Ebay Buying Question...

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

  1. TheMonarch macrumors 65816

    TheMonarch

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    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

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    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

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    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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