I Can’t Believe It’s Not Digital Picture

Sadly, no packages today, but I did manage to get a little note that I thought was blogworthy. Earlier this afternoon I got a friendly email from eBay, containing the following:

MC015 Security notice: eBay listing removed – botnamehere
Hello botnamehere (xxx@yyy.zzz),

We’re writing to let you know that this listing for an item you won or bid on is no longer available:
221034130878 – Woman Lake – Digital Picture free shipping

We understand this may be disappointing, but occasionally we need to remove listings. In some cases, the item itself is fine, but was listed in a way that didn’t follow eBay’s guidelines.

I’m not really 100% sure what happened here. eBay helpfully removed the auction info, so I don’t have much to go on. It might be that the auction was incorrectly categorized.. I remember that it was a “Digital Picture” not in the digital art category I excluded, and I complained about that when the bot won (on the twitter feed!). Does eBay remove auctions for that? The email also advised me to get a refund if I hadn’t gotten the item yet, so I have initiated that procedure… for $0.16. I probably wouldn’t have even bothered but the email told me to, maybe it will help them somehow to know if the auction went through or not, and I want to know if they will actually refund me 16 measly cents.

To be honest, I expected the bot may get ripped off at some point. I’ve been ripped off twice myself on eBay, but both were for a bit higher value item. I wish I had more info from eBay on why the auction was pulled after the fact, but I assume there is some kind of privacy thing there. If the refund comes through, I’ll give the bot the money back; if not, it will be a learning experience. Hopefully either way, the bot will grow from this.

But seriously, why did a digital picture require 3-5 days shipping?

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