Please advice (MBA eBay deal)

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by mhnajjar, Jun 15, 2008.

  1. mhnajjar macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2008
    Hi guys,

    I just found an ebay offer for a 1.8 64 SSD MBA for $2100. It is toooo goood to be true for a brand new machine but I might be willing to go for it.

    My question is, the seller has %100 but he has around 30 of feedback and all the stuff he ever sold range from $10-$30 :confused:

    I am afraid that this is a scam and it seems ebay would only refund up to $200 because the seller has less than 50 of feedback.

    Please let me know what protection I am supposed to expect if it turns to be fraud!
  2. fk51785 macrumors regular

    Feb 5, 2008
    South Florida
    I say just buy one from Apple store. (if you need to save money,
    buy a refurb form
    I never buy anything from ebay thats over $300,
    You never know what's going to happen ...
  3. mhnajjar thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2008
    I would be saving over $1000 :eek:

    OMG, this is really hard since the PayPal payment protection seems to be unclear!
  4. glitch44 macrumors 65816

    Feb 28, 2006
    If it seems too good to be true, 99% of the time it is.
  5. silverblack macrumors 68030


    Nov 27, 2007
    Don't fall for it, it's most likely to be a scam.

    I once bought a Powerbook from a seller similar to what you described. She shipped something a lot slower (cpu speed) than advertised. I returned it after initiating a dispute. Then she disappeared, and I never got the full refund (only the $315 that I was protected). I lost ~$800.
  6. jonswan macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2007
    This is a set up - you will lose all your money.

    Think about it - why would they give something away so cheaply when people generally try to get as much as they can? It's not rational - and you are falling for the oldest trick in the book. This person is not a do-gooder: it's a sting operation. Go for a refurb at the Apple store and save your money.
  7. glitch44 macrumors 65816

    Feb 28, 2006
    just so you know, a sting operation is an operation designed by law enforcement officials to catch someone committing a crime. i think you meant this is a scam, and i fully agree.
  8. shrtmkr macrumors regular

    Mar 10, 2008
    the apple
  9. maestrokev macrumors 6502a


    Apr 23, 2007
    I would be very suspicious of ebayer who hasn't sold high priced items before and has less than 50 feedback. I'd think to offer at that price it has to be stolen or something wrong with it.

    If you have problems and need to go through eBay/PayPal to resolve, good luck, it's not as straight forward as it seems.

    Caveat emptor.
  10. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    There has to be a reason why this item is over $1000 cheaper than the Apple Store. The most likely reason is that the auction is a scam, but it could also be that the MBA is stolen or not working. I'd be very surprised if it's genuine: Why would anyone spend over $3,000 a MacBook Air, not open it (if it's new then I'm guessing it's unopened, or at least unused) and then sell it on Ebay for $1,000 less than they paid for it? It's not an obsolete product, and there's no way any dealer would get enough of a discount to make a profit on that price.
    I guess there is a chance that it's a genuine auction for a genuine, legitimate MBA, but personally I wouldn't gamble $2,000 on it...

    Do you have a link for the auction?
  11. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    I just want put it out there I have friend who bought a BNIB Macbook Air 1.8/SSD on eBay for $2400 or something like that. It's not always a scam, but hey can't be too careful.
  12. madmaxmedia macrumors 68030

    Dec 17, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    I often do that to check the legitimacy of a buyer. It's not 100% accurate of course, but it definitely helps.
  13. mhnajjar thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2008
    Thanks guys :D

    I did not fall for it because it turned to be a 100% scam since he did not turn any of my e-mails and all he ever bought/sold were boxers, cheap shoes, cheap shorts .. so it looks that he was buying/selling $10 things just to reach some number of positive feedback and then use it as a bate :eek:

    I would still rather pay $1000 more on the Apple store than lose $2100 on eBay :mad:

    Thanks for the help ;)
  14. jonswan macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2007
    Just so that YOU know: The title phrase, The Sting, refers to the moment when a con artist finishes the "play" and takes the mark's money. (Today the name is mostly used in the context of law enforcement sting operations.)

    You clearly haven't seen that particular classic film. Well recommended.
  15. glitch44 macrumors 65816

    Feb 28, 2006
    Actually, I have because I went to film school and I work in Hollywood. Yes, it is a great film. Yes, you misused the phrase. "Operation" on the end completely implies law enforcement involvement rather than a simple con. No worries, I was just trying to help you out.

    Glad the OP didn't get scammed. Hopefully you reported the auction to Ebay so others didn't fall for it?
  16. alexlovesmacs macrumors 6502a

    Apr 23, 2008
    id rather pay 1000 bux more than lose all my money
  17. jonswan macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2007
  18. glitch44 macrumors 65816

    Feb 28, 2006
    Wasn't it you who assumed I hadn't seen the movie and was smug about that? I didn't mean to bruise your ego by correcting you, but the common, colloquial, everyday meaning of the phrase "sting operation" implies law enforcement involvement, which by your own admission was not your intention. I merely corrected the error so the OP wouldn't be confused.

    It's not important anymore, as he/she has successfully avoided the scam and we can both be happy about that.
  19. 1rottenapple macrumors 68000

    Apr 21, 2004
    too good to be true. I got scammed by a seller for 1535 and now I am disputing the charge on my account. The dude took down his ebay id (he no longer exist) and paypal stated that they can't do anything for me but dispute the charge with my CC company. Oh the guy also had 100% feedback.
  20. mhnajjar thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2008
    Sorry to hear that, I hope PayPal helps you on this. I got scammed once but for $35 only and PayPal couldn't help due to similar issues as you stated. :mad:
  21. Jozone macrumors 6502

    Jul 24, 2007
    $2100 is a sweet deal for nothing!

    But seriously, regardless of feedback you must also consider the occurrence of an account hijacking.. if its too good to be true, it is.
  22. Gregintosh macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2008
    There are a few explanations. The first one is that the unit was stolen or acquired by some other shady means. In which case you will get the computer and the deal will go down as planned with everyone happy (other than Apple or whoever that was stolen from).

    A second possibility is that this laptop was won in a raffle or some other contest and the winner has no need for it and just wants to get rid of it, the faster the better.

    The other possibility is it is a scam.
  23. mhnajjar thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2008
    You are right, but it turned to be a scam because the seller did not respond to any of my e-mails and messeger.
  24. pilotError macrumors 68020


    Apr 12, 2006
    Long Island
    For an SSD model the minimum new price should be around $2700. That price is a little too good to be true.

    BTW, I and 20 others got burnt on the 80GB models. I paid with AMEX, so I got the money back, but I reported it to the Feds. Literally a week later, the guy was apologizing and begging not to be put in jail. He borrowed the money from his Grandfather to pay back paypal. Good ending to a bad story, but it does happen.
  25. hank-b macrumors member


    Apr 29, 2008
    Remember also that a really great feedback score with loads of high-priced items being sold is no guarantee either - you could be dealing with a phished eBay account. My eBay account looks very reputable and has been operating since 1997. I got phished a few years ago however (yes, I know - my fault...) and straight away the password was changed and a nice laptop was on offer. Luckily I got eBay to pull the auction and reinstate my account, but plenty of people were bidding...


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