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(Regretsy)   Buyer disputes eBay purchase with Paypal. Paypal tells buyer to destroy item. Item is -- sorry, "was" -- an antique violin worth $2500   ( divider line
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15822 clicks; posted to Main » on 04 Jan 2012 at 8:22 AM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-01-04 08:58:16 AM  
12 votes:
Several years ago I adopted a baby from an orphanage through one of those online discount baby sites. Since I was excited to meet my new child, I decided to pay via Paypal rather than wait for a money order to arrive by mail.

Two days later, a knock on my door and UPS handed me a box with several air holes poked in the side. I excitedly rushed back inside and tore into the box. Just imagine my disappointment when I found out the baby was a counterfeit Caucasian baby! It was a brown kid dipped in baby powder!

So I contacted Paypal to tell them I'd been conned by a fake product and asked if I should mail the baby back to the orphanage. They told me it was their policy to destroy the item in question, and if I wanted to get my money back, I would have to provide proof that I'd done so.

So I fired up my barbeque and tossed the little brown bastard on. I had to use the fork a few times to turn him over and make sure he got thoroughly cremated.

Anyway, I eventually got my money back, and now Quinn sits atop my piano.
2012-01-04 08:30:14 AM  
6 votes:
The person who received the violin and disputed the authenticity could have just put the violin back up for sale. The original seller could have bought it back.

I bought the mechanical heart of Dick Cheney off ebay. Then I saw the Dark One still moping around, complaining that there was only one profitable war going on. So I disputed the claim with PayPal. They told me to destroy it. Now, how am I going to get to Mount Doom? There's only two flights daily and neither has a business class. And I always get stuck next to a pregnant hobbit who complains about everything.
2012-01-04 08:27:42 AM  
3 votes:
I sold a Shroud of Jesus on Ebay and they burned it. Not because it was a fake, because they hate Jesus.
2012-01-04 08:44:29 AM  
2 votes:
This would never happen is there was extensive government oversight for all commercial transactions.
2012-01-04 08:38:54 AM  
2 votes:
That'll buff right out.
2012-01-04 11:40:21 PM  
1 vote:

attention span of a retarded fruit fly: Quit trying to force a meme its not going to work....

I used to try forcing memes, then I took a Milhouse to the knee
2012-01-04 09:58:25 PM  
1 vote:
Sue Paypal for treble damages.

2012-01-04 02:41:11 PM  
1 vote:

Tendancy to over-dew it: At some point, Paypal is going to be prosecuted for destroying cultural artifacts.

I do believe the Taliban destroyed the Buddhas in Afghanistan because PayPal told them so.
2012-01-04 09:34:12 AM  
1 vote:

RandomExcess: This would never happen is there was extensive government oversight for all commercial transactions.

Prevention of theft and fraud are absolutely necessary functions of Government. A Government that fails to enforce the law, or fails to prevent theft is no government at all. To say otherwise only illustrates ones desires and intentions to commit theft and fraud without prosecution. Are you saying that you are a thief?
2012-01-04 08:39:03 AM  
1 vote:

DerAppie: Not really, the seller obviously didn't treasure it as it was sold (unless it was a last effort to pay bills or something like that), and beyond that it was just an old violin that got smashed. Buy a new one and be done with it.

Suppose you had an old Honda Civic worth $2,500 and you sold it to a guy so you could buy a new car. Then, he disputes that the car's odometer is accurate with the bank. The bank says "oh, ok, well we'll give you your money back (taken from YOUR ACCOUNT), but it's not fair to let you keep the car too, so burn it."

And then somebody tells you to "Buy a new one and be done with it." Would you feel like all was well again?
2012-01-04 08:32:37 AM  
1 vote:
I don't is this being taken to court or is the seller just writing it off? That makes absolutely no sense.

I would totally sue both the buyer and Paypal, as he didn't get his money AND since the transaction wasn't completed, HIS property was destroyed....if by Paypal instruction, then Paypal needs to be sued.
2012-01-04 08:29:02 AM  
1 vote:
Paypal's policy is to always in these cases, 100% of the time, assume the disputed item is counterfeit. It's a legal CYA on their part.

If course it's an insane response, but they're a corporation; they don't operate on reason and logic.
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