TBH with most this would be obvious... I'm not sure but I seemed to be able to justify everything that raised eyebrows initially. There were a few things that I think caused me to look passed this:
- he used broken english in his sentences
- he strung sentences together like he didn't care about punctuation, sentences, grammar, or english
- he didn't answer questions directly/head on, or seemed to not quite understand different parts of the conversation.
The only thing he did clearly write and communicate to me in that interaction was what I posted, which was the bit about payment and delivery.
In hindsight you may read the above and be like "Dude, WTF.... ?"
I'm used to dealing with foreigners and foreign business people whom don't quite understand the conversation at the edges but understand the gist of it. It seemed reasonable to me that the friction in doing business and communicating would be because he's not from the U.S.
In addition to all of that, he seemed to have a heavy presence on these forums, and interactions with people on these forums who seem very knowledgable and respected in the community which squashed my concerns.
- I can't begin to elaborate how much this swayed my judgement.
- There was nothing but positive interaction with him on the forums by others until 1.5 months in
- It really is what provided the confidence that he was on the up and up.
I honestly thought that I was dealing with someone who was an adult and not from this country,
whom was trying to bootstrap a business. I thought he had challenges learning the language but was not too concerned. It also seemed easy for me to justify his lack of business acumen and customer service which I chalked up to a lack of experience here in the U.S. and dealing with other businesses and vendors.
I thought he had a lot of challenges in his business but to be 100% honest I felt good in supporting him. I liked his message and his goal about making an affordable e-skate for the mid-quality market. I wanted to support that and "vote with my dollars" a little bit.
Seriously. I feel like a complete idiot. He's a little boy.