[personal profile] dakini_bones
So, on an Ambien binged very late night shopping spree, I bought a crap ton of "sterling silver" bangles on eBay.
As much as I hate buying anything from the Chinese (lead anyone?) several of the sellers were in Hong Kong or Shen Zen (which smells of urine, I know, I could not wash it off my sandals for love or money.)

I have received two of the bangles already.
One is obviously not sterling silver, and the other is probably also a fake.

I left feedback saying that the obviously fake item was not even close to sterling silver, but you get what you pay for.
Pretty much verbatim.

The seller is totes frantic.
S/he refunded all of my money, god bless h/er.
All 4.99$ worth. (Hey, you get what you pay for!)
 But s/he wants me to get rid of my negative feedback.

My impulse is that they can kiss my ass.
Had anyone had the huevos to actually leave that feedback before, I would not have bought the item, even under the influence of semi-hallucinogenic sleeping pills.

It says all over their item profile that THE BUYER IS NOT TO LEAVE NEGATIVE FEEDBACK!!
Well yeah, they are selling crap as sterling!

So, ignore them and draw a line in the virtual intarwebs sand?
Take the money and buckle to social pressure to make people happy to re-affirm my self worth?
Take the money and still leave negative feedback? (Boo favours that one, lolz)

What would you do?

Date: 2010-08-16 06:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] freetrav.livejournal.com
*I* would take the money and leave the negative feedback - and send a formal fraud complaint to eBay. However, the cost of that almost certainly will be retaliatory (and false) negative feedback on you as a buyer, and eBay has a reputation for either doing nothing or favoring the seller in such disputes (they get their money from the sellers, after all). If you're willing to pay that price, go for it.

Date: 2010-08-16 01:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] emt-hawk.livejournal.com
+1

And I'd leave feedback with a copy of the email begging you to take the negative feedback off the message.

The only way that people like that will stop selling crap to people is because they get their pee-pee smacked. You have the opportunity for them to unburden themselves of karma, and to protect other buyers.

--Hawk

Date: 2010-08-17 01:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mrbigsteve.livejournal.com
At last count, ebay made it so that sellers could only leave positive feedback. They can say whatever they want, but it'll still count as positive.

Date: 2010-08-16 10:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deponti.livejournal.com
I have some diamond bangles for sale...you want to buy them? don't leave negative feedback...

lolz!

Date: 2010-08-16 10:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dakini-bones.livejournal.com
I'll come pick them up!

Date: 2010-08-16 10:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cvirtue.livejournal.com
I had a similar situation once; buyer selling something as leather that turned out to be vinyl or similar. As this was on a fireplace bellows, and had melt marks, it was pretty egregious. She refunded my money.

I left her, ultimately, neutral feedback because I felt we were back at "no harm no foul" and she had a complete fit. It wasn't a positive experience so there was no way I was going to leave positive feedback. Neutral supposedly means neutral; it's not a negative.

That was 3+ years ago; I understand that the feedback system has been altered to favor buyers more these days.

I'd keep your feedback at the level you feel is appropriate for the whole transaction, but if it's anything short of gushing A+++++++++++++++++ the seller will be grumpy.

As for the metal itself, there's a good chance there's cadmium in it as well as lead.

Date: 2010-08-16 03:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cathyn.livejournal.com
I'm with Boo. The only way they'll be stopped/change their ways is if enough people complain.

Date: 2010-08-16 04:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kahnegabs.livejournal.com
I would not take her money and would certainly leave the feedback.
Honest is honest!

Date: 2010-08-16 04:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] klwilliams.livejournal.com
The point of the feedback is to let others know what your experience was. If it was bad, then you should say so. You might want to add an additional feedback to say they refunded your money when you pointed out they had sold you fakes.

Date: 2010-08-17 01:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aastg.livejournal.com
Are you kidding? Leave the negative feedback. It's TRUE, isn't it?

If she doesn't like it, tell her it's a "market correction".
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