Tuesday, April 20, 2010

pardon me while I rant...

Sorry, I need to rant and rave for a minute. I've been selling hatching eggs on ebay since March. For the most part my buyers are quite lovely and pay in a very timely manner. In fact, I require them to pay within 24 hours. It's not just that I'm uptight and picky about it, there's really a reason.

Auctions end on Friday nights. Payment is needed by Saturday night. Eggs are packed Sunday afternoon (without payment, I can't pack eggs). Eggs ship first thing Monday. Obviously that leaves a teensy bit of leeway... basically I need the money by mid day Sunday or else the eggs can't ship on time. This is a time-sensitive matter. Shipping takes a serious toll on them, and delaying that a day, or two, or more... it's really not helpful.

I make it abundantly clear on the listing that the buyer gets 24 hours to pay, and if they can't do that, they should not bother to bid. So I think five times now in the span of selling eggs this season, I've had complete nincompoop buyers. I send an invoice, and then another, and a reminder, and a threat to report them for not paying. And then Tuesday morning rolls around and I get payment, sometimes with no explanation, sometimes with the LAME-O "sorry, I couldn't get on the internet." Well for Pete's sake, find a way! Or if you knew you didn't have internet access over the weekend, DON'T #@($#$% bid!!!!!!!!!


Yeah, I know, it may seem minor but it just annoys the crap out of me.

1 comment:

Granny Annie said...

You have absolutely every reason to rant. I used to love selling on eBay and we did very well but the idiots that crossed our path every once in a while ruined it for us. You can disclose and disclose and disclose and someone will still say "I didn't know". Now I buy on eBay but doubt I will ever sell there again. Why would anyone purchase eggs online and not understand the unique importance of timely shipping?