Discussion Forum: Thread 268518

 Author: lifter6 View Messages Posted By lifter6
 Posted: May 23, 2020 22:27
 Subject: Interesting Request From Buyer...
 Viewed: 234 times
 Topic: Selling
Cancel Message
Cancel
Reply to Message
Reply
BrickLink
ID Card

lifter6 (852)

Location:  USA, Florida
Member Since Contact Type Status
Dec 10, 2010 Member Does Not Allow Contact Seller
Buying Privileges - OKSelling Privileges - OK
Store Closed Store: Lifter 6 Bricks
A first for me as a seller; just got an order in for a buyer (new user, 6 feedback)
to purchase 1 Star Wars minifigure. Buyer then sends a follow-up message requesting
that I send them "5 or more" extra Star Wars figures so I can "sponsor" their
YouTube channel (that has 18 subscribers) and so they can give my store "shout
outs." Curiosity got the better of me and I checked out their YouTube channel...it
turns out the buyer isn't more than 14 years old. I politely declined their
request and cancelled the order due to violation of BL terms (18 years old minimum).
Thought it was an interesting request.
 Author: mach1baby View Messages Posted By mach1baby
 Posted: May 23, 2020 22:33
 Subject: Re: Interesting Request From Buyer...
 Viewed: 73 times
 Topic: Selling
Cancel Message
Cancel
Reply to Message
Reply
BrickLink
ID Card

mach1baby (6763)

Location:  USA, Washington
Member Since Contact Type Status
Mar 26, 2011 Contact Member Seller
Buying Privileges - OKSelling Privileges - OK
Store: Everything StarWars & More
In Selling, lifter6 writes:
  A first for me as a seller; just got an order in for a buyer (new user, 6 feedback)
to purchase 1 Star Wars minifigure. Buyer then sends a follow-up message requesting
that I send them "5 or more" extra Star Wars figures so I can "sponsor" their
YouTube channel (that has 18 subscribers) and so they can give my store "shout
outs." Curiosity got the better of me and I checked out their YouTube channel...it
turns out the buyer isn't more than 14 years old. I politely declined their
request and cancelled the order due to violation of BL terms (18 years old minimum).
Thought it was an interesting request.

I thought there was a vetting process through bricklink on accounts or there
used to be. Minimum age for an account was 18, it would be interested to see
out of all these new buyers, and there are a ton, since Covid breakout, how many
are of actual age allowed by bricklink. I’m betting a good many are school age
kids who may be ordering.

Scott
 Author: dredabeast24 View Messages Posted By dredabeast24
 Posted: May 23, 2020 22:54
 Subject: Re: Interesting Request From Buyer...
 Viewed: 72 times
 Topic: Selling
Cancel Message
Cancel
Reply to Message
Reply
BrickLink
ID Card

dredabeast24 (677)

Location:  USA, Illinois
Member Since Contact Type Status
Apr 30, 2016 Contact Member Seller
Buying Privileges - OKSelling Privileges - OK
Store: The Brick Click
In Selling, mach1baby writes:
  In Selling, lifter6 writes:
  A first for me as a seller; just got an order in for a buyer (new user, 6 feedback)
to purchase 1 Star Wars minifigure. Buyer then sends a follow-up message requesting
that I send them "5 or more" extra Star Wars figures so I can "sponsor" their
YouTube channel (that has 18 subscribers) and so they can give my store "shout
outs." Curiosity got the better of me and I checked out their YouTube channel...it
turns out the buyer isn't more than 14 years old. I politely declined their
request and cancelled the order due to violation of BL terms (18 years old minimum).
Thought it was an interesting request.

I thought there was a vetting process through bricklink on accounts or there
used to be. Minimum age for an account was 18, it would be interested to see
out of all these new buyers, and there are a ton, since Covid breakout, how many
are of actual age allowed by bricklink. I’m betting a good many are school age
kids who may be ordering.

Scott

Back in the day, I used my parents ordered for me and I got my own account when
I turned 18. I would bet at least 30% of accounts are underage right now. I was
running in that community for a bit and I knew many sellers that were underage
and many more buyers that were as well.
 Author: mach1baby View Messages Posted By mach1baby
 Posted: May 23, 2020 23:03
 Subject: Re: Interesting Request From Buyer...
 Viewed: 72 times
 Topic: Selling
Cancel Message
Cancel
Reply to Message
Reply
BrickLink
ID Card

mach1baby (6763)

Location:  USA, Washington
Member Since Contact Type Status
Mar 26, 2011 Contact Member Seller
Buying Privileges - OKSelling Privileges - OK
Store: Everything StarWars & More
In Selling, dredabeast24 writes:
  In Selling, mach1baby writes:
  In Selling, lifter6 writes:
  A first for me as a seller; just got an order in for a buyer (new user, 6 feedback)
to purchase 1 Star Wars minifigure. Buyer then sends a follow-up message requesting
that I send them "5 or more" extra Star Wars figures so I can "sponsor" their
YouTube channel (that has 18 subscribers) and so they can give my store "shout
outs." Curiosity got the better of me and I checked out their YouTube channel...it
turns out the buyer isn't more than 14 years old. I politely declined their
request and cancelled the order due to violation of BL terms (18 years old minimum).
Thought it was an interesting request.

I thought there was a vetting process through bricklink on accounts or there
used to be. Minimum age for an account was 18, it would be interested to see
out of all these new buyers, and there are a ton, since Covid breakout, how many
are of actual age allowed by bricklink. I’m betting a good many are school age
kids who may be ordering.

Scott

Back in the day, I used my parents ordered for me and I got my own account when
I turned 18. I would bet at least 30% of accounts are underage right now. I was
running in that community for a bit and I knew many sellers that were underage
and many more buyers that were as well.

I think 30% is even conservative, my guess is better than 1/2 and kids nowadays
already have PayPal accounts etc.. I can tell just by the verbage in some of
the messages I receive from buyers.
 Author: bje View Messages Posted By bje
 Posted: May 24, 2020 02:12
 Subject: Re: Interesting Request From Buyer...
 Viewed: 74 times
 Topic: Selling
Cancel Message
Cancel
Reply to Message
Reply
BrickLink
ID Card

bje (1521)

Location:  South Africa, Western Cape
Member Since Contact Type Status
May 24, 2010 Contact Member Seller
Buying Privileges - OKSelling Privileges - OK
Store: JE Bricks
In Selling, lifter6 writes:
  A first for me as a seller; just got an order in for a buyer (new user, 6 feedback)
to purchase 1 Star Wars minifigure. Buyer then sends a follow-up message requesting
that I send them "5 or more" extra Star Wars figures so I can "sponsor" their
YouTube channel (that has 18 subscribers) and so they can give my store "shout
outs." Curiosity got the better of me and I checked out their YouTube channel...it
turns out the buyer isn't more than 14 years old. I politely declined their
request and cancelled the order due to violation of BL terms (18 years old minimum).
Thought it was an interesting request.

Hope you reported him?
https://www.bricklink.com/problemMember.asp

Wonder what would happen if I print T-Shirts with my shop logo on them and sell
them on here at a vastly inflated price so my store can be sponsored. That way
buyers can pay to advertise for me and I get a free "shout out" every time they
wear it, same as with Nike, Levi etc. Sounds like a better option
 Author: Legoboy_II View Messages Posted By Legoboy_II
 Posted: May 24, 2020 10:24
 Subject: Re: Interesting Request From Buyer...
 Viewed: 61 times
 Topic: Selling
Cancel Message
Cancel
Reply to Message
Reply
BrickLink
ID Card

Legoboy_II (78)

Location:  USA, Texas
Member Since Contact Type Status
Sep 6, 2019 Contact Member Buyer
Buying Privileges - OK
In Selling, bje writes:
  In Selling, lifter6 writes:
  A first for me as a seller; just got an order in for a buyer (new user, 6 feedback)
to purchase 1 Star Wars minifigure. Buyer then sends a follow-up message requesting
that I send them "5 or more" extra Star Wars figures so I can "sponsor" their
YouTube channel (that has 18 subscribers) and so they can give my store "shout
outs." Curiosity got the better of me and I checked out their YouTube channel...it
turns out the buyer isn't more than 14 years old. I politely declined their
request and cancelled the order due to violation of BL terms (18 years old minimum).
Thought it was an interesting request.

Hope you reported him?
https://www.bricklink.com/problemMember.asp

Wonder what would happen if I print T-Shirts with my shop logo on them and sell
them on here at a vastly inflated price so my store can be sponsored. That way
buyers can pay to advertise for me and I get a free "shout out" every time they
wear it, same as with Nike, Levi etc. Sounds like a better option

I know, right?

Every time I buy a new vehicle, I always tell the dealer not to put their logo
on the car, or take it off if they already have. They ask, "Why?" I tell them,
I'm paying for the vehicle and you're not paying me to advertise.

One dealer laughed and gave me another $2,000 discount. I figured $500 a month
was fair, then I took it off. The others just sneered.
 Author: infinibrix View Messages Posted By infinibrix
 Posted: May 24, 2020 04:12
 Subject: Re: Interesting Request From Buyer...
 Viewed: 49 times
 Topic: Selling
Cancel Message
Cancel
Reply to Message
Reply
BrickLink
ID Card

infinibrix (3210)

Location:  United Kingdom, England
Member Since Contact Type Status
Jul 1, 2013 Contact Member Seller
Buying Privileges - OKSelling Privileges - OK
Store: infinibrix
In Selling, lifter6 writes:
  A first for me as a seller; just got an order in for a buyer (new user, 6 feedback)
to purchase 1 Star Wars minifigure. Buyer then sends a follow-up message requesting
that I send them "5 or more" extra Star Wars figures so I can "sponsor" their
YouTube channel (that has 18 subscribers) and so they can give my store "shout
outs." Curiosity got the better of me and I checked out their YouTube channel...it
turns out the buyer isn't more than 14 years old. I politely declined their
request and cancelled the order due to violation of BL terms (18 years old minimum).
Thought it was an interesting request.

I have had a similar incident where they claimed to be a youtube influencer with
big following of potential customers which they wanted me to drop ship to at
discounted pricing? I was also curious but upon requesting a link they never
actually provided anything to support that claim
 Author: Pippyblocks View Messages Posted By Pippyblocks
 Posted: May 24, 2020 04:24
 Subject: Re: Interesting Request From Buyer...
 Viewed: 43 times
 Topic: Selling
Cancel Message
Cancel
Reply to Message
Reply
BrickLink
ID Card

Pippyblocks (2314)

Location:  United Kingdom, England
Member Since Contact Type Status
May 20, 2017 Contact Member Seller
Buying Privileges - OKSelling Privileges - OK
Store: Pippys Blocks
On the flip side, you have to admire their cunning and entrepreneurialism at
that age lol. I wish I was that enterprising at 14.

In Selling, lifter6 writes:
  A first for me as a seller; just got an order in for a buyer (new user, 6 feedback)
to purchase 1 Star Wars minifigure. Buyer then sends a follow-up message requesting
that I send them "5 or more" extra Star Wars figures so I can "sponsor" their
YouTube channel (that has 18 subscribers) and so they can give my store "shout
outs." Curiosity got the better of me and I checked out their YouTube channel...it
turns out the buyer isn't more than 14 years old. I politely declined their
request and cancelled the order due to violation of BL terms (18 years old minimum).
Thought it was an interesting request.
 Author: Teup View Messages Posted By Teup
 Posted: May 24, 2020 04:38
 Subject: Re: Interesting Request From Buyer...
 Viewed: 55 times
 Topic: Selling
Cancel Message
Cancel
Reply to Message
Reply
BrickLink
ID Card

Teup (4968)

Location:  Netherlands, Utrecht
Member Since Contact Type Status
May 6, 2004 Contact Member Seller
Buying Privileges - OKSelling Privileges - OK
Store Closed Store: BLOKJESKONING
In Selling, lifter6 writes:
  A first for me as a seller; just got an order in for a buyer (new user, 6 feedback)
to purchase 1 Star Wars minifigure. Buyer then sends a follow-up message requesting
that I send them "5 or more" extra Star Wars figures so I can "sponsor" their
YouTube channel (that has 18 subscribers) and so they can give my store "shout
outs." Curiosity got the better of me and I checked out their YouTube channel...it
turns out the buyer isn't more than 14 years old. I politely declined their
request and cancelled the order due to violation of BL terms (18 years old minimum).
Thought it was an interesting request.

Haha Actually I had the same thing, from a buyer who was more serious about
this - not underage and quite a lot of subscribers. Still, I had to refuse and
explain all this social media stuff means nothing to me, and I just like to get
paid for my work
 Author: Minifig_Central View Messages Posted By Minifig_Central
 Posted: May 24, 2020 06:51
 Subject: Re: Interesting Request From Buyer...
 Viewed: 71 times
 Topic: Selling
Cancel Message
Cancel
Reply to Message
Reply
BrickLink
ID Card

Minifig_Central (1569)

Location:  United Kingdom, England
Member Since Contact Type Status
Dec 3, 2014 Contact Member Seller
Buying Privileges - OKSelling Privileges - OK
Store: Minifig Central
I once bought a large lot of figures off an 11 year old who was selling them
on another sites marketplace. The kid had Paypal and even went to the post office
and posted it for me. Properly packed too! what a trooper!