|Sun Jan 18 2015 13:08:43|
eBay Sellers Say They Are Victims of Notorious Pastor
By: Ina Steiner
eBay sellers of vintage furniture are complaining about a company called TSC Moving, which is owned by a controversial pastor from Florida. You might remember Rev. Terry Jones from when he threatened to burn Qurans at staged protests despite pleas from the U.S. military not to do so.
It turns out Rev. Jones operates an eBay business as well as a furniture-moving company that specializes in vintage furniture.
Today, the TSC Moving website displays a message stating it is insolvent and unable to continue doing business. Website Brandenton.com said antique dealers from across the country were sharing their stories of not being able to get answers from the Rev. Terry Jones on whether they will ever get their possessions back.
Brandenton.com reported, "Jones and his brother operate TSC Moving, which ships furniture across the country. The company was started in Gainesville in 2008 but has since moved its base to Atlanta while maintaining its corporate address in Bradenton. The phone number is disconnected and contact information has been removed from TSC's website."
According to an EcommerceBytes reader, TSC Moving was slow, but customers tolerated them because they were affordable. "We all thought we were hiring a company developed to meet the unique needs of those who just need a piece or two safely transported (at a fair price)."
TSC Moving's website now displays a message saying "TS & Company LLC is insolvent and is not able to continue doing business. We regret this greatly. You can be assured your furniture is wrapped and intact." It then states items will be available for pickup in Delaware or Atlanta on certain dates. "Proper identification and paperwork will be required to receive any items."
But as our reader observed, "If people around the country had to hire them to transport things, how do they expect people to go on certain days to retrieve their possessions that were picked up but never delivered?"
The reader explained that TSC Moving had come highly recommended and they and others had included links to the company in their eBay furniture listings.
TSC Moving ran a special promotion during the holidays. "Thanks to their 20% December promotion (which they started advertising a month earlier), they certainly raised a lot of cash (since customers pay for orders when they are placed) - and based on what I have been reading about all of the arms of this operation, they probably never had any intention of continuing with operations after the December influx of cash," the reader speculated. "The messes created for both sellers and buyers could certainly involve tens of thousands of online transactions (and perhaps more) just in recent months alone."
What do you do when a supplier, vendor, or business partner leaves you in the lurch?
(See more information in Monday's EcommerceBytes Newsflash.)