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marine electronic scam on internet

Discussion in 'Marketplace' started by bertho, Sep 19, 2013.

  1. bertho
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    bertho bertho

    Gents,
    be very careful if you purchase any equipment on the web with this company? or person..named ? " scott van der ree " or dawn ? the same ? at
    www.koalagps.com , they will be very active via emails until you paid, and nothing after :confused:
    for info, I lost already 3 months and few hundred $..have less and less hope to receive something one day..:mad:
    rgds
    Bertho
    www.fusionschooner.blogspot.com
     
  2. Grey Ghost
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    Grey Ghost Senior Member

    3 months? What did you order?
    Did you pay by credit card?
     
  3. rwatson
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    rwatson Senior Member

    KoalaGPS.com must have skipped the country, as the link doesnt work for me.
     
  4. bertho
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    bertho bertho

    grey,
    a fishfinder transducer (airmar BV744 ) .. paid by bank wire transfer as I want them to use my DHL account for delivery. look like they have number over the world but centralize in us
    best rgds
    Bertho
     
  5. bertho
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    bertho bertho

    grey,
    a fishfinder transducer (airmar BV744 ) .. paid by bank wire transfer as I want them to use my DHL account for delivery. look like they have number over the world but centralize in us :
    BNC Enterprises
    115 Garfield Street
    Suite 3867
    Sumas, WA
    USA
    98295

    contact phone 604-613-6549
    best rgds
    Bertho
     
  6. Grey Ghost
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    Grey Ghost Senior Member

    Can't bring up the website either.
    I found the company on facebook though https://www.facebook.com/KoalaMarineGPS
    You should post a message there for them.

    They list two other phone numbers there too - have you tried calling either one of these?
    NSW hotline: 02 8005 6588
    Auckland NZ line: +64 9 889 2005
     
  7. bertho
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    bertho bertho

    Grey..
    try all numbers without result ..(including french one !!! look like all is re-roaming to one or two ? guys in US ..
    as I'm tread them to clain for scam in Australia and US government help for fraud, they reply to day saying the goods are there ready since months to be collected by DHL !! , but DHL said never receive reply from them.. anyway, look a dam mess this company, avoid !! cheer's
    thanks to all...
    rgds
    bertho
     
  8. rwatson
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    rwatson Senior Member

    https://www.koalagps.com/catalog/ now works, as from their facebook page.

    "Hi there just a note that the server is down for scheduled service for 2 hours this afternoon and should be back online shortly. Thanks from Koala GPS"

    I left them a note about this site on facebook. They have disabled the comments from the main page, but I pinged them on two product comments.
     
  9. bertho
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    bertho bertho

    rwatson,
    I'm not familiar with internet shopping , but when it's going wrong, i'm just go balistic !
    those people play....
    thanks for following.... for the interest of others !
    bertho
     
  10. rwatson
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    rwatson Senior Member

    Guess what mate - this is their response

    "Hi Ray, thank you very much for your post. I agree that client is quite upset, and rightly so. He has ordered a special transducer and requested shipment by DHL. Unfortunately DHL pickups from the USA to overseas are very painful, as DHL has a poor presence in the USA. I will agree with him that we could have been faster on the mark with communications & delivery alternatives, and we are as a company working on improving overseas contact. In the end, to resolve the situation, we abandoned pickup by DHL and simply paid for US post priority shipment ourselves. His US post tracking number, fyi, is CJ426407716US and should be uploaded in the morning. I hope this assists and feel free to contact us anytime. cheers scotty"
     
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  11. rwatson
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    It looks like this may have created some issues
     
  12. bertho
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    bertho bertho

    rwatson,
    what a story for a little transducer...
    they tell me the part was on stock available in July before I do payment,, long silence no answer any mails, I start to be nasty to get a reaction,, and 6 sept finally they said ready for collect, but never reply to the few DHL contact, anyway, still awaiting for my transducer traveling by slow post now..still on the dry..! thanks to them !
    rgds
    Bertho
     
  13. Grey Ghost
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    Grey Ghost Senior Member

    Were you trying to save money offering wire transfer payment?
    A credit card is the only way I buy anything. Get one that offers cash back and pay in full every month. Then you get 1 to 1.5% cash back and purchase protection and the credit card company works as your advocate for free if anything goes wrong.
     
  14. rwatson
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    rwatson Senior Member

    Yes, I wouldnt buy anything super expensive except by Ebay, Credit card or PayPal.

    Paypal has worked very well for me.
     

  15. bertho
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    bertho bertho

    guys,
    I purchase often stuffs on the net, and most of the time , seller have deal for shipment with some ups/fedex/dhl/and so, you can't use your own DHL account for shipment if paid by credit card.. don't ask me why? it's a monopoly protection system well in place. if you paid via TT transfer, you can use you can collect your stuff with you own shipping company ( when you have account with them, most of the time it's 50% of the shipping cost from the seller !!) for small parts , we have often more delivery cost than the item !! crazy..:confused:
    this work well without any problem most of the time, this one is the first :?:...
    rgds
    Bertho
     
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