EBAY TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by joshwest, Jul 28, 2005.

  1. Winstonp macrumors 6502a

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  2. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Well, this computer would cost about $3600 retail from Apple.
    The seller does have a bit of feedback, all positive, but IMO, if it looks too good to be true (it does), then it probably IS too good to be true.

    EDIT: I was way off on the price. It's $3598.
     
  3. wrxguy macrumors 6502a

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    holy ****...that is what i have and I just paid about $2600 for it! Sometimes I am scared of Ebay stuff like this, its SUCH a good deal it could easily be a scam...but then again my buddy got an 14" iBook for 800 bucks so who knows man...hard call
     
  4. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Maybe I'm greedy..

    Maybe I play too much World of Warcraft..

    But if I had 2 of these to sell, there's no way in HELL I'd start at $599 for them. No way. Minimum starting price would be $1750. I'm greedy.

    I say that it's too fishy.
     
  5. wrxguy macrumors 6502a

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    the more i think about it the more it seems like a scam...no pictures, barely any info on it, like how long has he had it? does it even work?! i would say pass on it ...
     
  6. AlBDamned macrumors 68030

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    Bare in mind he's going from Baseball card seller to Apple Re-seller. It does seem a bit of a departure.

    Ask if you can collect it. The money you save would easily pay for a flight - especially of you bought both and sold them on for say, $1750. ;)
     
  7. joshwest thread starter macrumors 65816

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    here is his email when i inquired about the ibook

    "First I want to tell you that my computers are brand new ,
    all accessories included and also an international warranty.
    The invoice will come at the same time with the package.
    My buy it now price is the best you could get: 600usd/unit, including the
    shipping and insurance taxes. We will pay them because the package
    will be delivered from Europe.
    As delivery service we use UPS2days air service (with insurance and
    15 days return policy), because it's the faster. And if you will have
    a quick payment, we must also have a quick delivery. So that's why we
    use as a payment method Western Union money transfer, the fastest and
    also very secure way of sending money.
    So, if you agree with my terms I'm sure
    that we can close the deal as soon as possible.
    Waiting your quick answer right now,"
     
  8. ITASOR macrumors 601

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    This person is a known ebay scammer. They have numerous auctions for the same thing and still state 2 in stock. They try to leer you outside of ebay (aka "scam time") to get the computer for $1000.

    Try to contact them and set up a buy it now on ebay for $1000 and watch as they make up excuses why you need to deal direct with them and not through ebay.
     
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    1. Western Union
    2. Outside the confines of Ebay
    3. It doesn't matter if they are 100,000+ feedback 100% rating and a powerseller, once you leave the confines of ebay if you get screwed, you will stay screwed. That's my opinion however if you can talk him into making this a real auction where you bid, pay through paypal and such go for it, hell I'd be willing to do it, if it was under my terms such as these
     
  11. ITASOR macrumors 601

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    He does have a few bids on his products, so we'll see soon what type of feedback they leave. Someone has $760 on a PB.
     
  12. joshwest thread starter macrumors 65816

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    then he didnt answer some of my q's he responded with


    "We will do this using eBay. You will email me you name, address and
    your eBay user id , I will forward this details to eBay and they will
    contact you about this. Only after that you can arrange payment
    Please let me know and if your answer is yes then please provide the
    details I ask for. "
     
  13. shadowmoses macrumors 68000

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    100% Scam sorry to break any hearts, this seller is a known scammer, steer clear....

    SHadOW
     
  14. jenpetosa macrumors newbie

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    stay away from doin Western Union

    I got scammed by someone trying to sell me a second chance offer and required payment via Western Union... fortunately my credit union's credit card company wouldn't let it through or I would have lost a lot of money... I talked to the person who actually won the item.. and confirmed that the deal I got was definitely a scam.

    I'd stay away from anyone trying to deal with you outside of ebay or using Western Union... stick with Paypal...
     
  15. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    BZZZZZZZZ.

    Interesting.. this item is now removed from eBay.
     
  16. joshwest thread starter macrumors 65816

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    wow either ebay is on their toes, and doing good research are the guy is running because im exposing him and asking to many q's
     
  17. Mood macrumors regular

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    customer reviews mean nothing when the guy could be doing the reviews himself!


    paypalsucks.com

    it is your duty to read it.
     
  18. joshwest thread starter macrumors 65816

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    all of this within 30 min of asking questions, i even asked him i could meet him in "ohio" to purchase in person..
     
  19. wide macrumors 6502a

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    this guy is operating off a hijacked account. i saw multilpe listings like these for ibooks and powerbooks, contacted the auctioneers, and soon enough all of the listings were taken off ebay. he sent me EXACTLY the same email as entropyjosh.
     
  20. ITASOR macrumors 601

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    Yup, he just send me the EXACT thing too, just with the $1000 in there instead of $600.
     
  21. wdlove macrumors P6

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    It would seem to be a scam. I'm very wary of anything on the internet unless its a store that I already know.

     

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