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Why does ebay allow this?

There are so many listings like this one:

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The listing is for SOLAR LIGHTS, the main photo is of the lights as shown in the above photo left bottom corner and the price is $2.19, but when you click on it the lights are $15 and the cheap item from the drop down menu is something totally different.  And in this case, this weird piece of junk is the only item available from the listing; if you click on the drop down menu the lights are not available.  It makes search pretty much useless.  I keep reporting them, and checking the listings but nothing happens.

Together with so many items either not arriving at all, and replacements not showing up either, or if anything comes it is often damaged or was faulty to start with, I am finding I spend so much time getting refunds that I am starting to worry when will PP start to question me. 

My latest disaster were these lights.  I bought several about 4 years ago and they were great, but now are starting to fail, so I thought I better get replacements.  Bought 3, only one works, the other 2 look like they went through fire or something and do not work properly.   It took me a week to get my refund.
Believe me, they  look worse in real life:

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I find shopping in B&M stores too difficult now; unless I know exactly what I want, where to get and I can park right in the front, I just cannot do it.  I have been buying all my clothes and presents  on line, mainly from eBay, but I am really just over it now.  I wonder if other people are finding it as unsatisfactory as I? 

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Re: Why does ebay allow this?

in reply to *kazumi*

People have been complaining about these sorts of listings for a long time. There is little likelyhood that Ebay will do anything about it.

 

It may not be as cheap but if you buy from Australian online stores (Or Ebay Australian sellers) you will be covered by our consumer laws so it might be worth the extra money. You do have other options than going into a B&M store.

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Re: Why does ebay allow this?

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I have so far always got my money back; it's just so unpleasant having to argue with them, and when I buy something it is because I need it.  But i also had disasters from sellers based in Australia.  In the way, I prefer to just get a refund for useless items than replacement from local one.  Few weeks back I bought a frying pan for my induction stove,which arrived with the base warped.  I tried to see how it works and put some water in and put it on the element, it was so unstable that when I knocked the handle slightly the pan wobbled and splashed the water.  They sent me replacement, which is only marginally better.  So now I have 2 wobbly frying pans.  Well, not really; the 1st one went into the rubbish.  But I feel bad because the seller probably thinks I got a freebie. 

There is no way I would given 2nd look to something like this if I saw it before I bought it:

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Whenever possible I buy known brand names and if I was buying a fry pan would go for something like a Raco, Scanpan, Baccarat, Tefal without needing to go to the top of the range.

Even those ones that Aldi have from time to time are not bad. Croften is the name.

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Re: Why does ebay allow this?

in reply to *kazumi*

Where do you live, kazumi?

What I am hearing is that you're maybe having a little trouble getting around, so you're looking for easy venues, not too much walking.

If you live in Vic at all, maybe over eastern suburbs way, I can direct you to the most marvellous little kitchen shop in a small group of shops, parking right out the front, excellent staff, seniors discount (for those who qualify & I do) plus what i love is they have a couple of tables with discount stock-not in boxes, maybe a small mark etc, but the most amazing prices. eg $30 instead of $200 on some cooking items.

 

Otherwise, for a lot of gift buying and so on, there are quite a few online places you can go to now. You probably already know a few but basically almost any shop you might want to browse in will have an online site these days. Ebay is good but as you say, those sorts of ads you were looking at are a pain.

 

I find ebay is fine for a lot of things but you have to pick & choose your ads, for sure.. I haven't been let down by an ebay seller in ages (except for one pick up item but that was not a professional seller).

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Re: Why does ebay allow this?

in reply to springyzone

I am in Seaford.  Please, do give me the address of the shop.

I sem to go trough months when everything is pretty good, and then I hit patch that no sooner that i close one dispute and get my money back, I am opening another one.  LOL  In this moment I get a panic attack when I see a postie with a parcel  (just joking). 

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Re: Why does ebay allow this?

in reply to kopenhagen5

@kopenhagen5 wrote:

Whenever possible I buy known brand names and if I was buying a fry pan would go for something like a Raco, Scanpan, Baccarat, Tefal without needing to go to the top of the range.

Even those ones that Aldi have from time to time are not bad. Croften is the name.


Most of my cookware is Baccarat, and some ancient Circulon, that was from the times I used to shop in Myers; have not been there for ages.  I do not really like the Croften, my daughter has some.  I also have some marble finish, which is great but does not work on the induction.  I got those on ebay, and I am not sure what brand (or fake of) they are.  But they are great and really non stick, even when I burnt something in them. 

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Re: Why does ebay allow this?

in reply to kopenhagen5

I only buy Swiss Diamond now for cookware, except for some Mauviel (carefully budgeted for, but wow! their copper pans with stainless steel lining are gorgeous!).

 

I will never buy Tefal again, after a very disappointing wok experience a few years ago.

 

After all, these things - pots, pans, etc. - are used every day, so it's worth in the long run to get good quality that will last and won't be wobbly. I suspect it would irritate me too much to use it.

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Re: Why does ebay allow this?

in reply to springyzone

Does this kitchen shop have bread baking things in it, springyzone?

 

(I would not mind knowing about this little kitchen shop, too!)

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Re: Why does ebay allow this?

in reply to countessalmirena

I would like to know also thanks springy. Smiley Very Happy

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I was going to send a private message but it seems a couple of others are also interested.

The shop is Cookware brands Outlet Shop. It is at 494 Dorset Rd, Croydon. It is in a small shopping strip.

A friend & I drop in there on our way out sometimes and always seem to pick up something, although sometimes it is just something small. Then we walk along the strip about 8 shops away and have a coffee & complimentary chocolate in Hahndorf's. Plus there is an interesting Op shop where we usually drop off some things then have a browse for anything unusual. So I guess for us it is just an enjoyable little interlude, it's not just about the cookware.Smiley Happy

 

I have to warn people the Cookware shop is not a big store, just average size. Not open Sat afternoons either. What is on the back tables varies completely from visit to visit. Often there is nothing I need, but I have picked up a couple of good pieces of Circulon for prices ranging from about $30-$50.

Most of the back tables stuff is items such as saucepans, grillets, frypans. Different brands from cheaper to more expensive.

The rest of the shop has a range of cookware items but they tend to be a bit dearer (still discounted, according to them though) as they are new in boxes.

There are some baking pans and some cake decorating things. More for the home cook than a professional level decorator though. My friend does cake decorating but she bought her tins elsewhere. 

 

The women who work there are prettty helpful, always willing to give advice on how or how not to use different pieces. The only sad thing is I asked about the senior's discount last time and they gave it to me, didn't even ask to see the card for proof.Woman Wink

 

PS Countessa, just noticed you said bread baking. I am not sure how much they have. They do have a website I think, but I can't recall a lot of breadbaking things. The stuff on the back table (usually saucepans etc) is not on the website as it is one off stuff)

 

 

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Re: Why does ebay allow this?

in reply to springyzone

Springy, googling that name brings up one of those outlets in the northern suburbs as well.

 

There's one at Uni Hill in Bundoora, so thanks for that info.

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springyzone, thank you!

 

I mentioned bread baking because I was actually thinking that the shop might be the one from which I have regularly been buying a particular ingredient; it's a wonderful shop in Hallam with a very good range of cooking/baking items you'd be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. Actually...oh no. I just saw from their website that they have closed as of end of June this year. (Owners have retired.) That's a blow. They stocked both some cookware (excellent baking/proving tins in particular) and ingredients - rare ingredients, unusual ingredients, including Hi-maize® Resistant Starch which can be added to anything made with flour by about 20% by weight, to lower the GI and add resistant starch to the diet. I am always looking for ways to reduce GI for diabetic family member's diet.

 

I can't find any other seller in Australia stocking this, so I will have to order it from US shops. (It won't be the only ingredient I have to import; I must buy Tagatose from a US shop as well. It's a sugar substitute that caramelises just as sugar does, but has a mere 38% of the calories of sugar and is 3 on the GI. No unpleasant aftertaste. Essential for making a crème brûlée for said diabetic family member!)

 

Hi-maize® Resistant Starch was developed in Australia, but then the rights were sold to a US company, and immediately it began to be hard to get in Australia. I think the problem was that it was developed before the optimal time when it would have gained advertising traction; nowhere near enough people are aware to this day about this excellent product. CSIRO have done research into resistant starch, and have developed BARLEYmax™, but as far I know, one can't buy this as an ingredient.

 

Ah - actually, I did come across another resistant starch last night (while looking for something else). It's Green Banana Resistant Starch. I'll experiment with that.

 

springyzone, I will call in to the Cookware brands Outlet Shop; thank you for suggesting it!

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Re: Why does ebay allow this?

in reply to countessalmirena
According to one of Michael Mosley's books, if you cook rice and then cool it the GI lowers drastically because of the resistant starch. If you then reheat it it's even better. He may give a website that gives more info but I didn't take note of it and I returned his books to the library last week. I think he has a website with the same name as his book if you google it.

I took some notes from The Clever Guts Diet and this is what I've got, but he had more detail:

You're unlikely to get big blood sugar spikes eating RS and you won't hold too many calories from it either. It feeds the good bacteria in the large intestine. You find RS in grains, seeds and legumes, unripe bananas and green peas. It's in rice that's been cooked and cooled, because that changes the structure of the starch.
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Re: Why does ebay allow this?

in reply to brerrabbit585

brerrabbit, I have his books; they are part of my multi-point plan in helping the family member deal with diabetes (very successfully). Yes, cooked potatoes or rice or pasta that's allowed to cool down, and then is subsequently reheated, is excellent for lowering its glycaemic index. (Yes, I know his website well.)

 

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The family member concerned has done extraordinarily well - I set a daily exercise regime (high-intensity interval training 3 times a week, 10 minutes on treadmill after meals), diet (intermittent fasting - initially 2 days a week, now 1 day a week for maintenance), the mediterranean diet for normal everyday eating (salmon at least 3 times a week, small amounts of meat no more than 3 times a week maximum, lots of vegetables, good quantity of olive oil, etc.), and inventive baking from me (home-made rye bread, interesting mix of grains bread, even white bread - with sugar substitute and resistant starch - and sugar-free cakes when called for, including a cheesecake that is as divine as anything I've ever baked, and a Black Forest cake that has a surprising amount and variety of vegetables in it!)

We have probably reversed the condition, but that hasn't been clinically proven.

Spoiler
I followed the research of Newcastle University in the UK about reversing Type 2 diabetes.    (It's astonishing how many people who've been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes still continue to eat the same foods which contributed to their condition, and who rely on medication - which is far far less than optimal in terms of treatment or even as ongoing maintenance.)

Kefir is also wonderful for good bacteria. Anecdotally some people with IBS have experienced remarkable results with kefir, and studies show promising biotic characteristics. Most of the studies took place prior to 2005, but there are still further studies occurring to evaluate the effect and isolate particular strains.

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Re: Why does ebay allow this?

in reply to countessalmirena

The joy of genes.

 

I am overweight and under exercised (no functional knees - too much overweight exercise when I were a lad), eat red meat and way too much sugar.

 

Cholesterol normal, blood sugar normal.

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Re: Why does ebay allow this?

in reply to davewil1964

Yes, genetic predisposition... Some people's BMI range above which they'll be landed with various diseases is narrow, while other people's is wide. It makes a huge difference.

 

I've just been briefly researching gum disease and tooth decay in the 1700s, and began to wonder how the equivalent of an eBay would have looked in that era. There'd be listings of "live tooth for implant available by master tooth-drawer", "life-like wooden teeth affixed to remedy rotten, hollow, or stumps of teeth" or Essence of Pearl and Pearl Dentifrice...  If "wanted" ads could be posted, they'd definitely include "DONORS of teeth in good repair wanted; excellent money paid."

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Re: Why does ebay allow this?

in reply to countessalmirena

You might like to read Mary Enig's books, if you haven't already.  She died a couple of years ago but she knew a lot more than Mosley.  I agree with some of what he says but hate the flawed studies he quotes.  

 

I'm a fan of kefir and have been for over 10 years now.  I can testify that it makes a huge difference when it comes to inflammation.  Mosley says its good but over-complicates things big time in his instructions for culturing it.

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Re: Why does ebay allow this?

in reply to countessalmirena

I have a feeling I know the shop you mean in Hallam, my friend visited it sometimes I think.

You sound like a great cook, countessa, maybe we'll see you on masterchef!!

 

 

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Re: Why does ebay allow this?

in reply to *kazumi*
Ebay won't remove these idiots because its all about income streams mate. A sad state of affairs and a reflection on the great greed of corps.