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    Hfritz4
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    Anybody heard of Longwood Industries?

    My M5 is listed for sale and I got a call from Longwood concerning an online ad they will run for me.

    The cost is $89.99 and they offer a money back guarantee (less a $10 processing fee) if my car does not sell within 90 days.

    I spent $110 to run a classified ad in the LA Times and got exactly zero phone calls in a week, so $90 seems pretty reasonable for 90 days of exposure and a guarantee.

    Anybody got any thoughts?

    Thanks!

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    I got calls from all sorts of these advertise your car for you services whenever I sell a car. I tried one of these for my CLK55 in 2001 and got zero response from their ads. Car ended up selling from Autotrader within a few weeks for $5K over MSRP, the next car an 01 M3 sold thru the free classified here on Roadfly in 4 days for a very good price. I tried RF for the 02 M5 and got nothing but tirekickers, then I got serious and put it on Autotrader (the $100 ad with 12 pics) and asked a reasonable price ($52K)...it sold in 48 hours, this was 4 weeks ago.
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    what are you drving now?


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    My 99 Chevy truck :) I'm looking at used 911 cabs and Z8s right now. Will buy a cab as soon as I find the right one. I want a 997S Cab but I'm just not really hot on the idea of spending $100K on a car right now while I'm trying to find a house. If I don't find something soon I'll probably just order an '06 Boxster S and drive that for a few years.
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    LOL... I got a 99 Chevy truck too...

    4WD 2500 Crew Cab Fire Engine Red...



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    Re: Anybody heard of Longwood Industries?

    Hi, i just got the same message the other day. Did they come through for you or was it just a joke? Please email me back. Thanks

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    Re: Anybody heard of Longwood Industries?

    I still have not made a decision to work with them.

    I have now gotten calls from about four of these services and I guess I just do not see what they will do for me that I cannot do myself.

    Of course, Longwood has a guarantee (less $10) but I am not entirely clear on how I get the money back if my car is not sold.

    In short, I do not believe it is a joke, but I am not totally sold on the potential effectiveness.

    Hope this helps.

    H

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    Re: Anybody heard of Longwood Industries?

    I recently recieved the same call from Longwood...did some searching and ran across their sites....

    1. http://www.autohopper.com/

    2. http://www.thebiglot.com/

    not very impressive at all...I prefer AutoTrader...and the following quote I found is apparently from an individual that tried Longwood...

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    Thebiglot.com aka Longwood Industries Inc. telemarketing rip-off! Roanoke Virginia *UPDATE ..thebiglot.com - Site now says Server is currently busy

    Company
    Thebiglot.com - Longwood Industries Inc.
    Address:
    The Big Lot! P.O. Box 1671
    Roanoke Virginia 24008
    U.S.A.
    Phone Number:
    800-430-1956
    Fax:


    Received a call from a person stating they saw my ad in a local newspaper of a vehicle I was selling and was told the local newspaper was not a place to sell a vehicle. (This call was picked up by my voice mail and saved) and was promised I would sell the vehicle fast and get the price I was asking.

    I returned the call and asked to speak to the gentleman who left the message on my voice mail. I was told by the woman I spoke to that she could help me. I asked several questions concerning their company and told the woman I would check them out and get back with them as I was not ready to spend 89.95 to sell my vehicle.

    I checked out the website www.biglot.com and looked at the vehicles listed on their site, specifically the vehicle I was selling. I decided that the site was legitimate and I liked the guarantee and placed an ad online and paid the $89.95.

    In the first week I received only 1 email. It was from a scam artist wanting to send me a $7000.00 check and send him the difference of the price of the vehicle. This is the only email I have received as of 08/23/04

    I decided to try lowering the price of the vehicle. There is a hit counter on the ad and I noticed that before I reduced the price the counter was at 35. After I lowered the price I noticed the counter went to 295 within 2 hours but still no email. I again lowered the price of the vehicle to a ridiculous price of $1,500 for a 4000.00 vehicle. The hit counter went to over 500 in under an hour and and still no email! I knew something was wrong. I decided to test the "Ask seller a question" link on the ad page. I filled out the form and hit the submit button. I received the following error:

    We're sorry, there has been error sending your email to the customer. Please call our
    Customer Service Dept at: 1-800-430-1965 ext.4

    I called the customer service and was told they were not aware of an problem but they would look into it. I decided to follow up with an email to their technical support - [email protected] I received an email stating:

    This is an automatically generated Delivery Status Notification.
    Delivery to the following recipients failed.
    [email protected]

    Link to my ad on www.thebiglot.com - http://www.thebiglot.com/ad_auto.asp?AI=270156&MK=Ford&MD=Taurus&PN=1&YL=19 98&AT=1&#

    I tried asking questions on other ads placed on the site but got the same error. I am a sucker :(

    Ken
    NORTH PORT, Florida
    U.S.A.

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    Re: Anybody heard of Longwood Industries?

    Thanks for the great info!!! You have certainly helped someone else out! :)

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    Re: Anybody heard of Longwood Industries?

    This outfit is either bogus or lame.
    They called my with their pitch and I do not and have never had a classified ad to sell my car.

    Beware!

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    Re: Anybody heard of Longwood Industries?

    I have been receiving calls from Phillip also about my Mustang. I looked online under the autohopper site. I thought it looked and sounded legit, they explained how you get your money back and I spent 50 in the local paper and never received a call. Has anyone done it through autohopper and had positive results?

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    Re: Anybody heard of Longwood Industries?

    I did list my 2000ford mustang with the big lot.. did not get any replys.. Did get my money refuneded after 90 days.. they did refund it to my credit card.was dissapointed that i did not get even one reply...

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    Re: Anybody heard of Longwood Industries?

    No sale, but I got my refund with minimal diffficulty, unlike some reports here

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    Re: Anybody heard of Longwood Industries?

    Hi I too have had a call from Philip trying to list my Firebird. I didn't list with them as I had the same problem with ABL (American Boat Listing)five years ago. I was trying to sell a boat and got talked into listing with ABL. When I submitted my listing it was posted incorrectly stating only one motor instead of two, missing various amenities,etc. I kept emailing or calling to get them to correct and they never did plus I never got my money back, so I think this Philip from Longwoods is the same type of scam.

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    Re: Anybody heard of Longwood Industries?

    Phillip from Longwood should be found and dragged over hot coal just for the headaches he has apparently caused. I'd like to see the hacker community target this scam website and do the world a favor by shutting it down.

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    Re: Anybody heard of Longwood Industries?

    I too received the phone call from someone at longwood industries, called back and received a great explanation of service from a sales rep and decided to give it a try. I actually listed 2 vehicles that I was selling. To my unexpected surprise one of my vehicles sold in just 2 weeks through thebiglot.com. The other unfortunately did not sell but received several calls. I did have to wait until the end of the 90 day period to receive my money back but was refunded everything except for the 10 fee. So I can say this is not a scam they helped me and I would reccomend them to anyone.

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    Re: Anybody heard of Longwood Industries?

    We too recieved a call from "Tasha" and Allen asking about our 2004 Nissan Titan. They said they had seen our ad posted in the newspaper and or online...well, we had not even posted it at the time they called. They were willing to give us our full asking price of 19,500.00 in return for a $150.00 posting fee.
    They asked for a credit card number to post the ad and they would be returning $130.00 of the fee should the truck not sell in 60 days.
    I got a "customer ID number" and the address where to send the check.
    I told my mother i would check into this company and lo and behold I found this site.
    Thank you, thank you!!
    We will steer clear of Longwood Industries and i have told my mother to ignore the calls should they call again!

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    Re: Anybody heard of Longwood Industries?

    i have been contacted by these same poeple. also got a call from onestopmotors.com. does anybody have ony info on them. my initial reaction to the phone call and the web research was not a positive one and the fee is 400 clams up front. any adivice?

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    Re: Anybody heard of Longwood Industries?

    Report all internet fraud here:

    http://www1.ifccfbi.gov/cf1.asp

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    Re: Anybody heard of Longwood Industries?

    I also got a call from "alan" about my 65 belair, which I listed in the local AUTO TRADER.

    My issue isn't so much with these guys as they appear to be just another online advertising site which has a pro-active client seeking system (although I don't agree with this type of telemarketing it is not a scam or illegal and if you look at that BBB link you can see that most of the complaints were rectified)

    I think what people should really ask is whether or not the AUTO TRADER sells our information to these people as potential customers, or if they just do a lot of ad surfing. If you actually read the previous post 85% of them claim they had recently posted an ad with AUTO TRADER or a local newspaper and BAM the next day they get the same call all of us did.

    Now I'm no rocket surgeon but I highly doubt that these guys have the man power or work ethic to search every news paper and auto trader from the east coast to the west coast of both Canada and the US to find these people to call.

    I have a suspicion that the companies we list with compile a list of potential customers for these companies, and then sell them, to them.

    I for one will think twice before listing an ad with Auto trader or these purported "free" auto listing websites again.

    just my 2 cents.

    Evan in Nova Scotia (Canada)

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