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Read This If You Don't Want To Be Ripped Off!
By oz_helenmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 11196, member since Sat Aug 10, 2002
On Tue Apr 27, 2010 04:59 AM
Made sticky by oz_helen (35388) on 2010-04-27 05:04:08

Once again, we have had a spate of members who have joined DDN essentially to rip off sellers.

It is far too easy for this to happen. Word is out amongst the disco community that you can have costumes sent out without payment or even deposit on this site. A new member joins, gets their 20 comments up as quickly as possible, mostly by posting about how interested they are in costumes, then when someone takes the bait, has a costume sent out to either a real or false address, never to be seen again (until it possibly turns up later after being sold to an unsuspecting buyer).

What can DDN do about it after the fact? Not much, unfortunately. We can (and have in the past) ban members for abuse of the boards, but this doesn't get your money or costume back. The only way after the fact is to get the police involved.

What can we all do to prevent this?

1. Arrange for costumes to be tried on only at competitions.

2. If you MUST send costumes out, only do so after receiving payment. A cheque in your hand isn't good enough, as payment can be stopped and cheques can bounce. Ideally, cheques should clear before the costume is sent.

3. Refund money for returned costumes immediately. This ensures goodwill between buyers and sellers.

4. Check the contact details given before sending costumes out. In a recent case, the school that was named as the one a fraudulent member attended, had never heard of the "real" name that was used by this member and wasn't even a competition school. Another school simply didn't even exist.

5. Read the Negative Feedback thread.

6. Keep an eye on the Administration board.

7. Mod-report any suspicious members or anyone breaking the posting rules on the For Sale boards. Yes, this means reporting people who say "Gorgeous cozzie!" Don't call them out on the boards, because then they'll know we're onto them and will be less likely to slip up. Mod-report them. It's quick and gets the message to the right people fast. This latest bust involved ten separate accounts and the only reason they were found in the first place is because one person mod-reported one of the accounts. However, costumes had unfortunately already been sent out and this didn't come to light until after many of the accounts were banned.

8. Don't be afraid to go against the grain. I know that sending out costumes without payment is the way you've always done it, but it makes you vulnerable to fraud and theft. Nobody should think any less of you if you begin a new way of doing things: a better and safer way.

Helen and the mod squad

10 Replies to Read This If You Don't Want To Be Ripped Off!

re: Read This If You Don't Want To Be Ripped Off!
By queeny1 Comments: 28, member since Sun Jan 18, 2009
On Sat Jun 05, 2010 08:42 AM
well i am new to the site and the information you have given will make me aware
re: Read This If You Don't Want To Be Ripped Off!
By traymac Comments: 22, member since Tue Feb 23, 2010
On Tue Aug 31, 2010 06:21 AM
I am also new to this site, and I found this information very helpful. Thank You
re: Read This If You Don't Want To Be Ripped Off!
By Lauren09 Comments: 6, member since Wed May 05, 2010
On Wed Oct 27, 2010 09:16 AM
I am new to the site and about to buy a cossie so this is really helpful. Thanks
re: Read This If You Don't Want To Be Ripped Off!
By josiec Comments: 1, member since Mon Oct 24, 2011
On Wed Oct 26, 2011 12:16 PM
This has been very helpful to me as im new to this site..THANKS.
re: Read This If You Don't Want To Be Ripped Off!
By pmtmad Comments: 27, member since Mon Oct 31, 2011
On Mon Oct 31, 2011 02:02 AM
All very new to me so I really appreciate your post

Many Thanks
re: Read This If You Don't Want To Be Ripped Off!
By JODE4 Comments: 3, member since Mon May 07, 2012
On Mon May 07, 2012 10:02 AM
New member to the site, thank you for the information, great help!
re: Read This If You Don't Want To Be Ripped Off!
By neat1 Comments: 3, member since Wed May 04, 2011
On Thu Jul 05, 2012 05:24 PM
I'm new to this site and have found a costume for my daughter, I fully expected to pay for it before it got sent out. Just not sure how to send the payment ?
re: Read This If You Don't Want To Be Ripped Off!
By AlandN Comments: 40, member since Fri Sep 14, 2012
On Sat Sep 22, 2012 10:39 AM
This is great advice for people new to selling and buying costumes, thanks.
re: Read This If You Don't Want To Be Ripped Off!
By jennandjess Comments: 29, member since Sun May 12, 2013
On Sun May 12, 2013 06:02 AM
great idea xxxx
re: Read This If You Don't Want To Be Ripped Off!
By rose18 Comments: 13, member since Sun Jun 23, 2013
On Sun Jun 23, 2013 04:17 PM
thank you for the information as I am a new member and not very used to dance net, thank you

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