Scammed on eBay.....

Discussion in 'iPad' started by kdoug, Dec 23, 2010.

  1. kdoug macrumors 6502a


    Jun 2, 2010
    Iowa City, IA USA
    I should have known better. 64GB WiFi 3G for $500 buy it now. Only 1 picture, less than 5 feedback, location Flint Michigan.
    I knew I was in trouble when the seller responded to a question I had about the picture and shipping. Here you go........

    "yes it is the 3g. yes that is the acuial picture and i do not expidite shipping. sorry. but i can assure you i will ship it out either today or tomorrow morning."

    It didn't ship and this person is no longer a registered member. Surprise!
  2. epi117 macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2010
    That sucks, did you use credit card or paypal?
  3. Dr McKay macrumors 68040

    Dr McKay

    Aug 11, 2010
    If you used PayPal they'll usually refund you without question when you tell them you got scammed.
  4. Stealthipad macrumors 68040


    Apr 30, 2010
    If you followed eBay rules you are protected! :p

    If not you are screwed!:(
  5. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    OP, sorry to hear of your trouble with eBay.

    Unfortunately, life lessons usually come at a price. :(

    Hopefully, the OP did, or at least a credit card.
  6. kdoug thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jun 2, 2010
    Iowa City, IA USA
    Yes, I used PayPal and the transaction is Buyer Protected but I still have to wait the 7-10 day period for a refund from PayPal.
    Just as well, I guess I'll just wait for the deuce.
  7. drock macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2007
    I don't actually see much wrong with his reply to you... I myself have told buyers I'll have something shipped "today or tomorrow morning" and have gotten that reply from sellers as well.

    The real thing that went wrong is... him going off the radar and not being a registered user anymore.

    If you were only going off his reply, I'd say you should calm down and relax a bit.
  8. kdoug thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jun 2, 2010
    Iowa City, IA USA
    It had more to do with how they spelled "actual" and "expedited". I felt nobody this ignorant had any business owning an ipad. I was right.
  9. vincenz macrumors 601


    Oct 20, 2008
  10. LinkMx macrumors member

    Sep 20, 2007
    You've clearly haven't been in this forums that much... :p
  11. Built macrumors 68020

    Oct 3, 2007
    Los Angeles
    I'm a long-time Ebay buyer and NEVER buy from anybody with a feedback score less than 100, and less than a 95 percetnt positive rating, no matter how cheap the item.

    I realize I may be missing some opportunities by being so cautious but I am not assuming excessive risk either.
  12. super! macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2010
    Things can go wrong with users with 1000+ feedback too! Once someone has found a way into another's account, anything is possible. Not too long ago I bought a DSLR camera on eBay for a good price from a 'Power seller', the guy had used the same selling template and kept all other auctions the actual seller had created. Once I had purchased, 3-4 hours later he was un-registered. Luckily I was fully comp. by PayPal's Buyer Protection programme.

    Always pay via PayPal!
  13. Built macrumors 68020

    Oct 3, 2007
    Los Angeles

    Sounds like you have some bad luck.
  14. jmmo20 macrumors 65816

    Jun 15, 2006
    You see, the problem with paypal is that they are too narrow minded, and can't think outside their guidelines in case of eventualities.

    I once bought a cordless phone from a power seller. The phone arrived and it was clearly faulty. You could hear A LOT of interference from the headsets. Plus the box was damaged, it looked like it was opened then sealed again (I supposedly bought a 100% new item).

    Paypal asked me to return, on my charge, the item to the seller with a courier that supported tracking. I did, spent 30 euro in returning the item to the US (I'm in Spain).

    You know what the guy did? He didn't pick it up until the paypal deadline was over!! So paypal CLOSED my case, the seller recovered his faulty item, kept ALL my money, and then I lost some more due to the delivery charges.

    I kept trying to make Paypal understand that this guy was scamming paypal themselves as well as me.. but no way.. they would not stop to think.. all they said was "you haven't proved that you returned the item to the seller and therefore your case is closed".

    I was WELL pissed after losing 250+ euro.
  15. harcosparky, Dec 24, 2010
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2010

    harcosparky macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    The fact that he had misspellings/typos is no indication of how good or bad a seller he is or wether or not you were scammed.

    The fact that he is NARU does!

    EDIT: For over 10 years I have sold on Ebay, I only began to accept PAYPAL this past year because Ebay FORCES you to

    Prior year I ONLY accepted United States Postal Money Orders. I got your Money Order, took it to the US Post Office. They would cash it and hand me the CASH and I would ship the item.

    NEVER, NOT ONCE was I sent a phony Money Order ..... and my feedback rating was, is, and always will be 100% because I stopped selling on Ebay due to too many reports of BUYERS scamming Sellers and Paypal backing up the buyers more than the sellers.

    Yeah, you better believe there are some serious buyers out there scamming people.
  16. ugahairydawgs macrumors 68030


    Jun 10, 2010
    First rule of deal searching....if it seems too good to be true, it most likely is.
  17. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    That's true with just about anything in life. :)
  18. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    Would be interesting to find out if the OP actually gets his money back. I've heard lots of tales where PayPal would refuse a refund without good reason.
  19. IamHermann0069 macrumors member


    Sep 14, 2008
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
    Yeah, I'm sorry OP. That is the reason I will never spend more than $100 on eBay. I have only bought a few items on eBay and it makes me nervous every time.

    For something like an iPad, laptop etc, I would much rather just buy from the original source. When you are spending $500 or more on an item, I think it is worth it to pay the little extra for added piece of mind. That's just my opinion.

    Good luck, I hope everything works out for you, but most of all I hope they catch the ****** who screwed you over!
  20. gforce216 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 17, 2009
    The funny thing is that I would usually agree with you on how someone spells so many things wrong, but when I sold my 3GS over the summer the guy I sold it to was from Haiti and was living in Maryland. He couldn't type english to save his life and I had dealt with scams before so I was watching this guy. But he actually paid really quickly and it worked out. For you of course it was a scam and I'm sorry to see that happen to someone. I've had to dodge so many of them I know what it's like to be annoyed like that.

    Best of luck with the refund.
  21. Mitchrapp macrumors 6502a

    Apr 2, 2010
    No doubt. I usually do the 20-30 dollar max on eBay. Stuff you can't find anywhere else. If it's in a store, I go online with said store.
  22. Acorn macrumors 68020


    Jan 2, 2009
    ebay gets worse and worse depending what your buying. Ive noticed a huge spike in certain mainstream electronics where its really bad. you get like 2-3 scammers fighting over your item. I dont use ebay anymore for that reason. I do use paypal though unfortunatly just because many times its just expected. I also no longer deal outside of the us.
  23. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Man, that sucks OP. This is why I avoid ebay for anything over $100.
  24. bwrairen macrumors 6502

    Jun 23, 2010
    I have bought and sold almost a thousand items on eBay. From one cent to 3 grand. I have been scammed on 1 item....a 32gb flash card that was supposed to be class 10 and was really class 4. There have been numerous attempts....recently sold a 16gb wifi ipad to a guy that attempted a chargeback. But I had followed paypal's policies to the letter and my money was returned.

    Just be cautious when buying. This ipad would have thrown up big red flags for me and I would have moved on.
  25. Jaro65 macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    You're right to do so. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

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