A very recent post from Ryan Daniel Buel,shows that they planned on taking people with them,while they revisit what they said was some pretty haunted sites.The posting as of recent stated that they the new PRS planned on beginning a new tour.
What they (PRS)may not be wanting to tell folks is, that the old PRS had quite a legendary history of famed events not being booked and venues not paid. It is what eventually made national news in Raleigh North Carolina
The entire concept of doing these tours is great,but after the alleged controversies and amidst some of the most well known public outright lashing out at the fallen Paranormal States star,so how does anybody trust them now?
The longtime friend of a celebrity ghost hunter is speaking out about fans’ missing money.
A lot of former fans of Ryan Buell were angry that they paid for his lecture tour and never got refunds when it was canceled. One even traveled all the way from Denmark. One of the headliners for Buell’s tour said thousands of dollars are at stake.
Chip Coffey is a well-known psychic and medium who was once part of the cable TV series “Paranormal State” with Buell. Coffey, Buell’s friend, was scheduled to team up with the ghost hunter again for his “Conversations With The Dead Tour.” He said Buell and his team, the Paranormal Research Society based the Raleigh-Durham area, organized the tour and were in charge of all the details.
But it was so unorganized, he had to bail on the United States tour in April, just days before it was supposed to start. “Venues weren’t booked. Airline tickets weren’t booked,” Coffey said.
He said while he had no access to the ticket sales, he knows a lot were sold. “I know that the last accounting I had, with regards to ticket sales for the ‘Conversations with the Dead Tour,’ it was in excess of $80,000.”
That doesn’t include the tickets sold for the seven shows in Canada — all canceled.
Now that Buell canceled the U.S. and Canadian tours, Coffey said he doesn’t understand why ticket holders aren’t getting refunds.
“I’ve been accused of throwing Ryan under the bus. I didn’t throw Ryan under the bus, Ryan stepped in front of the bus and I jumped out of the way. Any smart business person would have done the same thing,” Coffey said.
While neither Buell nor his team has responded to our repeated requests for comment, on Buell’s Facebook page, he posted that health issues forced him to cancel the tour and that PayPal is responsible for ticket refunds.
However, just over the weekend it was posted on Buell’s page that they’re doing their very best to move the refund requests along.
As for Buell’s medical issues, Buell’s fans started out sympathetic after he canceled shows in 2012 claiming he was fighting pancreatic cancer.
Yet, when refunds weren’t given out, we started hearing from them.
In late 2013, when Buell announced he was ready to tour again, he started selling tickets for this year. But none of the shows happened and that’s why Coffey says he feels fans should get their money back.
“I’m not insensitive to the fact that Ryan is sick, I’m not. I pray for him every day. But that has nothing to do with business, pay someone to return the money, find a way to get the people their money back,” Coffey said.
As for PayPal, the company wouldn’t comment on the specifics of any PayPal account, but in general, a rep said, it does not hold any money, it just takes a broker fee.
PayPal has a buyer protection policy and can secure customers a refund only if it is filed within 45 days of purchase. It encourages customers to be cautious of buying from sellers who have delivery times longer than 45 days.
In some cases, Buell fans bought tickets months in advance so many aren’t protected.
Several tickets holders who are still trying to get refunds shared with us emails from a PayPal rep which state in part, ” After reviewing your transactions, I can confirm that these payments are in no way held by PayPal as they are still in seller’s PayPal account after your payments were successfully completed on 21st Jan 2014.”
The best advice? Dispute the charge with your credit card; some ticket holders have had success that way.
For Canada residents, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center on their toll-free line at 1-888-495-8501 or submit a form online.
You can also file a complaint with the NC Attorney General’s Office.
If you’re owed money from one of Buell’s events, let me know on my Facebook page atTroubleshooter Diane Wilson WTVD.
In typical PRS fashion those people that complain if they don’t get their money returned will have their character attacked. Even if Chip himself dared complain they would turn on him in a heartbeat. The amount of money the 3 remaining members of this dead show have scammed from the gullible loyalists is shocking. Trust me, I know from experience…but who am I to comment, I am just as worthless as all the others that are no longer associated with Ryan. I’m proud to be on the list of Topher, Taddy, Katrina, Josh, all your event coordinators, Colin…oh and now Chip along with many, many others who you have left in the dust on the way to what you call “fame”. The truth may never be revealed because you are so good at casting blame on others..but as some point… dude..how do you sleep at night? Perhaps the person who sleeps with you should be on high alert. Watch out Sergey…your turn will come.
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After public exposure of trouble with his paranormal lecture tour and events, Ryan Buell, formerly of the Paranormal State TV show and the Paranormal Research Society, has stated he has cancelled his tour. Buell announced on his facebook page that health problems among other issues have scuttled the schedule.
Paranormal Examiner, John Albrect, wrote that the events were to feature meet and greets, lectures and ghost hunts. But these were cancelled without notice and the money was not readily refunded. Fans got angry. People who were to take part in the events bowed out. Buell cites PayPal issues which were problematic with regards to payments and refunds but also unexpected serious medical issues. Buell did not disclose the problems but his had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Buell suggested maybe his interactions with demons played a part.
Buell is known for the hit A&E paranormal reality show “Paranormal State” which ran from 2007 to 2011. As a 19-yr old student at Pennsylvania State University, he founded the Paranormal Research Society as a school club. Buell’s show promoted demon infestation and religious rituals for exorcism.
The tour never got rolling as Buell reportedly never left his home state. It looks like he was in WAY over his head, as can be said of the production and drama of the silly, atmospheric, exaggerated drama of Paranormal State and some other pie in the sky projects like online classes. Buell, frankly, has been more or less accused of fraud. He needs to hang up the paranormal investigator hat for a long while.