Well, following on from this entertainining but ultimately disappointing thread from chochop- http://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/anybody-know-watsontony, I have an update.
Having sent Watsontony a letter enquiring as to the whereabouts of my £30, chopchop's £30 and wysiwyg's £15 and was somewhat surprised to get the following text on 12th May-
"Hello andy. It has taken me far too long to get in contact with you. I have no real excuse for what has happened but i would like to try and explain. I was out of work and skint so was selling my used stuff that i no longer needed i sold a few things but ran out of unwanted stuff and needed to pay a bill so put my forks on ebay and put my shiny bars on stw two people ended up paying for the bars but this was unintentional and i should of refunded right away but i did not and for that i am sorry my next mistake was selling the bars for cash to a friend for that i am also sorry intention after this was to send both refunds as soon as my forks sold but either you or the other guy bought them and i can understand why you would but due to that the forks did not sell and i had no cash for a refund. I have recently started a new job and i get paid on the 31st. I am really sorry about this mess and i should not of just tried to hide from the matter but i do want to resolve it but i
do need until the end of this month and then i would be able to refund with a bit extra for being a complete and utter tool. Please accept my apology i know what i have done is wrong and i have regretted and tried to hide from it since but you have my word that it will be sorted. Tony watson"
So, being the reasonable chap that I am I waited til the end of the month but, true to form, no money arrived. I made another enquiry to the elusive Tony and got this reply from him-
"I should hopefully make it to the post office today but their is a chance i wont make it and in that case it will be next saturday i know this is taking far too long to sort out but i am working with bricklayers and we only get paid every 2 months and i get my share in cash. But saying this i should hopefully get to the post office today. I will let u know later either way. Sorry for taking the piss sorting this out."
"I cant go to the bank mine is closed on saturdays and cant get time during the week plus i am overdrawn. I know this has taken the piss and you have waited but if there was anything i can do i would. The only other thing is if i go to my mums and see if she will let me use her pay pal i want this sorted as soon as now its just another thijg hanging over my head. Will let u know whats happning"
......and then...nothing, since the 1st June.
I think it is now safe to say that Watsontony is nothing more than a liar and common thief!