So the guy switched your real cables with fake cables and now you’re getting his fake cables back? Correct? What caught my eye here was Cardas. I’m a Cardas fan boy and familiar with their older cables. I mean Cardas GR IC’s unless they’re VERY long are going to sell for 500 bucks or so. What some people will go through to rip you off. Unbelievable.
I sold a perfectly good Pro-Ject RPM 10 Carbon turntable and got a PP charge back and a completely destroyed turntable returned to me 45 days later. The guy claimed it took him 30 days to open the giant wooden crate and refused to participate with the carrier’s insurance claim.
I documented everything with photos and videos, packing process, pick up etc.
Argued with 10 different PP agents for 3 months to no avail.
Eventually I just refused to pay them (PP) back.
I have never once agreed to use PayPay. Just Google Top Ten PayPay Scams. It is unfortunate you have fallen victim to one of them. Everyone should take this as a warning. Sellers have zero protection when using PayPal. Frankly, I'm surprised we don't hear a lot more of these stories. Forget the adage Buyer Beware. It's Seller Beware these days. A sad commentary indeed on our society.
Sorry to hear this.
I recently got ripped off on a purchase via Head-fi, by user fakcior I should have been more suspicious. However, I had used PayPal. I made an online claim with PayPal and they approved a refund immediately. I think the money was in my account in a few days. So, my experience with PayPal is good.
I still normally use PayPal F&F but did not do it with the iffy transaction.
Unfortunately this is the world we live in, for the last post file the claim and get you money back. I only deal with higher feedback sellers and buyers now and Friends and family only when I sell. I am debating on getting out of the buying and selling because of all the criminals and scumbag people that prey of good people that still believe in doing the right thing. Good luck to the original OP and also to the others that are going through issues.
This is really unfortunate. I've not been here long but have have had great experiences from buying on Audiogon and US Audio Mart. Nothing but great folks to deal with, folks who care about their gear.
It’s becoming more common in this once trustworthy community to find scammers. I listed a pair of Lamm monoblocks for sale, and I got a few inquiries from no feedback individuals asking me to ship them out of country with PayPal fees. I replied that I would only sell to low/no feedback buyers if paid via PayPal Friends and Family. Their interest stopped then.
It is so unfortunate that we have to put up with this nonsense. IMO the scammers have progressively gotten worse. You have to vet your buyer and your seller.
I have found it is good to have two references from either the buyer or the seller. If you can't communicate with the past transactions then roll the dice! You make the decision! At this point, I lean more towards online dealers. Yes, it is a little more but it is more secure. I was a victim on the receiving end of a PP scam and lost my privileges. The buyer told the official that the unit he received from me was not working. Turned out it was his way of auditioning gear at my expense.
Not yet, waiting for the cables to arrive (his fake ones) but I am planning to see what can be done via the local authorities since it is actually falls under mail fraud. I have contacted the local authorities on how to work with border patrol on this if possible. I will get Paypal involved since they need to know and will decide after...at this moment I am not too concern about the money lost but would like to ensure it does not happen to anyone else.