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  1. Hi there I have a fine with Staffordshire county council which has escalated to £398 and now at the stage where bailiffs are due back tomorrow (with the addition of another £110). I had an agreement which I broke. I was paying weekly but fell behind. I am guilty of burying my head in the sand. I have a few mental health issues and claim ESA at the moment. I have 4 kids and am a single mum. I sometimes get anxious about opening my mail and ignore and forget things. I know it's the wrong thing to do, but sometimes I can barely leave the house or get out of bed. Just a few years ago I was working as a full time teacher. Everything has changed since my divorce and now my life is out of control. I have called Jacobs and the council today and nothing can be done but for me to pay the full balance or he'll be back tomorrow. I offered to pay £50 today and rest in instalments, but the bailiff said the best he can do is 50% today and the rest in 10 days. I'm sitting here feeling so anxious and worried. It's my son's 9th birthday in 2 days and christmas around the corner. What a mess!! I have no idea what to do next... I know he has no right of entry and so will ignore the door tomorrow, but then the 110 will be added and so on.... there seems no way out. Any advice will be much appreciated.
  2. Thank you for the info. Yes... I know I'm already getting everything I am entitled to. I do already get some tax credits.
  3. I have just renewed my membership with Experian... ironically using the credit card I am about to default on... hard times or what!! My score was 'fair' at the moment. As i said, I have been trying desperately to pay EVERYthing that needed paying at the cost of other necessities. I am now going to spend some time going through my file, checking everything is as it should be. Is there anything I should look for in particular?
  4. I obtained a CRA file a few months ago and took some time to go through it all. I cancelled the subscription though as once I had used it for a few weeks, didn't see the point of paying monthly to view it, as I know it will just get worse and worse and more into the RED BAD CREDITOR part of the dial. Is there a need to obtain it again?
  5. Hi. Thanks for posting. Yes. .. we'll get it sorted I'm sure.. . but it is all quite scary. I sorted the first stage today and that was to send the letters out to credit card companies explaining my circumstances and asking to accept a token payment. These we're Barclaycard, Debenhams card (Santander) and Vanquis. Ironically Vanquis was a credit card I obtained to try and improve my credit score when I though I was going to have to sell my house and get another smaller mortgage. It turned out my house has no equity in it at the moment, so I am staying put.. . which I am glad about because my credit rating is so bad I doubt I would get another mortgage. I have kept the Vanquis card up to date and all in order so do feel a bit bad about ceasing the higher payments.. . but it is something that has to be done in order to be able to eat!! I have to face the fact that my credit rating will get to an all time low once these creditors get the news I am no longer paying them in full. I have some other old debt with Restons, EOS solutions and First credit direct, where I just pay £10 per month. They were companies that bought on old debt from other creditors years ago. It's been that long that I can't even rememebr what the original debt was for, who it was with or how much I owe. I've been paying £10 per month to all of those for a very long time. I guess I should contact them too and ask them to send me a statement of what I owe.
  6. I have used these forums over the years and always found CAG to be a brilliant support. Debt can really get you down.. . it can cause one to hide their head in the sand.. . it can cause families to fall apart. All of these apply to me, but I am happy to say that I always feel I can step up to the challenge when I come on here. CAG is a life saver!! I am finally dealing with my debt. I'm making the first step, which is to stop paying out money to non-priority creditors and request they accept a token payment. I've lived with debt for many years and have gone through many stages of coping and not coping with it. In the old days I claimed my bank charges back and managed to get on top of things for a while. But alas... life is tough.. . especially right now. I work full time as a teacher and am a mother of 4. My husband was made redundant a few years ago and since then we've been slowly falling back into the debt pit. We just don't have enough income to keep ourselves going properly. I try to make all my payments on time.. . and live on what's left, but there is never enough money left for the general necessities in life. It's getting to the point where I have no fuel in my car on a Monday and I have to use the kids dinner money to get petrol, then write a cheque for the dinner money instead... then the cheques bounces... yada yadda... and lots more other stupid money juggling antics that are just getting us into a HUGE mess. My husband has not been able to get another job as yet, and although he is still looking... he has returned into education in the hope of improving his chances. So although he is trying to do something about it, i t causes more stress and worry. More travel expenses, parking expenses.. . Some days are just so depressing where we are counting 2ps to try and get enough for milk... SO BAD!! BUT.. . coming on here tonight has made me feel better. I was kick started into action after a dream I had in the early hours of Monday morning. I dreamed I was using my on-line baking, trying to make payments. .. but all the passwords were wrong and nothing would work.. . in my dream I was struggling on the lap top with a massive pile of bills to pay.. . trying over and over to pay them. There was money in the bank to pay them and the feeling of being able to pay them was great. .. but I just couldn't make anything work. .. it was all so confusing.. . then I woke up!! And thought.. . This is silly ... these debts are even eating me alive in my sleep!!! I HAVE GOT to do something.. . So I am... And this is the start of my thread. Fingers crossed I make a positive change.
  7. Hi I received the following message from the seller: "The fact remains you have entered into a legally binding contract through ebay to purchase the tickets at the agreed cost. As I stated I will be commencing full legal proceedings against you on Monday morning to recover the full amount plus court and legal costs. You have until Sunday evening to make the agreed payment by paypal or offer me a suitable and agreeable compensation figure. As a regular user of ebay; no doubt you are fully aware of your obligations to complete the transaction you have entered into." I checked out the rules for selling tickets on ebay and I replied to the seller: "Here's some information about: eBay rules - items that are restricted or prohibited Tickets are generally allowed to be sold on eBay, however you should carefully read any contracts that you have entered into that may limit your right to sell your item on eBay. Also, tickets have to be available for dispatch within 30 days from the date of purchase. Your claim would not stand up in court. You do not have the ticket to send within the 30 days which means you have breached ebay's selling policy. In addition you have not posted the terms and conditions of the ticket sale in your listing, thus making your listing and consequently the sale of the item void. Please may I have your name and address so I can begin to create my defence and also pass this information to my legal adviser who will be able to look you up on the Barristers' Register (as you stated you were a qualified barrister in a previous correspondence, which may constitute a verbal threat in written communication, if you are not actually a barrister... which again will add to my defence). I am a regular user of ebay. I have been a user since 2003 and have 100% feedback Many thanks" I haven't heard back from him yet.
  8. A little update: I have contacted ebay regarding the seller not having the item to send me within the 30 days of auction end (as stated in ebay's policy) and the fact that there are no terms and conditions regarding the original ticket sale mentioned in the listing... so am waiting for them to get back to me with a bit more information regarding this. I am hoping that my 'legal obligations' will be irrelevant due to the fact that the seller has not complied with ebay selling policies when listing the item. I have also begun a case in the help/resolution cntre regarding the sellers persistnat threats of legal action via email before the unpaid item case has ended (theoretically, all contact should be through the resolution centre). He is only pursuing me because of the inflated price of the ticket when the auction ended. Any genuine and reasonable seller would reach an agreement amicably. I admit that I was in wrong for bidding on the item, but I din't think for a minute that his listing was honest and law abiding. It would be interesting to know if any of the other ebay members that retaliated in the same way as me are experiencing a similar scenario. As I said in my first post, pages and pages of completed listings on ebay are showing to have sold tickets from thousands to millions of pounds. Aside from the possibly impending court case, there must be something stirring in the offices of ebay what with all the recent activity regarding stone roses tickets. Thanks for reading Maxine
  9. From the ebay seller: Hi Maxine Thanks for your kind comments as you have bid and won the auction I fully expect you to honour your legal obligations and purchace the tickets at the agreed price of £1,353. Im sure you are fully aware of Ebays rules and regulations including the fact you have entered into a legally binding contract. As a qualified Barrister I will certainly look to enforce collection of the payment plus legal costs if it is not paid by paypal by monday morning Thank you
  10. I looked on the ticket line website... there is no mention of the rules about selling the tickets on. Here's what they list in their T&C: Your use of and access to the Ticketline Website ("Site") and any transactions you may make are subject to the terms and conditions which are set out below. By using this Site you agree to accept these Terms. If you do not, you should exit this Site. About Ticketline and this Site This Site is intended to be a source of useful information relating to concerts, shows or other productions ("Events"). The Ticketline Network Limited ("Ticketline" or "we" or "us") shall use our reasonable endeavours to ensure that the information contained on the Site is accurate and up to date. We may update the content and make improvements or changes in the information, services and other materials on this Site at any time without notice. Ticketline is a ticket agency. We do not host, promote or produce any of the Events details of which appear on this Site and for which you might wish to buy a ticket. We do not control the Event nor do we set prices, we only charge a booking or handling fee and these may be set by the promoter or organiser of the Event. We do not accept any other liability for any ticket purchases made via this Site save as set out in these Terms. There may be other terms and conditions applicable to any Event and you should check the venue or the promoter's website or any site advertising the Event before committing to buy a ticket. Most will have clear statements of any applicable policies, (such as age restrictions) on their websites. All intellectual property rights in the design of this Site and the contents, selection and arrangement of all of the material which is available on this Site belongs to Ticketline. No material from this Site may be commercially exploited in any way, without our prior written permission. 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  11. Thanks very much for advice. I think that once an ebay auction has ended it is not possible to change a bid by stating a genuine mistake had been made... besides that, the seller knows that the inflated price of the final value was due to me and other frustrated members rebelling against him. We have exchanged messages that speak of this... and so if the emails were used in court he could prove that I knew how much I was placing a bid for. I am just trying to prepare myself for what may happen. I hope I might be able to win any court action he throws at me. I am hoping he is all talk... but he might have pound signs flashing in his eyes with the inflated price of the ticket. I have been an ebay seller/buyer since 2003 and have 100% feedback record. Placing bogus bids is not something I would normally take part in. It was just the whole Stone Roses Ticket situation... if you read the news related links on my first post, you'll see that it was easy to get caught up in it. Do you think I should discuss things like the T&C of ticket sales, not having ticket in hand and all that with the ebay seller?... or just leave all that for the defence? Also... is there a way of changing a user name here on CAG? I have used my real name (didn't think about that all those years ago when I first joined CAG) and am starting to feel paranoid about the information people can access about people through the internet. Thanks agin folks... it really does help to discuss things with others.
  12. just to add... details of the listing: Ended: 21 Oct, 201117:02:21 BST Winning bid: £1,353.00 [ 18 bids ] Postage: £6.00 - Standard Delivery Item location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom Post to: United Kingdom Delivery: Estimated within 2-3 working days Payments: | See payment information Returns: No returns accepted 2x The Stone Roses Tickets The Ultimate Reunion Heaton Park, Manchester Friday 29th June 2012 !! PRICE IS FOR A PAIR OF TICKETS !! These tickets are GENERAL ADMISSION/STANDING - Get as close to the front as you like for THE gig of 2012 !! !! DO NOT MISS OUT !! Tickets are not yet in hand but I have confirmation email to send to the winning bidder on request. Tickets will be posted to you as soon as i receive them posted by Royal Mail Special Delivery ! !! CHECK MY 100% FEEDBACK & BUY WITH CONFIDENCE !! If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me otherwise, good luck & happy bidding ! !! UK BUYERS ONLY !! ***PAYMENT TO BE MADE WITHIN 3 DAYS OF AUCTION ENDING UNLESS PREVIOUSLY AGREED***
  13. Hi everyone. I've got myself in a bit of a mess and need some urgent advice regarding an item I bid on on ebay. I bid on and won two concert tickets (for The Stone Roses in June) on ebay which I did not wish to pay for and now the seller is taking me to court. The day the stone roses tickets went on sale, they were virtually impossible to purchase through the tickets master type sites before they were already sold out. Within minutes, tickets were listed on ebay for at least double the price.... then triple then soon after some sellers were listing tickets for ridiculously high prices. Ebay members who were also Stone Roses fans were outraged by this (me included) and begun placing high bid on listings in an attempt to rebel against the ticket touts who had contributed the the unavailability of tickets. I know it was a little silly, but I got caught up in the moment and joined it with the activity. Pages and pages of tickets were soon going for millions of pounds on ebay and people were discussing their disapproval with ticket touts on facebook and joining in with the rebellion by placing bogus bids on ebay. Here's an example of buyers plaing bids and inflating the price to 10,000,000.00: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2x-Stone-Roses-Tickets-Heaton-Park-Manchester-Sat-30-/120797234310?pt=UK_Tickets_Tickets_LE&hash=item1c20138486#ht_500wt_1156 I placed a bid on some tickets and won the auction at £1353.00 The seller and I exchanged a few messages, me being a little cocky to begin with saying I did not agree with ticket touts etc... then I apologised for taking my frustrations out of the seller and begun following the process of cancelling the transaction through the resolution centre. The seller filed and 'unpaid item' case against me, but is also sending me messages stating that he is a barrister and will take me to court for the full amount plus costs. Ebay help centre states that: [B]I won an item but no longer want to buy it. What should I do?[/b] A bid or purchase on eBay is considered a contract and you’re obligated to purchase the item. However, if you feel that you have a legitimate reason for not buying the item, you can contact the seller and explain your situation. Many sellers are willing to work with you if you communicate with them openly and honestly. If you haven’t done so already, request the seller’s contact information. Possibly, things can be worked out to everyone’s satisfaction. If the seller doesn’t respond in the way you hoped, keep in mind that failing to purchase an item you have won can result in an unpaid item being filed against you by the seller. If you get too many unpaid items in too short a time period, your account may be restricted or suspended. Now... to begin with I thought the seller had no legal grounds to actually take me to court, but now I am beginning to worry that he may actually have a case and I could be forced through the courts to complete the transaction and pay this ridiculous high amount for tickets. There must be others experiencing the same thing, as literally hundreds of bogus high bids were placed on that day (Friday 21st October). I read another thread on here about a person who bought a caravan on eBay and decided they didn't want it because it wasn't as described, was taken to court and lost because they wasn't very prepared int their defence. I want to make sure I am well prepared in my defence if this seller does do as he said he will. So... sorry it was a long intro... but what do we think people. Thanks in advance... Maxine News related stories: http://www.stonerosesheatonpark.com/2011/10/26/stone-roses-ticket-touts/ http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2011/10/21/stone-roses-tickets-ebay-touts-cashing-in-on-comeback-tour-115875-23504536/ http://www.metro.co.uk/music/879392-stone-roses-fans-anger-as-tickets-on-ebay-sell-for-1-500
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