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Man Finds 26K in Safe Bought on eBay

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Canoga Park, California eBay seller James Labrecque always states in his auctions that “WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET,” all-caps. Well, in one of his recent auctions, $26,000 was included in what the buyer got.

A Bartlett, TN eBay buyer was able to get the safe for $122.93, later finding all the cash inside after bringing it to a welder. For whatever reason, the buyer decided to mention this to Labrecque, who then asked for half of the money, according to WMC-TV News 5. The buyer reminded Labrecque of his policy of “no returns, and no money back.” Naturally, Labrecque went on to argue that $26K is life-changing money, and that “I mean, if I was in that situation and I found that kind of money and I bought it from someone, I’d say, ‘Here man, I found this money. I’ll give you half of it.’” Right.

Labrecque claims that after shaking the safe, he didn’t think anything was inside. “I feel like the stupidest idiot in the world,” Labreque told WMC-TV. “I told my friend, I won the stupidest idiot in the world award the other day, you know. I gave away a safe with $26,000 in it.”

Though, it’s not clear who is more stupid – the guy who would sell a safe without taking a look inside, or the guy who would blow $123 just to see what might be inside a locked safe, like some confused Leprechaun. “I made a mistake, you know, that’s what it boils down to. And it cost me dearly,” Labrecque told New 5.

Man Finds 26K in Safe Bought on eBay
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  • Obviously

    It is the buyer’s money now. Point blank.

  • Lee

    Pure Dumb Ass Seller

  • Cheryl

    Lucky sucker.

    Anyway, as far as buying/saving on eBay goes:

    Check the feedback of the seller. Maybe send him a question about the item to see their responsiveness, if they don’t reply back, maybe not the best seller to deal with.

    If you send the seller a question about an item, find another of their listings, and send the question from that item page, rather than from the one that you actually want. This will add a little bit of work for the seller, if they want to add the question/answer to the item description page that you are actually interested in. Maybe they won’t bother, and maybe any potential bidders/buyers would not bother to send the seller the question themselves, rather just looking for another one.

    If you see an item that you want listed in auction format, send the seller a message asking if they will accept $x to end the auction early and sell the item to you. May be telling them that they would not have to wait as long to get their money (they would probably know that, but it still might help). If that does not work, use a sniping service such as Bidball.com to bid for you. It’ll bid in the last few seconds, helping you to save money and avoid shill bidding.

    If there is a particular item that you are looking for, and especially if it is relatively rare on eBay, use a site like Ebuyersedge.com to set up saved searches. You’d get an e-mail whenever a match is listed. Great for “Buy It Now”s priced right. You can use the price, category, exclude Word, etc. filters to narrow down the list of results that you receive in the e-mails.

    Probably a long shot, but if the item that you are looking for is difficult to spell, try a misspelling search site like Typojoe.com to hopefully find some deals with items that have main keywords misspelled in the title. Other interested buyers might never see them. Then, if the item is listed an auction format, after a few days of no bids (hopefully anyway) send the seller and offer to end the auction early and sell the item to you. They may worry that no one is interested, and take whatever they can get.

  • http://www.bloggerdreams.info BloggerDreams

    First, I don’t believe James Labrecque will do as he said he will give the money back. The “WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET” says it all. If something went wrong with what he sold, he would not refund therefore the money belongs to the buyer. Lucky him. I wish he enjoys the money.

    A lesson for Labrecque and like people.

  • jon

    I have a few questions to the legitimacy of the story. Why would someone buy a safe on ebay with no combination to open only to take it to a welder to have opened and destroyed? Honestly seems like a very expensive gamble to me. The buyer bought something he could not use then tells everyone about it to gain attention? Sounds like a great way to hide money you didn’t want someone to know how you obtained. There are too many questions here. Who puts $26k in a safe and forgets about it? Even if he bought the safe at an auction why would someone not have removed that kind of money to begin with. Sounds like a big lie to me .

  • Jack Mcdevitt

    Congratulations buyer. You have just made a public record of your windfall to the IRS. There is so much to this story which seems to be suspicious. Where did this Labrecque acquire this item? And am I the only one that feels he comes off sleazy with his asking fro half the money???? Yeah. I am going to assume the risk on ebay to buy an unknown item and then when the gamble pays off share with the stranger who sought to profit from me. Something stinks in this story, and the local news person seems a little gullable. I wouldn’t be surprised if this is a scam for people to buy things in hopes of a pay off. I’m just sayin.

  • MARK

    The money belongs to the buyer; period! The seller is S-O-L-ed! All hail Ebay where you can have a garage sale to the world. I can’t imagine why the Buyer would go to Ebay looking for a safe. The shipping and handling would’ve put me off; not to mention; the seller didn’t have the combination for it; hence the ” AS IS PART “. The Seller SHOULD’VE KNOWN BETTER and will know better next time. Did the seller not watch programs about treasures being found in old safe and vaults that were lost or forgotten or unknown for years? Or better yet, the seller should just sit down and watch the Antiques Roadshow on PBS for now on.