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Post Posted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 8:40 am 
 

FormCritic wrote:OK, I'm starting a watch on a seller you probably have come across on Ebay.  His name is sci-fi-city-online.


I have purchased from this seller successfully, but it was a long time ago (years).

If you take a look, you can see that it is a retail store as well, so it is possible that this was truly a mistake - something was listed, then sold in the store.

You may very well be right as to what happened; I'm just presenting another possibility.

  

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Post Posted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 8:53 am 
 

This is something that happens from time to time with local games stores who also sell on eBay and Amazon. It's probably an honest stock mistake. A seller should remove listings immediately as they are sold from one outlet from the others, but in reality, they don't do that. I've bought stuff from Amazon before only to be refunded and told it was sold through eBay.


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Post Posted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 9:59 am 
 

I've screwed up and listed items I didn't have...it happens.  I've also refunded money when an item I listed was in worse shapethan I though (I.e., I went to package it for mailing and pages fall out, or I notice the interior pages have been written on with pen, etc).

The seller deserves a neutral but not a neg since you have no way of knowing if it was a simple mistake or out and out screwing you over.

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Post Posted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 10:05 am 
 

I would say neutral... I would hit him on DSR #1 but give medium to decent remarks on the rest since you have no way of knowing his level of service.


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Post Posted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 10:52 am 
 

Prufrock wrote:FormCritic,

Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't the auction "disappear" after you hit the "Buy-It-Now" button.  So once that happens no one should see the auction and would not be able to make an offer after the auction closed?

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The listing would still be visible to anyone doing a search with the proper parameters.

It would also be visible to anyone with a watch list...when they clicked on the email notification they would find the auction closed but they would still be able to see it quite well.


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Post Posted: Sat Nov 07, 2009 3:54 am 
 

No no no no no...I'm afraid you didn't understand what I was trying to say! Three weeks ago I had one copy of the book...I listed it...it sold...it shipped...I accidentally relisted it...you then bought something that was no longer available.

This did not happen.  My search has been up longer than three weeks.  I was not able to find it under "Completed Listings."

Perhaps someone here is better at searching than me?

I've decided to just let it go.  

And thank you Smarmy1 for selling me your copy!


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Post Posted: Sat Nov 07, 2009 4:36 am 
 

Well looking into his feedback he nor the buyer left feedback for it, so it could have been bought from his online store (if he still has that up).  But good to see everything worked out overall.

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Post Posted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 2:42 pm 
 

Not shady, just clueless:

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Shipped a load of Polyhedrons in a brown paper bag with tape around it.  The mags arrived with a gigantic dent in the lower right corner...ALL of the mags, as there was zero padding or stiffening item to prevent this sort of damage (needless to say they were shipped parcel post).  I'm going to see if the seller will give me a partial refund due to the damaged condition of the mags.  Just an FYI as I see the same seller has additional D&D items for sale and seems to be using the identical shipping costs/methods for each of these.

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EDIT: Seller did give me a partial refund when I sent him a picture of the damage.


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Post Posted: Mon Nov 30, 2009 11:55 am 
 

Instead of going through 50 pages of this thread...

Has anyone kept up a list of buyers/sellers to block?

Obviously, I block anyone I've had a problem with... and cougie...

  

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Post Posted: Mon Nov 30, 2009 12:30 pm 
 

TheHistorian wrote:Instead of going through 50 pages of this thread...

Has anyone kept up a list of buyers/sellers to block?

Obviously, I block anyone I've had a problem with... and cougie...


PM'd you with my list.

  

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Post Posted: Mon Nov 30, 2009 12:41 pm 
 

sci-fi-city-online

I don't know if he's shady but he is hard to work with.  He has done all of the following over the course of several attempted purchases:

1)  Sent me an incomplete order, claiming that one of the items was no longer in stock...when the identicle item was up for auction in his Ebay store at that moment.

2)  Sent me a replacement item that was exactly what I had told him I did not want.  (In essense, he replaced a legitimate item with junk that was lying about his store unsold...because it was junk.)  When I pointed this out, he apologized, but I still have the junk item.

3)  Told me he was going to list more items soon (he offers free shipping for a certain amount of combined purchases), and then disappeared off of Ebay for long enough to nullify my original buy-it-now.

4)  Failed to answer emails.

5)  Answered emails out of order...making and rescinding offers willy nilly just out of sheer confusion.  I would agree to a deal and then have the deal rejected because the seller forgot what we agreed.

6)  Listed another item for a bargain and then claimed, after I  bought it, that he had already listed and sold the item several weeks before.  This was not true...at least for Ebay sales.

He's probably not so much "shady" as "disorganized."  The results have been frustrating and I am unlikely to go back to him even if the item is very tempting...which the last one certainly was.

I said above that I was letting it go, and now I am...but buyer beware.


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Post Posted: Mon Nov 30, 2009 8:35 pm 
 

TheHistorian wrote:Instead of going through 50 pages of this thread...

Has anyone kept up a list of buyers/sellers to block?

Obviously, I block anyone I've had a problem with... and cougie...


PM'ed you my list.  8)


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Post Posted: Thu Dec 03, 2009 5:44 pm 
 

If you were a seller, would you

. . . (A) mention dead bug exoskeletons in your auction description
. . . or
. . . (B) wait for the excited buyer to empty out the box contents and exoskeletons onto his PC mouse, mousepad, and keyboard?  :evil:

Dead bugs are f*ding*ing welded onto the box interior.  Bits keep falling out and floating around my PC.  "New" item, indeed.   :evil:

  

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Post Posted: Thu Dec 03, 2009 6:22 pm 
 

JohnGaunt wrote:If you were a seller, would you

. . . (A) mention dead bug exoskeletons in your auction description
. . . or
. . . (B) wait for the excited buyer to empty out the box contents and exoskeletons onto his PC mouse, mousepad, and keyboard?  :evil:

Dead bugs are f*ding*ing welded onto the box interior.  Bits keep falling out and floating around my PC.  "New" item, indeed.   :evil:


Did you buy it from Badmike?  I hear he uses roaches for bookmarks.  :P


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Post Posted: Thu Dec 03, 2009 6:55 pm 
 

Kingofpain89 wrote:
Did you buy it from Badmike?  I hear he uses roaches for bookmarks.  :P


I heard that but thought it was an entirely different kind of roach they were talking about.

  

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Post Posted: Fri Dec 04, 2009 12:11 am 
 

Kingofpain89 wrote:
Did you buy it from Badmike?  I hear he uses roaches for bookmarks.  :P


A reference to the time a lousy buyer gave me a neg and accused me of placing a dead roach in his paperback....nice memory there, King!  :wink:

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Post Posted: Fri Dec 04, 2009 7:45 am 
 

Did you post it in Recent Fun Finds or Shady "Dealers" :)?


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Post Posted: Fri Dec 04, 2009 8:17 am 
 

Badmike wrote:
I've never hid any substances in a game box, but once bought one that had someone's stash inside, complete with stems and seeds.

Mike B.


Mike, that was probably a "high" level adventure and he just used it to get into character. :)


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Post Posted: Fri Dec 04, 2009 10:40 am 
 

JohnGaunt wrote:If you were a seller, would you

. . . (A) mention dead bug exoskeletons in your auction description
. . . or
. . . (B) wait for the excited buyer to empty out the box contents and exoskeletons onto his PC mouse, mousepad, and keyboard?  :evil:

Dead bugs are f*ding*ing welded onto the box interior.  Bits keep falling out and floating around my PC.  "New" item, indeed.   :evil:


I once received a book in a padded envelope....

Picked it up at the Post Office....

Opened it in the car while I was driving because I was too anxious to look at my new prize.....

....and there was a colony of tiny ants under the adhesive flap, complete with larvae that the ants immediately began to scramble about and save...

...which, of course, blew all over me as I was driving.

I held the package out the car window to let the ants blow away.  I felt bad about it, since I was ending their incredible voyage with disaster, like some sort of space monster destroying Red Dwarf.   :?


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Post Posted: Fri Dec 04, 2009 12:59 pm 
 

FormCritic wrote:
I once received a book in a padded envelope....

Picked it up at the Post Office....

Opened it in the car while I was driving because I was too anxious to look at my new prize.....

....and there was a colony of tiny ants under the adhesive flap, complete with larvae that the ants immediately began to scramble about and save...

...which, of course, blew all over me as I was driving.

I held the package out the car window to let the ants blow away.  I felt bad about it, since I was ending their incredible voyage with disaster, like some sort of space monster destroying Red Dwarf.   :?


Reminds me of a friend of mine who was bragging to his brother that he'd never hit an animal while driving.  The two proceeded to argue that point when an animal ran across the road right in front of them.  He swerved so the animal would pass in between his wheels.  My friend's brother immediately claimed my friend had hit the animal but my friend protested.  His brother made him turn around and go back to look for evidence.  When they arrived at the scene, not only was the possum dead, but it was apparently a mother possum with about a dozen little baby possums now scattered all over the road.  Unfortunately, the passing traffic had turned everything into a dozen little flat possum pancakes.  My friend went from having never hit anything to killing a dozen animals at once in one fell swoop. :pale:


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