James J. Bates II (aka Jamie Bates) and Julie Smith of Thompson & Riley, Ltd., Auctioneers / Realtors misled me repeatedly and extensively to get my signature on their auction contract. Under the heading of consumerism and free speech, I'm here to tell you these people were less than honest from the start and you'll be well advised to reconsider doing business with them. My original complaint was five pages but, for the sake of space and time, let's begin here with this: 1. Jamie promised to "inventory and catalogue" the contents of the house and provide me with said inventory. No such inventory was received. The only list of contents ever received was at settlement time MONTHS after the auctions and the list received was quite small compared to the actual contents of the house. To my understanding, not providing receipts for contents and providing settlement results and disbursement months after the auctions occurred are violations. These things, taken individually, could be considered oversights (although still inexcusable) but, viewed collectively, each of the points contained in my complaint show a pattern of deception.
Posted: 2/05/2008 • Link to this review