Was: Gemstones: Drawing the line
Why do so many people go after the Ebay transaction? It seems to take a lot of time and (from what people have said here) is pretty risky.
I recently dipped a toe into the Ebay waters, and had it bitten, so
to speak. I needed a number of small round blue topazes and couldn’t
find them locally, so I logged on to eBay to see what I could find.
I decided to bid on several interesting packets of stones, mostly as
an experiment. I won bids on the desired blue topazes and also some
other stones. In no case did I pay much, so I wouldn’t be out too
much money if things went sour. I bought from three dealers, all with
positive feedback records.
The blue topazes arrived promptly, and I was delighted with them. The
other two transactions did not go so well. The second dealer’s stones
arrived; well, two out of three did. I was short one packet, and the
other stones were not great, even for what I paid for them (never
knew garnets could be that dark.) Repeated e-mails about the
situation proved fruitless, and this dealer is no longer registered
After two months I still have not received the stones from the third
dealer, although he swears they were sent in late November. They’re
located in Thailand, but it can’t take that long to ship something
from there, can it?
My son asserts that eBay is the purest form of capitalism, since you
can apparently ruin an unsatisfactory vendor through negative
feedback, but that doesn’t appear to be helpful with the “hit and
run” vendor that dropped out of eBay.
My conclusion about my eBay experiment? Although I successfully got
the blue topazes I was originally after, I really don’t think I will
be bidding on eBay again.