Let me first give a brief rundown of a recent experience I had with a trade that went wrong.
I had an item on TM which the auction expired on Sun 23 May at approx 8:30pm. The one and only bidder won the auction with a reserved met bid.
I contacted the successful bidder on Monday morning, and asked them to contact me to arrange collection. I then emailed them again on Tuesday afternoon after not hearing anything. I received a text on Tuesday night saying "sorry I haven't contacted you yet, please give me the address for pickup". I texted back straight away with the address, and asked what day/time suited.
Thursday afternoon rolls around and I hadn't received a reply yet. So I texted again asking them to either pick up that night, or make a deposit to my bank account to secure the item. Got a text Thursday night saying "Sorry I prob can't make deposit until Sat. Can I come around on Sat to pick up and pay cash?"
I texted back and said I would wait until then, but if they fail to show I will be forced to relist the item and leave negative feedback. Also asked in same text if we could arrange a time now, and suggested 10am. No reply so sent another text asking if 10am was ok. Friday afternoon now and still no reply.
I did say brief at the start, didn't I?? :)
Anyway, if I now leave them negative feedback because they have failed to complete the trade, and have been very elusive in terms of communication, I will open myself up for negative feedback from them in return. A blot against my otherwise perfect trading record.
How fair is this given I've tried my best to complete the trade? All this will look like is that we had a dispute and it is up to interpretation of future traders who was in the wrong. What do others think on this subject?