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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

ebay, ding dongs & Bipolar French Canadians

Recently I sold an item on ebay, mostly it is a positive experience, (you never know what items will sell for) and sometimes you are pleasantly surprised.

And sometimes not.

After waiting several days for payment on some vintage GI Joe toys, I got this email from the whining (oops) winning bidder.

From the buyer: i am the winner of this ebay auction from you, really sorry for the delay, i was away. something came up and i will need a couple more days before i can send the money but don't worry, it will be sent. can you send me your address again, (why does he need my address? the payment is completed online...hmmm ) just to check if i have the right one, thanks and sorry again for the delay before getting back to you!

ME: How are you sending the money? I accept Paypal only. thanks Mariann

Buyer:"i really didn't see that your auction was paypal only, (all auctions are paypal only, but you can choose to take a money order if the buyers ASKS for it) i was to send a money order made in us funds, i always paid with those and never had any problems, if you don't mind, i would like to send a money order to finish this transaction and i am absolutely sorry for the inconvenients (sic) i am causing you right now, really sorry! (anytime they say they're really sorry twice, they don't mean it either time)

ME: No I cannot accept international money orders, Paypal only. Payment is due within 3 days, Mariann

Buyer: "may i ask why you can't accept a money order? it would really help me if you would. besides, it is not an international one, it is a Canadian one but made in U.S. funds "(since when is Canada part of the United states? oh yes, as Homer Simpson explains it Canada is "America Jr." lol)
" that you can cash at any bank." (really... well try to cash it at my credit union!)
"if you really, absolutely can't accept a money order, i will have to ask for more time. i do have a paypal account but there is no money in it" (now how was he going to pay for the money order if he had no money?)
"and i don't have a credit card, i will have to find out how to transfer it "(go to the bank and put the money in the account...bingo!)
"or i will have to wait for my brother (or his mothers neighbors hairdressers cats vet) to come back and i will ask him to pay for it with his credit card and he will be back approximately in a week. (yesterday it was a few days, today it is a week)

Me: My terms are clearly spelled out, Paypal only. I hope you can resolve this in a timely manner. Mariann

2 more emails from him, (which I deleted at the time), complaining how I didn't make it clear that I accepted paypal only, even though no other payment method is shown. Due to ebays rules only the paypal method is allowed to be shown. I waited a couple more days then opened a non-paying bidder case:

This case has been opened by the seller with the following reason: The buyer wants a payment method that I don't accept.
This was his reply:
"as i told you, i am taking care of it. at the moment, i am waiting for my brother to come back, like i told you, he will be back later this week. even waiting for him is faster than the money transfer to my paypal account" (how long does it take to put money in your account at a bank? 30 minutes or a week?). "i will keep you inform."
I then chose to close the case as I felt this would be nothing but trouble, not that it hadn't ALREADY been nothing but trouble...(ut oh there's that double negative, sorry!..wait is it a triple negative? that would mean 2 of them cancel each other out...hmmmm)

Then the buyer left me negative feedback!!

in response I left the following positive feedback for him-(Ebays new policy is that sellers can ONLY leave positive feedback even when the buyer does not pay for the item!!)
"He didn't pay for item! but the good news is it sold for even more the 2nd time".
Buyer then sent me this: : "if you were not happy with the selling price, you only had to tell me!!!! (was he peeved at the loss of some great items that sold for far less than what they would sell for individually?) it is not at all because i didn't want to pay the problem is much more from you (yes I want to get paid this decade, shame on me)!!!! you would have got your money for sure, i told you what was my problem (why has this become MY problem?..my new mantra.. NMP..not my problem). you are so unsure of yourself that you can't trust others (LOL) or the only thing you love in your life is the money (yes I love to pay my bills and have enough money to buy an occasional ding dong, .... do they make ding dongs anymore?....besides the human kind...) , be happy my friend!!!! (now we are friends??)

I didn't reply and of course he sent more emails.....

BUYER: by the way, i have never met any one as insulting as you (if I had a dime for every time someone has said that to me...) even in our first emails exchange the tone of your emails were insulting, (uh....when was i insulting? did I miss something? ut oh, can he read my mind??), what is it, you think you are better than every one, (well this may be true...oh no he CAN read my mind! ) every body else is wrong but you (ok this IS true...red face), you might want to try turning this around, give people a break!!! (this almost tops the letter I received in a Christmas card with payment from a buyer many years ago, which included a business card from his wife-a metaphysical psycho-therapist, who indicated she could "help me" channel my anger in 10 easy payments of 49.99, oops i mean cross country sessions... that was a real dozy! I still have that card if anyone needs it...)

Today I received the following:
"after a night of sleep my angryness(i don't know how to say i was was mad about the strike, without warning) passed. if you still agree, my brother is going to be back tomorrow, thursday" (a week has miraculously turned into tomorrow). "i could be making payment there. i would ask you to remove the strike ( he received an unpaid item strike from ebay) and i will remove the negative.(I am not sure he can remove it as ebays policiy is that once feedback is left it cannot be removed) i will need an answer in order to do this, please accept my apologies. i may be a lot of things but i am honest and this was an honest mistake and i am also asking for a credit card this week. a credit card will also be way cheaper than sending money orders all the time, so this is not a bad thing. sending money orders si $5.00 every time, multiply that $5.00 by my feedback(392)considerable savings here! please reply, thanks!"
(so I convinced him to get a credit card to pay for his auctions, he is feeling better, I am 131.00 short for this week & have a big fat negative (all in caps) a headache, and a bunch of G. I. Joe toys for sale..ok... so I didn't sell them for more money....yet....)
LOL.....I haven't responded, which given my fiery Aries nature was a sterling example of my patience with this buyer....i was tempted to exchange venom with him, however I decided to keep it as professional as possible. I mean if he thinks I am better than every one else, who am I to argue?

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Update: New Plot Unfolds in Flower Fight

After perennial furrowed feuding with the Sandusky Garden club Sow & Hoe's and an uncooperative coiffeuse, Greg has decided that he will not attempt to out bloom the Flower Club this year. Outside Greg's antique shop, a former oasis of olfactory ornament, now sit urns that are unadulteratedly uninspired. The Novices of Nightshade have planted this years crop and the buds will hopefully mature into Blossoms of Beauty without his special mixture of love and C3 H8 NO5 et all .
"It's all about Love" states a withering Greg.
In a surprise move an online group hereto for referred to as the "Flower Kings Under Cover" has has flourished in defense of the Connoisseur of Compost, the Master of Mulch, the Virtuoso of Violets! However, sighs of sadness and rallying cries of "Greg for Prez" have, so far, failed to take root and spring Greg back into action. Hopefully Greg, with his mastery of mulching, will bring cultivation back to Sandusky! More to come....

New Plot in Flower Fight

After furrowed fighting with the garden club

Monday, June 8, 2009


ok i think I have created my own monster...5th blog today.....step away from the blog....

JS Vs: WalM**t

My dad, the octogenarian super sleuth shopper, has a new weapon against his nemesis Sandusky Wal-M**t. Not satisfied with their roll back pricing, and after being banned for returning too many items (I am NOT making this up), PLUS being the only person the local K-m*rt PAID to go elsewhere to shop (more on this later) he has devised a new scheme to outwit outlast and out-shop Wal M**t. After some deft spying (cough cough.. eavesdropping), he has delightfully discovered that if you bring in an ad from Meijer Stores, Wal-M**t will match the special ad prices; side note: NOT buy-one get-one free. BOGO file for future reference….I digress….It doesn’t seem to matter that the closest Meijer Store is 50 miles away. So he got grapes for 97 cents a pound instead of $1.79. He still only bought 1 pound. In his defense he DOES go to 3 stores everyday to find the best prices.SO its DAD 15 Wal-M**t Love. My dad could wear down Bin Laden. GO DAD!

Retail vs: Fleatail

OHHowIHateRetail: I love shopping but being in the antiques business most buying is down at the wholesale level. What a shock to go into retail stores! Went supplies shopping, (I normally despise the big box stores) but found myself in a national chain office supplier store. Whats a girl got to do to get some service in there? Search endless aisles for a blue vested or red coated (finger quotes in air) service member (HA) only to be told that the price tags are now called Labels...they are next to the overpriced $4.99 3 piece transparent tape combo packs.... And what happend to CLEAR tape? Don't they make clear tape anymore? I loath transparent tape! Well price tags prices sure have gone up and so has tape! Thank God the post office offers free tape for priority mail...don't tell them I told you, but if you get to know the clerks at your local post office they often will slip you a roll, since you cannot order it online anymore-but I digress....I can't believe offices pay these prices for supplies, no wonder the economy is in the plunger! dON'T TELL ANYONE BUT, OPPS, damn caps lock, but flea markets and antiques shows are the best bets for the money, you can find anything there, MOST of it is legal, (more on the machine gun incident later) and best of all the rpices cannot be beat.... damn keyboard acting up again....

Flower scandal blooms in Sandusky!

Local antique shop owner and gardener extraodinaire’ Gregory Rheaume has weeded his garden, and he is blooming mad! "Those garden hoe's don't know who they are dealing with" he fumed. At stake are the fates of 5 garden urns, purchased by Greg and the possible absconding of floral funds by un-named hairdressers. “I’ve been hoe'd” pronounced Greg, when informed that the garden club considered his purchase of 5 extra flower pots "excessive" and refused to plant the ubiquitous urns. “ I have spent hundreds of dollars trying to beautify the city of Sandusky, and I feel that it's dirty pollentics" seethed Greg.
The president of the garden club stated that the club regrets the whole fiasco, “that Greg is such a pistil when it comes to his flowers,” stated one Sow and Hoe member who shall remain nameless. Greg accuses the club of backpetalling in their recent attempt to mollify him. “I’m considering leafing town” says a wilted Greg. Seeds of doubt are now planted in Gregs run for Citizen of the Year....we'll keep you posted...

Why I hate outdoor shows!

Was in Burton Ohio this weekend Great Geauga Lake Antiques Fest...great show but it reminded me why I hate doing outdoor shows: Top Ten reasons I hate Outdoor Shows: note: ALL TRUE! but not necessarily of Burton) he he he...
# 10 Dirt, sand, mud, gravel, horse dunk, ; If it's not one it's the other....everywhere... in everything....

#9 Flies, sand fleas, red ants, vermin, locusts, pestilence...plague...hehe..et cet... more on the red ants later.

#8 Unrelenting Sun, mini Tornados, wild wind, hurricanes, rain, floods, sleet, hail, snow, heat, fog, dew, once even a thunderstorm w/snow at the same time!

#7 Heat stroke, Sun stroke, frostbite, chillblains

Being from Michigan you have to understand, even mild sun for 12 hours makes you think you are going blind and getting heat stroke as we have 10 months of gray winter, 1 month each of spring and fall and well, thats it! Hence outdoor shows have some form of wicked weather

#6 relates to # 8: wet socks-I hate wet socks!

#5 energy drain from constant exposure to sun, heat, rain, et cet....it takes days to recuperate

#4 Sleeping in van: I used to be a princess and always stayed in hotels, but who can afford that these days? besides outdoor shows usually open at dawn so whats the point of spending all that $$$ on hotels? Of course it doesnt help that my idea of roughing it is a hotel with an OUTDOOR pool...sigh...

#3 Porta potties: try one in the middle of night, with no light.... nuff said

#2 Lack of tent: I gave up my tent years ago because I DON'T DO OUTDOOR SHOWS! ....shaking head at self...

and the #1 reason I hate outdoor shows:

I've experienced all of the above at one time or another! I have had many outdoor jobs- I love the outdoors, but not when Mother Nature ruins my stuff!

ok maybe I lied about the plague-but everythign esle is true! I swear!.... damn typos..... Other than that I loved every minute of it!!!!!


Monday, June 1, 2009

Asusmptions Rules et cet

Random thought: Is wooow a word? I think I was going for wooo as in woohoo but it just didn't look right.
Ok, the rules:
#1 Don't assume that just because this blog is all about antiques that I won't wander off topic and write about a million different things instead of antiques
#2 Don't assume the rules apply to me, just because I make the rules! hehehe
# do not assume I can multi-task
#4 hey what happen to #3?
#5 Dont assume I will remember any previous rules we had on assumptions just two rules ago
#6 Do not assume I will not try to confuse the hell outta you by changing the rules...in mid sentence...without warning..
#7 Don't assume any convoluted cockamamy explanations of my new reasoning are not excuses for my previous assumptions :D
#8 Don't Assume there will not be lots of non-typos- NOTE: I CAN spell I just can't type.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Midland Antique Festival

Just in from setting up in Midland MI. at the Antique Fest this weekend. In a word...wooow!