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Old February 29, 2020, 09:41 AM   #1
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Some Ebay sellers just Plain Ignorant

My latest ebay purchase was a colt carrying handle for my latest build. It was listed as used for 60 dollars. I excepted nicks and paint lost, which it had. The elevation knob will not go to 6/3. It was extremely hard to turn and frozen. The gun will never zero like this.

I just wanted it to function properly. This was never stated or described in the listing. This had heavy use, I assuming it came from a military surplus drmo auction, as the seller had several for sale.

The seller told me to bad SOLD AS IS with no returns, After multiple negative messages back and forth with seller, They agreed to accept the return. But are delaying things, Want me to wait until the 4th or 5th until ebay will step in.

eBay item number:283778139329
Seller assumes all responsibility for this listing.

The carrying handle they show is like brand new

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Old March 1, 2020, 05:58 AM   #2
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I still shop on eBay. Yea, I too have noticed that often eBay sellers are just sellers.....meaning they have zero knowledge of what they sell.

Was the sight down all the way and the numbers off? Or not down all the way. I forget exactly, but I thought number alignment was a user adjustment?
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Old March 1, 2020, 09:18 AM   #3
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Was the sight down all the way and the numbers off?
Yes, The elevation will not go to 6/3 and is frozen. I had to use a pair of pliers to turn to get to 6/3 elvation
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Old March 8, 2020, 01:47 PM   #4
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I've had good deals, bad deals, and plenty of average stuff that gets lost in the shuffle.
Work it out as best you can. At least it was eBay and not Gunbroker. GB is terrible about buyer protection.

If things go to crap, set a reminder to watch your feedback like a hawk, at the 60 day limit.

A lot of disreputable sellers have gone to never leaving anything but negative feedback (and usually only if the customer complains), and they wait until just before the feedback window closes, to do it. That way, you cannot protest or refute anything.
It's like bid-sniping, but with feedback...
(It's not just the little guys, either. Western Gun Parts has done this to me on Gunbroker, after sending totally different parts than described in the auction, and refusing to do anything about it.)

I turned that tactic against a scabby eBay seller just last week.
I bought parts advertised as "in the white".
Something similar showed up "in the silver spray paint" with extra parts that were heavily rusted and pitted.
I requested a return or refund.
The seller told me to get bent.
I opened an official refund request.
The seller sent me a message telling me that he was going to let the refund request time-out, because the auction was listed as 'no returns / no refunds'.
I reminded him that the parts did not match the item description and eBay would have my back.
He told me to get lost.
So, I got dirty. I pointed out that any way that this was resolved, other than a refund or return, would leave him open to feedback sniping and using the eBay "guarantee" to get my money back anyway.
He refunded 50% of the price, told me to keep the parts, and then asked if that was adequate.

The rusty parts were actually useful, so I acquiesced.
Don't even try it. It's even worse than the internet would lead you to believe.
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Old March 26, 2020, 08:45 AM   #5
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I bought a Lyman cast bullet sizer off Ebay back when Clinton was president. The item was described as being complete and tight. When the item arrived, there was no reservoir cap, no ratcheting pressurizing handle and one of the linkage bolts was bent and on the verge of breaking.

I contacted the seller and told him that the item did not match his description to which he stated that he knew nothing about the item, stating "...I just buy things to resell".

I told him that instead of sending the item back, I was going to take care of the problems myself but was going to give him bad feedback inasmuch as that is what he deserved. He proceeded to tell me that if I gave him bad feedback, he would retaliate by giving me bad feedback in retaliation. I told him to accept the bad feedback like a man instead of making whiny excuses like Bill Clinton. I gave him negative feedback with the reasons why (parts missing)...he never gave me bad feedback like he threatened initially.

I had access to a lathe so I turned a reservoir cap out of aluminum with no problem and used the ratchet handle from my Chapman screwdriver bit set for the pressurizing handle (they are identical), and replaced the linkage bolt with a high-strength all, less trouble than sending the item back and waiting to find another used one on Ebay.

That was my worst experience on Ebay...all the other experiences have generally been good. However, I always look at a person's feedback count and percentage.
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