safe way to sell iphone on ebay..

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  1. rxl125 macrumors regular

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    I don't want someone using paypal and get a chargeback... that happens way too easily. I had a guy buy a computer off me, ups delivered it, 2 days later he said the box was "open" and things feel out... Paypal gave him his money back! I luckily bought insurance through UPS, and they paid me... Weird situation, but I want to protect myself selling my iphone.
     
  2. MyJelleo macrumors 6502

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    Have the buyer pay with a money order to you. Also don't sell to anyone in Nigeria.
     
  3. onlycopunk macrumors 6502

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    Then ask for a cashier's check or a money order. Aside from those two Paypal is probably the easiest and safest.
     
  4. alejovh1 macrumors regular

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    you can sell your iphone a lot faster on craigslist for cash!
    I just sold mine five minutes after posting.
     
  5. Andrew D. macrumors 6502

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    I second him with the Nigeria advice. If they ask to ship anything to Nigeria, don't do it.
     
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    A lot of the scams that you experience in the mail, in your emails, and in auction sites originate from Nigeria.

    I used to work for a bank, and we had meetings about nigerians and those fake checks that come in the mail.
     
  8. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    Yep, I had a guy from the UK (true story) that wanted to buy my iPhone for his daughter going off to "university" and my $450 iPhone with AppleCare was going to be a nice gift, though it's used. He would send me a "money order" for $1,000 (which happens to be "fake" according to the Berkeley Police Department), and it should arrive within 3-5 business days, so please remove the item from eBay/Craigslist since they were definitely buying the item. Next, they want me to ship it only "International UPS" and get them the shipping tracking number, to show that's been shipped. All the while, waiting for the money order. I decide to wait until the money order arrives, and it looks totally fake! I mean just short of using crayons to make this money order, it looked pretty shabby. So, I took it over to the Police and they kept it, and meanwhile, the "buyer" is like where's my iPhone? Screaming and yelling with all caps, and then I tell them that the Police have their "money order" and I still have my iPhone. Never heard from them again, and their email address keeps showing up on my contacts with GMail as a green light, so they are out scamming other iPhone owners. Just be careful! :eek::eek::eek:
     
  9. BOSS10L macrumors 6502a

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    I had someone try that with me on Craigslist when I was selling an older Sony HDTV. Wanted me to pack it up and ship it to them. I don't care if their money was legit (I knew it wasn't), I am not about to go through the hassle of lugging that 250lb CRT down to the UPS store. I moved it up to work and there it will stay, I'm never moving it again.
     
  10. AirmanPika macrumors 6502

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    Hello,
    Compliment of the season to yo,I am Shawn James from NY USA,but Presently in London,UK for a church seminal.I saw your product item below on ebay #84374584574598 and i am really intrested in buying it for my Daugther as a surprise gift for her in school(university of lagos)at Nigeria and i will handle the shipment expenses.i will send you my fedex account so you will not pay no money for shipping.
    I will be sending you payment via PayPal,so kindly send me
    your PAYPAL EMAIL ADDRESS so as to immedaitely make out your payment and make sure you get the package ready for shipment,you can ship
    the item as soon as you recieve the paypal confirmation.
    Expecting your reply so as to immediately make out the payment.
    Regards,
    Shawn James
     
  11. MyJelleo macrumors 6502

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    that's funny. That's the exact same email my friend got scammed with when he tried to sell his laptop,
     
  12. onlycopunk macrumors 6502

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    LOL, I also got the same thing for my iPhone on ebay.

    Little different details, but same plot nonetheless. I replied, I like toying with these people, like whenever I get one of those emails from Africa, I always messa round with them, waste their time.
     
  13. AirmanPika macrumors 6502

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    It gets better, I played along for a bit and got this...

    Hello ,
    i received your mail and thanks for your co-operation.i have made out my payment to you and check your mail for the payment confirmation mail from Paypal.you will receive the payment confirmation mail from paypal and make package ready for shipment for my daughter in school and you take package today to any FEDEX COURIER SHIPPING location closer to you for drop off and you will be giving an international shipping forms to fill, fill forms with priorty and the shipping and receiving, fill labels and my Fedex account will be billed for shipping charges and you will be giving a tracking number.

    mail the tracking to paypal customer cares at imascam@accountant.com and your account credited immedaitely.

    Below is my Fedex account information and daughter's address for the shipment.

    FEDEX SHIPPING ACCOUNT = 874 343 303

    ACCOUNT NAME = (MICRO BIOLOGIES)

    RECEIVER INFORMATIONS

    FULL NAME.. Jany james

    ADDRESS.. 12 OBAJOBI ROAD

    CITY... IKEJA

    STATE.... LAGOS

    COUNTRY.... NIGERIA

    ZIPCODE...... 23401

    PHONE #...... 123 8051234567

    Expecting your reply......

    Thanks

    Shawn James


    I changed a few bits of info just to be safe though I'm sure most of it was fake anyway.
     
  14. MyJelleo macrumors 6502

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    I wonder who would answer if you actually called the phone number.
     
  15. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    Yep, it helps to see all the scams out there, but the bottom-line for me is this: Does it sound too good to be true? or in other words, are they "paying way too much for an item?" Such as, offering you $3,000 for a $1,200 computer or $1,000 for a $400 iPhone, and offering to pay for shipment, and additional fees for handling and your trouble to expedite the shipment. Also note, that these "CLOWNS" are now branching out to the UK, while operating out of the United States. Also noted, they will buy the item "site unseen, they have no idea what AppleCare is, and they have no phone number that you can call, and they never deal locally or allow "face-to-face" transactions. So, BEWARE when selling your item on eBay or Craigslist. :eek::eek::eek:
     
  16. marksman macrumors 603

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    I love the horrible advice of don't use paypal, but instead get a money order, check, or cashier's check.

    All things easily phonied up.


    Why not just learn how to conduct transactions on E-bay. If you are going to use it, might as well learn how to use it right.
     
  17. AirmanPika macrumors 6502

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    Bingo
     
  18. rxl125 thread starter macrumors regular

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    bought it for 250, just sold it on craigslist for 325... No ebay for me
     
  19. rxl125 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ummm, all it takes is one person to file a chargeback... I know how to conduct business on ebay.. I was screwed over by a guy from Minnesota, not Africa. Paypal doesn't do any investigating, they give the buyer the money back no questions asked...
     
  20. onlycopunk macrumors 6502

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    File a lawsuit against him them.

    Maybe he had a legitimate reason, or maybe he was just a cheapskate. Either way take him to court. Make him prove that the item you shipped him was not what he agreed to pay for.
     
  21. rxl125 thread starter macrumors regular

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    paypal is off my list of companies to use...
     
  22. Bosox3 macrumors regular

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    But when people dont use paypal on ebay..you wont make top dollar.
    Most peple wont bid just because you dont use paypal.

    I use paypal for everything. To save yourself from running into problems...state everything about your iphone in your auction...ALWAYS use delivery confirmation (confirmed addy only) and dont send over seas.
    also just save any emails you guys have back and forth..just in case.

    If you follow those guide-lines...you should be fine.
     
  23. jrbdmb macrumors 6502

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    I have to agree with the above poster. I've bought a few inexpensive items off of EBay with a money order, but I would never buy an expensive item like an iPhone with a MO ... no protection for the buyer. If you sell on EBay but refuse PayPal you will likely get a lower selling price.

    Just remember to insure the shipment (and include the cost in the shipping price). Also, for more expensive items PayPal requires not only shipping confirmation but signature confirmation. Perhaps that may have saved the OP from the chargeback.
     
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