Equally there are some dodgy buyers.
Sold a Conway Stewart to a well known pen seller. Described the pen and showed pics including a burn mark to the cap. He later complained about the burn mark, I showed him the pics and his excuse was that he saw the sale on ebay with only 10 seconds left. I gave him all his money back and told him to keep the pen.
Sold a bag of parts, random caps and barrels, six months later the buyer asked for a discount because he had trouble making working pens out of all the parts.
Sold a 1930s Onoto, buyer thought that the color would be different in daylight, told him to send the pen back for a return, said he wanted to keep the pen could he just have a partial refund.
Advertised a Cross pen at a starting price of 99p, with £3.00 postage and packing. During the sale process a buyer (a now banned FPN member) said that the postage was 50p too much and if she won she would leave negative feedback. I just blocked her from bidding.
I advertised a pen as a Sheaffer Vac Fill and bidding was brisk. Realised I had made a mistake, it was a Sheaffer Touchdown and cancelled the sale. One potential buyer was furious and sent the abusive messages saying that he would leave negative feedback if he could. I readvertised the pen with the correct description, the abusive person won, he was as nice as pie.
Advertised a Waterman Phileas as having been well used, a current FPNer won the pen, I sent the pen to him the following day, then he asked for the pen to be sent somewhere else, told him too late, said he would cancel the sale if it wasn't sent to his work address and he became abusive again. Two weeks later the 10 year old pen came back in pieces, he had taken the pen apart and found a speck of rust on the tab of the steel nib, gave him his money back and blocked him. He had not even tried to put the pen back together and also had damaged the feed in taking it apart. he never did explain just why he was taking the pen apart.
Sold a selection of pens for parts, about 10 in all, odd caps, sections and so on. Sale price was about £10 with 4 bidders. 30 minutes after the sale had finished the winning bidder wanted to cancel because he thought he was buying something else.
Sold a 1950s writing set in leather which was to hold writing paper and envelopes, only about £5 and the winning bidder was in Italy. It arrived ok but the buyer was not happy, his mother had taken delivery and put the parcel on the window sill, the hot sun had melted the glue holding the lining to the leather and he wanted me to pay the cost of the repair or else he would leave negative feedback due to poor packaging. I paid him.
At one point I had six MB149s, I offered to sell one quite cheaply, It was 10 years old but had never been used. I offered it at around £50 less than a typical market price. Buyer said it was just what he wanted, but he wanted to pay £30 less than the advertised price, told him it was already really cheap, he said his wife had suggested that he offered a lower price, I told him to tell her that the pen was sold, to someone else.
Edited by Beechwood, 10 August 2020 - 16:09.