Ebay blues

Michael Crestohl mc at SOVER.NET
Thu Sep 3 21:45:07 EDT 1998


I suggest that you contact "Hammer" and try to get your money back.  If he
doesn't offer to make the deal good don't hesitate to post negative
feedback.  You should check a seller's feedback before bidding which will
give you an indication of what others think of dealing with this person.


Michael Crestohl, W1RC
mc at sover.net

At 10:25 AM 9/2/98 -0400, you wrote:
>        As Ebay is mentioned frequently on this reflector I am seeking some
>advice from other buyers on how to protect myself from dishonest sellers. I
>have purchased several military boat anchors on Ebay and some have been as
>described. But recently I have in my opinion been seriously cheated by a
>fellow ham from North Carolina. I purchased from 'hammer' (his ebay ID),
>what was described as a excellent BC342 in 8 of 10 condition and the picture
>showed a complete receiver. What arrived was a very beat up receiver with
>hand painted lettering, rusty, missing parts, modifications and non
>functional to add to the insult. This receiver looks to be from the local
>land fill and not a collection. After the sale the seller was totally non
>responsive to several requests for a refund until threatened with legal
>action and then told me not to post him if I was to take that tone and he
>would think about refunding my money. That was Three weeks ago without any
>further response.
>        Another Ebay seller trick is to tell you they never received payment
>so you end up sending a second money order, maybe at that point you get
>you're item, in a few cases I have not. These sellers know how hard it is to
>track a money order and who cashed it. When I went through the red tape at
>the bank I found the Money orders had been cashed but in most cases not by
>who. I have learned if I have sent a check or money order and the seller
>claims not to have received it to wait 90 days to see if the original check
>or money order is cashed. I lose a few sales this way but save being cheated.
>        Has everyone's experience on Ebay been this bad?  To date I have
>lost over $500.00 to dishonest sellers. How do you protect yourself or is
>Ebay the bad deal it seems to be. What do you do when cheated buying boat

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