I guess I should start by telling the whole story and how it has got to this point.
Back in first part August, I expressed an interest in something for sale and inquired about the price. The person selling the item gave a me a price but said that he would like to ask a couple questions to make sure it was going to good home and just not going to be put up for sale.
I responded to the questions, we talked about my plans for the item and my existing equipment and where I planned on putting it etc... . Pretty good discussion and my impression of the person was that he was a pretty decent guy. The last comment I made is that he should sell the item to someone else, as I wouldn't have the funds till mid august. He said he would wait, till the 15th, for the funds. I also asked if if it would be OK if I emailed him a shipping label for the item as I would prefer to ship FedEx and my company gets huge discounts on shipping. He agreed. We exchanged phone numbers.
He gave me a call on the 15th of August and asked if I was ready to do the deal. I replied I was and asked for his email address so I could Pay him via PayPal and also send him the shipping label in .pdf format. I sat down right after the call and completed the PayPal transaction and got the shipping label emailed to him. I also sent another email saying the PayPal had gone through and there wouldn't be any fees as I used the pay a friend option.
I checked in on the FedEx site for the tracking information as I was expecting it to be shipped within the week. On the 22nd of August, I asked him to shoot me a PM when he shipped the item so I would know when to be looking for it. He replied that he would give me a call when he shipped it.
Still haven't received it by the 13th of September so I shoot him another PM asking him when he might have some time to ship the item. I got a response the same day saying it was going out in the am and he would credit me back $25. I responded back that that would be great and I was beginning to wonder if he had gotten sick.
30 September, still no shipment has arrived. I shoot him another PM saying I'm not sure what is going on, but maybe he should just keep the item and refund the $'s - No response.
I wait another week and send him a PM asking what the deal is. - No response.
15 October or so, I call him and ask him to either ship the item or refund the $'s. He responds that he is really sorry and has been going thru a lot as the eldest sibling in his family. He says it is just sitting here crated up and ready to go. He feels really bad about the the whole deal and offers to ship it on his nickel and refund $50, I say thats OK as long as it happens in the next couple of days. He assures me it will and we hang up.
Now, it's a month later since our last conversation. Over 3 months since he has had the $'s for the item and 18 weeks since we started talking about the item. The worst part of this is that I used to log in every day and read the forum. While I might not post much, it was something that I looked forward too reading everyday. Now I find that this whole deal has soured me on the forum. I don't log in every day, sometimes it is just once a week.
Anyone have any ideas how I can get my $'s back or the item shipped to me.