Originally Posted By pfinac:
Seller had Romy ak kits for sale and had sold 2 quickly. I IM'd him an offer to purchase the remainig 4 kits at a very small discount to me and he replied by IM, " You have a deal, my man, email direct @_________." He had answered immediately and for whatever reason I could not access that Im he sent for about 1/2 hour or so. When I read my IM, I immediately emailed him for the payment details and he replied that he had sold all kits but one and was sorry but couldn't help it. There hadn't been 1 hour or so between IM & Email. I responded to him with"That's not right, we had a deal."
He replied that he was specific in his thread, NO IM's. I had not seen that and rechecked the thread and there it was, buried in the text. The rest of his explanation was the other people had emailed so they had first rights to the purchases. I then emailed again and was told by him that he was sorry and wished he had more kits so he wasn't in this predicament and again, had I emailed it would have been ok. I did email after he answered the IM sent that he says was not allowed and to which he answered immediately that we had a deal at my offer. This morning he had edited again that all IM's where not valid as emails were the appropriate communication and this was a "private sale". WTF A deal with this guy is not a deal. No worse/better than the jerks that say I'll take it and then disappear.
Based soley on what you wrote, I feels as if the seller did nothing wrong. His post was clear that IM's are not accepted and after you did IM anyways, he responded with, "you have a deal my friend, e-mail me directly
By doing this he kept to his post that e-mails are the appropriate form of communications. It was not his fault that you were not able to receive/respond to the im. In order to keep track of who purchased what and in what order, he specifically said "e-mails!"
You had mentioned that the No IM's instruction was "buried in the text." I don't think anything is "buried in the text," it is the sellers responsiblity to list the items as accurately as possible and to provide as much info on the item being sold and whatever specific instructions related to the aforementioned sales. It is the BUYER'S responsibility to read the entire text in order to avoid confusion and then to ask any questions before the "I'll Take It."
You stated the seller did apologize for your misfortune and for the confusion. He kept to his post and honored the people who e-mailed him, and used the e-mail system to determine the order of the buyers.
With that said, I don't think it is appropriate for you to call him a "Jerk." He posted specific instructions, he responded and advised you to email him, he then apologized. It is unfortunate for you and I do understand what you are saying. Emphathy is given but I don't believe the seller deserves to be called names nor do I believe he deserves a -1 for this specific incident. Again the reason being; he gave specific instructions in his post and through his IM response to you. It would not have been fair to the other buyers who read the original post entirely, followed the instructions, and e-mailed him directly.
I have had multiple transactions with Coolhand, and I can say he is one of the best guys on EE or any other website to deal with. Super fast responses to e-mails, great prices, excellent packaging of items bought, honest detailed descriptions of items being sold, tracking numbers sent as soon as the item ships. I can go on and on but you get the idea.
I have some excellent romy kits here from bocefus. All dated 1986. I paid $99.00 for each with a flat fee of $10.00 for shipping. I will honor his sales for you. Whatever the deal was through him, I will honor it for Coolhand. It is unfortunate for him as well for you. I don't like it when a situation like this comes up and have the people of the "gun community" walking away with hard feelings. Whether or not he gets a -1 is up to mod I guess and the decision should be based on the specific incident without prejudice. I know that what you wrote in your post does not sum it all up but we all get the idea of what happened. I am sorry for you and for the seller. Hopefully by me honoring the sales to you will dissolve any hard feelings from either the buyer or the seller. Please IM me or E-mail me. I will get in touch with Coolhand to get the details of the "deal" and honor it.
Please note, I am not associated, related, or anything of such with Coolhand. I am merely a buyer and seller here on EE that has had multiple transaction with him along with another memeber that has posted here (gunwolf) I am sorry if I offended you at anytime here, I know it is only my opinion and I should probably keep my nose out of other people's business. I only expressed my opinion to hopefully help, and to offer to honor his "deal" with you to eliminate the hard feelings. Thank you all for reading this and pfinac please contact me for the deal. Have a good day everyone.