That is exactly what happened! <img src='style_emoticons//sad.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’sad.gif’ /> I had to pay a very large amount in shipping costs, this means the seller avoids having to pay ebay fees. Then, they would only accept payment by cash payment, I just knew it was going to go wrong! So I wasnt protected by ebay because firstly the postage is never reimbursed, and second I wasnt able to use PayPal. I didnt want to risk a negative feedback, so what to do!
I think I have bought maybe 20 items over ebay and this is the first wrong one, and I have got some great bargains so guess you just take the good with the bad.
I had received an email from ebay before I had paid for this item, because another item very similar to the one I had won, was withdrawn. So I checked with ebay to make sure that this item was genuine before I paid. They said the transaction was fine! So I paid.
Them they acted all dumb when I lodged a complaint, and offered me such pearls of advice like “try and email the seller. Often these disputes can be resolved” – as if I hadnt tried that first! I sent that ebay person a little rocket email for treating me like an idiot <img src='style_emoticons//ohmy.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’ohmy.gif’ />