Hello all! Most of you know me pretty well and may have even bought lamps from me before off of ebay. Usually I'll post links to my auctions here since it IS the right place to do it, and when selling I'm much rather see my lamps go to a member here. Well I recently just had 8 auctions end on Sunday. 5 of them went without issue even got a member from here to buy one (Thanks Again Chow :) But the other 3 auctions were all bought by a ebay user by the name of joana.1912 (0) with zero feedback, new user etc. I'm almost always weary about new ebay users, usually they are a shot in the dark if they follow through with paying or not. But that doesn't mean that new users are all the same. One of my 5 successful auctions was a new user with zero feedback, but he came to pick up the globe the next day since he was local guy. And that was fine and dandy by me, his shipping address was all legit and local nothing seemed fishy and he even called me and gave me his phone number. Now when it comes to this joana.1912 character a LOT of things were out of place. For one when you sell on ebay you can the view order details where it'll show the buyers shipping and contact information. So you can prepare your package for shipment when the payment is received and cleared. Now if you look at the screen shot I took and look at this guy's address the zip code its a real zip code. And also note that if you were to google any 5 digit zip code, you'll get zip code of some random city in the US. But what really through up the red flag for me was that fact that the physical address didn't exist in the zip code he listed. Which you can easliy search for it using google maps. Also If you also look at the screen shot you can see the phone number which isn't a US area code plus it has a extension? weird I know
So as the story goes on.... this buyer sends me a message through ebay explaining that they'll be in town for the next couple weeks and would like to pick up the lamps to avoid damage in shipping. We arranged a day for pickup at a local restaurant 30 seconds from my work. Now during the correspondence the buyer did have a few weird comments and also ignore 2 of my requests for their phone number. Their comments were weird like they'll be driving a old Studebaker truck which was dark green. Who would drive a old ass truck from Cali to here? just didn't make sense. Also when it came time to set up a place to meet I mentioned the local hot dog joint called "Portillo's located here in Vernon Hills, IL" they came back to me with I can't find it listed in on google maps that they wanted the address. Now if you were to take everything I typed, inside the parenthesis, copy and paste it into google, it's the first search that pops up. So at this point I'm beginning to believe that someone is taking me for a joy ride in a shitty old truck to no where. But that's not all, their email address which is as follows firstname.lastname@example.org. I looked into reverse email look up so I could see where this email came from but all those services cost money. And I've already wasted time on this guy why waste the money? After a while I started to notice that this email was a name so thanks to the savoir of googling (gotta love it) I typed in the name Abi Jamson into the search bar and low and behold look at the first 2 links on the search. (it was the first 2 links no its just one)
What I found is that this guy has been constantly harassing members here as well as posting vulgar and pornographic links has now taken it a step further and has decided to target OG member's auctions. He's been banned numerous times by the mods here, and it was confirmed, using all different types of user names including one of Abi Jamson. I just don't get why some people act this way nor why they singled out my auctions either. But needless to say the clean up is going to suck and not what I wanted to deal with but I held onto my lamps and offered them to the last bidders.
Here are a few things to do to avoid bullshit like this if you ever plan to sell on ebay.
I hope this helps you guys.
I hope you/we whoever can find out who this abi jameson ******** is! Would like to show him/her/ it how much I apreciate the @#$% moves! Would be tempted to buy a ticket to wherever "it" lives and kick "it's" ass!
[EDITED BY WEEBOTECH FOR LANGUAGE CONTENT]
Please consider language and keep it PG rated.
Also I would suggest refraining from threats out in public. It can be used against you.
Because this content can be so volatile, speak with facts.
If others have trouble with tampered auctions or questionable business practice than reveal the facts.
Believe me, I don't want to censor or stop the discussion, It's of paramount importance, please keep it strictly on topic.
There is also the possibility that this person is not unbalanced, but is simply a troll. To serious, hardcore trolls, *everything* that gets a reaction - any kind of reaction - is extremely funny and worth every moment of effort. Sad but true.
I do agree. What I mean to say is, there's a difference between being a nutjob, and being so easily amused (and desperate for amusement) that bullying and taunting are the easiest and, thus, for you, seemingly best ways to your intended end.
I know a local person who's like that. When anyone calls him on his very unfunny jokes and gags, he'll shrug and say, "Well, I know I'M enjoying it, and I figure at least one of us is being reasonable". (I'm stunned that no one has hauled off and punched him when he says that...yet...)
It does sound as though the OG trolls may be one person, or a small group of people, re-registering over and over. I'm on the site multiple times daily and I never see any hate speech or nasty posts, so I figure the mods are doing, at the very least, an extremely good job of nipping problems in the proverbial bud before they escalate.
I can not understand what on earth would motivate a person to do something like this.
I mean, this takes time and effort, and for what possible reason???
I know what you mean about bidders with 0 feedback, I always get nervous when placing
more than a few auctions at a time, and even more nervous when someone with 0 feedback
bids on something very expensive.
I have had my share of problems too, but have found that most people are honest, and simple
communication can slove lots of imagined problems and misunderstandings.
Also, I will never have a winning bidder pick something up at my home unless I have done enough
background checking on the person.
Choosing a easy to find location (a public building) for items you can easily put in your car is safest.
There certainly are some very screwed up people out there, and this makes us suspicious of everyone.
I would have submitted a non payment alert. I don't think they can cancel it.
It has to be paid or you raise the level of it after 7 days. After that they have to prove it was paid for or they get a non paying bidder mark.
Obviously it is someone being intentionally mean.