Don't you love eBay?

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by matbook101, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. matbook101 macrumors 6502


    Feb 8, 2010
    In the secret land of Cupertino.
    Man, sometimes when you run into things like this, you really lose hope for humanity.

    If you see any other stupid eBay sellers feel free to add links to them on this thread.
  2. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    One of the many reasons I avoid eBay like the plague.
  3. Ubuntu macrumors 68000


    Jul 3, 2005
    ""All-new quad-core processors.
    Thunderbolt technology. The FaceTime HD camera.
    MacBook Pro has more than its share of innovations."

  4. charlieegan3 macrumors 68020


    Feb 16, 2012
    i made my first ever ebay purchase yesterday, have yet to find out how good/bad it is.
  5. rhett7660 macrumors G5


    Jan 9, 2008
    Sunny, Southern California
    That is one hell of an iPad. I still use ebay, however I do not buy stuff over a certain price point.
  6. Shrink macrumors G3


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
    So what's the you think 1.5 million dollars is too much for an iPad. What are you, cheap or something??

    We have to support those resellers or they might go out of business. That would be terrible.

    As far as eBay goes...I've bought a bunch of stuff through eBay and never had a problem. I stick with sellers who have a history of a lot of sales and a good rating (for what that's worth!)

    That said, I always feel it is a bit of a crap shoot ordering from eBay.
  7. Theclamshell macrumors 68030

    Mar 2, 2009
    Psshhh, it's only an iPad 2. Its only worth about half that because it is an older generation.
  8. cambookpro macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    I like eBay - easy to sell there, sell lots of useful things like computer spares. You get the odd moron, but they're few and far between.
  9. Cromulent macrumors 603


    Oct 2, 2006
    The Land of Hope and Glory
    eBay is great for smaller things. I buy tons of music on it but yeah the seller of the iPad just sounds like an idiot although the real idiot would be the person who buys it.
  10. kdarling macrumors P6


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    With an excellent feedback score like that vendor has, it's clear that someone simply mistyped the price. That's all.

    I've been on eBay since the beginning and personally have over a thousand positive feedbacks with a perfect score. Heck, I used to bid remotely from restaurants using an HP 720 handheld with CDPD radio back around the turn of the century.

    I've bought almost two thousand items from eBay over the past 13 years, everything from a $1 plastic part to $300 iPads, to two cars costing $17,000 each. It's the first place I go look for books, computer parts, collectibles, new clothes, you name it. I quite often bid for stuff from HongKong, which comes quicker than you'd think to the USA, and is often a fantastic deal.

    By being careful about seller's feedbacks (e.g. checking to see if someone recently might've hijacked an old user id and suddenly has new sales), I've never been burned, either. I've actually made friends, too, via email exchanges.
  11. OneMike macrumors 603


    Oct 19, 2005
  12. mkjj macrumors 6502a


    Jun 2, 2003
  13. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    I think eBay is great for some used and refurbished items. That is where I get my smaller appliances. You can get near new stuff for half the price that are hardly used. Odds are someone selling an appliance like a vacuum packer or stand mixer after just two or three years is because they never used the thing.

    It also works well for some new bulk items. Such as MERV 13 air filters for my house.

    It all depends on the item. I steer clear of the computer section as just about everything is overpriced. Unless it is for something vintage, even then most of that is overpriced there just are not many options if you want some part from the 80's or early 90's. I also avoid new electronics. Odds are I'd find a better deal elsewhere.
  14. h1r0ll3r macrumors 68040


    Dec 28, 2009
    eBay is great if you're a buyer. As a seller you get ripped off quite handily with fees. I generally hit up eBay for small things like screen protectors, sd cards, cables, etc. Only big purchase I ever made was for my snowboard. I've only had a couple issues with sellers but nothing out of the ordinary. Used to love eBay a lot, now it's sorta so so for me.
  15. magbarn macrumors 68000

    Oct 25, 2008
    Ebay is pretty good from the buyer's point of view when they use paypal. The buyer is WELL PROTECTED. OTOH, sellers get ripped of DAILY and fleabay does nothing for them. The easiest scam is this: Scammer buys MBP 15 from seller for $1500. Receives MBP 15 from UPS. Scammer then takes pic of box with rocks inside and claims seller sold him box of rocks. Scammer calls his credit card company and/or paypal and attempts to do a charge-back. Paypal then only requires that scammer send them a tracking number claiming the rocks were sent back. Paypal/ebay then does a 'charge back' on seller's account and takes away the $1500. This leaves the scammer with his nice MBP15 and $1500 back whilst poor seller is left with only box of rocks. This is possible as seller cannot leave negative feedback that counts on buyer so the buyer/scammer holds all the chips in this case. You could take the scammer to court, but it is hell trying to get another state's legal system to work for you and after all the flights required to fly to the scammer's state and paying a lawyer, it's going to cost you more than $1500 to sue the punk.
  16. MorphingDragon macrumors 603


    Mar 27, 2009
    The World Inbetween
    I have to use eBay for computer parts. PBTech has absolutely killed trying to buy/sell computer bits on TradeMe.
  17. Angelo95210 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 7, 2009
    Paris, France
    What i am surprised of, is that this seller has a good reputation on Ebay... Weird!
  18. Bingbonghoho macrumors member

    Dec 1, 2008
    Wirelessly posted

    eBay is great for gardening!
  19. Ramonn macrumors member

    Apr 18, 2012
    Just had a look.

    It now has over 17000+ views and 350+ offers!

    I think its just a prank to promote his eBay shop...Has thousands of sales in 12 months yet not a single negative feedback! WoW!

    I also made an offer =)
  20. Huntn macrumors P6


    May 5, 2008
    The Misty Mountains
    Recently I sold an old Belkin Nostromo Game controller on eBay. The listing mechanism prevented me from setting a flat mailing expenses at more than $6, based on "we can't have you charge people too much or they won't bid". Well it turns out that my item mailing cost was $8.13.

    I can guarantee I won't be selling on ebay if I can't reasonably manage my mailing expenses. I'm wondering if I let ebay calculate mailing costs, via USPS, would it do any better? :mad::mad:
  21. Mr. McMac Suspended

    Mr. McMac

    Dec 21, 2009
    Far away from liberals
    I buy and sell on ebay all the time. To be honest, I've never had any problems other than their fees being too high for sellers. That said, if you pay the asking price for that comment
  22. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I'm okay with eBay but often find better deals elsewhere.
  23. Brian Y macrumors 68040

    Oct 21, 2012
    eBay is good for old stuff - you can get some bargains on vintage gear. Picked up an Atari 2600 with 15 games for £18. On the look out for an iMac G4 in decent nick!

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