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Saga Of Ebay – a warning to all sellers and a tale of a life experience learnt.

I wanted to make space on my bookshelves so decided to try to sell some of my books on Ebay, they didn’t sell at a price I selected, so I thought I’d try with a start price of £0.99 hoping I would get a few bidders on these brand new books which have never been read but just sat on my shelves.  I sold one for 99p plus the postage and packing of £2.99 total £3.98, the book originally cost me at least ten times as much.  I packed the book as I normally did, took it off to the post office, paid the appropriate postage and sent it off on its merry way.

On opening my email account a couple of days later I was hit right between the eyes with an email from the buyer saying I had sent a used, damaged book and it was obviously not as described!  She also went on in detail about how it was a present for her mother in law and only purchased from me because I had said it was new.

Concerned I contacted Ebay (hahaha that’s another tale) who, though on the surface, were empathetic with the problem but could only advise that I obtain photo’s of the book to compare with my original photo; this I duly requested from the buyer, who then sent two pretty poor photos through showing a slight crease at the bottom right hand corner of the book and one of the torn packaging, it was obvious from these photo’s that the damaged had occurred during mailing.

I requested the return of both packaging and book but the buyer was not happy with this she just wanted a refund and to keep the book for her mother in law (cheapskate keeps coming to mind!).  Again I referred to Ebay who appeared to agree with me that offering a refund upon return was the correct way to proceed.  I again requested this from the buyer, stating that as I was offering to pay her return postage (something which goes above the guide lines stated by Ebay) if she would return the items.  No, not good enough, in fact all she wanted was a refund of the postage!  Not happening, as without the book and packaging I am unable to make a claim from Royal Mail for the damage.  I also offered to send her all the details so she could claim against Royal Mail but, boy, was that the wrong thing to do!

She has now decided that she is not prepared to do this or even to send the book back but still wants a refund?  How does that work?

I have now sent her a prepaid addressed label via email and asked her to put the book back in the original bag, seal it up, attach the label and then just to drop it in her nearest post box.  (I have a suspicion that even that will be too much for her)

I have since read the forums on Ebay, (something I wish I had done before I started trying to sell on Ebay, then I wouldn’t have bothered) and as they seem only to side with the buyers I feel let down and deceived, not only by  Ebay but this particular buyer as well.  It seems to me she was out to try and get a bargain for nothing and has Ebay on her side.  I have also spoken to the resolution centre who appeared to side with me when I called but, again after reading the forums, I doubt that they will side with me faced with the buyer, even though I am carrying out their advice and guide lines.

I have now removed all the items I had for sale and once the last few bits and pieces have been cleared I will be closing both my Ebay and Paypal accounts, I would rather sell at a car boot sale or give the items to charity, than be involved with a company who do not provide a level playing field or buyers intent on getting something for nothing but as for now I await the next instalment and will try to learn from the experience.


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Creative week 52

Only a few more days to go before our heating and hot water is restored – I can’t wait (good job the shower is electric!).  I also have to thank my big son for generously sharing his cold with me!

On to this weeks quilt idea:- Links


Links 1 Quilt

 

This quilt measures 69″ square, the block is 26″ square, the framing border is 2″ wide and the outer border is 6.5″ wide.

The pdf’s for the fabric yardage, the rotary cutting info and the block diagram are here:-

Links 1 Fabric yardage

Links Rotary Cutting info  The framing border is cut at 2.5″ by 52.5″ for the left and right and 2.5″ by 56.5″ for the top and bottom.  The outer border is cut at 7″ by 56.5″ for left and right and 7″ by 69.5″ for top and bottom.

Links Block Diagram

Links 2 Quilt

Links 2 is 78″ square, again with 26″ blocks in the centre and 13″ blocks in the corners.

Fabric yardage pdf Links 2 Fabric Yardage

Large block rotary cutting info pfd Links 2 block rotary cutting info

Small block rotary cutting info pdf Links 2 Small Links block rotary cutting info

The borders are cut at 13.5″ by 52.5″ with the smaller blocks at the corners.

I’ll leave it with you to turn the corner blocks around and join them up with strips in the outer border!

The last quilt this week is probably my favourite and one I would love to have the time to make -one day!

Links 3

This one measures 110.5″ square.

That’s all for this week, thank you for dropping by. x

 

 


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Creative Week 51

Great news – our heating will be fixed by 7th February, so not too long to wait now.

The house has been so cold this last week I haven’t been able to do much as my hands won’t function in this much cold.

This weeks quilt idea – Disappearing 9 patch using layer cake (10″) squares. 36 for the quilts below. with 1 and 7/8th yards (1.72m) for a 6″ border (cut into 2 x 6 1/2″ by 56 1/2″ and 2 x 6 1/2″ by 68 1/2″, for the quilt without sashing and for the quilt with sashing cut 2 x 6 1/2″ by 64″ and 2 x 6 1/2″ by 76″.  These long border strips will need piecing to achieve the required length).  With sashing the quilt is 75 1/2″ square and without it is 68″ square.

If sashing the fabric needed is 1 and 1/4 yards (1.15m).  This will need to be cut into 2″ strips, then sub cut into 20 x 2″ by  14 1/2″ and 5 x 2″ by 64″ strips (the longer lengths will need to be pieced)

The basic principle is to make a simple 9 patch from 9 of the layer cakes, in this case 4 times.  Working on one 9 patch at a time, measure the width of the centre square and then cut it in half across the centre horizontally and vertically, making 4 blocks.  Repeat this with the remaining three 9 patches – you will have 16 blocks altogether.  Now rearrange them to suit you, add sashing if you want and a border or not.

I have included below some arrangements I have considered.

This first one is the basic 9 patch without any sashing or slicing up.

Basic without sashing

Basic sliced up with sashing.

Basic with sashing

Arrangement 1

Disappearing 9 patch 1

without sashing

Disappearing 9 patch 1a wo sashing

Arrangement 2 with sashing

Disappearing 9 patch 2

without sashing

Disappearing 9 patch 2a wo sashing

Arrangement 3 with sashing

Disappearing 9 patch 3

Without sashing

Disappearing 9 patch 3a wo sashing

Arrangement 4 with sashing

Disappearing 9 patch 4

Without sashing

Disappearing 9 patch 4a wo sashing

Arrangement 5 with sashing

Disappearing 9 patch 5

Without sashing

Disappearing 9 patch 5a wo sashing

I know there are many more…..

That’s all for this week, thank you for dropping by, until next week…. x


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Creative Week 50

As I sit here watching the birds on my feeder, I am freezing.  We have still not been able to find a plumber/heating engineer to come and replace our boiler – one has even told us it could be May before he could get here!  I would be suspicious if any of them said the could be here immediately but May!  British Gas want silly money as usual but could do it sooner – We maybe desperate but not that much money desperate – at a third more expensive than anyone else, for a boiler with lower specifications, they can think again.

It is not so much the cold but the damp that hangs around the house after the five of us have had showers, washed up and all the other things that need doing in the mornings, then it all starts again in the evenings.  I sit here all day with the windows open trying to get rid of the condensation but to no avail.  I have now resorted to shoving an electric fire in the rooms, shutting the doors and walking away, expensive and I’m still sitting here freezing but it sort of works.  I think I’d rather be cold than have the children sleep in damp beds ( although I don’t think they are damp, just very, very cold).

Note to self – when we get the new boiler DO NOT get it serviced and have an annual check in the winter nor allow British Gas to move the appointment from summer to winter.

Ok enough moaning.

This weeks quilt idea:- Radar

radar 1

 

This quilt I have named Radar 1, it reminds me of those old WWII radar pictures I saw in history lessons when I was a child.  This quilt measures 60″ square (my favourite size) and is made up of two blocks which are basically the same but the second has more piecing.

Here are the links for all the info that you need to make this quilt.

radar 1 fabric yardage

Radar 1 block 1 templates   Radar 1 block 2 templates

Radar 1 block 1 foundation papers  Radar 1 block 2 foundation paper

Radar II

Radar 2

This quilt is again 60″ square and only uses 1 of the blocks, although this time I have used dark to light radiating fabrics in one and light to dark in the other.

Here are the links

Radar 2 fabric yardage

Radar 2 templates

Radar 2 foundation template

That’s all for this week, hopefully by next week I will have happier news on the heating and hot water front – thank goodness the shower is electric!

Until next week, thank you for dropping by. x

 

 

 

 


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Creative Week 49

At last back on track!

This week has been slightly stressful as our boiler has been condemned as being unsafe by British Gas.  We do not have any heating or hot water, just like my childhood, well not quite, as then we did have access to a coal fire in the front room of the house.  We are all now wearing loads of layers, not quite at the hat wearing stage but the gloves will be on soon.  Oh well, at least we are not flooded out like a lot of other people around the country.

This weeks quilt idea – In a Spin

In a Spin Quilt

This quilt, as last weeks, measures 72″ by 84″ with a 2″ and a 4″ border.

The fabric yardage is here:- In a Spin Fabric Yardage

The rotary cutting info is here:- In a Spin Rotary Cutting Info

Ok that is all for this week, I am off to try to get warm.

Until next week, thanks for dropping by. x

 


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Creative Week 48

This weeks post has been held up by Christmas decorations!  It took just two days to decorate the house for Christmas but has taken much long to un-decorate it I really don’t understand how that works other than I have given the house a spring clean(ish if you know me you’ll understand the ish bit).

This weeks quilt idea Jack and Joseph

Jack and Joseph Quilt 72 by 84

The name comes from the two blocks I have used in this quilt, Jack in the pulpit and Joseph’s coat.  The quilt measures 72″ by 84″.  The inner border is 2″ wide and the outer is 4″

The fabric yardage is here:-Jack and Joseph Fabric yardage

The rotary cutting info for  Joseph’s coat here:- Josephs coat block 1  and for Jack in the pulpit here:- Jack in the pulpit block 2

Until next week, thank you for dropping by. x

 

 

 

 


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Creative Week 47

Happy New Year

Here’s to a prosperous, healthy and creative 2014 for all!

This weeks quilt idea, well I have three for you, all variation on a theme; all measure approximately 51.5″ square and are set on-point.

Common Block

I ‘found’ the above block in a book called ‘Around the block again’ but I am sure it has been around a lot longer than than the book, as nothing is ‘brand new’ these days – someone in the past has done it before, especially this one as it is so simple.  I have used this block as a common block in the three designs I have for you this week.

Here is the rotary cutting info for this block:- Triangles and Squares common to all block rotary cutting info

Triangles and Squares 1

 

Trainagles and squares 1

The quilt layout:-

Trainagles and squares 1 quilt layout.JPG

I have added a larger block that mirrors just one segment of the common block

Traingles and Squares Block 2 Diagram

Triangles and Squares 1 block 2 rotary cutting info

The corner triangles rotary cutting info is here:- Triangles and Squares 1 corner triangles rotary cutting info and the setting triangle rotary cutting info is here:- Triangles and Squares 1 setting triangles rotary cutting info

The fabric yardage info for quilt 1 is here:- Triangles and Squares 1 fabric yardage info.  You will also need an additional 18″ across the width of the fabric for binding, cut this into 2.5″ strips, joining end to end to create a continuous length.  Press in half along the length and attach to the quilt in the method of your choice.

Triangles and Squares 2

Trainagles and squares 2

The quilt layout is here:- Triangles and squares 2 quilt layout.JPG

Again I have added a second block, 1/4 square triangles arranged into a pinwheel in the centre.

Trainagles and squares 2 block 2 diagram

The rotary cutting info is here:-   Triangles and Squares 2 block 2 rotary cutting info

Triangles and Squares 2 corner triangles rotary cutting info

Triangles and Squares 2 setting triangles rotary cutting info 

Fabric yardage:- Triangles and Squares 2 fabric yardage info

Again you’ll need an additional 18″ across the width of the fabric for binding, cut this into 2.5″ strips, joining end to end to create a continuous length.  Press in half along the length and attach to the quilt in the method of your choice.

Triangles and Squares 3

Trainagles and squares 3

The quilt layout is here:- Triangles and squares 3 quilt layout.JPG

The second block is the same as No 2 above but this time I have used solid fabric for the corner and setting triangles.

Here is the rotary cutting info for these corner triangles:- Triangles and Squares 3 corner triangles rotary cutting info and for the seeing triangles:- Triangles and Squares 3 setting triangles rotary cutting info

The fabric yardage info is here:- Triangles and Squares 3 fabric yardage info

Again you’ll need an additional 18″ across the width of the fabric for binding, cut this into 2.5″ strips, joining end to end to create a continuous length.  Press in half along the length and attach to the quilt in the method of your choice.

Well that’s all for this post.

Thanks for visiting. X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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