Just the other day I had this great idea to sell some stuff on the
web. A friend of mine told me about this site called Craig's List.
It's sort of a classified for almost anything. I put a tile saw,
glass table top, maxima wheels, and an NEC 21 inch Monitor. I sold
the tile saw the same day, and then began receiving email about the
monitor from over seas. All seem to have the same approach.
"I am very interested in the monitor and have prepared cashier's check
in the full amount and would like to send to you as soon as you have
sent the monitor."
Now for many of you who have bought or sold anything from the web you
have to be careful of all the scams out there. I received an email
from an individual who seemed interested in the monitor and was
willing to pay through BidPay. He claimed this was a safer way to pay
and it would cover both of us. I emailed my address for where to send
the payment, for which I would then send the monitor.
Well, last night I received "PidPay" confirmation that the payment had
been made and the Money Order would be sent as soon as the monitor was
shipped and I provided the tracking number. The purchaser, Jimmy
James emailed me a FedEx shipping label and the deal was done. Or was
it? Since I am a complete skeptic about these things and all I had
was an email, I read the BidPay confirmation email very carefully and
realized that since I had a BidPay account, then why did the
confirmation emails say the came from an "accountant.com" email
address. This would be the first time I have ever seen any company
that handles money use alternate "free" email domains to handle
business. I looked at my emails from BidPay for my account, and sure
enough the all came from BidPay.com, not "accountant.com."
Accountant.com offers free email to anyone who wants to sign up.
Well here I am with a monitor, a Priority FedEx Shipping label to
Nigeria, and no money. I decided to send Jimmy James a little reply
to his BidPay offer. Now if anyone ever has this problem, please let
me know as I always have extra packing material since I have 6 dogs
and 4 cats.
First of all you have to start with a good sound box. Line the box
with good heavy plastic and then with cardboard so the plastic does
not tear. After all this is going all the way to Nigeria. Lay the
concrete pavers on the cardboard and write a little note to the buyer,
like "FUCK YOU" or whatever you believe most professional.
Second, you need to add some packing material. I decided that used
cat litter with all the goodies that go along with it. It makes great
filler, but unfortunately it adds no value to sent removal. I also
added some old Little Friskies cans with some of the savory juices I
rescued out of the trash can in the garage.
Third, if you still need packing material I suggest something from the
yard. I happen to have 6 dogs that can produce a large amount of
recycled packing material. Fill the box as much as you can with this
biodegradable packing material that has been recycled at least once
Last, add a surprise to the package, a little something extra to
really make their day. I found "Sparky" the sail squirrel out on
Hatch Rd near the end of my street. Sparky looked a little run down
and needed a vacation, so I encouraged him to accompany the note and
packing material to Nigeria to further get my point across that I
don't like people who have nothing better to do than try and screw
over people selling or buying items off the internet.
Hope this helps all. I have enclosed a few packing pic's in case you
need visual assistance in packing the box.
Special "THANKS" to Jimmy for the prepaid FedEx Priority Label to ship
my items to Nigeria.