Ebay Misadvertising Annoyances

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  1. AnthonyG

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    I remember many years back I started a similar topic to this. But want to start another to see if I am in the same boat.

    It is so infuriating ordering from ebay the amount of times people try it on there.

    First of all in the first week of February. I was wanting the ViewHD HDMI splitter. For the simple reason it is the only HDMI splitter that works with HDCP sources removing the HDCP entirely.

    I had tried an elcheapo HDMI splitter and it didn't work. So on ebay someone was listing the ViewHD 2 port HDMI splitter. They even had the model number in the auction title.

    I ordered it from HongKong. Waited almost a month and found come through my door. The exact same elcheapo model I had bought before. It weren't the ViewHD. Reporting this to ebay takes an age to solve. The case is still ongoing now. As you need to negotiate a resolution first. Then ebay need to step in. But if the other side makes any offers the negotiation starts again from scratch.

    Second issue yesterday I seen 25cm HDMI cables for sale. These were perfect as I am connecting to HDMI splitter so want the shortest cable length possible to fit everything on my small shelf.

    I bought 5x cables all from a UK seller.

    And in the post now. The postman has brought 5x 50cm HDMI cables all marked as 25cm. Like I am not going to notice they are twice the length (I have measured them to make sure my eyes weren't playing tricks on me). It is like. Why even advertise them as 25cm in the first place why not just list them as 50cm if they are 50cm cables. What are you possibly gaining by doing that?

    Now I am not sure what to do as I don't want my ebay account to have many disputes on it as I will look iffy. But this is sickening the amount of annoyances on ebay.

    Does anyone else get this on ebay. Or is it just me?
     
  2. Doug the D

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    It's not just you mate, eBay has been in decline for years now. I remember 'back in the day' (10-12 years ago), when you'd see something you liked on eBay, and if it was brand-new, it was always cheaper than anywhere else, and if it was second-hand, it was normally a steal.

    Nowadays, it's the complete opposite - there's been a number of occasions that I've felt like asking a question of a seller, and typing;

    'You do know that I can get this product in Argos within 15 minutes for £30 cheaper don't you? Do you think that a £500 Xbox One, 2 years after the release date is realistic?'

    eBay is simply bordering on gambling now imo, there seems to be far more crap that good. From people selling;

    'NEW! BNIB iPhone 6s Gold 128GB SIM FREE BUY IT NOW £75

    Empty box only, not even the Apple stickers included in sale'

    to assholes listing their item at one price, only to add a zero on in the description - normally used in the motoring section, to push their listing to the top when buyers use the 'Low to High' price searching.

    I'll only use eBay now if either I'm happy to lose a few quid, or I've dealt with a seller before with no issues.
     
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    I don't use ebay much so I've never had an issue. I'm not sure I'd even consider using it for that sort of brand new, mainstream product.
     
  4. Werewolfs

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    Thank you Doug. Not seen the adding a zero before in descriptions. Will watch for it.
    I also just tend to buy inexpensive items nowadays. I would imagine most of us have been "burnt" at one time or another.
     
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    Agree with you there Doug. eBay was magical back in the day. It was like one big f***off carboot sale, albeit without the added bonus of having to traipse round a cow field. You could find some amazing bargains and get hold of some really hard to source stuff from the comfort of your home.

    15 years back or so, it was actually quite a trustworthy place as well. You could buy stuff for £100+ or so without giving a second thought as to whether you'd receive it or not - you'd just expect it in the post. Whether that was because it was innovative and a new way to purchase items or people were simply more honest back then, I don't know but, online scamming simply didn't seem to exist (probably because it was a new experience and people didn't know how).

    The trouble is though, like anything that opens the door for mass commercialism, it soon gets ruined by the avaricious who want to exploit it to line their own pockets. Slowly but surely, loop holes started being identified, mis-advertisment became prevalent through savvy experience and then outright scamming became mainstream when it became apparent that there were easy pickings to be made from gullible people and a system that was (and still is) easy to exploit.

    It's not really eBay's fault as like any business, they wanted to grow their brand and by pushing eBay as a mainstream retail channel, it opened the door to professional traders and scammers alike. Great for them financially but, crap for the audience they targeted originally because they slowly got pushed aside in favour of the big hitting power sellers. The last 10 years or so have seen eBay go from a stellar second hand classifieds experience to a poor imitation of Amazon in drag.

    In all honesty, I seldom use eBay anymore and haven't for some time for all the reasons you stated and more. Besides being too risky and having T&C's written by Chimpanzee's, it no longer caters for my needs and I find Amazon is a much, much better and safer place to buy stuff and in many cases, it's far cheaper. You rarely get any mis-advertisement or ambiguous selling, it's next day P+P, you get proper customer reviews & FB (yes you could argue some are fabricated), and their returns policy (especially with Prime) is second to none (if you don't abuse it).

    For me, eBay's day as the king of online trading is almost over and in some ways, it has sealed it's own fate by championing everything that is wrong with online trading. Good riddance when it happens as for me, it can't come soon enough..
     
  6. qwerty321

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    For the HDMI cables, raise a return request for item not as described. Maybe also attach a picture with the HDMI cable and a ruler/tape measure. That should be pretty clear cut.
     
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    I only use ebay if I am not bothered about the risk as its only a few quid, or I can go and collect it myself.
     
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    Same here, generally avoid eBay unless it's a cheap item from an actual business.
     
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    Only buy from ebay now if it's something I can't source elsewhere. Why buy from ebay and take a gamble when you can buy the same item from a proper retailer for less money?

    Was looking for an inkjet printer a while ago and spotted some bargain Canons of the model I was looking for on ebay. The "bargains" came without the ink cartridges so by the time you purchased those elasewhere it was £30 more expensive than buying it in PC World never mind somewhere cheap.
     
  10. Doug the D

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    I'm sorry, but that is just the absolute best description ever! Genius :rotfl:
     
  11. LeftyXXIII

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    I've had a couple of mishaps on eBay in the last few months, the first being a pair of Levi's where they were advertised as a 30/31 but what I received was comical (see picture). The second was a pair of football boots that were advertised as the professional editions only for me to receive the amateur editions. In both instances I was able to get a refund, but it's still annoying.

    These days most of my purchases are from high street stores, as more and more of them seem to be setting up shop on eBay - useful link here > eBay Outlet Store Guide: Get discounts & savings of up to 80%
     

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    OK, well I've read all the Ebay bashing and have used it for many a moon. Honestly, I think it can be ok. I probably have been very lucky and picked up some absolutely stonking bargains. Even now, I'm managing to find stuff and sellers that are excellent. We all have to try a bit harder and if it seems to good to be true, take extra care.
     
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    Well, spoke too soon :D

    I'm more bemused than irate, but we'll see what the seller does next.

    Lovely shoes, and a snip! But the extra long laces are a problem! (old shoes on the left for comparison purposes). I could cut them, but they have metal ends and they would just fray.

    IMG_2405.JPG
     
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    can't you just swap the laces from your old ones??
     
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    They are not finished with yet :)

    Just saw these and had them in my watch list at £50. Then they were discounted to £25 with free delivery. So, All Saints shoes for that sort of money is too good an opportunity to miss. I have asked them to send me replacement laces, as they are selling multiple items. But they already offered to pay for replacements, but I can't really source easily (see thread on it).
     
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    I still buy from Ebay, and always had good experiences.
    Though of course, I'll check if I can get it from Amazon 1st.

    My one MAJOR complaint about ebay is that they don't stop the false/misleading pricing.
    Not sure whey they don't address it.

    If you search for an item and put in PRICE as your sort. Say cheapest first.

    You will find many adverts with mis-priced listings.
    What I mean is. There is the item you want in the title, and in the photo, next to a price which is really low.
    But when you open the listing, you find THAT price is for something else. and when you select the item it's far higher.

    Let me make up and example of what it could be:

    Plastic model kit of the space shuttle £0.99 to £8.99
    As you have done a search by cheapest 1st, this comes up the top for the £0.99 price

    You click on the listing, and see there is a drop down box, which now says "model glue £0.99"
    You click on the drop box, select the model of the space shuttle and it says £8.99

    Why don't ebay stop this?
     
  17. PumpingtonSteel

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    I was just about to add this as my current major gripe.
    Very obvious manipulation and something that really impacts the user experience
     
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    I still like eBay. After hundreds of purchases, I'd say that less than 20 needed a follow up. Of those, most were settled with the seller ad an honest mistake. And less than 5 have required be to raise a dispute and even then eBay have only had to intervene with a couple.

    If I want some specific and a little obscure I still find that eBay is the best place.

    Cheers,

    Nigel
     
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    The first thing I do is arrange by distance and will always
    Look for closer ones over cheaper ones.
     
  20. Tempest

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    That totally depends on what the item is.
    If it's a chair, or table etc, then yes, what's around me locally is no.1 place to start looking.

    However, if it's a tiny helicopter toy or a plastic kitchen measure I'm not in any panic about, then I've bought direct from China simply down to it being so silly cheap.

    With this in mind, I'd be happy to recommend a product I bought very recently:

    Colorful-Hand Flash Flying LED Ball Toy Disco RC Helicopter Infrared Induction~H | eBay

    Review by Big Clive:

    Random trajectory flying disco eyeball chopper.


    :)
     
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    They do that for mileage as well :mad:

    But take a zero or 3 off. So 177,000 becomes 177 miles.
     
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    I agree with all that's been said.
    Ebay used to be the place to get things cheap because you were not dealing with a GIANT store with overheads, or to pick up bargain 2nd hand stuff.
    There are of course good things still around, but as has been said, a lot of people praying in innocent people.
    Perhaps hoping someone doe snot understand English that well also.

    I've seen many current items on ebay for more that Amazon or high street prices.
    I guess they think, why not. just stick a high price, they might get lucky.
     
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    Oh the irony (joke). :hiya:
     
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    Well done, you got me there.
    That's a typing error I've done a few times, but thankfully I often notice it before I press POST.

    It's odd, as I have from time to time thought of a word I wish to type next, and kinda semi look at what I'm writing, and find out I've typed a slightly different word.
    No idea how i manage that.
    What I think happens is, as I don't touch type, but, without knowing I have (muscle memory) trained my fingers a bit to type in a word automatically, and it seems, sometimes my fingers decide they want to types a different word than my brain does!

    I've very much NOT a Nazi Typist person, esp as a lot of my typing is more "chat" live with someone, or even perhaps, in the past a few conversations at once in an online game.
    As long as I know what someone means, how it's typed I really don't care.

    It's just chat/talk. It's not a letter to the bank manager!
     

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