Buyer Beware. Use Common Sense.

Discussion in 'Classifieds' started by scotrace, Jul 19, 2021.

  1. RockSolid

    RockSolid One of the Regulars

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    Bump beware this guy tried to scam me, i didn't bite since i'm used to it but still very annoying
    https://www.thefedoralounge.com/members/thomas717.59155/

    "Greetings,
    I just saw your ad which says that you are looking for a B3 rough wear size 40
    I have one laid around I'm no longer interested in using. In good condition, I would rate it as 8.5 out of 10.
    Pictures and price is available upon request, kindly shoot me colethomas717@gmail.com

    Greetings,
    I just saw your ad which says that you are looking for a The wild one belt
    I have one laid around I'm no longer interested in using. In good condition, I would rate it as 8.5 out of 10.
    Pictures and price is available upon request, kindly shoot me colethomas717@gmail.com"
     
  2. technovox

    technovox One Too Many

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    Yep. I got the same email about a jacket I was looking for from the same guy- colethomas717@gmail.com.
    Hope no one gets burned by this guy. Beware...
     
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  3. Guppy

    Guppy My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Hopefully someone will "kindly shoot him." lol.
     
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  4. J Utah

    J Utah New in Town

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    Received this the other day about a WTB in the classifieds. Just reported him.

    Greetings,
    I just saw your ad which says that you are looking for a Mister Freedom Shirts
    I have one laid around I'm no longer interested in using. In good condition, I would rate it as 8.5 out of 10.
    Pictures and price is available upon request, kindly shoot me colethomas717@gmail.com
     
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  5. mygar

    mygar A-List Customer

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    A coder could do this fairly easily. If you have a coder for this forum ... who is familiar with it ... maybe an hour or 2 tops
     
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  6. Edward

    Edward Bartender

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    I should have put that more clearly: the Lounge runs on proprietary software that we use as a third party, so we're not directly involved at that level. Certainly something management can pass on to the software provider as feedback, but not something we can directly do ourselves. Definitely helpful to have it confirmed that it's viable, though. :)
     
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  7. Big Steve

    Big Steve A-List Customer

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    This guy contacted me as well - appreciate the public heads up about him.
    Saved a lot of time and hassle.
     
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  8. Peacoat

    Peacoat Bartender Bartender

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    He was shown the door the first part of this week. No one should be getting anymore PM from him.

    Please continue to report these PMs so the potential scammers can be dealt with.
     
  9. Edward

    Edward Bartender

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    Absolutely, folks - I cant stress enough how helpful the report function is. If you use that, all bartenders see it as soon as we sign in - it's a much faster way of bringing problems to our attention than anything else.
     
  10. AeroFan_07

    AeroFan_07 I'll Lock Up

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    You may notice in my most recent Classifieds, I have put in "PayPal Normal Transaction" so it's clear there will be a small fee. I'm fine with that, compared to loosing all of it at once.
     
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  11. ton312

    ton312

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    Just so you know Randy, when you sell an item as "goods and services" the purchaser can make claims that will force a refund, and you will lose it all at once. This is how disgraced, slack jawed "member" Lebowski was able to run multiple scams here.
     
  12. TooManyHatsOnlyOneHead

    TooManyHatsOnlyOneHead One Too Many

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    ^^^ exactly this. As a seller, assuming you're being legit and will deliver as promised, you're best bet is PPFF.

    The catch 22 is this...

    As a buyer, I think the lesson is don't do PPFF... unless the person you're transacting with has some presence, reputation here, etc. That's still no guarantee, but I can't tell you how many times I've seen a cool jacket on here for sale, but it was from someone with very few posts, so I didn't bother. Maybe I missed out on something, oh well. But it's something that has to be earned. I think the far majority of transactions on here go off without a hitch because of that trust. Still no guarantee of course.

    The other part of this is those purposefully feeding on someone looking for something specific. I think it's been mentioned here before, but in those cases where you post a WTB and someone out of the blue pings you (again, new member, not that many posts/history). Here you should ask for a photo where you can confirm they have the item in hand. It's the old proof of life. Shot of a newspaper or ask them to take a picture of the jacket and include some random item next to it, etc. And maybe in these cases is where you insist as the buyer that it needs to be an invoiced pay pal transaction.
     
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  13. Edward

    Edward Bartender

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    Paypal and eBay both can be problematic. To be fair, I've had good experiences with both in terms of buyer protection. There's no doubt, though, that they both seem also to have often unfairly disadvantaged sellers in order to better protect the buyer. (It's not unlike many of the campaigns for legal changes I've seen come and go over the years all too often relying on a naive assumption that one side must always be the good guys, the other bad. Life has a way of being far more nuanced than that.)
     
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