Man orders $3,000 Sony a7 IV, gets a box of white powder instead

Jan 27, 2023

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Man orders $3,000 Sony a7 IV, gets a box of white powder instead

Jan 27, 2023

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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An Edinburgh man was excited to get his Sony a7 IV he ordered online. However, he was scammed and received a suspicious package instead of the £2,400 camera.

When the package arrived at his address, there was no camera inside, or anything related to photographic gear. instead, the man received a box that contained bags of suspicious white powder.

Jakub Sokolowski his Sony mirrorless camera from Jessops, a reputable UK photo gear store. The camera was supposed to be delivered by DPD on 25 November 2022, priced at £2400 (roughly $3,000 USD). However, when Sokolowski opened the box, he found two large bags of an “unknown substance,” as MSN reports. It was probably there to add weight to the parcel so there was no suspicion, but it’s not clear what was in the bags.

But whatever the content of the bags might be, it was a huge disappointment for Sokolowski, and a huge hit on his budget and mental health. He says that he had saved £1,000 over a year to buy it, and it was the amount he paid upfront. He has lost this money, and he will also have to pay off the remaining £1,400. Sokolowski adds that it’s not the only money he lost, but also the money from jobs he’d had to cancel because the camera never arrived.

“The worst part of this situation is that none of the companies were willing to help nor refund me the money I lost,” he told Edinburgh Live. “I ordered my new camera in November, it was supposed to be an investment for work and take my work to the next level.” All of this has also affected his mental health, leading to many sleepless nights. This kind of stress does that to a person, and it could lead to more severe issues like depression or various health conditions.

A spokesperson for DPD told Edinburgh Live that cases like this are “incredibly rare due to the high level of security and tracking throughout the delivery phase.” Although, it’s not that they don’t happen at all, as we’ve seen before. They added that a claim for a refund had been raised even though the investigation was still ongoing.

Al least Sokolowski will most likely get his money back, that’s something positive in this whole story. But I wonder who will make up for the stress he’s been through and the gigs he had to cancel.

[via FStoppers]

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6 responses to “Man orders $3,000 Sony a7 IV, gets a box of white powder instead”

  1. Libby Sutherland Avatar
    Libby Sutherland

    First off, a camera will never “take your work to the next level.” If you suck on Tuesday, you’ll still suck on Thursday when you get the new camera.

    That being said, my heart goes out to the guy. There is a story out there where a guy got bricks instead of his new big Canon. The A to Z vendor sent him another camera — same thing, just different bricks. BTW he had video rolling on both of these deliveries. If you search youtube, you’ll probably find the videos.

    For myself, I only deal with two vendors here in the USA for major purchases. I NEVER purchase cameras or lenses from the online A to Z vendor. I go to my longtime vendors for other needs, even small ones have had relationships with them for many years. This helps ensure that if I have a problem, it will be taken care of.

    It would certainly be interesting to see the tracking handoffs for the guy’s package. Sometimes the characters who work at these centers are not exactly upstanding citizens, and companies who employ them are not exactly willing to poly everyone who works in goods handling.

  2. Bipin Gupta Avatar
    Bipin Gupta

    I have worked as a Warehouse Manager for one of the world’s largest Warehouse. We instructed our Staff and Workers to check the Packaging / Carton / Box outer condition before signing the Delivery Receipt. Even then every Receipt was stamped ” ……… subject to opening and checking the contents”.
    I have observed that most Parcels / Boxes can be opened and put back like as if it was never tampered with.
    As an additional precaution each Carton / Box was opened under Video Surveillance. All Camera Phones have Video Capability and it should always be used for expensive deliveries.
    We were shipping out Parts to a Company who would always report Shortages for some expensive Items and Overages for some cheaper items – just to make us feel complacent. So we started Videographing each packaging and pasting huge Red Colored Stickers on the Box “that this Shipment has been Videographed”. The Shortage Reports ceased immediately .

  3. John Atkin Avatar
    John Atkin

    No way it was drugs, he’d not have gone to the press with that 😂

    1. Gestaltung D. B. Avatar
      Gestaltung D. B.

      John Atkin some people are ignorant

  4. JR Dee Avatar
    JR Dee

    Id take the powder

  5. Alex Baker Avatar
    Alex Baker

    Depending on what the powder was it might have been worth more than the Sony 😅