So here's how it's gone down:
I've used this guy to write about 60 different articles for me over
the past 5 months.
He's always delivered my articles within a few days and his prices are very reasonable.
So I decided to ask him to rewrite a PLR ebook that I have which contains about 5,000 words (I usually order 10 articles from him of 600 words each).
Anyway he told me that he could rewrite it to my specifications and it would take about three days but he would require payment first whereas he usually requires payment after the project.
The cost was around $50 so it didn't seem like a big deal to me since he's been so great in the past. I paid him through PayPal with my credit card.
I didn't hear anything from him after 7 days so I emailed him asking him how it was coming along.
He responds to me 4 days later and says he is sorry and that he is behind and that he'll have the finished project to me later that night.
Another 4 days and I haven't heard back from him and no finished project. So I email him again.
4 more days go by and nothing at all and he responds back saying that he sent it to me on the evening that he said he would and that I must not have received it.
Hmm, that's strange never had a problem with receiving his other emails and it's not in my spam folder.
So I email him and suggest that he just upload the file to one of his websites and then I can download it directly (didn't feel like arguing with him about not getting the email).
He replies about 4 days later asking me how he can upload it to my website.
I email him back and correct him and remind him that I suggested that he upload it to one of his sites.
Then 4 more days go by and nothing so I setup an account with a online secure upload service and send him my details to upload the file.
5 days go by and I've heard nothing from him. Then I send him this email:
What do I have to do to get this rewrite from you?
If you didn’t get the email where I sent you the information where you can upload it here is the info again:
I created an account with an online storage site where you can upload the file. The website is http://www.dropboks.com/. Just go there and use my login info and upload the file. (here I gave him my username and password)
I know you said you’ve finished it but that does me no good if I don’t have it. You could try sending it to me again or uploading it.
It’s now been 4 weeks since I paid you for the project that you said would take 3 days.
Then he replies back with this email:
Wow ... I shall refrain from commenting directly on your latest email. This is the first email from you with upload information that I received. It is YOUR email account that was rejecting the attachment -- not mine. I will forward the rejection emails from YOUR account which arrived SEVERAL DAYS after each sending attempt on my part.
Due to the Dem Convention, I am not in my office today but will be in tomorrow and will upload to the link you provided in this email.
I'll be suprised if he actually sends it.
He swore up and down that he would have the rewrite to my
by yesterday morning. He didn't send it. I emailed him
and asked him why he didn't send it.
I told him that if I didn't have it by this afternoon at 3pm that
I would file a paypal dispute. Here was his response:
File a dispute and I will have you banned from PayPal for fraud. I can readily document that this manuscript was sent to you. My position simply will be that you have stolen this copy. Needless to say, I will prevail on any PayPal dispute. Based on your latest unprofessional conduct -- and this ridiculous proposition -- coupled with the immense amount of time I have wasted dealing with you -- I will do nothing further until the PayPal dispute is resolved in my favor ... which, if you read PayPal rules, will occur.
Frankly, I can now only conclude that you did receive the manuscript when initially sent and are merely engaging in conduct designed to steal service and intellectual property. I assure you the moment the PayPal complaint is filed I shall proceed accordingly on all legal fronts.
I never got the file and he didn't even attempt to uplaod it
to the site where I gave him the login info.
I'm assuming he's bluffing when he says that he can have me
banned from paypal but is this possible?
$50 is nothing to me and I've thought of just letting it go.
But he has been a fantasitc writer for me up until now but this is crap
In my 5 years of online marketing I've never experienced anything like this.
Any thoughts on how to handle this?