This short story isn't going to be what you are expecting because I'm not going to bash eBay, in fact I love eBay and have bought a lot of stuff off of the site at fair to cheap prices. My 322 JDGT was bought off of the site in Illinois, My #49 snow thrower was bought off the site from Kansas, and my latest Ford F150 was bought through the site out of Phoenix AZ so I am pretty happy with the many buys I have gotten over the years.
This post is about the guy next door who is getting up in age but is still very mentally sharp at 84. He has had someone else whom I don't know sell a couple things for him on eBay and I guess he was ok with the outcome but last week I was over there and he starts handing me stuff to "put on eBay for him" since he is computer idiot. I told him he'd be better off in a yard sale but he insisted his PINK General Electric hand mixer that was a wedding gift in 1956 would bring "alotta" money on the site. He was thinking $50 to $75. I asked if he HAD to have a certain price and he said "No, just sell it". I laughed and at his insistence I brought it home and listed it for 5 days, no reserve.
Forward 2 days...he calls me over and showed me an antique radio he wanted to sell too. Sell It! he said.
So I listed it too and waited for bids to roll in. Well, Last night the Hand Mixer sold for $0.99 with shipping of $12.60 Flat rate USPS. The buyer paid me promptly for the item and the shipping. Wait for it.......
Today my neighbor went through the roof because I sold his dead wife's wedding mixer for $0.99
I told him it is what it is and just like at a live auction, if no one bids , it goes cheap and besides.... Bernadine didn't use it any more.(His dead wife)..... Then he asked about his prize possession radio that I had listed and I told him some has bid $19 on it so far, he about filled his pants at that moment telling me he paid alotta money for that thing years ago... He told me to take it off and stop the sale so I warned him it MAY cost to end the auction early and he would have to pay me for the damages. Well, I'm here to warn you don't try to do people favors unless they fully understand how the world turns now days. I ended the radio auction and am waiting for the fallout with eBay. If I get fined a couple dollars I think I'll just pay it myself and chalk it up to a lesson learned. Do not sell other people's belongings for them unless they are dead and can't complain about it.