Why would an eBay seller do this?

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  1. yg17 macrumors G5

    yg17

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    I bought a copy of the Alphabet of Manliness off eBay last week, since it was cheaper than Amazon or anywhere else. Today the package arrived, in an Amazon box. At first, I thought he reused a box, but the return address was Amazon. Weird. I opened it up and looked at the packing slip. Basically, it looks like the seller purchased the book from Amazon and used my info for the shipping address. He also did 2 day air shipping. I went to Amazon's website and got the price of the book and 2 day UPS. The total, almost $20 bucks. I paid the guy $13 for the book and shipping. So now I'm very curious....what reason would an eBay seller have to do this? This wasn't an official Amazon auction or anything. It's a private seller (ironically, a guy who sells Apple products and apparentley had a few books too)
     
  2. floriflee macrumors 68030

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    Maybe he ran out of stock and had to find a copy for you quickly?
    Maybe he thought he had the book and then found out that he was thinking of the wrong one??

    Who knows.... :D
     
  3. Queso macrumors G4

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    Maybe he had a $20 coupon that was about to expire?
     
  4. homerjward macrumors 68030

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    probably he had a $20 gift card or something and wanted cash.
    btw, very, very good book. i laughed from cover to cover.
     
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    Keep in mind that he may be an Amazon Prime member, so the 2 day shipping wouldn't have cost him anything....
     
  7. Lyle macrumors 68000

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    Interesting. And I just checked -- the book's going for $9.57 at Amazon.com right now. So the seller might have a profit on the sale after all (setting aside the Amazon Prime fees).
     
  8. Flowbee macrumors 68030

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    Yup, looks like he made about $3.50. It's an interesting way to use an Amazon Prime membership... sell books from Amazon on eBay marked up a dollar or two and offer free 2-day shipping. Pretty sure it's against the Amazon Prime TOS though.

    Edit - Just as I suspected...
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/browse/-/13819201/
     
  9. lexus macrumors 68000

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    Well he might have damaged or lost his copy and got that out in a hurry.
     

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