Originally Posted by gtg649r
This reminded me of a situation I had with a laptop last year. I purchased a dell off eBay for 1500 last year and used escrow to receive it. When the company or person was shipping me the laptop www.escrow.com
emailed me saying that they were a fraudulent company distributing stolen laptops and to not pay them the money, but the notebook was already shipped. So after about a week of having the notebook and not paying the money, the frauds were sending me menacing emails about how they would tell the authorities that I hadn't paid them. I called them out and told them I knew there were frauds and they never emailed me back. I called Dell and emailed Dell saying I had a stolen laptop and they replied saying that I could keep it because it cost them too much to bring it back and refurbish it, plus their figures aloud for a certain number of lost products.
In the end I got lucky, but still had to go through all the hoops to make sure I was legally liable.
That's a great story, glad it worked out for you. Dell probably received insurance money for the shipment so they don't care. The insurer might care but again they likely have bigger fish to fry.
TO THE ORIGINAL STORY:
Computers disappear all the time in corporate America. I worked for one company and the team I worked on had a 2 shared IBM support laptops and I kept 1 at home because no one else used it. I brought it in once for a meeting, lent it to someone else, and low and behold, it disappeared. No one ever saw it again and no one ever questioned it. A bunch of people (myself included) quit shortly thereafter. In the waning days of that company people were literally carting servers to their cars and taking them home.
At my current job we had a bruhaha today because we again have 2 support Compaq laptops and they were trying to figure out who had them. No stealing here - the parties fessed right up, but lax controls lead to shrinkage. I also worked on a contract once where a guy was given a deskop computer to take home and then he was fired the next day. He never did bring it back.