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    flexadam21 Sold me a Gameboy Micro AC Adapter but sent a DS Lite AC Adapter. Wants me to send it back at my expense to get a refund, never mind the fact that it would cost me more to do that than the item is even worth.

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    Late last year I purchased a few SFC games. One games battery was dead and starting to leak. The seller did not list it as such. Informed the seller, they offered a refund but I turned it down. It was a minor problem that was easily fixed, and just suggested they test the carts better before listing them to avoid future problems. I left them 100 percent positive feedback for every item. Fast forward to today, went to place a purchase with them and found they had blocked my account. Strange reaction all things considered, as the messages back and fourth were civil, and they got good fb from me. Anyway, just consider it a warning. They dont seem to handle issues they create in a very positive manner.

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    Default Solia Online AKA araunah1337 AKA Justin McDonald

    It's been a while since I've had to deal with a complete piece of shit scammer on eBay.
    beware of Certified Scammer Justin McDonald aka araunah aka Solia Online.

    A couple of weeks ago I was looking to purchase Crayon Shin-Chan Uchuu de Achoo!? Yuujou no Oba-Karate!! for 3DS.
    I was all set to buy it on PlayAsia but thought to check eBay real quick for a better price.

    I set the eBay search to return only Brand New examples for sale. Seeing one from a US seller, I thought to make an offer which would save me a couple bucks. The offer was accepted almost immediately so I paid right away. Few days later the game arrives wrapped in a plastic bag grocery style with lots of tape. The worst packaging I've seen in at least a decade.
    Then lo and behold, the game is open and clearly used.
    I open a return with eBay, print the label and take it to the post office the next day at lunch. That afternoon I get an email from Justin McDonald stating that I would only receive a partial refund since the game was listed as "May not have plastic wrap". Yeah my fault I didn't read the entire description. Who would have guessed a "Brand New" item is really used?! He even went so far as to put "NEW" in the listing title.

    So then his reply: "I contacted eBay last night about this return. As you quoted the description in the return, it does say "Game is brand new, unplayed. May not have plastic wrap." You may verify that by checking if there is a save file on the game. The game is Japanese and the way they do games & consoles is different then ours. With that in mind the original shipping cost will not be refunded upon return. If there is anything else I can assist you with please let me know."

    Well, we all know Japanese 3DS games from Bandai Namco all come shrinkwrapeed, and anyone can delete save files. Moreover he doesn't respond to the fact that the cart label is scratched and there is dirt under the edges, the manual has bends, and the game case is dinged and scratched.

    Now today he issues a partial refund of 26.65 of the $40.14 I originally paid. Original shipping costs were $6.83 (for a 4 ounce 1st Class USPS package which cost >$3) so where does he get that $26.65??
    He is also claiming now that he game was returned to him with scratches and damage. This Power Seller really knows how to play the game.

    I will get my money after doing an eBay claim or through my credit card protection, but what a shitty experience to have to deal with a bold faced lying scammer.

    He has scores of items still listed as Brand New - all of them opened, but he has edited most to say they came from GameStop, and since they have clear save files they are Brand New unplayed!

    As a Power Seller, the negative feedback I leave for him will be removed in short time.

    Here's everyone's warning, and my chance to vent.
    beware of Certified Scammer Justin McDonald aka araunah aka Solia Online.

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    Brand New implies factory sealed and you didnt read the fine print in which he states that it actually isnt "brand new."

    I know this happened to me before. I dont always read the fine print but usually you go with your best judgment when someone says "brand new" and take that to mean what 99% of society agrees on for that definition

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    I see he has a listing for anothet Shin Chan game which says Brand New and he says those games never came in a factory seal. Yeah I kind of doubt that. I have never heard of a video game being sold without a factory seal...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gbpxl View Post
    Brand New implies factory sealed and you didnt read the fine print in which he states that it actually isnt "brand new."

    I know this happened to me before. I dont always read the fine print but usually you go with your best judgment when someone says "brand new" and take that to mean what 99% of society agrees on for that definition
    Right, I "always" read the full description. Except this one time. Essentially it was an impulse buy fueled by the fact that I searched "Brand New", the seller had 100% feedback, he was in the US, and I made an off-the-cuff best offer which he accepted almost immediately.
    Why would I think anything other than "Brand New" when the seller has 100% feedback? There are "Like New" and "Very Good" listing settings for a reason.

    Of course this gets worse thanks to eBay. 45 minutes on the phone over my lunch break. About 10 minutes to get the case decided in my favor and be granted the full refund. Then 20 minutes on hold for the Appeals Department to get an answer why my negative feedback for the seller was removed overnight.

    My negative feedback for him was "Brand New = opened and used. Seller tries to scam the eBay return process. BEWARE!"
    eBay is telling me that my feedback violates their terms of use. The representative says that feedback with the word "eBay" and "return policy" is automatically removed by their system. Huh???
    I asked for clarification where people are notified about these restrictions, he says in the "Policy" link at the bottom of their page these restricted word details are provided. I just spent 15 minutes scanning those links and find no info on what words can't be included in feedback, besides profanity.

    gbpxl you'll notice searching just his "Brand New" videogames that almost all are opened and used items that he now puts disclaimers like "Game was sold by gamestop and opened by them. Case has no stickers but has light shelf wear. Game will have no save file, is new and unplayed.
    I also see he is selling a bunch of Switch hardware loose in "original Nintendo bags", I'd bet these are refurbished items.

    edit: I just examined the refund I received and notice that it is issued by eBay, not paypal and not "Solia Online". I've read of this before, and it seems that eBay made the refund just to settle the case, since the seller is claiming that I damaged the item. So the seller gets to keep part of my money after all? Justin / araunah1337 / Solia sure knows how to scam the system.

    edit edit: I just noticed something else fraudulent. The seller charged me $3.31 sales tax on my $30 purchase, a little more than 11%. The tax rate for Longmont CO where his shipping address is located is 8.515%, tax rate where I live is 6%. Shipping is not taxable, so don't get that confused. In either case it does not add up.
    Last edited by Koa Zo; 01-23-2019 at 07:40 PM.

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    If any of you would like to help police this fraudulent seller, we can report his "Brand New" items for "Listing Practices" violations.

    Here is the list of his Brand New videogame listings.

    Here is the link to Report an Item or Listing. You would first view some of his fraudulently listed items, then click that report link and choose an item you just viewed. (or right click, "open in new tab" to prepare multiple items) Select "Listing Practices", then "Search and Browse Manipulation", then "Incorrect Item Condition".

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    I usually buy off pricecharting.com when I can, and if what I want isnt on there, eBay is my second choice. Between their lack of action against people selling counterfeit (and in some cases actually advocating it) and their unwillingness to take sides in disputes, I find it easier to just look for alternatives. Ive reported dozens of counterfeit items and they do nothing. Reporting items being sold as brand new when theyre not probably wont do much good to be honest. The fox runs the henhouse

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    If it makes you feel any better, Krazy Ace Golf on Lynx never had shrinkwrap according to multiple sellers

    https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F302988221725

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    Quote Originally Posted by gbpxl View Post
    Reporting items being sold as brand new when theyre not probably wont do much good to be honest.
    The idea of suggesting that other people take the time to report these items is an issue of curiosity to see what it may take for eBay to actually take action.
    A couple times in the past I inadvertently listed a loose game manual under the standard videogame category, and those listings were removed within hours, along with a warning that my account would be suspended if I did it repeatedly. I now know that it was a result of someone or people reporting those listings. Tellingly, it was NES manuals, and we know how protective some of that collecting community is. I've had TurboGrafx and GameGear manuals mis-classified and they never get removed.


    Quote Originally Posted by gbpxl View Post
    If it makes you feel any better, Krazy Ace Golf on Lynx never had shrinkwrap according to multiple sellers
    Yes, there were a couple late Telegames Lynx releases that did not come shrink wrapped. I'm pretty sure they were never sold in stores and were only available directly from Telegames.
    I'm not sure what that has to do with 3DS, DS, PS4, PS3, PS2, Wii, WiiU etc releases that are factory shrink-wrapped.
    Or what that has to do with someone listing "Brand New" and shipping dirty scratched used games?
    Last edited by Koa Zo; 01-26-2019 at 03:02 PM.

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