MorpheusSleeps PMed me willing to sell some Warmachine models (I currently have a SwapShop thread looking for such models):
Date: 2012/04/04 12:15:17
-Exemplar Errants unit of 10 (PIP 32036 )
-Exemplar Errant Officer and Standard Bearer (PIP 32066)
-Covenant of Menoth (PIP 32045)
I can do the whole lot including postage for $45?
Let me know if that's good for you. Thanks.
I looked at his posting history and noticed it wasn't great. He had a thread open in the SwapShop selling some Warhammer stuff (http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/439017.page
) and it appeared that people had been PMing him and apparently buying stuff. A Mod had brought up the fact that he said he was in the USA but was posting from Thailand (I should have just stopped talking to this guy right then). I did a quick google search for "MorpheusSleeps" and didn't find the username pop up anywhere else. So I agreed to the trade but tried some haggling just to see his reaction:
Date: 2012/04/04 14:06:06
I can agree to $45 if they are unpainted/primed. If they are painted would you take $40?
Please let me know and I can send money via Paypal and give you my shipping address.
He got back to me pretty quickly and agreed on my price with a little resistance.
Date: 2012/04/04 14:38:48
They're primed black. $45 is a lower than what they are worth...
I have a tonne of stuff to sell so I suppose I'll have to agree though! I'm sure you'll be able to help me out with something one day.
Pretty natural response. I picked up on the European spelling of "tonne" but it didn't bother me too much. I responded that I would pay his original asking price, as it was already pretty damn low and I didn't want to completely lowball the guy:
Date: 2012/04/04 14:44:34
Ha ok you caught me, I love to haggle
I'll send you $45 via Paypal right now. My shipping address:
Confirmation of payment and an idea of when they would ship:
Date: 2012/04/04 15:07:09
No worries Mike... I'm not your judge brother.
Will get those posted out to you in the next 48 hours.
I told a friend about my trade and mentioned this guy also had some WHFB
stuff for sale. So I struck up another deal:
Date: 2012/04/04 17:46:24
Subject: Warhammer Fantasy
Hi again, I noticed you also were selling some WHFB Vampire Counts stuff. I have a friend who is building a VC army and is interested in
1 Box Vargheists/Crypt Horrors
1 Box Varghulf
Would you take $45 for these? If not, what would you accept?
He happily accepts:
Date: 2012/04/04 17:51:01
Subject: Re:Warhammer Fantasy
Sure, $45 is fine. Shall we say $5 for postage?
If you paypal me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I will ship it out tomorrow morning.
I ask for tracking info:
Date: 2012/04/05 11:15:51
If you could PM me with the tracking number(s) after these ship I would greatly appreciate it.
That was the last I heard from "Simon Fielding" aka MorpheusSleeps. I did notice he did not mark the items I had paid him for as "sold" in his SwapShop listing. I decided to Google his Paypal email address and, to my chagrin, found this thread: http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1529790
A poster with the name Yamabushi using the same PayPal email address trying to scam people. I immediately disputed my Paypal transactions. Upon further investigation I found that there was a problem on DakkaDakka last December with a person using the name of GreyKnightVision http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/433026.page#3969846
His Paypal address was YamabushiSimon@live.co.uk
and was showing as from Thailand.
"Simon" hasn't messaged me since I called him out and hasn't responded to the Paypal disputes. He was very insistent on Paypal. I have PMed a SwapShop mod about this as I feel I have been scammed. All in all, I learned a hard lesson about trading on Dakka and I hope this information can help other traders in the future.