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Remember the days when we bought/sold on ebay with checks??

LakesammmanLakesammman Posts: 17,292 ✭✭✭✭✭

I'm going through a bunch of old check registers, mainly to establish the cost basis for our house.

I was surprised by the number of old checks related to ebay, buying, selling, refunds, etc. Actually had forgotten the days before electronic payments! :D

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    jmlanzafjmlanzaf Posts: 31,902 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Yes, I do. Things are so much better now.

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    LanceNewmanOCCLanceNewmanOCC Posts: 19,999 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Lakesammman said:
    I was surprised by the number of old checks related to ebay, buying, selling, refunds, etc.

    .
    if you get to feeling nostalgic sometime. ;)

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    stevebensteveben Posts: 4,595 ✭✭✭✭✭

    i used to take any type of payment that ended up as the right amount in usd in my hands.

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    WaterSportWaterSport Posts: 6,708 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I can't tell you how many Money Orders I sent!!

    Ws

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    stevebensteveben Posts: 4,595 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Lakesammman said:
    I'm going through a bunch of old check registers, mainly to establish the cost basis for our house.

    I was surprised by the number of old checks related to ebay, buying, selling, refunds, etc. Actually had forgotten the days before electronic payments! :D

    any i remember the first time someone wanted to pay me in paypal. i was like...what is paypal? and there was another company iescrow.

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    numismanumisma Posts: 3,877 ✭✭✭✭

    Remember the days when we bought/sold on ebay with checks??

    Oh yes. I remember. Ties right in with the 2400 baud dial-up modems back at that time.

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    KurisuKurisu Posts: 1,849 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited May 9, 2022 6:13PM

    Same account since 1999 here :blush:
    Been using it since 1996 I struggle to remember why I had to create a new account though...
    Maybe it something to do with my Eudora mail :smiley:

    Coins are Neato!

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    jesbrokenjesbroken Posts: 9,294 ✭✭✭✭✭

    For years I utilized and took checks on ebay. As said previously, for forum members I always sent the item upon receipt of the check and a few earlier. I started using Money Orders and requested the same on ebay and all went smoothly from there on. Things sure are quicker now.
    Jim


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    BroadstruckBroadstruck Posts: 30,497 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Yeah, sending USPS MO's to save the PP or shipping fees to random strangers was a normal occurrence.

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    numismanumisma Posts: 3,877 ✭✭✭✭

    @Broadstruck said:
    Yeah, sending USPS MO's to save the PP or shipping fees to random strangers was a normal occurrence.

    But we must always remember that at that time SELLERS could leave negative feedback for BUYERS! Oh the horror! And man, there were some good negative comments back in the day. Wish we could still do that....

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    bearcavebearcave Posts: 3,993 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I remember checks. I found one I hadn't cashed. I always sent out the auction as soon as they won it. Didn't have the scammers we have now.

    Ken
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    Dave99BDave99B Posts: 8,357 ✭✭✭✭✭

    On one of my very first eBay sales, twenty years ago, the buyer emailed me his credit card information.

    Card number, expiration date, security code … everything. Those were different times.

    Dave

    Always looking for original, better date VF20-VF35 Barber quarters and halves, and a quality beer.
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    amwldcoinamwldcoin Posts: 11,269 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited May 9, 2022 6:53PM

    On top of that! How many remember going to the Post office with a bag full of packages to ship? Then spending 30 minutes with prefilled insurance forms and becoming personally acquainted with your local postal clerk?

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    cnncoinscnncoins Posts: 414 ✭✭✭✭

    Geez...I remember buying and selling before there was an Ebay. We would ship Pony Express...

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    bsshog40bsshog40 Posts: 3,777 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I think my first sale payment was with check. Too long ago to remember. 20yrs on ebay now. Mostly a buyer tho'. Lol

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    WalkerfanWalkerfan Posts: 8,973 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited May 10, 2022 12:40PM

    I remember sending thousands of dollars worth of money orders to random strangers. It was very scary thinking of how I could recover them, if they were lost or stolen. (eBay member since early 2000...22 years).

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    Cougar1978Cougar1978 Posts: 7,621 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited May 9, 2022 8:38PM

    Liked those good ole days before big boys got in. It beat the show circuit. Did a booming business in NBN. Got many cheap bc coin shop in Midwest liquidating big collection on the bay. I don’t think they even knew what they were giving away. I knew how grade them and price other bidders had no clue, beat them in auction. Got many cheap. Then turned around retailed them doing well. Everything raw as this was before currency grading.

    I would not ship until check cleared. Loaded up on gold coins then (putting in bank box) and banked in 2011 when gold went up. Then you could neg bad buyers. Too bad not now. I remember one I negged always sending me occasional emails cussing me out. A real loser.

    Of course things change and time flies like a river so one has to adjust their game plan.

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    jessewvujessewvu Posts: 5,063 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Yep. One person even wrote their SSN on a check I received. I sent them an email letting them know it was a terrible idea.

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    jesbrokenjesbroken Posts: 9,294 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I remember when all the forms you might need were in an especially made counter with pens, stapler, tape, all the supplies one needed to send a package. Then the crime wave hit. So much for one rotten apple.
    Jim


    When a man who is honestly mistaken hears the truth, he will either quit being mistaken or cease to be honest....Abraham Lincoln

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    rte592rte592 Posts: 1,448 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I remember sending a money order for a VW weber carb and intake to a guy in salt lake city Utah.
    Time passed and I asked where my parts were?
    He said he didn't receive a money order.
    It wasn't a USPS money order...it was from a western union grocery store one.
    I spent another $25 to track it and get a signature if it was cashed.
    Sure enough it had been cashed...
    Had his signature on it.
    He doesn't remember getting it and sure didn't remember cashing it, MUST HAVE BEEN MY WIFE.
    was his excuse :s
    I asked him SO WHAT?
    You got my money where's my parts?

    He refused to send me anything because he didn't get the money from the wife.

    I put in a claim with eBay.
    eBay policy was refund the first $100 only.

    I was out cash, more cash for the tracking and lost the balance of money over $100.

    Wow what a great platform.

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    daltexdaltex Posts: 3,486 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @numisma said:

    @Broadstruck said:
    Yeah, sending USPS MO's to save the PP or shipping fees to random strangers was a normal occurrence.

    But we must always remember that at that time SELLERS could leave negative feedback for BUYERS! Oh the horror! And man, there were some good negative comments back in the day. Wish we could still do that....

    Or, even further back, before feedback was transactional. This ended maybe three months after I joined, but several members of the eBay help desk had rapidly growing feedback.

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    airplanenutairplanenut Posts: 21,908 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I remember going to my first P.O. Box and it was full of checks I’d walk to the bank. Now it just has a few skips for packages, and in rare occasion an envelope with a check that I deposit with my phone.

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    thebeavthebeav Posts: 3,753 ✭✭✭✭✭

    It was nice, when you sold an expensive item, you could avoid those Paypal fees.....

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    jmlanzafjmlanzaf Posts: 31,902 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @MasonG said:
    I mailed out stuff when I received payment, check or money order. Never lost a penny to a cheat. Can't say the same thing about online payments.

    I had checks bounce.

    I had claims of non-receipt. Tracking was an add-on at the time.

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    jmlanzafjmlanzaf Posts: 31,902 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @thebeav said:
    It was nice, when you sold an expensive item, you could avoid those Paypal fees.....

    And not have any of the guarantees that go with it. I will buy $5000 coins on eBay now. I never would have sent a $5000 money order to a stranger then. So, it may well be a case of pwnny-wise pound- foolish. You have more buyers now because of the security of the transactions.

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    rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Ebay in the old days (late nineties) was a different world. I would pay for items with a postal money order..... Never had an issue. Products were always as described/pictured. Before ebay became a scammer paradise. I still buy some items on ebay - cautiously. I do use PP now mostly. Cheers, RickO

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    jdimmickjdimmick Posts: 9,596 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Yeah,
    I remember then, didnt even have my own PO box, having to run across town and collect the incoming mail with checks from the old homestead address.

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    MasonGMasonG Posts: 6,268 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @jmlanzaf said:
    I had checks bounce.

    I had one bounce. The buyer emailed me to let me know about it before the bank told me. He paid the fee.

    @jmlanzaf said:
    I had claims of non-receipt.

    I still do.

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    tommyrusty7tommyrusty7 Posts: 1,785 ✭✭✭✭

    I quit using ebay a couple of years ago after I sold most of my coins. I still have about 50 of the 2008 silver eagles that were left from when I bought all those coins searching for the reverse of 07 coins. I really don't know why I kept them all these years as they take up a lot of room in my safe.

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    jmlanzafjmlanzaf Posts: 31,902 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @MasonG said:

    @jmlanzaf said:
    I had checks bounce.

    I had one bounce. The buyer emailed me to let me know about it before the bank told me. He paid the fee.

    @jmlanzaf said:
    I had claims of non-receipt.

    I still do.

    Yes, but I had no seller guarantees to cover it.

    And I was constantly going to the bank and post office. Things are much simpler and safer now.

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    fastfreddiefastfreddie Posts: 2,769 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I remember sending cash to Europe. Only got intercepted once.

    It is not that life is short, but that you are dead for so very long.
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    BobSavBobSav Posts: 913 ✭✭✭

    @amwldcoin said:
    On top of that! How many remember going to the Post office with a bag full of packages to ship? Then spending 30 minutes with prefilled insurance forms and becoming personally acquainted with your local postal clerk?

    Yeah I also remember how it was always time for one particular clerk to go on " break" as soon as he saw me come in.

    Past transactions with:
    Lordmarcovan, WTCG, YogiBerraFan, Phoenin21, LindeDad, Coll3ctor, blue594, robkoll, Mike Dixon, BloodMan, Flakthat and others.
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    BobSavBobSav Posts: 913 ✭✭✭

    @fastfreddie said:
    I remember sending cash to Europe. Only got intercepted once.

    How about " IRC's" International reply coupons that you would buy at the post office to send overseas for small payments.

    Past transactions with:
    Lordmarcovan, WTCG, YogiBerraFan, Phoenin21, LindeDad, Coll3ctor, blue594, robkoll, Mike Dixon, BloodMan, Flakthat and others.
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    amwldcoinamwldcoin Posts: 11,269 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @BobSav said:

    @amwldcoin said:
    On top of that! How many remember going to the Post office with a bag full of packages to ship? Then spending 30 minutes with prefilled insurance forms and becoming personally acquainted with your local postal clerk?

    Yeah I also remember how it was always time for one particular clerk to go on " break" as soon as he saw me come in.

    I had 2 cuties back in the day I called the Bobbsey Twins!

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    RarityRarity Posts: 1,412 ✭✭✭✭
    edited May 10, 2022 11:33AM

    I tested out Ebay by selling my first inexpensive coin (<$100) and a more expensive coin (>$1650). I received the checks and both checks cleared without any issue. Back then, I did not know how to attach picture with my coins (I had no digital camera), only descriptions. I bought a few $20 double eagles from Ebay and returned a very nice $20 in SEGS holder due to a dark spot. The seller issued a refund to me in check and that was final. Yes I do miss those days of simple life :smile: If I have to choose, I rather take PayPal than check or MO.

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    OldhoopsterOldhoopster Posts: 2,930 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I had experience running classified mail order ads, so early eBay with checks and money orders, post office, and bank trips were business as usual. When PayPal came on board, it was a big change, but did make things easier

    Member of the ANA since 1982
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    Stingray63Stingray63 Posts: 299 ✭✭✭
    edited May 10, 2022 12:51PM

    @drei3ree said:
    If you sent a money order you'd get your purchase sooner!

    That's what I used to inform bidders on Yahoo Auctions back around 1997-2001. Otherwise I stated they would have to wait until I knew the check absolutely cleared. This was back in the day when there were no fees to list or after an item sold. 100% of the $ to the seller.

    Pocket Change Inspector

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    davewesendavewesen Posts: 5,849 ✭✭✭✭✭

    yes. and I was happy when PAYPAL started. I should have tried getting a job at either eBay or Paypal in those early days.

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    amwldcoinamwldcoin Posts: 11,269 ✭✭✭✭✭

    So who remember's ebay's 1st attempt at a payment system? I think it was called billpay or something like that. I got a sour taste for it when a dealer bought a couple grand worth of coins and returned them all....cost me some bucks. :s

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    JimTylerJimTyler Posts: 3,055 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I can’t believe I had the nerve to do this. A lady (non numismatist) was selling a NGC Octagon $50. It didn’t sell I ask what she would sell it to me for it was about $5600 (long time ago) I sent her a check she sent the damn coin and everything worked out perfect.

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    PerryHallPerryHall Posts: 45,420 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @JimTyler said:
    I can’t believe I had the nerve to do this. A lady (non numismatist) was selling a NGC Octagon $50. It didn’t sell I ask what she would sell it to me for it was about $5600 (long time ago) I sent her a check she sent the damn coin and everything worked out perfect.

    You were lucky. I wouldn't try that today. :D

    Worry is the interest you pay on a debt you may not owe.

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    MarkW63MarkW63 Posts: 1,532 ✭✭✭✭

    yes! I've sent a good bit of money orders.
    And received lots of them as well.
    This was kind of funny, but on low dollar items if the seller had any amount of good feedback I'd wait say two days after the sell and then go ahead and mail out the item, I never got ripped off, and I had GREAT feedback for extremely PROMPT shipping o:)

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