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Why Are There So Many Stupid People(eBay User)?

Posted by mikenopolis on January 27, 2009

So a little over a month ago (12/02/2009) I sold my portable DVD play on eBay because I never use it, maybe 4 times in the past 3 years. It was right before Christmas and bidding goes a bit high becuase of it. I sold it for $60.00, and I charged exact shipping cost. I got the player for $69.00+tax so this was something I didn’t make a profit on which I didn’t care for anyway.

so this is the timeline:

12/02/08 - POSTED
12/09/08 - SOLD
12/10/08 - PAID
12/11/08 - SENT VIA USPS PRIORITY (#420338819101150134711481XXXXXX)
12/17/08 - POSITIVE FEEDBACK RECEIVED FROM BUYER
12/18/08 - POSITIVE FEEDBACK GIVEN TO BUYER

I thought that was the end of the deal, guess what? I get a message from him on 1/22/09 saying that there was a problem,  that’s 43 days after I sent it out, assuming that USPS Priority takes 3 days, he’s had the thing for 40 freaken days, now he’s speaking up? I’m waiting to hear from eBay, this is the most ridiculous thing I’ve heard. If eBay sides with him on this one, I’m done.

Here’s are the messages:

01/22/09 – BUYER

Dude, this DVD DIVX player keeps freezing up every 2-3 min. I there a setting or something?

01/23/09 – ME

Not that I know of, I really didn’t use it much, but never had a problem with playing back divx/avi files have you already tried other discs or files?

01/23/09 – BUYER

I just actually had time to pull it out and I tried to play 10 different divx about 10 and even regular dvd’s and got nothing. It’ll play for about 2 min. and then freeze up and then shut off.

01/23/09 – ME

I don’t know what’s going on, I played an entire movie (regular DVD) with it a few days before putting it up for sale. Have you tried contacting Philips support? http://www.p4c.philips.com/cgi-bin/dcbint/cpindex.pl?ctn=PET724/37&scy=us&slg=AEN#

01/27/09 – BUYER

I had it checked out and it has a bad lazer. I really hope you didn’t sell me a dvd player knowing that it didn’t work. I’ve been buying/selling on ebay for a long time and I have NEVER sold anything that was described as “good condition” that was broke. To me thats like stealing someones money. I don’t mean too be this ugly about this situation but It came right out of the box you sent it in broke. I pulled it out of the box and plugged it in and it DID NOT WORK! When I first contacted you I was cool about this and I would of even paid too have it cleaned if needed, but a bad laser come on man it’ll cost me $100.00 to get that fixed. I need to know whether I’m able to get my money back. I really don’t want to report you to Ebay hopefully we can resolve this issue smoothly.

01/27/09 – ME

If you wish to take this up with eBay for a fair resolution, I’m more than happy to let you proceed. This item was sold on 12/9/08, you paid on 12/10/08, I sent it out on 12/11/08 (USPS Priority #420338819101150134711481XXXXXX) you should have rec’d it by 12/14/08. I get a message from you on 1/22/09, 40 days after you’ve received it telling me you have a problem. What does that tell MOST people? that YOU broke it.

Ok now that I’ve gotten through that. I’ve been using eBay since the year 2000 with 100% feedback, I’ve NEVER sold anything and not describe EXACTLY what it is and the condition it was in, I go into detail on every little issue. This DVD player was used a few times, I tested a movie out before posting and packing it. It was 100% working. I do not know if the shipping people broke it while shipping (during their 3 days) or you broke it (40 days ownership). but I am telling you that you have a very very small chance to getting a refund even if you report this to eBay.

And YES, I personally think this is a fault on your part. if you had contacted me a DAY OR TWO after you got it. We could have taken it up with the shipping people, but 40 days is out of the question, Even stores have a 30 day return policy!
My eBay return policy clearly states I’ll refund if the item is DOA (Dead On ARRIVAL), not 40 days after arrival.

If you have a better argument or explanation you’re more than welcome to message me for a possible partial refund, otherwise, I’ll wait for an eBay personnel to contact me.

Once again I did not sell and ship out a broken product. There’s always the possibility of the shipper tossing packages around too roughly, but in the end you are to blame for not telling anyone for so long.

***I’ll update this when I get a response***

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Customers Are Always “Right”

Posted by mikenopolis on January 22, 2009

I love to use Yelp to preview or review restaurants because I believe in “regular” people’s opinions when it come to food. Food magazines and their professional food critics are just too picky. Unless it comes down to more sophisticated things I don’t need them.

Yesterday, a few “yelpers” got into a discussion about what a restaurant owner wrote back to a reviewer who gave him 3 stars out of 5. Read for yourself here [Click to enlarge]:

Now keep in mind that 3 stars is an okay average and that Fuego Bistro has an average of 4 stars based on 24 reviews thus far: http://www.yelp.com/biz/fuego-bistro-phoenix. I don’t know about you, but I’ve always known that customers are always right not because they really are, but because word of mouth is the best advertisement. You don’t treat your customers bad because you would lose potential customers. When I used to work in the women shoes department at Macy*s (stop with the Al Bundy jokes, it put me through college, paid for my car and rent…along with my other 3 jobs) I was averaging $2,000 a month part-time, you know why? Because women love their shoes and they have friends who love shoes. It’s like a pyramid scheme but I’m the one on the top (well Macy*s corporate is, but I was close to second or third). The lesson here is DON’T BURN ANY BRIDGES! Since my first taxable job at 13, I’ve always known that you don’t treat anyone bad because they can one day help you directly or indirectly.

In this tough economy, I’m sure most of us are being very careful with our investments and financial decisions. I myself have cut back on my gadgetry spending a bit, turning off more of my computers instead of letting them run 24/7,  carpooling in my girlfriend’s Mini Cooper instead of driving my less gas efficient Honda Element. However, since I’m lucky enough to still have a decent income,  I’ve tipped more generously when it comes to eating out. Plenty of people are now saying they won’t be going to/back to this place. It really doesn’t affect me since the place is in Arizona, but seriously, there was no need to do this so publicly, he might as well have put out a commercial/advertisment saying “I don’t care if you don’t like it!”.

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Car Jacker, Caught By Text Message…EPIC FAIL

Posted by mikenopolis on January 13, 2009

Read this story, yet another criminal indication the end of humanity:

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-10139693-94.html

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Wow, Talk About Being “Valley”

Posted by mikenopolis on January 12, 2009

I’ve got nothing to say…except I would love to meet her….Knock her the eff out the second she opens her mouth. WTF is this?

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Just Who Are We Bailing Out?

Posted by mikenopolis on January 5, 2009

Companys are getting bailed out left and right. Here are some info on who Citi Group is helping out with their $700 Billion bailout…my old employer who has some SERIOUS character flaws. Personally I think he should be the last group of people to get this kind of “second chance”.

Google’s alert function informed me on a new news story about Daniel Sadek yesterday, apparently Citi Group has offered to modify the loan on one of his personal properties (65 Briar Lane Irvine, CA) in order to lower the monthly payments (which he has already defaulted on!).  Citi recently received $700 BILLION in government bailout and this is who they go help first? One of the head guys that started this whole sub-prime mess? I’m not saying that he doesn’t need help because he is in a lot of trouble these days, but there are people out there losing the only home they know and have, children and pets are being displaced into foster care and animal shelters because their parents have no means to care for them. Sadek has had plenty and still does.

[CLICK HERE] for the articles from the O.C. Register along with a few other things. Oh! I got curious and found out that Miguel Angel Vazquez (The one who stole $24,671.16 from QLF’s escrow company, Platinum Coast Escrow) WAS arrested and it looks like he had to pay restitution and served about 2 months in jail for it…What an idiot! What makes you think you can steal $24+ thousand dollars from your employer and not get caught…it’s one thing taking a candy bar from the company vending machine, this is a whole different catagory of stupid.

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“Happy New Year” WoopDeeFreakenDoo

Posted by mikenopolis on January 1, 2009

Because everyone says this every 12 months, I guess I’ll say “Happy New Year”. I’ve never been much of a celebration type of person, the last time I really celebrated my birthday was when I was 2. I graduated, woohoo, I got a job, yay. Bought another house, woohoo again. I’ve hated the existence of life for as long as I can remember, the only reason I do the things I do is to make it less painful. If I didn’t have the few people that depends on me financially and emotionally, I would seriously look into “the easy way out”. To me, life is not short, it is the longest, most painful thing I will have to endure. I do not feel happy about another year (or many years) of possibly losing my job due to the financial disaster that we call world. I do not appreciate paying more taxes because I got a promotion and a pay raise. I do not look forward to probably getting some sort of Cancer and dying a slow painful death like my father (never smoked or drank).

So to the rest of you, sure I’ll say “Happy New Year” but just think about all the negative things that are happening around us. Just because we change our calendars and have a new president, doesn’t mean we will be saved. I will not look into this new year with any hope of positive change because we have a long way to go. If you are one of those people with the “new year’s resolution” why did you wait until now to make a change? There’s no annual renewal, if you want to improve yourself, just do it, don’t wait.

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