On 4/29/07 I called Clifton on the phone after he posted the following ad:
After talking, we agreed on a price and payment method and I explained to Clifton that I would send him my shipping info via email so that he has it in writing. I immediately sent him the following email:I have a 746 for sale work good. I have got book that go with the radio no box.just like new.I have a tuner l d g at-7000. the raido has 2 meter +al H F band. I will sale For $700.00 + shiping, I will take us postle mong morder.Are chack will after check clear bank.
The next day I sent him a USPS money order and sent him an email to let him know. Here is the email I received in response:Clifton,
We just spoke on the phone.
I'll get you a money order for $XXX in the mail tomorrow and send it to:
Clifton D Bratcher
133 Iron Dr
Frankfort KY 40601
When it arrives please ship super-packed (double boxed) and insured to:
C/O The UPS Store
4230 N Oakland Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53211
Me:I,m sorry i try to e-mail you back i did not have a good e-mail address are
a good call num. their when i get you money ordder i will sent it back to
I'm not sure what you mean by this. You will send my money order back to me?
After receiving this message I called him on the phone. He accused me of giving him a phony call sign and email address and that I was trying to scam him. Finally I asked him what the callsign and email address was that he thought I had given him but he could not tell me. At the end of the conversation he agreed to return my money order overnight and reimburse me for the cost of the money order and express mail. When I received an email confirmation that the money order had been delivered to his residence I called him immediately. This time he had forgotten about the reimbursement and sending it back to me overnight. He even casually tried to end the conversation saying, "maybe I'll just send you the radio. I haven't received the check from the other guy." My answer was "NO WAY" and I didn't even press him about reimbursing be. At this point I will just settle for getting my money back.i try to e-mail you back my email keep coming back to me i will sent your
your money back i sold it to the next man
That afternoon I received an email tracking notice from USPS showing that my money order was being returned. I will follow up when it gets to me.
At one point Clifton did forward me an LY2 callsign and an email address, boris@XXXXX.com, explaining that this is what I had given him (for some reason he didn't have trouble responding via email to tell me that he sold the radio).
I don't believe that Clifton is out to take anyone's money and I do believe that my money order will arrive. I can forgive any confusion that may have occurred in trying to email me. What I am holding Clifton responsible for is the poor judgment in dealing with the situation. If a week had gone by and he had not heard from me or received a check I can understand concluding that it was a nil sale. In Clifton's case, it took him 24 hrs to conclude this. Never did we consider that I may ACTUALLY be mailing him, like we agreed to on the phone.
I hope the other HAM who sent him a check has a better experience than me. It would also be helpful for this HAM to post his/her experience when the transceiver arrives.