|Re: HP-32Sii purchased from Ebay not working|
Message #5 Posted by Gene on 12 June 2007, 6:08 p.m.,
in response to message #4 by Steve Borowsky
IMO, unless the seller stated that it was in "working condition" or showed a picture where the display was on and working, you probably have no recourse.
Saying that something is "in good condition" does not imply anything about whether it works or not, unfortunately.
If you buy something on ebay and the seller does not specifically say "this works! See the picture?" then you're taking your chances, as Steve says.
Sometimes you get lucky. Sometimes not.
Now, whether paypal will help you is hard to tell. Sellers have had their money taken from them by paypal when a bidder claims to have received a brick instead of the advertised good. Since the seller cannot prove what the buyer actually received, sellers can often be at a loss, since you cannot prove a negative. No matter what pictures you have, documentation you have, you cannot prove before the box was sealed that you did not put a brick into it rather than that never opened red-dot HP 35.
Search the web and you find many people who have been ripped off by buyers this way. Sure, it may not have happened to anyone here. Doesn't mean it hasn't happened to more people than you might think.
Primary reason I don't take paypal. Avoid the risk, even if it means lower sale prices. Oh well.