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Old 05-31-2006, 06:52 PM   #41
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Here's a tip: If you have enough money and don't want to risk getting ripped off or unhappy, DON'T BUY A USED MARKER. Period. The person who is getting rid of it is getting rid of it because they didn't like something about it. You probably won't like that same thing that they hated. Unless the person is just getting out of the sport, there is a chance that there could be something wrong with the marker.

If you have enough money, just buy a new marker from a trusted source, so you don't have to go through the headaches I went through earlier.
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Old 06-01-2006, 11:51 AM   #42
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"The person who is getting rid of it is getting rid of it because they didn't like something about it"

-Not always true, I sell and trade paintball markers to make a profit and "move up" the paintball gun ladder if possible.

But that is good advice, unless you dont want to spend the money on a new gun.
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Old 08-16-2006, 12:55 PM   #43
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Also going to other online stores, like specialopspaintball.com or known online stores helps a lot too. I always go to sites that support teams or have an online store (not ebay).
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Old 08-16-2006, 03:42 PM   #44
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i have boughten multiple used guns and have had no problems at all. Yea sure, some people get rid of there guns because they have problems, but most people are switching guns to move up, downgrade, or just want to try something new. Not everyone selling a marker is trying to rip you off. Its not a big conspiracy...
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Old 08-29-2006, 02:19 PM   #45
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this is a great thread! good job
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Old 01-03-2007, 11:25 PM   #46
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so if i paypal'd somebody money for a gun and i never saw it and they live across the country...whats the chance of the authroties doing something about it? Will i ever see my money again?
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Old 02-27-2007, 12:44 PM   #47
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or you can skip all this and buy it at your local paintball shop or feild!!
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Old 04-03-2007, 02:53 PM   #48
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watch out for expertshot.com

already posted in another forum but was referred to put it in this thread...

"this is my first post on this forum and I hate it that it has to be a rant. But, in the interests of saving you guys (and girls) the same frustration I have been dealing with I figured I would give you a heads up on an online retailer that has had over a month and a half to send my purchases AFTER paying for them."

expertshotpaintball.com = crooks. plain and simple

here is a copy of the email(s) that I sent to them after the purchase was made.

#1
Mar 1
to whom it may concern,

just wondering what the merchant name is associated with your online
store. I was going through my wamu account trying to follow up on a
purchase i recently made and couldn't figure it out according to the
name on the transaction record.

regards,

jason

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order expertshot-XXXX from Expertshot
Mar 19
Thank you again for your order from Expertshot.com.
Please use the link provided below to check the status of your order.
Order status is updated as soon as that information becomes available.

The following items have been shipped to:

jason XXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
castro valley CA 94546 US United States
XXX-XXX-XXXX

using UPS Ground

You can always find out the current status of your order by going to
XXXXXXXXXXXXX


Name Code Qty Each Options
---------------------------------------------------------
Ariakon Sim4 Mag Kit ASMK 1 69.99
(Shipped)
ARIAKON SIM-5 SILENCER None 1 49.99
(Shipped)
Subtotal 119.98
Shipping 12.50
Tax 0.00
Total 132.48

This completes your order. Thank you for shopping with us.


#3
Mar 19
To Whom it may Concern,

I sent your company an email on March 1, 2007 regarding the purchase I
made on February 22, 2007. To date I have not been sent a reply
regarding this email, nor the two calls I placed to your office. I
did however receive an email notification today, that the product I
ordered a month ago was shipped...today.

Per your website, refunds are accepted within 15 days of the original
purchase, however I had not received any notification, nor the
product(s), within those 15 days. So I would ask that the date of
purchase be pro-rated to reflect the truancy of the processing of my
order and the date by which it will arrive. Furthermore, if this
product has not yet shipped I would like my order cancelled
immediately and a refund made to my card. I have already placed a
call with Mastercard and Washington Mutual so they are well aware of
the terms and conditions and my grievance.

If this is not done I will file a complaint with my bank which will in
turn file a complaint with Mastercard Merchant Services.

In closing, this is by far the worst online experience I have ever
had. I expect that this issue will be resolved promptly.

Sincerely,

Jason

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Mar 19
Jason,
I apologize, the calls or emails never got to my level. I actually do
believe this has already shipped prior to this email. I will get you
a tracking number asap.

Once again I apologize and will compensate you for your loss.

Skylar Limkemann
Sales Manager
Expertshot.com
319-572-0238


#4
Mar 20
Skylar,

Thanks so much for the reply. I usually have a pretty high threshold
for issues like this and would prefer to have a more favorable
relationship with stores, such as yours, that provide great products
at great prices. But in trying to get a hold of you I spoke with
Mastercard and they had no merchant contact information for your
account. Washington Mutual stated that the charge went through
"expert carwash" so perhaps you can empathize with the frustration I
was having after being charged for an item but not receiving the
product in a timely manner.

If the item has already shipped then I will take it down to the post
office to have it returned. Or, if you can call UPS, give them the
tracking number and have them cancel the order mid-route the product
will make it back to your business without any further delay.

As far as compensation goes, I have already referred a couple of
friends, from the field as well as in the forums, to your site because
of the great prices you offer. However, I have already received both
a mag kit and suppressor directly from Ariakon within the last two
weeks. But getting back to my own endorsement of your site, I do not
want them to have the same experience. Nor do I want to negatively
impact traffic to your online store. As I stated earlier, your prices
are very competitive and I am always willing to support businesses
that reward those of us that seek out great deals. I am an avid
milsim and woodsball player out here in the SF Bay Area, a 4th year at
UC Berkeley, so I play with a lot of people that don't quite
represent the stereotypical player.

In closing, despite this first issue, your prices are still lower than
a lot of other outlets and I wanted to know how fast you could ship
two tiberius arms tac-8 mags.

Thanks again for your email.

Sincerely,

Jason


#5
Mar 26
Skylar,

It has been a week since your last email without any follow up to my
reply or a tracking number for the order. In your last email you made
mention of compensation for my inconvenience. At a minimum, that
compensation should have come in the form of prioritizing my order and
taking ownership of this problem. None of this has happened.

My phone number is xxx-xxx-xxxx; I expect a call no later than end of
business Tuesday. If I do not hear from you AND receive a faxed copy
of my refund by 5pm (PST) Tuesday, March 27, 2007 I will initiate a
fraud investigation with my bank as well as Mastercard.

I will give you my fax number as soon as I hear from you. I will be
unavailable between 11am PST and 2pm PST.

-
Jason
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Old 04-03-2007, 02:59 PM   #49
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1/2 the truth...

Quote:
Originally Posted by A Vicious Hobo View Post
Here's a tip: If you have enough money and don't want to risk getting ripped off or unhappy, DON'T BUY A USED MARKER. Period. The person who is getting rid of it is getting rid of it because they didn't like something about it. You probably won't like that same thing that they hated. Unless the person is just getting out of the sport, there is a chance that there could be something wrong with the marker.

If you have enough money, just buy a new marker from a trusted source, so you don't have to go through the headaches I went through earlier.
i would agree with this for the most part but with markers becoming more and more complicated and the sport of paintball getting more and more popular you have a lot of people that get in over their heads when maintaining their guns. what i've seen happen more often than not is that a noob goes and buys a gun, uses it until it malfunctions, doesn't know how to work on it and doesn't want to pay for it to be serviced so he/she gets out of the sport and sells their equipment.

this is especially true with the scenario markers since a lot of guys that are attracted to the aesthetics of the markers don't have a basic understanding of how to maintain the marker. so you'll see a bunch of them hit ebay at the end of the season or just before it starts. it's a great way to pick up an expensive (imho ariakon's rock) marker for pennies on the dollar.

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Old 04-08-2007, 01:48 PM   #50
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this is especially true with the scenario markers since a lot of guys that are attracted to the aesthetics of the markers don't have a basic understanding of how to maintain the marker. so you'll see a bunch of them hit ebay at the end of the season or just before it starts. it's a great way to pick up an expensive (imho ariakon's rock) marker for pennies on the dollar.

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Old 08-03-2007, 07:16 PM   #51
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Ok so i think i got scammed but i dont wanna go and make people look bad if i didnt. I ordered an item off of ebay for 102 dollars via cashiers check. I sent the payment on the 10th and he said he received it on the 16th of July. The last i heard from the seller was on the 19 of July. I have sent constant messages about me not receiving the item, but no info. I was supposed to get a tracking number on the 19th but nothing. I also filed a dispute with ebay but still nothing. I am also still unsure if i should contact my police department or the one in the sellers town.
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Old 09-18-2007, 11:48 AM   #52
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great thread. lots of good info here on how to protect yourself when buying online. thanks
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Old 01-23-2008, 06:46 PM   #53
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never shop ebay, that's some of the best advice you can give

actually, a while ago I placed a $1300 order with anythingxtreme.com, and had to have it resolved. paypal only got me a 60% refund, while anythingxtreme called the rest a restocking fee. I just included the word fraud in my next email and I got the rest of my cash the next day.
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Old 01-24-2008, 03:56 PM   #54
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never shop ebay, that's some of the best advice you can give

actually, a while ago I placed a $1300 order with anythingxtreme.com, and had to have it resolved. paypal only got me a 60% refund, while anythingxtreme called the rest a restocking fee. I just included the word fraud in my next email and I got the rest of my cash the next day.
really because i use ebay all the time

its safe to use if your smart

i would suggest it to anyone
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Old 02-03-2008, 06:47 PM   #55
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really because i use ebay all the time

its safe to use if your smart

i would suggest it to anyone
Cha, its all I really use..
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Old 02-23-2010, 02:23 AM   #56
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Just go to the police. There is nothing else you should do here.
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