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Ebay seller not responding. Won't give shipping estimate.

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Feb 5, 2007
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4flava wrote: You better hope to get a honest ebayer or don't pay if they shipping price is too high and negotiate to not leave each other negative feedbacks... good luck

Haven't been on Ebay for a while? :razz: Buyers can neg sellers, sellers CANNOT neg. buyers....this change in policy caused a seller sh*tstorm when it was adopted in 2008(?)
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Oct 18, 2007
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sorry, ebay noobs written all over it...

i usually check shipping, if it's ridiculous, move along... if not listed, contact them... no responds, move along. sometimes, I email them anyway even if they list shipping just to make sure there's a responds.

hope you're lucky and they're just busy...
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Feb 5, 2007
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Joke wrote: So I won an auction, but the shipping price was not listed (it said to contact seller). The seller hasn't replied back in 2 days. Is there any way to obtain the paypal email address of the seller or some other way to contact them besides the ebay messaging service?

Anyone have a similar situation?

First off relax, it ain't the end of your world.....ignore all the "you shoulda" msgs above, it's too late for lecturing....
IMHO, I get the feeling if the price was that low(and it's not out and out fraud), the seller doesn't want to "give it away" and will be content to "let sleeping dogs lie" and let the deal fade away, instead of trying to fight you about the shipping to get a better price and risk getting a neg. feedback from you.

Be patient....wait....
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Jan 21, 2006
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Joke wrote: I thought I was pretty safe since the seller's located in T.O and its a pretty light item. Also, the item was won at a price "well" below retail value. I was cautious since there was less than 10 feedback but I saw all these people bidding and the price was too good the pass up. Anyways, I have the seller's name and address from the ebay confirmation email and the seller most likely has all my info and address. I was thinking if there is no response within like 5 days I would leave negative feedback but then I thought that the seller could retaliate since my address,name,email are in his possession, so I don't know what to do.

Write them a note about the shipping and leave it in their mailbox?
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Jan 4, 2011
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Toronto
Not a single response from the seller thus far. I would post the item number, but I'm afraid of my security since the seller is aware of my personal address and can maybe "retaliate" if I become a snitch (I'm sure this thread is easy to find once the # is posted). I would have showed you the # if i forwarded my mail to a post box, but that's not the case. Anyways, it looks like either the seller has gone away for a while or is going to sleep on it since it was a low price like one of you suggested. So should I open the resolve a case dispute thing once the time comes or do I just ignore the pay for the item message in my account?

I was really hoping to get the item, but it looks like I'll have to be cautious with too good to be true deals. Anyways, lets say I do the resolution thing and ebay contacts the seller or something and they caution him and stuff, what are the implications for me? I'm really concerned with the seller being some gangster thug with the knowledge of my info, and one day while walking out the door I see a car parked that I don't recognize. The passenger door opens. A large man walks out and says "thanks for the negative feedback. Asta lavista baby". I get blown away with a shotty and he comes to my side as I lay there and whispers "next time, there will be no next time.You don't get another chance, life is no Nintendo game. You should'nt have messed with me punk". He gets back in the car. I look on. While the car begins to fade away, I hear one last sound from the man who brought me down "don't worry, ebay will resolve your 'new' problem...Hahahahahaa". The sound echoes off into eternity and I wonder... how I ever got into this mess. A final thought comes to mind. This was the 'case to end all cases'. I smile. Eyes get heavy. Darkness.

This is the epilogue by the way. The other cases mentioned would obviously be in the prologue.
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May 8, 2002
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mrsandman wrote: Usually there's no issue IF you hold the sellers hand, shipping wise...Tell them what form of shipping to use, eg. US Postal Service "First Class Mail International" and send them the appropriate USPS link to the rate chart(which also shows package size limits in size and weight).
Also inform them about what to write on the customs slip(don't go the gift route) and to NOT include a reciept in the box (if applicable)......... No confusion, no surprises......you get it shipped your way and do their work for them..

What happens if you get them to write "Gift" and don't include a receipt? What exactly are you supposed to get them to write on the customs slip to avoid taxes/duties?
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Jan 30, 2007
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The Kid wrote: What happens if you get them to write "Gift" and don't include a receipt? What exactly are you supposed to get them to write on the customs slip to avoid taxes/duties?
Here's a thought: If you want to avoid taxes and duties being imposed on items you've bought on eBay and the like, just don't buy from foreign countries. If, on the other hand, you do buy from international sellers, then don't be so demanding on the sellers by insisting they lie on a legal form (i.e. the customs declaration) and don't put yourself at risk by insisting they undervalue a package which may be lost in transit and which you may later be demanding reimbursement.

I have had packages come through, correctly valued at $140 or more, and not had to pay anything, so it's a crapshoot but when I'm buying from a US seller (whether retailer or on something like eBay), I budget potential taxes and duties into my equation and if I don't have to pay anything to the government, then I'm even further ahead.
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Joke wrote: So I won an auction, but the shipping price was not listed (it said to contact seller). The seller hasn't replied back in 2 days. Is there any way to obtain the paypal email address of the seller or some other way to contact them besides the ebay messaging service?
Haven't seen an update to the situation, so I'm presuming things haven't changed. Ultimately, it seems you haven't paid anything and the seller hasn't contacted you. Another couple of days and you'll likely be quite within your rights to contact the seller and tell them you'll not be proceeding with the transaction as they have not provided you with information required to complete it.

Having said that, you should wait a reasonable amount of time because seller could have been dumb enough to schedule the auction so it finished while they were on vacation, they could have been hit by a bus or simply have more pressing issues at hand.

You're not out anything, so relax. ;)
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Feb 5, 2007
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The Kid wrote: What happens if you get them to write "Gift" and don't include a receipt? What exactly are you supposed to get them to write on the customs slip to avoid taxes/duties?


I think all the abuse of supposed "gift" declarations raises a red flag and opens the seller to potential problems with the customs posse ie. illegal declarations. The "gift" limit amount only goes to $60CDN, beyond that you pay duties/taxes anyway, so ordering a $500 item marked "gift" subjects you to tax/duty on $440....

Be ready to pay on any amount over $50...
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Feb 5, 2007
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Joke wrote: I was really hoping to get the item, but it looks like I'll have to be cautious with too good to be true deals. Anyways, lets say I do the resolution thing and ebay contacts the seller or something and they caution him and stuff, what are the implications for me?

First, park the paranoia.....If you really want to proceed and take your chances with big shipping costs, you can do the resolution thing but if the sellers' feedback is less than 10, he can walk away and open a new acc't/start over.

I get the feeling this item was in an area notorious for scam/ripoffs types on Ebay ie. laptops and other electronics that I'd NEVER buy from, esp. from a low feedback seller...

Live and learn....
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Jan 4, 2011
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Toronto
mrsandman wrote: First, park the paranoia.....If you really want to proceed and take your chances with big shipping costs, you can do the resolution thing but if the sellers' feedback is less than 10, he can walk away and open a new acc't/start over.

I get the feeling this item was in an area notorious for scam/ripoffs types on Ebay ie. laptops and other electronics that I'd NEVER buy from, esp. from a low feedback seller...

Live and learn....

ya, I definitely learned a lesson. Its a dog eat dog world.
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Jan 21, 2006
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iamnotamerican.com wrote: Haven't seen an update to the situation, so I'm presuming things haven't changed. Ultimately, it seems you haven't paid anything and the seller hasn't contacted you. Another couple of days and you'll likely be quite within your rights to contact the seller and tell them you'll not be proceeding with the transaction as they have not provided you with information required to complete it.

Having said that, you should wait a reasonable amount of time because seller could have been dumb enough to schedule the auction so it finished while they were on vacation, they could have been hit by a bus or simply have more pressing issues at hand.

You're not out anything, so relax. ;)

Good points, but I would check if they had any other recent eBay activity, just in case.

Just because the OP is paranoid, doesn't mean the seller isn't avoiding him.
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