Dealing with Deadbeats

Revenge Stories Are My Favorite!

I just read an article on Lifehacker detailing how some people deal with deadbeats, whether online or otherwise. I sure do love a good revenge story and this little anecdote tells us how one person dealt with a dodgy eBay bidder. While the rest of the article has some good ideas on how to deal with shady jerks, this was, without question, my favorite part.


Awhile ago there was a story on Reddit about a clever eBay seller called BadgerMatt. Matt had tickets to a sporting event that he couldn’t attend and decided to sell them online. The winner of the auction refused to pay, leaving him with tickets he no longer had time to sell. He tried contacting the losing bidders but they weren’t interested. Rather than giving up and wasting the tickets, Matt concocted a plan:


I created a new eBay account, “Payback” we’ll call it, and sent her a message: “Hi there, I noticed you won an auction for 4 [sporting event] tickets. I meant to bid on these but couldn’t get to a computer. I wanted to take my son and dad and would be willing to give you $1,000 for the tickets. I imagine that you’ve already made plans to attend, but I figured it was worth a shot.”


The woman agreed to sell his fake account the tickets for $1,100 and paid Matt for the auction. Matt, of course, did not re-purchase the tickets with his fake account and got the money he was promised. Very clever.


This is a very truncated version of the full story and, if you love aresholes receiving comeuppance, it’s worth a read over at the original Reddit thread. Comment and upvote for great justice!

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