Upload & Sell: On
Binh Ly wrote:
Happens to me all the time. I noticed it has gotten worse in the recent years. I usually reply to any PM who says "I'll take it":
1) The item is still for sale right up until I get the payment. Whoever pays first wins.
I think this is completely unreasonable, and would be pretty irritated if I unconditionally said "I'll take it" only to find out that I was in a race to send a Paypal payment. Now, if someone hasn't stated they will take it, they don't get a place in line. "Please send more pictures" does not constitute a place in line. "Can you tell me about the lens" doesn't either. But I don't think it's okay for you to be accepting money for something without guaranteeing the buyer that they're going to get it, even if you're planning on sending a refund.
I understand the OP's frustration entirely. I would just begin stating in the responses, "Please send payment within 24 hours or I will assume you don't want the item and will re-list it." That provides a clear deadline for payment, doesn't put buyers in some unknown and unseen race with each other, and keeps the turnaround time pretty quick so there isn't much time lost in the sale.
A month or so ago I sent a PM stating that I would take a lens, and asked for a Paypal address. I then immediately got a phone call at work that required my attention for a couple hours and the seller sent me a reminder asking to send payment as soon as possible so he could mark it sold. That's reasonable; "sorry, someone else sent me money first" is not. In my opinion, of course.