It is a men’s adult talking Eeyore costume. They wanted $5 for it, which made me balk a little bit. I’m cheap, what can I say. But I went ahead and bought it, and I was really glad I did when I got home and looked it up. But then . . . it just sat around, taking up space. It’s hard to tell in this photo, but this costume is gosh darn big. It was hard to come up with enough floor space to be able to photograph it. But, eventually I took the photos, and I finally got around to listing it on October 13th. Really, what was I waiting for?! But, happily, it sold just six days later, for my asking price of $174.95. Yes, almost $170 more than I paid for it! I wish the story ended there.
The buyer and I e-mailed back and forth quite a few times. He was hoping to receive the costume by Wed (10/24). It was late Friday afternoon at this point. I was fairly certain that it would get there without any problems (even though it had to go all the way across the country from OR to MA), but decided for the price he was paying I could put a little extra effort into it, and I packaged it up right away and made an extra trip to the PO. The buyer was very appreciative, and enthusiastic. I don’t know for sure, but I picture him as being a college student. This was one of his messages:
I was tracking the package as it made its way across the country, and when I woke up to a message from him on Tuesday morning I was expecting another enthusiastic thank you. But instead I got this:
Yeah. Not good. This was his first-ever eBay purchase. Long story short, his zip code was listed incorrectly, which must have caused the problems. At first he wasn’t concerned because it was just one number off, but we both made calls to the USPS and got the same answer – the package had already been returned to sender.
Here’s the interesting thing, at least on my end. I didn’t freak out. I didn’t get stressed. In an odd way it kind of felt like an eBay turning point. It made me realize that I really am in this for the long haul, and one sale is not going to make or break me.
I was disappointed, but really, I was more disappointed for the buyer because I knew how much he was looking forward to getting the costume. I received the costume back today, and refunded him his full purchase price. I’m out the $15 in shipping. Not great, but not the end of the world. I am going to go ahead and get it relisted right away, even though I’ve missed the Halloween window for this year. Who knows when somebody else will be feeling Eeyore-ish.