Monday, May 12, 2008

The Tragic Tale of Jacinta Buggs

As I've written before, I've been enjoying So have many others. But, as some people have already pointed out, there is no doubt that scammers have also discovered the site. My favorite scammer is lisa37211. (If you go to that link, you'll see Lisa's picture, too).

Lisa quit selling on Ebay in 2007, most likely due to the high fees they now charge. I'm betting she sells on one of the competitor's sites. But once she found, she decided to go with this story:

"My boyfriend talked me into trying to get a small jewelry business going. He said he could book all the places for the “parties” and that he knew lots of people that would be interested. We found places to buy jewelry at discounted prices and did just that, on my credit card of course. I bought about 330 pieces and we started to have "Jewelry parties". This went just “ok” for a short while.

He bailed and left me with all the jewelry debt on my credit card. Yikes! But, I did get the jewelry back. I have tried everything to sell it in the past 2 years, now I only have about 110 pieces left. Please remember all of this jewelry is Brand New. It is all beautiful jewelry, I just need to let people see them. I also have been selling them just above cost, hoping to get rid of them all. I saw this site on TV and decided to give it a try.

I am only able to list 5 at a time on here, but, I have created web pages to list them all . . . If you would like to see them just let me know and I will send you the links.

PLEASE everybody, help me get this debt off my back!

God Bless you all!

PS For my protection as well as yours, I prefer to use paypal for payment. . Thank you for understanding."

It makes you tear up, doesn't it? Yeah, me too. Oh wait, no - that's the onions I was just chopping.

Anyway, it's a pretty obvious ploy to turn into her own personal fee-free Ebay. Most of the women are selling used or barely used stuff, and she's selling her stock.

(I've seen at least two other sellers with a very similar scheme. One was a man whose fiance had started a jewelry business with him, and then she 'died suddenly' so he was forced to sell her stock 'at cost'.)

I decided this was too good an opportunity to pass up.

So I enlisted Jacinta Buggs, who listed 4 items she will not sell under any circumstances. Here is Jacinta's tragic tale:

"My husband and I started a jewelry business. We bought lots and lots of very expensive jewelry. However, my husband recently died when he spontaneously combusted on the living room couch in the middle of American Idol.

After the fire department was called, and the fire was put out, I realized that I would be facing a great deal of repair work.

Not only do I need to hire a crew to scrub up the black greasemarks on the floor, but I also need to buy a new couch. Happily, I do not need to pay for cremation.

Additionally, as he was the brains of the operation, I am completely incapable of feeding myself or working independantly.

Therefore, I have chosen to sell the remainder of these wonderful baubles at a price that is special JUST FOR YOU. I saw this site on TV, and thought I'd give it a try.

PLEASE everybody, help me get this debt off my back!

So, buy from me and may God, Buddha, Allah, and Your God of Choice bless you and may the force be with you."

Jacinta posted a bracelet right next to Lisa's bracelet. She also posted a ring very like Lisa's ring. It was marked 'sold' immediately, at a price much lower than Lisa's.

It was bound to get Lisa's attention.

Within an hour, Lisa wrote to Jacinta "I noticed that you used my posts as a guide as to what to say. I think that is wrong, you should tell the truth. Lisa"
Uh huh. Suddenly Lisa believed in truth, mom, and apple pie.

So Jacinta wrote back "I am MORTALLY wounded that you would accuse me of such deceit. I saw your profile on Ebay, by the way. What a lot of transactions you have! Surely you should be out of debt by NOW. Have a wonderful day!"
Deciding that honesty was always the best policy, Jacinta added " the way, you DO understand that people are laughing at you? No one buys your story. Maybe you could come up with something more original, like, oh - I dunno... how about "aliens left this on my doorstep! Buy it now and get a true alien artifact! I have the best prices in town for extraterrestrial jewelry!" But that's OK - we enjoy people like you because it fills our day with laughter."
Lisa chewed on that for a couple of minutes and shot back "You asre a very rude person, what are you so angry about? I have bought and sold many things on ebay over the years, so??? I wish I were out of debt. You will notice that I have not sold the jewelry on ebay though. Lately I have been buying for other peoople..You should at least come up with something creative yourself not play off someone elses add. You have nice pieces at good prices why not just be nice? Lisa"
To which Jacinta replied "But I AM telling the truth - just as YOU are, right? No - really - it's TRUE! God, Buddha, and Allah bless. Oh - and may the force be with you."
After that, Lisa let it go. Jacinta hasn't heard another thing from Lisa yet, but Lisa's listings are still up. So if you want to buy a brand new bauble at "just above cost", you might want to check out Lisa's stock.


Mr. Fabulous said...

You are made of AWESOME! LOL

Uncle Joe said...

The very same thing happened to me while I was watching American Idol.
In fact, it's happened twice.

The Lazy Iguana said...

Why bother? You sure have put a lot of effort into this!

Saur♥Kraut said...

Lazy, Effort? Nah, it was done in minutes. ;o)

Uncle Joe, I understand it's a common complaint!

Mr. Fabulous, coming from YOU, that's a high compliment! :D

The Lazy Iguana said...

Thinking about it, researching e-bay, and so on ALL count as effort :)

Saur♥Kraut said...

Lazy, then I get an "A" for effort! ;o) Seriously, it took very little time. And I enjoyed it greatly, which counts for something and replaces jazzercise and eating chocolate.

doozie said...

I spontaniously combust whenever I see a really hawt man. His hawtness combined with my abrasivness makes for a bad combination

Saur♥Kraut said...

Doozie, I know whatcha mean, sister.

Uncle Joe said...

Doozie, I've heard the sound you make while the "combustion" is happening.
There were no hawt men there.

We all had to clear the room.

Mr. Grey Ghost said...

"God, Buddha and Allah Bless. Oh and may the force be with you." LOL!!!

Fred said...

The comments on this post are as priceless as the post itself.

I'll consult with the God of my choice when I check out the site.

Three Score and Ten or more said...

Saur, the original instigator of friction. Go ahead, stir the pot. Loved the idea. Should have been able to get a "Double Double fire and trouble, Fire Burn and Cauldren Bubble" (thanks Mr Shakespeare) into it somewhere.