Thursday, November 15, 2007

Thursday Thanks Tank

In honor of Peach and the ladies of Thankful Thursday...better late than never AGAIN! *wink*

And, this is why I'm thankful today: proof that there ARE people walking their Walk with honor!

Long story as short as possible?

As most of you who read regularly know, we've been trying to get out of debt via Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University. As a result, everything that's not nailed down around the house has been getting listed on Ebay! LOL

About 2 weeks ago, I listed a large (like 6 ft by 3 ft) drafting table that I used for crafting that DaHubby got free from a tool and die shop going out of business around here. I started bidding at $99.99, had 7 "watchers", and it sold a week ago Monday for the $99.99.

However, the winning bidder was a Ebay newbie and apparently didn't read carefully when I posted in BOLD ALL CAPS letters (LOL) that it was pick-up or local delivery ONLY. He was in California! *sigh* So, expecting the worst, I dug in for what I expected to be complicated negotiations. Even contacted Ebay to see what my options were if it got "ugly".

He wanted to know if I'd ship it? HUH? I'm a SAHM with two kids under 4 - where in the WORLD would I get the materials to crate up a 6 foot by 3 foot table!? LOL So, for a week I heard barely anything as he supposedly was trying to work out shipping from SW Michigan to CA. As I've had a few difficulties on Ebay (bad buyers and my ID hijacked once by someone overseas), I tried to remember to be a light in the situation and tried to be positive and polite.

So last Friday, I sent an email requesting an update and said that I'd start the report so I could re-list the table Monday because I needed the money ASAP. Unfortunately, that process would label him as a unpaying bidder but it's the only way to "end" the transaction at that point.

Monday...I get an email. Something to the effect of "I can't arrange shipping, thanks for your patience, I deposited $50 into your Paypal account for your trouble. Thank you."


And, when I go try to sort out what's going on, I find that he not only paid the half he promised but he PAID IN FULL! And, he doesn't want the table! I was stumped. When I asked for clarification, he stated that he was a believer and he understood when he bid and when he won that it is a contract and he honors his contracts/promises. I could do whatever with the money that I wished and he had written down as a gift to charity!

I wrote him a thank you email praising his example and telling him I was blessed. His gift was perfect timing! Don't know that I'd be able to honor a $100 "mistake" like that!

God is good!


Denise said...

Wow, God is so awesome.

Cheryl said...

Oh my goodness! What a blessing! God is so good. Thanks for sharing. God Bless!

Crystal said...

Wow what a great testimony!
Thanks for sharing!

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