i am one of the board members for Portland Retro Gaming Expo. PRGE is staying out of this as an organization. This is about my personal dealing with Sean Robinson. I have edited out the victims names. Here is a list that I presented to Sean before a meeting a group of us had with him:
Video game store WEBSITE
Took money from V for website and didn't finish the work. Recently took $500 more to get back their domain name. About $2000 total over several years.
Quote from an email regarding Sean's banning from PRGE:
"Sean just agreed if he was able to be a vendor he would pay V with a minimum percentage of 20% paid out on Sunday. Obviously the more I make, the more I can pay out."
AGREED TO PAY THIS BACK AFTER PRGE, HAS NOT PAID
TOBY WICKWIRE WEBSITE
Took $150 trade merchandise from Toby for website that was never finished, missed deadline from written contract, many excuses over several months.
NO REFUND RECEIVED
COMMODORE FLYER CASE
Commodore Flyer case project. Took pre-order money for project that was never finished. Refunded some money. Possibly the money from T. http://www.lemon64.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=40254&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=375&sid=d46cc64946e8aedc613feaae5cc4a066
I believe Sean took money for a product that was never produced. He refunded to the people who complained the loudest but I have no doubt some people are still owed money. I didn't re-read the whole thread but if I remember correctly it sounded like he scammed the person to get a Commodore Flyer in the first place. Sent buyer(s) fake delivery confirmation numbers and an empty package. More info from K below.
Took $2000 from T in March (the same time he was refunding money on Lemon64) for a 1990 Nintendo World Championship cartridge he was brokering for someone else. Offered an authentic Flintstones 2 NES cartridge as collateral and then asked C to make him a reproduction Flintstones 2 NES cartridge. Provided fake tracking numbers.
Owes $400 to some guy on AtariAge. http://atariage.com/forums/topic/150453-seanhq/page-4Sent him a fake delivery confirmation number. Toby has been in contact with nonner242 and has more details. More info below.
STILL OWES MONEY AND A COMMODORE SX64
Took $600 from J for an unfinished project 2 years ago.
NEW PROBLEMS SINCE BANNING
Tried to pass off repro NES carts as original
V game - Seems like S was taking orders and money for the game and is stuck in the middle when Sean didn't deliver the game. He claims to have put "$$$ and his name" behind this and traded him games. Was supposed to be completed for PRGE 2013. Not completed as of 1/26/14. Sean used the fact that he "made" Jack and the Beanstalk for Atari 2600 to make this deal with S. http://atariage.com/forums/topic/194573-jack-and-the-beanstalk/ I don't know what exactly Sean had to do with this game but he did not program it. Delay on V game because Sean was copying another persons work. AS OF 1/31/14 SEAN OWES S $150.
Questioned Js non-profit status in a threatening way via email when he let Sean know that he is not welcome at J show.
friends/customers owed money
MICROSOFT GARAGE SALE
took $500 from someone, paid him back $100 at a show (not sure which) and claimed merchandise he was selling belonged to someone else. T and T know the details.
purchased non-working products at J 2012 and has not been resolved after several attempt by B to get his money back
owed money for a botched X-box repair
Bought a lot of non-working but complete Commodore computers from Sean off Craigslist. They were missing most of the valuable chips even though Sean assured him most were complete.
Response from K:
This is from "K" on the Lemon 64 forum. He gave me permission to share this story about his experience with Sean. I think that it is an example of a pattern of behavior that we have seen with other situations.
I believe the cases never existed and Sean is simply a scammer.
I found out far too late that many people in the CBM scene in Australia have also been ripped off by him over a long period of time with other non related sales.
It took much effort to get the money back.
He constantly made demands for information week after week, month after month, year after year.
I provided this constantly.
Eventually I researched his contact details and home address and published it on Lemon 64.
He finally refunded my money in exchange for removing the post containing his contact details.
The last straw was when he actually posted a box full of rubbish in the mail with the address deliberately miss labeled in the hopes it would get lost and then he could claim it wasn't his fault.
However the mail system was good here and they delivered it to me eventually.
I opened it and this is what was inside.
I had a bad feeling about it at the time and I now wish I had of videoed the opening of it.
However weeks later he admitted via some screwed up story that it was a box of items his brother posted by mistake. (Most likely yet another lie).
This whole experience was very disturbing for me.
I wanted to experience the full retro fun of playing with a new modern item but in the old school style case. Almost as if CBM still existed and I had bought a new product from them.
For this reason I waited over a year before trying the flyer for the first time as I wanted to do it right. Seeing it in it's case for the very first experience.
After this I gave up on CBM for many months and concentrated on other platforms from my collection.
Only recently was I convinced to return to CBM and finally tried the Flyer and set up a c128, 1571, & MPS-802 printer with the flyer.
Sean is a terrible person and after talking with him on the phone many times I really question if he is even a sane person. I found his stories and lies could vary as often as two to three times in the same sentence.
Dealing with this person to get your refund is going to be a big problem I am afraid.
The best thing you could do is start a class action against him for the outstanding money plus expenses.
Have a court order served on him and make him pay back those he has scammed for so long now.
I wish you the best of luck with this and if I can be of any further assistance, just ask.
Here's my correspondence from n from AtariAge. I asked if Sean still owed him money:
Money and a commodore sx.
my cry fell on deaf ears when it happened.
Kinda made me not want to do business with anyone since then.
and what pisses me off more is that the only thing I got from him was non functional..my c128. And that was not cheap either.
No what pisses me off more than that is going to his site for c64 user meetings and seeing all the money he spend for then and stuff and seeing my c64sx sitting on a table. Much hate for him..almost drove up there to meet him..lol
didnt know he screwd others too.