eBay eDiot

February 2, 2010 at 22:53 4 comments

I just started poking about on eBay a couple of days ago (yes, bags again, I admit it). It took me so long to actually start using eBay because I am, on general principle, wary of sticking my neck out and opening my wallet to a large faceless public arena.

Today I have even more reason for caution. I emailed a few sellers about their bags, and received prompt and helpful replies from most. However, I got one, from the other side of the planet, that said:

“Hello, Yes the stripes go all the way around. But I see you are from Sinapore and you have 0 feedback. Your address can not be confirmed we can not ship to unconfirmed address.”

Excuse me? What do you mean by “can not be confirmed”? You do not propose any attempt to obtain confirmation. Mailing proof is easily arranged, if you ask for it. I cannot confirm your address offhand either, yes? And I suppose you had tons of gushing feedback flooding your account the day you started using it. And either you took creative license with the spelling of my country in your implied derogation, or you simply couldn’t be bothered. But perhaps you think that, coming from an Asian country, I must be some retarded leper in an unwashed samfoo, squatting in front of a stolen laptop and gurgling joyfully in anticipation of cheating you.

I replied:

“Yes, I am from Singapore and I have zero feedback because I just started actively using eBay. It is perfectly all right if you do not wish me to buy from you. Thank you for your prompt reply.”

By which, of course, I really mean: go to hell, you effing bigot, and stick it where the sun don’t shine, which, in your case, must already be pretty full from both ends.


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. flaneurvric  |  February 3, 2010 at 00:10

    Well, this is ridiculous. If I can remember my eBay account name and password (that’s a BIG if), I will log in and give you all kinds of wonderful feedback (e.g. “If there was ever a non-retarded, very clean, conscientious and honest buyer, it has to be this one!”). Also, I probably would have left all the g’s out of my reply (you know, in keeping with the “Sinapore”).

    On the brighter side, the money you saved by not buying this ingrate’s bag can be applied toward getting LASIK! :)

  • 2. Yee Ming Mok  |  February 4, 2010 at 11:47

    samfoo?? hahahahaha

  • 3. dreying  |  February 6, 2010 at 10:08


    • 4. Katie  |  February 6, 2010 at 17:37

      You are an enabler, did you know that? I may just really go for it later this year as a post-exam gift to self… :)


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