So I bid on a generator and won......

Submitted: Saturday, Aug 30, 2003 at 01:07
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Yep... I thought 'Why not?'. I put in a bid on ebay. Have a look they're there. I won the bid... only $275 for a brand new generator. As I understand it a Chinese clone of a Yamaha. Contacted the bloke in Melbourne. I went around. Paid. Picked up the boxed item. He demonstrated one he had sitting there. He ran a drill and a sander etc. Okay..... Opened it up when I got home.... DAMN! Its a motor not a gennie!!!! I didn't even read the outside of the box.

Contacted the vendor.... he had been looking for the motor all day. He has organized his cousin who passes by each weekend to meet up with the correct item and I'll swap the motor with him. Hmmm sounds like a fair dinkum mistake... we'll see. Anyway the motor is a brand new 5.5hp model. Probably worth more than the gennie. I'll let you all know how it goes.
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Reply By: sean - Saturday, Aug 30, 2003 at 11:44

Saturday, Aug 30, 2003 at 11:44
I thought 'why not' and lost over $1000 an ebay item that was not as advertised and and also not packed properly and so was totally destroyed during shipping. It was clearly a case of both fraud and negligence. I even obtained an independent report that supported my claims but this did not help at all. Just more money lost.

The seller simply refused to answer any correspondence on the issue.

I tried the ebay methods of disupute resolution and all I got was a series of automatically generated crap and if I wish to file a complaint - GUESS WHAT - this cannot be done on the net - it was to be posted to America.

Do a little research and you will find that FRAUD is alive and well on ebay that allows people to register with any bogus email address.

It would now take hundreds of safe trades to offset the loss on this one item.
EBAY IS NOT SAFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sean
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Follow Up By: Dennis (Brisbane) - Saturday, Aug 30, 2003 at 21:31

Saturday, Aug 30, 2003 at 21:31
There is a Fraud Section in Australia for e-bay, although it does take a LOT of looking to find it.

We are in contact with them fairly regularly at work, I can get you an e-mail address, phone numbers etc for them on Monday if you want.
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Follow Up By: sean - Sunday, Aug 31, 2003 at 18:31

Sunday, Aug 31, 2003 at 18:31
Dennis

that would be most appreciated. I have contacted ebay on several occasions and have not been made aware of the Australian section.

Thanks

Sean
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Follow Up By: Dennis (Brisbane) - Monday, Sep 01, 2003 at 10:50

Monday, Sep 01, 2003 at 10:50
I have also posted this into a new post.

Dina Rologas
Trust & Safety Lead
eBay Australia & NZ Pty Ltd
Ph: (02) 8280 6433
Fax: (02) 8280 6455
drologas@ebay.com
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Saturday, Aug 30, 2003 at 12:23

Saturday, Aug 30, 2003 at 12:23
Yea agree Royce, Ive bought 100s of things off Ebay, only got stung once, that was last week a $10 Cranberries CD which turned up rooted.

I would hazzard a guess that most of the shonks are in USA, or Europe.

I only buy from people where I can get someone to go round and break bones if need be. Or people with good feedback, or business'.
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Reply By: Member - Eric- Saturday, Aug 30, 2003 at 14:24

Saturday, Aug 30, 2003 at 14:24
Afternnon boys , I was in Motorgear this morning getting a few bearings ( who was crossing bogg holes in Toolangi? not me honey they just broke by them selves ) and noticed a new catologe with all the generators from China . All around the same price as ebay ,give or take $20.00 . why go ebay when you can touch the bloody thing , & know the window to throw it through when it dosnt work lol ( aimed @ trucksters comment lol )
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Follow Up By: Goona - Saturday, Aug 30, 2003 at 15:35

Saturday, Aug 30, 2003 at 15:35
sorry for my ignorance but what does LOL mean
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Follow Up By: Member - Eric- Saturday, Aug 30, 2003 at 15:51

Saturday, Aug 30, 2003 at 15:51
lol = laugh out loud lmao = laughing my ass off
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Reply By: haze - Saturday, Aug 30, 2003 at 16:17

Saturday, Aug 30, 2003 at 16:17
mrs haze operates on ebay very regularly. If there is a problem ie auction winner goods not arrived, postal delay etc. no sleep for her,no fun for me! Its an ethical thing, but there are those who abuse it. mrs h has a 100%rating, but like others we did get dudded. It cost us $$'s to go to vic. to sort out an ebay problem. like they say, an eye for an eye!
There are bargains out there, but having said before -- caveat emptor
cheers haze
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Reply By: Member - Geoff & Karen - Saturday, Aug 30, 2003 at 20:25

Saturday, Aug 30, 2003 at 20:25
and LMFAO = laughing my fat arse off and ROFL = rolling on floor lauging

Sorry had to put my 2 bobs worth in.
lmfaoKind Regards
Karen & Geoff
(Happy holidaying)
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Reply By: Matt - Saturday, Aug 30, 2003 at 22:40

Saturday, Aug 30, 2003 at 22:40
There is another post going on the cheap Generator... see Post ID: 6881 or the below link if it works...

http://www.exploroz.com/Forum/View.asp?ForumQID=6881&Page=%2FForum%2FDefault%2Easp%3FDisplaySet%3DBoth%26Search%3D1%26Keywords%3Dgenerator%26PN%3D1

Matt.
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Follow Up By: Matt - Saturday, Aug 30, 2003 at 22:47

Saturday, Aug 30, 2003 at 22:47
Also a post going on 4WD monthly's forum...
4WD MONTHLY

Matt.
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