Dec 042013

This time courtesy of Joseph Foo out of Brampton Ontario.

This jerk buys a phone off me on eBay, a phone that I listed as “For Parts or Not Working”.  Fine and dandy, no problem.  Figure the transaction would go on like the several other transactions I’ve had on eBay selling used phones.  The previous buyers knew what they were buying and understood what “For Parts or Not Working” meant.

I’ll take a little a bit of time here to explain why I list my phones for parts only on eBay.  It all goes back to the Jiefu Zhang incident of last year.  I used to refurbish the phones I get before selling it but this guy ruined it for everyone.  Claimed the phone wasn’t working properly and demanded a refund.  I gave him a refund but never got the phone back.  Asshole got a free phone.

After that, I started selling my phones for parts only so buyers don’t expect to get a functioning phone.  I was also tired of refurbishing them as well, it doesn’t add anymore to the profit.  I could sell a phone for parts and get $50 or refurbish the phone and it’ll sell for $100 but $50 went to housing and accessories.  Profit is the same.

So back to this Joseph Foo character, he buys one of my phones that was sold for parts only.  Receives it a few days later and claims it won’t turn on… claims he took it to a cell phone shop and says the charging port is hooped.  Then proceeds to ask me for money to fix it.  Ummmm….  Hello Joseph….  you do know you purchased a parts phone right?  You’re supposed to salvage parts from it to fix another phone.  I don’t understand why you think you bought a working phone when it was clearly listed in the for parts category AND mentioned several times in the auction.

Long story short, I asked him to file a dispute with eBay.  He did, I gave my peace, didn’t hear back from Paypal for a few days and just refunded him some money to get it fixed.  I got tired of waiting for a response from Paypal.  Instead, I’ve decided to put up this blog post and I’ll be leaving it up until one of three things happens.  Joseph gives me my money back, Paypal gives my money back or I make it back from these ads.  In the meantime, if you’re an eBay seller and are reading this… put Joseph on your  blocked bidders list, his ID is anna113tv

Edit:  PP claim id – PP-002-795-228-949, Transaction #4H2853719U3161945,


Oct 242012

Anyone else hate selling on eBay?  So here’s the story..  I sell refurbished blackberries on eBay, I take old blackberries swap out the housings, make sure everything is working and I list them on eBay.  I cringe every time someone with no feedback wins an auction because more often than not, I’m going to get screwed in some way or another.  Lately I’ve been getting scammers wanting me to ship to Doral Forida so I explicitly said that I won’t ship there.

Then there’s this guy, Jiefu Zhang…  No feedback at all so that kinda set off a red flag right there and I should’ve voided the auction right off the bat.  Jiefu then pays with a PayPal eCheck which took another week to clear.  So after the money cleared, I sent the item and he receives it.  He says the speaker is dead which is fine, sometimes items get damaged in shipping.  It’s been raining heavily here in Vancouver, the package could’ve gotten wet.  Since I don’t have any inventory,  I offered a refund… no problem.

I dunno why he would’ve sent me a response putting the blame on me but he did.  All refurbs I send out are tested twice.  Once when I refurb it and once before I package it.  Of course, he doesn’t know this and probably thinks I purposely sent him a broken phone.  Yes… someone with over 140 positive feedbacks purposely sent you a broken phone.  Why can’t people be courteous and not assume everyone’s out to get you?  Maybe I’m reading too much into this, you guys can read the conversation below and decide for yourself.


On a side note…  how many people are willing to bet the IMEI of the phone he’s sending back isn’t going to match the IMEI I sent out to him?



Dear techargus,

yea, i can do that. I expect full reimbursement for everything including the full price of the blackberry + shipping as well as the shipping cost of returning the item. I refuse to pay a penny for your mistake.

– smurfaccount

From: techargus
To: smurfaccount
Subject: Re: Item I received is not as described: smurfaccount sent a message about Unlocked BlackBerry Bold 9780 – White from Telus #150915747048
Sent Date: 24-Oct-12 01:40:26 EDT

Dear smurfaccount,

I normally offer an exchange but I have no more inventory of equivalent phones so you can just send it back for a refund.

– techargus

From: smurfaccount
To: techargus
Subject: Item I received is not as described: smurfaccount sent a message about Unlocked BlackBerry Bold 9780 – White from Telus #150915747048
Sent Date: 23-Oct-12 22:57:48 EDT

Dear techargus,


Im the buyer of your “refurbished” blackberry. As i tried working through the phone, i received a phone call. There was no ring tone, which i thought was weird. Then i couldn’t heard the voice on the other end of the call. I then tried the mp3 player, and the video that was in pre-downloaded in the phone. Bottom line is, the speakers does not work. i cannot make any phone calls. please email me back with my options.

-Jiefu Zhang