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With Aaron Hernandez jerseys on eBay, it’s seller beware

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In the days since Aaron Hernandez went from a Patriots tight end to a murder defendant, his jerseys have become hot sellers on eBay, as memorabilia collectors and Hernandez’s remaining fans have looked for opportunities to buy Hernandez jerseys used now that the NFL and the Patriots are no longer selling Hernandez jerseys new.

But there’s one big problem for those who would like to pick up some fast cash by selling their Hernandez jerseys: Some people who think such sales are in poor taste are going on eBay, placing the winning bids in the auctions, and then refusing to pay after the auctions are over.

One seller told Yahoo! Sports that the $305 winning bid he got for a Hernandez jersey and a signed mini-helmet was followed up not with payment, but with a hostile message from the supposed buyer.

“I don’t think that I will be getting paid,” the seller told Yahoo! Sports. “The person emailed me stating I should ‘burn the jersey and stop seeking money for that morons actions’. Looks like the person has some kind of social agenda.”

That same buyer has done the same thing in at least 15 other eBay auctions, which means that many of the people trying to sell Hernandez jerseys have simply wasted their time by “selling” to someone who is never actually going to pay.

Winning an auction and then refusing to pay is a violation of eBay’s rules and possibly a violation of the law, but it’s not clear whether anyone will be able to track down the bidders who have been doing it here. So if you’re trying to turn a profit on your Hernandez jersey, seller beware.

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69 Responses to “With Aaron Hernandez jerseys on eBay, it’s seller beware”
  1. harrisonhits2 says: Jul 4, 2013 12:51 PM

    “I don’t think that I will be getting paid,” the seller told Yahoo! Sports. “The person emailed me stating I should ‘burn the jersey and stop seeking money for that morons actions’. Looks like the person has some kind of social agenda.”

    That same buyer has done the same thing in at least 15 other eBay auctions, which means that many of the people trying to sell Hernandez jerseys have simply wasted their time by “selling” to someone who is never actually going to pay.
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    If they all report this to ebay the person making the winning bids and not paying will get his account pulled.

  2. irishking says: Jul 4, 2013 12:51 PM

    This is all in such poor taste. There is nothing to celebrate or to be prized here.

  3. skoobyfl says: Jul 4, 2013 12:52 PM

    Save Aaron.

  4. eatitfanboy says: Jul 4, 2013 12:52 PM

    The people placing those bids and not following through are committing fraud, plain and simple.

    By placing a bid on Ebay, you are entering into a contract, and not following through is a violation of said contract. These people are certainly subject to penalties in civil court at least.

  5. goraidersgospurs says: Jul 4, 2013 12:52 PM

    Ebay always gave me my money back when these loser try to rip me off, ShoutOut to EBAY!!!

  6. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Jul 4, 2013 12:54 PM

    Just wondering…Does the jersey have to have bullet holes in it to make it authentic?

  7. grillmarks says: Jul 4, 2013 12:58 PM

    Damn it feels good to be a gangsta.

  8. johnnyb216 says: Jul 4, 2013 12:58 PM

    Risky move… Non-payment will surely make you susceptible to negative feedback.

  9. packerbackernj says: Jul 4, 2013 12:59 PM

    eatitfanboy says:
    The people placing those bids and not following through are committing fraud, plain and simple.

    By placing a bid on Ebay, you are entering into a contract, and not following through is a violation of said contract. These people are certainly subject to penalties in civil court at least.
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    Good luck with that one. It’s the same as walking in a store, going to the owner “I’ll give you $1,000 for that delicious looking pear, I’ll pay you tomorrow!” Only on TV can people sue over anything. Pick up a book, you might learn something.

  10. donny1rodriguez says: Jul 4, 2013 1:04 PM

    The sellers should use buy it now and require immediate payment. Item is still listed until you are paid. And you can block bidders with no feedback.

  11. xpensivewinos says: Jul 4, 2013 1:06 PM

    It’s a unique situation, but the sellers can simply contact whoever had the second highest bid and see if they’re still interested (and legit), no?

  12. faithful209er says: Jul 4, 2013 1:08 PM

    If I had an AH jersey, I’d want to get rid of it, and if someone was willing to pay me for it, you bet I’d take the money. I wouldn’t be profiting off his actions, I would be selling an item an item that I purchased as a fan. It would be different if someone was manufacturing and selling new AH merchandise that was made after his crimes came to light. THAT would be profiting off his actions.

  13. amanistumor says: Jul 4, 2013 1:12 PM

    You all are a bunch of stooges. The only thing that will happen to the non-paying buyer is eBites will pull his account. There’s no legal recourse for the seller, eBay will just refund his listing fees. Since this sellers bitchiness is article worthy I say F him and hope it continues to happen.

    Still puzzles me to this day why anyone would over pay for any bodies jersey. Get a life people.

  14. dawsonleery says: Jul 4, 2013 1:12 PM

    If someone wins an item and doesn’t pay then I would just leave negative feedback.

  15. creamsiclecannon says: Jul 4, 2013 1:15 PM

    These people payed money for their jerseys they reserve the right to sell them. At least there not wearing the jerseys and supporting the guy

  16. radioactivechimp says: Jul 4, 2013 1:19 PM

    As a buyer, the solution would be to use the “second chance auction” option to sell the jersey to someone else who bid, but was outbid by the person who didn’t pay.

  17. brettfavresmidget says: Jul 4, 2013 1:19 PM

    That would make me angry enough to wanna kill someone. But alas, I have a soul and thus do not engage in the killing of people.

  18. geo1113 says: Jul 4, 2013 1:27 PM

    I don’t get why someone would buy the AH jersey. But it is none of my business. People like this guy who is making fake bids then harassing the sellers really needs to get a life.

  19. bennyb82 says: Jul 4, 2013 1:32 PM

    It seems like ever since people started finding fame via sex tapes, the line between fame and infamy has become more and more blurred.

  20. mtavin says: Jul 4, 2013 1:34 PM

    It’s not what Matt Light would do, but I could see Light, Welker et al. putting up his bail.

  21. istateyourname says: Jul 4, 2013 1:41 PM

    It’s in EBay’s mission statement that they are out to screw sellers…

  22. spfripp says: Jul 4, 2013 1:46 PM

    I don’t get all these people who are bashing people who are selling AH jerseys. It is not like they are selling the murder weapon or anything else that was involved in the crime. It is just an item with the suspects name and playing number on it. I remember, not too long ago you could buy a deck of cards with pictures of serial killers or a deck of cards with pictures of the most wanted terrorist on it. I don’t see how this is any different.

  23. nomoreseasontix says: Jul 4, 2013 1:53 PM

    If I had something that useless that I could get paid to be rid of, if do it in a heartbeat.
    The market sets the price. With no buyers, it’s just a chunk of cloth.

  24. daaabears says: Jul 4, 2013 1:53 PM

    Ebay. The junkyard of the internet.

  25. swagger52 says: Jul 4, 2013 2:00 PM

    Like Patriots, so are the fans. Arrogant and rules are for somebody else. Patriots do not pay Hernandez what he is due, Patriot fans do not pay eBay sellers what they are due. Hm…Wow…Suggs was right. Different rules for Patriots and Patriots fans.

  26. JMClarkent says: Jul 4, 2013 2:03 PM

    You don’t ship until you get paid. You also don’t pay a dime if you are not paid. Most folks aren’t going to use their real account to stiff someone – auto kill zero bidders, when mixed with the above 99% of the problems do not exist.

  27. tymedic says: Jul 4, 2013 2:06 PM

    Fry the idiot!!!!!!!

  28. rayguyreturns says: Jul 4, 2013 2:15 PM

    If someone was a smart seller on Fleabay, they would sell Aaron Hernandez toilet paper.
    I would love to read the feedback on that product.

  29. razzmatazzcomics says: Jul 4, 2013 2:34 PM

    Hello. Why are my comments deleted or unavailable to be seen unless I’m logged on to the site? Appreciate your assistance.

  30. sportsnut101 says: Jul 4, 2013 2:36 PM

    Can I sue eBay for buyers not paying. If its a violation against law

    eBay needs to hold funds for any bidder who wins auction this will eliminate the people who like to waste other people time

  31. prmpft says: Jul 4, 2013 2:51 PM

    Listen – I do not have time to do that crap FOR REAL – you MUST be some kind of loser to sit around and vulture deals just to screw somebody up! Man, get a friggin’ life…

  32. EJ says: Jul 4, 2013 2:56 PM

    AH jersey’s are not the only item listed that receives non-payment. There are hundreds daily.

  33. dbfan4ever says: Jul 4, 2013 3:00 PM

    I don’t understand why Hernandez jersey is selling for so much don’t people understand they can buy toilet paper for much less money at Walmart or Target!

  34. ripster65 says: Jul 4, 2013 3:10 PM

    It’s exactly people like that buyer that are going to make them even more valuable. The harder the jerseys are to come by, the more they’re worth.

  35. kazkal says: Jul 4, 2013 3:14 PM

    This is all in such poor taste. There is nothing to celebrate or to be prized here
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    Several things Not all of us are getting paid like NFL players so I wouldn’t look at it as trying make a extra dollar but simply getting the money I spent on this jersey back And all honesty he’s Innocent until proven guilty.which should be very soon.

  36. rg3andthensome says: Jul 4, 2013 3:27 PM

    Everyone involved in all of this crap is wasting their time….Take up a hobby and stop paying attention to this loser….He will be a nobody soon enough.

  37. swagger52 says: Jul 4, 2013 3:30 PM

    I get it…Patriot fans make their own rules, screw eBay, screw the rules, who has time for that when so much self-righteousness starts with the Patriots.

    “we don’t talk, we let the other teams talk”

    Suggs was right.

  38. souldogdave says: Jul 4, 2013 3:40 PM

    EBay will do nothing if a seller reneges or a buyer ,the same thing. I won an auction, the seller refused when he realised his promise of free shipping costs money. EBay did nothing, and they should.

  39. annes22 says: Jul 4, 2013 3:46 PM

    I wouldn’t waste my hard earned money on the jersey of a complete looser. This story isn’t nearly
    over, and could get very ugly. Who wants “his” crappy jersey???

  40. texasluva says: Jul 4, 2013 3:56 PM

    Everyone knows if the top bidder refused to pay the seller can always ask the 2nd top bidder at the last bid price they made and sell it to them. No you can not sue them for not paying. You must wait a period of tome 5-7 days and if they do not pay you file a report with Ebay and then you can re-list the item again. That would be on BUY IT NOW. Auction items can always be offered to the next on the list of bidders if one does not pay on top. Here is a typical idiot seller on these jersey’s. This is on Ebay. Quote: This is Are last one we have a genuine New England Patriots Aaron Hernandez #81 throwback jersey size 50. Note are instead of our. Probably passed 1st grade and then quit school. Another one selling a couple jersey’s. Quote: I bought 2 of these a couple of weeks ago before all this started. I just want to get them out of my store. Oh really. Then sell them at the store. Trying to make a fortune selling ebay to a million plus watchers. Takes all kinds.

  41. andymc58 says: Jul 4, 2013 3:59 PM

    Good

  42. thetooloftools says: Jul 4, 2013 4:29 PM

    Go to the worst part of town in your town and you’ll get top $ as this guy now has ghetto cred.
    It is what it is.

  43. dawsonleery says: Jul 4, 2013 5:27 PM

    I wonder if the same people are bidding on former WWE wrestler Chris Benoit items and then not paying for them… You know, because he murdered his family…. But his action figures are all over eBay. These people need to get a life.

  44. whatjusthapped says: Jul 4, 2013 5:30 PM

    I’m still trying to figure out who is worse, the guy selling the jersey for profit or the person thinking that owning a Hernandez jersey is suddenly a good idea.

    My vote for the lower form of pund scum is the buyer for the seller has an excuse that they no longer want to be seen in it.

  45. TheWizard says: Jul 4, 2013 5:49 PM

    Only thing worse than people selling this jersey is people that legitimately want to buy one.

    A pox on all their houses.

  46. therealtrenches says: Jul 4, 2013 6:01 PM

    By the ebay’s terms of sales, the high bidder is on the hook for the item, end of story, “social agenda (whatever that means),” or not.

  47. kmwatersaz says: Jul 4, 2013 6:04 PM

    The buyers are as tasteless as the sellers. I have no sympathy for either.

  48. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 4, 2013 6:11 PM

    How long until we hear a report of somebody winning a bid and then getting a box in the mail that says screw you and prove I didn’t enclose a jersey. Don’t try and buy this crap sucker!

  49. chesslungo says: Jul 4, 2013 6:48 PM

    Hernandez is my pick for comeback player of the year

  50. 1776dejavu says: Jul 4, 2013 6:48 PM

    I wouldnt sell it anyway, I’d burn it and get rid of the karma….Like buying OJ gear after he murdered Nicole and Goldman.

  51. nobreak1269 says: Jul 4, 2013 7:05 PM

    Ebay should refuse to allow the jerseys to be sold.Very bad taste.

  52. garryjercia says: Jul 4, 2013 7:34 PM

    No big deal. Get them banned and relist.

  53. prijak1 says: Jul 4, 2013 7:44 PM

    It’s the Raiders fans doing this …. They are all broke with no money….. What do expect from fans that want everything for free

  54. orivar says: Jul 4, 2013 8:09 PM

    People that do things like this need to face some punishment by the law.

    Can try to spin it all he wants, that person’s one false man moral crusade is still fraud at the end of the day. Who are they to tell somebody what they should do with objects they paid for?

  55. braitostees says: Jul 4, 2013 8:36 PM

    Shoudln’t be that big of a problem. You report this guy who is refusing to pay then you can offer it to another successful bidder. 2nd place bidder probably would still take it and you lose a small amount but you still get the sale.

  56. war27 says: Jul 4, 2013 9:34 PM

    To those that say they’d just leave negative feedback….sellers can not leave negative feedback for buyers on Ebay. It’s positive feedback or nothing. It;s been that way for years.

  57. steelcurtainn says: Jul 4, 2013 9:48 PM

    People should be ashamed trying to sell this garbage of a jersey and to the buyers, they should seek a head medical evaluation, Sicko’s. His name shouldn’t be Hernandez, it should be MURDandez.

  58. trippymane says: Jul 4, 2013 10:43 PM

    Seriously!? Anyone trying profit off a murderer and a young man’s life is really twisted in the head burn it or go exchange it for an other jersey!… Now…. The person Buying it is really sick and deserves no place in society! What the hell are you doing?!?! It’s scary actually thinking about what these people are capable of.

  59. swagger52 says: Jul 5, 2013 12:05 AM

    Patriots and Patriot fans need to own their bad decision to draft him. Why does ebay have to pay for their mistake?

  60. Nick says: Jul 5, 2013 12:23 AM

    packerbackernj says:
    Jul 4, 2013 12:59 PM

    Good luck with that one. It’s the same as walking in a store, going to the owner “I’ll give you $1,000 for that delicious looking pear, I’ll pay you tomorrow!” Only on TV can people sue over anything. Pick up a book, you might learn something.

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    Might want to revisit your thought processes. It’s an offer subject to acceptance. Now… It’s contract law so there’s little damages besides the fees to make the seller whole, and it’d be cost-prohibitive to sue (but that doesn’t necessarily mean you couldn’t). Don’t be so quick to chastise people on something you clearly know little about.

  61. urmomsmyho says: Jul 5, 2013 12:45 AM

    I’m buying Hernandez jersies off of eBay for $150, swapping them for Tebow jerseies through the Pats exchange program and selling them on eBay for $250. I’m printing more cash than the Federal Reserve!!!

  62. cdan374 says: Jul 5, 2013 2:07 AM

    ebay can’t force a buyer to pay but they will suspend and then delete your account…

    As many others have pointed out, the seller can offer the item to other bidders through the second chance functionality at whatever price the seller chooses…

    Finally, numbskuls talking about taking legal action over a $300 jersey need to go to law school immediately as the US is in dire need of your talents! Sarcasm button off…

  63. bigbadal21 says: Jul 5, 2013 2:14 AM

    thetooloftools says:Jul 4, 2013 4:29 PM

    Go to the worst part of town in your town and you’ll get top $ as this guy now has ghetto cred.
    It is what it is.

    What you will probably get is robbed and shot. It is what it is.

  64. thermalito says: Jul 5, 2013 5:17 AM

    so what if one person won’t pay. they’ll be a hundred others that will

  65. swagger52 says: Jul 5, 2013 9:24 AM

    AH jersey’s are not the only item listed that receives non-payment. There are hundreds daily.

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    Patriot Fans learn from the Patriots…Such a blue state…This is the “heck everybody is doing it not just us” defense.

  66. deadunicorn says: Jul 5, 2013 9:28 AM

    Shouldn’t we do this to ALL patriots? I mean…cheating to win Super Bowls??

  67. justintuckrule says: Jul 5, 2013 10:01 AM

    People are so dumb I swear. Couldn’t I just go on the website and buy a personalized jersey with Hernandez on it? I’m sure there is more
    Than one person on the planet with that name.

  68. cfeeley52 says: Jul 5, 2013 10:34 AM

    packerbackernj says:
    Good luck with that one. It’s the same as walking in a store, going to the owner “I’ll give you $1,000 for that delicious looking pear, I’ll pay you tomorrow!” Only on TV can people sue over anything. Pick up a book, you might learn something.
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    Do you study law??? If someone did that they would be entering into a verbal contract which, believe it or not, is enforceable in the court of law. If the person who took the pear refused to pay the shop owner would have grounds for a lawsuit. Try reading the books you pick up, you might learn something…

  69. justintuckrule says: Jul 5, 2013 12:15 PM

    Do you study law??? If someone did that they would be entering into a verbal contract which, believe it or not, is enforceable in the court of law. If the person who took the pear refused to pay the shop owner would have grounds for a lawsuit. Try reading the books you pick up, you might learn something…
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    If the pear was already for sale, the contract would fail for lack of consideration. Also, sale of goods from a merchant over $500 must be in writing otherwise unenforecable under Statute of Frauds. Good try though.

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