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05-27-2009, 09:16 AM #1
Beware of forum member "chirigamii"
I recently bought a AT700 Limited off a forum member chirigamii, here is his fore sale post.
As you can see all looks good and the pictures show a 10/10 condition racquet so a deal was made and payment sent.
Now what the pictures just happen to leave out is the fact that one side of the cone i8s missing half of the paint, the original grip is gone and in it's place a worn out Apacs grip and glue all over the grip cap!!! Now to me this is not a "perfect condition, as like new" condition as stated in the his fore sale post. To say that I was VERY dissapointed is an understatement. Here is the PM I sent him letting him know what I thought.
"I recieved the racquet today and I am VERY dissapointed!!! Here is a quote from your for sale post
Hi everybody, I sell a Yonex Armortec 700 limited edition in a perfect state, like if it was new, the racket is strung at 11kg (I think it must be around 24lbs). It's a FR coded racket bought in France, I sell it 135 usd (about 100 euros).
Perfect state like if it was new????? There is a HUGE chip of paint gone from the cone!! And a like new perfect state condition would have the origanal grip still on, not a over grip on top of a worn grip. Your add and pictures were very misleading as to what a person was buying. How you failed to show the huge piece of missing paint in your photos was soooo dishonest. I bought this racquet to have as a collector piece and was likely never going to use it, I bought it from you because you said it was in perfect condition.
I'll wait for a response from you before I file a complaint with Paypal forwarding them your add and then piuctures of the racquet, I will further more be posting up on the forum a warning to others and pictures of this "perfect state, as like new" item for all to see how you do business "
In responce this is what I got back from him.
"Perfect state means the racket is in a perfect condition to play with, no scratches, the paint is perfect...In fact your only problem is the "sticker" of the grip, and the grip itself. I didn't think it could have such importance. The most important in a racket is the state of the shaft and the head. If you want a original grip you can easily buy one in a badminton shop (the armortec 700 limited grip was like the others, nothing special), it's easy to put. For the sticker, I'm sorry but if it was not a good quality but I didn't made the racket
So my intention was not to sell a fake racket or a racket with hidden defaults, I am sorry but for me the racket was as desribed in the add. Inform paypal and badminton central if it can make you happy but it won't change anything for me, I don't think I did wrong business.
I really hope you will be able to have nice play with your racket finally and not be so disapppointed."
As you can see his idea of perfect state is very different then every other human being I personally know. I would love to have the keys to his car or house for a day and return it to him in his meaning of perfect state!!
So deal at your own risk, my opinion is if one is being perfectly honest when selling something, all defects will be disclosed to the buyer, and if pics are taken they will focus on these defects, not hide them. As far as I'm concerned he is a crook, dishonest lowlife scum that give internet buying a bad name, so be carefull with this guy!
Here is a picture of the cone, sorry the quality is poor, my camera is messed up at the moment and won't focus on close pictures, but as youcan see it's paint not a sticker thats damaged. If really wanted I'll try with my Blackberry later when I get home from work. I'll give his personal info to anyone who wants it incase he changes his user name. I used my brothers paypal account to for payment so I'll have to get him to contact Paypal, but I doubt that will do any good as I've never heard anyone getting anywhere there.
Last edited by 71Dragtruck; 05-27-2009 at 09:18 AM.
05-27-2009, 10:06 AM #2
To BCDF mods
This is my suggestion.
Can we have a Sub Forums in the Buy & Sell forum to handle cases like this?
It will be more appropriate to have the "complain/warning" in Buy & Sell as the problem originally started from Buy & Sell.
05-27-2009, 10:09 AM #3
05-27-2009, 10:15 AM #4
Yes most forums have a feedback section like that and I'd like to see one here as well, I posted this here because it was the onlyone I thought it fit in.
05-27-2009, 10:41 AM #5
Get ready to sue the seller for false advertising.
05-27-2009, 10:49 AM #6
Now, I really actually read all that... But really, take a day, and read your own post again... Is it really all that bad?
You're not dealing with a company here, this is not a webshop selling you a product, it's just another person who has a racket he wants to sell.
He has restrung the racket and you can quite clearly see he has played with it a few times... What did you expect?
You can try and contact paypal, but I really don't see what they are going to do about it...What is it you want?
Do you want to keep the racket AND get a refund? Does that really sound fair? Who is going to pay for the shipping/paypal charges if you return the racket?
Again, you're not dealing with a business, but a person. If you want to go that far, talk to they guy, not to paypal and work it out.
My solution: wrap a grip over it and stop worrying about a chip
(or maybe not that high, just enough to cover the chip)
Just one more thing: DO NOT hand out his personal information to anyone who asks, it's just wrong!
Last edited by jerby; 05-27-2009 at 10:51 AM.
05-27-2009, 11:00 AM #7
from the 3rd post in this thread
it is pretty hard to see the paint chip on the cone of the racquet. in hind sight, it does look as if the original grip has been removed, or an overgrip has been put on. i must say though, if the paint chip was there, i think the seller should have mentioned it. personally it would not have affected my decision to buy it, but others may not like it.
05-27-2009, 11:22 AM #8
Yes, the seller really should have mentioned that some of the paint was gone - I agree that it's not in factory-fresh mint condition.
...is it really worth sending it back or making a big deal out of?
Think about it like this - if he'd told you about the the paint chip beforehand, would you have bought it anyway? I'd say a paint chip like that knocks maybe $5-10 off the value of the racket. If it was a good buy before, it's still a good buy now, IMO.
Clearly all that's happened is he's wrapped a grip up the cone, and then when he removed it, it took some of the paint with it - I've made the same mistake myself, and it's not going to affect the racket's playability or durability. Chips on the frame/shaft would have been a lot worse, as they might actually weaken the racket.
I suggest you do exactly as Jerby suggests, and wrap your own grip over the cone (I'd recommend anyone to do that anyway).
Maybe the seller will refund you the few $'s for a new grip, as a good-will gesture?
05-27-2009, 11:36 AM #9
The buyer is referring to this .
YY Yonex is peeled off half way.
05-27-2009, 11:50 AM #10
And not this paint chip that's between right of 6 and left of 1.
05-27-2009, 12:16 PM #11
Hey jerby read a little closer, I bought it for a collectors item, I didn't plan on using it and was looking for a 10/10 condition raquet. Also if I did plan on using it I don't like my cones overgripped (that's what the seller did to hide the pealed paint), further more it would have effected the price i would have paid for it. Bottom line he should have told me about the damage and I would not have bought it!!! PERIOD ENOUGH SAID, he knew it was there and didn't say a thing, but should have.
05-27-2009, 12:19 PM #12
Not intending to play with the racket, but to display it
IMHO, the problem is the seller, chirigamii, wasn't aware that the buyer, 71Dragtruck, was not intending to play with the racket, but to display it.
Referring to chirigamis 's post;
We can also see that chirigamii was telling us that the racket is in a perfect state for playing.
Referring to 71Dragtruck 's post;
Perhaps, if chirigamii realised that 71Dragtruck was intending to have the racket for display purposes only, then this transaction would not have taken place.
Now that 71Dragtruck is so unhappy, perhaps the racket should be returned and chirigamii to refund the money. However, 71Dragtruck should pay for all postages involved, the sending and the returning.
This is just my opinion.
Last edited by chris-ccc; 05-27-2009 at 12:28 PM.
05-27-2009, 12:20 PM #13
05-27-2009, 12:50 PM #14
You can file a dispute with PayPal and they will help you settle the claim fairly...
C. was wrong in hiding the missing decal from you....
Suggestion: Buy a new decal from Yonex plus a new grip and keep the racket if the rest of it is as new...What came off is just a decal, no big deal...
If you cant find one then contact me and I will help you get one....
05-27-2009, 01:05 PM #15
05-27-2009, 01:40 PM #16
The lesson to be learned here is that there is a always a price to pay when you buy something from an individual online especially when the item is pre-used. $135USD for a perfect condition AT700LTD... kinda suspicious, don't you think?
Just out of curiosity, just how much did you actually save by purchasing this used racket online compared to buying a brand new one at your local store?
If it is less than $50... then all I can say is "TOTAL OWNAGE EARNED"
05-27-2009, 01:44 PM #17
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