Guys bear with me here, I have a horror story to share, and looking for some advice... so here it goes----- I bought a laptop from this ebay seller with seller id "idriveacobalt87";. Here is the ebay listing: Link The purchase date was Oct. 19, 2009. I received the laptop on Oct. 26 2009. I had noticed that the sender was the same as the seller, ie, he probably told his friend to mail it so I cannot find out his address. He is some 22 year old kid still living with his parents; from my research online. Anyways, The laptop was definitely not as described, the lcd monitor has two vertical lines. (I took a picture of it right before I send it back, luckily. He doesn't know that I have a picture) Also, the CPU, memory, graphics card were all swapped out for much cheaper substitutes.(I ran a program called CPU-Z to find that out) I would not pay more than $100 for this piece of trash. I contacted the seller on that same day and he agreed to take my refund if I ship it back. this is what he said: ----(begin)--------- Wow. Im really sorry for the incovience. I had someone who said they knew about computer look at it and he said it was all factory. I guess he doesnt know as much as he thought. Would you want it if i refunded you part of you payment? If not its no big deal. Once again im really sorry for the misinformation and the incovience. ------(end)---------- That same day, Oct. 26, I shipped it back to address where it came from. The delivered date was 10/29/2009. The next day, the seller emailed me saying he cannot refund me because of this BS (here is his own words) -----------------------------------(begin)------------ Im sorry to inform you that I am unable to refund you your money due to the fact that the laptop you have returned was returned damaged and in non working condition. It look as if it has been opened in multiple places. In the front especially its seem to be deformed and broken. There are new chips, scratches and pry marks which i have all documented. Also when I turned on the computer, it did power up but the screen remained blank and black. I did call eBay and spoke to a gentleman named Andy and told him my situation. He told me to inform you of this and to offer you the laptop back and not to refund your money. I sent photos to ebay to show them the damage. Please get back to me as soon as possible. ------------------------------------------------(end)---- which is a bunch of lies. OMG. Now, I paid $630 for the auction and paid $24.05 for UPS shipping back to him.(still have the receipt w/ tracking number) I made sure it was well packed and paid UPS for shipping insurance etc. Why would I damage his laptop and send it right back.. I tried to contact him a few more times until it was obvious he was just trying to scam money off me. I already talked to my credit card company and they said I need to wait 15 days to file a claim. I will feel terrible if he gets away with this. Man i am willing to sign affidavit, polygraph, sworn in court, cross-examination, pay court fee, anyways, whatever it takes to get him caught. I care less of the financial loss compare to the fact that some jackass is out there trying to make me look like I am the scammer! I got really mad today when I got this message today: ----(begin)----- Lies! Please. If you told me that you intentions were to receive the laptop, swap parts out or destroy it apart, and then send it back and ask for a refund i would not of sold it to you. I have already spoken to eBay about what has occurred. They have it on their records. They instructed me on what to do. I have evidence if needed. Witnesses also. So now ill just wait for the "authorities" to contact me and then go from there. Im sorry this didnt go according to plan for you. ----(end)----- Please advice.... 1)anything else I should do? I filed a complaint to IC3 in addition to talking to my credit card company. 2) how not to get so mad over this. THANKS About myself: I am an actuarial software analyst with a MA degree in math, just graduated about 2 years ago. making a descent living but I need to work hard and long hours.. I need to take actuarial exams for my job in a week so that's another source of frustration, man I need to deal with this jackass even when I am so stressed from work and studying.