If you’ve been watching me melt down on Facebook, you already know how I’ve been going around and around with eBay and PayPal to actually ship the painting I sold (to a VERY patient lady) at the beginning of the month. Well, as I said in there after it happened…
SUCCESS!!! I will be taking the painting to the UPS Store today and sending it off to its new home!
That was a ridiculous amount of work and so much of it didn’t actually need to happen. But there’s this weird disconnect between eBay and PayPal (and UPS) that made a ton more work for ME. For example, I totally get that eBay wants to protect buyers from newbie sellers who might be thieves. OK, protect them. BUT! When the buyer pays shipping, why can’t the seller use that when they have to turn around and BUY the shipping label? I never should’ve had to use my own money for that. I mean, OMG, what if someone in Australia had won the painting?! Shipping there was like $2000! I couldn’t have covered that. And I shouldn’t have had to. You telling me some programmer out there couldn’t figure out a way to release the shipping money–which is clearly marked for everyone to see–and held onto the rest until delivery? That’s where things got crazy and I lost all trust and faith in eBay as a seller, so I’ll never use them again.
PayPal, and especially the woman who helped me, are possibly redeemable now. (They’re also just about the only online money system out there, so I’m stuck with them anyway.)
When I sell more paintings later this year, it’s going to be WAY easier ;)