Not selling Cardas cables online again, just wanted to share.....

After being a member with Audigon for 22 years with only positive feedbacks, this was the first. Sold a set of authentic Cardas Golden Reference Interconnects to a guy in the US who has good feedback. He paid via Paypal and all was good. Then, he sends me a note saying left cable is not working and the cable looks like its fake. Send images of a fake cable to the moderator and everything goes on hold.

Of course, he reaches out to Paypal and my full payment was on hold. After sending all the pics and shipping document with customs paper to Paypal. He is getting his money back and I am going to get a set of fake Cardas cables as a gift from him as a return. I have to take my other Cardas cable off the ad and look for local sale to avoid such things from happening again...sad but true.

*Audiogon has been very good by providing the necessary support from both ends.

Lesson learned: Take as many pics you have of the product being sold and include them into the ad and also keep extras as a safe guard for such events.


Not yet, waiting for the cables to arrive (his fake ones) but I am planning to see what can be done via the local authorities since it is actually falls under mail fraud.  I have contacted the local authorities on how to work with border patrol on this if possible. I will get Paypal involved since they need to know and will decide this moment I am not too concern about the money lost but would like to ensure it does not happen to anyone else.

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@drbond Is there any security benefit by having the buyer use the PayPal Friends and Family payment option? I’m planning to sell my DAC pretty soon and these scams make me nervous. That’s why I sell all my gear on consignment through The Music Room. They receive a fee from the sell, but I have peace of mind.

Hope you had taken the pictures of your cables. Once you receive the fake cable, you might be able to compare and then send them to Audiogon and PayPal. Also, if possible, you should post his username on the forum so that rest of the folks can avoid that user like a plague.


Using PayPal Friends and Family does not cost either buyer or seller any fees, and the seller gets the full amount.  The reason that some buyers don’t want to use Friends and Family is that they have no recourse if they don’t get anything, or if the item is not as described.