I have been bidding on Gunbroker since the mid '90s. I have won a lot of auctions on guns, ammo and etc. and always satisfied.
Until just recently. I bid on a lot of 40 "Once fired 300 H&H magnum" brass, and did a "buy it now" as that brass is hard to find these days.
The auction showed a picture of a plastic bag full of brass. You could see that it had brass in it.
When the package arrived, I found that thew brass had been shortened and blown out into a wildcat of some sort, possibly a 30/338 which was popular before the 300 Winchester magnum was released.
I sent the seller a message asking how he wanted to handle this, and received the following reply:
hi i told and showed my boss the email message you sent me after he got done lecturing me for 5 min about how he checks every single item before its listed for sale and how im a fool for not bieng able to tell when someone is trying to pull an okie doke switcheroo on me . my boss then said all auctions are listed as is no refunds or exchanges and stopped talking about it so i personaly can not do anything about it as its his show his goods for sale i am just the only one that can use the computer and understand online selling platforms with that said i would like to apologize for the problems and inconveience his errors and arrogance have caused you . respectfully
Now, I realize that I should have looked more closely at the picture, and questioned the seller about the length of the brass and asked whether it had been modified in any way, and I will not be bankrupt because of what I paid for it. I consider this to be a cheap lesson, and will keep it in mind in future transactions.
The seller is probably ignorant of what 300 H&H brass should look like and how long it should be, and was probably not intentionally dishonest. However, I am more than a little irked by his response and his lack of integrity.
Meanwhile, the search for real, usable 300 H&H brass continues.