This is a warning to folks who sell expensive, delicate items -- like saddles -- on EbaySee also parts Two (II), Three (III), Four (IV), and Five (V) for the whole saga!
I am in the midst of a dispute regarding an Ebay transaction, on a saddle I sold in October. After ten years of successful transactions on Ebay, I'm learning a hard lesson. At the moment, it seems like sellers are not well protected on Ebay.
Would you send your saddle out on a 45-day trial to a stranger? Me neither. And I didn't understand that this is a possibility with an Ebay sale...
Saddle Junkie and wheeler-dealer
Most of you know I'm a saddle junkie, and I buy and sell a lot of them on Ebay. I have 500 transactions in Ebay, probably 15 or so were saddles in various price ranges -- I have a 100% satisfaction rate. I post detailed photos, I answer questions, I measure, I try to be honest about whether I think a saddle will work based on what prospective buyers tell me. I do not take returns, though. Or at least, I didn't think I did.
What just happened?
Usually, buyers ask a ton of questions before making an offer. But in early October, a new Ebay buyer, with no transactions, just clicked Buy It Now and bought it, no questions asked. I had a bad feeling -- was this a scam? It's hard to imagine someone shelling out $2,200 without asking any questions. But they paid, so I I sold the saddle and shipped it.
Stay Tuned for Part Two (II).