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 Posted 09/19/2013  2:05 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add TheForce to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
So....just got some coins that arrived today from eBay. Not a happy camper about how the coins were packed. The quarters were not in any sort of flip. Was placed on sheet of paper. A strip of paper was over the coins then taped. Opened the envelope and coins were sticking to tape!! Not sure what to do about feedback. I only paid $6.50 anyways. The quarters were the S mint quarters from last year. I believe I overpaid and the seller used 2 stamps and I think the coins got dinged a little as I assume it went through the mail sorter since it has a bunch of black lines on the bottom of said envelope. Am I making too much a big deal here?
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09/19/2013 2:12 pm
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 Posted 09/19/2013  2:20 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add nalaberong to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I pack my coins by stapling them in Ziplock bags, then wrapping the bag in cardstock. It's easier than 2x2s but has the same net effect.

Taping the coins directly is a no-no, but I'd just be worried about what the seller does with silver. If they're just clad, then it should be all right... but it could leave residue, which is irritating. I'd give neutral for bad packaging.
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 Posted 09/19/2013  2:41 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Dave H to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That happened to me one time where the seller taped the coins to cardstock & shipped through the mail. I also didn't pay much for them, but did e-mail the seller letting them know that was not an acceptable way to ship coins. They apologized and asked me what method would be better. I ended up leaving positive feedback since all other aspects of the transaction were outstanding.
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 Posted 09/19/2013  3:00 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add just carl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Just one more reason I stay away from eBay.
just carl
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 Posted 09/19/2013  3:18 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add basebal21 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I use Daves approach. They may not know any better so I always let them know in a nice way and see what they say before making a decision.
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 Posted 09/19/2013  3:28 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add bpoc1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Basebal21 & Dave H,
A learning experience for sender and receiver.
Plus more knowledge for all at CCF.
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 Posted 09/19/2013  3:37 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add JimmyJames to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I always get a kick out of seeing how people package coins from eBay. I've had some thrown into a ziploc bags with no tape or anything else. Other packages are packaged so much that opening them is like solving a brain teaser.

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 Posted 09/19/2013  3:48 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add NathanASE to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The Oak Ridge irradiated dime I just bought off the bay arrived today... It was in a bubble wrap lined Manila envelope, not in bubble wrap, the envelope with the wrap attached to the inside. The coin was completely loose... Not in a bag, flip, 2x2.. Nada... Just bouncing around the envelope. As it was the only coin it wasn't damaged, and it arrived ok so I can't complain but risky to ship it like that IMHO. Some sellers definitely need a lesson on packing coins...

O, and the seller sent it insured... Kinda odd to me as it was a cheap purchace.. O well, better safe than sorry I guess..
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 Posted 09/19/2013  6:55 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add o-train to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The last two coins I purchased on eBay came taped directly to a junk mail flyer in a regular envelope. One of them was a 1922 small cent although the seller also didn't post pictures of the obverse so I kind of knew what I was getting into.
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 Posted 09/19/2013  8:43 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add welder to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
You have to see what the other items the seller is selling. This says a lot how your item will be treated.

For example, if they are selling everything under the roof the chances are they are not numismatists and will ship your coin any way they feel appropriate. Usually these sellers are cleaning out their grandparents estate or the coin was given to them and they do not see the value of what is in their hands.

But if they are selling mostly coins, or sports-cards, or comics they will handle the coins properly for shipment.

TheForce - Your S-quarters may have been dinged from a 100-coin bag, but chances are the damages are courtesy of the USPS.
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 Posted 09/19/2013  9:37 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add WheatBack to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I purchased a few BU wheaties for my 8100 Dansco album off eBay and they came stapled to the inside of a Merry Christmas card in a Hallmark envelope. They were nicely separated in those miniature zip bags, but I thought the method of sending them was strange.
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 Posted 09/19/2013  10:27 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add basebal21 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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I purchased a few BU wheaties for my 8100 Dansco album off eBay and they came stapled to the inside of a Merry Christmas card in a Hallmark envelope. They were nicely separated in those miniature zip bags, but I thought the method of sending them was strange.


Its more a way to try and hide them for someone not wanting to pay for a package to ship it. The card gives a little protection but it prevents the coins from jumping out as coins for anyone thinking of pocketing it.
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 Posted 09/20/2013  08:17 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add JJHFL to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The bottom line is its eBay. Every single purchase I make I go into it knowing I may not get what I want, what I expected, etc. I dont take it personal and I dont get upset when something goes wrong. I take proactive steps to insure the best possible outcome when shopping on eBay. I will pay more if it looks like it will increase my odds of a smooth transaction when it comes to one seller vs another. But the reality is even someone who sells only what you are after, has 100% feedback in the hundred thousands, etc., can still make a mistake or do something you feel is not acceptable. Not directed towards the OP, but sometimes I see people get so fired up over an eBay transaction. I understand it is frustrating, but if you cant go into it with the above mindset, eBay is not a good choice for some.
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 Posted 09/20/2013  09:17 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add shootnstarz to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Well I've had most of my coins packed so well it takes me longer to get to them than it did to make the trip in the mail.

Rick
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 Posted 09/20/2013  6:30 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add edgman to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This happens to me once in awhile also. I would let the seller know about it and return the coins if you can or want to. If I see a new seller with only a 100 or so sales I'm a little weary especially if he does free shipping on cheaper sales. That usually means tape right over the coins themselves. Maybe for all this seller knows he is doing it right. A little advice always helps. For the amount of coins sold on eBay this is bound to happen to a lot of us now and then.

Just my thoughts

edgman
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 Posted 09/22/2013  2:37 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add hesgut to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It's strange, of all the problems I've ever had on eBay, this hasn't been one of them. I've bought a pretty decent amount of coins on that site and not a single one ever showed up with tape touching the coin. Some were packaged worse than others, but all were packaged well enough so I don't believe they were injured in transit.

If a seller does tape the coins, I would probably just let them know through messages. It's not something anyone would want to do to try and get over, it's just ignorance. I wouldn't dock them in any way through feedback or DSR. If the coin showed up damaged, I may seek some resolution, which could result in feedback issues, but that's a different story.
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