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OP here :) the gift was definitely thoughtless as it was an expensive fountain pen that I have zero use for unfortunately. I told my dad I loved it though...I got scammed because the buyer falsely claimed it was used when it arrived (HE used it). He then opened a case on eBay, sent me loads of aggressive email abuse, threatened legal action and requested my contact details from eBay (so now he has my phone number!). eBay ruled in his favour so I had to refund him... ? I sent the parcel tracked, used Paypal etc. That's the problem really - he is too protected he can just lie and keep the pen and the money!
By naive_girl / Monday 4 July 2016 00:11 / United Kingdom - London
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By  Haggis300  |  25

If you need help with money there are services you can reach out to- but selling a present your dad has got you and put thought into is pretty inconsiderate

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  SherbetGlitter  |  26

I agree, but then if it was a gift they really didn't like I don't see it as being that big of a deal. I wouldn't want someone to keep a gift I got them if it was worth money they really needed and they didn't really like it. Like yeah its a bit rude but I don't think its that bad.

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  hkhan24  |  23

eBay operates heavily in favor of the buyer. If they say they didn't get the package, eBay takes their word for it and will refund the buyer from the sellers PayPal account no questions asked.

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This is why you always put tracking on an expensive item you can't afford to lose. EBay can't side with the buyer if you have proof the item arrived. However, my husband has gotten scammed before by the buyer switching out the working item for a broken one. He now protects himself by adding 'as-is' or 'may need repair' to the discription.

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  Brain_fart  |  18

It's happened to me 3 times on Amazon...the buyer claims they never get it or it was broken or not what we said it was (all lies). Even if you have proof they get your stuff and their money back. It makes me so mad!

By  helloitsmeee_fml  |  22

Honestly kinda depends on the gift... if it was a gift he put a lot of thought into and researched about for you and what not, YDI. If it was an old sock from two years ago that he threw in a plastic bag, FYL. Either way sucks that such poopy people live in this world. :P (I mean the scammers, not you lol)

By  Skoff_fml  |  27

I hope the OP explains this one. What were the particulars of the scam? Did Op send the item before receiving payment? Did the scanmer pay and then make bogus claims to ebay/paypal/whatever to get a refund? What is this tomfoolery

By  naive_girl_fml  |  6

OP here :) the gift was definitely thoughtless as it was an expensive fountain pen that I have zero use for unfortunately. I told my dad I loved it though...I got scammed because the buyer falsely claimed it was used when it arrived (HE used it). He then opened a case on eBay, sent me loads of aggressive email abuse, threatened legal action and requested my contact details from eBay (so now he has my phone number!). eBay ruled in his favour so I had to refund him... ? I sent the parcel tracked, used Paypal etc. That's the problem really - he is too protected he can just lie and keep the pen and the money!

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Yeah agreed I couldn't sell it again if it's been used :( I haven't used it (my birthday is January) so I would only get rid of it anyway rather than have it clutter up my room. Also I feel really gross about it thinking that this person has used it....aside from the obviously security concerns I feel giving him my address when he has been so aggressive and threatening via email and eBay. So I suppose he has won! Annoying

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  nortwdschick  |  24

Did you call eBay? I sell on eBay...Anytime something like this happens, call & talk to someone....especially when they are sending threatening & abusive messages. Representative can look at abusive messages & suspend their account. I have had similar situations & luckily it has always worked out in my favor instead of the scammers favor (sometimes you may need to call more than once to get a competent representative)....P.S. I would never give out my phone number. It's important to message only through eBay so there is a record of all conversations (especially when there's scamming / abuse involved). :)

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  Musicstruck17  |  24

Same thing happened to me but on Amazon. A guy bought a never been used textbook from me, waited exactly a semester time (bought it a week before classes usually start and tried returning the same week classes end) to claim he never got the textbook. I went into a tiring annoying process having to show proof the item was delivered and I told Amazon straight up that who wait months to claim they never received their item? I won but that made me not want to ever sell anything ever again on any website. I'm sorry it wasn't won in your favor. The lengths people go through amazes me.

By  mylonius  |  19

If you need some extra cash, sign up for some of those survey websites. I use Harrris Poll, and get paid in gift cards. It's not much, but it helps. It's free and easy. I'm not spamming, just trying to help.

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  Madrias  |  34

Yep, Karma's a bitch, 16, and I hope it kicks you square in the ass. Selling something you have no use for when the other options are: Don't eat, don't have a house, don't have a car, it's the better option. I suppose, though, that you're the type of person who thinks it'd be funny to scam others, then be the first to complain when someone screws you in return.

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