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Old 25th October 2008
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eBay saga

eBay and Paypal often get slagged off on forums - sometimes legitimately I know, but not always.

British xenophobia can also sometimes result in the slagging-off of 'foreigners' without much evidence to back up the claim.

OK here's a little story that shows a better side of all concerned.

In July I auctioned an old train catalogue. It was won by a chap from the Dutch - German border area. He paid via Paypal and I duly sent the catalogue Air Mail to him.

Several weeks passed and I assumed he'd had the catalogue and hadn't bothered to complete feedback. Eventually - an email arrived from him saying 'where is my catalogue (add the heavy accent yourself).

Being an honest injun myself I apologised - told him we could put in a claim to Royal Mail in 4 weeks and in the meantime - I refunded him in full asking (but not expecting) him to contact me if the catalogue turned up. Immediate response and nice feedback followed - (from me too) - and I assumed I'd hear nothing more.

August - September - and most of October passed - nothing heard.

Till this afternoon! I get an email from him saying it has just arrived and he is refunding me the monies I'd sent him earlier. What a decent chap!

So eBay and Paypal and Johnny Foreigner can be just as nice - if not nicer and more honest than the indigenous Brit.

But three months to deliver a small envelope from here to Germany!

THAT is pretty bad
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Re: eBay saga

That's a nice story. My latest foray into Ebay wasn't as pleasant, but never mind.

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But three months to deliver a small envelope from here to Germany!
It must have gone the long way round, via USA etc!
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Re: eBay saga

via Venus I reckon
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Re: eBay saga

i can add to the buying/selling from abroad saga.

i was looking for a part for my car (german made) and couldnt find anything on british e-bay and didnt want to pay dealer prices, so went on to the german e-bay site and simply by carefully scrutinizing the pictures on the list of available items (i had narrowed down the search by guesswork as to what the german equivalent of fiber optic cable might be!, lichtleihter if you are interested ) i bought a cable from a gent in germany and it arrived in two days! I have also sold to people from abroad and had no problems.
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Re: eBay saga

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i can add to the buying/selling from abroad saga.

i was looking for a part for my car (german made) and couldnt find anything on british e-bay and didnt want to pay dealer prices,
I find eurocarparts very good for my car they don't keep everything but quite often you get original parts at discount prices.

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Re: eBay saga

Yep - I've bought kits from Germany - a tonneau for my car from Holland etc - always quick, polite, honest.

Not always my experience closer to home. Interesting how on things like Grand Designs - the German crews that come over to put something up - arrive on time (or early) - fully equipped with EVERY tool they'd need all nicely stowed and filed away - work smarter - work to a higher standard - clean up after themselves beautifully - are polite to the customer - have pride in their work and their team - and generally put your average 'British builder' to shame.

Too paraphrase the German guest in Fawlty Towers looking at Basil's incompetence and rudeness '- However did they win?'

You gotta say - how did THEY lose!
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Too paraphrase the German guest in Fawlty Towers looking at Basil's incompetence and rudeness '- However did they win?'

You gotta say - how did THEY lose!
A friend with a sister living in Germany reckons the farmers have to clean away the mud their tractors leave on the road. Maybe they had to clean up after the Panzers? That wouldn't have helped.
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A friend with a sister living in Germany reckons the farmers have to clean away the mud their tractors leave on the road. Maybe they had to clean up after the Panzers? That wouldn't have helped.
My wife's German and I say to her 'How your country ever became a major European power, burdened with such a bizarre language, beats me!'

Mark Twain's 'The Awful German Language' is long, but well worth reading:

http://tinyurl.com/5fserk

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i can add to the buying/selling from abroad saga.

i was looking for a part for my car (german made) and couldnt find anything on british e-bay and didnt want to pay dealer prices, so went on to the german e-bay site and simply by carefully scrutinizing the pictures on the list of available items (i had narrowed down the search by guesswork as to what the german equivalent of fiber optic cable might be!, lichtleihter if you are interested ) i bought a cable from a gent in germany and it arrived in two days! I have also sold to people from abroad and had no problems.
I am puzzled. What does a fibre optic cable do in a motor car?

Oh, and by the way, Gent is in Belgium.

Time I got my coat I think.
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Isn't that Ghent Nigel?
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Re: eBay saga

Im unsure of the car in question but in Uni we use CanBus looms on our race cars that are a fibre optic cable so it strips out a few kilos and a huge bundle of wires from our build target and makes the ecu far easier to instal. An elgant solution to the 5kg of wire previously.
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Re: eBay saga

You folks in US, Canada, and Europe have it so good. For me, I have sometime to ask the seller is they would send the item to me. and most of them just plain refuse. Adorama for instant won't even register a Malaysian address. Olympus parts or something to that name, I usually see nice lenses at low prices won't sent to us also.

Not too long ago, I had to buy a Metz Flash socket from US via another Olympus shooter in Canada. A round trip for that. before getting to me. So far, all parts and items purchased arrived without any incident.
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Re: eBay saga

Must be because there's been so many non-payers etc from there unfortunately.
I know many people refuse to deal with places like Nigeria and a few others for that reason.

Bad luck for the honest people in those countries though.
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I am puzzled. What does a fibre optic cable do in a motor car?

Oh, and by the way, Gent is in Belgium.

Time I got my coat I think.
the fibre optic cable i purchased was to link the cd changer in the boot of the car to the head unit in the dash to carry the audio signals (a 5m phono to phono connection would have been easier and cheaper!)
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I am puzzled. What does a fibre optic cable do in a motor car?
For those that are interested

Fibre optics in modern cars

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