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Saturday, 5 September 2015

That Was the Week that Was!

Actually, to be honest, it should read "They Were the Two weeks that Were."

It all began when I decided to sell my husband's mobility scooter. (He had just purchased a smaller one, due to the fact that I wanted a smaller car, but best we don't go down that road) Anyway, a friend suggested I trying selling it on eBay. I had never used eBay before, but decided to give it a go.

So I went through the stages of setting up an account, which were daunting enough for someone who isn't used to this procedure. Nevertheless, I finally got the scooter onto the appropriate lists, even adding a few photos in the process. But then I started to read some of the comments in the eBay community. I shouldn't have done that. There are some awful tails of scams/tricks whatever you want to call them, at work during the sales. At that point I began to lay an egg! Had I done the right thing? I decided not to read any more of these posts.

It didn't seem long before eBay got in touch to tell me that the scooter had sold! Great news!

I had stated that any potential buyers would need to collect the item.  Therefore it wasn't long before the buyer got in touch to tell me when he would be calling to collect. And he was as good as his word. He arrived, set the whole thing up in his father's car and set off back home.

Everything seemed to be going smoothly, despite the fact that I was still almost laying an egg about the whole thing. My husband and I don't usually sell things on. We tend to give them away, or pass on to a charity. But in this case there was so much money involved, we thought we would get a little back this time.

And there it stands! The guy has the scooter, but the cash is pending in my PayPal account. Why? Because, as I am new to eBay, I have to wait 21 days before the money can be released. I have sent emails to PayPal explaining that the item has been collected. But because I didn't get a courier to deliver it and don't have a tracking number so they can verify my honesty, I have to wait. So I am still waiting!

What really surprises me is that PayPal go to great lengths to tell their customers they and eBay are no longer one company - they are now two separate companies. So why are they following this eBay ruling so stringently?

Anyway I am not going to concern myself any further. Life is too short to battle with companies, when you know you can't win. I shall sit back and wait until the 21 days are up and see what happens. I will let you know.


On a lighter note - anyone who hasn't read my novel 'Divorcees.Biz' can download it for only 99c/99p at the moment.

It's a fun romance about four divorced ladies, who suddenly decide to set up an online dating agency for divorcees. The story is set in London

That's all for the moment!

Have a great day wherever you are!


Chink Chink!

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