Well, there's good news and not so good news.
The good news is that you have a strong case and would likely win the return of your money plus some of your expenses.
The not so good news is that your best option to recover this money would in fact be in a small claims
case that you would need to file in Glendale, AZ (where a court has jurisdiction over the Defendant).
In Arizona, the small claims limit is $2,500. If you file in the Justice Court, the amount you can sue for is up to $10,000.00.
This is essentially a breach of contract
case. You ordered something and paid him and he did not deliver. He broke his promise. The law provides that when a merchant does not deliver a good which was ordered by the buyer, the buyer may sue for the amount it would take to get the same good from another seller (even if it is more expensive), or may sue for the return of the money give to the merchant. You can also ask for "consequential damages" that result from the breach of contract, including the costs of repeated travel to try and get him to deliver the differential.
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