Ebay Powerbooks for Cheap

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by RichP, Jul 23, 2003.

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    RichP

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    I have been just hunting around ebay a bit for 17" Powerbooks, and have come across quite a few with "buy-it-nows" that are around the $1700+ mark. A few of the sellers are out of the US, which is suspicious; however, others are in the states. Nothing from the wording of the auctions seems shady, except the price.

    The sellers have VERY good feedbacks; but the same token, I dont see them selling powerbooks in the past.

    Is there something im missing here, a big scam already uncovered (perhaps some way to fake feedbacks?) Any help appreciated; Im not the type to go send a money order to some clown, but Im just curious..
     
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    Stay away. If the price is too good to be true, it probably is.
     
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    Agreed.

    Why would somebody sell it for so cheap when they know they can get hundreds of $$$ more for it. If it makes little sense to you, then it probably makes little sense.
     
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    RichP

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    Honestly, i wasnt planning on going this route for one, just more a curiosity.

    Heres an interesting note: I emailed one guy, and he actually seemed to reply to tell me western union was the only way to pay (suspicious). I then get another email from the actual individual; needless to say someone stole his ebay/email identity.

    Hey, maybe I helped bust one of these clowns that ruins it for the rest of us.
     
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    Stay away...trust me. Stolen credit cards and credit card numbers are the lastest rage. A friend of mine got scammed bad..he purchased a PB only to receive a stolen one in his delivery.
    In the end I would rather pay full price and have piece of mind rather than get taken for $1800 US.
     
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    How do people take another person's account, anyway?

    Sorry, I still can't figure out how some hackers do the stuff they do, such as get into an account when you don't know someone's password. :confused:
     
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    Probably scam people into handing over their passwords. Like others have said, it's just too good to be true. Peace of mind is worth the full price of a PowerBook. You never exactly know what you'll be getting when you bite on one of these ads.
     
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    hmm...I checked one out...it's for "pre-approved bidders" only...

    I don't like the looks of it...I'm going with my age old saying (which has been posted here already)...

    "if it sounds too good to be true...it probably is..." ;)
     
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    E-bay scammers

    Guys, just a thought. Next time you see a deal that seems too good to be true on e-bay, from someone with awesome feedback ratings, just check out what they have been selling in the past.

    There feedback may look good, but when you look closer you may find that its just a hijacked account of someone who has been seling dolls and wooden spoons for the last few years!
     
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    This is because he is probably in another country. Many of those ads you see are people scamming from another country and they use Western Union, which has no guarantees once you've sent the money. Even if their profile says something like "USA" as location, don't believe it.

    Regards,
    Gus
     
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    buy local

    I bought my Tibook a year ago on ebay. I only bid from local sellers(I live in LA) and emailed to the sellers that I wanted to pick up the computer in person. It was a great experience. But no way would I ever have something that valuable shipped.
     
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    i think at some point the Feds are going to have to step in. A lot of the scams on ebay are absolutely out of control. i've sent them a ton of info on scammers and fake auctions, but they only send back this canned email response. I don't think they're terribly concerned about who's getting scammed as long as they're getting their fees....:(
     
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    I was looking at a 23" cinema display on eBay a few days ago. It was going for 1599 I think. I wasn't too scared about it since the developer price is 1599 and educational pricing is 1799. So I emailed the guy, who lives in NYC, I live just outside of NYC. I asked if I could pick it up, I'd bring cash with me to pay. I got an email back:

    For the moment we can't accept credit cards, COD, Paypal or Escrow service
    because take too long time.

    My supplier need the cash in the same day with shipping day also he require
    only Western Union as method of payment.

    About your protection here you have 100% protection because:

    -you send us the payment to my physicaly address INSIDE USA also you can
    find me anyway you want.

    -i am a verified seller for e bay

    -a have a good rating on Ebay

    If you agree my terms i'll wait for the shipping address.

    We have too many customers. I preffer the fast payment method required by my
    supplier Western Union. Sorry but i cannot help you if you not agree this.

    Thanks,


    Yea...paypal takes too long? Needless to say, I didn't buy the cinema display.
     
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    What computer supplier in the US accepts Western Union as a required payment method?

    Most likely none, as this would immediately raise the money laundering flag and bring the IRS into the suppliers business.

    :rolleyes:
     
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    trust me, youll have a better feeling going to a reseller or apple store and walking out with it instead of sending your money and waiting and praying it comes.

    iJon
     
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    Translation: "Cinema Display for $1599. Cash is to be delivered in unmarked $20 bills and left in an envelope underneath the bushes at the address that I have designated. Once you place the envelope underneath the nearby bush, whisper the name, 'Viper', 3 times. This is the name in which you will refer to me. My real identity will remain anonymous. From there, I will walk by and slip you a note with an address where you will find your Cinema Display. I am 100% legitimate.....I promise." ;)
     
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    ROTFL!
     
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    Right....:rolleyes:
     
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    ROFLMAO!!!!!! :p
     
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    ive actually worked with that guy, but i said Ram instead of Viper and I lost all my money.

    iJon
     
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    Anyone else think that ebay needs to step up and take more responsibility for what's going on right now? There's RAMPANT fraud all over their site with very little internal policing going on. I think I've been responsible for the last 5 fraudulent auction removals...
     
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    They would want to take some action. Especially before the word 'Ebay' becomes synonymous with online fraud (as in "Dude, I just got seriously ebayed last week. I lost $50 on Buymusic.com").
     
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    I think they need a swift kick in the ass to get them motivated. An article, a petition, SOMETHING. They're too happy collecting fees and keeping their heads buried in the sand. They don't really care if you get hosed on the transaction since they're not liable.
     
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    RichP

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    I just took a few down too..people dont even realize their account is being used unless they get a specific email from another user. Most of us are very web, and scam savy, but the general populus is not. It seems that will powerbooks there is very hgh level of "fake" auctions running, and perhaps scarier, people are BIDDING.
     
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    Scamming someone on ebay should warrant a public beating. I hate anyone who can do that to someone. Sure, many of us are smart enough not to buy expensive things off ebay and make sure even the small purchases are from credible buyers, but it disturbs me to think that some kid will do chores for 3 weeks to save up for something only to get scammed by some lowlife.
     

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