Ebay Auction - Legit?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by kretek, Apr 11, 2009.

  1. kretek macrumors member

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  2. ajthomason macrumors 6502

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    Don't even think about paying by Western Union... eBay forbids it because it is so easy to scam with. If you do it, you won't be covered by anything should something go wrong. :)
     
  3. brax.j macrumors regular

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    I would say it is a scam because the picture shown is an iPhone 2g not a 3g.
     
  4. dave006 macrumors 68020

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    Very odd, since the add shows credit cards as the payment method. Also, this looks like the account was hijacked since they don't use eBay's contact the selller but want you to use Gmail. The eBay account has been around since 04 but only 1 sale in the last 12 months, I would suggest that if it sounds too good to be true and $300 Eruos does, than it is a bad deal.

    Dave
     
  5. aok1975 macrumors 6502

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    +1.

    What was it all about?
     
  8. dave006 macrumors 68020

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    Some guy in Romania was selling 10 unlocked iPhone 3G 16 GB for 300 Euros or $340 US. Claimed they were factory unlocked and still sealed.

    However he only had 1 feedback in the last 12 months and the account had been around since 2004. He also only wanted you to contact him via Gmail instead of the normal "Email the seller in eBay". The thread starter claimed to have sent an email and the seller asked for a Magic Wester Union (SCAM Flag) for payment. :eek::mad::apple:

    Dave
     
  9. michael.lauden macrumors 68020

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    it's against user terms to e-mail users outside of eBay (when it's reguarding sales inside of eBay)

    he is trying to get you to pay outside of paypal so you don't have buyer protection, and eBay would have no record of the transaction/payment arrangements.


    Western Union also is the biggest scam business. you don't have to verify who you are to pick up money. it's the scammer's first choice to wire money.
     
  10. John T macrumors 68020

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    The page has now been removed! Question answered! :rolleyes:
     
  11. kretek thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank for all the helpful comments.

    Initially looked to good to be true.
     
  12. Mintin8 macrumors 6502a

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    When something looks too good to be true. Don't buy it ;)
     
  13. mikey28 macrumors 6502

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    Seriously. There is NO such thing as something for nothing... (that must be part of common sense, that isn't so common anymore)
     
  14. efp1 macrumors 6502

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    I work for eBay and no, it's not against the terms and conditions to email users outside of eBay. Heck, eBay even gives you their email address when you're in a transaction with them. You do this by requesting the other user's information within eBay. What's not permitted is contacting users in order to complete the transaction outside of eBay (avoid paying eBay's commissions.)
     

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