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Old 11-11-2008, 08:23 PM   #1
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Exclamation buyer beware: Michael Slanovec

I have been taken by this guy for $1,030.00. I paid for an AEM EMS off the miata.net classified section (ad is now removed, go figure) and he never sent the money EMS. I spoke with him for about 2 weeks off and on through phone conversations and emails. I filed a paypal claim, but of course that was useless. He told me he lived in Florida, but a quick search tells me he is in Randolph, NJ. Anybody care to pay him a visit for me?

He sent me a link to this build thread saying it was his car: MX-5 Miata Forum - Few pics for the new setup.....

Now I haven't figured out how he did this yet, but when I PMed the "owner" of that build thread (aka the person who made the first post), I got a response along the lines of "I don't know what you're talking about" and the user name on that thread changed from "mikef85" to what it shows now "cptnsloni". I can't believe there are people out there who would do this. I must have talked to him for over an hour about the ecu, and turbo miata's in general. Little did I know....

His cell phone number is : 727-688-0002
His email address is: [email protected] (initial contact) & [email protected] (where he had me sent the payment)

He said that he is on here from time to time also, so hopefully someone knows him and can help me out. Any more information anyone might have would be greatly appreciated. NJ isn't that far from RI, I wouldn't mind taking a trip down there at all.
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When you guys did the transaction via PayPal, Did he send an invoice requesting money for goods sold with a brief description of the item or did you just sent him money?

Because one thing is to pay him with PayPal and another thing is to send money via PayPal...
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You sent it before getting payment? I won't ship anything until after I withdraw the money into my checking usually.
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Everyone,

Disregard that my name is even mentioned in his post. I was not involved in this transaction in any way. This guy is an idiot.

That thread you linked has been alive longer then I have even had a miata. Actually, before I ever even planned on getting a miata....that AND it's isn't even my screen name you moron.

Don't drag my name through the dirt because you're wanting to get back at someone else.
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I don't know who the **** you are talking about but I will vouch for Mikef85 on this forum as a seller.
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It looks like "cptnsloni" name is also Mike. It sounds to me like you are confusing him with mikef85 to me.

I remember following that thread since its beginning. The OP "cptnsloni" was and always will be the same name of the user that started that thread. It never changed.
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I have been taken by this guy for $1,030.00. I paid for an AEM EMS off the miata.net classified section (ad is now removed, go figure) and he never sent the money. I spoke with him for about 2 weeks off and on through phone conversations and emails. I filed a paypal claim, but of course that was useless. He told me he lived in Florida, but a quick search tells me he is in Randolph, NJ. Anybody care to pay him a visit for me?

He sent me a link to this build thread saying it was his car: MX-5 Miata Forum - Few pics for the new setup.....

Now I haven't figured out how he did this yet, but when I PMed the "owner" of that build thread (aka the person who made the first post), I got a response along the lines of "I don't know what you're talking about" and the user name on that thread changed from "mikef85" to what it shows now "cptnsloni". I can't believe there are people out there who would do this. I must have talked to him for over an hour about the ecu, and turbo miata's in general. Little did I know....

His cell phone number is : 727-688-0002
His email address is: [email protected] (initial contact) & [email protected] (where he had me sent the payment)

He said that he is on here from time to time also, so hopefully someone knows him and can help me out. Any more information anyone might have would be greatly appreciated. NJ isn't that far from RI, I wouldn't mind taking a trip down there at all.
Your post is confusing. Did you BUY and AEM and he not ship it, or did you sell one and ship it and never recieve payment?

And that build thread is not mikef85's. That ain't his car, not his setup, etc. And he's not in FL or NJ. How is he involved?

I can vouche for Mike as well. He FINANCED a flywheel and clutch from his old turbo setup. I gave him a down payment and then the rest a couple weeks later when I had enough to pay the purchasing price. When he had all his money he shipped everything out. He didn't have to do that. But he did. I've bought stuff from him since then and always been a smooth transaction.
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I don't know who the **** you are talking about but I will vouch for Mikef85 on this forum as a seller.
I'll vouch for Mikef85 too. He's got nothing to do with this.
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I have been taken by this guy for $1,030.00. I paid for an AEM EMS off the miata.net classified section (ad is now removed, go figure) and he never sent the money. I spoke with him for about 2 weeks off and on through phone conversations and emails. I filed a paypal claim, but of course that was useless.
This does not make any sense. You paid for a product and he never sent the "money"???

You're also going to have to be VERY SPECIFIC about how Paypal was "useless". Did you ever read my "Paypal Users" thread?

When you send money through Paypal, you specify in the NOTES a shipping timeline and mandantory tracking number to be sent to you. I usually give a guy 2 or 3 business days to get my **** in the mail. The instant the timeline is not met, you initiate a claim. Not 2 weeks later... especially for $1k dollars. And I do not **** around with trying to work it out with the guy... you get strung along and the longer it takes the worse it is for you... go straight to Dispute.

Here's my "How not to **** yourself with Paypal" thread:
https://www.miataturbo.net/forum/t21113/

You're also probably about 2 seconds from getting bannished, so you need to unfuck your story quick and probably do a little back-pedaling. I for one am all ears.
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Old 11-11-2008, 10:18 PM   #11
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that's north jersey, 2 or so hours for me. Do make sure you've got your **** right when calling someone out.
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anyone who enters a financial arrangement with New Jerseyan is a ******* retard. /thread
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**** you. Stop posting and turbo your car already.
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Just in case anyone reading this thread still doesn't get it:

mikef85 Michael Slanovec

Just another vouch for him.
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Wow!
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please continue...
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I bought it, sent the money, and he never shipped the ems. So if mikef85 truely isn't Michael Slanovec, and that isn't your email then you have my sincere apology. I must have clicked the wrong name in my anger. I can post the email I was sent with the link in it also if anyone cares.

I'm not trying to start a war here, I just want my money back. I've been on this forum and have a build thread, and built up a small reputation for selling stuff- I'm not trying to bring anyone down who doesn't deserve it. I am trying to get my facts straight because I plan on filing a complaint with the police so I'd hate to point fingers at the wrong person.
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Thank you for that link.
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How sure are you of the Randolph address? That it's actually his. It's 90 mins from me.
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How sure are you of the Randolph address? That it's actually his. It's 90 mins from me.
switchboard.com turned up 1 result in randolf NJ, the thread olderguy posted told me he was in NJ and used to own a DSM. Mike and I talked DSMs for a while too, so I'm pretty sure it's the same guy. Could you look up his address and home phone and PM it to me? I'm not getting a response with his cell phone so I'd like to call his house. He seemed like a nice enough guy, I guess I'm just too trusting with people.

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I don't have an account with switchboard, so it won't give out out-of-state information or something like that.
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