dirturbingly low prices (usd500 - 1000) for g5 monsters on ebay

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  1. vxr2032fd macrumors newbie

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    I was looking for an afordable g5 in ebay and i found some auctions ofering brand new monstrous g5 for usd 1000... free shiping, 3 year international warranty... i had an email chat with one of this dealers about a dual 2.5ghz g5 powermac and a 30" cinema display...


    From: espiralrojo@gmail.com
    Subject: Apple Power Mac G5 Dual 2.5 Ghz & Apple Cinema 30''
    Date: 6 August 2006 4:25:20 AM
    To: berkarthfl71@aol.com

    whats the buyitnow price?
    you ship to south america?
    you sell the display alone?


    I am willing to sell the item for $ 1000 US. The item is new in box,contain the display and have 2 years warranty.I will ship after the payment and the shipping is free.We will deal through eBay so if you decide to buy them you can email me right now your following details which I will need for starting the transaction with eBay:
    FULL NAME:
    ADDRESS:
    CITY:
    ZIP CODE:
    COUNTRY:
    And ebay will email you the invoice of our transaction and further details and instructions
    I will be waiting for your prompt reply.
    Thanks

    thats usd 1000 for the display alone or both items?

    Both items.​

    why the low price?


    I have to sell atleast 5 units per week to buy it at this price.
    so...I'm selling a number of 10-15 units per week.
    ths is the reason that I make profit with this price​

    can you get a 2.5GHz Quad-core PowerPC G5 with the QUADRO FX 4500 512MB SDRAM ?

    Yes I got.​

    how much for this?:

    2.5GHz Quad-core PowerPC G5
    16GB 533 DDR2 ECC SDRAM- 8x2GB
    500GB Serial ATA - 7200rpm
    QUADRO FX 4500 512MB SDRAM
    Apple Cinema HD Display (30" flat panel)
    16x SuperDrive DL (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)

    $1000​



    (..... here i asked for a confirmation... i just had to...)

    confirm please

    a 2.5ghz quad-core power pc g5 with
    16gb ecc sdram
    500gb hd
    quadro fx 4500 512mb sdram
    super drive
    and the cinema hd display 30" flat panel

    for usd $1000?



    Yes sir.​

    man i must ask you to tell me some more about your low prices
    they are disturbingly low...


    Sir this are my prices.Let me know if you are really interested because I have many ebayers,also in shortly time I will stop the auction.
    Let me know.....​

    of course i'm interested but i have to be sure...
    besides you will run other auctions like this in the future right?


    Yes.
    Let me know.....​

    :confused:

    there are many offers like this in ebay... some from europe...
    the offer extreme low prices, worldwide free shiping, secure transactions etc...

    so...

    what do you think?
    anybody knows anything about this?

    pd: check my website! www.espiralrojo.cl
     
  2. killuminati macrumors 68020

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    Sounds like a 419. Especially because of the bad english.
     
  3. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    If it is too good to be true then it's a 419.
     
  4. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030

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    I've never heard the term "419" but I agree - too good to be true is probably just that..

    I'd be wary.
     
  5. vxr2032fd thread starter macrumors newbie

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  6. RedTomato macrumors 68040

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    Tell him the 30'' is too big, and ask him for an Apple cinema display with the new 28'' screen. And a Triple Processer Powermac.

    Maybe ask for $200 discount, and tell him you're willing to pay now.

    $5 gets you $10 that he'll say "yes it is no problem, please be willing to send me your credit card number."

    :)
     
  7. vxr2032fd thread starter macrumors newbie

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    they use paypal

    they dont ask for credit card numbers.. but some of them ask for ebay id...
     
  8. madmaxmedia macrumors 68030

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    There are usually a few sure fire ways to detect these Mac EBay scams (in addition to the completely unrealistic prices):

    1. The product category for the listing is totally unrelated (basket weaving, children's books, etc.) I guess they escape detection a little faster this way.

    2. They instruct in the auction to email them with questions and to order, and to not use the regular 'Ask seller a question' link. Typically this is because they have hijacked someone else's account.

    3. In addition to these wonderful prices, they say they have multiple units for sale at the great price.

    4. They often don't take Paypal, only Western Union which they say is somehow guaranteed (when it really isn't.)
     
  9. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030

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    419??

    I think that's the number of the Nigerian Law that outlaws certain types of fraud.....basically you get asked to send money in order to pay "expenses" in order to expedite some transaction that turns out to be phoney

    however this deal just sounds like the usual ebay scam where you make a payment and never hear from them again. even if you pay with paypal, they can withdraw the cash and vanish and then you're out your money
     
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    "May I ask sir if my computer will be shipping via Nigerian camel post or via donkey express?"
     
  11. vxr2032fd thread starter macrumors newbie

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    well thats it..


    i was going to risk usd500 to satisfy my curiosity.. but my eyes are open now...
    thanks a lot guys... you rock
     
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  13. RedTomato macrumors 68040

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    One of these has been removed already.

    I've sent the british one an email asking for the buyitnow price as I'm based near him. If he gives a reasonable price, I might ask if he minds me picking it up in person - and that I want to test it before I buy it. Will see if he (or she) runs then.

    The CargoLargo one seems legit. (30,000+ feedback, 2000+ in the last month)
     
  14. orange.exe macrumors newbie

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    i bid $315 one of these. Overnight I got an "ebay auction cancelled due to sellers account being compromised" email, as well as an email from the seller saying The computer would be $1000, with the shipping handled by him. I'd just avoid it altogether. Do people normally have their aution in GBP when they are in america?
     
  15. orange.exe macrumors newbie

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    Q:how much for this?:

    2.5GHz Quad-core PowerPC G5
    16GB 533 DDR2 ECC SDRAM- 8x2GB
    500GB Serial ATA - 7200rpm
    QUADRO FX 4500 512MB SDRAM
    Apple Cinema HD Display (30" flat panel)
    16x SuperDrive DL (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)

    A:$1000

    That is pure gold!:D
     
  16. wako macrumors 65816

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    dont get your hopes up :p
     
  17. RedTomato macrumors 68040

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    Nah I don't want a G5 powermac, got nowhere to put it:)

    If you offered me one for £50, I could find try to find room tho..

    The british one is deffo a scam - see the reply I got. Note the lovely Nigerian english dialact, and the price in US $. Will post my response to him.

    -----------------------------------------------------


    On 8/8/06, RedTomato <tomato@xxxx.org> wrote:
    Hiya,

    re: your ebay item - Apple Power Mac G5 Dual 2GHZ, 1GB, 160GB,
    AppleCare NR!

    could you give me a buy-it-now price on this?

    thanks

    ------------------------------------------------
    From: m.markmm@gmail.com
    Subject: Re: ebay: Apple Power Mac G5 Dual 2GHZ, 1GB, 160GB, AppleCare NR!
    Date: August 8, 2006 12:13:52 BST

    Dear Potential Customer,


    First I want to tell you that my items are brand new, unopened box
    All accessories included along with all papers and receipts that needs for an international warranty.
    My price is the best you could get on market: 800$ including shipping,handling and insurance taxes .


    If you are interested to buy this product ,we can make this transaction through

    eBay and is 100%safe for both of us and eBay will contact you shortly with the
    further details. Ebay will send you an Invoice and there you'll have more
    details about the transaction and payment.I Will use for shipping UPS Service
    I accept the payment - Western Union - under the protection of ebay cause we are going to do the deal via ebay ,
    so we will have both protection .The payment details will go to only to eBay not me , and only after you receive the package i will have my money

    To set up our transaction I need the following info:
    Your ebay user id: ...
    First Name: ...
    Last name: ...
    Address: ...
    City: ...
    State: ...
    Zip: ...
    Country: ...
    Name of unit and the price
    I will contact ebay as soon as i receive the info.
    In shortly you must receive an invoice from ebay. You must read carefully the invoice and
    there you will have all instructions about payment and shipping.


    Thank You

    Waiting for your email......
     
  18. menace3054 macrumors newbie

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    hell probably ask for a direct wire transfer. please be careful. my little brother in law fell for something like that with a motorcycle..wired 4000 to england, never heard from the guy again
     
  19. RedTomato macrumors 68040

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    My reply

    Dear M.Mark,

    Thanks for your lovely email. Yes I'm very interested. I saw from your listing that you're based in Poole, England.

    What luck, I live near there! I'm happy to bring payment! and pick up from you the computer! (Apple PowerMac G5 Triple Processor, with Apple 28" Cinema display)

    Do you accept cash or cheque?

    Many thanks,

    RedTomato
     
  20. RedTomato macrumors 68040

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    another one from me

    All the listings above have now been withdrawn, including the Cargolargo one.

    Guess that would fooled me. But Cargolargo the seller is still operating, selling lots of stuff. I don't understand :confused:

    http://stores.ebay.com/cargolargo

    Are all of cargolargo's goods scams?
     
  21. eidrunner247 macrumors 6502

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    I'm pretty sure he'll take an I.O.U. :) :) :)
     
  22. KingYaba macrumors 68040

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    419 refering to Nigerian scams 419 refers to the Nigerian criminal code that it's violating.
     
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