Your Questions About Paper Trading Online

Sharon asks…

Am I being scammed by this person?

So I am selling a longboard on It’s a well regarded website in the sport, and I’ve done some deals through their buying/selling/trading forums before. Anyways, I got this kind of sketchy e-mail with lots of grammar errors and a mentioning of some kind of ‘personal pickup agent’ which sounded really bizarre. Here’s the e-mail:

“Thanks for mailing back, i’m an honest and straight person and always want to be treat the same way, are your sure of the item condition? this is only what can make me to be worry, i am an oceanographer and i am buying this item for my Patner, i am at sea right now,and I can only pay through Paypal and you can put the Paypal charges on me because as at present, i don’t have access to my bank account online,but i have it attached to my Paypal account,and this is why am using Paypal to pay,all i will need is your paypal email address to make the payments, i’m using a private pick up agent for the pick up, after payments has been sorted and will also handle the paper works.I will contact the pick up agent with your location? So that I can know how much it will cost me for the pick up, the pick up agent still have some more items to be pick up for me, payment wil be make to you as soon as you get back to me with your paypal email address, I will be looking forward to hear back from you ASAP.”

The thing about the condition is because the board has a little bit of wear on it. Anyways, it seems really strange for some reason. Looking on some input on if he could be trying to scam me or what.

Thanks for your time.
Thank you for the quick responses. I won’t be dealing with this gentleman anymore lol.

John answers:

100% scam.

There is no buyer.

Notice how the scammer doesn’t call what you are selling by name? He uses the generic word “item”, that is because he sends the same stock copy/paste email to anyone selling everything that he can find and he has no idea what you are selling and doesn’t care.

There is only a scammer trying to steal your possession, your electronic item, clothing or jewelry.

The scammer isn’t interested in your identity or bank account only in convincing you to ship your possession to him without him sending you a penny.

The next email will be from another of the scammer’s fake names and free email addresses pretending to be “Paypal” saying “kindly send the tracking number and we will release the funds”.

Paypal does NOT send such emails, ever. Paypal does NOT have escrow or money holding services like that scammer describes. Paypal does NOT demand you send a tracking number before money is sent. EVER. No exceptions.

Now that you have responded to a scammer, you are on his ‘potential sucker’ list, he will try again to separate you from your cash. He will send you more emails from his other free email addresses using another of his fake names with all kinds of stories of being the perfect buyer, great jobs, lottery winnings, millions in the bank and desperate, lonely, sexy singles. He will sell your email address to all his scamming buddies who will also send you dozens of fake emails all with the exact same goal, you sending them your cash via Western Union or moneygram.

You could post up the email address and the emails themselves that the scammer is using, it will help make your post more googlable for other suspicious potential victims to find when looking for information.

Do you know how to check the header of a received email? If not, you could google for information. Being able to read the header to determine the geographic location an email originated from will help you weed out the most obvious scams and scammers. Then delete and block that scammer. Don’t bother to tell him that you know he is a scammer, it isn’t worth your effort. He has one job in life, convincing victims to send him their hard-earned cash.

Whenever suspicious or just plain curious, google everything, website addresses, names used, companies mentioned, phone numbers given, all email addresses, even sentences from the emails as you might be unpleasantly surprised at what you find already posted online. You can also post/ask here and every scam-warner-anti-fraud-busting site you can find before taking a chance and losing money to a scammer.

If you google “cragislist buyer scam”, “fake paypal email scam”, “ebay escrow fraud” or something similar you will find hundreds of posts from victims and near victims of this type of scam.

Check out the one and only official paypal website, read up on what paypal does and how it really works.

Susan asks…

How to make sell-able prints of my artwork?

I am a college art major looking to sell some prints of my pen and colored pencil pieces that are aimed mostly at children and their parents. However I do not know where to start (what kind of paper to use, what kind of printing to use, and where to go to do any of this.) The prints would be in the 4×6 to 11×14 range. They also have to be cost effective because I am a college kid. I am planning on selling them at craft fairs, trade day events and possibly online.
I live near Dallas, TX and Denton, TX if that helps.
If someone could recommend a place to me, or type of paper or type of printing, or any other tips I would appreciate it.

John answers:

If you want sell-able prints as in people won’t be p**ed off at you because your print faded on them when they hung it on a wall then you should be looking for untra-chrome printing.

You can buy an Epson Stylus Photo R2000 Wide-Format Color Inkjet Printer ($500) and do it your self……

Or you can go to any store front graphics place that does “fine art printing” (ask them if they use Epson untra-chrome printers or equivalent) and have them do it……. They will probably charge $60 to scan and $15-$20 a square foot….. You can give them your scan if you don’t want to pay them to do it as long as you are not picky about color.

Mark asks…

Fall of the Roman Empire!?

Here at the factors
Political(like succession)
Economic(inflation and trade)
Social(christianity and barbarians)

i need 10 sources that are from books and i can read online.. I have no money to spend.
5 RELIABLE/CREDIBLE sources from the internet.

If anyone has done this topic can you please tell me your sources
I have a 10 page research paper 🙁

John answers:

You do know, don’t you, that you can go to the library and read books for free. Except for reference books, you can borrow them and take them home to read, too, for free.

Sandy asks…

Can I sue for this? Auto dealer problems?

We visited Bart’s Car store on Illinois Road on July 28th to look at a vehicle we found online. After hours of being shown vehicles we were not interested in they pulled the ‘bait and switch’ and offered us a new ‘2011 Chevy Equinox’ that was ‘within our budget’ even though they said the 2006 Vue was out of our league. When they had us test drive the Equinox, the only car we were even allowed to test drive, after signing a paper that said “If we test drive the car and the price meets our budget we WILL buy the car” the salesman Marq lied to us about several aspects of the vehicle. He turned off the Odometer view so I never saw the mileage but told me it had 80,000. It is also making a rattling noise which he insisted was only the AC that we have later come to find out is actually a recalled part that will cost thousands and several days to repair. We also noticed that one of the tires had low air and asked if there was a problem in which he insisted there was not, but the past week we have had the car it has gone flat every single day and needed to be repaired. He also advertised the car as being a 2011, which we later found out after we signed the paperwork that it was actually a 2010. When we came back in from the test drive we were coerced with extreme force and in numbers to buy this car and that they would make the payments what we needed them to be. We told them there was absolutely no way we could afford more than 250 a month and they tried to say that what we were paying for the car was only 15 thousand because of our trade. This was not true because yes, we traded in the impala, but the money from the Impala went towards them purchasing the Impala! We also told them we had a payment due on the Impala in two days and they insisted we don’t make the payment because they would send out a check that very day and it would throw off the payoff amount for the loan we still had on the Impala totaling around 3250. As financing options came back to us, they insisted we had to go with one of their credit unions and would not accept the fact that I’ve already been pre-approved through my own Credit Union and I wanted to use their financing. Finally we settled at a proposed 300 dollar a month payment including all tax and titles fees and 4600 dollar trade for the Impala. We went in to sign paperwork after being drawn out for 4 and a half hours and our two year old with us the entire time and she never had dinner. We just wanted to get out. As I’m signing the paperwork I start to notice the discrepancies and the fact that the guy is rushing me through without giving me time to read and covering up certain pages. So we find out that the payment is 327, the interest rate is 7%, not the promised 6%, THE CAR IS 2010 NOT 2011, and it has 87k miles, not 80k as we were told! The man who closed our financing also promised us a full detailing which as soon as we tried to schedule he reneged. At the end of paperwork we were told the only document they still needed was Tyler’s driver’s license and that we were approved and they let us drive home and took the Impala. We have been harassed non-stop since for more documents and threatened that the car would be taken back over voicemails. We have met with management 3 times over the course of the past week trying to unwind the loan and set everything straight after having an extremely bad experience and finding out that the car has several problems they lied to us about. They are now stating that they will push through our loan even without the required documents and saying that our Impala has been sold and since then a tree dropped on it and totaled it. Today they told Ty that they would take the Equinox back and give us what he got for the trade minus a one hundred dollar a day RENTAL FEE for the equinox totally 1300 dollars! They continue to add insult to injury and practice insanely nasty tactics to get as much money as they can instead of calling the situation even and giving us a refund.

John answers:

You need a good lawyer. You have been ripped off and taken advantage of in the worst way.

Charles asks…

how do writers organize in formation in the article? what purpose do you think they had in mind with this stru?

Monday 9:30 a.m. It’s time for a frank talk. And no, it can’t wait. We know, we know: Most of you are sick to death of blogs. Don’t even want to hear about these millions of online journals that link together into a vast network. And yes, there’s plenty out there not to like. Self-obsession, politics of hate, and the same hunger for fame that has people lining up to trade punches on The Jerry Springer Show. Name just about anything that’s sick in our society today, and it’s on parade in the blogs. On lots of them, even the writing stinks.

Go ahead and bellyache about blogs. But you cannot afford to close your eyes to them, because they’re simply the most explosive outbreak in the information world since the Internet itself. And they’re going to shake up just about every business—including yours. It doesn’t matter whether you’re shipping paper clips, pork bellies, or videos of Britney in a bikini, blogs are a phenomenon that you cannot ignore, postpone, or delegate. Given the changes barreling down upon us, blogs are not a business elective. They’re a prerequisite. (And yes, that goes for us, too.)

There’s a little problem, though. Many of you don’t visit blogs—or haven’t since blogs became a sensation in last year’s Presidential race. According to a Pew Research Center Survey, only 27% Some newer numbers: According to Forrester, 11.2% of online adults in the U.S. publish a blog at least once a month. Of the same group, 24.8% read a blog and 13.7% comment on a blog at least once a month. The numbers are higher for youths. Of online youths, 20.8% publish a blog, 36.6% read a blog, and 26.4% comment on a blog at least once a month. But I suspect the numbers are unreliable because many mainstream sites with millions of readers—celebrity site TMZ and gadget sites like Gizmodo—are actually blogs. But are all the readers aware of this? I doubt it. This is the blurring of the blog/mainstream divide, a theme we’ll see again and again in these revisions. of Internet users in America now bother to read them. So we’re going to take you into the world of blogs by delivering this story—call it Blogs 101 for businesses—in the style of a blog. We’re even sprinkling it with links. These are underlined words that, when clicked, carry readers of this story’s online version to another Web page. This all may make for a strange experience, but it’s the closest we can come to reaching out from the page, grabbing you by the collar, and shaking you into action.

First, a few numbers. There are some 9 million blogs out there, Yes, there were 9 million, but how many of them were active? Probably only a fraction. In early 2008, says Technorati Chairman David Sifry, the search company indexes 112 million blogs, with 120,000 new ones popping up each day. But only 11% of these blogs, he says, have posted within the past two months. That means the active universe is closer to 13 million blogs. Kevin Burton, CEO of FeedBlog, argues that the number should be lower, from 2 million to 4 million blogs. with 40,000 new ones popping up each day. Some discuss poetry, others constitutional law. And, yes, many are plain silly. “Mommy tells me it may rain today. Oh Yucky Dee Doo,” reads only one April Posting. Let’s assume that 99.9% are equally off point. What we didn’t see in early 2005 was the advent of the spam blog. These blogs, produced automatically, are designed to show up in search results and to attract Google advertisements known as Adsense. Sifry estimates that fully 99% of the blog posts reaching search engines are spam. So what? That leaves some 40 new ones every day that could be talking about your business, engaging your employees, or leaking those merger discussions you thought were hush-hush.

John answers:

Blogs are a form of self expression, in forming sentences with correct grammar and gesticulating ideas in a readily understandable way we are able not only to convey our thoughts but occasionally read the outpourings of others. The exchange of ideas increases creativity, producing blogs that are interesting, make scintillating reading whilst portraying ideas and theories in a concise and accurate fashion allows one to perfect ones articulation in the art of communication through writing. Whether the writing is informal blog speak or a well written thesis, the mere ability to outline the thought processes occurring within our mind, structuring a beginning, argument for and against and surmising what we have concluded on a given topic or subject inspires the mind to master the gift of expressive well thought out debate in writing form.

As a journal blogs allow the tracking of the way mood affects thoughts, feelings and expression of words. There are many blogs, each will ultimately find its target audience, others equally interested in the topic of discussion. Blogs are the new age form of sharing ideas with specific groups and thinkers. A decrease in formal interaction and socialising is replaced by online blog spotting, affording others the opportunity to respond with any differing or contrary views. The mode of communication of the moment.

With regard to the formation and layout it is generally accepted most articles are based upon a standard formula. A topic, an explanation or introduction of the subject, argument for and against, your own opinion and a concluding summary. Sections are allocated in depth enquiries to specific issues and elaborations upon the general theme. A writing style is applied whether informal, net speak, formal or eloquent prose and other factors applied according to targeted audience and readers. The subject is made interesting with anecdotal insertions and references of sources and matter detailing specific particles of the topic in question. One persons off the cuff mutterings are better received than an overly formalised and rigid thesis devoid of any emotive assertations or points, appearing as a sequence of factual data than a well written article.

Why do we write, what are words, sentences, they have a quiet power, each word activates a thought sequence of associated data, the brain is stimulated and embarks upon a path determined by emotional factors, environment, target of focus and aim. Blogs are written to offer ones ideas for critique or simply for information purposes only. If the musings gain attention and are heeded they incite a negative force shadowing the positive will to change and war ensues as one reinforces and encourages whilst its oppressive negative seeks to silence or engineer towards its own gain and enhancement.

Many have agendas and if contributors wield influence in opinions contrary to their own agenda, manipulation ensues to curtail the correspondent or defame in some manner if the opinions are valid and indominatably sound. The blogger then withdraws, or battles these forces if he has discerned their true face as such mislead by deceptions of facades with masks of the good. Historical study shows the best renowned scholars of literature were those who were balanced in outlook and view and took into account all views and their reasoning prior to writing a study upon any topic. This therapeutic advance in proprietary sense ensures not only the prevailing of sense but appeasement of any counter reactory responses hence creating an atmosphere of peace as all feel heard, understood.

Were this to become the norm, people would cease to rant, write offer opinions and be roused in passionate anger and guile to speak on issues. The arbiters of negative energy would then become disempowered as peace created an atmospheric equilibrium roused love through peace and sensibility. War continues…

Thank you for affording me this opportunity to rant ….

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