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post #1 of 42 Old 04-10-2013, 07:25 PM Thread Starter
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Enough for small claims?

About a week ago, I bought a saddle online. It was advertised as a 17.5". I received the saddle yesterday, and I was able to tell the second I took the saddle out of the box, it wasn't a 17.5". Measured it and sure enough, 16.5". Contacted her and she claims it was 17.5" when she measured it, and she just didn't think I was doing it right. Plus she doesnt want it back because its too small for her.
(so how she didnt know it was only a 16.5" I don't know) Sent her a picture of it being measured, she still refuses to refund my money. She lives a few hours away, just over the state line, I paid 400.00 which included shipping. I desparately needed a new saddle, and that was the only money I had. I really just want my money back, she can have the saddle.
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post #2 of 42 Old 04-10-2013, 07:31 PM
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Have tou talked to a lawyer yet? Theyll know more about it.
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post #3 of 42 Old 04-10-2013, 07:34 PM
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if it was eBay put in a claim
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post #4 of 42 Old 04-10-2013, 07:45 PM
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If you paid paypal file a claim.

And a tip for next time is ask for a picture of the measurement. If I ever buy a saddle online I make sure I see pictures with the seat, gullet and flaps measured.

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post #5 of 42 Old 04-13-2013, 01:22 PM
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Your best bet is probably to resale it and try recoup your loss if you didn't get in somewhere like eBay or through PayPal where you can file a claim.
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post #6 of 42 Old 04-13-2013, 05:56 PM
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She's likely spent the money. A call to the court house will tell you in brief how to file in small claims. There may be a filing fee. Ask if it makes a diff. Is she's out of state.
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post #7 of 42 Old 04-13-2013, 09:41 PM
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Um, I really think this is nothing more than a case of buyer beware. You learned a lesson, resell the saddle and move on.

Make sure to get pictures of the measurements before you buy next time.

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post #8 of 42 Old 04-13-2013, 09:48 PM
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Totally agree Smrobs. I sold a saddle last fall, and basically, after 3 weeks the lady tells me it is not the size I sold it as, if was 1/2" smaller. She filed a claim with eBay......what a pain that was. I could not buy anything without refunding her the $$, and I had no intention of that. I finally called eBay and got them to find in my favor-and they did so BECAUSE I POSTED PICTURES OF EVERY MEASUREMENT IMAGINABLE. She had no leg to stand on.

Never buy a saddle without seeing how the person measures the gullet, seat, etc. Lesson learned. I would suggest you sell it, and when you do-post LOTS of pictures.

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post #9 of 42 Old 04-13-2013, 10:32 PM
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excuse me, but that is not buyer beware, that is FRAUD and its a crime, call her and demand your money back or you will file charges. Call the police in her area and also the postal inspectors. How did you pay for saddle ? If it was a credit card, call your bank and report it
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post #10 of 42 Old 04-13-2013, 10:43 PM
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You really think it's fraud when it's a case of measuring a saddle, which most police depts know absolutely nothing about? I doubt it.
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