Haven’t bid on anything on ebay in a while, since last December, I think. So when a 20% off price deal that popped up for the new Sims 3 Ambitions expansion at EA Games turned out to NOT be for folks in the US, I went to ebay last night, paid $26 (regularly $39.95) for a legitimate (if it’s not, it’s news to me) registration code to be able to download the digital version of the expansion pack from the EA site, and install it. Since that was how I’d planned on getting the game anyway, via the digital download at EA vs buying the DVD for it in a store, I thought “Great! I’ll just get it this way!”
And all seems to be going well. Got the registration code within 24 hours as promised, have downloaded the expansion pack, and it is now installed.
Alas, don’t think I can give the seller positive feedback though. So what’s the problem?
Have had problems in the past with sellers saying they were from the US and being from elsewhere. Faithful readers may remember the memory stick that I bought from a seller in “Florida” last year, that I specifically bought because the seller WAS in Florida, only a few states away, so I figured less chance of damage that way. Imagine my surprise when I got my receipt back from PayPal showing that my purchase from Florida actually was coming from China. >:(
Long story short, the item turned out to be defective, and it cost me an extra $30 to have the thing shipped back registered mail NOT to Florida, where I thought I was buying from, but internationally all the way to China. I was NOT a happy camper about it. Spent several months faxing multiple proofs of return back to PayPal, and ended up having to call them SEVERAL times, working my way up the chain of command until I found someone who would agree to refund all but $8 of my shipping cost as well as the cost of the defective item.
Ever since, when I look for items on ebay, I always start off filtering the search for US sellers, and if I can’t find a US seller with what I want, I’ll expand the search to North America only. And if I can’t find what I’m after that way, will as a last resort finish the search unfiltered to find it.
Last night, I did my usual “North America Only” filtered search for Sims 3 Ambitions. Found the seller I ended up buying from, whose listing said he was in “Issaquah Washington , United States”.
The seller is from *&$#%! China again. >:(
I understand why they do it, I’m sure it really boosts their sales. And I don’t MIND buying from China, if I know that it’s coming from China, I’ve picked up several DVD sets from China. But when I’m specifically looking for US sellers, and someone’s listing says they are, and they turn out to NOT be, after my last experience with a non-US seller, I get a little irked about it.
So as problem free as this transaction has been otherwise, the fact that the seller is misrepresenting where he’s from, don’t think I’ll be able to leave him positive feedback. With 100% positive feedback in 21 auctions, nobody else seems to care, or maybe they don’t notice where he’s from, they’re just so happy to get such a bargain on their PC software codes.
Won’t leave negative feedback, but haven’t decided whether to just leave NO feedback or make it neutral. Neutral would let me vent a bit, without hurting his feedback rating at all.
Grumble. Oh well. It could be worse, the code could not have worked. Then I’d have had to put the charge in dispute with Visa, and while they make it as easy as they can, it’s always a pain to have to do that. And at least there was no shipping involved either coming or going. So that’s a good thing too.