I won an auction on Ebay for a "perfectly working" Magantone M15A amp. $800 plus $100 shipping.
It was shipped from Washington state to my location at the southern tip of Florida. 75 pound amp poorly packed. When it arrived it didn't work. Parts were detached like the poorly replaced power cord inside the amp. It was loosely swinging around inside the amp broken. It would turn on, all the tubes would light up but no sound.
I tried replacing the more common preamp tubes but I didn't have the weird power tubes it uses. It didn't help.
I had a tech look at it but he couldn't find replacement tubes either. He did reattach the cord better but it didn't help.
Anyway the auction had a return policy for any reason including a "buyer pays return shipping".
At that point I mailed it back isured for $900. Cost is another $112 out of my pocket. Now I'm out over a grand.
The item arrives in Washington, but the seller says that it was "totally destroyed" upon return shipping. It sounds like he's trying to collect on the insurance on the return shipment.
I've escalated the claim through Ebay and have done all of this within the time frame allowed, but I'm not hearing anything in the last few days from Ebay or the seller. It IS the weekend, but I'm wondering if I need to call Ebay to figure this all out at this point.