SafetyDude
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EBay Fraud, Help!

Sun Dec 23, 2001 10:24 am

Ok, here's the situation.

I bought a safety card for $15 on eBay.

I pay, he says he'll ship.

I wait and wait...it never comes.

I contact him and he say's he'll refund my money.

24 Hours later he tells me I should get a confirmation email at 5 PM EST:
"Oh Im sorry my email was also shut down for a little while. I will send you a
confirmation email as soon as the money is sent. Should be tomorrow afternoon
around 5PM EST."

I give him time and email him again. This is his response:

"I looked around and cannot find the card. I defiantly sent it. I didnt make a profit, consider it a $15.00 donation. If I had made a profit I would refund the money. But I am not losing a card AND $15.00. "

Now, I have donated lots of money to the 9/11 fund. And personally I don't want to donate through Auction for America. He says he doesn't want to loose 15 AND a card, but I lost both!

So here's the question,
Should I keep emailing him?

Should I notify eBay reporting fraud?

or Should I request an email from eBay telling him to refund my money?

 Confused  Confused Confused Thanks in advance  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
-Will
"She Flew For What We Stand For"
 
IHadAPheo
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RE: EBay Fraud, Help!

Sun Dec 23, 2001 10:34 am

Go to the following link a check out the "SafeHarbor" area. I wish I had more info for you but it's a start. Good luck, BTW what was the sellers user iD so we can avoid this sleeze. Oh well here's the link.

http://pages.ebay.com/help/community/index.html
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SophieMaltese
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RE: EBay Fraud, Help!

Sun Dec 23, 2001 12:08 pm

Well, I'd definitely notify ebay. Unless something has changed, you can file fraud charges and they will refund your money. I got ripped for a $200 radar detector when I first started using ebay. I never did get my money back and the guy swears he mailed it. I don't want to sour people on ebay though. I've come out WAY ahead of the game still even losing that money with the great deals I've gotten.
 
SafetyDude
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RE: EBay Fraud, Help!

Sun Dec 23, 2001 12:55 pm

The persons username is:
LAbsolute7

Well...I'll be reporting him!
Thanks.
-Will
"She Flew For What We Stand For"
 
IHadAPheo
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RE: EBay Fraud, Help!

Sun Dec 23, 2001 1:02 pm

Thanks for the update SafetyDude, good luck and let us know what happens
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Starship
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RE: EBay Fraud, Help!

Sun Dec 23, 2001 4:16 pm

I've bought a number of car parts on ebay. In short, it's a case of buyer beware!

I have found some good parts on ebay and some sellers have been really helpful. Others however, have been very inaccurate in their descriptions and others have been guilty of non-disclosure. Some sellers do not answer or respond to e-mails prior to close of auction.

I think ebay is an overpriced shopping mall, with goods often selling far in excess of their true worth. However if you are prepared to watch those auction pages on a regular basis and with me being in another country where you may frequently have to set the alarm for 3 or 4am, you can score from time to time.

Seller feedback is not always a good indication of the type of person you are dealing with, but I always check it out anyway. These days (in terms of car parts) I buy only New Old Stock, or items in mint condition. That works much better than buying somebody's second hand rubbish.

I have received all the items I have bid on thus far. One guy even delivered the parts to my American contact 90 miles away and within 18 hours of close of auction for free. Big thumbs up

Other items I've bid on were just not in the condition described. Pissed

In your case, I would definately visit the member services page at ebay, check out my options as to how to take the matter further and lodge the appropriate complaint.

Behind every "no" is a "yes"
 
delta-flyer
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RE: EBay Fraud, Help!

Mon Dec 24, 2001 2:32 am

SafetyDude,

Sorry to hear about your bad luck. I have traded a lot on eBay, mostly computer stuff, and have never had a problem as a buyer. Likewise, I have sold a lot of stuff with only minor problems, that i resolved with my buyers.

For now, do as others above suggested. I notice the member's ID is no longer registered at eBay. In the future, check the feedback and if it does not seem kosher, pay with a credit card so you can rescind the charges if the seller fails to ship.

Good luck,
Pete
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American_4275
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RE: EBay Fraud, Help!

Mon Dec 24, 2001 2:45 am

Be very careful I have been totally ripped off 2 times...and i've only dealt with ebay about 30 times. That's a bad ratio. Now i try to stay the hell away from it even if it saves me a couple extra bucks.

American_4275
 
carmy
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RE: EBay Fraud, Help!

Mon Dec 24, 2001 2:54 am

You guys are scaring the hell out of me. I just bought a model on ebay, and was intending to send cash after Christmas. It's my first transaction, and the guy seems to have pretty good reviews from people and stuff, but he's only accepting cash. It's US$25, not heck of a lot of money, but I could do without giving some stranger that money. I just hope this goes well.
 
Mr. Squirrel
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RE: EBay Fraud, Help!

Tue Dec 25, 2001 1:22 am

caveat emptor
 
American_4275
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RE: EBay Fraud, Help!

Tue Dec 25, 2001 1:33 am

Carmy,
Don't worry about it. If the guy has good reviews then chances are he will be just as good to you and send you your item. Just watch out for the bad apples on ebay.


American_4275
 
Lindy
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RE: EBay Fraud, Help!

Tue Dec 25, 2001 2:01 am

LAbsolute7 is 9 or 10 years old kid that lives few streets away from me. I used to trade with him safety cards. keep bugging him. Also LAbsolute7 thats his AOL IM screen name. So you can nailed him heheehhe
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