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Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by dylan, Mar 8, 2006.
Seeing lots of very cheap iPod accessories on ebay. Are these for real?
Umm, for the price, they dont look legit. But if you look at the shipping cost, I think thats were the money is made for them.
This guy has got some nice stuff for very VERY low prices. Even with shipping most of the products are good buys! I'll be keeping my eye on this ebayer to see if the feedback stays positive. He doesn't have a huge amount of feedback yet, but judging from what he's gotten so far is looks like this guy is for real.
I'd have to guess that this stuff must be stolen or something. Some of the products are older models but a lot of it is also up to date. Don't iTrips go for something like $50-$60 in stores?
Might be spending some money there in the future!
Note that some scam artists offer things at really low price with artificially high shipping cost. First, this is a method to reduce their eBay fees, because eBay charges a percentage of the sale price excluding shipping; that is dishonest and I wouldn't want to purchase on eBay from someone who is dishonest. Second, this is a method to reduce your chances of getting money back; if the product is crap you may be able to get the purchase price back from PayPal, but not the shipping cost.
Fair enough. His/her way of doing business is somewhat deceiving. On the other hand, it just goes to show that Ebay's system of fee-charging isn't perfect. I can't say I disagree with this type of selling, I care about the total price I pay, not what the product and shipping costs are individually.
You make a good point with respect to getting your money back if something goes wrong. On the other hand, for me it would be a risk I would be willing to take seeing as the products aren't very expensive. I wouldn't buy a more expensive product from this guy though. Just seems too shady!
To the OP: let us know if you end up purchasing, and if it all works out!
my suggestion is to stay away from eBay if you can find the same thing for about the same price on a known seller. Like this one on Amazon.
I bought an iTripLCD and a PowerPod combo from xpinvent (http://search.ebay.ca/_W0QQfgtpZ1QQfrppZ25QQsassZxpinvent) and they were very helpful and shipped quickly. I was actually just looking for the firewire cable that came with the PowerPod because I couldn't find one in town, so the rest of the package was just a bonus. I knew that the shipping was twice as much as the product price, but it was still a good deal in the end, so I bought through them. Everything was new in sealed packages and they shipped quickly.