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Old 05-30-2018, 05:38 AM
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I listed a bicycle for sale on bicyclebluebook.com (first time) and I wake up this morning to an email from Paypal and the website saying the bike has been sold. I log-in to Paypal and sure enough the $375 I was asking is there. Bicyclebluebook says "sold".

Here is the thing: I had this marked as "pick-up only" since I didn't want to deal with shipping. The buyer is in CA and I'm FL.

I have no idea what it will cost to ship to CA and it kind of irritates me I had this marked pick-up only and now if I want the sell I have to deal and pay for shipping. My fear is that somehow the Paypal transaction is rescinded after I've shipped the bike or he disputes the transaction somehow and now I've paid to ship my bike to CA.

I wrote the buyer an email that I would look into shipping.

Any wisdom to impart with a transaction like this?
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Old 05-30-2018, 05:40 AM
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If you never get in touch with the buyer, cancel the transaction and keep the bike.

Also, how did he send the funds? Via Gift? Those cant be disputed.
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Old 05-30-2018, 05:41 AM
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How did it sell? I am confused if you listed it as pick up only the buyer must have agreed to pick up. I would make him pick it up, whether he is based in california or not. Heck maybe he wants to ride it all the way back
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Old 05-30-2018, 05:47 AM
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it will probably end up as a "im going to send you $500 dollars more than the shipping amount and you send me back the difference" meanwhile they send you a fake email from paypal making it look like it was sent but in reality it was never sent. i would contact paypal and make sure the money is really there
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Old 05-30-2018, 05:54 AM
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I’m not understanding any of this.
Don’t you have to discuss a transaction with potential buyers and then give them your PayPal address ?
how did he get your PayPal address to pay you?
something is off here.

also, once confirmed that there is actually money in PayPal, you can simply send it back, telling the buyer that unless he intends to pick up the bike there is no deal. It’s marked “pickup only”
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Old 05-30-2018, 05:55 AM
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I had the same thing happen several years ago. Leaning post off my old boat sold on eBay local pick up only. Guy from Puerto Rico buys it. He wanted me to pack it up and ship it. I say no way it's yours now you figure it out. He wound up getting a shipping co. To come pick it up.
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Old 05-30-2018, 05:57 AM
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If you're not happy you could just say no. Plus I find it kind of hard to believe it would be cost effective to ship a $375 bike across the country. I would have replied the sale was pick-up only so let me know when you plan on picking it up or want a refund.
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Old 05-30-2018, 06:09 AM
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My best friend had 2 Yamaha engines for sale, pick up only, and some guy from Oregon bought them. He then said o problem, he would arrange shipping and had a freight company come pick them up. He then never paid freight bill and the shipping company said my friend was responsible for the freight bill since he signed the bill of lading. Pretty clever little scam. They threatened to sue and then reported it to the credit bureau which took a lot of effort to have reversed.
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Old 05-30-2018, 07:13 AM
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The sale should go like this.It's local pickup only.The buyer hands you cash,you count it out and the buyer takes the bike with him.
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Just cancel the sale.
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Old 05-30-2018, 07:17 AM
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Refunded the money. FEDEX was $135 to ship and UPS was $150. Jesus Christ I hate selling stuff online. Everyone asks "is the price negotiable" without seeing the item and with no idea of the value of the item. Then this guy sends money without reading the add.

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Oh it gets better every minute. I refund the money and now this guy sends me an email saying "I will file a report". This is why stuff sits in my garage so I don't have to deal with jackasses like this.
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Old 05-30-2018, 08:22 AM
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Originally Posted by On the Half Shell View Post
Oh it gets better every minute. I refund the money and now this guy sends me an email saying "I will file a report". This is why stuff sits in my garage so I don't have to deal with jackasses like this.
Thats all he said? Never replied to your previous email?

What is he hoping to get out of reporting you? A free bike?
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Old 05-30-2018, 08:36 AM
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Originally Posted by On the Half Shell View Post
Oh it gets better every minute. I refund the money and now this guy sends me an email saying "I will file a report". This is why stuff sits in my garage so I don't have to deal with jackasses like this.
So he's going to write a strongly worded letter? lol Tell him to pound sand.
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Originally Posted by On the Half Shell View Post
Refunded the money. FEDEX was $135 to ship and UPS was $150. Jesus Christ I hate selling stuff online. Everyone asks "is the price negotiable" without seeing the item and with no idea of the value of the item. Then this guy sends money without reading the add.
I sent a 1966 MGB hood from Florida to California on the greyhound bus,if one is not in a hurry their freight costs are cheap.
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Old 05-30-2018, 09:58 AM
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Did the buyer demand shipping? Could he have had a friend pick it up or pick it up himself?
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Originally Posted by On the Half Shell View Post
Refunded the money. FEDEX was $135 to ship and UPS was $150. Jesus Christ I hate selling stuff online. Everyone asks "is the price negotiable" without seeing the item and with no idea of the value of the item. Then this guy sends money without reading the add.
you can always donate this stuff to a charity.
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The mountain bike just sold a bit ago to a local guy for $400 but I still have a road bike listed for $1200 and a kayak for $700. Trying to keep my sanity. Pick-up only!
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Out of curiosity what do you have a for a road bike? Would you ship and consider $1000
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