New iMAC 27" i7 for £500 less than retail...scam?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by zarf2007, Aug 27, 2010.

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    The seller only has 5 feedbacks. I would not trust such an expensive purchase to that many feedbacks. They have people reporting to have bought a new Macbook Pro and some iPhone 4's but still.....
     
  5. zarf2007 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well I contacted them and they say that as a business seller they can pass it on VAT free......so my guess is they are buying up kit, avoiding the VAT then closing their LTD company or its just a scam without any kit available....

    ironic thing is they are located 5mins drive from me.....
     
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    It seems legit to me. That costs ~2700£ from Apple and if you add 3rd party RAM, 2500£ seems legit, even too much. That 2000£ is a bid action so it can go to 2500£
     
  7. jr24 macrumors regular

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    i normally don't buy from anyone on ebay with low feedback/lots of negative feedback.

    however, they are at 100% rating, only accept paypal and have the ebay buyer protection. plus the computer has applecare until 2013.

    i am actually typing from a brand new mid 2010 imac i7 that i got from ebay but the seller i bought it from has a much higher number of feedbacks than this person.
     
  8. TheBritishBloke macrumors 68030

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    The way I See it, they only have 5 reviews.. And anyone who uses the technical specifications (with graphics etc) in an ebay auction are people who always use eBay, so obviously somethings happened which has caused this person to get a new account.

    There are many legit retailers on eBay which sell for about that much less than retail.. but only trust the one's with 100's, if not 1000's of 100% feedback (or 99.x%)
     
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    (bolding mine)

    definitely agree. it's much better/safer dealing with a seasoned ebay seller.
     
  10. Ciclismo macrumors 6502a

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    Odd, they're no longer selling anything - just checked now and they have no auctions or buy-nows listed.
     
  11. diminiko macrumors member

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    Found a scam in the UK last week. Seller had about 10 or so premium apple products including 8 core MP, i7 imac, macbook air and ipads all brand new, sealed in box and no reserve and on a 1 day auction (all ending within 30min of each other). They had over 700 +ve reviews with no neg feedback!

    The 8 core went for 1000 pounds under brand new list price. The i7 was looking tempting but I smelt a rat.

    I fished through the feedback comments- thanks for the great bra, great shirt, fantastic jeans and so it went on.

    I suspect someone had stolen an ID and set up the fake sales with premium products that would sell fast. Collect the payments and disappear! Must have been over 15,000 pounds worth of products.

    Trusty saying....
     
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    How did you know it was a scam? I think I know the seller you mean with BNIB 2010 MP. Now has 2 -ve
     
  13. wirelessness macrumors 6502

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    If they are 5min from you they should allow local pickup w/ cash in hand. If they won't allow that...then it's a scam.
     
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    It was only a gut feeling but this person had many items on 24hr auction, BNIB no reserve with all prior feedback regarding ladies underwear!

    Seller was: jackintheboxpastimes

    I had another look at their feedback- looks like they hay 2 new -ve feedbacks and they have returned some of the money. I wonder if ebay investigated after my tip off?

    Positive feedback rating ok- good luck Buyer:
    Member ID mercworld13 ( Feedback score of 193Teal star icon for Feedback score between 100 to 499)
    26-Aug-10 15:16
    APPLE MAC PRO QUAD-CORE BNIB NO RESERVE 3GB (#290466458477) £1,582.99 View Item APPLE MAC PRO QUAD-CORE BNIB NO RESERVE 3GB

    Negative feedback rating monies returned without explination, it took 3 emails to get an answer Buyer:
    Member ID kenneth1116 ( Feedback score of 22Yellow star icon for Feedback score between 10 to 49)
    25-Aug-10 18:31
    APPLE MAC BOOK PRO 15 INCH BNIB NO RESERVE (#290466464355) £1,220.00 View Item APPLE MAC BOOK PRO 15 INCH BNIB NO RESERVE

    Negative feedback rating Seller cancelled after being challenged about Apple registration, suspect stolen Buyer:
    Member ID sjhancock54 ( Feedback score of 39Yellow star icon for Feedback score between 10 to 49)
    23-Aug-10 21:14
    Apple iMac 27 Inch Quad Core Desktop BNIB No Reserve (#290466459823) £1,300.58 View Item
     
  15. englishman macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, and no other feedback yet.

    There is lots of very cheap kit on Ebay 25% off or so. I wonder if it comes from employee discounts (25% I think) or whatever.
     
  16. zarf2007 thread starter macrumors regular

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    yes, they said they would accept this but then what if I turn up with £2500 cash and get done over (or worse), people have been killed for a lot less (if you don't believe that go tread on someones foot in hackney :))
     
  17. wirelessness macrumors 6502

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    I don't know the area, but over here we usually agree to meet at a coffee shop or retail location. Sounds like it's just too much trouble.
     
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