As most of you know I came across a ton of mannequins and with my wife's permission I bought them to sell to the TDH members for next to no profit to the wife and I. I had a lot of people offer trades and unfortunately (for me) I had to turn almost all of them down due to the fact that it would cost me at least $50 to $60 just to ship an item that we are almost breaking even on. Here is my dimema and my question to the board.
I was approached by a member here that wanted to trade a video game system for MY mannequin. By this, I say that the member requested the mannequin that is pictured on the beginning of every one of my threads. I told him that I would have to pass. Well, the mannequins sold and slowed to the point that my wife gave me permission to trade a few off to get them out of the house and as a small reward for all the hours spent boxing them up and shipping them out.
I went back to him and said that I was good for a trade even though I already had this gaming system I was sure that I could sell it for about the equalivilant of what the mannequin cost. SO I decided to hook him up with exactly what he wanted and we agreed to insure the packages for $200 and to ship them.
At this point he began wearing me out with requests for me to reshape his mannequin into a Jango pose that would require at least 10 to 20 hours of work on my part. I had to explain in MUCH detail that it would not be worth my time and effort for a simple gaming system. He finally agreed and I tore down my mannequin and shipped it to him as agreed.
Well, this is where I get a little cross-eyed. Three days later he PM's me saying that he got the manne but never shipped the game! HE LIED! He told me that he had to hold back to see if it is what he "wanted". Keep in mind folks that HE approached ME and asked for what he already saw! He proceeded to tell me that the feet were too close together for what he wanted and that he was sending it back if it was alright with me. I told him NO! I went intoi detail about how it cost me $50 to ship him something that he asked for and for him to back out is just wrong.
Guys and Gals of the TDH, if you know me then you know that if you are unhappy with any aspect of one of my mannequins then you can tell me and I will do anything and everything to make it right for you. This guy never replied back to me. He finally just told me that he shipped it and he would get me $50 when he gets around to it. Needless to say, I was furious that this guy would not even talk about it just ship and blow me off.
I got the mannequin yesterday and when I opened it I was even more mad. When I ship them I wrap every piece in large bubble wrap and tape them up. He threw the manne back into the box with the bubble wrap tossed in. with two pieces of newspaper. FOr some reason he put some fleece rag in there as well. The box got smashed coming back and the manne ruined. UPS will not replace or compensate me due to the lack of a packing job.
My friends, is this the price of doing business or just another deadbeat who doesn't care for this board or the members here in? Should I keep my mouth shut and move on or should I yell at the roof tops! Should I write it off or file a simple small claims law suit or approach the states attorney with Mail Fraud charges?
Its bad enough that there are the Ruffkins and Green Griffons out there but this guy is just as bad to me.
1) He came to me for a trade.
2) He swore to ship his item
3) HE changed his mind
4) He cost me $50 for shipping
5) He cost me $6 for packing materials and boxes
6) He ruined my mannequin (and trust)
7) He refused to discuss it
8) WHat are your thoughts?