|My First e.Bay "burn"|
Message #1 Posted by Scuba Diver on 4 July 2003, 2:40 p.m.
Well, I figured it would happen sooner or later.
I bid on an auction for an HP-28S. Here's the description of the item.
"This calculator has been in it's box since I bought it for college but never used it. If you are a collector it doesn't get better than this. It was always stored at room temperature/humidity. I just installed new bateries and it looks and runs like new."
The one thing that I noticed was that although he had a couple of positive feedbacks, his account was less than a month old. The other issue was that the auction was ending in a couple of hours...bad combination!
I sent the seller an email asing "if the item was never used, then are the manuals still shrinkwrapped?" There was no reply, so at the last moments of the auction, I went against my gut and put in a bid...it was high, but I thought it would be worth it for a calculator that is as mint as the seller described.
A couple of hours after the auction, I received a reply from the seller "it's used". Hmmm...I'm a bit dubious...so I ask him how "used" this calculator could be, since he said it was bought for college but never used. His reply was that he opened it to try out the features but that was all.
At this point, I knew I was in trouble, but I had already won the auction.
Anyhow, the item arrived yesterday. The inside of the clamshell is covered in dirt and dust, the rubber feet are worn, and there is a scratch on the top right hand corner, with a small chip missing from the plastic near the battery door.
I gave the seller the benefit of the doubt and wrote him, telling him that I wasn't satisfied, that I don't think he described the item accurately, and that I want my money back. His reply was curt (to say the least), but he agreed. So I asked him to send 1/2 the money now, I'll ship it, then he could send the other 1/2 when it arrives.
Well, he said that he won't send any money until the unit arrives back, because he wants to check the condition! I can already see what the outcome will be...he'll get it, say that it was pristene when he sent it, and that I must have dropped it, and then I'm out both the calculator and the money. He has done nothing thus far to show me that he's trustworthy or that his is a man of his word, so why would I start to trust him now?
I figure it's a case of I said, you said...and there's nothing that can be done. I told him that none of this would have happened if he would have just been open and honest...someone would have gladly paid $80 US for this calc...he went to all of this trouble to lie just for what, an extra $40? It's very sad...if this person thinks that it's worth treating people like that for $40, then they must be really hard up.
I just hope he realizes that what goes around, comes around.
If anyone has any other ideas, I'm listening! Oh, and keep your eyes open on the Classifieds for a "mint" 28S that I might be selling soon! :)