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"What is Unwant'd--besides a site laden with scammers and frauds? It's an alternative auction venue for those that despise eBay, or those desirous of scant security in their transactions with total strangers.Is it safer than Craig's list? Maybe, but only by an infinitesimal amount; there's a certain amount of lawlessness that's still allowed to take place under the guise of a "legitimate" win. One would think there are binding rules and some semblance of protection for buyers since it's an *auction* site, right?Wrong.I don't know of anyone that's successfully obtained items, or a *single* item of worth, via the site, but my sole experience with it-them-whatever entity allowed me to successfully dodge a bullet. At the last minute.Not a particularly useful lesson (on the whole)... just a lot of needless drama. Then again, it's the *memory* of the drama that inculcates a multitude of obscure mini-lessons.In a nutshell: mid-2007, enticing images (possibly faked/borrowed/stolen) of used electronics resulted in a fortuitous "win" (not a steal, but discounted just enough for satisfaction), transactional comms (circa early-21st century Amazon and eBay sales!), wired money, ping-pong comms in the aftermath where the seller stated an inability to collect funds with Western Union (plus unclear, so-called "arguments" with the WU rep), the seller's sudden insistence for a Moneygram payment (a method with "who cares about fraud? oh yeah... *we* don't" security measures), and subsequent seller disappearance after the request to use Paypal. (In retrospect, it's clear that the asshat-seller-whatever was obviously running a scam based on the first couple of messages, but when you're new, and find yourself a winner-though-soon-to-be-loser in a dated, transactional scenario, it can be difficult to tell.)And... apparently, Unwant'd's customer support is nonexistent. Or was...? Don't know or care if they are fully functioning now, but the site is still around, and people are ostensibly buying and selling on it. Except when it's offline. Sometimes the server doesn't let you connect for reasons unknown--their domain expires in 2012, so if there's a renewal, it's still alive. How is it that no one has yet given them a substantial review?!Anywhoo, my messages to them--reporting the above incident--were received, sure. But their responses were automated and chock-full of boilerplate blah and empty promises: "[pseudo-congenial filler + too-late statements of the obvious]...please let us know and we shall investigate. / We will reply to you shortly. Kind regards, The Unwant'd Team"In reality, it's more like, "Hey stupid, you helped to make this mess. Learn to wipe your own ass or leave. Kind regards, The Unwant'd Team"A little reminiscent of those self-righteous blowhards volunteering "advice" on Craig's List, but much less kind since these laissez-faire tards don't offer jack s*** for reparations, or basic assistance. Even if there are honest auctions about, there's no reason why anyone would continue to use their free listing services--much less *bid* on Unwant'd dross--after such an ordeal. That is, unless you're adventurous with money, have enough to burn, roll in, etc.Deep-seated compulsions to con people out of their money aside... I'd recommend avoiding Unwant'd at all costs."
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