Jay Brokers - Legit or Shaddy?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Unprocessed1, May 25, 2009.

  1. Unprocessed1 macrumors 65816


    Jun 23, 2008

    It sounds pretty good. I'm trying to sell my Air on ebay, and I'm a little paranoid about getting scamed by the buyer. Plus Ebay and paypal are going to take a good chunk of the earnings.

    Does anyone have experience with Jay Brokers? I did a few google searches, and nothign negative is written, but not a lot of positive from a quantitative standpoint.

    EDIT: Jaybrokers is a little shady because it seems someone from the company always creates accounts when someone asks about them on a forum and then hypes them up. I'm sticking with ebay.
  2. jtgotsjets macrumors 6502


    May 20, 2004
    Lawrence, KS
    It's pretty hard to be scammed by a buyer on eBay. Make sure their check clears before sending your item.
  3. waiwai macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2009
  4. funkdoctor macrumors member

    Sep 30, 2008
    WOAH, these guys obviously do not know what they are talking about.:eek::eek: As a seller who runs a somewhat lucrative store, it is very possible to get scammed. Also, you MUST use Paypal now to list on ebay. Meaning - You cannot make a buyer pay by check or money order. You have NO CHOICE but to use Paypal, meaning - you cannot even put in your item description that you will not accept Paypal, only a check or money order, as ebay will delete your listing.

    Paypal also holds money for big $$ items, meaning that until the buyer says they have received the item, Paypal may not release the funds to you. So you may send out your laptop or whatever item, and not have the $$ released for 2 weeks or so. This is where the scamming starts - people will say that they received a empty box from you, or they never received anything. Or the item was damaged and things of that nature. Before selling a large money item, I ALWAYS take a picture of the item, write down the serial number, and take a picture of the item in a box that is addressed to the seller. Also, this is very, very, very, very important - YOU HAVE TO SEND THE PACKAGE WITH DELIVERY CONFIRMATION. Please do not forget that part, as if anything happens you will be screwed w/o that delivery confirmation.

    For more information that I left out do a google search for "Paypal Chargebacks" and you will receive a wealth of information about what I am talking about.0

    Also, only 2 times have I had someone try and scam me using Ebay, but using the methods I described above, I won both attempted chargebacks, and my feedback is still 100%. You can avoid stuff like this, but you have to take precautions.
  5. jtgotsjets macrumors 6502


    May 20, 2004
    Lawrence, KS
    Dude, you're scaring people, and what you said more or less proves my point. I'm not saying the op shouldn't take precautions, just that it's fairly hard for a scam to work from the buying end.
    You said it yourself: you're a big seller on eBay and you've only had two attempted scams, neither of which succeeded. This is something to take comfort in.

    This isn't a thread on whether selling on eBay is totally foolproof- it's about whether the op should sell their computer on eBay or through some third-party. I don't think I am wrong in saying that eBay is reasonably safe to sell on. By all means, take precautions, but don't let fear drive you needlessly elsewhere.
  6. Unprocessed1 thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jun 23, 2008
    Hey guys, thanks for the responses.

    Jay Brokers gave me a horrible quote, so I'm sticking with ebay (you can see the listing in my signature).

    I have heard about the empty box scam, which is why I'm a little afraid to sell on ebay, but luckily most of the people currently bidding have already bought laptops and computers before on ebay and don't seem to have any problems.

    As someone who needs the money to upgrade to a macbook pro, and being a college student, getting scammed would be very devastating.

    I've also heard even if you get insurance, tracking number, take pictures, etc. paypal always sides with the scamming buyer if they claim you sent them an empty box or brick, and take the money out of your account. If that ever happened to me (which apparently happens to a lot of power sellers), I would definitely contact the police and take them to small claims court.
  7. mdgolom macrumors 6502

    Oct 26, 2006

    I'm not sure where you live, but I've used Craigslist to sell old Macs. I can generally get the same price as eBay, but no fees from eBay or Paypal. Just be warned people have all types of scams to get you to mail it to them, so just ignore. I will only sell to people face-to-face and haven't had any problems. Just by $.02.
  8. Unprocessed1 thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jun 23, 2008
    I've tried to sell on craigslist but 100% of the replies are spam or scams
  9. yoldor123 macrumors newbie

    Oct 21, 2009
    They Sell Your Info To Hackers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    send your item to them only if you want your data to be sold to hackers!

    I sent them my laptop and after 10 days my data was sold to a third party site, all of them! I was lucky because I have lifelock and they monitor all black market sites for my information. tried contacting them by phone, no answer!

    scary! but i was lucky, don't let it happen to you.

    i've already reported them to the AG.

  10. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    It's 100% your fault that your data ended up in the hands of people you didn't want to have it. You should have wiped your hard drive before sending it to anyone. That's just basic common sense.
  11. smurrile macrumors newbie

    Jan 12, 2015
    I sent a mac over to them a month or so ago. They sent a video of the progress of inspecting the mac through email. Also, the quotes they had were pretty reasonable.

    They actually are a legit business. I was also afraid of the 'empty box' scam because I didnt know anything about them. Everything did work out great for me.


    You should have erased your hard drive before selling your information to them. That's basically what you did - sold your information for the price they offered.

  12. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    Hmm...a newbie whose first and only post is to praise a dubious company???
  13. smurrile macrumors newbie

    Jan 12, 2015
    omg really?

    i checked this site out before going with jay brokers because i was looking for reviews to see if they were actually legit. after i sent my mac in and they did what they were supposed to do i am able to finally post now that they are. and for future reference to all other people who google if they are legit... they have my story. take it or leave it i dont give a ****.

    thank you.


    also isnt this what this fourm is for? to share your experience good or bad with this company?
  14. Nicole4629 macrumors newbie


    Apr 16, 2019
    --- Post Merged, Apr 16, 2019 ---
    Do not use jaybrokers the will email you a fair offer once they receive your item they will tell you your item wasn't worth that much and offer you more than half the original offer and with the packaging and trips to staples to send it. you wont have the time nor patience to run around and will accept it. They exhaust and take people's possessions with 10 cents on the dollar and get away with it.
  15. MSastre macrumors 6502


    Aug 18, 2014

    Notice this poster's (smurrile) number of posts and date joined for confirmation of the OP's last comment.

    "EDIT: Jaybrokers is a little shady because it seems someone from the company always creates accounts when someone asks about them on a forum and then hypes them up. I'm sticking with ebay."

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