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#4704182 - 03/23/18 12:11 PM Receiving duplicate autoparts in the mail; scam??
SOHCman Offline


Registered: 03/29/10
Posts: 1325
Loc: USA
Anyone ever receive a duplicate autopart in the mail, just like one you just received the day before, but from overseas shipper?

I can't help but think it's a scam, that or just a mixup.

Ordered a small exhaust piece on amazon, received it from the right US company. Great! The next day a company half way around the world air-mails me the same exhaust piece with no explanation, and no separate order on amazon.

Its only worth a couple bucks, and I'm sure not shipping it back half way around the world. Should I be leery?
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#4704186 - 03/23/18 12:16 PM Re: Receiving duplicate autoparts in the mail; scam?? [Re: SOHCman]
UncleDave Offline


Registered: 06/02/14
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Loc: Ca.
yes, but each time it was a screw up and the entity issued a call tag for the item back.

UD
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#4704188 - 03/23/18 12:18 PM Re: Receiving duplicate autoparts in the mail; scam?? [Re: SOHCman]
Claud Offline


Registered: 02/11/14
Posts: 593
Loc: Margate England
I'm not sure how it works in the USA, but in the UK unsolicited goods should be kept for a reasonable time - no definition of how long is 'reasonable'. and the sender is wholly responsible for shipping costs.
It used to be a popular scam to send stuff, then demand payment, or charge outrageous return shipping. So a law was passed to prevent this.

Claud.

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#4704192 - 03/23/18 12:24 PM Re: Receiving duplicate autoparts in the mail; scam?? [Re: SOHCman]
thescreensavers Offline


Registered: 12/21/09
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Loc: Jupiter, FL
In the USA its clear, you have a legal right to keep it as a free gift.

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0181-unordered-merchandise
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#4704200 - 03/23/18 12:33 PM Re: Receiving duplicate autoparts in the mail; scam?? [Re: thescreensavers]
Claud Offline


Registered: 02/11/14
Posts: 593
Loc: Margate England
Originally Posted By: thescreensavers
In the USA its clear, you have a legal right to keep it as a free gift.

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0181-unordered-merchandise


Pretty much in line with the UK law, and I imagine most of the developed world.

Claud.

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#4704205 - 03/23/18 12:38 PM Re: Receiving duplicate autoparts in the mail; scam?? [Re: SOHCman]
Chris142 Offline


Registered: 06/05/03
Posts: 16964
Loc: Deplorable in apple valley, ca
I went through something similiar many years ago. I ordered a complete gasket set for a v8 international from jcwhitney. It got cancelled and my credit card refunded because they were out of stock. A month later it showed up!

I called and sent it back. A day or so later another complete gasket set showed up. I called them again and sent it back. 3 weeks later 4 complete international scout v8 gasket sets showed up! All taped together.

I called again and jcwhitney had no record of any of them. Told me to keep them. Good thing because at that rate I would have had 8 gasket sets show up. LOL
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#4704212 - 03/23/18 12:48 PM Re: Receiving duplicate autoparts in the mail; scam?? [Re: Chris142]
SOHCman Offline


Registered: 03/29/10
Posts: 1325
Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: Chris142
I went through something similiar many years ago. I ordered a complete gasket set for a v8 international from jcwhitney. It got cancelled and my credit card refunded because they were out of stock. A month later it showed up!

I called and sent it back. A day or so later another complete gasket set showed up. I called them again and sent it back. 3 weeks later 4 complete international scout v8 gasket sets showed up! All taped together.

I called again and jcwhitney had no record of any of them. Told me to keep them. Good thing because at that rate I would have had 8 gasket sets show up. LOL


Lol! You should be set on gaskets for awhile! That read just like a comedy skit...
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#4704215 - 03/23/18 12:52 PM Re: Receiving duplicate autoparts in the mail; scam?? [Re: thescreensavers]
SOHCman Offline


Registered: 03/29/10
Posts: 1325
Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: thescreensavers
In the USA its clear, you have a legal right to keep it as a free gift.

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0181-unordered-merchandise


Interesting! I imagine someone at the US company hitting the wrong button, having their overseas supplier drop ship it to me and shipping me one themselves at the same time.
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#4704251 - 03/23/18 01:27 PM Re: Receiving duplicate autoparts in the mail; scam?? [Re: SOHCman]
InhalingBullets Offline


Registered: 08/07/12
Posts: 537
Loc: TEXAS
A few years ago I received a package from Amazon with my name and address on it, but I had not ordered anything. I opened the package and it was a milk frother...I called Amazon and explained and they told me to keep it, donate or whatever.
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#4704270 - 03/23/18 01:37 PM Re: Receiving duplicate autoparts in the mail; scam?? [Re: SOHCman]
bdcardinal Offline


Registered: 06/03/05
Posts: 11078
Loc: Santa Barbara, CA
I collect NASCAR 1/64 duecasts. I bought one last year from Amazon and ended up with a case of them. I got a hold of Amazon and told them what happened since I really only one 1 of each. They said to keep it. So if anyone wants an Aric Almirola Air Force #43 let me know.
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#4704295 - 03/23/18 02:09 PM Re: Receiving duplicate autoparts in the mail; scam?? [Re: SOHCman]
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Registered: 02/18/11
Posts: 6624
Loc: Hudson, NH
I had a dupe from eBay. They said keep it. I had another one from a direct warehouse. They never responded. so I waited, waited, sold it on ebay lol.
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#4704342 - 03/23/18 03:23 PM Re: Receiving duplicate autoparts in the mail; scam?? [Re: SOHCman]
NHGUY Offline


Registered: 10/09/11
Posts: 5062
Loc: USA
There used to be a TV commercial on that....a mailman delivers a fancy alloy wheel to a grandmother type,she is taken aback by it.The voiceover said if you didn't order it..its yours...for free.

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#4704352 - 03/23/18 03:30 PM Re: Receiving duplicate autoparts in the mail; scam?? [Re: Chris142]
dlundblad Offline


Registered: 09/30/13
Posts: 10193
Loc: Indiana
Originally Posted By: Chris142
I went through something similiar many years ago. I ordered a complete gasket set for a v8 international from jcwhitney. It got cancelled and my credit card refunded because they were out of stock. A month later it showed up!

I called and sent it back. A day or so later another complete gasket set showed up. I called them again and sent it back. 3 weeks later 4 complete international scout v8 gasket sets showed up! All taped together.

I called again and jcwhitney had no record of any of them. Told me to keep them. Good thing because at that rate I would have had 8 gasket sets show up. LOL


This is wonderful. crackmeup
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#4704399 - 03/23/18 04:17 PM Re: Receiving duplicate autoparts in the mail; scam?? [Re: thescreensavers]
Spartanfool Offline


Registered: 02/10/08
Posts: 264
Loc: Michigan
Originally Posted By: thescreensavers
In the USA its clear, you have a legal right to keep it as a free gift.

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0181-unordered-merchandise


Careful!!!

FTC-"Federal laws prohibit mailing unordered merchandise to consumers and then demanding payment."

This is not unordered mechandise. It is a duplicate order or second shipment. If the sender realizes this, they can ask for it to be returned at their expense (call tag, etc).

Legal Mumbo Jumbo Disclaimer-This is not to be construed as legal advice.

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#4704417 - 03/23/18 04:38 PM Re: Receiving duplicate autoparts in the mail; scam?? [Re: Spartanfool]
slacktide_bitog Offline


Registered: 03/20/08
Posts: 6371
Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: Spartanfool
Originally Posted By: thescreensavers
In the USA its clear, you have a legal right to keep it as a free gift.

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0181-unordered-merchandise


Careful!!!

FTC-"Federal laws prohibit mailing unordered merchandise to consumers and then demanding payment."

This is not unordered mechandise. It is a duplicate order or second shipment. If the sender realizes this, they can ask for it to be returned at their expense (call tag, etc).

Legal Mumbo Jumbo Disclaimer-This is not to be construed as legal advice.


Yes, it is still unordered. You ordered one and got two, so one is ordered and the other is unordered smile

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