Just found out about this thread and wanted to chime in - during the pandemic I'd ordered at least a single kit from BOK (might have been 2, but I can't remember), and after months and months of extremely poorly written emails and repeated delays and multiple overshoots of promised delivery estimates - pretty much the same story as that which others have reported, I finally got a tracking number from BOK, ostensibly from DHL.
This tracking number didn't work. I called DHL, and they said there was no such tracking number anywhere in their system, period. I asked for clarification from BOK and got what I can only surmise as the classic runaround as reported by others. At that point, I had no choice but to cancel the order and dispute the charges to get my money back, as my trust in this person was effectively destroyed, and I haven't looked back. In a way I'm glad I'm not alone, because the experience with this supposed upstanding member of the gb props ecosystem was so outlandish and sketchy I thought I'd been tricked by an imposter.
I've read through the blacklisted sellers post enough times to know that others have been permabanned for similar transgressions - I would implore the sites owners and moderation team to consider same. It makes me worry about how this person's behavior is affecting the perception of this fan community at large. He has a heavy presence on etsy and I've wondered how many people out there have been treated to this same pattern whom we don't know about / who don't post here?
Astantax wrote: ↑April 13th, 2023, 11:26 pm I've read through the blacklisted sellers post enough times to know that others have been permabanned for similar transgressions - I would implore the sites owners and moderation team to consider same. It makes me worry about how this person's behavior is affecting the perception of this fan community at large. He has a heavy presence on etsy and I've wondered how many people out there have been treated to this same pattern whom we don't know about / who don't post here?The folk that are blacklisted are all people who've had accounts on here. BoK doesn't do anything outside of his Facebook group and etsy, so the best adding him to the blacklist here would be a "buyer beware" for people who use these forums. Because he refunds anyone who complains and had purchased through etsy they then lose the ability to leave any feedback there, so he has a page full of glowing reviews instead of the truth of some buyer's experiences.
Upfrontplatypus wrote: ↑April 11th, 2023, 9:30 am I ordered a pack kit from him around the end of Febuary, got a working tracking number, and the tracking is saying it's arriving next week, guess i just got lucky I guess lolI got the pack about a week ago, it was missing a few parts, nothing major though just the elbows and a tube, and the alice frame, he said that they were actually arriving in a separate package, give it a few days and he gives me 2 tracking numbers, actually no its the same tracking number twice, of course I didn't notice it until the next day and pointed it out and he said he must've accidentally copy pasted wrong and sent me the actual second tracking number.
The first number updated quickly, and eventually arrived, it was the alice frame. As of writing this he says the other one has arrived in a facility in the US, but the number hasn't updated. I'm gonna be real with y'all I'm at the point where I'm gonna give it a week and if there's no update I'm just gonna buy the parts from someone else and just close the book on this, I got the parts that I literally can't get anywhere else easily, so be it if I gotta snag a few bits and bobs I can get ahold of with a quick google search. So my opinion of Ben? I have no clue honestly.
On one hand, he very much seemed to give some iffy updates at times, but on the other hand a fair few times he seemed reasonably annoyed at how long it was taking as well. And as for the custom issues (Lemme preface with I'm not 100% aware of how the custom system works) I think he's not 100% lying, cause the various forms that came taped to the package, said it was a 3D printed model of a ghost trap, NOT a resin proton pack. So maybe the customs issue is coming from THAT, it seems he might just be slapping all his international packages with that label. And again I have literally no knowledge on that topic, that's just me making a guess. I would be surprised if the actual issue is that he's just taking way too many orders and just has a random compulsion to lie when not needed. I feel like if he was just for real about the status of things all these issues wouldn't be happening, but instead of just going "Yeah I'm backed up its gonna be a minute" he has to give these convoluted answers.
I legitimately don't think he's out to scam people, from the chats I've had he seems like a good guy, the few questions I had regarding putting the kit together he was quick and helpful, I think he's just making a series of bad decision and its starting to pile up, and in the end the products I got were well made.
If anyone's looking to buy from him, right now I wouldn't recommend it if its something big, something small maybe. For anything big maybe wait a year and see if the issues persist.
The dirtbag knows what he is doing, I'll give him that.
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