I should have known everyone would be very concerned about the "deal" lol. So here's the quick and short of it. Kyle hit Jason (DreamTR) up about a week ago. Said he really wanted to move and start fresh, yada yada. Needed money to move and only had a couple of games left and was getting out anyway. Told us he's sell them cheap cheap so that we could still afford to ship them, fix what needed to be done and make a buck. So he offered up the two pins and a slot (which was actually a repo of an older mills machine - but nice). So Jason passed on it, and I said hit me up with what you are looking for. So then he PM'd me and he said, give me $3k for the 3 machines. I then haggled with him for a bit, offering 2400, then he 2650, then I at 2500. ---- Not that any of this as anything to do with the fact we were scammed, but there ya go. Yes, it was a fantastic deal, one of them supposedly had issues etc. He played it like he knew we could buy stuff and get him money quick, again we had both bought from him before, in fact the last time was a truckload of games, which he delivered to us in Nashville.
So then he sent me an email to pay the money to, which was Daniel's, I didn't know this till I paid and saw Daniel's name which I recognized from around the hobby. Asked Kyle, he said, "yeah he's taking in the money for me" or something like that. Then he talked him into sending it to him through Walmart. When I figured out Monday morning after talking with his mom that I had been scammed I got my bank and PayPal working to get my money back - which I really didn't know if that would even happen. I really believe the right lady answered the phone at PayPal on Monday. SHe's even called me twice since then to check on things.
Quoted from CrazyLevi:
Is Dan the guy carpetbombing Facebook pinball for sale groups....
So this was Daniel, but at the time he was writing this he was thinking I was in on the scam and in his eyes I had taken his money. He just didn't know what had happened and was rightfully upset. He and I are on the same page now, but I'm afraid he's not going to see his money back. Which I really do hate for him.
Hope that helps clear a couple of questions out there. Sorry I've been dealing with plating stuff all day. In the midst of the crazy happenings of Monday our modem went down and it took 3 trips to get a good one for some dumb reason. Then getting my printer on with the new setup etc, I've been behind and while trying to get a ton of orders out and a bunch coming in too.
Hope this post keeps others from getting scammed, but if nothing else it's a reminder that it can happen to anyone of us anytime. I've been doing this for years, and I buy TONS of games a year. Last time I got scammed was by RAM Controls probably 8-10 years ago (arcade parts guy/place). So I do feel fortunate it docent's happen often and it makes me all the more grateful for all the GOOD transaction I have all the time with so many good folks in the hobby.
Alright, back to playing with bubble wrap and parts. You know how those pinball guys get...