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  • Little voice warning me about seller shooters

    I have won an auction from a seller named "shooters"

    Radios & Receivers - car audio dvd kw-avx725 jvc for sale in Heidelberg

    I won the auction for R1600, the indicated market price is R2200, a little bit of Googling on the model number shows that similar units sell for around R4500 - R6000. She says that the item is in stock but will only ship in 10 to 15 days. Her e-mails are just as unprofessional as her listings. Whats more, she closed the listing early without me asking her to. This has "suspicious activity" written all over it.

    I have every intention of following through on this order if the seller is legit. Does anyone know this seller?
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  • #2
    Hi, let us see one of her mails, in what way is this seller doing any thing wrong?

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    • #3
      I got this e-mailed to me when the auction closed, she does not include her banking details in the email BoB sends out when the order is completed.

      ------------------------------------

      fnb
      acc,number.00000000000
      acc.holder.x.xxxxx
      branch code.000000
      savings


      thanks xxxxxxxx

      --------------------------------------

      I edited out the numbers and names but thats it, all I got
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      • #4
        I don't know this seller but here's my one cent worth.

        The ratings are mainly for bad service and non communication. Either she just can't be bothered with client service or works full time and cant dedicate enough time to sorting out BoB.

        Also, from complaints about delays on her part, I assume she does hold the goods in stock. If I'm correct this is against BoB rules. she is not verified so cannot be a drop shipper.

        I'd tread warily - but you have to trust your instinct - always listen to the little voice.
        Items I have for sale.

        Why do today what you can put off till next year?

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        • #5
          Hmmm, I sent a mail to Morne (communitywatch@bidorbuy.co.za) who basically just forwarded it to the seller with me as a cc. So much for asking for their advise

          If I wanted to accuse the seller I would have done that myself!
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          • #6
            I see that this seller only joined in September 2009 and already has 7 negative ratings and a couple of neutrals. If you check her ratings, you will see that at least 2 of her buyers did not receive their goods. I would consider it risky doing business with someone who doesn't seem to have the items ready to send immediately payment is made! Good luck.
            Yesterday I was clever and wanted to change the world.
            Today I am wise and am changing myself.

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            • #7
              Hi

              Please be advised that the reason the mail was forwarded to the seller was so they can reply to the questions asked. Also it is the responsibility of the buyer to look at the sellers ratings, compare the product prices before placing a bid on an item.

              Regarding closing the auction earlier the seller is allowed to do this if they happy with the leading bid amount.
              Morne Booysen
              Security Enforcement Officer
              bidorbuy.co.za

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              • #8
                Morne, at the end of the mail I sent to you I said "please advise", in other words I wanted your expert advice on how to proceed. I think it is pretty obvious how the seller would answer this question.

                If I knew you were just going to forward the message to the seller, I would have sent the mail directly to her. Now it looks like I am accusing her of being a crook.
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                • #9
                  Hi

                  With all due respect you have gone on to the forum which is a public forum posted your suspicions about the seller.

                  Our standard policy is to forward your query or complaint through to the seller for their response, only after receiving a response from the seller can we advise you on the way forward.
                  Last edited by qball; 23-11-09, 16:20.
                  Morne Booysen
                  Security Enforcement Officer
                  bidorbuy.co.za

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                  • #10
                    I just wanted to find out if anyone else had the same suspicions or has dealt with this seller before I paid the money over. I did say that I would honor my side of the agreement, I'm not trying to get out of this, I think I got the bargain of the year (almost too good to be true?) And yes, I did check the sellers ratings and I did read her terms and I'm prepared to wait a bit longer if I actually get what I pay for in the end.
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                    • #11
                      I agree that there is something not quiet right - why 10 - 15 days for shipping? From the moment payment clears the seller should ship within 24 hours. Post arrives within 3-6 days.

                      Seems like their average shipping time is 3 weeks - reeks of drop shipping. Furthermore, the pictures are professional adverts - not the actual picture of the item - perhaps they do not have more pictures because they do not have the product?

                      But wait !!! they sold 376 items this month - it will be interesting to see how they keep up with shipping. I can see a couple of job openings as packers there!

                      This is a link to a listing which displays an actual real item YOU MUST SEE THIS TO UNDERSTAND WHO YOU ARE DEALING WITH !!!!
                      Small Appliances - gas braaier for sale in Heidelberg

                      Oh my ...:o
                      Buying used goods is a higher form of recycling
                      Items I have for sale.

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                      • #12
                        They have sold a lot in the past 3 months. If this is an individual it perhaps explains (does not excuse tho) the lack of service.

                        I didn't link the seller to the "gas" braai ad. Wonder if you get danger pay for working as a packer? ;)
                        Items I have for sale.

                        Why do today what you can put off till next year?

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                        • #13
                          Perhaps a donkey cart could be put into action to provide work for someone unemployed to take parcels to the Post Office? lol
                          ;)
                          Yesterday I was clever and wanted to change the world.
                          Today I am wise and am changing myself.

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                          • #14
                            Well I paid the money over on Monday evening, now just being patient and hoping that the correct item arrives sometime this year :)
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                            • #15
                              I have worked with the seller quite a couple times now and she is always more than willing AND keen to help,and goes out of her way to make sure every client is satisfied..Its the firts time i see sombody complain about the market value wich was described wrong..THE VALUE WAS MUCH MORE THAN DESCRIBED...And then stil won it at a fraction of the described market price..
                              And as far as i can see everybody has gotten there items wich they have paid for even if it took 10 to 15 days ,wich is stated in her adds..

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