About a week ago I bought something on eBay. It was being sold on a BIN/OBO basis; I offered a little more than half and the seller accepted it. There was a $9 surcharge for shipping. Three days later, but still well within the stated terms, I put my PayPal payment in the pipe, having meanwhile notified the seller that it would take me a day or two to do that, since I normally don’t have my PayPal account funded with anything. She said that wouldn’t be a problem at all. I notified the seller that the payment was in and she promptly acknowledged it.
In the display for the item, the seller said that she usually ships within a day or two of receiving payment. So I check back a day later, not to be impatient, but you never know. Nothing.
I check back the following day, and what do you know there’s a tracking number. I check the USPS website and find out that “electronic notification was received from the shipper to expect package for mailing…”. Meaning, obviously, that she bought the label online but was still sitting on the package in her house.
Third day. I check again because, naturally, I’d think if someone’s buying the label they’ll go to the post office the next day to mail it. Nothing.
Fourth day, yesterday morning, nothing. Yesterday afternoon, no change. Finally around 4pm, the USPS tracker tells me it’s been processed through the sorting facility in Florida, where the seller lives, and is in transit.
It doesn’t seem right that I paid for priority mail only to have my item sitting in the seller’s house for four days. Negative feedback is practically forbidden now on eBay, but I was thinking of letting the member know privately how unacceptable this is to me. Before I discovered that the package had finally been sent, I was ready to email the seller to say she could either cancel the deal and refund all my money, or overnight my item and refund all shipping charges. Now that it’s on the way, I don’t want to do that, but should I still take it up with the seller? Perhaps try to work out a refund of the shipping cost?
Or should I just let it go?