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help needed - stolen goods from ebay

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6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
Hi wondering if anyone can advise me on what to do

I purchased a new netbook from ebay in August last year ,so about 6 months ago . Well it developed a fault 2 weeks ago so I sent it in via the Msi RMA service they collected it via ups free of charge and promised to return once repair had been done , I also gave them a copy of my paypal invoice as proof of purchase .
well today after emailing them several times as to why the on-line RMA service hadn't updated my repair from the 'received' status , I received a reply stating my Laptops serial number showed it was stolen goods and they were keeping it as potential police evidence .
Well I emailed back asking why I wasn't told of this 2 weeks ago when they received it but no reply as yet , they told me in the email that I need to contact ebay or paypal to get a refund .
The seller I purchased from is still trading on ebay but as yet hasn't replied to my questioning .
I'm just wondering what I should do ? Do I inform ebay the Police Paypal ? Is there any chance I'd get my money back with it being 6 months since I purchased ? I paid £350 for this netbook so I'm pretty peeved as you can imagine .

any advice would be appreciated thanks
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6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
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#1
How did you fund the paypal payment? If it was via credit card or even a VISA debit card (debit card must be VISA you should be able to do a chargeback.

Did the seller have several of these or just the one, and what are the usual items they sell? Just wondering if its a regular thing for them to sell stolen gear.If so its probably only just come to light because of your RMA!!



Either way good luck mate, keep us informed
#2
Why are they keeping it as potential Police evidence,that in itself sounds dodgy as surely if it's stolen the Police should already be in possession of it.
#3
I think i'd go directly to the Police myself and see what they say.
#4
harlzter
How did you fund the paypal payment? If it was via credit card or even a VISA debit card (debit card must be VISA you should be able to do a chargeback.

No I didn't unfortunately it was paypal balance I'd been saving up a while with ebay sales

Did the seller have several of these or just the one, and what are the usual items they sell? Just wondering if its a regular thing for them to sell stolen gear.If so its probably only just come to light because of your RMA!!
yeah the seller was selling several at the time of this product but is selling other laptops even now on ebay , just tried ringing ebay and they basically said they don't care and to ring the police


Either way good luck mate, keep us informed


dcx_badass
I wonder how MSI new, doubt they normally keep serial numbers of stolen stuff.

I was thinking that I even sent off the warranty form with serial number back in October and they obviously didn't inform the Police then I'm ringing Msi at moment

deb8z
Why are they keeping it as potential Police evidence,that in itself sounds dodgy as surely if it's stolen the Police should already be in possession of it.

Msi are telling me when I bought this back in August the model wasn't actually for sale in the UK but guy there is going t oring me back with further info apparantly

deb8z
I think i'd go directly to the Police myself and see what they say.

yeah just waiting for Msi to get back to me as they have informed police apparantly so I'm assuming they'd have a crime number
#5
tinkerbell28
Yeah see if they come back with a crime number, but also report it yourself, approach your bank with a crime number for a chargeback.

Although your are out of the pp window, you never know, paypal do bend the rules whenever they feel like it, as it's exceptional circumstances, they may help out.

Could be a mistake, say one number out, actual stolen, or a insurance scam, all par for the course, why I would never buy a phone on ebay etc.


can't contact Bank as the funds were from my paypal balance didn't use my card .

They've now given me a crime number and confirmed the netbook was stolen from Msi UK so going back to ebay/paypal with this probably won't get my money back but still hopefully it will stop him trading and hopefully prosecuted . Amazing thing is he has 100% feedback selling loads of laptops guess I was the unlucky one with first faulty one :roll: Msi said they'll be in touch with regard possible action against myself ? Could I be done for handling stolen goods ? surely not
#6
Now you have a crime number etc have you tried approaching the seller again,see what they have to say.
#7
Seller will be shutting up shop as we speak I fear..........

If the laptop wasn't "too good to be true" / very cheap, you should be ok re handling stolen goods. What did you pay, and what was the RRP?

Have seen a horror story about selling a plasma TV on ebay (buyer claimed it was damaged and got a full refund) and this one about stolen goods........would never buy/sell anything expensive with ebay now
#8
You will have no problems with the handling of stolen goods accusation, you were bona fide purchaser for value without notice. In other words you bought the item believing that the seller had title to sell and therefore can not be said to have handled stolen goods. Fling that at them if they threaten you
#9
Johnboy_1975
Seller will be shutting up shop as we speak I fear..........

If the laptop wasn't "too good to be true" / very cheap, you should be ok re handling stolen goods. What did you pay, and what was the RRP?

I paid £350 it was a msi u115 the netbook which has a 16 hour battery life I think they retailed at time around £450

Have seen a horror story about selling a plasma TV on ebay (buyer claimed it was damaged and got a full refund) and this one about stolen goods........would never buy/sell anything expensive with ebay now
yep I would think twice now about buying anything expensive off there unless it came with receipt or was off a reputable company ie The Hut

cbryanp
You will have no problems with the handling of stolen goods accusation, you were bona fide purchaser for value without notice. In other words you bought the item believing that the seller had title to sell and therefore can not be said to have handled stolen goods. Fling that at them if they threaten you

I hope thats the case now thanks

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