Hi Head Fi'ers,
I am looking to get your opinion on a situation regarding a head fi'er who goes by the name Anacondastan.
I recently purchased a Macbook Air 13" from him on December 10th. Prior to the purchase of the Macbook Air, I was interested in another item he had for sale, the Macbook pro. I was haggling with him on price and he completely lost his cool and became angry.
I ended up sending him a PM about the Air about 10 days later mentioning our previous communication and that I was interested in the Macbook Air and that the price was decent so I was not going to haggle. Anyway, he was very cordial and nice about it. Prior to the purchase I did my research on him and saw that he had a 3+ for sales and also he had good feedback in his previous archived sales over the last 4 -5 years. And he was a regular contributor to Head fi with a number of comments.
I live in Japan, and he had asked that I use paypal and send it as a gift. Based upon my research I did it. (Yes this is my fault and take responsibility). Prior to the purchase he had sent me recent photos with dates, his name and head fi just to make sure. So I trusted him.
He said he would send the package either on Saturday or Monday. I told him either is okay and to make sure and send me the tracking information. I paid $940 for the Macbook Air so it makes sense to put a track on it, especially overseas to Japan. Although Japan is one of the more safer and trusting countries.
So I followed up with him on Monday, he e-mailed me back and said the package had been sent. I followed up and asked about the tracking. He said he did not send it with tracking as he did not want to "Fuss". (Right there the alarm is going off) But I gave him the benefit of the doubt so I e-mailed back and asked if he could take a photo of the paperwork for the postage. I then get an angry e-mail saying I am task mastering him and that I am a pain in the ass. I followed up again and told him that I was burned once on Head fi and am just trying to cover myself and reminded him that I just paid $940 to him. No word response after a few days, so I e-mailed back and said that I need a response. That is when he completely lost his $hit and said never to e-mail him again and that he would not respond.
So to date it has been two weeks and no sign of the Macbook air. I have e-mailed him a few times with some lighthearted kind e-mails, with a hint of threats.
There are three possible scenarios at play here:
1. He never sent the item and kept the $940 USD in which case this is considered fraud and illegal.
2. The item is slow in delivery due to the holidays and the fact that it is an overseas shipment and may be in customs awaiting clearance. However, I have not been contacted.
3. The item has been lost in shipment. (In which case, technically he is liable and should refund the money)
Does anyone have any comments, suggestions, thoughts or experiences with this guy and the situation? He has been a regular contributor to Head fi for a long time and I see he has been trying to sell a number of items over the last 6 months or so. I am still patiently waiting and still hoping the item is just jammed up in customs due to the holidays and don't want to prematurely put him in a bad light just yet as I am still giving him the benefit of the doubt. Although I do have his name, photo, e-mail addresses and other information I have been able to get from my research on here and the internet.
Perhaps I am naive, and this is my way of learning my lesson.
Anyway, I don't want to take this completely public just yet, so PM would be appreciated.
Edited by skoog5600 - 12/26/11 at 6:31pm