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Wed Apr 12 2017 21:15:28

Reseller Lands in Trouble over Craigslist Transaction

By: Ina Steiner
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Be careful where and how you source your inventory - one reseller got in trouble over some items he purchased on Craigslist and then tried to sell.

The reseller shared his tale of woe in a YouTube video. He bought 7 pairs of high-end headsets, sold one to a friend and sold 5 on eBay.

He goes into detail about being the subject of a police sting after he tried to sell the last headset on Craigslist. When he met with the buyer at the food court of the local mall and agreed to do the deal, the buyer pulled out a police badge and 5 other police officers rushed the table. 

Now you might think this would be painful to watch, but he told the story well. 

You'll have to watch the video to see what happened - and then read the comments to see what others thought about the situation.

It isn't clear what happened to the five headsets that he sold on eBay, it would be interesting to know.

The bottom line: beware of the deal that looks too good to be true. You could end up in trouble with the police.



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This user has validated their user name. by: iheartjacksparrow
       
Wed Apr 12 23:52:05 2017
Anyone who meets up with someone in a food court to get an unreasonably good deal on electronics is just asking to be arrested. Remember the adage about deals being too good to be true?

Pretty much every day on the local Los Angeles news is a report about a robbery where thousands of dollars in merchandise was stolen. And I assume it's the same in most major cities. I'd be overly cautious about buying any electronic or jewelry item on Craigslist that didn't come with some sort of invoice or bill of sale.
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by: DeathFromAbove This user has validated their user name.
       
Thu Apr 13 01:12:54 2017
New beats headphones, offered at 30% of retail?  Anyone born later than yesterday knows they are going to be stolen.

Although in reality they are probably actually WORTH about 1/10 of what people seem to be willing to pay for nothing but a status symbol brand name.
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by: comet This user has validated their user name.
       
Thu Apr 13 01:51:53 2017
Ebay  has  tried to forbid  sellers  from  selling  such  highly "endangered"  species as--an "Ivory"  colored sweater.  And  demanding  the name of  the weaver of a 200 year  old  Native basket  vs  just having a tribal attribute.  Can you still have your listing pulled for  using the words "Cash"  as in--Jonny?  Or  Amazon--as  in--National Geographic's AMAZON RIVER BOOK? Tiffany--anything?  

Some of the things  these  places  try to police  are a bit--over the top.  

Stolen  merch?  Wouldn't  the police  have to prove  that you  either stole it yourself OR knowingly received stolen goods?  
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by: Moonwishes This user has validated their user name.
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Thu Apr 13 03:37:48 2017
@Sorry  Deathfromabove- I haven't got a clue why they might be worth anything. All I know about headphones is whenever I have had to use them, I hate them!

But 6 policeman to take down one guy selling headphones? I don't even think we have that many cops on the force in my town. That just seems like a big waste of manpower and force for this, so did we not get the whole story or does some city have its crime down so well that 6 cops were sitting around twiddling their fingers.

Not saying you shouldn't be selling legitimate items, but still 6 cops? Crazy!
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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford
       
Thu Apr 13 07:09:19 2017
And meanwhile the Chinese sell whatever the hell that want to on eBay. Sellers constantly report the fakes and nothing is done. $25 Tom Ford sunglasses?  Fake.  

eBay have even provided the Chinese information on top selling eBay items for Chinese manufacture.  I believe that story was on ecommercebytes (auctionbytes) a few years ago. Pan Am bags, war metals, etc.  
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by: spooky This user has validated their user name.
       
Thu Apr 13 10:23:38 2017
he should have been arrested. any fool would have had a 99% certainly these were hot. have zero sympathy and he got off too easy
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by: FeelingFroggy This user has validated their user name.
       
Thu Apr 13 11:53:59 2017
Nice video, scripted well BUT ONE JUST KNOWS THAT THERE IS A WHOLE LOT MORE GOING ON BESIDES WHAT IS BEING TOLD IN THE STORY.

Why does anyone care about someone who thinks he got a deal and got in trouble instead. HOW FUNNY
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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.
       
Thu Apr 13 12:32:47 2017
%30 off retail (MSRP) on Beats is not a bargain - especially when Target/Walmart and Bestbuy do better then that each and every day.

Dealer cost is %50 off MSRP and Beats (like Coke/Pepsi) is a known loss leader.

Is there more to this then what we can see here?
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This user has validated their user name. by: BuildingMyOwnSite
       
Thu Apr 13 13:52:30 2017
There is no longer, any realistic formula for % x Msrp = Retail.  I worked at Jcp & Wards back in the 60's.  We had a white sale 1x per year.  15% off meant something.  12-15% profit was a fine performance.  People had decent jobs for 20-40 years.  Even better if they worked in Mfg, instead of Retail.

Now, NO ONE I know <40 years old will buy consumer goods (non grocery, gas, drugs etc) unless it's 50-80% off!

They believe the local overstock strip mall actually sells name brand purses, shoes, shirts, that didn't sell in retail stores.

They don't know about 3rd shift knock-offs, and ridicule anything that I try to say otherwise, regarding 70-90% off all the time.  They're the easiest pickins I've seen since Arnold Schwarzeneger and Jesse Ventura got elected.

Oops, I may have to amend that last sentence...............

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This user has validated their user name. by: The End
       
Thu Apr 13 14:02:46 2017
Oh YA ? ! ?
Where are the cops to get my $95 back from hanginintheburg ? (ebay handle)
There's NEVER a cop around when you NEED ONE. Researched ways to get it back via law enforcement online, no dice.
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This user has validated their user name. by: The End
       
Thu Apr 13 14:03:20 2017
AND I HAVE THE PROOF.
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This user has validated their user name. by: iheartjacksparrow
       
Thu Apr 13 14:11:44 2017
@Rexford - Yes, it was our good buddy Devin Wenig who was advising the Chinese about which "new vintage" items they should be manufacturing. It's hard to imagine that eBay wants to sell only authentic items when their current CEO is actively soliciting fakes.
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This user has validated their user name. by: BuildingMyOwnSite
       
Thu Apr 13 14:58:13 2017
Regarding how you sell merchandise, this is an interesting story that happened to me recently.  One day, prior to our country's new found affection for our neighbors to the south, this Email came to me from Paypal:  (No s***)

Incidentally, items in ''((( )))'' are added/changed, by me.

Dear (((Me))),

As part of our security measures, we regularly screen activity in the PayPal system.

During a recent screening, PayPal's Compliance Department reviewed your account and identified activity that may be in violation of United States regulations administered by the Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control, OFAC.

PayPal is committed to complying with and meeting its Global regulatory obligations. One obligation is to ensure that our customers, merchants, and partners are also in compliance with applicable laws and regulations, including those set forth by OFAC, in their use of PayPal.

It has come to our attention that you're advertising PayPal as a method of payment for the sale of items that may be of Cuban origin. To ensure that activity and  transactions comply with current regulations, PayPal is requesting that you provide the following via email to compliancetransactions@paypal.com:

    1. Details/documentation regarding item origin for: (((The item name was here)))

(((Well, it was just a small little vintage item that MAY have LOOKED like it was made down there, because in the item description, and ON THE ITEM, there were A FEW words in Spanish, that said something like ''Hecho in _ _ _ _''  I don't like to use that word in anything the NSA is reading anymore......   Also, I, not being able to read Spanish, had NO IDEA what it meant, even that last word, that was vaguely similar to a Gulf of Mexico Island.)))

If we don't hear from you by (((Date))), we will limit what you can do with your account until the issue is resolved.  

Sincerely,  PayPal Compliance Department  (((End of 1st Paypal Letter)))

There were several more letters back & forth, that I won't bore you further with the details of......   Well, now why don't YOU just try to figger out what you're going to tell Paypal & maybe the US Gov about this, and the circumstances surrounding it.  How did you acquire it?  Who/Whom from?  For exactly how much?  Where did this take place?  Do you have any more items like this?  

I'd love to tell you, but it goes on for a long, long time, and involves very difficult to explain things, regarding my long life, free from unlawful violations, until I began foolishly  risking our entire national security, defense, and welfare, when I nearly traded in contraband goods, made back during the depression, and marked ''Hecho in _ _ _ _''.  I too have had Ebay auctions ended by selling I*v*o*r*y colored linen auctions.

Just remember, you can't buy, sell, trade, ship, advertise, or attempt to involve others, in any sort of dealings with an embargoed country.  After you have apparently done so, you don't just get to take it back, and say you're sorry. (I am so, so, sorry).

Also, FYI the island is still embargoed, and apparently, that includes selling items, here in the US, that are made down there.  Of course, it seems that being made down there is one thing,  ........  But even putting the word ''_ _ _ _'' in a listing, or an email is likely to bring attention to you.  Oh well, one more crappy algorithm by one more crappy coder.  Can't wait for self driving cars......

And then, nobody said they were sorry yet.  For what was it anyway ????????

But I sure am sorry.
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This user has validated their user name. by: BuildingMyOwnSite
       
Thu Apr 13 15:06:00 2017
Regarding my next to last sentence:

''nobody said they were sorry yet.  For what was it anyway ????????''

I meant the embargo, which may not have been clear.  Particularly to many folks less than 55 years old, which is how old the embargo is.

Hence, my comment:

''nobody said they were sorry yet.  For what was it anyway ????????''
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by: FeelingFroggy This user has validated their user name.
       
Fri Apr 14 07:33:33 2017
I would think there shouldn't be a problem. TELL THE TRUTH.


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