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HairyMcbiker
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ebay and item not WHERE it was said

So I ordered an item on ebay which said Location: London

When I got tracking it was coming from the MIDDLE EAST!

Complained to ebay, and got a drone reading from a list, if it hasn't arrived by the estimated date open a case.

 

So anyone else had something like this?

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agedgopher
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It happens often.

I ordered a doorbell which was in stock in Manchester. It arrived quite quickly but from Singapore!

It has also happened to me on a couple of other Ebay orders.

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I've fallen for that a few times, but now I check sellers info first before I order. And don't get me started on yodel .😆😆😆😆
HairyMcbiker
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Yeah I ordered a speaker and it was supposed to be coming from London, thought it was funny that it was going to take 2 weeks to come from London, I could walk to London in that time.
However it never arrived, I wasn't to bothered about it so ordered another from a different seller, but this item I need NOW not in the week or however it takes to come from there.
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There's a lot of ways used like saying UK seller and perhaps even showing a union jack. This might well be true but the seller could be just an agent for a company based and shipping from anywhere in the world. I look at the promised delivery date. This gives a much clearer indication whether it is likely to be UK stock.

At the end of the day if it arrives on time does it matter? Chances are that it was manufactured in the far east either way.

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Re: ebay and item not WHERE it was said

Been caught out m'self even though careful not to be. The usual giveaway as you say is postage times been even there they could have stock here in the UK.

Always annoying when you cannot always decide or determine who or where you buy from when shopping online, but that's the nature of the beast I guess.  

What gets me though is the low cost of stuff coming from say China yet if it comes from the States the postage can be really massive even for something small and simple like a book.

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@Baldrick1 

Just noticed your post and we seem to be saying the same thing re: post and stock.

 


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Re: ebay and item not WHERE it was said

When doing a search on ebay for an item... I always click on "buy it now"... then go to the left hand side and you can specify where your search is dedicated to.. and there is the choice of "UK only".... but this is not always absolutely true.. and you do need to check the postage and delivery dates.. to make sure..

 

@HairyMcbiker   I feel your pain ! 

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"At the end of the day if it arrives on time does it matter?"
AS I said I need it NOW not next week sometime.
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Re: ebay and item not WHERE it was said

Like others I have been caught out in that way, fortunately it was for items I did not need in a hurry...

The other con is them showing you a expected arrival date in a week to 10 days, then later changing the estimated delivery date to a month or more.

 

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Chinese sellers can do no wrong and are basically ebay.com's favoured sellers. As no real ebay.uk exists just a poor shadow of .com there's no chance of improving things.

"Item location" was designed to help Chinese sellers. Buyers want to be able to select a genuine UK seller not just someone  who may or may not have an item located here. Most aren't hence the often extended delivery times.

ebay search needs a degree to use, unless you're happy to let ebay tell you what you need.

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Drop shipping are the keywords here. It is so easy now to not even hold stock of the item you are selling. Just take a look at all the identical items being sold, but all from "UK locations", until you look at the seller details and see they are registered in China! Some of my items have obviously come from China and have had Royal Mail stickers put on the packages.

What really gets me though is the dangerous electrical items that are sold with adaptors that are not fused, do not comply with BS1363 and are an accident waiting to happen. I am currently having a dispute with an Irish seller who advertised a UK plug and provided one of these death traps 😡

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Yeah ebay is full of drop shippers, i tried to get into it once on a tiny limited budget lol.. sold nothing...

Anyway i've also learnt that there are a few warning signs of these sellers.. the username is nearly always the first indicator that it's a chinese dropper based in the UK but there are some who are actually english.. but their delivery times are more than royal mails... so avoid them.

I do like ebay (not amazon) and do get a fair few things from them but while trying to avoid chinese sellers sometimes the chinese are the best for things - cheap, specialist ardiuno stuff for instance..

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Also don't get me started on "Next day delivery". When it is nothing but. Yes it is next day FROM WHEN THEY SEND IT, not from when you order it.
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Amazon seem to be the only ones that can do that, and they certainly do 99% of the time when I've had that promise from them, but maybe that's because they have a huge distribution place In Swansea which is 'only' about fifty miles away.


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HairyMcbiker
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yeah, say so order on Monday expecting delivery on Tue, but it doesn't get sent till Wed arriving on Thursday.
They claim Next DAY delivery since it was delivered the day after they posted it,but it should mean the day after ordering.
I have had stuff ordered on a Sunday delivered on Monday, and they didn't make me pay extra for next day.And why is it always the stuff you need NOW that takes the longest? (when you can't get it locally before someone mentions that)