I just needed to vent. I’m sick of dealing with buyers and seller individuals in this space. No more. I mean, I’m just trying to build up a collection of GPUs at 2X MSRP and here’s what I’ve sick of:
1) Facebook Marketplace Buy It scams – Don’t bother using the Buy It button on FB Marketplace as they are ALL scams. I found some good deals, saw FB Marketplace’s promise to protect me and then was proceeded to be scammed on EVERY SINGLE ONE. How it works is simple. I pay and they very quickly send me a Tracking #. Only, it’s not going to my house, it’s a tracking # they’ve bought online that’s going somewhere else in my Zip Code. Not only does FB Marketplace not care about preventing these types of things, but when I filed claims they DENIED THEM saying basically “oh, they’ve been delivered, not our problem” even when I proved it wasn’t going to me. Thankfully I used Paypal and they actually care (long process though).
2) Facebook Marketplace Cancelled Order – You buy something on eBay, you expect it to be shipped to you and 99.9% of the time it will, but on FB it’s just a suggestion. You make plans (and don’t purchase elsewhere) based on it being shipped to you, but no, the seller just cancels it. That’s happened 4 times to me – probably more than has actually been shipped.
3) Facebook Marketplace Idiots and A-holes –
a) I purchased a very expensive 3080 from a guy and I’m not even sure what happened, but it wound up taking a couple of weeks and then finally was scanned by the post office only to be delivered across the country. I printed and gave him the label myself. I didn’t insure it, so I’m out of luck as it’s technically the USPS’s fault, but I’m 100% sure the seller did something completely stupid. He probably just put a label on the 3080’s box, stuck it in a mailbox in an apartment complex somewhere and it probably got stolen. The USPS scan was probably manually typed in incorrectly. Bye bye $$$.
b) I have TWO people that I’ve PAID cards for that haven’t shipped after over 2 WEEKS. They both claim to be working “16 hour days” now. You have enough time to respond to me but not to put it into a free USPS box with free pickup? One of them has said that I need to wait until “payday” so he can refund the money to me. You already spent that money before shipping it to me? Oh, FFS.
4) eBay Selling – I’m done selling stuff on eBay. I don’t get how people put up with the buyers. I haven’t sold more than a handful of items and there’s always SOME issue:
a) “Cancel my Order” – I’ve had a number of people cancel orders. They Buy it Now and then I guess they realize they don’t want it. A classic one is a person that claimed that eBay itself (no reserve for a week) bid it “higher than they wanted”. Yeah, sure, buddy: eBay does it all the time LOL. Don’t Bid or Buy it Now without reading it. I indicate very clearly what exactly is in the auction.
b) As-is, Absolutely-no-Returns, Parts-only = “I want my money back, because I can’t get it working”. There was a 2080 Ti that I listed clearly saying in Bold numerous places that it was broken and no returns and parts only and, of course, I get a “well, I knew it was a gamble, but if I had known [yada, yada, yada]…”. Yes, it was a GAMBLE and that’s why it sold at HALF the price of a working one. If you had gotten it working then you could’ve resold it for a profit. That’s why it was a gamble. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t. It was a gamble when I bought it and I lost – I didn’t demand a refund to them when I was unable to fix it. Sell it to someone else that actually CAN fix it.
[Finally, this is what pushed me over the edge]
c) Straight from Dell, never powered on (GPU removed) = “It has a broken Motherboard”
I mean, I bought it from Dell, removed the card and packed it back up. I’m sure it was working when Dell shipped it and I’m sure I didn’t break anything just removing a card. So now, I’m out a guaranteed $40 (return shipping) + whatever fees + whatever time it takes to relist it. That’s a BEST case scenario where the person is just an idiot and didn’t know what “no graphics card” and “no gpu” means. More than likely, though, I’m going to get back something far less than I sent. I’m sure they probably f’ed up the motherboard and now I’m going to have to fight with Dell to get it fixed and may have to PAY for a new motherboard because I sent the customer a “defective item”. I’m sure they probably won’t even use the original shipping material and the nice Dell Alienware R12 will arrive back in unsellable condition.
I’m done. I’m just done. I don’t know how people put up with this crap. I’ve only been doing this for 6 weeks and couldn’t imagine dealing with 10x the number of items and for doing it fulltime. It’s worn me out.
Feel free to post your experiences.