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Heavy metal band claims German Ebay ripoff

The Local · 28 Dec 2011, 08:21

Published: 28 Dec 2011 08:21 GMT+01:00

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Guitarist Bill Kelliher took to the band’s Facebook page earlier this week to explain that he had sold a guitar for $1,275 (€975) to a boy in Germany, who subsequently said he didn’t like the guitar and wanted a refund.

But when Kelliher asked him to send the guitar back to him, the buyer refused and somehow got Ebay to rule in his favour and order the money refunded anyway.

Kelliher posted again Tuesday evening to complain the scammer was trying to re-sell the guitar on the German version of Ebay for €1799.

“I'm not interested in hearing any … talk about Ebay or Germans. It's really just the principle I’m fighting for,” Kelliher wrote on Facebook. “To not let these things just go.”

The postings got nearly 2,000 comments from outraged fans in response, some threatening the buyer with death.

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By Wednesday the listing for the guitar had been taken off Ebay but it was unclear if the company had reversed its decision in Kelliher’s favour.

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Your comments about this article

08:54 December 28, 2011 by mos101392
The buyer needs to be found and brought to justice to send a message to other would be scammers and thieves. He needs to be convicted as if he was caught stealing it from a store. There should be no distinction between stealing from a store or from a person through E-bay.
09:10 December 28, 2011 by storymann
This is a criminal matter that should be handled by the police not ebay.
09:25 December 28, 2011 by lordkorner
Jaysus,heavy metal guitarists selling their guitars on ebay,whatever happened to burning them on stage.....kids today :-)
11:29 December 28, 2011 by Jeffvm
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19:21 December 28, 2011 by Landmine
What's the big hupla about, no returned guitar, no refund. Simple as that...
22:01 December 29, 2011 by Enough
Sounds unlikely and he's not telling the whole story.
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