I really need your guys help!

sktrb919

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Nov 23, 2004
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Hi everybody! I'm a student in the market for a 17" powerbook, and I've been going through ebay, and yahoo auctions, and yeaterday I found 1.5 GHZ 17" Powerbook auction on yahoo and all the guy wanted was 1000, and so I talked with him on the phone and we made an agreement, and he ended the auction. However now I'm really uneasy, when I asked him how he could sell it for so cheap he mumbled for a bit and said he got it at wholesale becuase he owns a electronics store that is going out of business, so when I asked if he could charge my credit card, he said he was useing his friends card machine and only charge 200 of it. Then he said he would only accept postal money order. He didn't wanna do escrow or paypal.So I've been speaking to him over the phone, and now when I tried to email him, his e-mail address no longer works. So should I not continue with this, and what should I tell the guy when he calls again? I mean he sounds like an honest guy, he even had pictures of the box of the computer and the laptop and everything, u can see the auction here http://page.auctions.shopping.yahoo.com/auction/88347377?&aucview=0x30. He has no previous feedback. But it was really the e-mail thing that got me worrying. I also hae reasons to think he's legit, but what should I do? I mean it's an amazing deal.

thanks guys!
 

Sun Baked

macrumors G5
May 19, 2002
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Wholesale price of Mac products isn't that low it's about $1500 too low.

So it's a scam or a stolen machine.

Good chance you could lose the money even if you actually get the machine, because you'll be forced to give the machine back (and possibly face criminal charges) when the police officer shows up at your door.
 

efoto

macrumors 68030
Nov 16, 2004
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Cloud 9 (-6)
I agree with Sun that its either a hot box (oh jeez, too funny :p) or just a scam. I would just get out now while you still can. Even if the sale itself is legit, how could it possibly be THAT low? Like Sun mentioned he would not be getting that 3k book for only 1k...and sell it at that.

Anyway, my advice is to run while you still can. Good luck making the decision.
 

Sharewaredemon

macrumors 68000
May 31, 2004
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Cape Breton Island
Listening to what you said made me feel sick, and you haven't even been ripped off, I agree with the other posters, it is very unlikely that you would get that computer.
 

spasticmutant

macrumors member
May 2, 2004
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Santa Clara
Sharewaredemon said:
Listening to what you said made me feel sick, and you haven't even been ripped off, I agree with the other posters, it is very unlikely that you would get that computer.
The part number and serial number are on the box photograph. It would be pretty irritating to find out that it's been stolen - and if it was, YOU get left holding the bag! Only Apple will be able to tell you if it's legit or not, or where it wholesaled, or the last known registered owner. They may not choose to tell you, but you could certainly call and ask.

Or, if you have time for some ridiculous fun, you could tell the seller anyway that you learned it was "hot". Let him prove it isn't.

What a golden opportunity for a Bait!

http://www.p-p-p-powerbook.com



Anne Marie
 

timsq

macrumors regular
Feb 27, 2004
143
2
New Orleans
Don't buy it

It's your money and with no assurance or middle man. You're screwed if he doesn't ship. Too good = Not good. This machine is worth paying real moeny for. Wait until you got the dough.
 

Lonewolf

macrumors newbie
Nov 14, 2004
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it's a scam. i saw the same thing on amazon. I wrote to the person and asked how they could sell for a 75% or more discount. i was told they had just received a job overseas, received the pb as a gift, had no use for it in europe.

apple, an international company, and they can't use it out of the states?

I did some research on the escrow company they wanted me to send the money to, the address was a hotel in italy, no corporate data or charter. save the money, get a real laptop from an apple store. better to spend 3000 than to lose 1000.
 

KiDrOck80

macrumors member
Aug 21, 2003
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Syracuse, NY
dont buy....being someone who was ripped off on ebay for a computer about 2 years ago....i dont trust anyone on there any more..its ashame :(...some people just have no respect for other peoples hard-earned money and it makes me very upset...
 

efoto

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Nov 16, 2004
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Cloud 9 (-6)
emaccrazy said:
dude, go for it!

it's a great deal at that price
It is soooo good, pass the url on to the rest of us. I am sure there would be a bunch of people looking to waste their money. I mean, who doesn't love to just hand over large sums of money to a random internet personality who promises to provide a product for our cash.

I do not know about the rest of you, however if someone asked me for a random gift of $1000, I see no reason not to just hand it over for nothing in return. I mean, college loans, car payments, utilities, who cares? Who needs money anyway, just give it away.

(*sarcasm* I hope you get this...there has been little success in other threads by myself and others...its a JOKE! :p)
 

emaccrazy

macrumors newbie
Nov 18, 2004
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sktrb919:

dude, ebay and yahoo auctions are safe to buy from
i highly recommend you make the purchase

just because a few people have bad experiences does not mean
that everyone selling on eBay is that way


go for it
 

timsq

macrumors regular
Feb 27, 2004
143
2
New Orleans
emaccrazy said:
sktrb919:

dude, ebay and yahoo auctions are safe to buy from
i highly recommend you make the purchase

just because a few people have bad experiences does not mean
that everyone selling on eBay is that way


go for it
Sip don't gulp.
 

Sun Baked

macrumors G5
May 19, 2002
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57
timsq said:
emaccrazy said:
sktrb919:

dude, ebay and yahoo auctions are safe to buy from
i highly recommend you make the purchase

just because a few people have bad experiences does not mean
that everyone selling on eBay is that way


go for it
Sip don't gulp.
3 posts in a row from emaccrazy telling people to buy into a scams/questionable deals and still no signs of a working brain.

Wonder what the future holds for this living brain donor.
 

emaccrazy

macrumors newbie
Nov 18, 2004
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Sun Baked said:
3 posts in a row from emaccrazy telling people to buy into a scams/questionable deals and still no signs of a working brain.

Wonder what the future holds for this living brain donor.

dude, seems to me everything is a scam with you...you're out of control man!
let the guy decide for himself
he asked for help and i'm giving my point of view
 

Sun Baked

macrumors G5
May 19, 2002
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emaccrazy said:
dude, seems to me everything is a scam with you...you're out of control man!
let the guy decide for himself
he asked for help and i'm giving my point of view


Funny, I keep seeing more drug addled newbies than scams.
 

efoto

macrumors 68030
Nov 16, 2004
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Cloud 9 (-6)
If the site did not go down, if the seller was reachable and willing to accept standard forms of online payment, perhaps this would seem a little more legit, however in its current form this 'deal' does not seem to be a deal at all, rather a highway theft.
 

rueyeet

macrumors 65816
Jun 10, 2003
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A price too good to be true, and an unwillingness to use any traceable form of payment that would offer you recourse if he didn't ship the goods? Along with an unreliable email address? I don't care how honest he sounds over the phone, or how good the pictures are (keep in mind, you only need one set of good pics to launch a thousand auctions). It's a scam.
 

timsq

macrumors regular
Feb 27, 2004
143
2
New Orleans
Notice:
Your money = "yours"
If fool = "0" then your money = "yours"
else your money = "gone"

why doesn't emaccrazy finish the deal for you and if it's legit, a handsome finders fee?

don't think - feel!