The tl;dr version is that the buyer has paid and then disappeared, and I am left with both speakers and money.
August 10th - buyer says he’s interested, but will shortly be going into hospital for treatment, should be out 4th Sept - could I hang on to them? This is no problem.
September 8th - he’s out of hospital
September 10th - his mate lives near me, and will pick up the speakers on his way to visit him. I handed over contact details.
September 12th - paid
September 13th - last seen by forum software
Sunday October 10th - I DM him - any idea when the speakers might be collected?
Sunday October 17th - I DM him - hello, anyone there?
Saturday October 23rd - I DM him - last chance, I’m going to assume that something bad has happened. To whoever is reading this please let me know how I can return your money to you.
Tuesday October 26th - here we are
It’s still possible that the buyer is just being a bit of a silly billy. However given the very long time lapses it feels more like something has befallen him, particularly given the closeness to a stay in hospital.
I need to get rid of the speakers, and at the time there was a sizeable queue of interested parties.
However I would feel very awkward about charging again for them.
My rough plan would be to see who was still interested, and hand them over for free on the proviso that if the buyer (or his estate? ) pops up then I would return the money, and the new buyer would then owe me £500.
Any other ideas?
Mods, I assume you have nothing more than the guy’s email address, and that he receives an email for every DM I send. Is that about right?
Someone overpaid me once by paying £2000 for a £200 item.
They had paid by bank transfer.
The bank took my instruction to return the £1800. The bank did not give me any more details about the buyer than I had on the statement. I did not know the account number or sort code
I would set his money aside and resell if you can’t refund. I had a guy do this to me over a TT. He paid 50% upfront and then disappeared for a year!! When he did come back he did so by paying the outstanding balance then emailing me with “Where is my turntable”
… They walk among us, and they vote.
I would go with this as that way you can refund him should he do a Lazarus on you… however bear in mind that as he has paid legal ownership of the chattels Has passed to him… that said what more can you do