Buying MBP off Ebay

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  1. Mr Nice Guy macrumors member

    Mr Nice Guy

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    Hello

    A guy is selling a 17" MBP for about $1300 which I think is a pretty good deal. He lives in the United Kingdom, and he says that I have 3 days to test it and then return it, if I'm not satisfied.

    Is there anything I should be worried about?

    /Mr Nice Guy
     
  2. panzer06 macrumors 68030

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    You sure that's not 1300 pounds instead of dollars? $1300 seems very inexpensive for a 17in MBP. Is it damaged in any way?

    Also, if you are in the U.S. there may be customs related issues, fees, etc.

    Someone else might have more insight, you are right to be cautious.

    Cheers,
     
  3. bertpalmer macrumors 6502

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    You should be worried that if you try to return it he won't let you and keep your money.

    Still it's a good deal - just make sure they have a good rating and you should be okay - although that is no guarantee.
     
  4. Mr Nice Guy thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes, but I still have 3 days to test it before I give him the money, isn't that sufficient?
     
  5. kd_rome macrumors member

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    that's weird, I wouldn't trust him because no one would send you the computer first and then expect payment after 3 days.
    What's the item number?
     
  6. Sdashiki macrumors 68040

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    Shenanigans!

    Dont sound right to me.
     
  7. koobcamuk macrumors 68040

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    +1
     
  8. bertpalmer macrumors 6502

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    O right - that is weird - I'd clarify that if I were you.
     
  9. Mr Nice Guy thread starter macrumors member

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    Well I'm a little suspecious too. But what could possibly be wrong with it if I can have it for 3 days without paying him?

    And for the Item number, he hasn't put it on eBay yet. I got his email from another site where he wanted to sell it.

    This is what he wrote in an email:

     
  10. InLikeALion macrumors 6502a

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    This is definitely the same scam that pops up in every Craigs List location all the time. I myself actually almost fell for it a while ago as it was referred to me by a friend, and I was new to Craigs List.

    Google his message and you'll see tons of the exact same thing.
     
  11. Mr Nice Guy thread starter macrumors member

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    That's what I had in mind. Oh well I guess I need to buy one from apple store to completely safe! Thanks a lot :)

    And for the record I'm NOT gonna buy it, I just wanna know how could it be a scam, when I'm not giving him the money before I have tried it?
     
  12. kd_rome macrumors member

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    yes it's a typical scam with preformatted text...
    by the way, he's not going to ship it to you before you pay, trust me.
     
  13. Mr Nice Guy thread starter macrumors member

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    Well I would never give him the money if I didn't get the macbook first!
     
  14. Consultant macrumors G5

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    You might want to change the thread title.

    Although there are some scams on ebay, this one never made into ebay.
     
  15. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    I think he will ship it but in order to get his cash he'll take claim with eBay stating you never paid but he delivered the goods. I bet you get a faulty computer if any computer and he gets paid.

    No one in their right mind on or off eBay will ever give someone something to try for 3 days and then take payment. Not unless they're close friends or something similar.
     
  16. kd_rome macrumors member

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    based on the email you got and pasted on your post, the scammer did NOT say that you have 3 days to test and then send the payment, he said that you have 3 days to test it and you'll have all the security of bla bla bla, I get this stuff once a week. He will send you a fake eBay page on your email and you'll think it's legit.
    Anyway, what's the link so the rest of the people on the forums can see the actual scam?
     
  17. Mr Nice Guy thread starter macrumors member

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    He has not yet put it on ebay (yet). But I'm gonna keep talking with him, and I'll let you all know what he says!
     
  18. bmwpowere36m3 macrumors 6502

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    Well then you wouldn't be able to buy anything on eBay (for the most part), since nobody (even legit users) would send you a laptop without payment... just in case the buyer will scam them.
     
  19. Mr Nice Guy thread starter macrumors member

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    I guess I'm just gonna stick with Apple Store, even though the macbook pro is expensive ;)
     
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