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should I send this buyer a refund? For just the item or postage too?

(9 Posts)
Lalisa Fri 17-Oct-08 18:59:18

buyer recently received a mechanical item from me and said it didnt work. I know that at one time it did work, but to be honest didnt test it out just before i listed it, so she may be right. The item is heavy and ugly and I am glad to be rid of it and dont want it back, so I'm inclined to offer a refund (she has only positive feedback, as do I). Item only sold for £5, but postage was £7. Do you think I should refund the whole £12 or might she be happy with just the £5 and an item which may or may not work as described and may or may not be fixable?

sarah573 Fri 17-Oct-08 19:51:50

Well technically you should refund the orginal postage, and she is responsible for the cost of sending it back to you - thats what would happen if she made and won a paypal claim. I think really you should refund her the whole £12, even if you are not asking her to return it. You could consider claiming from royal mail if it may have been damaged in transit?

bubblagirl Fri 17-Oct-08 19:52:58

i would say full refund as item is faulty if it worked but not as described else where i would say part refund but she shouldnt lose 7 pound for what may be a useless item

surreylady Fri 17-Oct-08 20:10:27

I have an item purchased that is not as advertised - I have already paid the postage and been sent an incorrect item (not new with tags as advertised) so I don't consider that I shluld be responsible for paying the postage to return it if he wants it back surely he should pay - not my mistake - not my cost surely

sixlostmonkeys Fri 17-Oct-08 20:43:36

"or might she be happy with just the £5 "

would you be?

Lalisa Fri 17-Oct-08 20:50:55

^ "or might she be happy with just the £5 "

would you be? ^

I would be very happy to get any money back if...
- it was actually functional and I was just trying it on
- i liked the look of it anyway (its a decorative object, has aesthetic value even if not moving)
- i knew someone who could fix it easily
- if i thought i bought it for a fantasticly low price and could still use it or fix it.

so i have a sliver of doubt about how things might be from her perspective.

BloodAndMutts Fri 17-Oct-08 20:52:10

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

bubblagirl Fri 17-Oct-08 20:53:06

ask her if she would accept part refund as she could get item fixed if she says no then full refund her

BloodAndMutts Fri 17-Oct-08 20:55:06

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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