I incorrectly implied that I would have been upset about that being a kind of "surprise" although I meant to say that I saw that as well so I would not have even cared about the shipping since I was already turned away.Jos said:
In fairness, they did say in advance that the tablets were refurbished units.
Yep, exact same thing happened to me. After having things begin to time out I tried another tab (tried buy now and add to cart in different tabs), and eventually a wired computer just incase my wireless router was being lame. On one tab I eventually got through to the payment screen only to be hit with them needing a phone number for my ebay account. Nothing I've ever bought on ebay has ever needed my phone number. Now with Paypal I've seen them want phone, and I had one set up for Paypal. HP required Paypal to purchase, which had my phone, so wtf? With the servers being so incredibly slow it took me 10 minutes to get the phone number fixed, once I finally got that taken care of and through the confirm payment, the item was gone.The bigger deal was ebay's inability to handle the traffic. I was on at 5:55p, ready to rock. Once 6p hit, boom. Ebay went down. I spent 30 minutes watching it hang, periodically getting a 16GB into my cart only to watch the page time out when I tried to check out. Go back in, get it into my cart, still can't proceed to check out.