This weekend I got into a bit of a dispute over a bid gone wrong on eBay. It was my first experience with eBay and I didn’t take it as seriously as I should have. I admit, I didn’t read all the rules before I clicked “agree” or “accept,” (I fail to recall the exact language.) The final bid was too low, so I decided not to sell the laptop. I returned the money to the woman and sent her an apology email.
Here is the email she sent back to me:
“When you list an item up for sale, you sign an agreement that whatever the highest bid is how much its sold for. To avoid selling your item at a lower price then wanted you have a higher start bid and or a resevre price. You shouldn’t have set up an auction if you didn’t know the rules. I am a faithful christian woman and feel cheated. Maybe we can work something out so I wont have to report you to ebay.
Let me know, thanks!
” I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”
~ Philippians 4:13~
While I understand her anger, the thing that surprised me was the declaration that she is “a faithful christian woman,” followed by “maybe we can work something out so I wont have to report you to eBay.”
To me, her statement cheapens religious feeling by bringing it into a business transaction. I just don’t see how being a faithful christian woman has anything to do with getting a good deal on eBay. This makes me think of other absolute nonsense that people do in name of religion:
What do you think? Do you see the connection or am I totally out there?
(We made up after a series of emails, she agreed not to report me to eBay, and I plan to re-list my laptop.)