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Old 11-02-2013, 08:12 PM   #1
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What to do when a seller ceases contact after taking your money

I am looking for some advice. I recently purchased an item from a forum member coming up on a week ago. The item was supposed to be shipped the next day. When the day came and went, I messaged the member asking if the item had been shipped. Several days after I paid for the item, I received a response indicating that it would be shipped later than expected - either Thursday or Friday. Thursday came and went and I heard nothing. Friday came and went and I heard nothing. I sent a message asking about the item and received no response. I sent another message today and have received no response. This member has been active on this site every single day multiple times per day since our transaction began and has been on this site as recently as tonight. He has not replied to my messages since Wednesday. Is it too early for me to be pissed and worried that I have been scammed? Or should I chill out and relax? I am refraining from posting specifics about this member in the hopes that this situation will be resolved but I am quickly losing my patience.
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Old 11-02-2013, 08:17 PM   #2
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Did you pay by paypal?, did you get a tracking #? If yes to both you can check the tracking # on line to see if and when it shipped and each transfer step by step. If you paid by paypal you can dispute the sale to paypal and get your money back if he kept your money and no shipment of merchandise.
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Old 11-02-2013, 08:17 PM   #3
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I have always shipped the moment I get paid in full, but that's just how I do business
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Old 11-02-2013, 08:22 PM   #4
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I have always shipped the moment I get paid in full, but that's just how I do business
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Old 11-02-2013, 08:24 PM   #5
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He has provided no tracking number. As far as I know he hasn't shipped it. I did pay via PayPal and I will file a complaint if I have not heard from him by tomorrow with a tracking number. I had a close friend do some investigating after becoming concerned and have been able to determine this members name, address, educational background, and other information so it does seem that he is real. But that doesnt mean he hasnt scammed me.
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Old 11-02-2013, 08:25 PM   #6
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I have always shipped the moment I get paid in full, but that's just how I do business
well it sucks u didnt sell this guy anything. Now lets get back to the sellers problem.
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Old 11-02-2013, 08:27 PM   #7
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He also has other items for sale so I almost feel I should disclose what I know about this guy in case he is scamming people.
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Old 11-02-2013, 08:29 PM   #8
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Old 11-02-2013, 08:42 PM   #9
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Call paypal and tell them you sent money for a transaction and have not received any feedback from seller once you submitted the cash. They will open a claim and give the seller 10(?) or so days to give the money back or ship the items. (Not sure on amount of days). If the seller does not reply to their request of acknowledgement that he has said days to comply, you will get your money almost instantly.
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Old 11-02-2013, 08:44 PM   #10
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Thats shady. Why would the seller bail out like that, I have never been treated like that on here. Very good experiences so far best of luck with resolution. Contact paypal asap!
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Old 11-02-2013, 08:44 PM   #11
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Call paypal and tell them you sent money for a transaction and have not received any feedback from seller once you submitted the cash. They will open a claim and give the seller 10(?) or so days to give the money back or ship the items. (Not sure on amount of days). If the seller does not reply to their request of acknowledgement that he has said days to comply, you will get your money almost instantly.
Thanks for this information. Ive been buying things online for a long time and have never run into a situation where the seller literally doesnt ship the item. I had no idea it was so simple to get your money back from paypal.
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Old 11-02-2013, 09:31 PM   #12
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Im a fast shipper, I like.people to feel comfortable after they have turned over their hard earned funds. I sometimes spend more than I would like on some of the items. I have even had items professionally packed to make sure people get what they pay for. Maybe he hasn't removed the part from his car and he is stalling. I do know he would get exposed if I didn't get my goods I paid for.
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Old 11-02-2013, 09:34 PM   #13
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Im a fast shipper, I like.people to feel comfortable after they have turned over their hard earned funds. I sometimes spend more than I would like on some of the items I ship but have even had items professionally packed to make sure they get what they pay for. Maybe he hasn't removed the part from his car and he is stalling. I do know he would get exposed if I didn't get my goods I paid for.
The item was new and never used so this cant be his excuse.
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Old 11-02-2013, 09:36 PM   #14
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Not on this site, but a seller never sent my parts,. cashed my personal checks, filed a police report, posted his name, city, etc. online, got my parts ansd cash back,.
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Old 11-02-2013, 09:58 PM   #15
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Not on this site, but a seller never sent my parts,. cashed my personal checks, filed a police report, posted his name, city, etc. online, got my parts ansd cash back,.
I have more than sufficient information on him to do that exact thing but I am refraining from doing this just yet. At the very minimum he has conducted business very poorly. I am afraid, however, that this may in fact be a scam.
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Old 11-02-2013, 09:58 PM   #16
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That sucks. I've been there before, when Paypal first started getting big I got scammed three different times. Two of those I didn't get my money back since I used the 'gift' option because they were 'trusted' sellers. Last time I fell for that.

I always go with Paypal and there claims now. It works I had a dispute and paypal gives them 10 days to give back the funds or produce the product.

That's why whenever I buy anything online through Paypal I make sure I have that 30 day claim window and mark that date just encase the seller disappears.

Hopefully you get your item or money back soon. Let us know how it goes
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Old 11-02-2013, 10:09 PM   #17
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Show up on his doorstep and show him how you got your name
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Old 11-02-2013, 10:23 PM   #18
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Show up on his doorstep and show him how you got your name
+1, road trip, make a personal visit to the deadbeat.
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Old 11-02-2013, 10:51 PM   #19
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You know that the guy sees the message notifications in his inbox and has more than likely read them already. If I didnt hear anything back by tomorrow I would definitely be notifying paypal. I bought a set of longtube headers from a member here a while back and we stayed in correspondence with each other from the time the deal was finalized until I received the package. He was a great guy to deal with, I dont know why people have to be shadey

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Old 11-02-2013, 11:18 PM   #20
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Its really dissapointing because i really wanted the item. I would much prefer to just get it rather than get my money back.
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Old 11-02-2013, 11:27 PM   #21
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I would call him out. If he ripped you off, he will more then likely rip everyone else off...
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Old 11-02-2013, 11:32 PM   #22
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I would call him out. If he ripped you off, he will more then likely rip everyone else off...
If he does not respond with a tracking number by tomorrow afternoon, I am going to file a dispute and out him on here.
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Old 11-02-2013, 11:35 PM   #23
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Was he at least a well established member that has more than a couple of posts ?
I do not buy from new members for this same problem.
I avoid it as best I can.
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Old 11-02-2013, 11:39 PM   #24
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When I posted the guys name ( the guy that tried to rip me off- not on here), I found out there were others as well- most got nothing!
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Old 11-02-2013, 11:39 PM   #25
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Was he at least a well established member that has more than a couple of posts ?
I do not buy from new members for this same problem.
I avoid it as best I can.
Yeah he is and he has positive reviews which makes his conduct towards me very confusing. He is selling other items which means he is hoping to receive messages from people wanting to buy those items so there is no way he hasnt read my messages.

Best case scenario is that he shipped out the item and never told me but it would make no sense to not respond to my messages if he had already shipped the item.
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