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Ebay Tips

Repost from my doll blog, originally written July 2014. 

I just found out today that you can block individual bidders on Ebay - and I've no idea how I've survived this long without that knowledge!

HERE is a guide to the buyer types who leave you feeling like the guy in the picture.

Personally, the bidder types blocking never appealed. Because low feedback, or even negative feedback, doesn't necessarily indicate what kind of buyer that person is. Personal interaction on the other hand, can lead to despair. Because, let's face it, we have all encountered buyers we would never deal with again if at all possible... The buyer who didn't bother to read your listing properly and now feels you should compensate for their buyer's remorse. The buyer who wants to know why their item isn't there yet - three days after the end of the listing when they live on the other side of the world and have only paid for economy shipping. The buyer who sends rude messages, makes unreasonable demands, and is generally so annoying you regret ever having signed up for a seller's account.

But, all you need to do to stop them from bidding on any of your future auctions is:

  1. Go to your 'My eBay' page.
  2. Go to 'My Account', then select 'Site Preferences'. 
  3. In the 'Selling Preferences' option, click 'Buyer Requirements', then click 'Edit'. 
  4. Under the 'Buyer Requirements' header will now be a link to your 'buyer requirements exemption list'. Click it.
  5. On the new page, under the heading 'Blocked Bidder / Buyer List' click on the link which reads 'Add an eBay member to my Blocked Bidder / Buyer List'. 
  6. Now you will see a text box in which you input the user IDs of the eBay members you wish to block. Separate them with a comma, like so: 'Ebaybidder1, Ebaybidder2, Ebaybidder3' (You can block up to 5,000 individual user IDs.)
  7. When you're done, click 'Submit'. 

The member will not receive a notification or anything like that. But when they next try to bid on one of your auctions they will see the following message -

Avoid the temptation to use the feedback box to tell the world exactly what you think of them - they'll only ruin your own feedback score in retaliation. Just block them, and live from this point on in blissful ignorance of their continued existence. (If you think your annoying buyer will message you about the situation, follow steps 1 through 3, then scroll down and tick the 'don't allow blocked buyers to contact me' option. Simple.)

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