When buying an item off of an auction site...

bellagal

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When buying an item off of an auction site, do you assume that it comes from a non-smoking home if it's not listed as smoke free or smoking home OR do you assume that because it's not listed that it does come from a smoking home?!

I know asking THE QUESTION is the thing to do (which is what I've done & am waiting on answers) but when you first look at the auction, what would you usually think?

I see a few BIN items I want to snap up but I don't want to take the chance they're from a smoking environment.
 

runner22

dreaming of Coach...
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I just assume it comes from a non-smoking home. I don't smoke (and neither does anyone in my household) so it hasn't really occurred to me to specify non-smoking home. Although I might add that in the future!

Now I do have two cats so I do state that in my listings. I always say something along the lines that I have cats but I keep my bags stored in their dustbags.
 

mspink

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I assumed non-smoking when I bought my minisig pill case, and wish I hadn't. It reeked. Fortunately it was just the pill case, and 99% fabric, so I doused it with Febreze and aired it out outside for a couple of days and it's OK. I wouldn't have been able to Febreze it so liberally if it had been a bag, and I don't even know if it even would have worked, so I'm glad I learned my lesson with the pill case.
 

arsweb

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I assume it is from a smoking home unless it is specified that it is not. Being from a non-smoking home is a selling point, and I'm always sure to include it in my listing when I sell items. If it's no stated, definitely better to ask than risk getting a stinky item.
 

noshoepolish

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I assume smoking home. Sometimes it is too late to ask and I end up bidding at the last second. I might take a chance here or there, esp if it is something I can flip.

And reading the eBay Clothing Boards, you would be surprised at the number of smokers who have a smoke free ebay room and think their items won't smell like smoke when they ship them.
 

Hyacinth

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Never assume ANYTHING. Ask questions about condition, stains, marks, worn spots, odors, pen marks, etc, and if you don't get answers, don't bid.

If a seller can't take five minutes to answer a question, they don't deserve your business.
 

COACH ADDICT

"We're all born naked and the rest is drag" RUPAUL
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Never assume ANYTHING. Ask questions about condition, stains, marks, worn spots, odors, pen marks, etc, and if you don't get answers, don't bid.

If a seller can't take five minutes to answer a question, they don't deserve your business.


I agree with the expert.. I got burned so much because I did not ask question.

Then I asked questions and the seller did not reply, I really wanted the bag and got burned again.

Finally I ask all the questions in the world and if they do not have the pictures I need a ask for those too. If the seller does not get back to me or the reply is not good enough I do not buy it.

Get your money's worth it is yours.
 

ecmf

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you know what they say, dont assume because it makes an ass out of you and me lol. i dont smoke and dont have any smokers at home so i always make a note of that in my listings, if it does not say and you want to be sure it comes from a smoke free home just ask the seller, i purchased a bag of ebay the seller didnt say either way and it has a smoke smell but it does not really bother me, i just left it out to air and now its fine
 

babygirlbling

J'aime ma vie!
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I never assume anything. If I'm serious about the item I ALWAYS ask about smoking, pets, stains, etc before bidding. I'd rather be safe and miss out on an item than get something awesome and be disappointed when it arrives.
 
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