Wednesday, December 16, 2015
365 Project - Day 350 - "Abstract (Selling Weirdness)"
December 16, 2015 - "Abstract (Selling Weirdness)"
For the last three or four months I've been selling a TON of things online. It has become a full-time job for me... and most days I'm putting six-to-eight hours of time into stuff related to my online selling. It has been a good thing...
Selling online you tend to run across a lot of strangeness.
Yesterday I had someone message me to ask why an item which is listed as requiring "AA" batteries does not have a battery charger and rechargeable battery listed amongst the included items.
Today I had someone message me saying "Expedited Shipping will cost me almost as much as the item itself! What if I don't want to have to pay for Expedited Shipping?". This was for an item which offers four different shipping methods.
I've had people message me to ask whether "X" and "Y" are included with the item... even though the listing's description clearly states that it does, in fact, include both "X" and "Y". Then they'll message to ask if it also includes "Z"... even though the listing's description clearly states that it does NOT include "Z".
I've had people message me asking if I would offer a combined shipping rate if they were to buy more than one of a particular item. They wanted to buy four of the item in question. The problem is that I only had ONE listed. They couldn't understand why I wasn't willing to sell them three more than what was listed.
I've had people purchase an item... pay the required instant payment... and less than one minute after the payment has been processed they've put in a request to cancel the purchase.
I've had people message me to ask why their bid of $25.00 has been declined... on an item that is listed at $895.00.
There is a person who keeps sending offers for a particular item... each time offering $5.00 less than the previous time - and then messaging to ask why I'm not reducing the amount of my counter-offers each time.
And I've had someone message me at 2AM in their time-zone... and then message me again at 2:01AM asking why I haven't responded... then again at 2:02AM asking if I plan on responding... then at 2:03AM asking if I'm just ignoring their messages... then at 2:04AM asking "why?" I'm ignoring them... then at 2:05AM saying "I guess you don't REALLY want my business!".
Yep... lots and lots of weirdness with selling online... but hey, I'm actually averaging more money doing this than I was when I was working full-time... so...
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