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Complaint Review: banjo-brands.com

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  • Submitted: Fri, August 24, 2012
  • Updated: Sun, August 26, 2012

  • Reported By: Eric — Lakeport California U.S.A.
banjo-brands.com
27 Bld Joliot Curie Internet United States of America

banjo-brands.com banjo-brands, banjo brands Steals banjo classified ads from other sites and scams buys Fontaine, Internet

*Author of original report: Update: Site owner claims reports posted by other users, not himself

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banjo-brands.com steals the copyrighted classified ad listings from my website, the Banjo Hangout, and posts them onto their website. When you send them money, they don't send you the banjo--because they don't even have the banjo! Stay away!

Here are two examples, which eventually will probably be removed from both my site and banjo-brands.com... but right now they both show identical information, except banjo-brands.com only steals 2 photos, and lowers the price:

http://www.banjohangout.org/classified/27669
http://www.banjo-brands.com/banjo-100888-1929-Vega-Tubaphone-Longneck-with-custom-wooden-case

http://www.banjohangout.org/classified/28917
http://www.banjo-brands.com/banjo-101210-Vintage-Granada

The owner of the website has been contacted by me via email and warned to remove the stolen content, but I have never had a response. Additionally, I've had numerous complaints from people who have attempted to purchase a banjo through banjo-brands.com, but never received the instrument. They then find the banjo on MY website, and somehow think I may be involved in the whole scam!

I assure you I am not. The Banjo Hangout classified ads system (http://www.banjohangout.org/classifieds/) is well-reputed, and many instruments are bought and sold there from real, reputable people every day.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 08/24/2012 02:51 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/banjo-brandscom/internet/banjo-brandscom-banjo-brands-banjo-brands-Steals-banjo-classified-ads-from-other-sites-a-932179. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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Update: Site owner claims reports posted by other users, not himself

AUTHOR: Eschlange - (U.S.A.)

After repeatedly trying to get in touch with the owner of the site, he has finally written me back and claims that he had no knowledge of the fraudulent ads. He has taken down the ads I reported to him, but there are still many ads I'm seeing from those scammer accounts.

So, while I'm willing to believe that the owner isn't scamming people directly, I also believe he has the responsibility to provide a more regulated venue so people don't get ripped off through his site.
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