Thanks Zimbabwe! Now who in New Hamphire wants some Super Brochures!?Submitted by Uriah Matthews on Fri, 12/23/2011 - 00:01
Hello all! So wow! The Zimbabwe One Hundred Trillion Dollar bill sold for $1,825 and after costs associated with PayPal ($71.48) and EBay ($100.40), I paid shipping (fun story, roughly $55 after insurance), I chipped in $1.95 due to account verification process, and what we have left is $1,655.07. With all that said, never did I ever imagine this item would fetch such a purse. Below you’ll find my ever exciting experience and what the outcome offers?!
Starting with the listing process. This was the first time I had ever sold anything on EBay and naturally when you use EBay you sign up for PayPal, which provided wonderful headaches. Originally I was going to set a "Buy-it-now" price of $150.00. "I mean I only paid four Federal Reserve Notes for this thing," I thought. But then my faith in the free market took over and I said to myself "if the price will go to the limit, why limit?" Therefore I passed on the "Buy-it-now!" price. Rightly so, to $1,825.00! Need I say more?
After the item sold and I was contacted within minutes by the buyer and the money was deposited into my PayPal account. "Wow, this was pretty easy!" I thought. Then I noticed the buyer wanted shipping to New Zealand?! I thought of my friend who sent a jacket to Taiwan and then had his payment to him reversed because the buyer said he never received it. Turns out USPS doesn't track to the door and the delivery tracking was useless. PayPal debited his account and he was screwed. I did not want this to happen to me. So I provided some options and then it turns out the buyer and I got on the phone shortly after some back-and-forth emails.
Really cool guy! Living outside the country due to his outlook on our society and international appeal. Come to find out he’s very active in supporting the cause of liberty and we shared stories of our involvement in various activities. Also found out that one of his professional hats is in the same industry as myself which fairly coincidental. By the end of the conversation I felt very comfortable and was ready to ship the item to New Zealand.
Then the PayPal nightmare started. I logged in and immediately the red bar at the top of my account that said "your account has been limited." I called to find out what this meant. I was walked through a couple clicks and found the resolution center where I was to submit bank account information, picture identification, credit card, address, shipping details, bloodtype and firstborn. Kidding on the last two but that’s what it felt like.
So I submitted scans of banks docs, a drivers license scan, and I had walked through the Credit Card information and I was told that it had accepted but it never reflected as such in the resolution center. Then I was told by PayPal support that I didn’t qualify for seller protection since it was a unique item. Which changed my plans on shipping to New Zealand. So I ended up shipping to the buyers US address and finally after several days PayPal released my funds.
Now we’re cooking, money is available and Michael had asked to use the money to sponsor some Super Brochure mailings to South Carolina, as New Hampshire has surpassed the mailing date. Heading home from work I stop in Zaxby’s for dinner and call Erik of the Super Brochure project to find out what areas I should purchase in South Carolina. He mentions that we could just flood Super Brochures into supporter’s hands in New Hampshire. We'll more out that way. We just need people to get them out.
Can you help get them out?
We’re looking for HARDCORE supporters in New Hampshire to get them out. Email me firstname.lastname@example.org all I ask is you give me reason to believe you’re a Ron Paul supporter and not some competitor that’s going to throw them in the trash. A picture of you and you’re bumper stickered car? References? Whatever you come up with, free market rules!
Also it would be really awesome to know how you plan on getting them out and while you're doing so to take pictures, video whatever so after all of this is done we can put the media together and really see how much thanks we owe Zimbabwe!
With $1655.07 I’m thinking we’ll get around 25 cases depending on shipping.