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Sit Down In This Chair And Let Me Waste Your Time

, , , , | Legal | January 23, 2022

I saw a chair for sale online, and it looked like a reasonable price depending on the condition. When I messaged the seller, it turned out to be a bit of a scam; the process had nothing to do with the chair and it was actually new and far more expensive.

I told him I wasn’t interested, but he tried to get me to buy it anyway. He then started to send me messages about other pieces of furniture. He wouldn’t stop until I blocked him. 

Then, someone else contacted me trying to sell the same type of furniture. I blocked them. Then, another. I don’t know if it was his family or just a bunch of people with so little to do with their lives that they live to be annoying.

One afternoon, I had several, one after the other, selling some big table and chairs set. They seemed ridiculously expensive, and the scammers claimed it was imported and of high quality. Yeah, right.

So, I thought, “Why not mess with them?”

Me: “Looks good. Do you have it in stock?”

Scammer: “Yes, good quality. You want?”

Me: “Sure, but I want to see it in person first.”

Scammer: “No good. You pay, we deliver.”

Me: “I can pay cash, but I want to see it first.”

Scammer: “No, no, no, you build it.”

I guess he meant that it was a flat pack.

Me: “You build it, make it look nice and shiny, and I will come and buy.”

Nothing for hours.

Scammer: “Okay, tomorrow.”

Tomorrow came and I was not sure what to say next; of course, I was not going to see it. He messaged me at lunchtime.

Scammer: “It’s ready.”

Me: “Did you polish it?”

Scammer: “Yes, it’s clean.”

Me: “I wanted it shiny. Polish it or I won’t come.”

After a bit of back and forth, I managed to convince him to do it. He messaged me at 9:00 pm that it was ready. But I told him it was too late and blocked him.

The next day, I got a condescending message from someone else telling me how terrible I was to waste people’s time. I asked him to check how many times I had told all of them to stop wasting mine. Somehow that was “completely different”.

At least the messages stopped.

Her Thinking She Can Sue You Is A True Final Fantasy

, , , , | Right | January 21, 2022

I own my own business making custom jewellery and accessories. I also take commissions for replicas of movie and video game jewellery and accessories. To help advertise my business, I am on social media, including having a Facebook page.

My business has my name in it. For simplicity, let’s say my name is Anvi. That’s not my real name, but like my real name, it is Hindi.

My business name is something like “Anvi’s Custom Jewellery and Accessories,” sometimes shortened to “Anvi’s”.

I get a message from a woman.

Woman: “Why have you named your business ‘Anvi’s’? You are breaking my copyright! I demand you change your business name immediately!”

When I registered my business, I made thorough checks to be sure there were no other businesses with the same name or a similar name. I didn’t find any.

I explain this to the woman, asking when she set up her business with this name.

Woman: “Since I was born! You can’t just steal somebody else’s name and use it for your business! That’s illegal!”

I check the woman’s profile and realise her name is Anvi, as well.

I write back and inform her that we have the same name. I didn’t steal her name; I didn’t even know she existed until she messaged me. I used my name for my business; I didn’t steal hers.

Just to be safe, I do a bit of research and find that you cannot copyright a person’s name. I inform the woman of this, as well. She does not take it well.

Woman: “No! My parents came up with that name themselves so I would have a unique name. Your parents probably stole the name from them! I do not give you permission to use my name for your business. You have twenty-four hours to change it or I am suing you!”

A further check of her Facebook profile showed that I was seven years older than her, so my parents most definitely did not steal the name from her, not to mention that I was named after my grandmother, so the name had been around well before her parents “came up” with it.

It is certainly possible that her parents thought they made it up and were unaware the name already existed. Based on this woman’s profile picture and other photos on her account, she appeared to be white, so it was also possible she’d never come across anyone with the same name as her before and therefore thought she was the only one with that name.

Rather than waste time explaining this to the customer, I repeated that you couldn’t copyright a name and I had no intention of changing my business name, and I capped it off with several links which confirmed the name’s origin.

The woman continued to send me threatening messages demanding I change my business name. She didn’t want her name associated with, in her words, “s***ty jewellery nobody wants.” She also started demanding I change my name — not just my business name but my actual name. She said if I didn’t, she’d make sure I never did business anywhere ever again.

I reported her for abuse and blocked her. She responded by trying to report my business, and she left bad reviews which said I was a thief and a liar, I was illegally using her name, and my jewellery was ugly.

Luckily, it didn’t hurt my business in any way. In fact, it actually got me more business as customers found the woman’s complaints hilarious, so they shared the page and screenshots of the reviews, which got more traffic to my page.

This led to more jewellery orders and commissions, including a big job from a customer who commissioned a Final Fantasy-themed engagement ring for his girlfriend. Both he and his girlfriend were big fans of the games. He asked me to make the ring gem look like materia (an item in the game), which I did. He proposed, she said yes, and they loved the engagement ring so much that they commission me again to create their wedding bands and her wedding jewellery, all of which were Final Fantasy-themed.

This was one of the biggest jobs I had ever done at the time, and it was all thanks to this woman! So much for putting me out of business.

You Can Eventually Close The Door On This Sale

, , , , , | Right | January 19, 2022

I sold an internal door online on a local selling group. It was brand new and a bargain; I only sold it as the previous owners left it behind.

I took plenty of photos and supplied the measurements. The guy collected when he said he would and paid cash. I thought it was all good until a few days later when he messaged me.

Customer: “This door is the wrong size; I want my money back.”

Me: “I supplied all the measurements with the ad. You can see I even took photos of the tape measure.”

Customer: “It doesn’t fit my door frame; I want to return it.”

Me: “I’m not a shop. I don’t do returns.”

Customer: “You have to! It’s the law!”

Me: “No, it’s not. You bought as-is. The door was described properly. It sounds like you didn’t measure the door frame properly.”

Customer: “I am coming right now to return the door.”

Me: “Do what you want, but I’m not taking it back and I’m certainly not giving you any money for it.”

A few hours later, he showed up with the door, knocked, and rang the bell, but I ignored him. To my surprise, he left the door, which left me with a problem: it was still his property and I was supposed to take reasonable care of it. I stuck it in the garage and told him to collect his door. He ignored me.

A few months later, I still had a door I didn’t need and his money that he wasn’t entitled to, so I sold the door again, this time without issue.

It was the most problematic and profitable sale I ever had to make.

A Hundred Dollars Worth Of Entitlement

, , , , , , | Right | January 18, 2022

I am selling two nightstands/end tables on a popular social media networking site, on their buy and sell section. In the price section, I put $50 (to increase interest), and in the description, along with the explanation of the condition of the tables, I say they are $50 each. I get a couple of people sending offers for both or for one, and then, one potential buyer messages me and asks if I would deliver. Usually, I don’t, but I am feeling nice, and they are located just a few minutes’ drive away from where I will be working tomorrow, so I agree and set a time with her.

The next day, I finish my job and message the buyer, telling her that I will be there in ten minutes, right on the time we’d decided yesterday. No response. I pull up to the apartment building and message her that I’m there, and she still doesn’t respond. I go up to the buzzer, and someone answers!

Buyer: “Oh, okay. Give me five minutes.”

My level of frustration rises, since we set the time yesterday, and I’m being nice enough to drive there. In the meantime, I decide to grab one of the tables and bring it to the door. When I get there, a guy is waving around a $100 bill and asks me if I have change. Confused, I confirm that he’s there for the tables (I guess he’s living with the buyer), but I say that the tables are $50 each. He tells me that the buyer is in the shower and he needs to go check with her. Sure enough, when he comes back out, he tells me that she isn’t interested.

Me: “The listing said $50 each!”

I grabbed the table and stormed off to the car. I hate people sometimes.

Let This Be The Winter Of Your Content

, , , , , , , , | Right | January 14, 2022

I’m looking to buy a digital camera as a gift for a friend who I know needs one. The camera I have is very good and I know it would suit my friend’s needs, so I’m looking for another one online. I find a seller on [Auction Website] selling a new one for a good price with cheap shipping, so I order it right away.

I live in a relatively small town in North Dakota, and the winters can be pretty harsh, so I think nothing of it when I get an email from the seller about the camera, telling me that the shipment may be delayed due to a bad winter storm in their area. I reply, saying that it’s fine and I understand, as my area is also currently experiencing a bad winter storm.

Out of curiosity, I navigate to the seller’s page to see where they are shipping from. To my surprise, they are shown as being in the same small North Dakota town I’m in! And somehow, neither of us noticed this before.

I have a laugh and email the seller again, pointing out the funny coincidence, and offering to just meet them somewhere local and pick up the camera if they would prefer. They reply with equal astonishment and amusement and agree to meet at a coffee shop for the hand-off.

We meet and share another laugh about the situation, and they even refund me the shipping charge in cash.