Here we go again … another non-paying buyer on the same item

For the second time in about six weeks, I am dealing with yet another instance of a non-paying buyer. And to make matter worse, this is the same item in which the last potential buyer also backed out.

A little more than a week ago I got a push notification that one of my lots of cards had an offer. I saw the offer and took it, immediately sending the buyer an invoice.

I was a bit trepidatious when the offer came in since the last buyer made an offer on the item and then failed to pay. I have learned, sadly, not to get my hopes up for a sale unless the payment is actually made.

Well, here we are, some eight days later and not only have I not seen payment, I have also not seen any communication from the buyer, despite my messages and invoices sent to him.

What the hell is wrong with people on eBay? Better yet, what is wrong with eBay not allowing sellers to leave negative feedback for non-paying buyers? I know eBay says it keeps track of the NPB’s and threatens to discipline the nefarious users, but if you ask me, a negative feedback in a case like this speaks pretty damn loudy. I mean, a quick glance at this guy’s user name and feedback score shows me 561 deals and a 100% feedback. And now a closer look shows six positive feedbacks in the last week, and one “positive” feedback in which the seller explains the buyer did not pay.

Sadly, that “negative” feedback is left as a positive and is hidden among a plethora of positives because the system is broken … the only way for a seller to advise others of what is going on is to leave a positive feedback and say something in the comments.

It’s nonsense. eBay does a pretty good job of protecting the buyers — which I appreciate as a buyer — but as a sometimes seller I’ve seen too many cases lately of buyers getting away with misuse. This needs to be fixed.

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