Following a request by another user for an update of what is happening, and to allow people to be aware of what is going on with the items being sold in this part out, this is a timeline of my purchase to date. I really wish that I had enough money so I could just say who cares, it is only $650, but I don't and this whole experience has really pissed me off. This is my first go at using the classifieds here, and dealing with a respected member of the community I felt comfortable going ahead with buying something from the classified. Well, I am getting a class A run around and a bunch of ignored attempts at contacting the seller. Here is my story (Updated Aug 10th).
July 13 - Bought the SMIC from ELCapitan464, he indicates to make the payment a gift so he doesn't have to pay the fees (and also make it difficult for me to file a paypal dispute!)
July 15 - Trust the guy and transfer payment via paypal $650
July 19 - Don't hear from him, so send PM and he says he will ship on the 20th or 21st
July 25 - Send PMs but he doesn't respond, so I post to the wall of the classified where I bought the SMIC (another person also has posted asking for a refund on a boost gauge)
July 26 - Seller indicates on the wall of the classified that everyone that bought an item will be receiving a tracking number shortly (also get PM saying the same thing)
July 27 - Didn't get tracking number, send PM saying that I didn't get it
July 27 - Seller sends a PM and says he will resend the tracking number in the morning
July 28 - Still no tracking number, so I send a PM and an email saying that I didn't get the tracking number
July 28 - Seller says that it is on his work email, so he will have to wait until he gets to work in the morning and send it
July 30 - Still haven't heard from him, so send a PM that I never got anything
Aug 1 - Still haven't received the SMIC or a tracking number, so posted on the wall of the classified again asking for update
Aug 4 - Still haven't received the SMIC or tracking number and still being ignored, so posted on the wall again
Aug 5 - Still nothing, send a PM to Seller asking for a refund
Aug 5 - Finally hear back. Seller sends a PM saying the package was "already sent out" and "eric i am not trying to give you the run around, the items were sent out earlier this week, i then left out of town for a couple of days, that is why i have not seen you messages"
(this is kinda funny since this is the run around by definition; and even more funny because I have talked with someone that was thinking of buying another item from him that has been in contact with him over the last couple of days before, but it seems he can't update me, and I have already paid)
Aug 8 - Great news!!
"Eric, here is the tracking number 1Z17W26203-**************, it will be updated shortly by ups, they just contact me and found the package. -Seller"
Check the UPS site, and more good news (though a little funny with the timing, as I get the following message)
"A UPS shipping label has been created. Once the shipment arrives at our facility, the tracking status--including the scheduled delivery date--will be updated."
Aug 10 - The UPS label was created at OEMPlus shipping department, so I am guessing this is where he works. UPS still has not received the package, so it seems that he is running a scam using his work's shipping department. Time to contact his work!
So I am very, very, unhappy with this experience, as you can imagine.