Originally Posted by RedDevil10
Plus, you'd have to personally appear for any procedures (most jurisdictions don't allow for attorneys to represent small claims litigants) so figure travel costs into the mix (if you could have an attorney rep you, that would obviously be a cost issue). The criminal complaint is a mixed bag and depends on the local authorities, which in my experience not likely to take any action.
In the 4,000 + eBay transactions that I have been a participant, only a very, very few items have been problematic to this degree. None have involved apparel. This is not to say that I have not sold some expensive garments, I have. But for whatever the reasons, I have never really experienced the problems with apparel sales. The real issues that I have experienced were related to non-apparel items. Even then, the vast majority of buyers have been honest. I actually shipped a $2,500 transmission to a guy in Moscow and all was fine. I am not sure if I would do that now. . . there have been some both civil and criminal actions based upon eBay transactions. I am sure that you can Google them up. . .
Originally Posted by caseyfud
Time to take justice into your own hands.
Thinking "out of the box" sometimes can present a powerful alternative.
Originally Posted by Brianpore
IMO, if you like the item and want to keep it take it to the dry cleaners. If the stain comes out, ask for a partial refund and if he refuses I would leave neutral feedback just stating the facts. If the stain does not some out then proceed though the ebay item dispute and you will win but will be out the dry cleaning cost and return shipping costs (with tracking) to send it back to the seller. Up to you if you want to leave neg feedback.
if you dont want to keep it, I would just go though the ebay dispute and get your money back asap, you will still have to pay to ship it back to him WITH TRACKING. Again up to you if you want to leave neutral or neg feedback. As you said, he wasnt trying to screw you and you'll get your money back so I would prob again leave neutral feedback stating the facts.
+1 Well stated. As someone that has purchased apparel via eBay and thrifts, I always factor in either dry cleaning or laundering into a clothing purchase. As sellers of apparel, I am sure that we have all over looked minor defects due to the lighting or the sheer volume of items that we sell. I sincerely doubt that anyone on this thread would go to the effort to sell anything that has visual defects, or at a minimum of fully disclosing the condition in the description and with photos. I certainly have discarded a significant number of items after the inspection process that I have prior to listing an item for sale.