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Reviewer Date Value ID Rec? Score
tbor [review] [bought] 12 Mar 2005 22650 A reciprocal review probably does not exist. Request a reciprocal review. NEGATIVE
Well, it's official, now I've been ripped off twice from people on the Agora.

I bought an Archos Jukebox Studio 10 from Luis.

First of all, Luis lied about when he shipped it. He agreed to cross-ship since he would ONLY take a USPS money order. No cashier's check, no personal check, no Paypal. Thought that was odd but whatever. I shipped the USPS money order out on Monday January 24th. He says that he shipped on the 25th. After a week of waiting with no MP3 player, I send out an email asking where it's at. He says that it must just be slow. I finally receive it the following Wednesday and look at the ship date on the USPS sticker, it says January 28th. Not a huge deal, but why would he lie about it?

When I received the MP3 player I found only 4 batteries when the thread said that 8 batteries would be included. OK, must have been an oversight I thought. No charger was included, as mentioned, so I went out and bought a Universal AC Adapter to power it (I checked the specs so that the voltages would match properly). After charging it overnight I found that the MP3 did not function correctly AT ALL! The headphone out was broken so that only one channel could be heard at a time depending on how far in the jack was inserted. Also even if I used the Line Out, every song constantly skipped! The player was in very poor condition, scratched and bent. None of this was mentioned in the thread. I also found out that the battery life was pathetic - the batteries lasted a whole of 20 minutes (not that I would want to listen to skipping that long anyway!). The hard drive also only shows up as 32GB (which apparently was a FAT32 limitation but was still not mentioned in the thread - advertised as 40GB). I tried connecting to my computer with the proper Archos drivers and found that transfers would not work properly. After transferring about 20 songs it would lock up with a hard drive error.

I emailed him about all these problems and I received a response saying that he was deeply sorry and that I should be using the same Archos drivers I was using. He didn't even respond to any of the other problems at all. That was the last word I have heard from him. I'm considering going down and having a talk with him since I'm only about 4 hours away. If anyone is in the Chicagoland area, here's his address:

Luis Garcia 3902 N Harlem Ave Chicago, IL 60634

Stay far away from this trader!Review Timestamp: 12 Mar 2005 11:12

DiegoAlcatraz [review] [bought] 08 Mar 2005 22598 A reciprocal review probably does not exist. Request a reciprocal review. NEGATIVE
I went to purchase an MP3 player from BigVince, way back in the end of January as a V-day present. http://episteme.arstechnica.com/eve/ubb.x/a/tpc/f/57909216/m/238004629631

I sent a $65 postal MO to him. I've heard nothing since, in over a month. Multiple emails to multiple addresses go unanswered. Another buyer in the same thread also had issues. We assumed that a trader with 3k posts wouldn't just up and leave, but that's how it appears. We both notified the admins, and they added him to the traders to watch thread. Review Timestamp: 08 Mar 2005 17:17

Edulah [review] [bought] 31 Jan 2005 22020 A reciprocal review probably does not exist. Request a reciprocal review. POSITIVE
BigVince sold me a 30 gig laptop hard disk. I recieved the package within days of sending the payment. The packaging was top-notch and the drive checked out OK when tested. All emails were replied to promptly. A very smooth transaction.

I would do business with BigVince again without hesitation.Review Timestamp: 31 Jan 2005 20:50

digme [review] [bought] 27 Sep 2004 20107 A reciprocal review probably exists. POSITIVE
Bought a proccessor. Despite a small shipping hickup, seller was communicative and prompt with resolving the issue. Thumbs up.Review Timestamp: 27 Sep 2004 09:41

MrHans [review] [sold] 15 Sep 2004 19922 A reciprocal review probably exists. POSITIVE
I sold Vince an older LCD monitor getting cash in hand. Always nice doing bizniss in person with an Arsian. :) See ya on the next deal!Review Timestamp: 15 Sep 2004 16:35

hansmuff [review] [bought] 15 Apr 2004 18031 A reciprocal review probably exists. POSITIVE
Bought a SB Live! 5.1 and a Live! Drive from BigVince. Communication was good, shipping was timely and everything was packaged very well. I'd do business with BigVince again without hesitation.Review Timestamp: 03 May 2004 21:12

angel1956 [review] [bought] 13 Apr 2004 17721 A reciprocal review probably exists. POSITIVE
Dvd's were just as described, good trade, will trade with him again.Review Timestamp: 13 Apr 2004 18:47

Rold Gold [review] [bought] 07 Nov 2003 15513 A reciprocal review probably exists. POSITIVE
Bought a hard drive from BigVince. He was prompt with his emails and shipping. Also, he packed the drive as well as one could hope for (lots of padding on all sides). Would definitely buy from him again.Review Timestamp: 10 Nov 2003 23:09

Hagbeard [review] [traded] 04 Oct 2003 14976 A reciprocal review probably exists. POSITIVE
Traded BigV a CPU and mobo for Qcast tuner and a CF card. Easy trade, no hassles, excellent person to do business with. Review Timestamp: 04 Oct 2003 00:03

gundar [review] [sold] 03 Oct 2003 15171 A reciprocal review probably does not exist. Request a reciprocal review. POSITIVE
Sold a NEC 15" LCD. Everything went well; smooth transaction and a good trader.Review Timestamp: 19 Oct 2003 11:40

Jewelzdag [review] [traded] 14 Sep 2003 14649 A reciprocal review probably exists. POSITIVE
Traded my retail WD 120 gb for his 128mb Geforce4 4200 video card. Incredibly patient and helpful trader. Shipped very quickly and had incredibly fast responses to emails. I think he is one of the most patient and helpful traders on the Agora. Thanks again for your help and the great deal!Review Timestamp: 14 Sep 2003 06:11

Syrophenikan [review] [traded] 12 Sep 2003 14658 A reciprocal review probably exists. POSITIVE
I traded my F-ZeroGX GC game for his Mario Sunshine and Zelda: Wind Waker games. Excellent trade, he was very prompt with shipping the items once we agreed. Items came to me in perfect shape. No hassles, great trade. Even threw in an unexpected gift. Thanks!Review Timestamp: 14 Sep 2003 16:59

tbor [review] [sold] 11 Sep 2003 14616 A reciprocal review probably exists. POSITIVE
Great with communication, fast money order shipment, great guy. Thanks!Review Timestamp: 11 Sep 2003 16:22

Danger Mouse [review] [sold] 01 Aug 2003 14101 A reciprocal review probably exists. POSITIVE
Sold him a used clarinet in original case. Had a few minor ISP email issues at the start, but the transaction went smoothly thereafter. The clarinet was sold in untested/unassessed condition, as I am not a musical instrument repair person and I can't play a clarinet (well, not very well, other than knowing how to get the reed on). All in all, I wouldn't hesitate to deal with him again.Review Timestamp: 07 Aug 2003 23:09

MrHans [review] [sold] 19 Jul 2003 13738 A reciprocal review probably exists. POSITIVE
Sold a Chieftec case, getting paid in person. Pleasant and quick deal and I look for more with him! Thanks!Review Timestamp: 19 Jul 2003 09:47

I Palindrome I [review] [bought] 30 Jun 2003 13443 A reciprocal review probably exists. POSITIVE
Very smooth transaction. Bought a 30 GB laptop HD which works great.Review Timestamp: 07 Jul 2003 11:33

owdi [review] [bought] 04 Jun 2003 13054 A reciprocal review probably exists. POSITIVE
Bought a 60gb maxtor hard drive and 16x burner. Excellent packaging and good communication. Would buy from him again.Review Timestamp: 15 Jun 2003 12:46

mritche [review] [bought] 03 May 2003 12520 A reciprocal review probably does not exist. Request a reciprocal review. POSITIVE
There was a small problem with e-mail but the transaction went smoothly. The hard drive I bought was packed very well. I would not hesitate to buy something from Luis again in the future.Review Timestamp: 22 May 2003 15:01

AndrewZ [review] [bought] 03 Sep 2002 7609 A reciprocal review probably exists. POSITIVE
Bought a celeron from BigVince. Smooth transaction.Review Timestamp: 03 Sep 2002 21:55

sliver7 [review] [bought] 02 Aug 2002 7123 A reciprocal review probably does not exist. Request a reciprocal review. POSITIVE
Nice guy, didn’t mind waiting a few days for my transfer to PayPal to go through. Packing could have been a little more protective, but I’m anal about that.

Overall, I’d definitely deal with him again. :-)Review Timestamp: 12 Aug 2002 07:14

KrisC [review] [sold] 01 May 2002 5854 A reciprocal review probably exists. POSITIVE
Sold him a Matrox G550. Payment was received promptly, and he was very easy to communicate with. Would definitely trade with him again!

Ody [review] [sold] 12 Mar 2002 4588 A reciprocal review probably exists. POSITIVE
Sold BigVince a P3 1ghz cpu. Good communication and got the MO right away.

Terminator X [review] [traded] 14 May 2001 1800 A reciprocal review probably does not exist. Request a reciprocal review. POSITIVE
Traded two drives and a controller for 2 10" MTX subwoofers. Vince packed everything extremely well and threw in wiring cups, speaker wire and cables as extras. We both had (unknowingly) sent damaged parts, but he was extremely easy and flexible in reconciling. I’d deal with him again, no problem.

mikendi [review] [traded] 2424 A reciprocal review probably does not exist. Request a reciprocal review. POSITIVE
I traded an 80gig FireWire drive setup for a Toshiba 4010CDS lappy. Great trader here folks - excellent communication and prompt shipping made this a smooth as silk trade. I recommend BigVince to anyone as a trading partner. Thanks Bro - any time****