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Jack Wirtz
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Buyer Beware

#1 Post by Jack Wirtz » Fri Mar 26, 2021 1:48 pm

Has this ever happened to you? I ordered a an part from GR & Sons Laguna Beach CA on TheSamba, paid for the part when I ordered and gave them my shipping info. GR & Sons mailed it to the wrong address in another city. USPS returned the part to GR & Sons. They held the part for two weeks without notifying me. I had to call them to see if they had the part returned and gave them the correct shipping address, again. GR & Sons mailed it to the correct address after a month. Surprise, it was the wrong part. I've tried half a dozen times to to get an ok to return the part. Email, text & phone...Crickets. Bottom line is just be careful in dealing with this vendor as they lack the integrity to do the right thing.

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#2 Post by EricMcKinley » Fri Mar 26, 2021 2:10 pm

Jack, i know it does not help your situation at the moment, but what is the part, maybe someone on the registry can help you with that end.

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#3 Post by David Jones » Fri Mar 26, 2021 2:14 pm

Was the wrong part worth more or less than the correct part? That could explain their reticence in response. I have never dealt with them but from reading their ads they seem to be somewhat proud of their parts from looking at their prices.
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#4 Post by Jim Clement » Fri Mar 26, 2021 3:01 pm

I have tried to purchase items from them previously, and found them far to difficult to work with.
 

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#5 Post by Mike Wilson » Fri Mar 26, 2021 4:05 pm

I've bought several parts from them without any glitches. In addition, I found them willing to negotiate lower prices than posted.

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#6 Post by David Jones » Fri Mar 26, 2021 4:09 pm

There is the answer then Mike, we use you as the broker when we need parts from them.
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#7 Post by Mike Wilson » Fri Mar 26, 2021 4:24 pm

Me and my big mouth! 😜

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#8 Post by Jim Clement » Fri Mar 26, 2021 4:34 pm

I was hurt by the thought you were able to negotiate .. I have not been able to.. you are good !!!
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#9 Post by John Brooks » Fri Mar 26, 2021 5:40 pm

my Post went to the wrong topic ( my fingers are too fat for my phone.)
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#10 Post by Steve Kram » Fri Mar 26, 2021 6:21 pm

I have bought from George several times in the past and never had a problem. He also always communicates responsibly.
Wonder what the problem is?
He certainly deals in a large volume of items.

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#11 Post by Mark dinsdale » Fri Mar 26, 2021 6:31 pm

I’ve ordered several parts from him without any issues and most of the time he has accepted my first bid. One item that was half of what he was asking but I bid anyway one night just before the item closed and he accepted.

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#12 Post by chris romney » Fri Mar 26, 2021 9:12 pm

FWIW, it looks to me like most of their parts are at least double what I would consider to be the going price. If I were buying from them I would start by offering no more than half the asking price. They also post so many parts they clog up the Samba and make it a lot more work to find the reasonably priced parts from other vendors/sellers.
 

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#13 Post by Mike Wilson » Fri Mar 26, 2021 9:23 pm

Just look at his prices as "asking" prices and make reasonable offers. He'll work with you.

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#14 Post by Spencer Harris » Sat Mar 27, 2021 6:01 pm

chris romney wrote:
Fri Mar 26, 2021 9:12 pm
They also post so many parts they clog up the Samba and make it a lot more work to find the reasonably priced parts from other vendors/sellers.
The default on Samba is to list the ads as they are updated/renewed. Many of GR&Sons ads are years old, but they pop to the front page as they're renewing ads every day. If you sort the ads by Date Placed (drop down on bottom of page) the new listings pop to the front page and older ads are sorted accordingly. If you leave Samba open in one of your browser tabs the date placed sort stays in place and only new listings populate the first page. If you close the site you have to reselect date placed and sort when you reopen it.
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If you perform a search for a specific item, choose the option "show new ads on top" to see the newest listings first - not the newest renewals of old offerings.
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I rarely use the main search form, but if your initial search for a part turns up (for example) a dozen pages you can refine the search to specific models, price range, even the seller's zip code.
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#15 Post by Adam Wright » Sat Mar 27, 2021 9:19 pm

Spencer Harris wrote:
Sat Mar 27, 2021 6:01 pm
chris romney wrote:
Fri Mar 26, 2021 9:12 pm
They also post so many parts they clog up the Samba and make it a lot more work to find the reasonably priced parts from other vendors/sellers.
The default on Samba is to list the ads as they are updated/renewed. Many of GR&Sons ads are years old, but they pop to the front page as they're renewing ads every day. If you sort the ads by Date Placed (drop down on bottom of page) the new listings pop to the front page and older ads are sorted accordingly. If you leave Samba open in one of your browser tabs the date placed sort stays in place and only new listings populate the first page. If you close the site you have to reselect date placed and sort when you reopen it.
SAMBA Sort.JPG

If you perform a search for a specific item, choose the option "show new ads on top" to see the newest listings first - not the newest renewals of old offerings.
Search Sort.JPG

I rarely use the main search form, but if your initial search for a part turns up (for example) a dozen pages you can refine the search to specific models, price range, even the seller's zip code.
Search Form.JPG
You can also exclude certain vendors from showing up in your searches, it's handy for guys like this that fill 5 pages in a row with over priced ads.
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