Laura (lisforlaura) wrote in mcmaster,

a little bit of insight

Scenario: I go to McMaster University. Somebody at McMaster University sold me a printer that was supposed to work and "in mint condition." It didn't work, I contacted her about it and she promptly blocked me on Facebook (I found her in Marketplace). Basically, the situation has become that she refuses to refund me the money and has avoided all my messages and numerous ways of trying to contact her. She brought in her little sister instead who she claimed she was selling the printer for, who ended up doing the exact same thing. The little sister was very nice at first and said she would refund me back my money. It all seemed good until she decided to ignore all of my messages as well. So.. I've got nothing. I'm not pleased and I feel scammed - I'm pretty sure they knew they were selling me a broken printer and were trying to make money off of silly me.

A friend of mine who looked into this for me told me that I could go to a certain office at McMaster University and basically report her for scamming me and deal with it through them.

My question is, does anyone know if this is even possible? The transaction occurred outside of school. Yes, we both go to McMaster University but does that mean it has anything to do with McMaster? The idea seems strange to me, so I'm looking for an outside opinion.

I know this seems very 'tattle tale' but the very thought of how very low these two sisters are just angers me. I've tried reasoning, discussing it, offering them to have a go at the printer to see if it could be fixed, and it's been dragged out for three monthes and all I want is a little bit of justice.

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Okay, this comment is probably useless, but I just had to give you this bit of information:

If you keep doing what you're doing and stick to one basic message (in this case, it'd be: stop scamming people and give me my money back, you evil EVIL little gremlins), eventually you will win. (It's been proven!)

But yes, you'd probably need to take up a notch. Try the university thing and if that doesn't work, don't turn away, dismayed. Ask them for suggestions - and ask if you should go to the authorities? Then again, even if they say no - go anyway. Just think creatively. Explore every option.

But the MOST important thing is to just keep at it. They're going to give in.

That is all. Now hopefully someone else has more specific information...
Thanks, I hope so! So far, my messages are being ignored. It's quite frustrating.
I doubt it, since it's not academic-related and didn't happen at Mac. Too bad about the printer though :/ Is there not someone you can contact at the Marketplace or is it more of a laissez-faire type of place?
My friend insists there is somewhere that I can file a complaint against her. I really don't know, but I want to!

She deleted her post on Marketplace right after I contacted her about buying it which sucks as I can't use that as any proof against her. All I've got are the message threads between me and her, as well as me and her sister.
Try your university ombudsman. They're job is to mediate when there is a conflict.
As kittyfantastico says, you might be able to get someone to mediate your conflict but I am not sure they can punish for non-campus behavior, and you'd have to get the other party to agree to show up. If they could, the offices would be stuffed with bar-related hijinx. Perhaps you could bring your case to small claims court, though again I don't know for sure.
I would try complaining to facebook marketplace.... I dunno if McMaster will do anything. I kinda doubt it but I guess the ombudsman is worth a try.

Sending the girl a letter of intent to take her to small claims court might have the desired effect.