Zoommania Accused of Selling Consumers 'Kit' to Receive Purchases
Pennsylvania filed a consumer protection lawsuit in Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas against online retailers ZoommaniA LLC, Pro Digital Cameras Inc., and business owners Andrew Schwartz and Paul Nimerozky.
The lawsuit alleges the stores listed all inventory as being "in-stock" or "available" but within 48 hours of a purchase, the customer would get a phone call or email saying the item was out of stock.Stores then allegedly told consumers they could buy a "kit" that would make them eligible to get their purchases in a timely manner. But if the customer refused, there was no definite time for the purchase to be delivered, the lawsuit alleged.
On ZoommaniA, the company's in-stock items policy states: "due to the constent change of information associated with on-line Internet advertising, certain items that are listed as 'In Stock' may not actually be available until a later date. If such a case would occur, you will be notified by our support team vie email and/or phone."
A message seeking comment from ZoommaniA on the state's allegations wasn't immediately returned.
Ryan said the stores also allegedly created new websites with different names after getting negative consumer feedback and consumers would think they were dealing with a different company. The business names included ZoommaniA, Pro Digital Cameras, Fotospirit, Iprodigital, Ewaydigital and Digiemporio -- none of which were registered with the state.
The lawsuit seeks consumer restitution, investigation and court costs, and $1,000 for each violation of the state's consumer law -- that fine goes up to $3,000 when the consumer is 60 or older.
In a similar case, two New York online electronics stores settled with the state of Texas resolving allegations of misleading consumers in that state.
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