Although the original post was deleted for this purchase, I purchased a patagonia down vest from emmanuel back in June. Paid via paypal friends/family. Vest arrived with a hole about 5 to 7 mm diameter in the left shoulder. Emmanuel had claimed it was possibly from the shipping. The hole looks exactly like a hole from an ember from a campfire, with singed edges. Went back and forth with emmanuel on this issue and since I had used friends/family to send the money to emmanuel I had no recourse. This was before I set up a forum account with BPL, and before I had ever sent money using paypal.
Eventually emmanuel said even though the hole was not there when he shipped it out he would send $10 to me to "fund a patch". Never received the $10. Patched the hole with tenacious tape and is usable, however very disappointed with the purchase as I believe emmanuel sold an item not as described as there is no way shipping could have caused this hole to appear.
Anyway, it has been sometime since this purchase and although looking through emmanuels posts he does not appear to be a scammer or sketchy seller at all I still fill that I should let other members know what happened.