I was really hoping it would not come to this. But unfortunately it has. It's gotten to the point that eBay is literally brimming with punks charging ridiculous amounts of postage, and selling damaged goods or very poorly described items. I'm tired of spending my hard-earned money only to find half the game is missing, or went through the wash a few times even! It is the sellers responsibility to describe any major faults or abnormalities with an item either with words or pictures, and its time people start taking some responsibility for their poor listings. So to do my part, following is a list of eBay user ids whom I suggest you avoid at all costs. I have dealt with them all directly. They are all guilty of one offense or another, the most common being a) overcharging more than $2 on postage (yes, any more than that is absurd), b) failing to mention damaged or missing parts of an item (and not subsequently refunding once confronted) or c) not paying for an item (as a buyer) without a good excuse.
If you have had dealings with these people and can attest to their goodness of character, perhaps I will remove them from this list. If you have someone for me to add to the list, send me a note too. If you are one of the people on this list, you are evil - change your ways now, before the Balrogs and Troglodytes come to take you away!
Without further adue, the eBay blacklist:
Mr. Sasso is a bad trader with malicious intent and should be avoided at all costs. A while back he asked to trade the museum's Amstrad version of Myth (by Magnetic Scrolls) disk for his Atari ST one plus $60 to sweeten the deal. He had recently purchased a Mindscape View to a Kill on ebay that the museum was seeking so we requested this instead of $60, to which he agreed. Mr. Sasso was unable to provide pictures of the items as his camera was 'stolen' recently. Since the 007 game in the auction had photos, we assumed the item would be identical and this was sufficient.
Initially he wanted us to send first and then he'd send his items in return. This should have been the first warning something was wrong. But anyways, we stated that for trades we must both send at the same time, which he appeared to understand. OK so his disk was mailed off. However upon inquiring a few days later, he informed us that he decided he would wait for the Myth disk to arrive before sending anything. Clearly dishonest, but fine, just don't deal with him again in the future. He mentioned something about if it had been sent tracked (at our expense of course) then he wouldn't have had to wait. So eventually we received his package (sent untracked). Unfortunately, the 007 game was missing the reference card, reg card, catalogs etc. which were clearly in the auction he won (as indicated by the photos therein). The disk label on the Myth had oily thumb stains too and was not in great condition compared to the one sent.
Mr. Sasso was contacted about the problem, and he insisted that was all he ever received when he bought the 007. That was about enough for us, so we indicated our desire to cancel the deal - send back our stuff and we would return his. Of course he refused, saying we should return it first again. Basically being at his mercy if we want the disk back again, there was really no option but to send his items back first. So into the mail went his stuff again. It was unfortunately the day before the Canada Post Strike. Now several months later, at least according to him, it has not arrived yet. Canada Post has done their part and paid out the $100 in insurance for the 'lost' package, and we offered that to Mr. Sasso in exchange for the disk back, as fair compensation for the lost items - but he 'does not want money'. He has made it clear he has no intention of returning the disk (or doing anything else about it) unless the package shows up. Of course he may have received it weeks ago already. Mr. Sasso has also refused all requests to make good on the original trade which was never fulfilled.
It is strongly recommended that you do NOT deal with this person. The preceding account sticks to the facts, use your own judgment.
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