FYI a recent (5/28/20) email from Wayne Richfield:
FROM:Wayne Richfield,P.O.Box 1055,Goleta,CA 93116-1055 U.S.A. Please file this form letter for future reference. It serves to inform that I am active as a hobbyist in the trading(buying,exchanging,& selling)of selective insect/arachnid specimens & related literature. As a retiree in poor health,my activity is usually only part-time to defray the expense of personal entomological field surveys &/or related research as well as to supplement retirement income. Currently,on-line service is limited. To this regard,offered items can be ordered from me at reasonable prices on the following no minimum,no risk terms of sale basis. ORDER PLACEMENT:STEP 1:Please send a reservation request for any items which you intend to purchase,listing name & desired quantity. Indicate full catalog letter &/or number,color,condition,locality,sex,&/or size only if a choice is given. A pro-forma invoice reflecting respective current prices will be sent be sent with added confirmation that whichever,if not all,your desired items are being reserved in your behalf in wait of your applicable prepayment. STEP 2:Upon receiving the pro-forma invoice,please remit payment of the invoiced total amount due immediately. This amount will include all other applicable delivery fees(e.g.;insurance,packing,postage & handling). After receipt of the correct payment,your package will be sent.
PAYMENT:Full order prepayment in U.S.funds only on U.S.banks is usually required.Please make advance remittances payable to Wayne B.Richfield in U.S. currency only. Payment by U.S. Postal Service money order,cashiers check,or U.S. banknotes are acceptable & customary. Credit cards,personal checks,& Paypal are unacceptable. RETAIL DISCOUNTS:Per order,a respective 4%,8%,& 16% retail discount may be taken on orders over $100,$500,& $1000. WHOLESALE DISCOUNTS:Per order,a respective wholesale discount of 30%,35%,& 40% may be taken on orders over $300,$3000,& $6000. DISCOUNT RECOMMENDATION:To take advantage of larger discounts from the above schedules,I recommend that you combine your order with the order/s of your colleague/s &/or friends.
RETURNED GOODS:All claims must be made within ten(10)days after receipt of goods. Non-delivery claims must be taken up with the respective carrier. On valid claims,the option is reserved to either exchange,refund,or replace.
GUARANTEES:Unless otherwise indicated,I guarantee that all offered insect/arachnid specimens are of prime quality. Antennae/leg segment damage/loss is not guaranteed. MORPHO butterflies are sometimes supplied without abdomens. All dead unmounted/unset insects/arachnids are guaranteed to be either A.)dessicated in envelopes &/or wrappings or B.)wet in jars/vials,& unless otherwise noted,insect/arachnid prices pertain to unmounted/unset deadstock rather than to livestock & mounted/set deadstock. Livestock is not offered. With each insect/arachnid specimen,or lot thereof,all possible data is inclusive. Unless noted otherwise,sizes are approximate & normal. I guarantee that all offered antiquarian/used/pre-owned literature is in good/better quality unless described otherwise. Alloffered literature is guaranteed to be authentic/original unless proposed as a copy/ies which then indicates it to be a facsimile/s,imitation/s,or reproduction/s. CODES:Insect/arachnid specimen grade codes are A1 to A1-=1st/prime quality;i.e.,perfect to very slightly imperfect;A2/A2 repaired=seconds with only small &/or reparable imperfection;VG:very good,B:bad,but representative. Insect/arachnid size codes are:G/GT:giant/jumbo;EL:extra large;L:large;M:medium;S:small;in.:inches;mm:millimeters.INSECT polymorphic size codes are:TEL:telodont;MES:mesodont;AMP:amphiodont.Lot & sex codes are:DU:duo(usually LM&SM);F:female;M:male;C:couple/pair;&T:trio(usually M,SM,&F). Literature quality codes are:A-N:as new;M:mint;F:fine;V-G:very good;G:good;FR:fair;P:poor;E-L:ex-library;BO-CL:book club;BI-CO:binding copy;LODJ:lack of dust jacket(noted when known);FX:foxing;LFX:light foxing.
ABBREVIATIONS:/:or;PROB.:probably;SP:species;SSP:subspecies;SPR:pinned/prepared/set/spread;E.P.:bred/ex.pupae;FR:framed;all other abbreviations standard to the literature trade may be applicable as will be commonplace country & zoogeographical region abbreviations. CORRESPONDENCE:I can only correspond in English. PRICE LISTS:Regular insect/arachnid/related literature price lists are usually sent free upon request. If you write,specifying priority interests,mailing list placement may result. If so,a specific price list issue,a periodic special offer price list/s,&/or an applicale pro-forma invoice availability quote/s may be sent.
PRICES:List prices are subject to change without prior notice.Some prices are negotiable. PROTECTED FAUNA:Protected taxa are neither intentionally nor knowingly offered unless either collected prior to enactment of their conservation laws or legally imported under permit. When applicable,some offered specimens are accompanied by a CITES(RE)-export permit. PURPOSE:I am dedicated to the global collection of insects & arachnids for the purpose of both aesthetic enrichment & scientific discovery,description,& documentation.
Just a comment. I think some buyers have a severe misunderstanding about the meaning of "terms of sale". This is obvious now in e-bay. Apparently many people believe that if the seller write down an outrageous condition in the terms of sale, the buyer is liable to follow them. For example if the terms of sale are: "We do not accept returns. If you complaint, we will kill you". This does not entitle the seller to legally kill you, if something happens, and you complaint. Terms of sale need to be within a legal framework, and the conditions be reasonable. Otherwise they are a scam, pure and simple.
For the sake of buyers, let me clarify how terms of sale actually work from a legal context.
The seller offers the product with their terms, whatever they may be.
Upon placing an order, buyer accepts those terms. If the buyer submits and order with altered terms, the seller can elect to accept or deny the order.
Let's forget about the crazy "we will kill you" thing, and focus on some of the terms previously mentioned.
If the seller offers a (even an "unfair") credit for unavailable specimens that decreases in value over a matter of months, that is the seller's terms. Upon placing an order, buyer has accepted these terms. This is not without precedent: many retailers provide refunds/ credit in the form of debit cards which have a one-year lifespan, after which they become of zero monetary value. This has been fully supported by the courts.
What is reasonable, if one thinks terms are unreasonable, would have to be taken to a court in the seller's jurisdiction. This would have to be done after the purchase. Then one would have to convince the court to apply an emotional, rather than legal, ruling and explain why the terms the buyer accepted now, post-facto, seem to be unreasonable. Good luck.
A scam is an intent to defraud. It would have to be proven. Anyone is free to call someone a scammer, albeit at risk of a libel lawsuit.
As far as Ebay, when one sells on Ebay one accepts Ebay's terms of sale. These are very much skewed in favor of the buyer, under the guise of buyer protection, but really designed to increase Ebay's revenue via increased buying confidence. Ebay's sales terms are not reflective of typical sales terms or conditions. That said, if one does enjoy the virtually risk-free buying environment, then buy on Ebay...but keep in mind the seller is not as well protected as one may think- go back and read the thread on the faked Ornithoptera out of Russia.
Hope that helps everyone decide how and where to buy.
Not commenting on the topic, but the terms of sale...
I don't know if we have a cultural misunderstanding here, I don't know all of the laws in the US yet, but I do have a fair amount of practical knowledge of online retail in Europe.
Terms of sale are like anything bound to legal frame works. At least in Europe, if something in a terms of sale defies consumer laws the whole article becomes void.
This is especially likely in the handling of returns, which is also a thing that happens on a fairly common basis. For this reason it is usually a good idea to split the article that handles returns into multiple articles to keep up with changing consumer laws.
Not much emotions involved in this, just the law, plain and simple.
In Europe people would have 14 days of return protection for full refund, and on top of that the seller would have to return an article of equal value or the money, so there you could very easily sue his pants off.
Here I don't know, but based on the fact that even Wholefoods keeps selling rotten onions and garlic in the open I think his practices are fairly legal.
Last Edit: Jun 16, 2020 6:19:02 GMT -8 by nomihoudai
After a quick look into the topic, the Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act from 1966 is law on federal level, Section 2 a (7) states: A person engages in a deceptive trade practice when, in the course of his business, vocation, or occupation, he: represents that goods or services are of a particular standard, quality,or grade, or that goods are of a particular style or model, if they are of another;
So under this article, the replacement practice which is common for small dealers of insects is illegal. We all agree that many times there is no issue with it and we as buyers agree to it as a courtesy. If anyone has been harmed by the practice within the US they can get their money back as stated in section 3 of the act:
SECTION 3. [Remedies.](a) A person likely to be damaged by a deceptive trade practice of another may be granted an injunction against it under the principles of equity and on terms that the court considers reasonable. Proof of monetary damage, loss of profits, or intent to deceive is not required. Relief granted for the copying of an article shall be limited to the prevention of confusion or misunderstanding as to source.
Now if I only knew what to do against these bloody moldy onions at Wholefoods...
Last Edit: Jun 16, 2020 6:46:03 GMT -8 by nomihoudai