selling on ebay - Two to Tango - EBay Buyer/Seller Disagreements
by Chris Malta
Taking the Right Approach:
Your sales terms play an important role in deflecting miscommunications. Explains Rule, "Sales terms are your opportunity to address all the issues that might later emerge into a dispute. If you put the right terms in, you can stop that first domino from falling over and avoid all the headaches that come afterward."
There are several things you need to keep in mind when drafting sales terms:
- They should be clear and easy-to-understand. Plainly lay out your policies regarding returns and refunds. How much time does the buyer have to return an item? Who pays the return shipping and handling? What are the restocking fees? You want to make sure your buyers' expectations for how things will be handled are in line with your own.
- Take a positive tone. Don't be overly aggressive and scare potential buyers away. The way you phrase things can make a big difference in how customers perceive you. For example, instead of saying "We do not accept Discover", try stating "We are happy to accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express".
It's equally important to keep that positive attitude if an issue does arise. Advises Rule, "Set a constructive tone. The tone that happens when the problem first emerges has everything to do with how that resolution process is going to pan out." Don't throw blame on the other party, or get defensive.
Be proactive - express your desire to work together to figure out what happened and find a solution that's mutually satisfying.
Whenever possible, try and be flexible when a buyer wants to return an item. You're investing in your buyer relations and in your reputation for customer service. That doesn't mean, however, that you're obligated to let a customer run over you. Sometimes, you have to draw a line and stick to your policies.
The important thing is to always communicate. Up front, it will save you a lot of confusion and run-ins. And on the back end, it will help you work things out with your customers so that you can both leave the transaction happy.