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michael tautkus is a rip off, internet fraud, stolen identity auctioning ebay items

I found engine I liked on ebay and was listed under advanced engine concepts the site had 40 transaction...

rips people off on ebay

On March 23, 2005 I won the bid on a portable dvd player. I sent the payment promptly to Kimberly Adolf. She left positive, glowing feedback for me for the quick payment. She emailed me and said that she would send the dvd player out on early in the week. Then I email her about a week later and ask her when she mailed it and she said Friday... since when is Friday early in the week? I never received the dvd player. She then proceeded to stall by saying she'd ship a new one once her "supplier" shipped her some. Then she said she'd refund me because she didn't know when she was going to get more dvd players. She said she would pay half that weekend and the other half the following weekend.

Needless to say I never received a dime from her. She has made a number of promises and doesn't follow through. She is a liar and a thief. Fortunately, ebay banned her so she can't rip off anyone else. I'm sure she's finding another way to rip people off.

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    Drema Jan 04, 2007
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    This is another one on Ebay just like yours, Rebecca Campbell aka oscarsolivia. Her EBAYID history says.
    This person's no longer a registered eBay user.
    User ID Effective Date End Date
    oscarsolivia Jan-26-05 Not a registered user
    lolasclothes com Apr-05-04 Jan-26-05
    extremecouture Dec-13-02 Apr-05-04
    I won the auction being held by oscarsolivia, she even left me glowing feedback for my prompt, fast payment too. I pay immediately after auction and Rebecca said it is now mailed out within 1 day. I wait a week for my merchandise to arrive, then I email her asking when it would be here, she always reply back with friendly emails telling me not to worry, mail is slow, all sort of excuses. Another week goes by and in this time I see her feedback rating take a big drop with all the negatives. Before she make it private, these people made complaints they never received the goods either. Then Rebeccas Ebay site said she was no longer registered. There were no more nice emails, she turned nasty towards me, then never replied again. I never received my goods and I'm sure the other 100 who leave negatives, maybe more never did either. Like the ebayer you have problems with I'm sure this one is finding another way to steal from more people too, she showed no remorse, nothing. This is very unfair. At least Ebay bans these sellers to stop this.

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    Kimberly Adolph Jan 24, 2007
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    The report about me on ebay is FALSE!!!!I was actually trying to get another one from the dropshipper, Dave Espino! They really were on backorder. When that doesn't work i really did send a refund via paypal! Its unfair that i have to have a bad report on a mistake when this seller has several negatives himself on ebay!!! This evil angry person barrys wife, did get a refund!

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    A Swisky Jan 16, 2008
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    As an Ebay seller myself, I have to agree with Buyer's complaint. If I do not have inventory in hand, I do not list. A problem with seller's supplier is the seller's problem, not the buyer. Seller seems to have fallen for one of those get rich quick scams that tell people they can sell stuff on Ebay without carrying any inventory.

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    Adam K. Feb 17, 2008
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    I would like to point out something that most people do not realize about eBay. 90% or so I estimate, of consumer products that are sold on eBay are usually drop shipped from certain companies who fulfill such orders and contracts on behalf of the seller. This allows the seller to keep costs down, since they do not have to pay to have the item shipped to them, and then pay to reship the item to the buyer themselves. The problem is, a huge number of warehouses and "dropshippers" are dishonest, and are the crooks. I have fallen victim to them myself. It is hard to find a reputable supplier. I have found a few, that ship within 24 business hours, have always stood by their products. The problem is, there are not very many out there, but a seller has to start somewhere.

    In the case of your seller, I can say from my own similar experience, that she probably did have a supplier, and the supplier probably was a ripoff outfit. She probably didn't refund your payment because she couldn't get a refund from the so called supplier.

    It is possible to sell without carrying inventory, however, you must ensure it is a reputable outfit, who's reputation can be vouched for by either other sellers, members, or most importantly the Better Business Bureau. An honest dropshipping outfit will not generally have "dropship" mentioned anywhere in their web address or company name. DO NOT, I REPEAT DO NOT, fall for suppliers like Simplx, or ClubDropShip, while they are reputable, they charge high fees for a crappy service. All they do is link you to other sites that you place the same order with as the buyer placed with you. It works, but you make almost no money on something like that, and most items are still priced higher than what everyone else on ebay sells for.

    Either carry the product yourself, or if you do find a supplier you want to try out, place a personal order, and time how long the order takes to arrive, how well it was shipped, and if there are any problems, it is probably a bad idea to use them.

    I know of some real legit dropshippers, but I do not want to give away trade secrets that I found on accident after hundreds of hours of searching.

    For buyers who are really concerned, if an item listed has a stock photo, one that is used in other people's listings as well, it doesn't hurt to ask the seller if this is shipped from a third party. If it is, beware there may be problems. It's not the sellers fault, the seller just needed to get started somewhere, and happened to pick a bad supplier. People really do make money this way on eBay, but it takes LOTS of hard work and research to get set up properly for it.

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    JustPassinThrough Jan 27, 2009

    You have found some legit dropshippers but dont wanna give awy their trade secrets. HUH? Once again what someone types says more about themselves than it does anyone else. You just told me you are a weasel and a scammer who is full of ###. Trade secrets???? the only trade secret that is worth it's weight is HONESTY and INTEGTIRY. The fact that you have a "secret" and rub it into our faces, tells me that yer just another scumbg. One with a small brain and alot of insecurity. Keep your trade "secrets". Honesty and Integrity are no secret...they are "SCARCE" but scarcity is not the same thing as SECRECY. Get over your self.

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    mr money Dec 27, 2010

    @ justpassinthrough you are apparently the one full of [censor] < The simple fact that he dosn't want to give out the name of the supplier he found proves him to be more honest than you 1. he obvousily is not trying to sell anyone here if he was he would have given the name of the supplier 2. If someone finds a supplier and does not tell you that is a TRADE SECRET dumbass why would he give away the bank dumbass! the guy is just trying to let people know that you can dropship but that it usually takes awhile to find a reputable supplier. So why dont you get over yourself and stop slandering people you dont know because you are hiding behind a keyboard you coward!

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kicked off of ebay for no reason!

I tried to put up for auction some back issues of Penthouse magazine on e-bay, I made sure to look at other auctions of this type to make sure I did everything correctly before I put this magazines up for auction.

About 20 minutes after I placed my auction and it was accepted all heck broke loose. I was barraged with e-mails from e-bay telling me that I violated the safe harbor act and that my auction was terminated and I was suspended from buying or selling on e-bay. I immediately e-mailed e-bay to try and find out what I had did wrong so I could correct it. After about 5 e-mails over a two week period I finally received a response tell me that e-bay was ramping up there fraud detection and that unfortunately some honest members have to go through some extra steps before they can use e-bay, and that they were sorry but they could not reveal what I did wrong. The e-mail went on to say that I would need to file an appeal by fax and provide them a bunch of information and that I would receive a decision within 24 to 72 hours. I figured o.k if this is what I need to do I'll do it. I did this two weeks ago and I hope maybe you have heard from them because I sure haven't, not only that my account is not just suspend it is now non existent. I have placed the same auctions on Amazon, Bid Ville and placed ads on Google base since all this happen and have not had one problem. First off e-bay's customer service is non existent and if it does exist it stinks really bad and second what gives them the right to just do what every they want in what I would consider secret and not even give you the courtesy to tell you what you did wrong and they let you appeal but obviously there appeals process is a real joke as well.

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    Danielle Dec 01, 2008
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    I was listing my little sister clothing that she had outgrown and they threw me off for no reason, and will not answer my email, oh well let's all try ebid.com

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    debfusco Nov 10, 2013

    same thing just happened to me I have been selling on ebay since 1997 . was just told I am kicked off for no reason I am taking this farther I am filing better business bureau complaint and maybe even a lawsuit if I get enough people a civil suit .anyone this happened to please contact me on my email. [email protected]

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    Inspiredby3 Apr 09, 2014

    I just got kicked off as well. No warning, no way to make things better, just permanently suspended. I've been buying/selling for 14 years but have been very sick with Lyme disease and mailed a couple things late. No warning that if I mail another thing late then I will be suspended. Nothing. Completely shocked.

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    Joseph Spencer Oct 24, 2016
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    eBay is as corrupt as the government. You can have a squeaky clean record, yet they will ban you out of nowhere. eBay put my business at risked and almost made me have to sell my home. No support whatsoever in getting my account reinstated, so I had to contact Auction Essistance to help me get back on eBay with a new account.

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    Seo Distortion Feb 15, 2017
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    eBay is useless when it comes to your account getting suspended. No emails returned or any help from the customer reps. They just flat out ignore you and expect to be content. After many failed attempts, I gave up and just decided to go stealth.

    Hired these people to help me get back on: www.auctionessistance.com/shop

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i've never experienced such ineptitude with ebayers!

Today is day 50 since originally paying for a Panasonic Phone Package (3 handsets and a base station) on October 5th 2006 on ebay for $129US including shipping. Here is how they do (or don't do business). Still haven't rec'd my refund...

October 5th: Received an email with the UPS shipping information and tracking link on October 10th (I had requested Express Saver Shipping).

October 16th 2:06PM: My Email to them "Hi - Paid for this auction on October 5th - was sent the UPS tracking link (upgraded to UPS Express Saver) on the 10th (below) - still not showing that this has been shipped, only that billing information has been rec'd. Please advise of the status of my order. Thanks, Mark"

October 17th 9:41AM: Their reply "i will contact UPS"

October 18th: I called and spoke with a CSR - said they would look into it and get back to me"

October 19th 3:48 PM: My Email to them "Still waiting....called yesterday afternoon, and still haven't heard anything. You have a dozen of these up for auction, pull one off an ship it. Mark"

October 20th 12:46PM: My Email "And waiting....the person I spoke with said they would call me back. If I don't receive an answer today, I would like a full refund"

October 21st - 11:30PM: Called Modcom - spoke with Bala - who claimed that the order was closed, reflecting that it shipped. I explained my case as above, and he said he'd look into it - I called back and said it was a problem with UPS and he needed to talk with them - said in the 7 years he's done business its never happened.

October 23rd - Email from Bala at Modcom: - I have opened the case with UPS

October 26th - My Email to Modcom: "Hi Bala - you emailed me back late Monday to say you've opened the case with UPS - have you heard anything? I got rid of my old 2.4GHZ phones, and I don't have any others - so you must understand that my patience growing very thin. It has been 3 weeks for a UPS express delivery.

Please let me know what is going on, and what the expected resolution will be. Thank you, Mark"

October 26th - Email from Bala at Modcom: "I just talked to UPS and it might take longer for the investigation. I am not sure what to do. How is this? you pay for one more and we will ship it to you, if they find the first one we will take it back or if it's lost they will pay us and we can refund you. is that ok? I am trying my best to help you here. Thanks. Bala"

October 26th - My email to Modcom "Sounds good - will let you know when I purchase it so you can reference it. Thanks for your attention to this matter. Cheers, Mark"

October 31st - My email to Modcom "Hi Bala,
Got the replacement phones - thanks for the speedy ship. What is the turnaround time for UPS to determine its lost and issue a refund for the other item. When you get a chance - Thanks, Mark"

November 1st - Email from Bala "Mark, i have contatc ed UPS and they hve to send me some paperwokr for me to fill out. "

November 10th - My email to Bala "Hi Bala - Can I please get an update on the status of my refund for order 20072. Thanks, Mark"

November 14th - My email to Bala "Bala - I think I've been patient enough, don't you? I purchased this on October 5th, I complied and bought another unit off of you - and I have been the one that has needed to follow up, you ignore my emails - and I still don't have a refund in my hands. UPS has sent you the paperwork - so they will be refunding you, I shouldn't be part of this equation as its between them and you. I NO LONGER CARE WHAT PROBLEM YOU HAVE OR ARE HAVING WITH UPS. I WANT MY REFUND NOW! If I get it today I will NOT (although it kills me) leave NEGATIVE feedback.

Refund should be for $129.11 USD to Paypal. Some response please. Mark"

November 14th: Email from Modcom CSR: "Mark i will pass this maeesage on to bala, and ask him to contact you regarding the refund"

I opened the case with Paypal on the 14th - posted six other messages trying to resolve the matter - and now have filed a formal claim with them.

Basically look at the Negative ratings this guy has - I rolled the dice, and clearly lost. Bala I hope this hurts your business (if you can call it that). Worth the $5 to post this - A real ASSet to Ebay. I've never experienced such ineptitude with Ebayers.

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    anil audichya Apr 04, 2008
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    this is not being written first time and i think this was given only for show that you care about us nothing except it...i have passed long time but didn't get anything ...i promise never suggest anyone for uti service ...

    ani audichya
    Heera path

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scam and dishonesty!

Hi, I wonder if you can help or investigate

Here is a complaint I have about eBay fees

1) not so bad When you list an item at a price within a higher fee bracket and then decide to reduce the price (which falls in the lower fee bracket) eBay keeps the higher fee.

However, if you list and item at a lower fee threshold and decide to raise the price to a higher one, the additional fee is automatically charged. No fee reduction applies if you decided to lower the price.

2) Very dishonest

If you list an item on any auction format, and some one has bid on it a final value is automatically debited to your account immediately So if you have sold a gold watch for £1100 the fees will be as such

listing fee £2.00
final value fee £28.85

So far, so good.
However if the winning bid was unauthorized. ie stolen etc and requiring eBay investigation
eBay automatically cancels the transaction and credit the account with the listing fee only of £2.00
and keeps the £28.85. eBay will notify you of the cancellation and pending investigation, and the credit of £2.00 BUT conveniently forgets about £28.85 final value fee.

So with increase unauthorized bids, eBay can make a lot of money from illegal bidders, at the expense of sellers

If you investigate this you will find that this is a nasty fact... Should be made illegal for eBay to rob people blind!!!


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    Awaters Jan 05, 2008
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    SMC-Total in the Butt if you need to cancel your membership.

    I tried to cancel and ended up with my bank account closed because of these people, they kept going into my my account without my permission.

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    jaimered Mar 23, 2009

    ebay a robbing people blind with there FVF fees of 10% its disgusting.
    I sold something for £410 which cost me £345 - the the time ebay charged me a FVF of £39 and paypay £14.14 - I made £10 profit...ebay took all my profit.

    Ebay is not worth using to sell anything!

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    jaimered Mar 23, 2009

    Hi I'm glad I'm not the only one angry at Ebay Fees - 10% final value fee are ebay having a joke!!
    I wrote a letter of complaint only to get a standard email back. Which i replied to - the to get the excate same STANDARD email again...customer service I THINK NOT.

    I sold some tickets I did not need on ebay - thought i'd get something back on them until ebay charged me 10% fee and I;ve not lost £55 on the tickts because of this fee.


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    joexxxx Jul 16, 2009

    Well, ok, the 10% fee is one thing, then the paypal fee, which ebay own by the way, but my major problem is the alienation they have caused all foreign bidders, the free p&p is allowing sellers to include the cost of shipping in the starting price, or free p&p is offered, yet I, living in Ireland am now forced to compete as a bidder with people who only pay what the auction ends at, if I win, the seller generally sends an invoice with a shipping cost included, a full shipping cost to include extras of course, usually about £4 for an item that cost say £1.80 to send to me, so there you have it...

    Anyway, world recession, massive unemployment... i still wouldn't use ebay to sell on, not worth it as the profit margin on the item you sell has to be at least 20%, as the majority of that goes on fees... great business strategy by ebay there, I wish they were running my company, though I would not want people knowing who I am, people generally don;t like to be robbed in broad daylight

    An Irish disgruntled ex ebay seller

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    matsmal Aug 19, 2009

    absolutely shocking in a middle of a recession where people will sell loads to generate cash ebay are cashing in with 10% final value fee's. the only reason they are getting away with it and people still selling is cause they need the cash. scandalous now !!

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ridiculous system of feedback

Ebay uses this ridiculous system of feedback to see how "honest" a dealer is...the more positive feedback the better. This allows people to build up their feedback very easily. The honest people who get lousy goods and complain get bad feedback and if it happens more than 3 times, you are out- no explanations accepted. I am a Rolex Dealer. I bid and won 3 watches. One was a fake for $880.00, one was a 1993 submariner, in terrible shape for $2950.00, and the other was a tudor prince which had a new case, an aftermodel band and a 1963 movement for$1200.00. Needless to say, all of these watches were misrepresented'....so I returned them all. I was suspended due to "nonpayment of goods" Would you pay for these watches?

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    The Dude that hates ebay Feb 07, 2009

    Ill assume you mean would i pay for these watches if i were a Rolex dealer ?
    Quite frankly id hope i would know better than to bid for a Rolex on ebay.

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lack of customer service!

Here's a copy of the letter I sent to e-bay on 10/4/06 almost a month ago with no response from ebay a...