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    Default Brandon Cifani is do.char on eBay

    So... I'm new to selling on eBay, and this one buyer tweaked my intuition from the beginning with his repeated questions about the pens and whether or not I had more and would I cancel the auctions and sell the pens to him (for a stupid price, duh) - and no - and whether or not I was interested in trading (no, no, no - what is it about no that he didn't seem to understand?).

    He won two auctions and strung me out for payment for almost two weeks, finally paying when I opened a case with eBay. (Because I'm a new seller, I can't collect the funds for 21 days anyway, so this put me out for more than a month.)

    When he finally paid, I was able to see his name and address. Brandon Cifani in Oxford, MI.

    Something whispered in my ear: Google him.

    The thread here, one in fpn, and one over at fountainpenboard came up. (The one on fpgeeks was the top return, btw. That thread is closed, otherwise I would comment there.)

    I just had a bad feeling about this guy from the beginning, and with the stringing me out on the payment, I felt that he might lie about receiving the pens or give me further hassle. That was before I read the threads.

    Anyway, I cancelled the auctions and refunded his payment and figured maybe a warning might be in order.

    Dan, if I'm out of line here, I'll understand if you delete this thread.

    Edit by Admin to add the following links:

    Fraudster Brandon Cifani is on FPN as "penister"

    Brandon Cifani is engaged in fraud
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    Default Re: Brandon Cifani is do.char on eBay

    P.S. I want to thank those in the FP community who sounded this warning about Brandon Cifani. From skimming the other threads, I can only surmise that he will change his eBay name again.

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    Default Re: Brandon Cifani is do.char on eBay

    No issues here. Also, just a quick note that I added the links to your initial post so everyone would see them.

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    Default Re: Brandon Cifani is do.char on eBay

    Lisa, as noted from your Facebook post, I've made mention of this thread over at FPB, covering you until your membership is approved (there is usually a delay when DI is at work, etc).
    "When Men differ in Opinion, both Sides ought equally to have the Advantage of being heard by the Publick;
    and that when Truth and Error have fair Play, the former is always an overmatch for the latter."

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    Default Re: Brandon Cifani is do.char on eBay

    Thank you, Jon. After reading that thread, I wanted to spread the warning quickly that Brandon Cifani is back. AGAIN (apparently).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Szanto View Post
    Lisa, as noted from your Facebook post, I've made mention of this thread over at FPB, covering you until your membership is approved (there is usually a delay when DI is at work, etc).
    Hi Jon and Lisa.

    Yep, I'm less skilled than Dan at automatically blocking Spam applications, so at FPB there is a final clearance where I do some checks by hand. When busy at work there can be delay. I will clear Lisa's membership at FPB tonight. Thanks Lisa for sharing your warning with the pen community.

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    Brandon was recently on FPN under the name ALUpens. I managed to get into trouble calling him out on a number of threads but he is a problem and worth the hassle to get his account revoked every time he returns.

    Thanks for the warning.

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    Default Re: Brandon Cifani is do.char on eBay

    Quote Originally Posted by Farmboy View Post
    Brandon was recently on FPN under the name ALUpens. I managed to get into trouble calling him out on a number of threads but he is a problem and worth the hassle to get his account revoked every time he returns.

    Thanks for the warning.

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    Default Re: Brandon Cifani is do.char on eBay

    I still wonder if he and his family are part of the "Irish Travelers". He shows all of the classic "Irish Travelers" signs including multiple addresses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laura N View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Farmboy View Post
    Brandon was recently on FPN under the name ALUpens. I managed to get into trouble calling him out on a number of threads but he is a problem and worth the hassle to get his account revoked every time he returns.

    Thanks for the warning.

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    Default Re: Brandon Cifani is do.char on eBay

    Maybe he should not be allowed to use a computer at all.


    Period.



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    Default Re: Brandon Cifani is do.char on eBay

    I can't believe this con is has been wreaking havoc on the pen community for so long. Sorry for your troubles ethernautrix.

    I just read all the past threads & the one where Brandon insincerely apologizes for his actions when members were discussing fraud & the FBI. He deserves his ass behind bars!

    sorry if it's obvious that I've been conned before...I tend to be over cautious nowadays.

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    Default Re: Brandon Cifani is do.char on eBay

    Sorry to hear that he's back. I had a run in with Brandon several years ago. It evolved devolved from him asking a question about a picture I posted on third tier pens to him searching all my posts and photos trying to make a deal on higher end vintage pens.
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    I can think of nothing good that can come of this person. He has apparently not learned anything despite most of the internet cutting him slack, making excuses for him, and intervening because the world should be more kind.

    For those that don't know, he tends to try and sell items he doesn't own, often to the very person that owns said item. He also buys items and fails to pay.

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    Default Re: Brandon Cifani is do.char on eBay

    Quote Originally Posted by Sailor Kenshin View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Laura N View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Farmboy View Post
    Brandon was recently on FPN under the name ALUpens. I managed to get into trouble calling him out on a number of threads but he is a problem and worth the hassle to get his account revoked every time he returns.

    Thanks for the warning.

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    [edit - in reply to Jar]

    Now, now.. Viz magazine got into a spot of bother when they did a gem of a cartoon strip on alternative lifestyle enthusiasts.
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    Default Re: Brandon Cifani is do.char on eBay

    Oo, did I mention that he seemed excited and pushy about Centropens? So if any of all y'all are selling Centropens, maybe scrutinize your prospective buyers closely. And sellers maybe, if Brandon gets his hands on any (or pictures, apparently he sells pictures of other people's pens).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ethernautrix View Post
    Oo, did I mention that he seemed excited and pushy about Centropens? So if any of all y'all are selling Centropens, maybe scrutinize your prospective buyers closely. And sellers maybe, if Brandon gets his hands on any (or pictures, apparently he sells pictures of other people's pens).
    He is so good at this, he often sells pens to the person that already owns the pen.

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    Default Re: Brandon Cifani is do.char on eBay

    I seem to remember the joke about the super-salesman that could sell building products(read: ice) to eskimos......



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    Quote Originally Posted by sumgaikid View Post
    I seem to remember the joke about the super-salesman that could sell building products(read: ice) to eskimos......



    John
    Lol! I bet he thinks he can he may even be the best super salesman out there. How's about selling nothing to someone...it must take amazing talent.

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