Last week I used eBay for the first time in a while. I needed to sell my bike fast and eBay, despite its flaws, is the best place to do that.
With the current state of the economy I shouldn't be surprised that the bike sold for less than I had hoped. I couldn't really help my timing, though (I was out of state...long story), so I just had to accept my bad luck. Then I go to UPS and they quote me at $100, more than double the estimate their stupid online calculator gave me. I was beginning to think that I should have just shipped the bike home to myself instead of selling it.
The buyer paid immediately, but it turns out that PayPal put a hold on my funds because of their "You have an eBay feedback score of less than 100, and you sell an item for more than $100" rule. I'm pretty close to 100, but not quite. Damn. Now I have to wait until the buyer leaves feedback or until 3 days after my item is confirmed as shipped. I could really use this money by the end of the month, and it's going to be a close call.
So today I check the tracking hoping I can start the 3-day count and here's what it says: "THE RECEIVER DID NOT WANT THE ORDER AND REFUSED THIS DELIVERY / RETURNED TO SHIPPER." I've double checked the address and it looks correct. Besides, "refused this delivery" sounds like something more than a wrong address. I have no idea what's going on. I just e-mailed the buyer and who knows if I'll get a response.
So what happens now? It says "returned to shipper," but I happen to live more than 1500 miles from where I shipped it. They do know my address, though, because I've used UPS before and I remember the guy at the counter mispronouncing the name of my street. All I know for now is that the package was in San Francisco as of 12 this morning. It has a rescheduled delivery of 10/24, which could be possible as a return to where I shipped it from, but wouldn't happen as a return back to Indy. I have a bad feeling that it will get sent back to the UPS store and I'll have to pay to have it shipped here.
Has anyone ever had something like this happen? I'm going to start searching UPS's site to see what I can find.
As for eBay, what happens there? Like a moron, I already left positive feedback because I was hoping that would encourage the buyer to leave my feedback sooner, which would mean I would get my money sooner. I already paid my eBay fees and PayPal took its chunk of the money.
I already lost enough money on this deal, and I don't want to go through the process of selling the bike again (which I would do on RBR this time). This sucks. The lesson? Always keep your bikes. Never sell one.