Do you have pictures/video showing the inner boxes sealed on top before shipment?
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I had the reverse happen. Was a buyer and received a turntable where the dust cover clearly had been dropped , the stylus was broken off a the plinth was damaged due no transport screws being inserted and the motor bounced around.
Fortunately, the buyer tried to screw over two other people and eBay intervened. I have never looked at buyer protection here. How does audiogon adjudicate this sort of stuff?
I included a magnet puller to remove the grills. I guess he could not figure out how to use it. He had the speakers for two days before contacting me with the problem. It just seems fishy that both speakers have the same damage.
I am still waiting for him to get back to me with pictures of the damage!
Uh, I’m aware people often remove grills. Maybe a photo would reveal of the speakers knocked together during shipment, which actually doesn’t make sense if only one box was open or became open somehow during shipping. How? If the grills were pried off I imagine that would show in the photo. Did he pry off both grills?
Tough call here, probably good job it is not eBay as they unfortunately side with the buyer no matter what.
Unless they have a very poor track record already and you are a mega seller.
Be interesting to see the photos.
Always sad when damage occurs either accidental or deliberate.
Not always a sure sign that they caused the damage just because it has been two days though, I work away a lot and the wife might sign for my gear but it might be a week before I get home and physically open, inspect and test the gear.
Hopefully you can resolve this with the buyer amicably.
I assume they had good feedback on here prior to this event?
Even if ONE SIDE opened up somehow, how could the speakers still bump against each other (as the other side was still closed)? The story doesn’t hold water, whereas the grills idea is entirely plausible. Also, if there is no outside damage to the box (and he picked up from Fedex without any objection), then if the inner boxes are contained tightly within the outer, how could they move around at all?
It is likely a no win situation right now, I assume he paid by PayPal and he could always fall back on that to make a claim too.
Sometimes it really sucks selling ANYTHING online nowadays, way to many unscrupulous people around.
Looks like right now, you either bluff it out with them and refuse to pay anything and see what happens, might get your feedback dinged but might not pay out anything.
Or you end up paying return shipping and have now a pair of damaged speakers, double dent financially there.
Or you agree and pay for new grills, still a financial dent.
I would go with option A right now in your situation.
Your call of course!
No idea what the cost of a pair of grilles are for these speakers, if a small % of value of the sale then yes it might be worth it. Or maybe offer half the cost of the grills?
I guess you need wait and see how they respond first to your pictures request and what their general tone and attitude is and take it from there.
I'd suggest you wait for pictures before venting your anger here as just maybe your at fault and he is being honest. we are all Human and make mistakes so before you blame the person here why not look at their evidence first and then make a judgment. If after, it seems fishy then deal with it best you can. I'm sorry for this as damaged goods can-are a pain to deal with.
This is why I always ship with full insurance on the items being shipped. This usually requires the shipper to repack or confirm packaging but that way if there is an issue there is recourse for reimbursement if damaged during shipping.
As fate would have it even getting full insurance sometimes can’t save you. Because it’s much more difficult to get the postal services to pay off on damage claims. It’s not automatic, you know. They’re not giving money away. This is a case in point. The postal service can simply say, it was damaged because you didn’t pack it properly. If you had packed it properly it wouldn’t have got damaged. Make sense? There’s also a time limit of three months to settle IIRC.
This does sound fishy as described by seller but there's one thing I don't understand. Why would he inadvertently damage one speaker grill and then move onto the second grill and damage it in the exact same way? It just seems like if the damage was his fault only one grill would be damaged.
Tough call. I've heard of people doing dumber things than that.
It just seems fishy that both speakers have the same damage.
Reminds me of when I go to x-ray some guys hands. Both hands. Broken bones. "How'd you do that?" I ask. Meaning the left one.
"Punched a telephone pole." (!)
"Okay," I say, "How'd you break the other one?"
"Hit it again."
Some of us, however average we may be in every other way, nevertheless operate at truly exceptional levels of stupidity.
And this guy, not content to break one, goes ahead and breaks the next one the same way, to then turn around and blame it on someone else? And act like they think anyone would actually believe such an unbelievably preposterous story?
We're talking Gold Medal Stupid here.
I’ve owned many Harbeths. The grills have to be removed correctly with a magnet. I have seen many Harbeth with ripped grills and damaged wood on the edges where the grills are.
I was a Harbeth dealer and had a couple customers, (after being told how to remove them) still damage the grills and corner edges.
If I was a gambling man, I’d say that’s what happened...
Oh, and btw, I've done business several times with Brett, (yogiboy) and it couldn't have been better.
Since I manufacturer audio components, this stuff does happen. I had tubes in original boxes wrapped in bubble wrap that were placed within the audio chassis so not much room to bounce around. One tube was shattered and the other was blown (looks like the gas leaked out). $300 down the drain.The exterior box had no visible damage at all.
I doubt the buyer did all that damage but what do I know.
The seller sent me pictures and the grills are ripped and the wood is chipped on the top corners of both speakers. It looks like all the other Harbeths that I have seen when the grills were removed improperly.
He is going to get a price on new grills and let me know what they will cost.
It looks like he got me by the ole short hairs!
This problem does not appear to be caused by the buyer. More care should have been taken to prepare the boxes for shipment. However, how could an unsealed inner box cause this problem when they were double boxed and the outer box was in tact. Not sure how the corners could have gotten dented.
If it were me, I would send them back for full credit and buy them elsewhere. Why should a any buy accept a damaged product caused by shipment.
Wasn't this shipment insured?
Did you actually READ any of this thread?
UPDATE-Why exactly ?
Have you subtly broached the subject that you believe he may have caused said damage by his own actions?
Maybe if you let him know you suspect foul play he may back up a little?
Do you know roughly how much you are talking for new grills?
If so what does that represent as a percentage of your net sale?
Have you considered, that this may be a negotiation tactic? Maybe he is hoping for a partial refund, equivalent to the cost of the grills, he would come out ahead by having you fund his mistake. He did state that he was getting a price on replacement grills and that he could “maybe”live with the damage.
Just a thought, FWIW
As one who worked for the USPS for nearly forty years,and yes I still have some brains left, the buyers story seems dubious to say the least. My first question to you would be were the speakers insured by FedEX for their full value. If they were and the buyer is claiming that they were damaged, it is FedEx's responsibility to pay the buyer. Therefore the buyer would be required to submit a claim with photos of the speakers and all the boxes. If the outer boxes were not damaged, the buyers story of damage by "speakers bumping against each other" or any other "damage in shipping" story holds no credibility, and FedEx would tell the buyer to take a hike. If you want to be a nice guy, which it sounds to me that you are, and if the price of the grills are reasonable, you may want to refund the buyer the difference and call it a day. However, grills are expensive, I would tell the buyer to deal with FedEx.