Well folks, about 5 months ago I purchased a Canon Rebel XSi from Ebay along with a Sigma 17-70mm lens.
Unfortunately, the seller's lens exhibited some back-focus, especially at wider focal lengths.
(17mm was particularly bad at close range. It failed to hit focus every single time.)
Anyway, I told the seller about this and he would absolutely NOT allow me to return the camera or the lens. In fact, he even threatened me with legal action. (Lmao! :lol
Needless to say, Ebay eventually got involved and I won the dispute.
Now, curiously enough, the seller had two addresses listed on his Ebay account: One in Germany and one in New York, where his items had originally shipped from. Though the seller demanded that I return them to Germany and incur a huge shipping fee, Ebay gave me permission to send it back to his NY address, as the fees required to send it to Germany were obviously absurd. Unfortunately, the seller either refused the package upon its arrival or had someone else do it on his behalf, as it was eventually sent back to me via USPS.
As a result of all this hassle, Ebay made the decision to refund me directly from his Paypal account.
Thinking that this would strongly incourage him to get in contact with me about a return, I waited for a few weeks in anticipation of his reply.
I never received one.
Nearly two months went by and I had yet to hear from him. Eventually, I decided to call Ebay once more to get their opinion on all that had transpired. The represenative I spoke with said that I was, at this point, NOT RESPONSIBLE for sending his camera to Germany or anywhere else outside the United States.
If he was personally unwilling or unable to accept the package in New York, that was HIS PROBLEM, not mine. Staggered by this, I inquired as to what I should do with the equipment now that I have it in my posession. She personally recommended that I sell it and donate the proceeds to charity. (Not a bad idea though, in all seriousness...)
Anyway, I informed the seller of this conversation and he was STILL adamant that I return the equipment to Germany.
*Facepalm* What an idiot. I have his money AND his equipment, yet he apparently doesn't care?!?! I mean honestly, at this point why didn't he just suck it up and pay for the shipping? Heck, I may have even been nice and paid for half...
But no. As it currently stands, he's out $531 dollars and I'm sitting on free camera equipment.
What the hell? Does anybody out there have any thoughts on this? I haven't used his equipment since uncovering the problems with the lens. Heck, I haven't even taken it out of its packaging. *shakes head*
Crazy, crazy, crazy.