Ebay Scams!

Discussion in 'Datu's Corner' started by Datu Tim Hartman, Apr 4, 2010.

  1. Datu Tim Hartman

    Datu Tim Hartman FMA Talk Founder Supporting Member


    I hope everyone tolerates my rant here. For those who don't know Janice (my significant other) or me well, we are ebayers. I recently ran into and issue. I saw a vhs of Remy's Crossada volumes 1 & 2. When I saw it on ebay I was excited! I thought that this could be some lost footage of the Prof. I myself have been in several different video shoots that weren't released before his death and I was hoping that this maybe one of those types of videos.

    I won the auction and received my tape. Wouldn't you know it, it was miss advertised. When I put the tape in my vcr I saw that it was volumes 4 & 5 of Prof. original series. I was PISSED!
    1. I had contacted the seller to find out what was on the tape. He told me crossada.
    2. It was a bootleg of the Prof. video.
    3. When I brought it to his attention that it was a bootleg he said "it was listed as a copy" and ignored the point that it was illegal to sell it.
    The seller did inform me that I could send the tape back and get a refund, but I wasn't about to let him sell this copy or any other bootleg. In the end Ebay did help me get my money back. So what is the moral of the story? Caveat emptor - Let the buyer beware. There is a lot of black market stuff being passed of as licensed original and WE in the know need to police it.

    I hope I haven't bore anyone. It's time for me to get off my soapbox.
  2. Hi Tim,

    I have sold 100s of items on ebay so I have a good working knowledge of buyers, sellers and how the system operates.

    I initially though reading your thread that this was a re-hash of the guy selling certificates (which was bad enough).

    I am glad to hear you have got your money back.

    Ebay have done a lot of work recently to be "pro-active" in these kind of transactions and refund the money. If they didn't you could open a "Significantly not as described" paypal dispute after contacting the buyer - which you did.

    I understand you have the money returned but still feel upset with the seller. You need to leave negative feedback and voice you displeasure there - warning other buyers. Also, when you go to leave feedback ebay have this stupid star system. If you were to leave 5 * 1 stars (out of 5) this would seriously affect the seller's discount levels and search placement.

    Also, if you do find items listed as "Copy" (which does sound dubious) there is a "Report listing" link to cover that. Much like the "Report post" on this site. As long as it's acted upon the listing is removed and the seller gets a warning that can last up to 12 months.

    Other than warning forum members about the particular seller there's not much else IMO you can do.

    Hope this helps in some small way,


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