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Feedback for buyers/sellers?

Post by Fruitysloth » Wed May 09, 2018 1:25 pm

Hi, I've recently joined this group, but was Jhungate96 on the tromboneforum. I've bought and sold multiple items, and was scammed once before, by my mistake. Is there any idea to create a sub-forum to provide feedback on buyers/sellers? I know that Reddit has similar threads for feedback like this, and it seems to go a long ways in preventing scams/bad reputations, etc. Just a suggestion, and I'm open to criticism/discussion of the idea!
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Re: Feedback for buyers/sellers?

Post by Matt K » Wed May 09, 2018 2:33 pm

My only concern is policing it in the event of something negative. I too have been scammed in the past and also posted about it, though the person wasn't a user of any trombone related message boards, merely Facebook. It was a rather clever and intricate plan that I had others contact me about privately as well. At any rate, I'm not opposed to the idea but I'm not sure the best way to implement it without causing problems like that or organizing it. E.g. The only thing that is immediately coming to mind is having a thread for each user and then having others comment on them. Which could work, frankly. Would still be more useful than eBay rankings, for example. But that could also be cumbersome and might complicate searching for other subjects. But it's a good suggestion. Any other thoughts from anyone?
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Re: Feedback for buyers/sellers?

Post by Neo Bri » Wed May 09, 2018 9:44 pm

I'd be pretty worried about some petty people trying to sully one's reputation for unrelated things. My general rule of thumb is "caveat emptor."

I've been scammed, too, and more than once.
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Feedback for buyers/sellers

Post by GroshovTC » Tue Aug 20, 2019 1:41 am

Ill try that when i get home from work. Im using XP. Thanks for attempting this, ffb is something that I was very disappointed in Reunion and TC.
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Re: Feedback for buyers/sellers?

Post by paulyg » Sun Sep 08, 2019 2:58 pm

There was just a flap where someone was trying to turn the thumbscrews on a longtime forum member by "loudly" posting about a shires neckpipe that arrived damaged. The thing looked like it had MAYBE $50 in damage (pipe was bent).

The buyer apparently wanted a refund, but had contacted USPS to report the seller for "insurance fraud." So where's that refund money coming from, out of pocket? The behavior of the buyer in this case was decidedly not cool...

Buyers can be unreasonable too. Several recent posts on a variety of topics have exposed that some people on the internet expect private parties and cottage industry businesses to have customer service/return policies equivalent to WWBW or Amazon. A little reality check might be in order- slow responses to emails or issues with shipping are more likely than not attributable to misunderstandings or unforeseen circumstances, as opposed to being scams.
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Re: Feedback for buyers/sellers?

Post by Mv2541 » Tue Sep 10, 2019 10:37 am

paulyg wrote:
Sun Sep 08, 2019 2:58 pm
There was just a flap where someone was trying to turn the thumbscrews on a longtime forum member by "loudly" posting about a shires neckpipe that arrived damaged. The thing looked like it had MAYBE $50 in damage (pipe was bent).

The buyer apparently wanted a refund, but had contacted USPS to report the seller for "insurance fraud." So where's that refund money coming from, out of pocket? The behavior of the buyer in this case was decidedly not cool...

Buyers can be unreasonable too. Several recent posts on a variety of topics have exposed that some people on the internet expect private parties and cottage industry businesses to have customer service/return policies equivalent to WWBW or Amazon. A little reality check might be in order- slow responses to emails or issues with shipping are more likely than not attributable to misunderstandings or unforeseen circumstances, as opposed to being scams.
I have actually learned (with help from my professor who knows the other party) why this happened, and it is one of those things you couldn't even make up if you wanted to. If anyone is interested in the story (or for some reason anyone thinks I am a scammer) you can email or message me; I do not believe in posting my side or blasting him in a public space like this. I would say all the positive encounters I have had here far outweigh one bad one.

That all said: be careful who you deal with!

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