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Old 07-07-2008, 06:57 PM   #1
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So the other day, I spent $240 odd dollers on a Tilt on ebay... Well today I get in the mail, a box full of bubble wrap and paper.... No tilt... I email the seller, and am now awaiting a response... My mom signed for the package while I was gone, and there was a sticker on it: "Recieved in Damaged condition."
It is insured through USPS though. So one of 3 things happened:
1. an oversight, as the guy had an ebay business where he bought large amounts of electronics and sold them serperatly on ebay, with a feedback score of 2000+ and he had no negative feedback in the past 12 months.

2. He ripped me off, and is attempting to steal $240 from me.

3. My phone was stolen out of the box by the USPS man, and they stuck a recieved in damaged condition sticker on it, and tricked my mom into signing for it...
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Old 07-07-2008, 07:03 PM   #2
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If it was insured with UPS by the shipper, then you will get you money back if it is not retrieved. File a claim with UPS first, then try contacting the shipper.
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Old 07-07-2008, 07:23 PM   #3
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Default Re: I may have Been Ripped on Ebay...

USPS not UPS. I already tried contacting him. I will wait til tommorrow. Maybe he insured it for $240, but forgot to put it in the box... So, I can go to USPS get my $240, and then... have him ship me the phone. Haha, I'm not that kind of person though...

How hard is it to get a claim through USPS? If I go to the USPS store in Harvard tommorrow, will I get my money then?
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Oh sorry , guess I misread that. I don't know how USPS works. But try what I said anyway. With FedEx and UPS, if you insure it, you will get you money back guaranteed for the insured amount.

EDIT: Usually, when a package is already labeled as damaged (FedEX for example), a damage claim is started and you will get a phone call from your local FedEx. Anyway, just call up the USPS or go by and ask them what you need to do.
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This is why I only use craigslist to buy used/discount stuff, or I just buy new from a place I know I can trust. You can't really get ripped off if you meet the person face to face to make the sale, unless you meet them in a secluded place and they rob you or something...
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Old 07-07-2008, 09:27 PM   #6
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Well, I just talked to the guy, he says he sure did insure the phone, and it was in the box when it left his house. So, maybe option 3 above happened... He offered me a refund, and he would get his money back via USPS insurance.
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You're lucky he's legit. My dad ordered a graphics card for a friend in Brasil, he paid $800. Then it was faulty and the guy didn't return it in time (before the other arrived) so my dad was charged another $800. Luckily, the guy wasn't a dick and paid it.
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Well, I just talked to the guy, he says he sure did insure the phone, and it was in the box when it left his house. So, maybe option 3 above happened... He offered me a refund, and he would get his money back via USPS insurance.
Thats cool. Yeah, insurance refunds are always paid out to the shipper, who in turn refunds you.
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Funny little fact to add... the backside of the tape, the wax paper, was in my box...
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yea, me thinks that usps stole it.
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yea, me thinks that usps stole it.
Sure sounds like it. That was very good of him to offer a refund too
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Yup, he already sent it too, the only thing is, its processing, and my parents wont let me buy another Tilt on ebay until I get my money back for this one... So I need to wait 3 days or so... I wanted to get it before I left next week, but I guess thats not happening...
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yep, that insurance is nice. I remember when I shipped the 360 I sold I made sure that the shipping included the insurance just because I know stuff like this happens.
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Wow that really sucks man. Hope you get your money back without anymore issues. You should ask him if he has the IMEI number still. They might be able to trace it.
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Whats that number? He never actually used the phone, so he probably doesnt have it...
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You can find it on both the box and underneath the battery on the phone. I'm guessing he shipped it in the box though so you may be out of luck.

If he had sent in a rebate for it ask if he has a photo copy they normally give them at the store for this purpose. I don't have my box IMEI tag since it was sent in for my rebate.

If he can't find it I'm pretty sure he could contact At&t or where ever he bought it and they should be able to look what number was shipped with the phone.

If he has that they should be able to track it as soon as the phone is activated even off a different sim card.

There are programs out there that trace in case its stolen or auto brick apps that make your phone useless if someone inserts a different sim into it.

I gotta get some sleep I'm freaking tired. I'll check back tonight and see if he can come up with it. In a way it sounds like an insurance scam through the USPS.

Can you link the guys eBay site?

Hope you make some headway today.
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I can get you the link to his ebay store tonight. He get his stuff from places like overstock.com though, so I doubt he has any of that stuff...
Plus it was unlocked.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MEWN:IT&ih=013

Thats the auction, that pic in there might have that number?
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Nope he blurred it out. If you look at the middle of the phone were the battery goes in below the numbers CE0678 you'll see a thing on the side that says P/N : with a number following it.

I believe the IMEI number is located right underneath that set of numbers and its been blurred it seems. Probably to protect the identity of the seller or to stop someone from hi jacking his phone.

I'll pull my battery out later on tonight and confirm thats where it should be. I'm pretty positive that's were its at though.
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Well, he might have an unedited version on his camera or computer that he could call with...
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Its possible. I just looked and that's were its found.
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