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I write to advise members of the CBG community about an unfortunate experience I recently had with Ted Crocker. Before I do so, I would like to mention that I have been a very good customer and more than a little supportive to Ted. I helped him unload when he first moved to Tallahassee. I paid him $100.00 more than his asking price for a CBG, to help him get situated. I carried him and his guitars to a local blues event. When he began to experience his present financial woes, I bought THREE guitars from him, and paid cash for each of them. All in all, I have bought five Crocker guitars, and still have four (the other was a gift).
One of those purchases was on Ebay, the “lap dancer” CBG, item #1607986822028. I submitted the winning bid of $195.00. Since (at that time) Ted lived less than six miles from me, I went by his house, paid him $200.00 in cash, and got the guitar. I gave him excellent feedback. This all occurred less than an hour after the auction closed.
Yesterday I received an email from Ebay which provides: “tcrockerusa has canceled the transaction, and you're no longer entitled to receive the item. Also, an unpaid Item has been recorded on your account.” (emphasis supplied).
Ted recently mentioned on his clubhouse that he was having difficulty paying his Ebay fees. Upon receiving the above, I determined Ted presently has no items available on Ebay, which strongly suggests he still owes them. My conclusion is that he is so desperate that he “canceled the transaction” in order to avoid having to pay Ebay their cut.
I don’t precisely know what rate Ebay charges but I am confident it is less than 10%. The bottom line is that I got negative information placed on MY Ebay account for less than $20.00 (10% of $195.00 = $19.50). I suppose Ted needed this money for "veneeer." I started to chew his ass out at the clubhouse earlier today when he promptly “banned” me. Hence, I am posting this here. Thanks.