Why Should The 'Buyer Beware' ?
by, 09-02-2012 at 02:22 PM (1051 Views)
I had an interesting conversation with a seller on the Bay a couple of weeks ago and I have to be honest and say that I finally snapped. Here I am thinking I'm helping a seller out because he is trying to sell a card that isn't what he is claiming it is so I send him a message. Well the reply I get is an absolute jioke and treats me like I've committed some crime. I am so sick and tired of hearing that the "Buyer Should Beware" that I could have driven down to this sellers shop and done something really stupid. This is absolutely ridiculous that someone can be so arrogant or deceitful that they would intentionally lie about a card. Worse then that they claim to have been in the hobby for many, many years so they should know better. Now for me it isn't a question about an honest mistake as I first gave them credit for now it is an out and out lie and attempt to be dishonest and misleading.
If you have been in the hobby long enough you know what is a rookie card and what isn't. A card that is in the player's rookie year but not part of the regular set ISN'T a Rookie Card ! In this case it is a Jonathan Toews 2007-08 Ultimate card, an Ultimate Signatures card ! Yes it is from his rookie year but it ISN'T a Toews Rookie Card
Here is my message to this seller: As a coutesy I wanted to contact you and tell you that this isn't a rookie card and nowhere in the description on the card is the word 'rookie' used. This is simply an autograph card from Jonathan's rookie year. Your listing is quite misleading abd could cause problems for you down the road.
Here is the seller's wonderful response: Its a rookie card. His first year was 2007-08 therefore it's a rookie. Many people list it as a rookie. Did you harass them too? Must be nice to have so much time on your hands. It doesnt have to say "rookie" on the card for it to be a rookie. This is not misleading. Ultimate is an NHL release and it is a set. This is Toews Rookie Card from that set. You are being way too anal on this one. Dont contact us anymore.
After saying don't contact us anymore I get the following message from the seller "This is a petty overbearing bunch of nonsense" and then I get this one later on "We are reporting you to ebay for harassment. What part about DO NOT CONTACT US dont you get? Get lost. Who made you God on here? There's no lie in this listing. I've been collecting for 56 years. Mind your own business and do not contact us again you arrogant snob."
I should have bought the card myself and then filed a claim for selling an item not as described. Then I could have left negative feedback and hopefully stopped this ™™™™™™™ from selling his crap to unsuspecting suckers.
It is always the novice collector or someone trying to buy something for someone who gets screwed here. They get told it is a rookie card or something like that when it isn't. I get at least two to three people a week in my store who bought something from someone for whatever amount of money and I have to tell them that they either didn't get what they were told the item was or they paid way too much. That is just as bad as selling a card on the Bay for $69.99 when you know that it books for $30.00 (same big store from previous rant). As a store owner in this hobby we are responsible for educating the collector, being sure they know what they are buying and teaching them what is or isn't. These stores or sellers who are just taking the buyer's money by overcharging or misrepresenting what the item actually is are a disgrace to the hobby and should be damned ashamed of themselves. These people or lowlifes are the reason why this hobby has such a bad rap and why stores don't last. Too many people get ripped off and leave the hobby because they have lost interest and feel that nobody in the hobby can be trusted