Recaster Alert - Final Verdict Page One Post One

Watson

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**ANOTHER UPDATE**

Here is is the actual guy who is ripping me off and here is his current auction for my tiles. Anyone recognize this e bay user name y-winger 1

http://cgi.ebay.com/STAR-WARS-4-piece-Deat...1QQcmdZViewItem


I contacted evil bay and I really can't do anything else at this point. He intends to continue using the molds. My conversation with him on AIM:

Gauntlett: Hiya
Gauntlett: Can I ask you a question
Gauntlett: Are you enjoying recasting my tiles that I sold to you on March 21st of last

msfockered: hello?
Gauntlett: hiya
Gauntlett: This Charlie or Garrett
msfockered: Garret, who's this?
Gauntlett: This is the guy you bought the death star surface panels from last year
msfockered: Don't remember that.
Gauntlett: really
Gauntlett: do you still use paypal?
Gauntlett: Do you also not recall sending me 112.50 for the 9 death star panels you bought from me off ebay?
Gauntlett: on March 21, 2005?
Gauntlett: well?
Gauntlett: Transaction Details
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eBay Payment Received (ID # 0SM4645930063925K)
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Total Amount:
$112.50 USD
Fee Amount:
-$3.56 USD
Net Amount:
$108.94 USD


Date:
Mar. 21, 2005
Time:
15:33:44 PST
Status:
Completed

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Item # Item Title Qty Price Subtotal
7502576950 Star Wars Death Star Surface Panels 9-Panel Kit 1 $105.00 USD $105.00 USD

Shipping & Handling
(includes any seller handling fees) $7.50 USD
Shipping Insurance : --

Total: $112.50 USD
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Seller Protection Policy:
Eligible

Attn. Sellers:
You must ship to the address shown below to be protected under PayPal's Seller Protection Policy.
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Shipping Address:

******* ******
***********
pittsburgh, PA 15212
United States
Confirmed

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Payment From:
******* ***** (The sender of this payment is Verified)
Buyer's ID:
focker2005
Buyer's Email:
msfockered@aol.com
Payment Sent to:

gwatson@**********

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Payment Type:
Instant

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Action:
Print Packing Slip | Add Tracking Info
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Description:
Star Wars Death Star Surface Panels 9-Panel Kit

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Refund Information: To refund this payment in part of full for any reason, please use the Send Money tab. The Refund Payment option is available for 60 days after a payment was sent.
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Note:
The additional 5 pieces I want is A,B,C,D,A. Please notify me when you ship these. Thanks.

*** Error while sending IM: Refused by client
Gauntlett: Nothing?


Gauntlett: Nothing?
msfockered: Sorry, I don't type real fast so I can't answer everyone at once.
Gauntlett: So do you even care you are ripping me off?
msfockered: I don't mean to rip you off if I don't remember. If you say that you did sell them to me, then I will obide by the laws of reproducing someone elses work then have to stop.
Gauntlett: dude look at your own paypal. march 21 2005 look at the auction details
Gauntlett: if you are abiding by not selling others works then I would think that you need to send me the molds
Gauntlett: or destroy them and send me the pictures as you destroy them step by step each one
msfockered: I see the feedback from the transaction. I will stop then because I don't want to make others mad at me.
Gauntlett: and the molds?
msfockered: Well, I need the molds for my own use. I am currently making a display for my own collection and need to be able to make them for my models I have at home.
msfockered: I apologize for the mix up. I really thought I had purchased them from a flea market and didn't remember buying them from you.
Gauntlett: I cant stop you from further stealing from me. By not destroying them or sending them to me you intend to further recasting my work
Gauntlett: People like you make this hobby suck
Gauntlett: you drive the good builders away with your lack of ethics and lackluster moral code
Gauntlett: if you make one more copy of that even for yourself you are stealing
Gauntlett: pure and simple
Gauntlett: may god have mercy on your soul
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**UPDATE**

The gentleman who was selling these has contacted me and has provided me with the information of the person who sold them to him claiming to be his own design.

I checked the name and email against my sales records and sure enough I sold a set of 9 panels to this guy on ebay last year. I am going to work with the mods from several boards to find out if this person has registered with them to find out if he is a member anywhere.

If that turns up empty I will be seeing if any of you know who this guy is. Thank you so much for the support today guys. It is days like today that I realize that although there are a few bad apples the majority of us watch each others backs.

Greg










Mike Salzo emails me this link to an ebay auction this morning. I was laughing at first but now I am super pissed.

This asshat is selling my Death Star panels and even offering a "Certificate of Authenticity to show that it is an original model being produced by Gares Designs & Creations"

Man how can someone feel good about doing this. The only thing I can say is that he is at least overcharging for them. Does anyone know who this guy is?

http://cgi.ebay.com/Science-Fiction-Surfac...bayphotohosting

Here is a link to my site showing my progress as I built these:
http://www.blockheadpictures.com/scratchbuild.html

The picture in his auction:
e4_1.jpg


My Set:
 
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Watson

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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Buckeye_01 @ May 9 2006, 09:10 AM) [snapback]1241225[/snapback]</div>
That sucks man. I hope he gets whats coming to him for all his BS claims.
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I just sent this to him via e Bay

Just so you know, I do not appreciate you recasting my work. I worked hard to make these and I do not appreciate you claiming them as an original piece from you.

I am asking that you at least have the decency to remove this auction.

JDH
 

Boba Frett

Sr Member
Can you file a complaint with eBay and have his auctions pulled? It looks like you have enough evidence to support that he is a lying scumbag recaster.
 

Watson

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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Boba Frett @ May 9 2006, 09:18 AM) [snapback]1241234[/snapback]</div>
Can you file a complaint with eBay and have his auctions pulled? It looks like you have enough evidence to support that he is a lying scumbag recaster.
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I honestly do not know since, technically it is an interpretation of the death star surface. Although it is my original work I am not sure if I have a leg to stand on. I also want to give this guy a chance to do the right thing. Either way it will be interesting to see what he decides to do.

G
 

Clutch

Master Member
I would say they look nothing like the Deathstar surface and have nothing to do with it.
 

Gojira61

Sr Member
Looks to me like this is 100% your work inspired by the Star Wars films, I believe that gives you a leg to stand on in the matter.

Jim
 

Bryancd

Master Member
At least he had the decency to shuffle the pieces around in a failed attempt to make it look different from your. What a putz. :angry
 

Watson

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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Bryancd @ May 9 2006, 09:33 AM) [snapback]1241253[/snapback]</div>
At least he had the decency to shuffle the pieces around in a failed attempt to make it look different from your. What a putz. :angry
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hahaha that he did. No repsonse yet.
 

Watson

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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(rocketeer25 @ May 9 2006, 10:02 AM) [snapback]1241269[/snapback]</div>
Sorry to hear about this, Greg. :angry

Any idea how he got a copy of your base?
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Not at present. When I get home tonight I will look through my records and see if I ever sold some to anyone in his area or someone with a similar name. Not tooting my own horn but I have sold allot of these since I made them. So who knows.

Greg

<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Montagar @ May 9 2006, 10:04 AM) [snapback]1241270[/snapback]</div>
He is also selling them on his web site (larger pictures of each of the sections):

http://www.garesdesignsandcreations.com/Sc...ceModelKit.html
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Oh Mother @#$%. I am pissed now. This guy has a serious set of brass ones.

Oh look everyone, this gentleman has a contact page:

http://www.garesdesignsandcreations.com/Contact.html
 

Watson

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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(EchoLeader @ May 9 2006, 11:29 AM) [snapback]1241320[/snapback]</div>
Greg, here's more info on this guy at his blog.

Blog
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Yeah I have his address and phone number now. Trying to decide what to do.

G
 

Watson

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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Bryancd @ May 9 2006, 11:39 AM) [snapback]1241324[/snapback]</div>
Let us know if we should engage in a e-mail assault.
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No none of that, although I cannot control what others do ;)

If you google his name, and you can get it off his website blog page, he appears to be a well known modeler with allot of awards.

I want to give him every benefit of the doubt before I do anything rash.

Thanks for having my back B

Greg
 

Buckeye_01

New Member
I have a feeling you are going to get the ass of this deal. You put in all the hard work, and he takes all the credit. I don't doubt your word in the least, but are his casts the same size as yours? Again, I am sorry to see this happen.
 
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