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Is MyKindofMusic/John Costanzo a fraud?

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Posted on March 18, 2012 at 12:32:40
90493m
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- On Dec 31 2011 I contacted John Costanzo at My Kind of Music in Toronto Canada with an interest in buying a Verider Platine turntable he had advertised on the CanuckAudiomart.
- After a few days we agreed on a price, John sent an invoice which including shipping and I wired him $6925 on January 4 2012. John Said he would immediately begin to box up the turntable
- Over the next several weeks I waiting patiently for John to ship me the turntable. Periodically being told that he was finishing up the crating. On January 19 John informed me that the crating was finished and he would be shipping the next day.
- For the next two weeks John repeatedly told me the turntable was going to ship immediately but never did. He claimed that the crate was too big for UPS to pick up and for some mysterious reason he could not take it down to UPS himself. Claimed it was too heavy.
- Finally on Feb 1 I called him and asked that he either ship the turntable or give me a refund. I suggested he use 2-3 boxes instead of one big one so as to make the total shipment easier to handle. He agreed and by Feb 4 he told me, once again, the turntable was ready to ship and that, once again, he would send me shipping details immediately.
- On Feb 7 John claimed the turntable had been picked up for shipment and he, once again, would send shipping details immediately.
- On Feb 11 John sent me an email saying that something had ‘come up’ of a personal nature and that he would send me a refund as soon as he returned to Toronto. So he clearly had not shipped the table as he had earlier stated.
- On Feb 15 John said he would be away for a couple of weeks and would send me a refund when he returned. I was very nervous/suspicious at this point and asked that he send me apersonal check from wherever he was rather than wait another several weeks for his return. He did not respond.
- On March 5 John sent me an email saying he had returned and would send me a certified check the next day via courier, and would send me tracking info.
- On March 9 John sent an email saying that the check would be mailed by close of business on March 10. I have not received any check and Costanzo no longer answers my emails or phone calls.

What do you guys think?

 

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RE: Is MyKindofMusic/John Costanzo a fraud?, posted on March 18, 2012 at 12:49:30
steven d
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Hmm, I have bought and sold some gear on CAM in the last year. I checked the feedback for MKOM and its solid... +57, -1.

In the history of feedback, the most recent was for a La Platine table. This one came with a Granito Base and DP-6 tonearm. The feedback was dated January 12, 2012. Here's the strange part... the ad was posted November 3, 2011... ad was updated January 25, 2012. Why would info be added if the sale was already done?

If you contact the moderators at CAM, perhaps they can initiate a resolution.

Good Luck.


Opinions don't affect facts. But facts should affect opinions, and do, if you're rational..
- Ricky Gervais, 2012

 

RE: Is MyKindofMusic/John Costanzo a fraud?, posted on March 18, 2012 at 15:52:16
michaelhigh
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I'm WAY too paranoid to send ANYONE $6000! For ANY reason! Even a family member would have to come to me personally, I would NEVER send that much money through a wire service or transact like that without doing it in person! I would rather undertake a massive road trip to avoid what you're going through with this guy (putting it nicely). I've visualized things like this hapening, and I even get shaky transacting on ebay (with their buyers' protection policies)...I'd be sending Guido to break some fingers if I were in your situation.
http://mindseyemusic.blogspot.com/

 

Looks Like a Mike Strother Disciple............, posted on March 18, 2012 at 15:54:32
Todd Krieger
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He supposedly ran an operation out of Rochester, NY roughly 15 years ago.......... Traded a VAC amplifier to him for a Jan Allaerts cartridge, but never received the cartridge...... The same type of shenanigans went on........

I can predict the next tactic will be "illness" and a long stay at the hospital..........
    

 

RE: Is MyKindofMusic/John Costanzo a fraud?, posted on March 18, 2012 at 17:04:43
velcroshoes


 
I'm not sure he is an actual fraud but he is a huge ego and as another poster stated the only dealer with negative feedback on Canuck. I once tried to purchase an amp but walked away after his reply.
Good luck.

 

RE: Is MyKindofMusic/John Costanzo a fraud?, posted on March 19, 2012 at 09:17:53
Basslines
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Speak to Vince Scalzitti at TriCell Enterprises. He'll tell you some stories that will curl your toenails.

 

Call the police. Looks like you're the victim of felony fraud (nt), posted on March 20, 2012 at 06:06:24
Rob Doorack
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nt

 

RE: Is MyKindofMusic/John Costanzo a fraud?, posted on March 20, 2012 at 07:15:43
info2
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Good morning,

As a new member to this forum, I felt compelled to respond to Mr. Roy Callahan's statement.

I was very surprised to learn about the postings listed by this individual on several Audio forums as I was already resolving the issue with him.

In summary, and as previously stated to him, a refund was in fact issued on March 10-12.

I called him directly on Monday, March 19-12 and asked that he re-tract his comments. He mentioned that he would do so upon receiving his refund.

Regards,

John Costanzo,
MKoM, Toronto

 

What makes this even funnier to me..., posted on March 20, 2012 at 11:54:10
Dman
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...is that I just tried to "visit" John's website (just to see what sort of thing this guy is about!), and my virus scanner (Avast) wouldn't let me get there! Someone must have got to him virally!

Combine that rather interesting experience with your story, and I'm beside my self that he even suggest to "nottingham365" to "...drop by the store or..." From the looks of it, I never will- and I am local to it!

Hope you get some resolution, even if it takes local authorities!





Dman
Analog Junkie

 

RE: Is MyKindofMusic/John Costanzo a fraud?, posted on March 18, 2012 at 13:05:49
90493m
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Thanks
Yes i intend to contact CAM, as well as Toronto BBB, Paypal, and anyone else who might interface with MKOM. i would have gone on indefinitley waiting for John to put the 'check in the mail', but my conversation with a local dealer shocked me to the bone. Not only had this dealer been cheated out of > $10k by Costanzo but said several others had as well.
What i do know is that Costanzo has repeatedly violated his own promise to send me either the table or the refund. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice......

 

RE: Is MyKindofMusic/John Costanzo a fraud?, posted on March 18, 2012 at 13:27:23
You might want to include the Ontario Conservatory of Music to your list.
He claims to be an award winning member thereof.

 

have you left FB on CAM?, posted on March 18, 2012 at 18:49:13
steven d
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You can also go into the Fruad Warnings postings on the forums.
Opinions don't affect facts. But facts should affect opinions, and do, if you're rational..
- Ricky Gervais, 2012

 

RE: Is MyKindofMusic/John Costanzo a fraud?, posted on March 22, 2012 at 08:34:31
Kinara1
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The moderators at Canuck Audio Mart , apparently in an effort to protect a Site Sponsor and in blatant disregard of the interests of of Audiophiles , have begun deleting previously approved posts which explicitly questioned this whole sordid situation . Whilst I think all of us are relieved and pleased at this outcome , we note that it came after much pressure was brought to bear on MKOM from the Forums .

Nevertheless , serious questions and issues abound on the underlying ethics in full view here, suspect business practices and possibly criminal behaviour . The number of instances , episodes and examples that have surfaced from different sources over the three forums is too numerous to be easily dismissed . There is a clear pattern of behaviour here that needs to be examined & investigated by the appropriate authorities.

 

RE: Is MyKindofMusic/John Costanzo a fraud?, posted on March 18, 2012 at 21:08:24
90493m
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thank you guys. I appreciate everyones help and thoughts. In 35 yrs of this hobby this is the first time someone seems to be intentionally trying to steal from me. It is not a good feeling and of course makes the 3% Paypal fees seem like a pretty good deal now. I will persevere to try and recover my refund. Meanwhile i am grateful for all of your kind thougths.

 

RE: Looks Like a Mike Strother Disciple............, posted on March 18, 2012 at 21:19:35
90493m
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actually it was his mother dying this time. She had to be buried in Italy. My guess is that I funded a nice Italian holiday for Mr Costanzo and his mother.

 

RE: Is MyKindofMusic/John Costanzo a fraud?, posted on March 19, 2012 at 07:31:16
Iron Knee
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I would arrange a visit to his home city with authorities in tow. File a formal complaint and have him served. With that much money on this line..what is a few more dollars to assure proper resolution?

 

RE: Is MyKindofMusic/John Costanzo a fraud?, posted on March 19, 2012 at 10:28:40
nottingham365
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What a rotten situation. If you have the time, fortitude and resources (financial and otherwise), pursue him to the deepest depths of hell. I am not an attorney and don't know what laws (US or Canadian) apply, but there must be some recourse.

 

I like the previous poster who...., posted on March 19, 2012 at 13:29:21
JayG
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recommended that you have Guido visit this guy. Jerks like this only understand
one kind of "encouragement", if you catch my drift. These vultures pray on the unsuspecting.

Also, let this serve as a warning to always use PayPal to insure you're payment.
No exceptions other than a face 2 face transaction.

Certainly wish the OP well and hope he attains some justice.

 

RE: Is MyKindofMusic/John Costanzo a fraud?, posted on March 19, 2012 at 11:06:06
akanrg
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This was my experience with My Kind Of Music which I posted on CAM -

Buying retail. (A long story of a Pro-Ject Tube Box II phono stage)

On Oct. 9. 2009 I purchased a brand new Pro-Ject Tube Box II phono stage from "My Kind Of Music" in Toronto.
Upon unpacking I noticed that the unit was previously used. The inner packing cardboard was broken, the manual was crumpled, faded and soiled, the wall wart didn't have the twist tie and the unit was dusty.

Since MKOM is only open to the public on Saturdays I waited a week and returned the unit hoping for exchange. I was told that they were out of stock but two units are coming in Tuesday and to drop by after hours or next Saturday for exchange.
When I did come in to exchange the unit John, the chap who runs the place showed real displeasure, almost mocking me about complaining over a little dust on the unit, this is after he told to come in for a new one. He reluctantly exchanged the unit but will not give me a brand new box with it claiming he can not sell the other one with used box. I had to twist his arm for a new manual. I swallowed my pride, took the unit and left.

A week later I finally had a chance to hook up the unit and after playing one side of a record the unit lost the left channel. I tried another table, same problem. I tried changing tube position, no cure so I contacted MKOM again and he told me to bring back the unit on Saturday for a check up.

Again, MKOM is only open to the public on Saturdays so I went in and what do you know, he couldn't check the unit that day because he booked 4 listening "sessions" and he needs peace and quite to check if a phono stage is working or not. I strongly felt that his priority should have been the Tube Box which was already paid for but I didn't want to start anything in front of a prospective client who was in the store at the time. Besides, if you tell a someone to show up why book 4 "sessions" ?

He told me he'll try to check the unit by 3 pm and will give me a call to inform me. So I swallowed my pride again and left.

3 pm came and went so I decided to pay another visit to MKOM and by then I was furious and I guess he could tell. I quitely requested my money back. He said that they don't usually give out refunds but because it was "me" he'll make an exception.
I left the unit in the store and went home expecting a refund cheque.

Next day I get an email from MKOM stating that since the unit was ordered specifically for me there will be 25% re-stocking fee are you getting the idea ?

Well, the unit turned up to be oaky that day according to John and few of his clients (so he sez) and he decided not to refund my money. He returned the unit to me and and told me that due to my "angry, unprofessional behavior" in the store he will not supply warranty support for the unit and if anything should go wrong I should contact the distributor who happened to be "Planet Of Sound" in Ottawa.

Well, the unit played okay for a few days, at least it had both channels working although it did sound somewhat dull and muddy until I noticed the right channel has gone faint and barely audible.

By then, I've purchased a pair of nos 12AX7s from a CAM member and decided to replace the tubes to see what gives. Well, the unit was opperating properly although still sounding a bit dull and muddy.

I contacted POS with the issue and they requested that I ship the unit to them at my expence for a check up.
Under normal circumstances the dealer should have taken care of the problem but since my request for honest customer service could not be obtain I was stuck doing everything myself.

Fast forward one week:
I sent the unit to POS and the diagnostic was a bad tube(s) which was probably the case from the beginning.

MKOM inability or rather unwillingness to properly diagnose the problem and provide an honest and reliable customer service has left me no choice but to publish this incident on the CAM forum.

Buying retail ought to be worry free !!!

Shop at your own risk !

p.s.

This was my response to another member complaining about John:

IMO, "My Kind Of Music" should NOT be in retail at all.
He should fold up his "used Lada dealership" (as he once so eloquently referred to his store when I brought in a used cartridge that I wanted checked under a microscope and would have paid for the service) and opperate out of his basement where everyone's expectations will be much lower and (perhaps) will reduce the number of not-so-kind feedbacks. After all, the settings would not be much different.
Also, the chap has a real talent of dancing around the truth.

I will never forget my LAST transaction with MKOM. I was never treated so badly in retail anytime, anyplace, anywhere period!

 

P.O.S., posted on March 20, 2012 at 10:50:11
Gerry E.
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Not a good acronym for a business. Maybe they should rethink their name.

Gerry

 

RE: I like the previous poster who...., posted on March 20, 2012 at 16:03:54
audioman
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MKoM is a great store, as long as things are going the owners way. If they are not, watch out ! I posted a Wilson Benesch tt for sale 4 years ago. John C. contacts me and we agree on a price and he stated the money order was on it's way in the mail. Several days go by , nothing. I send an initially polite reminder as I have had other inquiries I have turned away. Still no payment. This kind of stuff drives me nuts, so I step it up a notch and remind him of the laws in Ontario regarding " offers and acceptance " and I would appreciate him to follow through.

Well, this guy blows a gaskett, calls me on the phone and curse at the top of his lungs using every profanity in the book. I am calm and again remind him that when an offer is made and it is accpeted, there is a legal obligation to follow through. THEN, he really loses it and threatens to drive to my home with friends in tow bearing weapons and verbally threatens me with violence for gosh sakes !!!!


I tell him promptly " this conversation is over" and hang up....

He proceeds to call me back, not once, but THREE additional times on my cell wanting to finish the conversation !

Possesing 14 years in martial arts training, I am not intimidated by this, but again, remaining calm, simply state " We are not having this conversation sir, you are a liar and have renegged on your word, period and goodbye "

In 35 years of audio, I have NEVER witnessed this type of sensless and childlike behaviour which definately leaned well into a criminal act.

MKoM = My Kind of Madness

this gentleman needs professional help

 

RE: Is MyKindofMusic/John Costanzo a fraud?, posted on March 20, 2012 at 08:01:01
akanrg
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You kept the OP waiting for 3 months before issuing $6925 refund? That's totally unacceptable especially since you've sold that exact same TT locally - see feedback below dated Jan. 5, 2012

I can clearly see that you still run a sketchy operation, shame on you !

 

the other side of the story?, posted on March 20, 2012 at 15:42:04
Your reply glosses over a few details.

You told the buyer the turntable had been picked up by the shipper on 2/7, yet four days later the story changed.

You told him on 3/5 that the return check would be sent 3/6 yet three days later a new date is given. The new check date of 3/10 is repeated in your post here. The buyer clearly had not received his refund as of his 3/18 post.

Since this matter is in public and you stated in a second post that there are 2 sides to every story, it's beneficial to all to hear your side.

Hopefully he will get his refund shortly, but that still leaves the statements you made to him alleging shipping had taken place when it hadn't and a refund that was to be mail 3/6 when it wasn't.

Even it the issue resolves with receipt of the refund, I would trust that you can understand why a buyer who forked over thousands of dollars might be a bit nervous in the face of repeated delays as to when things were to be done and weren't.

It would be useful to hear the other side of that story.

 

RE: Is MyKindofMusic/John Costanzo a fraud?, posted on March 20, 2012 at 08:14:54
info2
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Location: Ontario, Canada
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Matt, I do not wish to get into something that does not concern you. You simple won't let go of the past as you did not get your own way. Sorry to hear that.

Please note that there are two sides to every story and we have done our best given the time frames and the series of events that impacted this situation. At the very least, I do not hide behind a Username / Avatar.

Be well,

John,
MKoM, Toronto

 

RE: Is MyKindofMusic/John Costanzo a fraud?, posted on March 20, 2012 at 10:13:36
akanrg
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Location: Toronto, ON.
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John, this a public forum and it concerns me as much as it does everyone else who replied to the OP.

 

RE: Is MyKindofMusic/John Costanzo a fraud?, posted on March 20, 2012 at 10:30:03
info2
Dealer

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Location: Ontario, Canada
Joined: March 20, 2012
Matt, I totally agree....It is a public forum. One that apparently has allowed you rant about something that is not relevant to this specific situation....Perhaps I am missing something???

To recap, this is about Mr. Callahan and I along with how we shall resolve this situation.

If you want to drop by our shop, you are invited to do so, otherwise...

John,
MKOM, Toronto

 

RE: Is MyKindofMusic/John Costanzo a fraud?, posted on March 20, 2012 at 12:48:03
akanrg
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...otherwise what, John?
Just doing my part for society as consumer, that's all.

 

RE: Is MyKindofMusic/John Costanzo a fraud?, posted on March 20, 2012 at 14:25:12
shutterbob
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If it indicates a pattern of fraud it damned sure IS relevant to the issue at hand! What arrogance!

 

RE: What makes this even funnier to me..., posted on March 20, 2012 at 13:26:05
akanrg
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Posts: 15
Location: Toronto, ON.
Joined: September 22, 2007
you're right, the site is infected

 

RE: Is MyKindofMusic/John Costanzo a fraud?, posted on March 20, 2012 at 14:28:14
shutterbob
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The REAL issue is not the TT purchase (or lack of purchase). The issue is a total and repeated lack of integrity (to be kind) of the dealer in question.

Any relation to MSSHiFi? Seems like a natural fit.

 

RE: I like the previous poster who...., posted on March 20, 2012 at 16:22:30
info2
Dealer

Posts: 10
Location: Ontario, Canada
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Charming...I have no idea who this person is, and the only Wilson Benech product that we bring in is from the UK but thank you for you input

And have a nice day.

John,
Mkom,Toronto

 

More thoughts on this..., posted on March 20, 2012 at 23:10:38
JayG
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When I read about creeps like him it makes my blood boil. This jerk obviously attempt to intimidate people he has screwed over into submission. Did you see his response on this thread. He must view the victims of his dishonest transactions as unsophisticated dullards who can be frightened by threats or stringing them out until they give up.

I think the best way to deal with people and companies like him is through as much exposure as possible. It reminds me of some of the seedy camera companies that advertise in Popular Photography that were consistently screwing people over. Over time, many were exposed on the Net for their fraudulent business conduct.

Yes, I agree this guy needs professional help but not the kind you're alluding to. I would recommend the help he would get locked up.

 

RE: I like the previous poster who...., posted on March 20, 2012 at 16:39:14
shutterbob
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What he obviously refers to is a used TT that you agreed to buy, while you seem to refer to importing a new product. Apples and oranges, sir.

Your skills at obfuscation and acting as if your word is good, are soundly trounced by the any claims to the contrary.

And we are still waiting for a coherent version of your "side of the story".

 

RE: I like the previous poster who...., posted on March 20, 2012 at 17:20:40
info2
Dealer

Posts: 10
Location: Ontario, Canada
Joined: March 20, 2012
No, I totally understand. You see, we have never offered to purchase a used WB TT from this gentleman. In addition, I believe that he is located in Vancouver. This would make it kind of difficult for me to make a trip out there from Toronto or make any such threats.

Now to conclude, if anyone else would like to make any other false accusations, you are welcome to do so. I am glad to see that the respected inmates that have contributed to this thread have lived up to the expectations of this forum. Rather pathetic to say the least.

Respectfully, I will not be responding to any further posts until the OP has rendered his own conclusions via his own post.

John,
MKoM, Toronto

 

RE: I like the previous poster who...., posted on March 20, 2012 at 22:14:52
90493m
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until the refund is back in my bank account this dispute remains an open matter. i was dismayed, but not shocked to learn today than MKOM had apparently sold the turntable to a local customer during the period John was assuring me the table's shipment was imminent. i will report to this,and other, forums when i have recieved my refund. in the mean time i will continue to question MKOM's intentions.

 

Nice try, Mr. Costanzo., posted on March 21, 2012 at 07:49:46
>>I believe that he is located in Vancouver.

His ISP traces very nicely to Guelph which is a mere hour from your shop.
Your attempts to be economical with the truth on a forum with technically
literate people are only making things worse for you.

 

RE: I like the previous poster who...., posted on March 21, 2012 at 05:35:22
audio39
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I contacted MKOM yesterday about a TT they presently have for sale...then I saw this thread!!

Selling a table AFTER committing it to another seller, and hanging on to their hard earned cash this long - I'll buy nothing from MKOM.

This is the type of seller who would serve the audio community best if he closed his doors.

 

Why question intentions?, posted on March 21, 2012 at 07:37:19
>>i will continue to question MKOM's intentions.

There's no reason whatsoever to question intentions. The facts are that
eleven weeks after you paid for the product, you have neither a turntable
nor refund in hand. If he sold it to another party after getting your payment,
then double-shame on John Costanzo.

In short, unconscionable behavior on Costanzo's part.

 

RE: I like the previous poster who...., posted on March 22, 2012 at 05:25:29
90493m
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I am happy to report that Mr Costanzo wired my refund to my account yesterday and all appears in order. I am satisfied with the outcome of this affair. I would like to sincerely thank the members of this forum for their support and good advice. You guys MADE A DIFFERENCE and greatly helped resolve this issue. THANK YOU.
I also want to wish Mr Costanzo good luck in his business. Life is too short to carry grudges or harbor malice. I have learned a lesson or two during this process as well.
So its back to shopping for turntables.....

 

good outcome, posted on March 22, 2012 at 08:01:58
adaug
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congrats on getting your refund. certainly, the light shined on the affair on this forum had to be a helping factor. using paypal or driving to make a pick up are ceratainly better options next time rather than sending money thru a channel w/o recourse.

all the best


-andre d

 

CAM, posted on March 22, 2012 at 08:22:21
steven d
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You MUST post feedback on this matter.

Opinions don't affect facts. But facts should affect opinions, and do, if you're rational..
- Ricky Gervais, 2012

 

Still odd, though,, posted on March 22, 2012 at 08:32:04
that a check "mailed" on March 10 arrived by wire on March 21. The seller seems rather loose with his promised actions and dates.

Glad it worked out for you. That's good news.

 

RE: I like the previous poster who...., posted on March 22, 2012 at 10:58:01
Double D
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I am thrilled to hear this is resolved.. I was watching this one from the sidelines with great interest.
You are far more genial than I (and from what I can see, many others) would be under the circumstances.

Cheers !

 

RE: Is MyKindofMusic/John Costanzo a fraud?, posted on March 23, 2012 at 01:37:56
Kinara1
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Location: Toronto
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It appears pressure has been brought on the Moderators at Canuck Audio Mart about the Thread on this very situation and they have been busy deleting posts that appear to be offensive to MKOM's sensibilities . Attempting to cover up for sordid behaviour like this does not do the Audiophile community any favours .

Whilst I presume that all (or almost all) of us are pleased at the outcome of this particular transaction, we have to recognize that wider issues of ethics , credibility and potentially criminal behaviour in this & numerous other instances remain unanswered in respect of this particular Dealer .

 

The CAM moderators will never allow........., posted on March 25, 2012 at 10:58:31
Basslines
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Posts: 254
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..... any criticism of a CAM sponsor to stand. That forum has been spiraling
downwards for years and will soon disappear right up its own butthole. It's (one of) the most irrelevant forums out there.

 

RE: The CAM moderators will never allow........., posted on March 25, 2012 at 17:05:37
Kinara1
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Email messages to Moderators are not responded to , postings are disallowed or deleted after the fact . What the Moderators do not realize is that if there is criminal activity going on at MKOM and innocent buyers are defrauded , Canuck Audio Mart will be an accessory to a criminal enterprise . They will quite likely to be adjudged liable in those activities

 

RE: The CAM moderators will never allow........., posted on March 25, 2012 at 17:44:16
AlanFord
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Covering up, or in this case deleting all posts and evidence about a potential fraud and criminal activities makes them accomplices (sort of anyway).

I urge 90493m to post his feedback to the CanuckAudiomart forum. He owes this to all people on many public forums where he posted his experience dealing with MKOM and who sympathized with him and offered help and warn all future potential buyers.

AlanF

 

Looks like audiogon has wiped out the discussion there,, posted on March 25, 2012 at 20:34:06
kata
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as well.

Pathetic.

 

RE: Is MyKindofMusic/John Costanzo a fraud?, posted on March 26, 2012 at 03:19:33
Kinara1
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Location: Toronto
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It appears pressure has been brought on the Moderators at Canuck Audio Mart about the Thread on this very situation and they have been busy deleting posts that appear to be offensive to MKOM's sensibilities . Attempting to cover up for sordid behaviour like this does not do the Audiophile community any favours .

Whilst I presume that all (or almost all) of us are pleased at the outcome of this particular transaction, we have to recognize that wider issues of ethics , credibility and potentially criminal behaviour in this & numerous other instances remain unanswered in respect of this particular Dealer .

 

RE: The CAM moderators will never allow........., posted on March 29, 2012 at 07:39:21
Kinara1
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Location: Toronto
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Email messages to Moderators are not responded to , postings are disallowed or deleted after the fact . What the Moderators do not realize is that if there is criminal activity going on at MKOM and innocent buyers are defrauded , Canuck Audio Mart will be an accessory to a criminal enterprise . They will quite likely to be adjudged liable in those activities

 

RE: Is MyKindofMusic/John Costanzo a fraud?, posted on April 9, 2012 at 14:38:04
mashley
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Posts: 280
Location: New Orleans
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Oh, to see the look on Costanzo's face and the guys at Cannuck when they are served with discovery.

Both are heading for some very expensive "headaches" themselves.

 

RE: CAM, posted on April 23, 2012 at 10:23:47
Mendel
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Posts: 685
Location: GTA
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As of today's date (April 23), no feedback regarding this transaction is noted on CAM. Either the OP has not provided it or it has been deleted by CAM. In fact, despite the fact that several asylum members posted here about bad experiences with this Vendor, none of them provided any feedback on Mr. Costanzo to CAM (assuming the transaction went through CAM which they may not have).
I may be wrong, but it appears that the OP must have had to agree not to post bad feedback in this transaction in order to get his money returned. Unfortunately, this puts others at risk of dealing with this undesirable Vendor.
For shame on all involved.

 

RE: CAM, posted on October 18, 2012 at 06:49:55
windchaser
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Posts: 10
Location: West Coast
Joined: June 28, 2008
I was surprised to stumble onto this thread but am also glad that this issue has now been resolved. As there is some fairly strong language being used I just wanted to pass on that my dealings with John and MKOM have been nothing but professional and very satisfactory.

I live on the West Coast in an area where there are no dedicated two channel dealers within a five hour drive and as a result much of my gear I purchase online from a variety of different dealers. John has always taken considerable time to provide advice that is helpful and knowledgeable. Even a very heavy amplifier that was over 100 lbs was shipped professionally and promptly. I would not hesitate to do business with John again and can recommend him.

I realize there are always two sides to every story and mostly I just wanted to pass on that my dealings with MKOM have all been excellent. I welcome PM’s if anyone would like further details on my transactions that I have based my recommendations on.

 

RE: Is MyKindofMusic/John Costanzo a fraud?, posted on December 19, 2012 at 17:26:08
rsquared1
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Toronto area collection firm.

For those needing an experienced, persistent and effective advocate in the Toronto area, as recommended by another AA member, I used:

Don Vence, President of
Credit Control Central Inc.
Phone: 416-367-1753 Fax: 416-367-1825
Toll Free- 1-888-899-0769

He said he garnished my Barrie, ON scammer's bank accounts AND notified the scammer's mortgagee because, unlike in the US, many Canadian mortgages are short-term and are rolled over / re-financed every 5-10 years. Nothing like having a crook's mortgage creditworthiness threatened to make him dance like a monkey :-)

 

RE: Is MyKindofMusic/John Costanzo a fraud?, posted on January 6, 2013 at 12:55:02
benetton
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Posts: 2
Location: Muskoka
Joined: May 22, 2012
And how is this relevant to this specific post?

Is this a continuation to your experience with McAllister Audio?

It appears that some people elect to keep "piling on" so to speak, regarding My Kind of Music and its proprietor.

First off, I have dealt with this shop on many occasions and they have always exceeded all expectations on both pre and post sales. Not the sort of place that caters to discount shoppers, but never any issues as claimed here on this forum. I often wonder what drives some people to continue to slander an individual or their company without having any first hand experience. I get the impression that AA is the only forum that I am aware of that allows this sort of conduct.

As far as I am concerned and based on my past & present experiences with this shop, I have no reservation in recommending them to anyone who has an interest in Audio.

Happy Listening,
Francis Romantini

 

RE: Is MyKindofMusic/John Costanzo a fraud?, posted on September 26, 2013 at 13:08:40
alexz
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hello,
I just find link to this thread in the CAM.
John Costanzo (MKOM) sold my WB Full Circle TT, offered store credit for it and created all the conditions to prevent me from using this credit.
It was such an awful experience dialing with MKOM that I decide that it is better for me to take a loss than deal with John ever again.
I wish a good luck to anyone who may have business with MKoM.
Best regards,
Alex

 

RE: Is MyKindofMusic/John Costanzo a fraud?, posted on September 27, 2013 at 10:54:22
Not Yet There
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So Alex, what you are say is that you traded in your table for an in-store credit and now you cannot redeem the store credit???

 

RE: Is MyKindofMusic/John Costanzo a fraud?, posted on September 27, 2013 at 11:17:47
alexz
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yes, that is correct. It was about 3-4 years ago and after few attempts to use store credit and after number of ridicules restrictions, pre-conditions and inflated quotes I decided that it would be better for me just give-up and not to deal with john Costanzo ever...

 

RE: Is MyKindofMusic/John Costanzo a fraud?, posted on October 8, 2013 at 03:20:07
ILurneditfromabook
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Had a HORRIBLE experience with John as well where he sold me defective speakers and it took a year to get a refund. He's absolutely without morals and only cares about money. The language, petulance and holier than thou attitude he had was thoroughly disgusting.

 

RE: Is MyKindofMusic/John Costanzo a fraud?, posted on October 18, 2013 at 18:17:58
benetton
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Location: Muskoka
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After further investigation and checking with this dealer, it appears that records indicate the date of this incident was on April 18, 2007, where your table was part of a proposed trade towards another more expensive table - Nottingham Hyperspace to be exact. I also found out that several in home visits where made prior, free of charge. I didn't want to dig any deeper as the whole scenario is somewhat vague and quite frankly, none of my business.

I also wish to add and biases aside, that I have conducted business with MKoM on several occasions and not once did I detect anything that resembles fraud as the title of this thread suggests.

In summary, I may also suggest that members who view this post refer to the feedback listed on Canuck Audio Mart Canada for this dealer as it clearly indicates a vastly different & positive view than what has been posted here. From my own experiences with the owner of MKoM, I will state that he does get very emotional about specific situations but I certainly do blame him as I now realize what he must deal with from time to time. It is clear that he will not be able to satisfy everyone.

So I have to ask, why is it that these people come out of the woodwork and "pile on" so to speak when they clearly do not have the "balls" to contact the person directly and have their issues resolved.

It blows me away that we as people get drawn into the negatives rather than the positives.

Just my thoughts,

Happy Listening,

Francis Romantini

 

RE: good outcome, posted on June 20, 2014 at 02:17:20
Hard Rain
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Apparently there's been another recent "issue" with MKOM.

 

RE: good outcome, posted on July 7, 2014 at 21:26:33
shutterbob
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Posts: 621
Location: Central Missouri
Joined: August 23, 2008
Pray tell? Inquiring minds want to know.

 

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