Update time... (3/14/20)I didn't want to have to make this post... but the principles of buying and selling on eBay apply to anyone, no matter how often you buy from me, or how many items you buy from me.So the next update concerns...glenrue
They have been a very good buyer in the past, and have bought various mixed job lots of batteries from me (usually alkaline and zinc carbon AA batteries). The nature of such lots means that there may well be variations between each battery, in regards to performance.
Of particular note is this paragraph:
I have tested these with a digital multimeter and they all have a voltage of 1.0V or higher, with the vast majority of the batteries reading 1.2V or higher. Therefore, they still have a decent amount of charge left.
The voltage readings vary by battery and are mostly 1.2V-1.4V.
They have all been briefly tested in a portable device and they all work as intended. Performance may vary between batteries, due to variations in voltage readings, and will depend on the device being used.
(Please note, they are not brand new and will not have 100% of their capacity left - hence listing as used.)
So these batteries that I am selling, are not new (hence why it says "used" right at the top of the page), clearly state that they don't have 100% capacity remaining, and, from the description, have to have a voltage of 1.0V or more (which should be fine for the vast majority of low to medium drain appliances).
Whenever I receive single use batteries for testing, they get tested on a multimeter, to make sure that they have enough voltage left to run an appliance. Anything less than 1.0V is dead. Anything above 1.0V still has some life left in it. Anything above 1.5V is pretty much brand new (and reserved for other listings/uses).
Most batteries that I receive have at least 1.2V, hence the description.
This all, of course, depends on the device that you are using these batteries in. See the above quote from the description:
Performance may vary between batteries, due to variations in voltage readings, and will depend on the device being used.
If you are using them in a medium/high drain device, they will stop working at a much higher voltage than if used in a low drain device. The listings re-iterate this, with zinc based batteries being ideal in "low drain devices" and alkaline batteries being ideal in "low to medium drain" devices.
Medium to high drain devices are only recommended when I list rechargeable AA batteries (since high drain devices will go through any type of battery extremely quickly), and you certainly won't be getting 50x rechargeable batteries for £1.99, or less (plus postage costs, obviously).
To put all of the above into context, a trip to your local Poundland shop (assuming you have one where you live) will net you 30x Zinc Carbon batteries for £2. So not only is it less than the amount provided in one of my listings, they're also less powerful (assuming you've picked a set of alkalines).
On most devices, a 1.3V (typical) alkaline battery from one of my job lots will outperform a 1.5V (brand new, out of the packet) Zinc Carbon/Zinc Chloride "heavy duty" battery. And of course, a 1.3V (typical) Zinc Carbon battery will last even less.
The problems began in the first lot (my responses in red):
I have few issues with these three lots.
60 zinc batteries - you sent 67 but 16 are dud and only good for recycling some are even leaking 3 have almost nothing in so only 46 good.
(I do not send leaking batteries out so something must have happened in the shipping. The rest must have either dropped voltage when in storage, or used on a device which requires more power than what Zinc Carbon can provide.)
50 Energiser - you sent 52 1 dud 9 almost nothing in 42 good. (Again, see above - also note in the description that performance may vary between batteries)
50 Powerzone -you sent 54 0 duds 3 almost nothing 51 good so ok. (Why the need to complain?)
Postage is the major problem. Package was 8.2kg with Hermes even collected this should have cost £6.20 (direct from Hermes it is £6.50) but you charged me £9.99. Excess charge of £3.79 (have you heard about packaging costs, e.g. the box, sellotape etc, or the fees applied to postage charges? I do not make any money out of postage, and bear in mind that I gave you combined shipping anyway) can I have a partial refund for this amount and I will live with the dud zinc batteries as they were cheap.
These were swiftly resolved by offering a £4.00 partial refund - to cover the excess postage charges and the price of the Zinc batteries (essentially making the zinc batteries free). I barely made any profit on this lot.
They then purchased another lot, waited a week, and then has complaints(again, my response in red):
I have tested them with mixed results see below:
50 sold and 50 sent - 1 is dead and 3 are very low and unusable (this is still 46/50 batteries good - bear in mind what I said about performance varying with regards to each device)
50 sold 52 sent - 7 are dead (again, 45/50 perfectly fine - I even had the decency to throw in some extras, due to issues they had previously)
60 sold 69 sent - 6 are very low unusable and 26 are dead (I'm struggling to believe that 26 zinc batteries were no good. Are you using them in devices that are not meant to be used with zinc batteries? Either that, or they self drained when in storage - as I know for a fact that these Zinc's were recently tested and were all well above the 1.0V threshold. In fact, when recently testing Zinc's, I have been discarding some that were still above 1V, but less than 1.1V, since they sometimes have a very poor ability to deliver a decent current draw.)
With this, I gave them their £0.99 back, which was the cost of the 60x Zinc batteries. They still have complaint!
But that will just be 99p and I paid £7.50 in postage when 32 batteries are useless even after the extras you sent so I am paying to ship stuff for recycling.
(How the fuck can this be true?! The mixed Zinc Carbon batteries were free to you - and most supermarkets have battery recycling facilities. You got almost 30x zinc batteries for free!)
Up to 10kg with Hermes is £6.50 so they can be sent much cheaper than £7.50. (Please note that eBay charge a 10% commission on P&P costs, and PayPal charge a 3.4% commission on P&P costs. Hence, my £7.50 postage charge, actually becomes £6.49 after paying the fees - i.e. exactly what I paid Hermes! This does not include the cost of packaging, i.e. the box, bubble wrap, sellotape, postage label, 30 minutes of wrapping them up ready for dispatch. So any less, and I'll be making a loss on postage.
Plus, if you'd have bought each lot separately, with no combined postage costs, it would be 2x £3.90 + 1x £3.70 = £11.50 postage. So you saved £4 by me combining the postage for each lot, into one parcel!)
I need a partial refund on the postage as well to make it right. (Err, nope...)
...and then it continued...
...it makes it a poor deal for me.
I will have to reflect this in the feedback. (By all means, leave whatever feedback you want to, but considering you got almost 30 batteries for free, do you really think that would go by un-noticed?)
Or I can just return them as they are not as described which will give me full refund and you will have to pay return postage.
(This is flat out fraud! As you stated in your first message, only the Zinc batteries are too low for your requirements, and that may well have been down to the equipment used. All alkaline batteries are as described, which you stated - so a false and fraudulent INAD would not be accepted - and as for the Zinc batteries, you've already been given a refund, so you can't INAD something you already got for free!)
I can buy 100 new AAs for £14 post paid (and so what?! As mentioned before, zinc carbon batteries - i.e. the batteries you had problems with - would cost £2 per 30x batteries from your nearest Poundland store, and would perform worse than the 50x PowerOne or 50x Duracell that you bought off me.)
If you really want a bargain, I have previously sold job lots of 200x mixed alkaline batteries. They have sold as cheaply as £0.99 plus shipping - hence I have stopped selling them in job lots of 200, as they were completely unfeasible. But that would give you 200x alkaline batteries for just over £8 - not 100 for £14.
I also know your name, email address, and residential address - so if you did try falsifying an INAD then I'd be seeing you in your local court. It's also en route to my work, so I can easily call in there and settle a case with you if you wanted to go down that route!
They have since settled on my final offer of sending them an extra 10x alkaline batteries - so they will have had more alkalines than what they paid for in the listing, plus almost 30x FREE Zinc Carbon batteries! If that doesn't make you happy, what will?!
Plus, I have not only tested them (to make sure they are at a good voltage level), I just quickly trickle-charged them as well - so this time, there's no possibility whatsoever of them underperforming! Thus costing me extra in both postage and electricity!Needless to say, you won't be getting my custom ever again. You were one of my regular buyers of alkaline and zinc batteries. Now, you're BANNED!
Do not come anywhere near my eBay listings again. Visit your local Poundland store, or get your "100x new batteries for £14" from someone else.