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Old 02-06-2015, 01:01 AM   #1
mligeikis19
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Angry Another Seattle area craigslist buyer beware: 6 speed swap parts

I was looking through craigslist and came across a smoking deal for basically everything I needed to do a 6 speed swap into my wrx. On craigslist he has it labeled as an 09 sti transmission with shift linkage, drive shaft, r180, and rear axles for $2200. He says they only have 45k miles on them. The pictures looked familiar so I went back to my watch list on ebay and sure enough exact same pictures and location but listed as a 2010 with 48k miles. Not that big of an issue but flags were definitely popping, maybe he forgot exact year and mileage?

Well I decide to continue on negotiating an arrangement. I want to go through PayPal so I have at least a little protection and am not going to show up with $2200 cash. Well he doesn't like this and tries to tell me he's been screwed over on paypal before and he basically only wants cash even when I say I will cover all fees. He doesn't agree I won't agree to bring that much cash. So ebay was suggested since he has it listed there as well, he simply responds with either pay cash or you should find parts elsewhere.

You would think if he's got it on ebay he would be comfortable with money exchanging hands virtually but he's not. So I'm done dealing with this guy but just wanted to throw it out there to watch out for this guy, might turn out to be a really good deal and he's just extremely difficult or he could be up to something. Just too many red flags for me to continue with this guy.

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http://seattle.craigslist.org/skc/pts/4871138666.html

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Old 02-09-2015, 03:31 AM   #2
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Accepting PayPal if you're not shipping something in a trackable way (i.e. pay via PayPal and then the buyer picks up the item) is a great way to screw the seller over when the buyer files a item not shipped dispute. And the buyer would win that dispute.
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Old 02-09-2015, 12:10 PM   #3
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That is an instant way to get a free transmission.
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Old 02-09-2015, 02:06 PM   #4
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Accepting PayPal if you're not shipping something in a trackable way (i.e. pay via PayPal and then the buyer picks up the item) is a great way to screw the seller over when the buyer files a item not shipped dispute. And the buyer would win that dispute.
Did not even think about that. I guess I could see his point for that reason. Maybe should suggest doing some sort of notarized bill of sale or something similar when picking up.

It's just a shame there's people that try and pull those types of scams(and get away with it) and ruin it for all the legit people out there.

Thank you for the insight and I will definitely remember that.
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Old 02-11-2015, 01:40 PM   #5
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Personally if I were selling parts in person I would also demand cash, especially if those parts were already under or at market rate.

Are you afraid of getting jacked or something? If so, why not just agree to meet at a public place or have the parts inspected by a transmission mechanic at your expense prior to purchase.
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Old 02-11-2015, 01:42 PM   #6
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Beware of Craigslist buyer mligeikis19.

He will waste your time.
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Old 02-11-2015, 10:18 PM   #7
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It was mainly the fact that I'm deployed and couldn't inspect the parts myself. the only friend I have in the area isn't too mechanic savvy and he would have been picking it up for me. And the fact that the guy couldn't keep straight the year and mileage and couldn't answer simple questions about it had me a little worried. I was gonna have it inspected and longer 5th and 6th installed by rallispec but that wouldn't happen until I got back and if something was seriously wrong that the seller didn't mention, I would be out that money.


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Beware of Craigslist buyer mligeikis19.

He will waste your time.
That's a negative. I've dropped way more money into the subaru then I should have and all most all of the parts have been second hand.

I just wanted people to know my experience with the guy and to advertise a good deal for the rest of the community that I wasn't able to capitalize on due to being overseas.
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Old 02-12-2015, 12:38 AM   #8
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You sound like a walking scam. You are overseas, want to have your associate pick up the parts, and you won't pay cash? Hell no, I would tell you to take a walk too.
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Old 02-12-2015, 01:05 AM   #9
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Then he tries to spread the word on a Subaru forum that some random guy on Craigslist is a scammer.

Pretty obvious he's not playing with a full deck.
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Old 02-12-2015, 02:30 AM   #10
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Ill Second this guy was sketch the CL dude, I tried to buy the same setup. Price changed twice. Then he said it was going on ebay for a 3rd price. Just seemed unlike other deals. Told myself to walk away.........
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Old 02-12-2015, 02:31 AM   #11
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I'm overseas because I'm in the military, you know protecting your freedom. I realize my side sounded sketch but that's just my situation. I also offered to pay cash after I made the thread and looked at it from his point of view.

I never said he was a scammer, just said the situation sounded fishy to me and it wasn't worth it to me. If both his ad's described the parts exactly the same(not different years or mileage) it would have been more legit.

I was just trying to help the community with my point of view. I now realize my side did sound super sketch and I was wrong. Thanks for your input though guys.
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Old 02-12-2015, 02:34 AM   #12
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Thank you token, I guess you just have to interact with the guy to totally understand. My explanation wasn't the best.
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