I’m in a mood to vent a little bit this morning. Because this subject is a very sore one with me. EBAY. Especially in regards to American Girl merchandise.
A couple of weeks ago I posted a warning abut AG stuff being sold from Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong and other places in that area as I had reason to believe it was fake. It disturbed me because it’s being sold as new merchandise, but items that are no longer available and haven’t been for an extended period of time. I’ve noticed a good bit of it is Molly themed and that is what put up all kinds of red flags for me as she has been archived for a some time now. I was right too–now that this stuff has been listed for a while, if you go in to the reviews left by buyers, there are plenty of bad reviews stating that the merchandise is counterfeit. Seriously? I can’t believe that the demand is that high that someone has had to resort to making fake AG items. Ugh.
My other complaint is the misrepresentation going on. Be sure to read descriptions THOROUGHLY. I was looking this morning for the old riding outfit. Yeah, they have a new one, but as much as I like pink, when it comes to equestrian stuff, I’m a stickler for detail and authenticity. Show me Zara Phillips in a pink riding jacket and I might consider it, but otherwise, no way. I was excited to come across an entire set that was reasonably priced and listed as EUC–which stands for Excellent Used Condition. However, when I read the full description, the seller notes that the jacket has a hole in it. WHAT? Since when is that EUC???
Another thing that I see a lot is items being listed as Retired, Hard to Find, No Longer Available–and many times these are items that I know for a fact are none of the above. A good example of this is the guitar. I want to get this eventually, but hey, if I can get a good deal, why not. What was I thinking though-this is Ebay?!?!?! One of the listings tries to pawn this thing off as hard to find and they are selling it for more than it sells for on the AG site. And it’s missing all of the accessories, it’s just the guitar and the case. I guess I will just get it off AG and avoid all of this crap.
Does this stuff drive anyone else bananas??? I’ve only purchased three things AG related off Ebay for this reason-two dolls and a pair of boots. I have to say that all three of the sellers in these transactions were outstanding and I was thrilled with my purchases. But because of all of the dishonesty going on lately, I am not even sure I want to look anymore. It just makes me sad that anyone thinks that because it’s a popular item, its okay to try and rip people off. As a seller on Ebay I am very honest, and I treat potential customers like I would desire to be treated. Grrr….
Thanks for listening. Feel free to continue the vent in the comments.