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  1. Ebay advice required

    Yes, I noticed it suggests not returning certain items. However, if you end up without your goods or your money, then as long as you can establish with a fair degree of certainty that the item was delivered, you are entitled to claim, either against the buyer, or paypal, or both. If the item has been lost by a courier, you could of course claim from them. One issue with alleged 'fake' items is that whilst you may have sent out a genuine item, you have no way of knowing whether the one sent to be 'validated' is the one you sent, or a different one. Imagine selling a Rolex watch, sending it off, special delivery. A dishonest buyer receives it, then substitutes a Chinese fake, alleges this is the one you sent him, and when it's checked, it will look like he's telling the truth. There are many tricks that get pulled on ebay and other selling sites. I remember being told about a guy a few years ago who used to buy cheap, faulty but current model mobile phones. Then he would buy a brand new one of the same model, swap the faulty internals into it, and return it as faulty, for a refund. This resulted him him having a good working phone which he could use or sell on. The tamper proof labels mentioned in another post would be a good way of stopping people like that. You can't guard against everything, but it's worth being aware of as many of the pitfalls as possible, so you can decide what the risks are, and what to do if the worst does happen.
  2. Ebay advice required

    Oh well, at least it turned out alright in the end.
  3. Ebay advice required

    Ask them to return the item to you. Because if they've put in an ebay or a paypal claim, they will get the purchase price back anyway. And if you can physically get the item, you can look into the matter further and decide what to do next. For example, if the returned item is in fact the same thing you posted, you can sell it again, assuming it's not damaged, but if what they send you back is not what you posted, you can either report it to plod as a fraud / attempt to obtain money by deception, or make a civil claim against paypal, on the basis you now have neither your property, or the money they've returned to the buyer.
  4. Like others have said, don't let them fcuk you over. I sold some die cast model cars on ebay for a mate who didn't have an account. Anyway, about 2 weeks after it's all done and dusted, all the items had been sent out via Royal Mail Signed For. All confirmed as received at the other end (several different buyers) and I'd already given my mate the money. Then I got an email from Paypal, saying there might have been some kind of irregularity with one of the payments, and could I please forward them proof of posting and if possible, proof of delivery of one particular item. In the meantime, they'd frozen about £30 that I'd left in the paypal account. I immediately sent them what they'd asked for, and then rang them to say could they please unfreeze the money. They never did tell me exactly what the so called financial irregularity was, and when pressed, they were unable to tell me when they might restore access to my money. I messaged the buyer and he claimed not to know what was going on either. In fact, he was extremely vague and not at all helpful. I sent Paypal several messages and they stopped responding. That's when they found out it's not a good idea to ignore me when I ask nicely. I sent them a letter before action, which they also ignored, so I followed it up with county court proceedings, both against Paypal and the buyer. I messaged Paypal via their own website and politely told them I'd issued proceedings using Money Claim Online. I even advised them of the case number, but they put in a defence in which they claimed they didn't know which paypal account the claim related to. Paypal then sent me the entire user agreement, printed on paper and delivered by courier, and eventually sent me a message saying they'd unfrozen the funds, and credited the amount of the court fees to my account as well. As for the buyer, he ignored the summons and a default judgment was entered against him. I made sure the court was aware the matter had been settled so it wouldn't end up as a black mark on his credit history for 6 years. Paypal might want people to think they can't take it to court because it's based abroad, but this isn't the case. I used their London address which I found online. If you ever need to do it, the MCOL site is very easy to navigate and you pay the court fee with a debit or credit card.
  5. Waste of a day and £150 in train tickets

    People who do that are hoping the potential buyer is too thick to notice, and too polite to walk away without buying once they get there. They ideally want someone who was born yesterday. I once saw an Audi advertised in the Auto Trader. It was on a garage forecourt about 45 miles from where I was living, so I phoned up first and asked the usual questions. They said it was a nice car, in good condition, so I went to see it. I couldn't believe the state of it when I got there. It was parked under a tree in the corner with green mould on the roof and in the gutters. The inside of the windows were steamed up. The tyres were perished and under inflated, and the seat upholstery was filthy with holes worn in it. There was water in one of the headlights. I didn't even bother making an offer. It was a ridiculous waste of time and petrol. I guess they work on the principle that if enough people get conned into turning up, one of them will be daft enough to buy it. Just remembered another one. Back in the day. About 1987. Saw a Fiat 132, 2 litre twin cam also in Auto Trader. It was at a garage in Balham, South London, so I jumped on the train one saturday to go and see it. It wasn't even on the lot, but parked in a road round the corner. It looked okay from the outside, but they'd not even bothered cleaning the rubbish from inside. There were old crisp packets, beer cans, cigarette ash etc. The handbrake didn't work at all, and the foot brake went almost to the floor. Still it was an interesting way to spend a few hours.
  6. Overheating without the thermostat?

    My 525e did that. Replaced fan clutch and it was fine afterwards.
  7. Clinton or Trump?

    I have to admit wondering what the world's coming to if those two are the best America could come up with.
  8. General gripe about driving standards....

    When I was having lessons in about 1984 or whenever it was, the instructor taught me about road rage. He was an ex bus driver and every time a bus driver did something he disapproved of, he'd jump out of the car, and go and confront the bus driver. Rather a dangerous thing to do, even more so these days.
  9. PC going too far

    Greater Manchester Police have announced that they have taken the first action under the new subculture hate crime laws. A 16 year old emo boy from Ashton-under-Lyne has been arrested for hating himself.
  10. RIP Donut

    Hard to take this in. I've just logged into the forum for the first time in ages. Terrible news. R.I.P
  11. ABS(Trifecta) lights and MOT

    Technically yes. But in practice, it depends on whether the examiner notices or not. http://www.motuk.co.uk/manual_340.htm I've had cars where the light went off when it was meant to, but then came back on again after the car was driven. And by driven, I mean more than a few yards in an MOT bay.
  12. Mad money or worth every penny.

    Far too expensive. One of the wheel centre cap badges is missing.
  13. ive just won an e28 on ebay!

    What were they on about ? E28s don't normally have a rack they have a steering box and a drag link. Is that what's bent ? If it is, the tracking will probably look and feel wrong. They're easy enough to change if you can still get them.
  14. ive just won an e28 on ebay!

    Mine did that. It was the bushes on the motor spindle. They were so bad that the fan blades were rubbing on the plastic housing and wearing it away. I didn't have a spare, so I made some repair bushes out of some bits of a tin can, then slid them into position and put very small cable ties round the spindle to hold them in place. Sounds like it shouldn't work, but it was fine after that.
  15. ive just won an e28 on ebay!

    Don't see why not. The bumper is only attached by a few bolts which are relatively easy to get at. The lower front panels also unbolt quite easily on the e28 so could be straightened. I've fixed worse. If you were to take off the front bumper, and the lower front panel, then temporarily refit the bumper, you could probably straighten it. With the bonnet open, put a rubber mat on top of the middle of the bumper, then stand on it. I know it will probably look comical, but I'm sure you could improve on what it's like now. Yours looks like a decent car so I bet it's not as bad as it may first appear. The e28 is one of the best cars of that era. I'd certainly have another one. I've never fancied the 4 cylinder engine though. The bonnet was quite bad, but I can't find the photo now. It was about 7 years ago. People said it was too bad to repair, but it wasn't. _________________________ When it was finished.
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