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17 Feb 2009
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Ok, I have dealt with hundreds of people since I began collecting video games in the early Nineties. 99 % of them are absolutely recommended, nice individuals. But a few are not. Here is my list of bad traders. If you know some too, please post them in this thread.

If any of the bad traders is willing to settle the case, I will be happy to remove them from the list as soon as everything is ok.

JAN WIREN aka JAWA, Finland, last known email address

He was a regular at #rgvc in the late 90s and early 00s. I “sold” a lot of stuff to him then, mainly Atari 2600 and Jaguar. Promised payment a dozen times and more, but most of the stuff is still unpaid, total unpaid amount: US$ 179,–

BRETT CRICK, Australia, eBay IDs “slidders” and “junkascheapaschips” and "retrogamesunlimited", last known email address

I bought a Dick Smith Wizard lot on ebay from him end of 2003 or so, his ebay ID was “slidders”. Sent him payment via mail as he didn't have a PayPal account. He confirmed receipt of payment, he says that he shipped the parcel, but it never showed up on my side. Sent him several email, first he replied and said he would claim on his post office, but since then he never replied. I never got the parcel nor my money back. Loss for me: EUR 88,33.

In late December 2007 I bought a big Dick Smith Wizzard lot on ebay from a seller with the ID “junkascheapaschips”. I paid via PayPal, the name “Brett Crick” sounded familiar with me, but noticed too late that this was the seller that ripped me off a few years earlier. Unfortunately I had him ship the parcel via sea mail, as the air mail shipping fees were very high. Sea shipping can take up to 2 - 3 months from Australie to Europe, so I had no chance to put a claim on PayPal, it was too late. He promised several times to claim on his post office, but nothing happened. Total price including shipping was AU$ 345.52. In August 2008 he refunded me AU$ 50 to show “good will”, but since then nothing happened. Loss for me: AU$ 295.52, that is apprx. 190 Euro.

So total loss for me with this guy: almost 280 Euro!

Note: NEVER let your parcel be shipped via sea mail from Australia!!

Update: He changed his ebay user name to "retrogamesunlimited" now.

SYLVIE GRAPPIN, 39 Rue de l'Europe, Molesme, Bourgogne 21330, France, eBay ID “charmotte21″, last known email address:

I bought a rare Creativision clone console from her on ebay in May 2008. Paid 265 Euro including shipping via bank transfer, but the parcel never showed up. Absolutely no help from her side. I opened a case on ebay, but she only tried to delay things, promised several times that she would claim on the post office, but again, nothing happened. Total amount lost. In the meantime I heard from another ebay buyer who didn't receive his item from her, he contacted Interpol, let's see what happens …

FERNANDO (& ANA) ROSS, Caracas, Miranda 1080, Venezuela, eBay ID "buysellven", last known email address:

I bought more than 40 games from him, complete in boxes, mainly for Atari 400/800/XL/XE. He said he shipped the games in two parcels. One of them did not show up at all. Not sure if it got lost on the post way or if he never shipped it. The second parcel arrived after three and a half months(!!!), but in a terrible condition, because the box was too flimsy. Many of the games in this box were damaged, some of the boxes completely destroyed.

First he didn't respond to emails. Then he responded and offered refund if I send the damaged games back. I sent him a list of the damaged games and asked for an address to send them back. Since then he didn't respond to about 10 emails I wrote.

Total loss for me: more than US$ 400, making it the highest loss I ever had in 20 years of video game collecting.

I think that in the meantime Fernando Ross doesn't sell on ebay anymore. His feedback rating is private, which also tells a lot. There are other sellers from Venezuela who probably bought wholesale lots from him and sell the games on ebay now. I never bought something from them, so I cannot tell if they are trusted, but their feedback ratings are good throughout. Anyway, be careful when buying something in Venezuela!

Update 01-Oct-2012: It seems that more people got ripped off by Fernando Ross. Some other aggrieved person told us that Fernando Ross' active eBay ID is probably "miferpa01". A previous eBay ID was "sftca". Be careful.

Das taugt mir!

Aber mit wenig Ei bitte …

17 Feb 2009
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i also had a deal with BRETT CRICK and never received anything!! thanks to paypal i got back my money.

additional info to what dieter said about australian postal service: you should use "express" shipping - this includes tracking id and insurance while simple airmail doesn´t ! it is only a few $ more than airmail.

also i made bad experience with french sellers. 30% of the french sellers never sent items or if they did with enormous delay or items arrived here in totally beat up condition due to a bad packaging job.

please do not misunderstand me - i like french people, i live close to the french border and did a lot of deals with french buyers during my work in a petshop. it was close to a french garnison and the soldiers often came over and bought stuff for their aquariums - these guys were absolutely lovely and very kind!

but buying stuff on is a "keep-your-fingers-crossed-until-item-arrived-save-and-sound" thing.

immer in bewegung bleiben!

12 Mar 2009
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Funnily, I just had a few problems with French sellers when it comes to old 8-bit stuff (Atari and Vectrex shipments stay in my memory) - either badly packaged or not showing up at all. With 'newer' stuff, like PlayStation 1 games, I had no bad experience at all.

So, I don't have entries for a bad trader atm.

Rauch mehr, dass da Huastn weggageht!

13 Mar 2009
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Only had one problem with a seller on ebay, with it was a few years ago, can't even remember how much the deal was, mayby 80-100 euros. (S)He got a few more negative feedback when I left mine .

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Update. Added Fernando Ross from Venezuela.

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