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    Buyer References

    As a seller and buyer I always ask for references either way if I can't find any info on a user. There are plenty of shady things buyers can do as well and I see no reason why it shouldn't go both ways. I provide tons if references there's nothing wrong with asking. I have never had a problem except just now a buyer got offended when I asked because they had never heard of it and it was too much of an inconvenience. Just wondering what the consensus is am I in the wrong? Like I said I have had tons of smooth transactions and there's a reason eBay has buyer ratings and people leave references on here for buyers too. I think it makes this guy look shady.

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    I agree with you. It's just proper buying/selling etiquette. I'd probably move on and find another buyer


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    Ebay is a decent reference but, I always preferred other references outside ebay. This because if one is just a buyer on ebay the ratings doesn't mean much vs being a seller.
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    Re: Buyer References

    If it makes you uncomfortable, just walk away.

    References are vital in conducting any business especially P2P business.
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    Re: Buyer References

    That is why I sell my watches on eBay. 17 years no problems. In the last month I've seen numerous screwing happen here.

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    Re: Buyer References

    Quote Originally Posted by Th!nkEr View Post
    I agree with you. It's just proper buying/selling etiquette. I'd probably move on and find another buyer


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    I should've clarified, they went from asking for my paypal to walking away after I asked for any reference. Rediculous.

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    Re: Buyer References

    I was always taught, growing up that the old adage "buyer beware" was the only issue, I'm 63. Nowadays it is not uncommon to buy and sell internationally, apparently things have changed. In the current market place of "the world " I can see the disappearance of both the local seller and buyer, as only a bad state of being, especially when natural disaster is in the equation, food used to be grown locally clothing almost locally, even energy was for all practical purposes local. Most of this has changed, and not necessarily for the better, sorry for the rant. Apologies to all offended.

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    Re: Buyer References

    There are other fish in the Sea, OP!

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    Re: Buyer References

    As both a buyer and a seller, both can set their own terms, and follow their own guidelines. That said, as a seller I am fairly tolerant of newbies and folks who have little or no buying experience--I stand by what I sell, and if someone comes up with the cash, I usually will accept it--I don't impose any real restrictions on buyers, but will terminate negotiations if something seems amiss (they're paying from one address, they want it sent to another, they want to pay half now, half later, they want a 3 day inspection...). As a buyer, I am much more concerned about the seller's ratings, reputation, references and so forth, and without any, will not pursue the watch any further, no matter how great a deal it appears.
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    Re: Buyer References

    It's ok. There is no reason for the buyer to have the same priorities as you.

    I have given away a few watches rather than go through the effort of sending multiple photos, answering various questions about timekeeping and accuracy (of a $100-150 watch), etc. I have refused some audio gear to sell to a buyer who was being too difficult. Similarly, depending on what i was trying to buy, if i felt it was going to be too much work, I'd probably walk away from the sale as well.
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