(Topic ID: 222407)

Non-Local Trades/Purchases Horror Stories


By Tuxedomask23

1 year ago



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  • 6 Pinsiders participating
  • Latest reply 1 year ago by dsuperbee
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    #1 1 year ago

    I feel like many of us have a story to share or advice to give when buying a pin non-locally and relying on just pictures/videos. What are some of the things you guys ask for before making a purchase on a pin you cannot physically see and inspect yourselves?

    I was unfortunately burned by a fellow pinside member when I traded for his machine. I was very honest and he received a minty game and I expected the same thing... which was far from it. He sent very deceiving pictures, also said it was "collectors quality" when in fact the game was far from what was advertised. After I received the game which was not anything like he described I noticed things he left out or hid. Now this pinside member is not even rectifying the situation. For example he said he'd ask his "tech" who does not seem to know the problem (this is the same tech that supposedly worked on the game) and he also said he would sent me replacement plastics as he superglued some which snapped instantly... it has been over a month now with no solutions or plastics. The response I got was "I will send them when I find time..."

    Any advice on how to not get fleeced the next time I do an out of town trade/purchase? Or was I just simply unlucky and ran into a dishonest pinside member?

    #2 1 year ago

    You can ask if someone in the area could inspect it on your behalf.

    Remote deals/trades always have a chance of going wrong or not living up to expectations, unfortunately.

    #3 1 year ago

    You should put the pinsider who burnt you on front street so others do not make the same mistake in dealing with them.

    #4 1 year ago
    Quoted from ForceFlow:

    You can ask if someone in the area could inspect it on your behalf.
    Remote deals/trades always have a chance of going wrong or not living up to expectations, unfortunately.

    Yes, you are right! I unfortunately did not have a buddy in the area to inspect it but in hindsight I could have found another pinside to vouch for his machine.

    #5 1 year ago
    Quoted from RWH:

    You should put the pinsider who burnt you on front street so others do not make the same mistake in dealing with them.

    That is my plan. I am thinking if he does not rectify the situation within the next couple of weeks I will definitely write up a review on him so others do not fall into the same trap.

    There's so much more to the story(ie. him saying he's shipped many games but then didn't pack mine safely and correctly etc.)but I didn't want to bore you all with a novel.

    #6 1 year ago

    We once sent a BOP to California. During shipping, someone stuck a forklift through it. It still played ok, but the cabinet was a loss.

    #7 1 year ago

    Can’t say I’ve been burned, however only got one pin non local shipped to me. Was not about the pictures more about trusting the fellow. Maybe just got lucky but got a RR Woz shipped to my the seller even packed it back in original box he took care of all shippabd insurance of the pin. Was only 2-3 months old game. I was more worried about sending the wire transfer as it was sent not able to be reversed so it cleared the bank in 1-2 days.

    I got a good feeling from sellers PM, feedback on Pinside as well as eBay and Facebook history. Got his business contact information and spoke at length with seller.

    It’s important imo to give feedback on Pinside. I just found out about this so I don’t have too many feedback but whenever I sell or buy now I ask the Pinsider yo give an honest feedback which I hope is always positive. I try to under promise and over deliver.

    #8 1 year ago

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