I just wanted to mention that I just made a HUGE mistake that I would
like to hope will benefit more than me as far as the "live and learn"
I have recently purchased some really beautiful Russian lab grown
canary diamonds, on ebay. I am currently working on my April
challenge piece which features one of these luscious stones. Anyway,
so as it is my custom, I went into ebay and searched to find some
bargains. Well, I found one vendor,
<snip - Sorry no eBay links or eBay IDs on Orchid>
that had a whole lot of these stones. I bought a bunch (42 to be
exact) of the yellow lab diamonds, since some of them were less than
$0.50 a piece (the tiny ones) and others were very good prices as
Well, much to my GREAT dismay, was I ever SHOCKED right out of my
socks to get the final invoice with the “shipping and REQUIRED
PRIVATE insurance” charge added on!
My total for merchandise was $50.62. The total for shipping, was,
get set, $96!!! (The vendor is in Utah, our neighboring state)
and the bogus PRIVATE INSURANCE (REQUIRED) was $42 (remember the
total value of the merchandise was only $8 more at $50)!!!
I thought, oh, this must be an automatically generated invoice and
not the final one. Imagine my surprise when I wrote the seller and
he said it WAS the final invoice and that I better pay it or he would
give me terrible feedback and I would get more than 3 non-payment
strikes which will make me get thrown out of ebay!! (I have been a
member in good standing on ebay for over 7 years!)
I wrote to ebay telling them about this situation, but they have
Just wanted to say that it would be a good idea to stay away from
that seller! I have NEVER had this problem EVER before on ebay, and
I have been buying things there for all these years. I even bought my
CAR on ebay (I did!) and had NO problems!
Can’t believe it.
Laura H. Hastings