I found a scam on eBay

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Merkava_4, Jun 2, 2017.

  1. Merkava_4 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 4, 2010
    The first screenshot is the completed auction, and the second screenshot is the scam auction showing the image from the completed auction. $500 would've been a good price for a brand new sealed MBP. :D

    [​IMG]Ebay 1 by Merkava_4, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Ebay 2 by Merkava_4, on Flickr
  2. shadow82x macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2012
    New Jersey
    That's why you *never* buy from anyone with 0 feedback on eBay. You have to be a smart buyer. :rolleyes:
  3. Merkava_4 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 4, 2010
    I've been checking the listings all week and I remember that picture of the sealed MBP sitting on top the counter in the pretty kitchen. :D
  4. 0002378 Suspended


    May 28, 2017
    The human ego shining in its brightest colors :D
  5. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    If you potentially see any fraudulent listings on eBay, always make sure to report them to be assessed by eBays fraud department. Even if you're not sure, you can still report it and have them look into it. Especially with sellers with a zero rating.
  6. 0002378 Suspended


    May 28, 2017
    Hey Merkava, sorry if this is off-topic, but isn't your username based on the main battle tank of the Israeli Defense Force ?

    Next question - are you a fan of "Greatest Tank Battles" ?
  7. Stefan johansson macrumors 65816

    Stefan johansson

    Apr 13, 2017
    Soo,is the city of Los Angeles named after the US navy submarines?
  8. madrich macrumors 6502


    Feb 19, 2012
    World Class City of Chicago
    Gee, I bought my used MBA in a pretty kitchen picture, but the seller had 100% positive feedback located in the U.S., and I asked a few questions about his MBA before I bought it.
  9. AJB1971, Sep 5, 2017
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2017

    AJB1971 macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2011
    My recent experience of reporting items to eBay has not been very good.

    I’d been looking for a 2017 MacBook Pro and kept coming across listings by one particular seller offering brand new and sealed versions at reasonably good prices. The seller had a feedback score of 182, all of which was 100% positive.

    Paypal was offered as a means of payment but the seller had put this in their listing -
    ‘I only deal with genuine buyers I don't like time waster, unfortunately due to pay pal services I can't dispatch the item as they take up to 21 days to clear my funds, as they put the money into pending also they take a large percentage even though I'm already getting charger final view from ebay. I will require a direct card transfer please message me before bidding and only bid if you read my description first feel free to message me anytime!’

    I reported the seller for misleading or discouraging payments. Ebay took down the listing but didn’t stop the seller putting up new listings.

    I noticed that despite the seller having 100% positive feedback the following comments had been left in his feedback during the past month -
    ‘Leaving feedback to clear payment to seller’
    Follow up comment, which is why it’s not reflected in the feedback score - ’This seller is liar, asking to left comment before item was sent, then refunded!’

    The seller kept adding new listings and I kept reporting them. Sometimes eBay took the listings down, but on other occasions they didn’t.

    He kept altering the wording of his listings -
    ‘Only genuine buyers unfortunately I will require a FEEDBACK straight away as my P.P put me into pending mode this wont affect any protected for myself & you!’

    I reported him again as it must be against eBay’s listing practices to require feedback from the buyer, especially before the item has even been sent.

    I must have reported him about 10 times, with eBay taking down about 8 of the listings, but still allowing him to post new ones.

    On the 31st of August he accepted a best offer on a brand new and sealed 2017 13 inch MacBook Pro Touch Bar which was being sold for £1,200.00. On the same day the buyer left this feedback -
    ‘good seller quick communication’

    I’m waiting to see what the follow up to the above is.

    It’s clear that the seller was trying to get buyers to pay for items outside of Paypal, despite assuring them that they would still be protected, or encouraging them to leave positive feedback so that the funds in his Paypal account would be cleared. Presumably the buyer would no longer be covered if they had left positive feedback and not received the item.

    Ebay’s reporting procedures leave a lot to be desired. You can select from a series of menus but I’ve not seen anywhere that you can enter a description of why you think the listing breaks the rules. They don’t seem to take any action if the person repeatedly commits the same offence.

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