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, of Tinkerbells estate sale services was unprofessional and dishonest. At first, I thought she was just disorganized because she was late to both her meetings with me. Then she wanted to include some of the small collectible items of our estate in another estate sale at Christmas time, 2011. But, she cancelled because she "ran out of time". In January, she took those collectible items home with her to take pictures to start advertising for our estate sale which was planned for 3/10/12. Two weeks later, she called to change the date to 3/24/12 and said she had the pictures done. When I asked to see them, she made excuses as to why she couldn't just email them to me or send me the link to where they were. Two days later they appeared on her site. When I saw how sloppily our items had been pictured, I realized that she had lied when she said she had done them already. She must have realized she had been caught in a lie and then hurriedly put the pictures on her site, hoping to get them there before I looked. Why else would she have not just directed me to her site when I first asked to see them? It was at this point that I requested the cancellation of the estate sale, which was still 6 weeks in the future. I offered to pay her for the time she had spent thus far. I asked her for an invoice, a copy of the receipts for the items she claimed she'd sold, and the return of the items. We planned a final meeting. A half hour before our meeting time, she demanded I put, in a text on my phone, that I'd pay her $2000 cash or she would not meet with me to return the items. I told her I would pay her after I saw the invoice. She never came over because I wouldn't promise the cash payment. At this point in time, it has been 17 days since I cancelled the sale, and I have still not gotten our family collectibles back. I have retained a lawyer. This has been a fiasco."
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"They did not have their regular moving crew on that day and their substitutes were not very efficient. Three of us had to help to get the apartment cleared and it took about 5 hours. They have not had the success we hoped for in the auction, but we were happy to get rid of everything."
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"In preparation for sale they left minor damage that they did not acknowledge or take responsibility for. There was a major miscommunication on the part of
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to the customer regarding the purchase of a bedroom set that resulted in a loss of that sale. She did not acknowledge or take responsibility for the mistake or offer to lower commission as a result of the lost revenue. I was deeply disappointed because I have attended her sales in the past & have admired her professionalism & people skills & thus my expectations were high. She no-showed for the final mtg. and sent the check UPS. She stated that the money she withheld ($1500) was the min. commission & explained that it was in the contract- even though it actually was not. When I told her that it was not in there, she became agitated, started insulting me, & then hung up on me. "
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"Once we chose
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, we executed a contract and gave
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the keys to the house so she and her group could go in and sort through the unique. She did a great job in arranging and displaying items as well as categorizing items. She was able to tackle every problem right away (permit issues, moving items from the attic to the garage, etc.). She even let me sell quite a bit of jewelry from my mother's estate as part of the sale - she had to hire a security guard and have special display cases - but there is no way I could have made as much money on the jewelry if I were to go to a pawn shop, a local jeweler or even sell it in an on-line auction format.
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promised to have the house cleaned out within 3 days of the sale and that she did - it is immaculate and ready to be put up on the
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"Big mistake. Buyer beware. Never order anything over $200 on EBAY. As far as I see it, I would never buy anything from EBAY. I won my bid and was instructed to pay for it right away, which I did with Pay
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. The next day I received an email from EBAY saying they have taken my seller off their web site and I should cancel my payment. Well, it was too late. As soon as you pay, Pay
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sends the money to the seller. Basically, there is very little buyer protection. Besides generic emails, there is no customer service either. They discourage phone calls. The bottom line is that they view themselves as a
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place only. If you don't get your item, that is not their concern. Pay
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did refund most of my money, except for a service fee (which is absurd). If they choose to deal with fraudulent sellers, they should take the hit not the buyer.
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"They did a nice job of photographing the items and setting up the auction pages. My only issue is I felt it took too long to get the items on eBay (about a week after I had dropped them off), and they never contacted me after the auctions were completed so I knew how much they had sold for (I had to initiate all contact with them). Overall, I was pleased with the auctioning services, and the commissions seemed reasonable, but once I dropped off the items, I had to initiate all contact to find out about payment, selling price, etc. They could have been more responsive and timely."
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"Very well.
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was flexible and helpful in setting up a mutually-convenient appointment time.
They arrived exactly on-time for the scheduled appointment.
They were courteous and considerate inside the house.
After the appointment, they followed up with some very thorough questions by telephone. It was clear from these they understood my property well, and that they were seeking to prepare a highly accurate report.
The report was finished on-time - in fact, a few days early.
The estimated value was demonstrably reasonable in relation to other comparable sales.
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All Auction Services in Chicago, IL

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"Cincinnati in Locksmith Service"

4241 Glenway Ave
Cincinnati, OH

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3445 S High St
Columbus, OH

#1 EZ Movers

3101 Saint Philip St
New Orleans, LA

1st Stop Realty & Management, Inc

2707 S. Ridgelend Ave
Berwyn, IL

2 DAY APPRAISAL SVC INC

1470 JEFFERSON ST
Des Plaines, IL

48 HOUR APPRAISAL SVC INC

6425 CLARK DR
Woodridge, IL

A 1 APPRAISAL

501 YORK DR
Oswego, IL

A Coin Mart

757 W Golf Rd
Schaumburg, IL

A FEW DULL MOMENTS

35 N PRINCETON AVE
Villa Park, IL

A J'S APPRAISAL

6811 S CLYDE AVE
Chicago, IL

A NOSTALGIA SALE

3005 MOURINE LN
Mchenry, IL

A-1 AUTO AUCTION INC

6218 LINCOLN AVE
Morton Grove, IL

A-ALL AMERICAN AUCTIONEERS

894 N LAKE ST
Aurora, IL

A-APPRAISALS

579 N 1ST BANK DR
Palatine, IL

AARON'S RELIABLE MOVERS

3435 N Kedvale
Chicago, IL

ACCORD APPRAISAL SVC

830 E HIGGINS RD
Schaumburg, IL

ACCU COMP APPRAISALS

5371 W LAWRENCE AVE
Chicago, IL

ACCUMARKET APPRAISAL INC

1411 PETERSON AVE
Park Ridge, IL

ACCURATE APPRAISALS

9742 SOUTHWEST HWY
Oak Lawn, IL