Problems with a purchase.

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by JR&Son, May 4, 2007.

  1. JR&Son

    JR&Son Member

    OK all
    Im told a made mistake.
    No real way to prove it till a whole lot of bad feelings mount


    Here is what I did (Ill include PMs where I can)
    Mailed a personal check for a box of assorted shells ($25.00)
    Asked about a local Bank of America to make sure it was close by
    Since the person I purchased the items from was a little green,
    I encouraged him to cash the check before they sent the items
    STANDARD operating procedure!

    Paid over the asking price to cover a portion of the shipping
    Mailed the check and thought nothing more about it.
    Was assured the the items would go out on a certain day
    Shipped late
    Not a real big issue though...............

    Here is the PM I got today:
    "Mr. (JR&SON) of (XXX) horne drive, Roxboro, NC.

    I believe you neglected to do the following:

    A) Dated a check FIVE MONTHS AHEAD of send date.

    B) You forgot to sign the check.

    You have 24 hours to rectify this. I won't accept any check, only POSTAL MONEY ORDER.

    Mail $30.00 to my address IMMEDIATELY."
    (everything in the parenthsis I changed to protect the innocent)

    Im operating under the assumption that I screwed up,
    As I have no quick way to prove otherwise
    Not to make light of it, but I know for a fact that 25 years ago
    I forgot to sign another check,
    Written to my next door neighbor for running my paper route!

    Here is how Im going to fix the situation
    I put a stop payment on the "wrong" check (cost $30.00)
    Friday morning 9am Ill be at the Bank of America
    Ill pick up a BofA Money Order for $25.00 (cost $5.00)
    I will then ship it Via the US Post Office Express (cost $5.00?)

    The seller should have the Money Order Saturday

    So my $25.00 purchase is costing me $65.00 total
    Im looking on the bright side though, it is a $40.00 lesson learned

    And the $5.00 extortion, Im not paying it

    Anyone else see a problem with this plan?
    Anyone think of a quicker way to fix it?

    A slightly embarrassed
  2. JR&Son

    JR&Son Member

    PM me your mailing address
    When the forum made the switch
    I lost most of my PMs

  3. rogerw

    rogerw Active Member

    wow dont sound to good
  4. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    If I understand this correctly they haven't shipped anything yet, right? In that case I don't understand the 24 hour deadline to recify the problems with your first check...if indeed you did make those mistakes. Why couldn't the seller simply mail back your check for you to verify that those errors had been made so you could fix them?
  5. Jim Krause

    Jim Krause Active Member

    Do you have the copy of your check in your check book? that should show whether you dated and signed the check. If the check was not dated and signed, just ask that it be returned and send the money order as requested. As for the extra five dollars, is that supposed to be a bad check fee or what???
  6. Gil Finn

    Gil Finn Active Member

    Why didnt you ask the guy to simply return the check to you and then replace it with a USPO money order. I only use those when dealing on line as then fraud is a federal offence.

    Tell him he can wait on your money order once the check is sent back or forget the deal.
  7. JR&Son

    JR&Son Member

    He shipped the items
    So I have them
    I have no reason to not believe him about my error

    I do have the Carbon..............
    But like most carbon checks, it is tough to make it out
    The signature "looks" fairly dark, like it is recent
    The dates are all over the place, from one check written on top of the other.

    I willing to admit I screwed it up, or I would not be posting
    My Heatware is perfect.

    My solution is what I posted,
    Any thoughts on a quicker solution?

  8. CRed

    CRed Member

    Never mind,I'm a dunce sometimes.
  9. Cannonball

    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

    Just be sure you do cancel the first check.
    That way they can't turn around and cash both of them on you.
    Other than that, do as you said and write it off as a lesson learned.

    And I agree 100% about not paying the extra $5.00 either.
  10. JR&Son

    JR&Son Member

    No pun intended, but I thought I was on the right track.
    I sent them a PM re-requesting his mailing address.
    The package was shipped from a UPS Store
    His name but the UPS return address

    Im waiting for that and my "fixit" plan will go forward.

  11. CRed

    CRed Member

    Don't forget to get the check back,you don't want your check floating around with all the identity thiefs floating around.

  12. JR&Son

    JR&Son Member

    Looks like the check is coming back my way.
    I have asked for his address twice, but it appears he is taking pity on me
    He has not PMed it back to me.
    Suggested I just save the extra dollars and mail him a good check.

    Fair enough.

    And the date thing.........
    No it does not make since but it is &SON's birthday.
    No idea what I was thinking

  13. JR&Son

    JR&Son Member

    I think this escapade is winding down
    Per his request I mailed a US Postal money order to him.

    I live in a small town with a couple of dozen stop lights.
    You would think the post office would be open for part of the day on Saturday
    AATT wrong answer.
    I drove down to a 1 stop light town, about 10 miles South,
    To pick up and mail the MO.
    Small price to pay for my mistake

    &SON was not really happy since the Post Office is 1 mile beyond his school.
    He just knew I was taking him to school AND WAS NOT HAPPY!

    I had it made out for $25.39
    $25.00 is my fault
    .39 cents for his postage back to me (the screwy check)


  14. Gil Finn

    Gil Finn Active Member

    Lets us know when your original chek is returned. I for one am hooked on your saga here.

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