My mom and I sold stuff on eBay. She does this sort of thing, I just buy. (and buy WELL, I might add, as does she. and HolySister.)
Mom did the descriptions and photos and I was supposed to check over those listings before she posted them. I did not. I mean, my MOM wrote them, and so what if that was months ago in the middle of the night and we were both emotional and sleep deprived...? Well, to be fair, I don't think she was emotional, but I was and fact-checking just really didn't rate as a priority. Mom's so reliable, anyway, and it would be such a total pain to go to so much trouble...
See where I'm going? uh huh. I screwed up three different auctions, and am trying to rectify it. I'm trying HARD to rectify it because that is potentially THREE WHOLE NEGATIVE FEEDBACKS. And if you don't get the gravity of that, well, just trust me. That's BAAAAD. Mike doesn't understand this at all, and said, "Honey, this will not change your life in any significant way."
Hello? Was that MikeSpeak for "Stop overreacting?" Because I don't like to be told that. Ever.
This clearly demonstrated that he had NO concept of the sacred nature of the eBay feedback system. You guard your positive feedback score with everything you have so that people will recognize you as a good seller. And? A good SHOPPER. Which I am.
So I exhaled slowly and calmly said, "You do not understand. Three negative feedbacks... that is... the scarlet letter upon my very eBay soul..." I leaned in a little so he'd see the seriousness in my eyes.
He snorted. The nerve!
The next day things did not seem so bleak at all, and I explained the entire episode to HolySister. Complete with the 'scarlet letter' metaphor. (Which should be appreciated because I just don't do metaphors often or well, and this one rocked. ROCKED.)
And she didn't miss a beat, and said, "EXACTLY. That is EXACTLY what it's like." And then went on to talk about how it hadn't happened yet, and what to do next.
Final note to my Mom: You've turned me into a seller. Fun!
to HolySister: I relished telling Mike exactly how you reacted. (Now he thinks we're both weird.)
Final Note to Y'all:
Nuh UH am I so NOT giving out my eBay user id! Are you kidding me? I'd just vomit if I thought I'd accidentally misrepresented an item to momrn2 or to shalee or whoever. Nuh UH, so not going there. You might think I don't like anonymity, given all of this bloggy stuff, but I have my limits. I think.