Used 17" powerbook 1Ghz for $1500 a good price?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by jeremy.king, Mar 26, 2004.

  1. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    Yeppers...price was too good to be true. Here's his response.

    "Hi,

    I am from England and I have the laptop here at my
    store for sale. The laptop is brand new in the box
    and I have all the papers for it and it has 1 year
    warranty. The laptop is very beautifull and you will
    be very pleased of it.
    I can send you the laptop from here via UPS and it
    will come directtly at your home and I will pay for
    the shipping.
    I can only accept money via Western Union.
    Mail me for more information."

    Im not going to bother - notice the Western Union only payment....Any of you Brits want to take this guy on?
     
  3. jxyama macrumors 68040

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    the picture is not even a 17" PB anyway...

    i don't use eBay so i don't have an account... but could someone with one send an email to the winning bidder and warn him that he's about to get scammed?
     
  4. jeremy.king thread starter macrumors 603

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    I wasn't concerned about the eBay auction. The buyer has some protection there. Its this guy on craigslist...that pic is a 17, but it reeks of fraud (international seller and wants western union). Thought if someone locally could go to his "store" and see if hes legit.
     
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    sorry, only the pic in the ebay is wrong.

    anyway, western union equals scam. i'm yet to see any exception to this rule.
     
  6. Grimace macrumors 68040

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    craigslist is primarily for direct-contact exchanges - that's why there are local branches of the service. If the person won't meet you - don't give up your money.
     
  7. jeremy.king thread starter macrumors 603

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    Yeah, I told him "No thanks" already. However, I have seen some of the proactive users on these forums that find they live close and shut down these frauds - hence my suggestion for the British.

    I really shouldn't be looking at new Macs anyway :D
     
  8. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    I reported it to eBay. Some poor bastard had already won the bid.
     
  9. jeremy.king thread starter macrumors 603

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    Yeah, my search was on completed items whcih is why I was taken back to see that go for $900.

    Off topic...I do often search completed items to find a good "market value." Most of the time, people will look at current auctions and think that is the so-called market value, failing to realize that eBay is now dominated by snipers (both real and software based). Its a feature that is so under utilized.
     
  10. adamjay macrumors 6502a

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    I've made a big habit of this as well (and got my girlfriend doing it too so she can fulfill her dream of owning every Hello Kitty product in the world), uncompleted items can also OVERvalue the market with Mac's especially. I often see 400mhz Titaniums for $1000 Buy-it-Now, but rarely see them completed as being sold for that much. Usually its more like $700-$800.

    In other words, dont be a sucker. Research.
     

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