fair price, then as it posts try and sell it.  When it arrives then try and pull a bait and switch, a 'this is jacked up I want X off', the classic it never arrived, or some other angle to widen his margins, and rolls the items fast to make money off it.  I'd love to see where you take this.

But stopping on that, do stick around, if you care about such things this site is fairly unique and takes a more dim view of the current market shenanigans while enjoying both the past and present in gaming without all the negative angles social media seems to dredge up.

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Quick update on situation.

 

I spoke to the property Manager of Suite 553 a Mr. Eric Piazza who was pleasant to speak with and said he does know Chris Stauffer as he is the current tenant and he is an Amazon seller, I explained I was conducting my own research as he tried to scam me and Ive reported him to every agency I can think of and Eric said well hes always been a straight shooter with me...lol of course he has hes using your building to scam/defraud people and can make a getaway much like he probably did from his previous Florida address. So I asked if he could have Mr. Stauffer call me, he said no problem and 15 minutes later Eric calls back on his personal phone and completely changed his helpful attitude and said Mr. Stauffer will be making the situation correct and when I said I hope so as he has a record of scamming people thats easily verified he became upset and said idgaf its a bunch of bullshit, I was like whoa buddy I was just putting you in the loop that your tenant is up to no good and hope you dont get wrapped up into anything and he laughed and said by who? I said oh I dont know, this guy could have the IRS or FBI looking into him, it wouldnt suprise me. I told him I wont take up anymore of his time and have a good day, he just hung up...weird attitude change from first call. Maybe hes afraid of losing him as a tenant, I get it the guy rents from you, but like do you want to support a scumbag? Anyways that bit of info that hes an amazon seller helped me find his amazon seller account, its Ravenholm Electronics with a 68% rating and guess what the feedback is...SCAMMER, lied about condition of item, hasn't sent item etc...this guy is a piece of work.

And that PS5 that I sold him was from Sony Direct and I have the receipt with the serial number and im fairly certain if he doesnt send the same one I sold him I can contact Sony and report stolen and make that PS5 a brick the moment it connects to internet.

TBC

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