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blueb8llz
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Has anyone seen or heard from MEM?

This thread is to inform all members that I may have gotten scammed by a member here on blf by the name of MEM.
He posted this for sale thread:
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/46776

He was selling some modded olight m3xs-ut.
If anyone else purchased one, how did the transaction go?

I paypaled MEM on Jun. 1 and still have not received my light. We had a few other messages going back and forth, mainly him trying to sell me some more lights….especially aspherics. I was not interested and that was when things started going down hill. Days went by and no light, I messaged him and he said, sorry, I thought I messaged you back but he was waiting for the new drivers. I said no worries, just keep me updated. Now another 8 days go by with no response, he finally messages back on Jun. 20 and says your light will be shipped out tomorrow. And so from Jun 20, till now, I have been messaging him just asking if my light has been shipped yet, but no response. I have been completely patient and really dislike starting a thread like this, but I even told him, please give me a reply, because if not, I will have to start a Warning thread about you.

My question to fellow members, what do you guys all suppose I should do next?
UPDATE Light has been recieved* For details and a quick and snappy review, go to post #64.

Edited by: blueb8llz on 07/16/2016 - 01:13
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You are on the right track for the above thread.

If some people bought too and received theirs, or did not, then that will at least put some pieces to the puzzle.
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You do realize you bought a custom modded/limited run light?
Patience, MEM is new to the group buy thing (as far as I know) and also a very knowledgeable modder and member here at BLF (I beleive he is know as the inventor of the reflective aperture around here). That being said. I can’t vouch for his honesty and quick turn around of purchases.

I have confidence he will make it right and you will enjoy your new light soon.

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Quick, he is not.

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It’s not July yet. I’d advise patience before starting a thread with a title like this one. Please don’t plague the forum so early in the process. If you have an issue then try every other avenue including a paypal claim first. This is a two way street you are on, if it becomes known that you are someone without patience then it’s possible you will be excluded from other opportunities. This is not a threat but a reality. I’m not defending MEM but you should remember that most group buys are done as a favor to the forum by either one member or in the case of custom designs several members for little or no compensation and even the simplest ones get overrun with complaints, impatience and demands for action.

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Feels premature. Certainly way too early for “scammer” in the thread title, imho.
It’s a custom light. And only 7 days after he expected to have it mailed. Delays do not equal scammer.

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If I were you I’d change the title and OP
Hr may not have many posts but seem very knowledgeable and you write he is going to put in a new driver and those things take time

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Hey mate look him up on CPF? He sells lights there? You should be able to find out if he is legit!

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I would not call that kind of behavior as “healthy”… Neither a Man behavior.

That suits your trolling perfectly.

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The Miller wrote:
If I were you I’d change the title and OP
He may not have many posts but seem very knowledgeable and you write he is going to put in a new driver and those things take time

I have to agree with The Miller here. Sure you have a right to be upset about the lack of communication but the thread title is a little harsh. I don’t know him personally but we’ve had some good conversations via PM and the guy really knows his stuff. Also worth noting that a few of those PMs went like a month before he responded. Many of those messages indicated that he was very busy and travelling a lot on business. I get your frustration but I’d probably change the title. Your call of course. I hope this all gets resolved.
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Hopefully MEM will personally chime in here and solve OP issue when he comes back. Seems like he has not logged in for about a week now…

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I think there is a need for a place for such comments and posted my suggestion in the rudeness thread but basically it’s just having a “reviews” link in the op of sales/GB threads so that others(including the op author) can see whether there’s a pattern of action or inaction. Some guys take awhile to figure this stuff out. They need feedback and while it should be easy to access it doesn’t have to be front page news.

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I should have a tricked out D80 from him soon and will be posting beamshots and outputs when that happens. Wink

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I’m right here guys, I have been gone for 1 week.

Blueballs, I messaged you, and I am sorry that you feel I am scammer. I can certainly refund you at any time if you ask me to, as with any customers who haven’t received something.

Also extremely sorry that I was gone. I was supposed to be done traveling for the summer. Facepalm

I do compensate for things like this that are my fault. Well, I try my best to do a lot better than Gearbest does to understand problems, anyways. Wink

For the record, I will hopefully have time tomorrow, but will definitely have time Thursday of this week to make shipments.

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MEM appears to have some “original” ideas about LEDs, optics etc, which sometimes seem a little unorthodox to others.

And repeatedly tells us that he has developed his unique but secret process for perfect de-doming of any LED without tint-shift, etc.

With which he has teased many of us, without contributing any useful information, nor evidence to demonstrate his “breakthrough”.

Edit: And his tendency for verbosity makes it difficult to disentangle facts, theory, surmise, speculation and outright nonsense/marketing/b*****t.

Sharpie,

You are clearly someone who has great issue with me being here. I am not sure what your problem is with what I have done while being here, but it sounds like you are not fond of me posting here simply because you cannot always comprehend the technical subjects which I am trying to convey as best I can. You have never sent me a single private message that I can recall. If a member does not understand something another member has written, the general and polite way that they can solve their problems is via direct communication with the author. Name calling of the subjects because they simply aren’t worded the way you can understand them is a zero progress game. When school math classes become challenging, I can assure you that writing slanders at the book author as graffiti in the book, still will not help you to learn the mathematics.

You have said things above that I have never said or made claim to before. I have completely described tint shift, as have many others here. In the thread about dedoming, I am not sure how anything I added was any less productive than the next person. If I am doing something special that I would like to keep my own secret, I feel that is my right to do. It is every bit your right to make something your secret, or figure it out, and show the world that you did. If I make a claim like dedoming the XP-G3, many wouldn’t believe it without vision, therefore I provided a complete video to support it. For example, here are two separate videos I made for the forum supporting it; XP-G3 and XP-L V6: https://vimeo.com/167478193 and XP-L V6: https://vimeo.com/167406561 The next time that I write a technical post, you are more than welcome to message me if you do not understand the subject and you would like to. I can only go as far as to try to help, the rest is up to you.

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Great post MEM
When a member who has profound knowledge about the flashlight workings is offline for a longer period of time I sometimes get a bit worried,
Now with this OP i did get worried all was well but I am not in a position or had a specific question for you to justify a PM.
Glad you responded man! Thanks.

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Hi guys, please discuss the issues at hand, but keep it civil.

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Happy and glad to see you back MEM! I apolize for jumping the gun and thought you could have possibly scammed me. But I felt like I lost communication with you. The first 2 weeks , we had frequent messaging. In the one month span, there was a previous time where you didn’t respond to any of my messages for 8 days, and even then, I didn’t think for one bit, that I was getting scammed. Because I can see that you were still visiting blf.

But this last time, It was a bit different. I messaged a number of times and even said this transaction is taking a bit longer than expected and if the light has not yet been shipped, I ll just take a refund. And so when I see that your last visited blf day was 5 days ago, I thought you jumped ship!

Well anyways, I’m sorry again and no hard feelings.

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[quote=viperbart](I beleive he is know as the inventor of the reflective aperture around here)

viperbart, I’ve never heard about that tech and google is no help. Could you elaborate on the subject or point to the discussion/info? Is it related to Wavien RLT?

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MEM, next week when you read this message, I suggest you put a disclaimer in any sales thread you start, stating that communication is limited to poor. Silly I followed one thread of yours for a while only to realize that the updates were so spaced out that i could forget it for a month and not miss much. lol. blueb8lls may not have known this so I agree with the initial title of this thread given his experience. A disclaimer would reduce anxiety a lot. Smile

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Sharpie][quote=altonx wrote:
viperbart wrote:
(I beleive he is know as the inventor of the reflective aperture around here)

viperbart, I’ve never heard about that tech and google is no help. Could you elaborate on the subject or point to the discussion/info? Is it related to Wavien RLT?

He explained it here:

The Tuning Process of Reflective Apertures

I hope that is clear now ?


Wow! I didn’t know that thread existed! Thanks for the link! Cool

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I was watching that thread, modified olight flashlights on sale.
I had an impression that those lights are all already modified and ready for shipping!
Shipping to EU was a bit high so I wasn’t motivated to buy.

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Unless of course your job takes you out of town for a week or two at a time and sometimes unexpectedly. Then it would definitely be a problem.

And throw in an OCD that leans towards a need for absolute perfection and one is tweaking a light to the Nth degree before sending it out. Wink

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DB Custom wrote:
Unless of course your job takes you out of town for a week or two at a time and sometimes unexpectedly. Then it would definitely be a problem.

And throw in an OCD that leans towards a need for absolute perfection and one is tweaking a light to the Nth degree before sending it out. Wink


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Unless of course your job takes you out of town for a week or two at a time and sometimes unexpectedly. Then it would definitely be a problem.

And throw in an OCD that leans towards a need for absolute perfection and one is tweaking a light to the Nth degree before sending it out. Wink

That wouldn’t be a problem for him if he was actually Mr fantastic He could make the lights from where ever he was lol! I could use these arms right i am outside playing with a light meter in 5 degree weather!
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I get the feeling blueballs ordered the g3 version instead of the limited run g2.

If I understood him correctly, the limited run g2 javelots are complete and ready to go. Mem does state that he “can” change it to a dedomed xpg3 or xpl, and then later on, mentions that he is still in the process of fabricating a tool that can allow him to access the driver more easily.

Via pm, he told me that he can drop in a dedomed g3 but that the stock driver only supplies 4 amps. This works without problems but he mentioned that the full potential of the xpg3 requires more current. I opted to wait for his findings on a current boost and am still waiting.

Again, I think blueballs went the same route as me with a high current g3 so these are not “off the shelf” products that was ready for immediate shipment.

Besides, surely mem has a job and other priorities to keep up this expensive light hobby.

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Sharpie][quote=altonx wrote:
viperbart wrote:
(I beleive he is know as the inventor of the reflective aperture around here)

viperbart, I’ve never heard about that tech and google is no help. Could you elaborate on the subject or point to the discussion/info? Is it related to Wavien RLT?

He explained it here:

The Tuning Process of Reflective Apertures

I hope that is clear now ?


Sharpie, thanks for the link. This indeed seems exactly as Wavien RLT from the descrription, but no photos so no way to tell for sure. There are videos on YT for Wavien tech.
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Just for the record, I indeed ordered the simple xpg2 version. And those that think that this sale was a group buy, it is not. He told me he had the lights in hand already and even showed pictures of all lights.

I payed Jun 1. We had several frequent pm’s talking about his aspherics he can build and sell me. I told him, I’m ok for right now. And this is Jun 4.
I didn’t get a reply back so I Pm him on Jun 9. Asking if my light has shipped.
He replies back on Jun 10. Saying sorry I thought I replied back.
He told me several people ordered some m3x’s that wanted to get their lights boosted with more amps. And that he was gonna mess around a bit. But he does have my light READY TO SHIP.
I told him, sure I’ll wait a few days too then because I’m curious to see if you can boost the amps. This is now Jun 12.

On Jun 15, I pmed asking how are things coming along? No reply
On Jun 17, I pmed saying if boosting amps is not a success, no worries, I’ll take the light as is.

He replies back on Jun 20, saying he will ship light out tomorrow. On June 22, I asked if the light has been shipped.
On Jun 26, I politely said , please respond and let me know what’s going on? If things are bad, I don’t mind just getting a refund. But please just give some kind of response or I will have to start a thread on this matter.
No response from him, which caused me to start this thread on Jun. 27.

So as you guys can see, the light was ready to ship from day 1. And I feel I was pretty patient even with his bad communication from the times where there was no response from 3-8 days apart.

Yes, he has replied back to this thread, but I still did not receive a shipped pm.
So I will keep everybody updated when this transaction is finally finished…… Haha

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Ah, and in that week when you were looking for a response, he was out of town with his work. And now he is either hurt or sick, seems to me he was coming down with the flu, so … and besides that he did state earlier that his first opportunity to ship anything would be Thursday.

Everyone here doesn’t march to the beat of the same drummer. Wink ( I only mean, by that, everyone has different schedules and some have more taxing schedules than others. )

This is another way in which the forum has changed in the past year. People seem much more impatient than before, more uptight. Patience is not in abundance and it seems everyone is all to willing to slam someone for a perceived slight. Perhaps we all need to relax a bit and remember that this is a hobby, even for those doing custom work. Jobs, family, wives/girlfriends, floods, heat waves, air conditioning issues, we all have a lot to do and the modding time is limited. If that’s not true for everyone here, I’ve got a couple of acres I’m severely behind in mowing that I could use some help with…I’ve got a good swing blade, anybody? Wink

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