EBAY IS A SCAM! (yes you've heard it claimed..but listen to this folks.)
I've been seeing troubling things for a long while. I've had 550 or so feedback 100% positive the whole way except one I had to get them to remove where someone wanted to use a weird payment method I didn't authorize and they just left me bad f/b for not going along with it. The respect I've gotten of late has been abysmal to say the least. But quickly let's recount some history. When I first started using ebay I quickly figured that I needed to snipe to win anything. I won 5/6 things for quite a while using two browser screens and updating one then launching the bid on the other in the last 10 seconds :-). DURING that time we could actually SEE the people bidding. Know that they had actual feedback scores and we could mail and talk to them. Someone once sent me a mail after an auction...I think for the JP4 I have today saying "Beat me by 1.50 in the last 2 seconds...very nice...." hhaa.
Anyway a new era came upon us where ebay decided to block identity of the people bidding. This opened up a HUGE avenue for potential corruption. eg. ebay's controllers could install s/w in their system that would monitor incoming bids in the last seconds of the auction. It could insert in the reported results at the end a 'phantom' non-existent bidder now to bump the auction up to within a few dollars of the maxium of the highest bidder. In DOING so 1) Ebay would never win the auction obviously and 2) they WOULD gain in the final value fees on every auction their automatic script did this one. Making millions of dollars doing absolutely nothing. So for example a person bidding 120.00 max on an item that was setting at 45.00 and at the last instant the person submits their 120 bid...ebay's machine sees that and by the time the user updates to read the results they've already inserted a phantom bidder who didn't exist bidding 118.50 ! So that's another 75.00 on the item total that otherwise wouldn't have been assessed against the seller. BUT THE SELLER IS HAPPY! They made an extra 75..and ebay made an extra 7.50 or whatever! So in case of disputes ebay chose to make the BUYER happy! That way.EVERYONE IS HAPPY RIGHT? WIN WIN? Oopss...no the buyer was just illegally fleeced of 75.00.
OK THE QUESTION IS..did the stoop to actually doing this? Well right after the policy change I noticed that suddenly my years long pattern of usually winning things with plenty of headroom to spare on my top snipe bid... I SUDDENLY WAS WINNING EVERYTHING BY 1.50 or like that!!! It was BIZARRE how it happened every time for a while! Then..it started getting intermittent as if they figured out 'hey we're going to get caught if we don't mix it up a bit' so they made the s/w distribute how it bumped the bids more intermittently.
Ok make what you will of that bit of info. TODAY THOUGH I am TOTALLY DONE with ebay for another reason. (Until they issue an apology and about 350 usd to make up for the HORRORIBLE TIME WASTING THINGS THEY UNLEASHED ON ME.) Prior to my Oregon trip first I bought a camera a memory card reader and a borescope. The Chinese vender sent the 7.00 borescope. In a flimsy little pack. IT worked great and they told me the other stuff was on the way but when i checked it all showed that it already had arrived in that pack! When it became evident the the vender was running a game and they were just blowing me off, I involved ebay and they put me through bloody PAIN to get the money back on the 58.00 order. I told them I'm not shipping the borescope back to china at my expense. I've already tested it and it works fine but it's only 7.00 plus some small fraction of the shipping I was charged so please keep 12.00 is fine and send the rest back to me. Utterly ridiculous they SUPPORT these people running games like this. But it took way more time than what it was worth to get that back. OK RIGHT ON TO THE DEATH NAIL.
While still trying to get this completely sorted on my vacation in Cali, I purchased a Freeman String Symphonizer from Tom D'Amico and pay the 37.00 for the busted instrument that I'm supposed to pick up from him. He immedicately cancels the auction and I ask why and he side "ebay did it not me! " Well that was a lie and to make a long story short he did every tactic imaginable including hanging up in my ear, giving functionally fake address info (failed to give the lot number in a trailer court.. so that UPS Store wandered trying to find it and finally gave up). Anyway when he said "oh this is too much trouble I'm just cancelling the whole thing" was alike 'WHAT? I'm the only one who's gone through Trouble here TOM.... ' AND he proceeded to block me on facebook..then unblock me when I began exposing what he'd done... then curse at me til I blocked him...then curse at me in repeat ebay emails!
Now when I reported this to ebay they did nothing. In fact they let him REPOST the ITEM!...and wait...he said "SOUNDDOCTORIN WAS A NON-PAYING BIDDER". LOL! YES! HE UTTERLY LIED and EBAY DID NOTHING ABOUT IT WHEN I REPORTED IT til the last minute when they token pulled down the auction..but then he just REPOSTED IT AGAIN WITH THE SAME LIE!!!!! And again they did nothing and I finally just wrote him saying "LOOK, I wouldn't want the keyboard now. I'd be afraid there are meth fumes on it". I KID YOU NOT! I didn't curse like Tom or say 'eat excrement and die' like Tom said in my ebay mail! But... FOR THAT (And I'd never received any 'if you communicate with him you'll be blocked' warning from ebay...) I was BANNED FOR 7 DAYS BY EBAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! I tried to order a scope when I was on another trip now and found out i couldn't. I talked to them and they just acted belligerent so..we're done folks til they apologize and restore me for all the time they wasted. My 550 feedback name has been SHAMED THROUGH UTTER LIES by a liar with 27 feedbacks since 2002! This SHOULD BE A LIBELOUS SLANDER CHARGE. If anyone wants to take up the case let me know. I made a lot of my living for years on ebay but not Reverb.com and craigslist are all I use. This criminal organization needs to GO DOWN!
I have a theory as to why Ebay favored this hoodlum nobody over me. A friend on facebook knows him and says he's an atheist. I bet he found out I'm a Christian and he knows someone in ebay that conspired to purvey this hate crime against me. More details below on Tom D'Amico incident including a facebook conversation quote. PS COMICALLY Tom finally lowered the price to $100. Somebody bought it so Tom made (assuming he actually let them pick it up this time) 63 extra for all his lying/evasion etc. I'd have tipped him that if he'd just treated me decently.
The first fellow to stoop to having me send a package overseas avoiding registered mail fee with rare keys and then use paypal's failure to recognize customs numbers as proof of shipment to steal the keys and my shipping:
MR.BOZIDAR RISTIC 72 NICHOLL HOUSE SPRING PARK DRIVE LONDON N4 2TQ ENGLAND
PHONE NUMBER ; 07590025570
Doing a search for his name also turns up a drug smuggling charge in Australia. Kind of a rare name isn't it? I'd guess that's him. Regardless this guy read my instructions and knows that he has to PAY for tracking if he wants it. He paid 7 dollars for half a dozen or whatever keys to be sent to England from US. And filed a complaint w/paypal after 13 days when I notified him it had been sent on June 12, 2010.
Preface update! After telling me what is shown on the screen in the video, paypal FINALLY (Nov 14) gave me word that I'd gotten 180.00 back of the 267.00 Jack Valentijn heisted from me using his credit card company. So now I'm just out 6 sheets of contacts and a ton of time dealing with this derelict. And now my original words about the incident:
Second guy to pull the same sort of thing. This one is even more absurd. Jack Valentijn is trying to start a synth repair business in Netherlands. He orders 20 sets of my contact sheets for keyboard contact repairs. I figured 'well maybe he's just got..a lot of keyboards to repair..already...' Of course he asked where I SOURCED the material. I mean it's my invention. I sunk my time into making this a plausible product for this purpose. TO save vintage keyboards. And I think it's quite obvious why he asked. Jack procedes to pay 267.00 after I said I would ship for 3.30 minimally with no tracking obviously in three envelopes and HE (as is noted in my instructions of course but as should be morally obvious and I try to re-emphasize it to people whenever there seems to be question anyway) would assume responsibility if one gets lost. I know envelopes always get there so sending in three distributes the risk a lot plus let's us know there is a reliable address on the first one. I send 7, then 7 more then 6 to complete the order. He acknowledges getting the first two and claims the last didn't get there. All this time knowing he's not getting anything with delivery confirmation.
Then he asks for it after he claims the third didn't arrive. Proving him to be a blatant liar who was trying to steal my design on top of it all. He charges back the entire 267.00 which I'm still out as of 8/20/13 for a month or so. I pray that people will let him know this is not acceptable so I don't wind up having all this stolen. This is really the only recourse on an amount that isn't large enough to get interpol to do something probably. But Jack's punishment...is being Jack for now. So if anyone wants to help Jack grow, write him, or whatever and try to bring him to reason on this. NEED PROOF? Here's the video documenting our email exchange - chargeback scam 101 This shows the run down of how this whole thing 'evolved' in our email exchanges.
ALSO there are RUMORS spread by Jack apparently that I received some PARTIAL REFUND! THIS IS INCORRECT. Here is the entire paypal record screen shotted from my computer (on months when fortunately I was on vacation a lot and thus not taking many orders. So it's easy to see the relevant information. WHich is that I was charged back 267.00 PLUS a 20 dollar fee from paypal! THen paypal realizing I'd been hosed...gave back the 20. Swell. Here's that SCREEN SHOT THINK ABOUT IT FOLKS. What MOTIVE would I have to ALIENATE a potential GOOD CUSTOMER over what? I offered to give him the other contacts at my loss for 50.00 to replace those lost. Why on earth would I alienate a potentially good customer running a synth repair business over 50 bucks EVEN IF I WAS CROOKED! THat's insane!
Meanwhile...Jack threatens *me* with police... proving that he indeed might be :-). His email is email@example.com . Please let him know this kind of thing won't fly in the synth community.
Or write him to express your displeasure with this act:
2341 JE Oegstgeest
Anyway another reason paypal shouldn't be used for certain types of transactions
Freeman String Symphonizer I purchased for 37.00 broken on Ebay:
Tom D'Amico of Marlborough, MA
This fellow appears to be into synths from his page. He was selling a Freeman String machine needing work (they're a pain often but can be sold for a good profit sometimes if you get them fixed nice. I was expecting after the 37.00 initial auction amount, 150 to get it shipped here and then 3 or 400 of restoration work at least. Average maybe 500 and sell it for 1000 or whatever.
Anyway Tom initially cancelled the Order. He lied and claimed it was a glitch but ebay claims that's impossible and now obviously that is true since after weeks of him ignoring phone calls which caused a person I'd lined up on craig's to miss the connection... people pressuring him on facebook and ebay caused the jerk got back to me and gave me hope that we might proceed as I got ups store involved. I set up to pay them 75 to get it and pack it and then whatever the ship for the 70 lb. keyboard. However Tom LIED and claimed no it was 93lbs. Which caused them to feel they had to call me again and I told them pick it up..the price isn't an issue anyway... so they were going to get it and THEN Tom drops the bomb saying he's going to cancel it. Well it already is cancelled you dope because ebay can't uncancel it. You lied. YOu broke the contract with me Tom. You led me on and wasted my time. Do not trust this person obviously. next. Here is the Conversation from facebook where he finally let's me know he is just going to cancel it.
Ok Let's drop in on a few funny stories. I'm hearing nothing back from Honeywell so might as well say that they sold the installer a thermostat for my house that had no strain relief behind the screws that attach the wires. The installer pressed probably a typical amount to keep the screwdriver from slipping and cracked the weak circuit board's traces on back. Utterly negligent design. I fail to see why insurance should be handling this. The deductable is more than my labor.
I spoke with Sean at the complaint desk basically. He routed me to an e-mail only guy who tried to get me to waste a bunch MORE of my time (I'd already spent a week of heart wrenching work cleaning up the flood that resulted, only to be hit by ANOTHER flood from a water meter that was damaged in the prior flood!.. It didn't get as far this time but I'm out MINIMUM 1500 in labor plus all the parts and paying a plumber. 2000 would be nice from someone about now.) and then told me he could do nothing. Noooo Warrrannnttyyyyyyy. Typical.
If I did a job for someone that turned out to be a time bomb, I'd be fixing it for free if I did something documented as my fault. And if I was doing higher risk things like thermostats, furnaces etc. that could cause life threatening results if they failed, I'd most CERTAINLY have some kind of liability procedure when something went wrong ASIDE FROM ASIGNING PEOPLE TO A BLOW_OFF ARTIST! What a creepy world. Air Controls who installed it also hasn't called me back after promising they would. ENough. INto the bad vender file you go.
And..HEY MATE..while we're talking about it how about that colorful Lizard who does all the great commercials for us? My friend Vernon was driving his truck and hit a bad ice patch and rolled it. Fortunately not badly injured. However he had just sent a Money Order to none other than Geico. The salesman assured him that this would work. It got cashed but Geico never sent any confirmation and then the wreck. The police claimed he had no record of insurance and Geico... said "Sue us". Well.. eat this Geico. Your name is mud until you pay for the damages. YOU CAN NOT HAVE SALESMEN ON THE PHONE WHO HAVE NO ACCOUNTABILITY WHEN A COMPLAINT LIKE THIS IS FILED. "Sue us". Indeed. What gives big companies such pleasure in seeing poor people suffer who have paid them money to rightfully have insurance? Shame..Shame...Shame. If the guy can show you the receipt to the money order that was cashed in YOUR name.... accept some responsibility people.
Name (Ebay names in quotes) Reason
"Mike_Angel" aka Michael Moses (firstname.lastname@example.org) . I buy a canon camera from him for 122.50 and he lets me wait 10 days. I ask if he's shipped it and he immediately refunds money. The A2000IS normally sells for no less than 159.00 it appears. So I think he figured I got too good of a deal. But he lied and claimed ups lost it obviously because he refused to give me the track number. Really needed the cam to do a video for Paul after having my other stolen. Oh well... to make a liar a few more dollars it's all worth it right? Don't trust him anyway. I suspect he just sold it for higher price but what if I'd died? Or gotten real sick and forgotten about it? Raw profit in those cases eh? "Grldy" - This guy is such a mega nut job I've had to include the TEXT of our dispute. Bear in mind that I paid promptly and offered shipping instructions for him and ask that he contact me if there were any questions regarding that and then it arrived with only cardboard around it! 50lb keyboard!! Fedex did an amazing job getting it here without breakage and this clown wanted to file a claim with them! Yet..he tells me "I am a good man"... (Jesus said "no one is good but the father...". I agree. Well the Father and his manifestation in Yeshua :-). ) But anyway it gets to where he calls the FBI! CHeck it out!.
"lakewoodpawnshop" of Atlanta, GA - Item number: 150269933279 These people 1) claimed as you see in the description of this item below, that the 'worst case' would be that output transistors are bad.. op amp I think they meant. But regardless the WHOLE CPU BOARD WAS MISSING! They tried to supposedly contact the guy who sold it but it was a bunch of lies I'm sure because in the end they just wanted to disclaim all responsibility anyway. Fortunately I'd won another CPU and Analog board in a prior auction so I'm set to make the unit work in spite of them... but the guy resorted to hanging up in my ear without announcement when I told him I was going to insist on getting SOMETHING back. It takes a CLASS A JERK in a scenario like this not to simply offer something reasonable back to soften the blow. If they had no idea what the parameters of what was wrong might be they SHOULD HAVE SAID NOTHING and the item would have gotten a lower bid but oh well. When they make claims THEN just like the case of Grldy, they are responsible for those claims. "As is" means that anything OUTside those claims is not covered of course. Here is their description that frames them as scam artists who blow you off claiming the boss it out of town until the complaint period is over.
This auction is for a Korg Polysix Programmable Synthesizer Keyboard. The keyboard turns on but that is where it stops. We can not get it to make a sound. I suspect it needs some type of programming or worst case new output transistors. I also noticed that the last 7 or 8 black keys on the right side are either stuck in the down positions or move just a little. The heavy duty factory pictured case is included and worth quite a bit in its self. Once repaired this will make a great piece of equipment for your needs. Due to its condition it is of course being sold AS IS for parts or repair, no returns.
-------A final note:
Oh and the case was very cheap and flimsy. I have no idea what these idiots are talking about. Very flimsy, no foam by 'hybrid'. 20 dollar case. At least they didn't bust it up in shipping which is more than I can say about Grldy. But it's absurd not to negotiate SOME kind of compensation when you make totally inaccurate claims. While we're at it though here's a NEARBY auction for a Yamaha Amp where the guy left a neutral and they STILL insult him saying "Country boy could learn to communicate". The speaker jacks were busted. Here is the ONLY communication these non-communicative Jerks offered on the unit. You tell me. Why would they insult HIM when THEY are the bad communicator? :
This auction is for a Yamaha P1600 Power Amp. The Amp is in excellent condition as pictured only showing minor light evidence of previous usage. It was fully demonstrated by the customer whom traded it in to us and works perfectly.
----END of case against Lakewood Pawn Shop of Atlanta, GA
"internetauctionplanet"/Trenton, MI- They do not care about packing and tell you to file a claim after ignoring you from feedback I see. I asked them to follow my pack faq and they said "Don't bid".
"Honkkongsuperseller"-Here is a clip from sdiy on "Honkkongsuperseller" on ebay
Yes, goodbuy711 is the same as HKSS. I once ordered switches from both at the same time and they swapped the packaging by mistake The goodbuy711 order came in HKSS packaging and vice versa.
---previous letter being replied to:
Hi Steve, thanks for that, did a quick check and he does have them on his site,
same batch no as HKSS 0012 and I think actually is HKSS!
Item number: 220147479509
These did not work in my mini
Several others replied who had had various problems. It appears these guys have some legit stuff and possibly get some remarks or something. Beware!
Daddy's Junky Music- These people sell me an Akai AX73 which is represented 'as is'. However they carefully cropped out a smashed end piece in the photos so as to deliberately misrepresent it. You can see the bent metal barely from the front photo if you look closely. Total denial from the lady in charge of that department. She claimed everything is checked by two people blah blah blah. BUT THE PACKING WAS SUPERB! THere is no way this thing that appeared to be inflicted by a 4 iron driving the back. WOuldn't pay the claim and paypal smooths it over by sending me 50 bucks since they are a big dealer. Buyer beware. I didn't wind up getting my extra labor time quite out of that piece of deceit.
Joon Kyoung of "Test Equipment Surplus"- He goes under various ebay names. He's in Anaheim, CA and has a large room of surplus test gear etc. that he sells on ebay. He usually has marginal feeback (low 90's) or really horrible because he's very clever in putting people off and dragging things out til they can't leave any. He overtly ripped off my friend of 300 and some dollars. Never shipped his item because my friend called to question the absurd shipping charges. He sent the shipping money finally then the clown just ignored him. We went in to talk to them when we went through and the jerk avoided us and some fast talking guy try to rationalize and claimed it was all the fault of someone they had fired etc. But never paid him his MONEY!
Rain Soft RainSoft Water Treatment Systems These people... call the tech line. 40 minutes or so being told 'your call is *very* important to us'. Then they tell me they can't even come up with the value of a bizarre SMT zener diode that blew up on a customer's board that got wrong voltage. The board is over 700 dollars I was told though it's about a 20 or 30 dollar board in cost probably. This is not a reputable company. I never got a call back from the local distributor in several days and I see there are already many complaints about them on various issues on the net. BOTTOM LINE. IF you have a blown board, I've had success fixing one at a customer cost of 140.00. So don't get ripped off buying a new board from these people. e-mail me.
Robert Weigel said: or..well today after I get up 🙂 Tom Said: Good enough! --Robert Weigel Said: Dec 21st, 12:35am They got me a quote. They can come over and pick it up hopefully soon here. UPS store guy was very helpful --Tom Said: Dec 21st, 1:55am Just let me know ---Robert WEigel said: Dec 21st, 4:40pm THey said they'd be able to get it Tuesday 10am . sound ok? ---Tom Said: Dec 21st, 6:18pm Sounds good !! 3:14am Hey there ups still hasn't picked it up. I've talked to the guy 3 times he said he would come buy but never did it's been on my porch since Tuesday ....so I'm gonna cancel this transaction. Sorry but...that's why I said pick up only. I'll refund your money. Thanks ----Robert Weigel Said: Tom please..not after all my effort I've already given them the card and they told mE you had said the machine is 93 pounds which delayed them I've weighed these before..I've worked on 4 and shipped a few of them Sorry it's a done deal. Too much trouble for me. It does and he told me it was too heavy so I'm done! they're 70lbs on my website Tom he was supposed to pick up today ----Tom Said: Sorry all done I'll refund your money. Thanks ---Robert Weigel said: I've poured 200 of time into this trying to call you when you weren't responding I asked questions you didn't reply to did all I could ----Tom Said: I got back to u all the time LIKE I SAID DONE!!! ----Robert Weigel said: That's not right Tom..gonna have to let the synth community know I called a wrong number you had listed apprently got hung up on I initially got the 'cancelled' not and you said you didn't do it... and responded there... but after that it was hard to get ahold of you I had a guy picking it up couldn't get an answer I went with UPS.... finally after getting back and you told them false information that delayed it and now you're cancelling? that's not right Tom ----Tom said (is this guy like a 2 year old??) Fine with me could care less!! Now I will block u be real careful if u bad mouth me that could be a real legal problem for u!!!!! ---Robert WEigel said: you got a better offer or something..THey are a pain to work on.... I'm just out a huge amount of time Oh yeah legal problems. That's nuts tom you know it ----Tom said: No better offer so cut your losses! See ya! ----Robert Weigel said: you're on the bad vender list. see ya can't subject others to that moral obligation --- Tom said: Wow who cares! --RObert Weigel said: not you. you have no morals obviously --- Tom said: See ya !