It's so lovely to be back here on lovely Teddy Talk and I would like to introduce you to "Annarosa" who is my latest bear and is now ready for adoption. Full details and more photos can be found on my website at www.barlingbears.co.uk and I am more than happy to answer any questions. Please let me know if you encounter any difficulties with my website - thank you!
Have a wonderful day!
Love and hugs,
"Good golly Miss Molly!" ..... I see what you mean Becky! I hadn't been onto the Bearpile website for probably a year or more, so have just been to have a look after reading your posting. I'm staggered by the way it has increased in numbers, which is good for Bearpile but probably not so good if you are trying to sell anything! But I am sure there are success stories from some artists particularly if they have a good following or are well known. But there again, if a little bear tugs at your heartstrings then hopefully it will be snapped up regardless of who the seller is.
I did try once to sell a bear on Bearpile, just to see and learn how it all worked out but found my listing very quickly got "lost" amidst the crowd of other photos so I haven't bothered since but there were certainly nowhere near as many sellers then as there are now. I have been "away" from the proper bearing world for a while but now that I am back, I am quite astonished as to how many new bear makers there are now, so I guess it can only make it more difficult to sell, whatever route you take. But there again, hopefully I'm wrong on that score too!!
Just re-read my ramblings above and realise it's no answer to your post Becky, but hey-ho, now I've written it ..... I'm pressing the button!!!
Thank you so much to Pink, Koonienett, Sue Ann and Becky for your lovely welcome, it's so sweet of you.
I'm enjoying being surrounded by mohair again but my trouble is I have so many ideas that I just don't know where to start, so find myself getting nowhere and then changing my plans! Anyone else have that trouble??
On a different note, I thoroughly agree with you Koonienett when you say "home is where your cat is"!!
Hugs to all xxx
I just wanted to say "Hello" to everyone. I used to be a member here but have taken a little time off from bearing until recently, so am now happy to be back in the bear making world and surrounded by all things fluffy!
I can see there have been many changes here on TT, lots of new members but also some that I instantly recognise from happy times gone by! I look forward to participating here and there and wish you all "happy bearing".
Hope you're all keeping well.
Sorry I've been away from bearing for a little while, but I'm back again now. I currently have a few bears on my website now but thought I would introduce you to a little bear called "Wimbles" who is a little different from my usual bears. This little bear has more of a floppy nature and is just lovely to hold. If you would like full details on Wimbles, then please pop along to my website and visit him on:
I hope you like him ....
Many thanks for reading my ramblings!
Hugs to all,
I'm so very sorry to hear of your current situation and just want to reach out and give you a big hug.
I have always read your comments on any topic with great interest because you always seem to be able to help other people with their queries and problems and always give that information in a very natural and well explained manner. The vibes I get from reading your views make me think that you are a very kind and rational sort of person who can easily iron out a problem or two in a very straightforward manner. Any "matter of the heart" can probably make someone react to a situation in a different manner to what they would normally do, so possibly it might be a good idea to maybe wait a little while before making any big decision. I agree with so many of the comments already made and certainly agree that "professionals" do NOT always know the right answer.
If you find that you do eventually decide to part with your bears, perhaps it would be a nice idea to make a promise to yourself that you would buy a little hug of special bears for yourself, to represent a new stage in your life, a new beginning. This way, when you look at your new bears, there would not be any memories (good or bad) to dim the wonderful bright shiny future that these new bears would represent. As a bear lover I think you would find it very difficult to exclude all bears from your life; as said before, we need a little paw to hang on to now and then!
WOW!! ........ (I'm now searching for the "blushing" bear face emoticon we used to have but TT doesn't seem to have one any more ... I need one!!)
Thank you SO much Peter for the lovely birthday wishes ...... I'm a little lost for words actually ....... I was just wondering what all the news was on TT these days and then saw the little picture that Jacky had painted of Piccadilly and Twinkle on the index page, so clicked on it and .... "POW!!!!". That was a massive surprise! ........ so thank you!! You are way too kind xx
Thank you also to SueAnn and "Teddybear" for your lovely wishes xx
I had a lovely day, thank you. x
Love and hugs to everyone,
Just a little update .... I returned the item to the seller yesterday and sent it Recorded Delivery along with a nice polite and friendly letter.
I am pleased to say that I have now been fully refunded by the seller so all ends well. She has obviously studied the item and has said that it will still be sold on Ebay in a while but it will be marked up as "used" but whether she will still add "no returns" is yet to be seen.
By keeping my cool to certain emails received, I have managed to turn this whole episode around and avoid the whole scenario of opening a case with Ebay, though at times it almost seemed as if that was what the seller wanted me to do! Anyway, avoided any aggro, so result!
I have noted a few other "no returns" on other Ebay listings. It would be of great help to buyers if information was more easily accessible with regard to your rights when things go wrong. The links provided on postings above should be a great help and I will read more about this after Hugglets. Many thanks for the tips and also for the telephone calls I have received from lovely Tt-ers who have also had to deal with this situation (and worse!) in the past.
Well, it's back to the bearing again now for Happy Hugglets on Sunday, still SO much to do!
Please come and say "Hi" if you're passing my stand!
Hugs to all,
Sorry Becky, I forgot to thank you in my previous post for the info on being able to add additional details on Feedback already left. I couldn't find any tab that you mentioned but did eventually find the right section where I could leave additional feedback info. Never seen that before, learn something new every day ... So many thanks for that information and I'm sure it will be helpful to everyone else if they feel the need to add anything to their feedback. I don't think I will be adding anything though, unless of course she sends the heavies around!! Ha! I don't want to inflame the situation!
Thank you so much Becky, Joanne, Jenny and Kirstie for your helpful comments, you're a lovely bunch!
So sorry I am late in getting back on this but a phone call yesterday afternoon meant an unexpected getaway from the house and the computer!
The item in question was not a BIN, but the usual auction (which I unfortunately won!)
The plastic wrapping around it wasn't damaged in any way BUT I discovered you can get to remove the item because the very top part is not heat moulded or sealed so the item can in fact be removed quite easily. The item is also stuck to a card basically with double sided tape (done by the manufacturers). So basically, the item was either damaged during manufacturing, or, it was used and damaged somehow and then replaced into the packaging for onward sale. It would have been difficult to remove it from the card without crumpling the card up to be honest, so I'm more on the side of a manufacturing accident during packaging or something. Who knows.
Joanne - I hadn't thought about going the Paypal route, thank you.
Jenny - this was the usual auction buy, not BIN. Thanks for mentioning the distance selling regulations though, must get a bit more clued up on it. Many thanks also for the business centre link too, I'm going to sit and read up on this in a little while.
My seller did say she had spoken to the Resolution Centre and had read the them everything that had been written between us. Apparently because I had already sent positive feedback, it meant that I was basically happy with the goods.(yep, my fault there, should look before I leap!) I got an email from her asking what was I going to do about it. ..... Mmmm, if we were talking mega bucks then I would probably open a case with Ebay, but knowing their chaotic system, it would mean "I said this", "She said that", etc which quite frankly brings me back to school days and also I just don't want the darned hassle of it all. Not good for your health for one thing. Fortunately my replies to the seller where more on the friendly side and to the point, and tried to get her to see things from my point of view as a buyer with faulty goods who was stuck with them. How would she feel? Had she not had to return anything before that was faulty or damaged? Anyway, her emails are softening a little. But I can also appreciate it from her side.
Out of curiosity, has anyone here ever spoken to the Resolution Centre at Ebay?
Well thank you for your help, I'll let you know how things go.
Back to bearing now I guess ..... now .... where did I put those ears?!
Hugs to all,
Just wondering if anyone can help me with an Ebay problem because it takes a lot to get me mad, but I am totally niffed at the moment!
Basically I bought something on Ebay and paid immediately. I received the item a few days later, didn't think there could ever be a problem with the item so left positive feedback saying something along the lines of it being a smooth purchase. However, when I went to use the item (which was packaged in that awkward plastic packaging), before taking it out of the packaging I could see that it was damaged in one area which would mean that part of it was pretty useless.
I contacted the seller and explained the situation, asking if I could return the damaged item to them for a replacement. I went to check on the seller and noticed that they weren't selling any more items so that wasn't a good start. The seller contacted me and said that because she had "no returns" on her listing, she wouldn't do anything. To be honest, I hadn't seen this bit about her not accepting any returns. I would have thought though that if an item is broken or damaged then that is a different matter, it's not as though I was returning something because I had "changed my mind" or anything.
I got an email from her today saying that she had phoned the Resolution centre at Ebay (lucky her for having the number because I haven't found a number for it) and because she had "no returns" on her listing, she's covered. If I want to take it further, then she told me to open a case with Ebay.
To me, this means that a seller can put up all sorts of rubbish for sale, put "no returns" on their listing, and he is protected by Ebay from customers trying to secure refunds for any unworthy goods!!
If I was the seller and an item proved to be unusable, I would refund the money irrespective of whether I had stated "no returns" or not.
I thought the situation could be resolved nicely and in quite an amicable manner, but going by the emails I'm receiving, that's definitely not the case! Even worse, I'm wasting precious bearmaking time on my bears for Hugglets on Sunday!!!! Will my bears ever be ready?????
Does anyone have any tips or ideas on what I can or can't do?
I'm going even more grey by the minute!!
Hugs to all,