Have you ever been ripped off or bamboozled?

  • venue35

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    May 15, 2015 7:37 PM GMT
    I have. What a shitty feeling.
    In 2008 I bought a PlayStation 3 off ebay.
    I needed the American version because it was the only version that could play old games too.
    The woman kept my 350 dollars and never sent me the console. She also called me "sweety".
    She did the same thing to two other guys and she referred to them as "sweety" as well!
    They caught the thieving bitch 2 months later and we were all refunded!!
    yay!

    In 2010 I accidentally left my Leica camera at this Italian guys house in Astoria. I was leaving for Greece the next morning but he promised to send it to Greece "very soon"...he never sent it and when I sent him a message on facebook asking why he would be so cruel this is what he said:

    Ok..I'll send you your frickin camera!!!
    As if I didn't have anything better to do than to talk to you about your frickin camera get a life loser!

    He never sent it..his best friend was a guy I dated and he ignored my messages tooicon_redface.gif

    Bahahahahaha!
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    May 15, 2015 8:07 PM GMT
    "met a redneck on a Grecian isle, who did the goat dance very well, he gave me back my smile, but he kept my camera [Leica] to sell. oh the rogue, the red, red rogue, he cooked good omelettes and stews..."

    Ah, but you should have known, Venue.

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    May 15, 2015 8:20 PM GMT
    He was Italian the guy who kept my camera not Greek lol
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    May 15, 2015 11:14 PM GMT
    Didn't say he was Greek...just a redneck on a Grecian isle...P
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    May 15, 2015 11:20 PM GMT
    Having lived and worked in sub-Saharan Africa of course I have. Once you get used to the normal prices for things and speak the language then they lose the ability to. Actually I made more than one vender look like a fool by pretending to be a hapless tourist and then saying "Ndimafuna kulipila mpengo waMzungu". Which roughly translates as I hate paying the white man price.
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    May 16, 2015 12:26 AM GMT
    venue35 saidHave you ever been ripped off or bamboozled?
    Of course. I've paid taxes!
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    May 16, 2015 12:32 AM GMT
    In 2008 I almost got pulled into a pyramid scheme.A bunch of young people looking like models approached my friends and I for a job offer. All on the hush hush. We went into this rented space where they had this "awards ceremony" that was meant to be professional yet ghetto(to impress us young folks) During this time, our reps were whispering shit in our ear, telling us this member was a high stacked blah blah blah, and we had to get on his good side. They called themselves "yor health" and they did a fantastic job gassing me up. Had me schedule a second training session with them the following week in starbucks.

    I went home feeling top of the world and then I wondered................why the fuck did a company that was so rich would have me train in starbucks and it hit me quickly... Needless to say I bailed out and they got none of my money icon_cool.gif
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    May 16, 2015 2:16 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    venue35 saidHave you ever been ripped off or bamboozled?
    Of course. I've paid taxes!

    doesn't count!! You were aware of the fact!
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    May 16, 2015 2:23 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidPeople are skanks it seems. People are so out of control with their swindling tendencies.


    I hardly ever buy off of eBay because that site is full of liars and swindlers. But years ago I did purchase a Visionware glass sauce pan that was very popular in the 1980's. They don't make them anymore but you can find them all over eBay used. So I was collecting them here and there off that site.

    So one day my package finally arrived. I ordered one off of eBay and it was in a small white box waiting for me in the mail room. I picked it up and then headed over to the elevator. As I was waiting for the elevator I heard a sort of androgynous voice whisper into my ear, "Shattered..." I sometimes hear voices and don't understand why but it's usually an intuition that serves me eventually.

    I had no idea why I heard that word but once I get up to my apartment I opened my package to find that the glass Visionware sauce pan was broken in at least a dozen pieces. It made no sense as it was sealed so well in plastic bubble wrap.

    Naturally, I was disappointed. I walked away and went to go online and just let it go and shake it off. But a calm voice in my gut said, "Piece it back together." So I walked back over and started to piece it back together and to my disgust, a big piece was actually MISSING. What the seller tried to do was sell useless garbage and then have eBay's insurance cover my loss.

    I was really irritated and the seller completely denied any wrong doing. Ebay required me to send this broken garbage back to the seller and that I pay for return shipping. I was livid with the seller and I was calling her a "scamming, lying sack of shit cunt" in our emails.

    She accused ME of breaking the pot and accused me of withholding a piece of the glass Visionware. But here's the thing. When shipping Priority Mail the actual weight of the package is listed on the shipping label. So when I paid to have it shipped back I informed this cunt and fleaBAY that the weight of my return package was exactly the same as when she sent it to me. It was proof that I didn't withhold any of the broken fragments. Otherwise, had I did it would have weighed less.

    I went years without buying anything on eBay. Then, just earlier this year I bought a fairly expensive laptop through eBay that was listed as NEW. It was $1800. I went through the process of registering my laptop but had to call and speak to a rep due to some problems with my laptop. It turns out that my laptop was a refurbished item whose one year warranty expired the very same week I called! Naturally, I forced the seller to accept a return.

    "Flea"Bay is the worst. I stick with amazon.com now for most of my purchases. They have much better customer protection.
    wow that was a horrible ebay experience! Seriously I have over 400 transactions on eBay and maybe 2-3 times have I had some kind of problem.
    This reminds me. Remember that book Madonna made in 92 where she went hooker sex crazy "Sex"????
    Well I was bidding on it on eBay (American) and I didn't win the auction but someone was following the bidders and i received a message from this guy saying that he had the book and that he would sell it to me for a really good price. What a fool I was.
    I didn't have pay pal ten years ago so i sent the 200 dollars western union he even give me a fake tracking number! After like a month of waiting I opened case online called American mail fraud or something like that. I was interviewed by a representative and they actually found the swindler!
    I was refunded the full amount too!
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    May 16, 2015 2:23 AM GMT
    venue35 said
    paulflexes said
    venue35 saidHave you ever been ripped off or bamboozled?
    Of course. I've paid taxes!

    doesn't count!! You were aware of the fact!
    Not until H&R Block got finished with the paperwork.
  • venue35

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    May 16, 2015 2:25 AM GMT
    There must be something juicier to reveal than paying tax!
  • venue35

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    May 16, 2015 2:27 AM GMT
    pazzy saidyes, being gay. thought it would make me happier because back then.. i was a fucking wreck. thought things would get better but i guess not.
    what I meant was have you ever been tricked or ripped off by anyoneicon_confused.gif
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    May 16, 2015 2:30 AM GMT
    venue35 saidThere must be something juicier to reveal than paying tax!
    Ok, I bought 5 brand new bicycles over the past few years, each costing well over $1000 new. Then I put over $1500 in upgraded parts on each one to make them tough enough for the style of riding I enjoy.

    The brands I bought were Giant, Specialized, Canondale, and Trek. All shit (well, out of the box before upgrades they're shit).

    Then last November I bought a NS Bikes freeride/park/downhill bike for $1221, and have replaced/upgraded nothing. It held up to my style of riding right out of the box and is still going strong...even in the mountains of Cali. icon_cool.gif
  • venue35

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    May 16, 2015 2:36 AM GMT
    Wow bikes are expensiveicon_neutral.gif
    at least you finally found the best model!
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    May 16, 2015 2:36 AM GMT
    I'm trying to remember why I thought it was a good idea but I decided to do a little drug dealing, in psychedelics, mescaline, to be exact (made from the peyote cactus). A guy sold me a baggy of brownish powder, which turned out to be cornstarch and something else to give it a brown color. This was way back in 1972, a year after I'd graduated from high school and before I joined the Navy. And I wasn't even that big of a drug user, other than smoking a joint every now and then.

    I will never buy anything off of eBay; I've heard plenty of horror stories about it, but lots of people have had no problems, so whatever.
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    May 16, 2015 2:38 AM GMT
    I got scammed out of $5000 on a used car deal. Was my own stupid naivety, i guess. Funny thing is, i still trust way too much! I hate that!! icon_eek.gificon_sad.gif
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    May 16, 2015 2:39 AM GMT
    I once bought some blurays off ebay and the shipping costs seemed steep so I asked the seller why?
    He said :
    Do you know how much gas costs?
    It's expensive driving to the post office!!
    icon_confused.gif
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    May 16, 2015 5:27 AM GMT
    I haven't been ripped off for a purchase, as I have had few transactions online with private sellers and those have all been good. I have been ripped for work that I've done, though. There was an online survey site that I did tons of surveys and offers for, enough to accumulate almost $50 for. Sure, it wasn't a whole lot of money, but I was in my late teens/early 20s and needed all the extra money I could get. I waited for weeks for a check to arrive, and I emailed their support department and the only thing they asked me was what the ID number of the cash out was, which I gave them. After that, they never responded again and seemingly ignored all my inquiries.
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    May 16, 2015 12:07 PM GMT
    venue35 saidI have. What a shitty feeling.
    In 2008 I bought a PlayStation 3 off ebay.
    I needed the American version because it was the only version that could play old games too.
    The woman kept my 350 dollars and never sent me the console. She also called me "sweety".
    She did the same thing to two other guys and she referred to them as "sweety" as well!
    They caught the thieving bitch 2 months later and we were all refunded!!
    yay!

    In 2010 I accidentally left my Leica camera at this Italian guys house in Astoria. I was leaving for Greece the next morning but he promised to send it to Greece "very soon"...he never sent it and when I sent him a message on facebook asking why he would be so cruel this is what he said:

    Ok..I'll send you your frickin camera!!!
    As if I didn't have anything better to do than to talk to you about your frickin camera get a life loser!

    He never sent it..his best friend was a guy I dated and he ignored my messages tooicon_redface.gif

    Bahahahahaha!

    I had 5 Leicas from 1970 to 2007, when I went digital. Although my principal digital camera still has Leica optics, the best.

    In case anyone doesn't know their value, my Leica M6 rangefinder body alone cost $4000, the lenses all over $1000 each. If you lost a Leica that could have been a hefty investment, we're not talking Kodak here. They're about the most expensive 35mm cameras on Earth.

    Of course in 2010 you might have had a digital Leica, most models of which are made by other companies now. That's what I have, except sold at a more reasonable price under the brand names of the actual manufacturers. Only the lens still reads Leica (my earlier camera lenses read "Leitz", the original name of the German optical company that made the Leica camera, derived from LEItz CAmera).
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    May 16, 2015 12:20 PM GMT
    Bought a cheap ($300) but sweet little Leica ZX2 about 15 years ago right when the digital cams were coming on board. Still like it.

    Now you can get one for about $50.
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    May 16, 2015 1:17 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    The brands I bought were Giant, Specialized, Canondale, and Trek. All shit (well, out of the box before upgrades they're shit).

    I've never had a Chinese-made Giant, but had the other 3. Well, actually I bought the Treks for my 2 sons as they each turned 13. They were both already 6' tall by then, so they needed adult bikes (they're both 6'5" today, I sometimes wonder how a short shit like me, and you've met me, can really be their father icon_confused.gif ). Maybe $1500 a bike for kids is an indulgence, but I used to spoil them terribly, as I was also spoiled at their age.

    I had a lovely Specialized, $1000 in 1983, but was stolen 20 years later. I tend to keep my bikes forever. I kept my first derailleur from 1962 for 20 years, as well, but it was getting outdated. Shifters mounted on the downtube without indexing! You shifted by feel & sound.

    My current bike is a Cannondale, not too expensive, about $3000 with mods, now 7+ years and as good as new. It's been ridden down to Key West from here several times, and also my daily bike. Our little condo doesn't allow me to have a bike stable like you do, so "one size fits all" has to be my approach.

    I load it up with conveniences for practical city use, then strip it back down light for the Key West trips. Though I'm not sure I'll go this year.
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    May 16, 2015 1:35 PM GMT
    I was only scammed once, age 18 as a college Freshman living in the dorm, as required of all Freshmen on that campus.

    A young guy knocked on my dorm door, peddling magazine subscriptions. I welcomed the opportunity, took several motorcycle and car magazine subscriptions, close to $100, not unsubstantial in 1967. He had documents that said he was from "Boys Town", the famous Kansas orphanage founded by Father Flanagan, with them receiving part of the proceeds. I'm a sucker for charity.

    Turns out he was a fraud. He may have once resided at Boys Town, or simply forged the documents. I never got my magazines, and he was subsequently barred from our university, having scammed others.

    In the days when we paid mostly by cash or check, by the time I learned the truth he had my money and it was too late. I was never so gullible again. But it was a good lesson, even if it cost me around $100 to learn it.
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    May 16, 2015 1:44 PM GMT
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    venue35 saidI have. What a shitty feeling.
    In 2008 I bought a PlayStation 3 off ebay.
    I needed the American version because it was the only version that could play old games too.
    The woman kept my 350 dollars and never sent me the console. She also called me "sweety".
    She did the same thing to two other guys and she referred to them as "sweety" as well!
    They caught the thieving bitch 2 months later and we were all refunded!!
    yay!

    In 2010 I accidentally left my Leica camera at this Italian guys house in Astoria. I was leaving for Greece the next morning but he promised to send it to Greece "very soon"...he never sent it and when I sent him a message on facebook asking why he would be so cruel this is what he said:

    Ok..I'll send you your frickin camera!!!
    As if I didn't have anything better to do than to talk to you about your frickin camera get a life loser!

    He never sent it..his best friend was a guy I dated and he ignored my messages tooicon_redface.gif

    Bahahahahaha!

    I had 5 Leicas from 1970 to 2007, when I went digital. Although my principal digital camera still has Leica optics, the best.

    In case anyone doesn't know their value, my Leica M6 rangefinder body alone cost $4000, the lenses all over $1000 each. If you lost a Leica that could have been a hefty investment, we're not talking Kodak here. They're about the most expensive 35mm cameras on Earth.

    Of course in 2010 you might have had a digital Leica, most models of which are made by other companies now. That's what I have, except sold at a more reasonable price under the brand names of the actual manufacturers. Only the lens still reads Leica (my earlier camera lenses read "Leitz", the original name of the German optical company that made the Leica camera, derived from LEItz CAmera).

    yes it was a digital Leica the dlux1 bought in 2007 for 700 dollars definitely not cheap for a digital camera.
    I don't care if it's been 5 years i want my camera back.
    when I go back to NYC I'll sue him.
    I know I won't get it back but I won't back down either. I can also tell his contacts on Facebook what he did with my camera -which I did a year ago but he just blocked me after that.
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    May 16, 2015 2:05 PM GMT
    The last I bought was a Cannondale six13 back in about 2008 I think.

    I biked more than I drove out in SoCal. Hell, if you went to a local beach such as Venice, you be almost back home before you found a parking place anyway.

    My best years ever were the ones that I lived on the backside of the hill in Palos Verdes. Going all around the peninsula by bike was 34 miles if memory serves me right. Right in the middle of the ride, down below some nice Frank Lloyd Wright architecture was at that time) a semi legal nude beach at Portuguese Bend. As the birds fly, that was the closest beach to my house.

    Anyway, back to the topic, I have around 1,500 total transactions on ebay for music, old cars parts, bike stuff, and camera and I can't remember ever having too much trouble. I'm sure there were some minor incidents that I can no longer remember.

    Since I've moved I've been mostly Amazon for stuff for the house and it's also been problem free.

    Biggest problems were with my parents and especially the last few years my dad was alive.

    He started entering Publishers Clearing House contests and boy did the scams start. And just about every scam in the book, including checks on stolen accounts that he was sent, daily 419 scam calls from Jamaica, fake charities and on and on. Dad's dementia was getting so bad that he believed this shit. And that's what these 'folks' do is target seniors waiting for that special senior moment so they could be ripped off.
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    May 16, 2015 2:16 PM GMT
    Bamboozled, usually with charitable stuff. One stands out: I gave a guy 100 bucks back in 2002. He was very convincing, and even gave me number for back East I could call to tell his wife and kids he was OK and may have landed a job so they could all move out.

    When I got home I called the number and the nice lady told me I'd reached a high school and they'd been fielding calls for weeks.
    He had a Canada-wide warrant out for his arrest, lol. Apparently he'd been rather busy.

    Didn't stop me from continuing to help people, though. I would never let an asshole have that kind of power over me.