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jbarbabosa Tue May 08, 2012 7:59 am

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TheSamba.com Ad - Ghia 59/64 Front Signal Bulb Holders W/Hella Lens

Ghia60Owner

9/8/11

to julian95, me


A visitor to TheSamba.com has replied to your ad for:
Ghia 59/64 Front Signal Bulb Holders W/Hella Lens Price: $549.95
at: http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=1184573
and sent the following message:

Contact: Ghia60Owner - [email protected]

Hello
I was interested in this and other items from your store
can you confirm availability and shipping charges
they will be paid for tomorrow.

julian95

9/8/11


to me


Hi Ghia60Owner:
Where is it going to ship to?
Julian, VintageAutoBuff.com


julian95

9/8/11


to me


Hi Ghia60Owner:

If you need it I also have a door rubber kit and bumper rubber kit. If it is a coupe I also have the rear quarter window rubber kit.

Julian


julian95

9/8/11


to me


Hi Ghia60Owner:
I have everything available, on the bulb holders, I sold one set and have only one more, with several interested parties. (RED FLAG#1)



Julian



Ghia60Owner

9/8/11


to julian95


Im definitely Down with all
send me a paypal invoice total with shipping
to
julian95

9/8/11



to me

Hi Ghia60Owner:

I sent you the PayPal invoice and I will try to find you the Amber lenses for the bulb-holders.

Julian, VintageAutoBuff.com

Hi Ghia60Owner:

I got the VIN and I sent you the PayPal invoice, I will start looking for the Hella Lenses and Bulb-Holders for you. (RED FLAG#2)

Julian

Ghia60Owner

10/16/11

to julian95


Hi Julian

are the turn signals ready for shipping?


julian95

10/17/11


to me


Hi Ghia60Owner:

Should be very shortly, they have just entered customs coming from Germany. (RED FLAG#3)

Julian


Ghia60Owner

11/12/11


to julian95


Hi Julian
This wait is ridiculous
do you have them yet?
if not ill take a refund (ONE DAY BEFORE PAYPAL 45 DAY TIME LIMIT)


julian95

11/12/11


to me


Hi Julian:

They are in customs and I should have them this Monday. I know it appears like a long wait, however, they are very hard to come by. (BS)

JuliaN


Ghia60Owner

12/1/11


to julian95


i need a the tracking number


julian95


12/1/11


to me


Hi Ghia60Owner:

What is you new reachable number, the number I have is no longer a working number.

Julian


Ghia60Owner

12/2/11


to julian95


Im sorry Julian

I connot accept any more explanations or excuses
first it was amber lenses in customs now its the chroming on the bases that you supposedly had ready to ship with the clear lenses 3 months ago. I cant let you keep riding on my payment . I will file a claim with paypal...
Ghia60Owner

to Ghia60Owner

I want you to call me at XXX-XXX-XXXX to discuss this matter.

Julian95

12/2/11


to julian95


Sorry no phone calls
Sorry for the typos or the chroming for the re threading of the Bezel holes or whatever for that matter
it is unacceptable you let it go this long please make the refund of the 549.95
the paypal claim will freeze your account..

you have till this evening


julian95


12/2/11


to me


Julian, VintageAutoBuff.com


julian95


12/2/11


to me


Hi Ghia60Owner:

I am sorry for all the delays, however, issues keep coming up and I will not send them until they are perfect. I did not like the way they finished the threading and am now getting stainless coils to weld in. This has been a learning experience for me as well with these bulb holders. However, consider that they are almost impossible to come by and if I send you pics of them your will see they are beautifully finished.

Julian


Ghia60Owner


12/4/11


to julian95


sorry Julian
for that matter i would have sent you my old ones for refurbishing, your ad is MISLEADING in the sense they seem its the item pictured
ready to be sent, and in regard to difficult to come by there are not. They are some NOS out there since i decided to go with you.
I will start the process with paypal ...


Ghia60Owner

12/4/11


to julian95


Julian
Hi Ghia60Owner:

My ad is not misleading, the people doing the work have made on mistake after another and I have had to find the solutions to make it right. The bulb holders are made of pot metal and with time the metal becomes brittle making the threads break off. I could have found an easy solution and sent them, only to have them fall off again when you have to change the bulbs. Instead I went with doing it right even at greater expense and time. I have not seen any NOS complete sets out there and it is very hard to get a complete set with the Hella amber lenses - rings - new contacts - stainless studs - stainless German screws exact to the OEM spec. I have learned a lot from this and now know exactly what to look for when I do others.

Julian

Ghia60Owner

1/3/12


to julian95


Hi Julian
Hope you had a good holiday season
When are you expecting to ship the turn signls?


juliana mass (supicious change of email RED FLAG 4)


1/4/12


to me


Hi Ghia60Owner:

Very shortly.

Julian


Ghia60Owner

1/24/12


to juliana


Hi Julian.

The time that has passed is ridiculous where is "very soon ". I have things gotten here from europe since your last email..
if you look back at the first entry is september 8.

I cant understand why would you pass along the problems your having with your supplier to your customer
killing any kind of reputation.

In feb 8 it will be 4 months to the date you've had my payment.
Same date I have a commitment to show the car. You have limited time to resolve this issue

Im going to have the car ready regardless,

I can give you another way to make things right
so still you have the opportunity to sell something
.
I need the door and window seal kit for a 71 convertible bug .

or refund my money RIGHT AWAY

Ive priced them on the samba for 699 at CHUKS’ CONVERTIBLES

I need for you to respond quickly on this matter. so I can plan accordingly.
ive been very patient in not giving you negative feedback on the samba.
IM sure with post of this email thred and maybe going all the way to include a reference of vintage auto buff in ripoffreport.com would be bad for business


Ghia60Owner

1/24/12


to juliana


MY MISTAKE
SORRY 5 MONTHS

4/6/12



Hi Julian

I see you still are advertising for the same set of turnsignals I bought from you on 10/8/11 and still havent received.

I finnaly have my car with me and I actually need them, I have been patient and open for an exchange, or really in any state they are in.

Im actually responsable to a third party for the accounting on the parts purchased for the car.

im ready to start making good on my feedback
please let me know whats up


4/6/12

On Fri, Apr 6, 2012 at 6:49 PM, juliana mass <
[email protected]_> wrote:

Hi Ghia60Owner:

There have been a lot of issues with them to get them right.
However, this week we will have 4 sets finished, after having a
couple of them rechromed twice do to errors. I now know how to
handle them, I am losing a lot of money on this issue, I had to have
a special setup made just to drill out the studs and buy a jewelers
welding kit to weld metal into them. But it will pay off because
they will be perfect.

Julian


4/23/12

On Mon, Apr 23, 2012 at 8:19 AM, Ghia60Owner <
[email protected]_> wrote:
Hi Julian

Well cool , Hi Julian

Its good to hear the KG turn signals were ready last week,
please send a tracking number within the next five days , I have
learned the meaning of patience with the Ghia that just came out of
the shop
by looking at the old set of I see where youre coming from. the
bulb holders are pitted and have eroded holes and glued on lenses ,
no bezel rings
All this time both NOS bases and bezel rings have been available
from Jimmy Perez from TheSamba, a bit higher priced.
I really hope I dont have to make the expense again, the car is
absolutely just waiting for them to be finished ..


4/24/12

Hi Julian
Your feedback has been posted !

Ghia60Owner

4/24/12

JULES MASS [email protected]
go)


to me


Hi Ghia60Owner:

Yes, I saw what you did and you could have handled it differently. I am just about to send you the bulb holders and you will be delighted with what you get. They have been the resault of months of trial and error work and a lot of expense in tools and parts to make them, we addressed all the problems that come with them and now know how to handle them. I want you to call me at XXX-XXX-XXXX to discuss this matter. This is the only issue I have that has taken this long and if I knew what I was getting myself into I would not have done it. They have been an immense in parts and tools to finish them and the reason you are getting the emails from Juliana Mass, is that this is a network and my computer is down. (BS)


Ghia60Owner

Apr 25


to everettb, JULES


Sorry JULES

No phone call, at this point , a tracking number Is all i need from you .
I did try to handle it differently I asked you for other parts, i asked you for a refund.

There is the guy with the NOS ones, (Jimmy Perez) I would be delighted with his as well , why are you hijacking me ?
look at the post and listen to yourself.

The longer you take to ship them the longer the post will remain up,hopefully your prospective turn signal clients will see whats up (or somebody can do something) your investment will be doomed not only that If you decide to stick me I will make you a web page..


Everett Barnes [email protected]

Apr 25


to me


This sounds 100% reasonable to me.


--
Everett Barnes
http://www.thesamba.com

JULES MASS [email protected]

Apr 25


to me


Hi Ghia60Owner:

This was never about sticking anyone, this is about a bunch of peaple that delivered bulbholders with many issues for me to fixed and a learning experince of months finding the tools parts and solutions to fix them, it may seem like an off-full amount of time. However, every time I though I had them right another issue arose. They have been truly reengineered and all the issues with them have been addressed. My bulbholders will be the best around. They have stainless steel inserts where the rings are screwed in, not the pot metal ones that break, they have German slotted screws just like the originals only in stainless steel, they have stainless steel studs with brass nuts, new contacts with stainless steel screws holding them. They are the best and it took time to fix all the issues to get them there. If I knew, it was as much work as they turned out to be, I would not have gotten myself into it. However, I wanted to get it right. I could have impervised and gotten them out to you earlier, however, in the long run you would have paid the price.

Julian

Ghia60Owner

Apr 26


to JULES, everettb


Of course it wasnt, but no matter all the trouble you had,

the problem is WHY are you taking me along with you?

there are other people with the product ready. You are the one who could have handled things diferently

and take care of the consequences of you own decisions.

Im done hearing explanations you have till tomorrow to ship after that

web page gets published. You could also refund my money right away

and save the rest of your investment, Im certain TheSamba.com is backing me on this one

and I would kindly ask for them to disable your ad for the Turn Signals until you resolve this matter

with me.....Until there is a REAL product you can sell and is also READY to ship


Ghia60Owner

Apr 26


to JULES, everettb


MAKING MYSELF CLEAR

AFTER TOMORROW THE ONLY THING THAT GETS THE PAGE DOWN IS A REFUND


JULES MASS [email protected]

Apr 26


to me


Ghia60Owner:

The bulbholders will ship on Monday and that is the best I can do. (The Last Lie)

Julian

MAY 4 FRIDAY ( a Week ago)

Still no Deliveries or email with tracking number

Well ...... The time came and without further a due you are officially
The first Ripoff Alert @ BugRipoff.com
JULIAN95

Notice that altough your intentions were NOT to stick anybody with these Bulb Holders.

Your attitude towards your client having to take losses with you when there are other vendors suffering a loss of business as well, all at the expense of your decisions is a RIPOFF !.

Everyone with a DOCUMENTED Horror story is welcome to chime in.

[email protected]

BugRipoff.com

pitbug Tue May 08, 2012 9:24 am

I had problem with him too, but I go tmy $$ back before 45days...

jbarbabosa Mon May 14, 2012 7:33 am

This Seller Julian95 or Antique Auto Buff
is total Jerk .

DO NOT buy the 59' KarmannGhia BulbHolders in this Ad.

I purchased in September of last year Still dont have them,
nor will he Refund my money.

following this announcement there is the thread of emails pertaining to this transaction.

watch closely see how Red Flags start poping up.

Frustrated on how little TheSamba can do for me, im willing to go to the expense and trouble to publish a ripoff web page in his behalf

JulesD Fri Nov 30, 2012 12:46 pm

No problems here. I ordered some rebuild kits, they arrived within a few days! I had my doubts after reading this feedback, but all was cool! Would buy from Julian again!

EverettB Tue Feb 19, 2013 10:07 am

The complaint from jbarbabosa has still never been resolved after multiple promises so this person has been banned pending a resolution.

janga43 Mon Jun 10, 2013 6:34 am

I am very happy with my purchase. The parts were very well packed, and just as they were described. I highly recommend this seller and I would buy from him again!. From Brazil thanks a lot Julian95 :D

bugnut Sun Dec 08, 2013 10:28 am

Despite previous feedback, I trusted Julian and made one of the biggest purchases that I ever have through him.
One of the items was back ordered and my payment was refunded to my paypal account and the rest of the order was received well packaged.
I plan to re-order the back ordered item through Julian and will shop with him again in the future.
His prices on Ghia parts seem fair.

capitolatim Tue Jun 23, 2015 7:44 am

I have placed several orders with Julian. All well handled with great feedback via email. I have recommended him to several of my VW friends.

I accidentally overpaid him on Paypal, he immediately refunded the money, well before I noticed my error.

His prices and service are the best I've found.

Cheers
Tim

Goshen Tue Oct 06, 2015 7:46 pm

Good feedback for Julian...
received my water jet nozzles from him... thanks

marza.noor Tue Nov 10, 2015 3:24 am

Very recommended seller, fast reply, good communication, give me the best price and very fast shipping. :D
Thanks Julian.

abax Mon Dec 28, 2015 8:50 pm

I order some super beetle cabrio parts form Julian
comunicaton was grate and He provide to me a tr number
i receive the parts and i am a returning happy customer!

thank You Julian

Tassos from Greece

tjschmidty Fri Jul 08, 2016 5:10 pm

Boy you guys have me a little nervous here.
I just placed a $700 rubber order yesterday, spoke to him on the phone and he certainly seemed knowledgeable and did a bit of upselling (which I'm ok with). I have yet to see the tracking numbers yet...let's give it a few days and I'll get back to this thread.

tjschmidty Fri Jul 29, 2016 12:50 pm

Ok - so my set of seals just arrived (about 7 days from placement to arrival).
Overall Jules/Julian was knowledgeable and had a great price. Seals appear satisfactory but I haven't started the fitting yet.

Now for my opinion: I had to actually call him directly since I received no reply to my emails, and even after placing my order his email replies were brief and a little cryptic. I think he operates a few e-businesses from his house (they all appear to have the address of the North Bergen, NJ post office). H appears to have zero overhead which explains his ability to have prices far lower than anyone else, however the logistics of this operation reflect this...such as online ordering, automated tracking, order confirmation...the all-around customer service you will probably get from a larger company.

julian95 Fri Jul 29, 2016 6:27 pm

The Samba email was being rejected by my service provider, therefore, I was not getting my email. I do have low overhead, because I own the building I work out of outright and I can buy direct from the importers, not the distributors and that reflects in my prices.

tjschmidty wrote: Ok - so my set of seals just arrived (about 7 days from placement to arrival).
Overall Jules/Julian was knowledgeable and had a great price. Seals appear satisfactory but I haven't started the fitting yet.

Now for my opinion: I had to actually call him directly since I received no reply to my emails, and even after placing my order his email replies were brief and a little cryptic. I think he operates a few e-businesses from his house (they all appear to have the address of the North Bergen, NJ post office). H appears to have zero overhead which explains his ability to have prices far lower than anyone else, however the logistics of this operation reflect this...such as online ordering, automated tracking, order confirmation...the all-around customer service you will probably get from a larger company.

investomatic Thu Mar 23, 2017 3:00 pm

Bought a chrome speedo ring from Julian. It was a goodtransaction
I will buy from him again. 8)

mr. warehouse Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:58 pm

I bought a pair of Ghia plate lights lens with seals screws, etc.
Everything arrived in a timely manner and better than expected quality.

JoelH Wed Mar 28, 2018 3:12 pm

I am currently in a transaction with Julian. Very fast response time before i made the purchase.. not so good now. 3 weeks and still waiting for parts that should have been here in 4 days.

crzo68 Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:59 am

Very happy with transaction... THANKS!!! :D

JoelH Sat Apr 21, 2018 9:43 am

Just got my stuff. Not the best communication up front about availability, but i got it and am happy.

Thanks Julian

miguel valdez Thu Nov 22, 2018 3:14 pm

What has happened with my refund ????? need money ASAP, make the purchase for door scrapers on 8/13/2018, ITS BEEN 3 MONTHS OF LIES... BUYERS BEWARE.
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