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Reviewer Date Value ID Rec? Score
andie [review] [traded] 09 Dec 2004 21229 A reciprocal review probably does not exist. Request a reciprocal review. NEGATIVE
Traded my Radeon 9800 Pro for his Geforce Fx 5900

Trade started in mid-Sept. Everything leading up to the trade was smooth until I sent my card and emailed the tracking #. He shipped several days late & spotty communication. The card I recieved was in worse condition than stated. After much hassle in contacting, finally replied and agreed to swap back. Both of us were to ship on Dec 1st. I e-mailed the tracking # to him and no response from him since Nov 30. One thing of note was that he only linked his heatware and not his beerology and I can see why.Review Timestamp: 09 Dec 2004 18:15

Calphor [review] [bought] 13 Oct 2004 20406 A reciprocal review probably does not exist. Request a reciprocal review. POSITIVE
Bought a Shuttle SB61. Arrived quickly, well packaged and as described. Thanks!Review Timestamp: 13 Oct 2004 13:14

carpoon [review] [sold] 05 Jan 2004 16185 A reciprocal review probably does not exist. Request a reciprocal review. POSITIVE
Sold an Alpha to Mike, no problems at all. Review Timestamp: 11 Jan 2004 20:00

the_dog [review] [bought] 08 Nov 2003 15493 A reciprocal review probably does not exist. Request a reciprocal review. POSITIVE
bought 2 hard drives and a raid controler.good comunication,everything works great,good deal.thanksReview Timestamp: 08 Nov 2003 18:12

tbor [review] [bought] 06 Oct 2003 15011 A reciprocal review probably does not exist. Request a reciprocal review. POSITIVE
I bought a TV tuner from Mike. Works great (in fact I'm capturing right now). Thanks!Review Timestamp: 06 Oct 2003 19:14

BEpsilon [review] [bought] 09 Sep 2003 14572 A reciprocal review probably does not exist. Request a reciprocal review. NEGATIVE
This is probably the WORST transaction I experienced on Ars.

It all started on Aug-04-2003 when Mike put a Gainward GF4 Ti4200 for sale. We exchanged a few emails with pricing, shipping instructions, and address info. A money order was sent to Mike within that week.

Mike told me in email that he will send the card out on Aug-05. I waited for around a week but still no package. I thought it might be at the Customs or lost...

Turned out it was Mike's fault - He did NOT ship the card out! An email from him on Aug-19 told me that he was having problems at work and was sick with GERD. He said the package will be sent on Aug-21.

I thought, well, this is life. Accidents happen. No problem. Just a few more days.

On Aug-22, I emailed Mike to see if the package has been sent. No response. Tried again on Aug-23 and Aug-24, same thing - no response from Mike. Ars Agora Moderator was contacted. Damn.

With the help of the Moderator (thanks, SuperDave), Mike showed up on Aug-26, saying that he would ship the package out this week. And he did, on Aug-28 via USPS Global Priority, which is faster than regular AirMail.

Now, if the story were to end here, I would rate this a "Neutral" transaction. But...

Unfortunately, the card I received (on Sep-07, more than a month long wait) is defective. It has that "checker-box" problem in stock config and requires RMA to Gainward. I'm not sure why Mike didn't discover this flaw, since the problem is easily reproduced by running a 3D application (3D games, 3DS Max, Maya, 3DMark) in Windows (Win98, Win2000, WinXP).

This is my first, and undoubtly my last transaction with Mike, unless Mike would like to ship/pay first.

Review Timestamp: 09 Sep 2003 02:34

budder [review] [sold] 03 Aug 2003 14033 A reciprocal review probably does not exist. Request a reciprocal review. POSITIVE
I sold him a Vantec removeable HDD rack. He paid quickly via PayPal and communicated often enough.Review Timestamp: 03 Aug 2003 12:14

TX_Tech [review] [sold] 25 Jul 2003 13876 A reciprocal review probably does not exist. Request a reciprocal review. POSITIVE
Sold him a stick of memory. Payed quickly. No hassles. Good transaction!Review Timestamp: 25 Jul 2003 01:30

Ranger LL [review] [bought] 11 Jul 2003 13649 A reciprocal review probably exists. NEUTRAL
Goods arrived and all is well...BUT this was the "least" smooth transaction I've had at the Agora. I know that harddrive41 had a few problems on his end and a bit of a "vacation" during this transaction and these turned a "local" deal (we live less than 15 minutes from each other and work less than a mile apart, albeit on different shifts) into an "ordeal". Actual interest/confirmation for go ahead occured on Tuesday, June 17, 2003 12:46 PM. Deal satisfactorily concluded on Friday, July 11, 2003. This was mostly an impulse buy on my part [can't resist a good deal sometimes ; ) ] but if I was a little more "hot to trot" (ie. had a burning need) I'd probably be more negative about the transaction's progression. As it stands, I'd still deal with Mike because he is a stand up guy and look forward to doing so in the future. Review Timestamp: 16 Jul 2003 02:58

Danger Mouse [review] [bought] 07 Jul 2003 13440 A reciprocal review probably does not exist. Request a reciprocal review. NEGATIVE
Initially, I was enthusiastic about the transaction, as he was selling a P4 Retail 2.4ghz CPU at a very good price and he had all positive reviews on Beerology.

Then the troubles started. First he stated that the CPU would not be available until after he had received the money from me and the new CPU to be bought with those founds from somewhere else. I backed off and explained that I would rather wait until the CPU was actually available.

A week later on June the 17th he claimed the CPU would be "available" on Friday the 20th , and so I sent the money order, having it arrive on the 25th. After he received the tracking# for my MO on the 18th, he dropped contact. I received one more email back from him, after an email every other day asking even for confirmation that he recieved the MO. He explained the CPU was not available to be shipped until that day.

He later posted a thread in the Agora stating that he had been trolled by another trader, possibly, but would make good on his pending trades, and that his internet access had been spotty, such that he could not send emails. If he could not send emails via his spotty internet access, then he should not have had enough time to post to threads elsewhere on Ars, but he did.

I don't know the truth of whether or not he was trolled or almost trolled. I do know that he shipped the CPU a full week later than he originally implied he would. I also know that he did not respond to emails, even when prompted by a Mod.

I do realize that I should've forced a firm ship date out of him at the start as well as getting clarification on whether or not it would be crosshipping or me shipping first. It seemed from my reading of his emails that he would be doing sort of a cross shipping, where after he received my tracking # for the MO, that he would ship the CPU on the date he claimed it was "available". I did not expect any trouble, simply because I've never had a transaction done on Ars that has gone awry, so far.

I did receive the CPU finally and it was in working order and in the condition promised.

I was tempted to not put in a review or to put in one with an empty space, simply due to the repercussions of putting in a negative review on someone.

At this point, I would not trade with Harddrive41, unless he would be willing to ship first.Review Timestamp: 07 Jul 2003 01:54

Dposcorp [review] [sold] 15 May 2003 12418 A reciprocal review probably exists. POSITIVE
I sold harddrive41 his namesake, a pair of hard drives. :) He sent the money right away, and left me nice feedback when my stuff arrive to him. My 2nd transaction with him, and 2nd time its been a great deal. Thanks again for a simple and easy transaction.Review Timestamp: 14 May 2003 23:59

magic_p [review] [bought] 06 Mar 2003 11145 A reciprocal review probably exists. POSITIVE
Bought a 1.3Ghz Duron, Soltek SL-75DRV2 and 256MB ECC DDR from him. Good transaction.Review Timestamp: 06 Mar 2003 12:37

tpiersol [review] [traded] 05 Mar 2003 11123 A reciprocal review probably does not exist. Request a reciprocal review. NEUTRAL
Traded Harddrive41 some PC games for a vid card. Trade was finalized 2/19 ?. I offered to ship first due to low beer. My stuff shipped 2/20, was received 2/22. My vid card came overnight shipping 3/5 in response to my emailing harddrive. Communication was sparse at best. Did explain that was going through some rough times. Computer crash, car trouble. Item was well packaged, and in pristine condition. Harddrive did spend a nice chunk of change to get card to me overnight. Just would have liked a little more unsolicited communication.Review Timestamp: 05 Mar 2003 15:27

rodbac [review] [sold] 20 Feb 2003 10841 A reciprocal review probably exists. POSITIVE
Quick payment and good communication, despite the all-around sh*ttyness of MSN on my part (thanks for being understanding, HD41 :) )

Would definitely deal with again.Review Timestamp: 20 Feb 2003 11:55

phyberoptec [review] [bought] 06 Feb 2003 10541 A reciprocal review probably exists. POSITIVE
Great Guy, I bought a great Inspiron 8200 from him and traded a shuttle system. He is tru to his word and I would have NO PROBLEM dealing with harddrive41 again. A+Review Timestamp: 06 Feb 2003 17:31

Commodore 64 [review] [traded] 23 Jan 2003 10214 A reciprocal review probably exists. POSITIVE
Traded a r9500pro for 512mb Corsair pc3200. Memory works great. Nice guy, great deal.Review Timestamp: 23 Jan 2003 12:25

TexasFM3 [review] [bought] 08 Jan 2003 10296 A reciprocal review probably exists. POSITIVE
Bought a Lappy Harddrive from this fellow. The drive arrived nicely packaged and was almost freaking NEW!!! :)

I did like that, Thanks buddy!!!

TexasFM3Review Timestamp: 27 Jan 2003 15:23

Doogie [review] [bought] 01 Nov 2002 8668 A reciprocal review probably does not exist. Request a reciprocal review. POSITIVE
Just bought a nice dual AMD system from harddrive41. Great communication fast prompt and no complaints when life’s little hassles slow things down.

Highly recommended.Review Timestamp: 01 Nov 2002 15:01

tbor [review] [bought] 25 Oct 2002 8549 A reciprocal review probably does not exist. Request a reciprocal review. POSITIVE
Great guy to deal with gave me an excellent deal!Review Timestamp: 25 Oct 2002 10:38

verbos [review] [bought] 30 Sep 2002 8129 A reciprocal review probably exists. POSITIVE
Great seller, fast shipper. Bought a stick of crucial reg ddr pc2100.Review Timestamp: 02 Oct 2002 18:35

mikendi [review] [sold] 25 Jul 2002 6804 A reciprocal review probably exists. POSITIVE
I sold harddrive41 768mb of DDR RAM and a pair of IBM 120GXP’s. Smooth cross ship and everything turned out as it should. I’ll do business with Mike any time. Thanks Bro**********Review Timestamp: 25 Jul 2002 20:05

Tiki [review] [sold] 19 Jul 2002 6716 A reciprocal review probably exists. POSITIVE
Sold a pc game to him. Was good about sending and keeping in touch through e-mail. Agreed to cross ship game and money order. Was a little late on the shipping because of something that came up but it only took a few days to get here after he sent it. Would definately deel with him again.Review Timestamp: 19 Jul 2002 14:32

Mr. Ace [review] [sold] 12 Mar 2002 4583 A reciprocal review probably exists. POSITIVE
I sold harddrive41 a GF3 Ti200 video card. He’s a standup purchaser. Very honest. He told me he would pay me withing a certain timeframe and he did just that.

FootFungus [review] [bought] 10 Mar 2002 4546 A reciprocal review probably does not exist. Request a reciprocal review. POSITIVE
After a 2 week delay in shipping and sparse communication, harddrive did a complete 180. He admitted why things had not shipped and sent three drives out overnight (at considerable expense). He also, without even my asking, refunded a good 25% of my payment. After all that he helped resolve a warranty issue related to the purchase in an expedient manner. After an initial disappointment I must say I’m very pleased with my experience with Mike.

Tsing Tao [review] [traded] 15 Feb 2002 4242 A reciprocal review probably exists. POSITIVE
Harddrive41 and I did a fairly big trade...my biggest yet. Me - Toshiba 2805-S402 laptop w/ accys. Harddrive41 -Visiontek GF3, SB Live! Platinum 5.1 w/ Livedrive2, and $$$

Everything went extremely well. Communication is rated lower because of ISP screwups, NOT for lack of trying or bad info. Everything went as promised; all gear works perfect, was well packaged, and shipped promptly. We even cross-shipped...no problems at all.

I would gladly trade with Harddrive41 again. Great trader!

JackOfSpeed [review] [sold] 11 Feb 2002 4275 A reciprocal review probably exists. NEUTRAL
The deal took longer than anticipated but we got it resolved... We agreed to ship out on the same day and I sent him tracking that night. After not hearing from him, I tracked him down and he wanted a couple of days. No problem, just keep me updated I asked. His idea of updates and mine are somewhat different and after a few more emails I was told the MO was out and he had tracking for me that night. Well, I got no tracking that night. I received the MO 2 days after. To ease feelings over the deal, he included an extra $10 - a great gesture.

So in a nutshell - if in a rush - you might ask Mike to ship first.

Dposcorp [review] [bought] 11 Feb 2002 4080 A reciprocal review probably exists. POSITIVE
I bought a ATI USB TV Wonder from Harddrive41. I paypal’d him the cash, he shipped it right away. It arrived well packaged and worked great. Excellent Transaction. Thank you Harddrive1.

mudboy [review] [sold] 06 Feb 2002 4009 A reciprocal review probably exists. POSITIVE
Sold Harddrive41 a Duron 700, he needed it quickly so I sross-shipped. Money order arrived as planned and everyhting went well, so no complaints at all. Would definitely deal with again.

madcowz [review] [sold] 02 Feb 2002 4030 A reciprocal review probably does not exist. Request a reciprocal review. POSITIVE
Good communication, fast payment, Great to deal with! Highly recommend!

Jammer53 [review] [bought] 26 Jan 2002 $0.00 27962 A reciprocal review probably exists. POSITIVE
Bought a used mb from Mike. Several deals with him, always a pleasureReview Timestamp: 23 Aug 2006 21:45

Jammer53 [review] [bought] 27 May 2001 $0.00 27965 A reciprocal review probably exists. POSITIVE
Mike is always a pleasure to deal with. We have a number of deals that we do in person and he's just a great guy.Review Timestamp: 23 Aug 2006 21:50

vkfu [review] [traded] 24 May 2001 2095 A reciprocal review probably exists. NEUTRAL
It took an entire month for us to resolve this. In the end he sent me a money order to make good on this deal, but I would not trade with him again unless he assured me that he would pack the items with the utmost care and that he had enough cash on hand to cover the items if anything went wrong. Here is what went wrong with the deal: (1) He shipped five days late; (2) He told me the video card he was sending was a PCI card but it actually was an AGP card; (3) He packed the items poorly and the CPU he shipped me arrived chipped and with so many bent pins that it’s not worth fixing; (4) It took him 2 weeks to send me a MO to settle this trade. I wouldn’t have a problem if he had made only one or even two of these mistakes, but I would not trade with someone who displays such a pattern of poor trading practices.

RAIDeon [review] [sold] 01 May 2001 1762 A reciprocal review probably exists. POSITIVE
Sold an ELSA GeForce ULTRA to Mike. We crosshiped and the MO arrived without event. Everything went smooth and easy.

Hope to deal in the future again THANKS!!

scsifreak15 [review] [bought] 15 Apr 2001 1658 A reciprocal review probably does not exist. Request a reciprocal review. POSITIVE
Great person to deal with. shipped me the drive after he recieved the M.O. Recommended trader

Leaping Gnome [review] [bought] 15 Apr 2001 1724 A reciprocal review probably exists. POSITIVE
Bought some ram and a harddrive from Mike. He shipped promptly, I had a few days delay getting the money order out because of my work schedule, but he didn’t mind. Great packaging (nice and foamy for the hard drive). Good communication, would definitely deal with again!

Morrie20 [review] [bought] 14 Apr 2001 1602 A reciprocal review probably does not exist. Request a reciprocal review. POSITIVE
Bought a Gravis Xterminator from him. Arrived in excellent condition. Was a little slow shipping but due to extra curricular circumstances... so he gave me a free game in repay.

Would deal with him ANY TIME

Morrie

samyo [review] [sold] 14 Apr 2001 1604 A reciprocal review probably exists. POSITIVE
I sold a GTS to him. No problem in the transaction.

Jammer53 [review] [bought] 18 Mar 2001 1483 A reciprocal review probably exists. POSITIVE
Picked up a Soundblaster Live!Value sound card from Harddrive41. Excellent condition. Extremely fair price. As usual. What can I say? Everyone should trade with this man. Hell, everyone should trade LIKE him!

Thanks Mike.

technophile [review] [bought] 13 Feb 2001 1452 A reciprocal review probably exists. POSITIVE
No problems with the transaction. Quick responses, would definitely deal again.

Jammer53 [review] [sold] 11 Feb 2001 1393 A reciprocal review probably exists. POSITIVE
What can I say? This is the third trade/deal I have had with harddrive41. He is an exceptionally honest and prompt person. We live within a few miles of each other and meet to complete our deals. This time I sold him a hard drive. He paypal’d me the money immediately, and I met him a couple of days later to deliver the harddrive. As usual, email communication was frequent and timely. Just a pleasure to work with. Trade with confidence. He’s a standup guy. Thanks Mike!!

Jammer53

Jammer53 [review] [bought] 10 Feb 2001 1310 A reciprocal review probably exists. POSITIVE
Met with harddrive41 yesterday. He had the games I selected that he had posted for sale. EXCEPT - one of the games he posted that I wanted wasn’t there. He had made an honest mistake. So what did he do? I’ll tell you what he did. He showed me stack of PC games and let me have my pick, FOR THE SAME $5 price agreed to. So I took Alien v. Predator. Now, if that doesn’t show his character, I don’t know what will. This is my second trade with him, and he is all Aces. You can deal with harddrive41 in complete confidence.

J53

Feable [review] [traded] 23 Jan 2001 1185 A reciprocal review probably exists. POSITIVE
I had no problems dealing with harddrive41 e-mails were responded to almost imediatly and every aspect of the deal was nothing less than 100% proffesional. Would highly recomend this trader to someone. Feable

continuum [review] [sold] 15 Jan 2001 1141 A reciprocal review probably exists. POSITIVE
Sold him my old, beaten Abit BH6.

mikendi [review] [sold] 01 Jan 2001 1083 A reciprocal review probably exists. POSITIVE
I sold harddrive41 a 650e slot1 & Gorb. It was a smooth deal - Mike express mailed the money to me and I shipped the unit the next day. I’d do business with Mike again any time. Thanks*******

Jammer53 [review] [bought] 28 Dec 2000 1060 A reciprocal review probably exists. POSITIVE
Met harddrive41 at the prescribed time and place. Sold him a PII-233mmx cpu. He paid cash. Had a nice conversation since it was our first meet. He is quick to answer emails so gets a 10 for communication. Nice guy, and look forward to dealing with again. Thanks harddrive41!!

(mudboy: you might want to allow raters to skip a category. I am required to rate him for shipping, but he didnt ship.)

Lethal_[X] [review] [bought] 1117 A reciprocal review probably does not exist. Request a reciprocal review. POSITIVE
Originally sent him a Win2k CD -- but I guess it didn’t work. So I put a SB Live! card up for grabs, and he offered me $15 shipped to me for the card (and minus the cost of the funky Win2K CD) which was more than I was asking for, so I grabbed. He got the money to me very fast, no problems at all. Would love to do buisness with him again (A+++ trader for all you ebayers)

-Alex