So… I just got robbed for 850€ when trying to buy an Octotrack MKII !
(Posted this on FB in the Elektron group and the wonderful Craig Hitchings reminded me to post this here as well, as a warning: if you’re currently browsing for music gear on eBay Kleinanzeigen, be VERY careful and maybe read my story)
Long story short: bought it off eBay Kleinanzeigen (think German Craigslist) and it seemed VERY legit. They said they’d prefer someone to pick it up, but sold it to me and I got a DHL tracking number as well and their phone number and we talked on WhatsApp. On transit the package got damaged (according to DHL, who I contacted like 5 times, because the package was on its way for over 2 weeks) and was supposedly sent back. Then it said it couldn’t be delivered to the sender. I contacted “her” again and she said she called DHL and she could pick it up on Wednesday (today) and then send it per Express to finally get it done with. All the time she was very responsive, super friendly, had pictures of the gear, sent me a copy of the DHL sticker and even a private selling contract.
So when I messaged “her” (who knows) today, asking if she picked it up, she suddenly started to insult me, in a rather primitive style, told me I had my chance, should fuck off and that she’s not even in Germany, then blocked me…
So yeah, now I guess I gotta go to the police and bank (yes, it was a bank transfer, not PayPal… checked the account, it’s a German one and everything about it seemed very legit, up until the insults and the blocking).
If you wanna give it a go and see if you can find out anything that I couldn’t : +49 17_redacted_31 is the number, the supposed name was Ja_redacted_el. Full address is on the contract and DHL sticker but who knows if it’s real).
Just fucking awesome. In 25 years of making music and 15 years of eBay and online buying/selling gear this is the first time something like that has happened to me and I am f’ing devastated because that is crazy much money for me and sets me back like a f’ing lot. Wow. Just wow…