Ebay Buying Question...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by TheMonarch, Jan 11, 2006.

  1. TheMonarch macrumors 65816


    May 6, 2005
    Bay Area
    Ok, this has been swirling around in my heal for a looong time. I've been searching around ebay to see if there's any good deals around regarding Macs...

    I saw some pretty awesome deals... But they scare me... Some of the powerbooks were at insanely low prices... Too good it seems...
    I know ebay is not a good place for major purchases, but I'm just looking at maybe buying a used laptop as a gift or something. I saw an Al Book 17" going for about $330 and that made me weary (As would most Apple savvy people).
    But they seller was a "Power seller" with 98% positive feedback (377) and had "Buyer protection plan"...

    So If I was to theoretically going to buy it, would it be a good idea to bid on it? If it was a scam, would that "Buyer protection" do any good? Does the rating mean anything?

    I'm just wondering here. I don't plan on doing anything unless I know my $$ can be recovered if something went wrong... Or if all of these "deals" are just scams...

    Could someone explain how all of this works? :eek: :confused:
    I just want to get rid of this voice in my head wanting to take chances...
  2. macmanmatty macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2005
    I have calculated my velocity so precisely that a
    He is most likely selling a powerbook he doesn't have through a hijacked ebay account:( :mad: :mad: :mad: . I would not buy
  3. spinne1 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 12, 2005
    Hermitage, TN USA (near Nashville)
    In school 98% is excellent, but on ebay it is a red flag. Look not at the percentage, but at the total number of negatives. If the total number is above 2, look elsewhere. Otherwise you have a chance of problems. Also, if they ask you to pay via an email address outside of ebay, RUN AWAY.

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