OK, most of my eBay transactions have been completed without any problems/issues. I have collected many handplanes through eBay’s market place. HOWEVER,...
Today I finally had an issue pop up. I won/bought a handplane and immediately paid the seller via PayPal, the total amount of the bid plus the stated shipping of $5.95 (low but that is what was posted and I adjusted my bid accordingly during the auction). Now to the “Slime Balls” portion of this transaction…
I get an email from the seller. I didn’t think much about it and engaged in a couple of short Q&As about the plane. This seller’s signature line looked like this:
”...Dr. Richard xxxxxxxxxx, Th.D., Litt.D
Cassandra xxxxxxxxx, Mission Team Co-ordinator
Northside Christian Church: www.ncclkld.com
Jamaica Bible Seminary: www.jbseminary.com
Christian Billboards Ministry on Facebook: The Christian Churches of Polk County
T.V. ad campaign P.U.P. www.thereisawayforme.com…”
On the third email I get from this guy, I get the following:
Mike, Postage was 19.52 regular parcel post. You paid 5.95 guestimated. Balance 13.57 paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org Sent it in good faith this morning about 1/2 hour ago. Thanks, RG
NOW I UNDERSTAND why this guy used my PayPal address to contact me, and I ALSO NOW UNDERSTAND why this guy has such a long signature line and what that signature line is trying to do to me, the buyer:
- This guy has ~900 eBay transactions posted
- Contacting eBay buyers outside of eBay is a violation of eBay Terms & Restrictions
- This guy’s long diatribe of Religious educational accomplishments and affiliations is SUPPOSED TO guilt me into honoring his slime balls request for more $$$
MY CONCERNS & QUESTIONS:
Shouldn’t there be some way to hide my actual PayPal email address from any/all sellers? I mean shoot, on eBay your identity is hidden, but eBay knows how to contact you. Now as soon as you use eBay’s system of payment “PayPal” that contact information is openly given to the seller. We all know that eBay and PayPal are just one and the same entity, so why the disconnect?
Oh, and one last thing… This guy is NOT Nigerian, but in Florida USA. >8-/
-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."