Mount Airy, MD asked in Consumer Law for Maryland

Q: I returned the wrong item to an online seller, and they're threatening to call the authorities, what can they really do?

I bought two of the same item from two different online sellers, and accidentally returned one to the wrong seller. They claimed it a "counterfeit" product and want to contact that authorities, but I told them it was a mistake and that I would pay to reship it back to me so I can return it to the proper seller. What can they really do legally?

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Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
  • Rockville, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: Probably not much. You did not commit a crime. Send them the correct item for a refund and request the return of the other item. Unless you intentionally and knowingly tried to send them a counterfeit item in order to defraud them out of the price of a real such product. In that case, stop posting online and consult a criminal defense lawyer.

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