Word to the wise: Don't ask questions on eBay if you have skeletons in the closet
I get plenty of ho-hum questions on eBay. Sometimes, though, even an innocent question makes me think for a second, and when that happens, I usually go see what information I can glean before I reply. Here's one of those instances...
Potential buyers sends me this note: "Nice coins but you should have staggarg the times so we can bid on more.oms like I can only bid on one"
Now, my items are spaced by a minute (go beyond that and my listings end over too long a period of time), and if that's not enough time to snipe, there's always placing an earlier bid or using an outside sniper. Anyway, the comment isn't much, but somehow it still rubbed me slightly the wrong way in that it's a bit on the curt side, so I checked the buyer's feedback. More specifically, the feedback left.
Oh, well would you look at that! If the buyer hadn't emailed me, I'd have been none the wiser. But he did, and I am, and now I'm a bit skeptical. Besides, of all the coins I had up, because they're not spaced enough, he already told me he's only bidding on one, so I can simplify it and make it none. My silent reply to the buyer was simply to block him.
Not surprisingly, I get some messages after the listings end:
"I cannot bid on your coins? I am a AAA rated eBay buyer. Have we done business in the past?"
A few more messages tell of all the items of mine he would have won (after originally telling me he'd only bid on one...) Would that have happened? Maybe. Do I regret blocking him? No. One thing I've learned over the years is that when I haven't listened to that spidey sense, I've gotten bitten. Moral of the story? If you want to buy something and you don't have a golden track record yourself, stay quiet.