Thanks. I'm so fucking pissed right now. In all my years as a member of the ebay community, I've never had someone purposely destroy something just to get a refund. But what really upsets me is paypal holding my money for 21 days. Can they legally do that? It totally fucks with my system of buying and selling.
Half of the people I've talked to via eBay customer service weren't the savviest people in the world, to put it politely. The fact that you had pictures to back up your story and they sided with him is absolutely absurd. I would say that paypal holding any portion of your money beyond what those bags were sold for is questionable, at best, although I'm sure they're very well protected legally.