(Closed) Not paying for classified ad items

posted 10 years ago in Weddingbee
Post # 3
14183 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Oh man this totally sucks! Hopefully there was a really good excuse to this, but sometimes there isn’t and you just never know. I hope you get your money. I’m big on the principle of the matter, too. Do right to others or karma will come get ya.

Can we get paypal for the classifieds? If so, that might be a safe, secure way to use the classifieds forum. Maybe Mr. and Mrs. Bee can set that up. Paypal is my preferred way to buy things. 

But if i ever DO mail a check, I mail it ASAP and I require a signature to confirm receipt. It sounds extreem, but I’ve gotten bitten by "oh i never received your check" so i mail another one….and two get cashed and I’m out double my money. 

Post # 4
7052 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Did she mention she was buying the items or that somebody else was giving her money or that somebody else was directly purchasing the items via her?

Post # 5
1156 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2005 - Westside Loft, New York

aww i’m sorry to hear! 

paypal is definitely the best way to protect yourself when purchasing things online.

is she a regular contributer to the hive? 

Post # 8
5822 posts
Bee Keeper

Always use PayPal to secure transactions and NEVER send an item without first having received the payment.  You don’t need a paypal button to use PayPal, you simply send her e-mail address and invoice from your PayPal account.  Then when she pays, ship the item.  I’ve TOTALLY been burned by this kind of thing!

Post # 9
2004 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

Eek, that totally stinks that that happened! I hope you are able to get ahold of her and that you’re not getting scammed.

In the worst scenario if the items are worth enough to you, you could take her to small claims court. Knowing her name and address are probably enough to do this, although I am not sure if the fact that you live in another state will change things. Maybe even the mention of court would be enough to get the wheels turning.

Also, if you both have paypal accounts (which all you need for is a bank account) then you can paypal each other directly rather than rely on the mail system and mothers writing checks (and if it comes, make sure that check cashes too before you consider the matter resolved). Sorry this is happening to you :(.

Post # 10
1078 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

If you have her email, you can send her an invoice on PayPal (if she has an account). Once that is sent, you can set the invoice status as "unresolved." This would most likely hold her up from purchasing online for a while, at least through PayPal.

Good luck, I’m sorry to hear that someone in the hive would do that! 

Post # 11
2249 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

Be careful with paypal too..

my little bro sold his NEW phone on ebay

the buyer didn’t like it and filed a complaint, so paypal forced him to refund the money

then they shipped him an empty box, but because they had proof they shipped to him it didn’t matter that the box was empty, so they basically stole his phone. 

Paypal’s response? Tough luck.

So just be careful online!

Post # 12
521 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Amen to being careful with PayPal, too!  Someone once hacked into my account, and because they were on PayPal, they were able to steal money directly from my bank account.  It took forever to clear that up, and PayPal was soooooooo unhelpful.  I’m never going back.

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