Warning: Desijatt - Bad Seller / No-Show Seller
http://forums.redflagdeals.com/warning- ... st12406133
FACTS OF THE CASE
I am making this post to warn all RFD users of the seller named Desijatt.
From my last dealing with Desijatt about a failed deal, I deem this individual to be a manipulative liar who refuses to honor his sale and who has repeatedly failed to show up to meet despite multiple verbal and written confirmations.
The following is a summarized chronology of my case. I will stick to only the facts of this bad sale, backed up by exact quotes from Desijatt sent to me by PM on RFD or by SMS to my phone.
The deal in question is for an Apple iPad 3G which he posted on RFD for sale on Jan 31:
http://forums.redflagdeals.com/ipad-16g ... fi-999027/
On Feb 1, he replied to my offer by PM for the first time. We then exchanged a rapid series of PMs, during which he confirmed that the sale was legitimate and that the iPad was genuine and unopened.
As a general rule, I exercise great caution in screening sellers to avoid scammers. To this end, I always ask the seller to correspond with me not only by PM but also by SMS and by voice (phone) so that there will be no room for misunderstanding of the terms of a private sale.
Desijatt gave me his mobile number, and we spoke to each other by phone on Feb 1. He again confirmed with me the condition and price of the sale. I requested that we would meet at the Apple store in Eaton Centre. I told him that I will ask the staff at the Apple store to verify the serial on the device to make sure that it is legit. Further, before paying him in full, I told him that we will open the supposedly sealed iPad in the store together to ensure that it is not a fake and that it is not damaged or stolen goods. Desijatt agreed. We set up a time to meet in the afternoon of Feb 2.
On Feb 2, just half an hour before the time set for our meet-up, he sent me a SMS telling me that he could not come because of bad weather. I was already near the store waiting for him. Although I found it to be odd that he would choose only to notify me this late, I reluctantly accepted his explanation and asked him for an alternate time. He wrote me back the following messages by SMS:
Desijatt (Feb 2th, 2011 12:04 PM): "Around 2Pm would be soonest."
Desijatt (Feb 2th, 2011 12:04 PM): "Ok this is fine I am confirming"
I waited for him for the second time for over an hour, during which time I repeatedly tried to reach him by voice and SMS without any success. At first, I was quite worried that he might have been in an accident on his way to meet me. It soon became apparent that he had skipped out on our deal and had deliberately chosen not to respond to my earlier messages.
Between Feb 2 and Feb 3, I tried to reach him again by PM, SMS, and phone. He did not respond until, on Feb 4, I sent a PM notifying the mod at RFD that I intended to post a warning in this forum about this seller and a PM notifying Desijatt himself of my complaint. Almost immediately, I received a flood of PMs from Desijatt acknowledging that he had knowingly skipped out of our meet-up, pleading with me not to file the complaint, and agreeing again to meet with me for the sale:
Desijatt (Feb 4th, 2011 11:12 AM): "I'm sure we can resolve this matter somehow. You have every right to do whatever you feel is right. but let me know what i can do to help i'm sorry"
Desijatt (Feb 4th, 2011 11:14 AM): "I don't have an excuse nor am i going to try to make up a pathetic one."
Desijatt (Feb 4th, 2011 12:05 PM): "the item is still sitting on my Desk SEALED. I can promise a tomorrow MEET WITH NO TRICKS"
However, Desijatt also sent me a PM demanding that I would remove a post I had made in one of his threads selling an Apple product in which I alerted other RFD users that this individual had flaked out of a previously agreed sale:
Desijatt (Feb 4th, 2011 12:13 PM): "also this is a personal matter please change your comments on my ipod thread otherwise i will not do this transaction."
Once more, I reluctantly accepted his explanation and agreed to meet with him on Feb 5 for the sale. Again, I demanded that we would speak on the phone to confirm the deal. We spoke to each other by phone in the evening of Feb 4. I meticulously went over once more the terms of our sale, including location and examination of the iPad by the Apple store staff to ensure that it is legit before I would pay him in full. I also told him I would temporarily block out for now my negative posts about him but would reinstate them immediately should he again fail to follow through on this deal. Once again, he agreed to my demands and gave me his assurance that he would show up this time with no delay or excuse.
On Feb 5, just hours before the time set for our meet-up, he sent me a PM retracting his previous promise:
Desijatt (Feb 5th, 2011 11:51 AM): "Please respond back and let me know if it is possible for us to meet tomorrownthis [sic] is adequate time in advance"
I replied back by both PM and SMS, telling him that this is not possible, especially given the terms of the sale to which he had repeatedly agreed yesterday. I also notified him by PM, SMS, and voice that I would be at the Apple store on time waiting for him. He has since not responded to any of my messages, yet again. However, I knew that he had read at least one of my PMs to him on RFD because of a private message receipt I received back from him.
Not surprisingly, he did not show up at the Apple store (for the third time). I tried to contact him by SMS and phone from the Apple store without success. My last message to him was a voice mail left to his mobile number, telling him that he had failed to honor this deal and that I would report him as a bad dealer on RFD accordingly.
As these events transpire, several RFD users have alerted me to a previous bad dealing by Desijatt that had led to a temporary ban of him back in Jul 2009:
http://forums.redflagdeals.com/warning- ... te-751100/
I was aware of Desijatt's prior negative BST feedback, but I was also aware of the many positive ratings he had received in other sales since then. As such, I decided that I should practice due diligence in giving every benefit of doubt to this individual who may have reformed. Alas, I was wrong in my judgment, as proven in this case.
Although I had not lost any money by paying him in advance for this sale, I had lost many hours of my time over this ordeal and had taken time off work for the meet-ups. I had considered dropping this matter in silence after he failed the first time to show up for the sale, but I decided to try to reconcile with this individual as I believe he deserves a second chance so that he would not be labeled forever with a scarlet letter because of a first-time mistake. Sadly, Desijatt has proven me wrong.
I will not speculate on Desijatt's true intentions behind this prank he had pulled with this sale. I know that most RFD users are very clever and savvy shoppers, so that I can safely leave the speculations to those who may be more qualified to do so. Undoubtedly, Desijatt will respond to this thread with his excuses and false accusations. I simply want to report my true experience dealing with Desijatt and let the facts speak for themselves. This way, these facts may serve as a fair warning to others who are considering making a purchase from him.
Lastly, I invite other RFD users who have had bad dealings with Desijatt to post their experiences with this manipulative individual.
[UPDATE: Feb 6] See the excellent sleuthing by RFD master user JAC on further info and past bad seller behaviors of Desijatt:
http://forums.redflagdeals.com/warning- ... on-592011/
http://forums.redflagdeals.com/armani-g ... ost7764515
http://forums.redflagdeals.com/warning- ... st12384628
[UPDATE: Feb 6] Mendesb, Sponsored RFD Poster, has posted a personal account of his bad dealing with the seller Desijatt:
http://forums.redflagdeals.com/warning- ... st12386932
[UPDATE: Feb 8] Reputable RFD member, djoutcry, has provided a new testimonial sent to him by another RFD user of Desijatt's bad seller behavior:
http://forums.redflagdeals.com/warning- ... st12404905
1. Practice extreme caution when dealing with Desijatt about a sale.
2. If Desijatt repeatedly makes late requests to change meeting time and place, be suspicious that he may not show up for the sale.
3. Use multiple forms of communications (preferably written) when corresponding with Desijatt that can then be traced in case there is a dispute.