Bl**dy Ebay!

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  1. hobson

    hobson Read Only Funster

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    We are currently selling our Allegro, and i have just spent two hours putting it on ebay only to be told right at the end where i pay that i need a landline number to confirm my identity, being fulltimers though, we don't have a landline!
    have mailed ebay to ask what to do but had no reply, anyone had experience with this? i can't be the only person in the uk to use ebay without a landline!

    :Angry:
    (and i tried the direct debit thing as well as paypal, but it said the same)
     
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    Hi

    If you subscribe to Skye you can have a landline number of your choice, costs about £2 a month for unlimited landline calls in the UK .. that's what I did :Wink:
    I seldom use the mobile now..

    Jim
     
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    can't help with eBay unless you would like me to act as an agent to sell it. I am a registered agent with ebay. But have you advertised it on here yet.
     
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    Tell us more, please Jim

    We have a Sky TV contract - how do we go about getting a landline? Does it actually need a BT type landline or do you get some kind of signal through your dish?

    Problem with being where we are - no overhead lelephone lines are allowed so if we could get a Sky (landline) of some sort, it would presumably mean we could get Sky plus?
     
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    oops .. bad typo .. should be SKYPE .. sorry Dick :Blush:
     
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    thanks for the replies everyone, didn't really want to get a landline just for the sake of ebay, got a pretty good deal with my mobile. i can use my familys landline when we visit next month if i still haven't sold it.
    and yes it's on here, but not had any interest yet, i must be doing something wrong!

    :cry:
     
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    perhaps you misunderstood ..?

    when you subscribe to SKYPE you get a virtual landline, not a real one but to all intents and purposes it is the same, when you join you select the area code of your choice .. ,
    for example my Skype land line is: 020 3239 XXXX (which is a London area code). calls to UK landlines are unlimited for about £2 per month ..

    Jim

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    apart from ebay, it is useful for other companies who insist on a land line number.
     
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    you could liase with your family, or a friend to get the ebay id thing sorted,

    if it's the same thing i had to do with them a while back, they ask for your landline number, then give you a code, and they ring the number, when you answer an automated voice tells you to enter the code, you do that on the keys, job done, your verified as being areal person in england, and wont have to do it again.

    only problem is the number will be shown on your ebay contact details, so choose a friend who can say 'sorry he's not in right now, e-mail him or ring the mobile number' if someone calls the number to ask about the motorhome
     
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    Don't bother with E-Bay, I bought some led lights through them and since then they have bombarded me with junk mail, what a load of tossers !!!!:Angry:
     
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    ebay is good to get your advert out to millions of people, unfortunately half of those people are proffesional time wasters or w*nkers,

    but when ever i want to buy something, i always check out ebay, i havent read any shop notice boards of papers advert sections for years.
     
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    i'n not a fan of ebay at all but appreciate that a lot of people use it so it's good for the exposure, as far as landlines, i was kind of aware of skype but i think getting an account just for the sake of ebay is pointless as i'd never use it after that.
    for now going to try the other internet sites and maybe caravan trader or similar.

    oh i miss proper paper and ink....! :Smile:
     
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    Don't give up on it. Ebay is the right place to sell this kind of car though interest will depend a lot on its condition and known history.

    You could always try it on AutoTrader where you could set a higher asking price, but would be entirely dependant upon someone actually looking for and wanting an Allegro.

    The other alternative i would suggest is to contact Allegro Club International
     
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    Bad typo.:Blush:
     
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    Aha, I was about to bang off a post asking the same thing (As we have a Sky subscription) :Rofl1:

    Just for the benefit of others in addition to SKYPE there is also VOIPBUSTER which I have just started using and it costs 1p a minute for calls to anywhere in the world and some countries (e.g. USA are free) 'tho there is a set up call charge.

    I'm still trying to work out the way they charge as there are something called 'free days' which at the moment I don't fully understand :Blush:

    But it's cheap I can tell you that, put 10Euro on a month ago and still not used it all despite calling UK, Germany, Holland a fair number of times :Smile:

    Going back a few years it used to be that SKYPE was only for 'puter to 'puter but now you can call landlines, mobiles, anyone.
     
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    You and me both :Smile:
     
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    I once sold a old Renault 5 on ebay. Never again. It had failed its MOT and was our run around so rather than just scrap it I stuck it on Ebay. First buyer won it for £160. I was delighted. He then called me to say it was too far to come without even seeing the car. I filed a unsold items dispute but somehow cocked it up and ebay took the money anyway as if it was sold. Tried again and guess what? Same thing happened again except the winning buyer this time just didnt get in touch or answer any requests. Ebay took the money again. Third time it sold for £100 by this time Ebay had taken 3 lots of fees totaling nearly £100! Granted I think I did something wrong but trying to get any sense out of Ebay or contacting them is just impossible. In the end I was so frustrated I instructed my bank to take back the selling fees for the first two sales. Then ebay paid attention. I knew it would be a waste of time but as I couldnt see any other way of getting any sense out to them I didnt know what else to do. Of course they pursued me for the money and threatend me with court action so in the end I just paid it back satisfied to some extent that I had at least given them some hassle back. Was that the end of it? Oh no. Depsite Ebay now having 3 lots of selling fees totaling what the car eventually sold for they hired a debt collecting company to pursue me for the money again! I kept telling them that I had actually paid it back. I sent them copies of the statements and dates showing the payments, it would go quiet for a while and then it would all start again. I did some research online and it seems Ebay employ some rather unscrupulous debt collectors. They were rude, threatening and on one call they actually said "Right we will send somebody round" and promptly hung up. I couldnt beleive it. Nobody came of course and if you hunt around online you will find loads of people who have experienced this kind of treatment and the outcome is that eventually they give up. I knew I had paid the money back and in the end just kept telling them to go away. Eventually they did and I havent heard anything for a couple of years now.

    I appreciate that some of this was my fault in that I clearly did something wrong but when this happens you cant contact Ebay and get an answer or any real help and you can never call them and speak to a person to sort it out.

    I only ever sell small items now such as books or stuff I can post once payment has been received.

    It seems its all stacked in the buyers favour. I recently sold a new Sony phone which I got for free from Vodafone. Knowing there were some dodgy people on ebay I kept watching the bids right to the end and there were two bidders that were putting stupid bids in and winning. There feed back was appauling and it seems they were scammers who had no intention of actually buying the item. Why they do this I have no idea, what do they achieve by bidding £1000 for a phone and then just not buying it? Luckily as I was watching I retracted their bids and stopped them from bidding.

    Sorry rant over.

    I would use Autotrader if I was you
     
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    Obviously you were doing something wrong as you should not have been charged fees for an unsold item.

    I agree that 'navigating' eBays help and support is totally mind numbing and frustrating. Over the years the site has got increasingly cluttered and far too complex....mainly as a result of trying to keep one step ahead of the various con merchants who abuse ebay.

    Somebody on this forum once posted a landline phone number which eBay use. Like yourself, i had a gripe about something so decided to call this number (it's not a premium rate either), and spoke with a guy who listened to my complaint. It turned out to be very worthwhile. I had been charged £15 commission on an item i refused to sell to the buyer as he had failed to comply with my terms of payment which i had clearly stated. I also had evidence that 'the buyer' was carrying out fraudulent activity.

    Ebay suspended his account and emailed me a £20 voucher to use against any purchase. So don't give up entirely on ebay....it could even be worth contacting them to discuss your complaint. £100 is a lot to lose.
     
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    Never mind Ebay costing someone a fortune - Motorhomefun has just cost me a small fortune.

    All to do with Skype - I made the mistake of asking ScotJimLand what it was all about - the missus became very interested and today I have just had to shell out for a Skype landline plus Europe calls at about £5 per month PLUS £50 for a Skype telephone and another £50 for a video camera for the computer so that she can see her brother on video link! :Eeek:

    Have a good mind to switch to 'Facts from now on - cheaper at £10 per year :Blush:
     
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    I think there's a bit of confusion as to what we're selling, it is NOT an Austin Allegro, it is a Tiffin Allegro 32ft american RV!
    it's in the classifieds on here...
    :Smile:
     

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