joined:June 25, 2007
I recall a thread listing warning signs for scamming a while back. After dealing with a customer this morning, I think I have another to add... 'Strangely aggressive behavior'. Anybody else ever get this kind of thing?
I get a lot of people asking how much it will be to send stuff to their country. In one particular large country, they for some reason have a rather short max length size limit for the postal service there. This rules out postal for most of our items going to there. UPS/FedEx and the others are of course, way more... Plus you've got broker fees and all that. So lots of times I have people asking to quote how much the other services will cost. I gave up taking the time to quote an exact amount, because 99.9% of the time, the people say... Forget it. Which is no surprise. I wouldn't even feel right about charging what it would cost, because it's crazy to pay 4 times what the product is worth. So I usually just tell them that, and that's enough to get the idea across. Sometimes I ask them if they travel to other countries or something... Maybe we could send it there.
So I get one of those yesterday, and once again I politely explain the situation... Today I get a terse reply back from the guy, the tone of which is basically like... 'Are you going to tell me the amount? Otherwise I'll find somebody else.'
I've had people take this tone a few times before. It always raises a red flag for me. It reminds me of those scummy car salesmen that try to intimidate you and make you feel stupid for not instantly buying a car... "Well, OK... But it's going to be gone by this afternoon".
I can just imagine spending hundreds to ship the stuff, and then Mr. attitude not only does a chargeback on the merchandise, but also all the shipping.