Monday, December 13, 2010
Two Minutes Hate
Ummm...that doesn't really help.
I buy things on eBay. Not a lot, but probably more than many people. I have seen all kinds of stupidity throughout the 12+ years that I have frequented eBay, but I am still always surprised by some people's idiocy. Today I am annoyed by people who list auctions for "pickup only" but they don't list their exact location.
I have an automatic notice set up for listed pinball machines in the state of Iowa....but I kept getting notices of auctions that listed a locations for such things as "Iowa" or "Hawkeye Country" or something similarly stupid. I understand that selling a "pickup only" pinball machine is probably not their normal items...but seriously it is annoying when you don't list your city. Iowas is about 56,000 square miles...yes, for the right machine and the right price I would drive to nearly any corner of the state, but you are pretty much automatically making me skip your auction due to the fact you don't list where I am going to have to go. You could be 10 miles away or you could be 300 miles. I don't know and chances are that I am not going to go through the trouble of finding out. I figure that if you aren't comfortable listing your city on eBay, you are probably some sketchy idiot and the auction is going to be nothing but a headache for me. Admittedly, I am a lazy consumer...but one with a fair amount of walking around money - you as the seller are the one that loses out in this situation. Seriously, just list your city when you have a pickup auction. You don't even have to change your profile, just throw your zip code in the item description. It is SO easy, much easier than having me email and wait for you to get back to me.