Originally Posted by 65GT
(1)Now I'm the one that's curious. I honestly don't know who you are, but I think (based on a closed '56 Ebay AS auction) that you sell a lot of trailers?
(2)If that's you, I'm curious... I have always avoided private sales on Ebay -- I will not participate in a private auction. I believe it's too easy for the seller to manipulate the bidding (and that's just MY opinion). IF that's you, I'm curious as to why you make all of your auctions private. I don't think I'm alone -- I think there is probably a high percentage of bidders that won't touch a private auction with a ten foot pole.
(3)I don't see an open auction as a deterrent for a bidder. Even if there was something I really didn't want to be public (for the small percentage of those who would even know my Ebay handle (I have four by the way)), I'd just create another one for a one off purchase.
(4)Oh, an open ended statement -- I'll fix it. Four Ebay accounts; One for personal buying, one for personal selling, one for business buying, one for business selling. ALL four have 100% feedback ratings -- ZERO negatives. ...and I do NOT buy and resell items on Ebay. Closed that one I think...
(5)So if that is you, what's up with the private auctions? ...and if that's not you, I'll be happy to take anyone's opinion on PRIVATE AUCTIONS on Ebay. Thanks...
Thats "cheeky" to you...I just now caught on to that...
Ok fair enough...
(1) I sell ALOT of things...I just happen to really love old Airstreams.
(2) Entirely your perog...you can feel free to avoid everything I do if that suits you. I take a bit of offense that you so freely associate me with something underhanded. In your very first post, the one I initially responded to, you referred to bidders praising a trailer as "morons" (your EXACT words). I guess I take some offense also to someone who sits in judgement of others by calling them stupid. I get those praise comments frequently and I DONT post them on the auction...none of these people has ever been a moron...they're just new and excited and its supposed to be fun. They've ALL been really nice people...every one of them.
Apparently you ARE more alone than you think. I rarely have anyone even mention it and it certainly hasnt deterred anything.
(3) (good for you) (congratulations) (see below)
(4) I only have ONE account...I dont need to hide my identity and it really doesnt matter to me if someone knows who I am or not...all the better if they do. Neither do I buy for resale on eBay.
(5) First off, I dont owe you an explanation for anything, but I'll give the explanation for your education and for the benefit of anyone else here reading who doesnt understand and wants to....
(a) I have had Dealers steal bidder lists and spam my customers/bidders. I typically become friends with buyers and clients. I have several repeat customers. I regularly get emails from past customers updating me about how they're doing and referrals from clients Ive assisted in the past. I dont like people bothering my friends.
(b) I have had other sellers attempt to sabbotage my auctions for a similar item by spamming my bidders list with false claims
(c) I have had disgruntled losing bidders spam other bidders with fraudulent claims trying to scare a bidder into backing out so they can buy.
(d) I Sold a beautiful antique pinball machine once to a new user. She claimed it was as a Christmas present for her hubby. She paid. I crated, wrapped, and trucked it personally in my truck to her in FL. When she received it, she emailed me proclaiming how perfect it was and her family and husband loved it. 2 weeks later (new year's) she posted a chargeback through her credit card claiming the machine "was received not as described or damaged". Merry Christmas (probably overspent). I never got my $1200 or my machine back. But I reported her to every agency on the face of the earth. I guess she got in some hot water because she got booted from eBay but proceeded to write emails to every bidder on every auction I ran.
(e) Im at the very end of a situation currently with a person who bought an AS from MA. He paid for it but couldnt pick it up/didnt want to pay delivery fee. I stored it for A YEAR at my expense. Finally he asked me to relist it to recoup his money. Attempting to be a nice guy I agreed and even did it N/C on a verbal agreement (mistake). When the new owner/winning bidder won the auction immediately the first owner starts screaming "stolen property" and spamming the bidder list and winning bidder. Turns out his partner was diagnosed with a terminal illness and he lost it and just wanted to hurt everyone within reach.
Finally, at this point I called my account manager at eBay and we had a heart-to-heart talk. HER suggestion was for me to make all auctions private. Since that time the number of problems has been reduced dramatically.
There are a lot of kooks out there who have "control issues" and get a thrill out of preying on good people. My tolerance for it is zero.
I keep a positive point of view with people and I like to give folks the benefit of the doubt. Im not automatically, immediately suspicious or cynical and I like to try to help decent people when I have an opportunity to do so.
Thats my indepth novella of a response...from here on out Id like to keep it light and fun cause I now have a headache.