Purchase Advice about Ebay wanted please....

Koing

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Hi guys,

I'm looking at buying a plasma screen off ebay. Yeah yeah I know.........

Well here is the auction

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3023776117&category=11073

The seller has 242 feedbacks and 99.2% positive.

Its a buy it now option for £1'900.

What do you guys think? Hes been registered with ebay since 1998.

Do you think hes scamming people?

If I end up buying it I send him a cheque and he doesn't send the exact product I paid what actions could I take? Just asking here so I know what options I have if I do get screwed in the end :(

I live in England also. Would the bank be able to do anything about it? What about Ebay what protection can they give me?

Thanks guys,

Koing
 

chiwawa626

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Originally posted by: Koing
Hi guys,

I'm looking at buying a plasma screen off ebay. Yeah yeah I know.........

Well here is the auction

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3023776117&category=11073

The seller has 242 feedbacks and 99.2% positive.

Its a buy it now option for £1'900.

What do you guys think? Hes been registered with ebay since 1998.

Do you think hes scamming people?

If I end up buying it I send him a cheque and he doesn't send the exact product I paid what actions could I take? Just asking here so I know what options I have if I do get screwed in the end :(

I live in England also. Would the bank be able to do anything about it? What about Ebay what protection can they give me?

Thanks guys,

Koing

check - thats crazy. Use a credit card for anything online since you always have a better chance disputing it.
 

Koing

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whats crazy?

Also check this out:

http://pages.ebay.co.uk/help/confidence/problems-fraud.html

You may be able to receive partial reimbursement for losses resulting from nondelivery or misrepresentation by filing a Protection Claim.

Most items covered up to £120 (minus £15 for processing costs).

You must file a claim with your credit card issuer prior to filing a claim with eBay (if applicable).


HOW fvcked up is that? Most items are covered up to £120 minus £15 for processing. I'm not so bothered about the processing cost on such a large thing but cover UP TO £120 THAT IS crazy. What about items that cost much more?

Koing
 

badluck

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Here is the deal....you are asking for trouble if you buy this. You might not get trouble, but you are asking for it. 242 feedbacks mean very little if you look at his past auctions. Typically, his items sell for under $100 (usually his items sell for $10). He doesn't routinely sell plasma screen tv's.

In addition, he has four of these for sale. He is also selling another TV (he has 4 of those as well). If he sells all 8 and walks away without giving anybody their item, he could make $40,000+ on this scheme. Most people who sell items under $100 don't just come across big money items.....

I wouldn't waste another minute looking at it, if you do....good luck. It might be funny to bookmark this auction and check it a month later. I wonder what his feedback will say. :)
 

Koing

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Originally posted by: rbloedow
Dude, how far away from you is he? Why don't you go see it :)

About 3hrs away.

But still wondering what course of action I could take by paying by cheque. I don't have a credit limit for £2k!

 

Koing

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Originally posted by: badluck
Here is the deal....you are asking for trouble if you buy this. You might not get trouble, but you are asking for it. 242 feedbacks mean very little if you look at his past auctions. Typically, his items sell for under $100 (usually his items sell for $10). He doesn't routinely sell plasma screen tv's.

In addition, he has four of these for sale. He is also selling another TV (he has 4 of those as well). If he sells all 8 and walks away without giving anybody their item, he could make $40,000+ on this scheme. Most people who sell items under $100 don't just come across big money items.....

I wouldn't waste another minute looking at it, if you do....good luck. It might be funny to bookmark this auction and check it a month later. I wonder what his feedback will say. :)

Yeah I know. His other items he BOUGHT mostly them all. They were also cheap.

He also doesn't sell expensive items regularly also.

ps what course of action could a person take if he paid someone a cheque for a product and didn't get the product?
 

Hector13

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Do any escrow services work in the UK? It would add a few percent to the price, but it could save you a lot of peace of mind.
 

Koing

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Originally posted by: Hector13
Do any escrow services work in the UK? It would add a few percent to the price, but it could save you a lot of peace of mind.

Not sure.

What do you mean by give me a peace of mind? What type of services do they offer? Have you used them personally? Reading from ebays *protection* thing DOESN'T make me want to buy anything of any decent value off ebay EVER. £120 cover is a total JOKE imo when purchasing things for £1k+.

I think I'll save my money the long hard way to someday get one.

 

badluck

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ps what course of action could a person take if he paid someone a cheque for a product and didn't get the product?

It's funny what happens to people when they want something so bad. You know the danger and you still are asking this question.....I don't have the answer to your question as I live in the U.S., but you need to check your priorities.

Good luck!
 

UDT89

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for the money you save, its not worth it.

spend more and have less worries. what if it dies 3 days after you get it? warranty?
 

fr

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Ask him if you could pay him in person and pick up the TV. Besides, it doesn't say anthing about shipping on that page.
 

Koing

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Originally posted by: UDT89
for the money you save, its not worth it.

spend more and have less worries. what if it dies 3 days after you get it? warranty?

The products are new but they are from dodgy people.

I think I'll leave it and save my money.

If only I could get a decent 50" one for £4k. £5k is too much for a tv..........

 

Hector13

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Originally posted by: Koing
Originally posted by: Hector13
Do any escrow services work in the UK? It would add a few percent to the price, but it could save you a lot of peace of mind.

Not sure.

What do you mean by give me a peace of mind? What type of services do they offer? Have you used them personally? Reading from ebays *protection* thing DOESN'T make me want to buy anything of any decent value off ebay EVER. £120 cover is a total JOKE imo when purchasing things for £1k+.

I think I'll save my money the long hard way to someday get one.


check out escrow.com. Basically, an escrow service acts as a "clearing house" for you and the seller. You send your money to the escrow, the seller sends you the goods (after the escrow tells him/her that they have your money). When you get the goods (and they are what you were expecting), the escrow gives the seller his money.
 

McMadman

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About 3hrs away.

Personally, I'd email him, get his address and go to him with checkbook in hand to see the tv to ensure that you won't get screwed by the deal, the 6 hours of driving time would be worth it to prevent issues with him sending the wrong item (or nothing at all)

worst case, you could always go to a reliable dealer in the area and pay more, but be assured that its a legit purchase.
 

badluck

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Did you look at his auction today? eBay removed the auction.....Pretty funny!! He isn't selling this or the other 4 Plasma's that he had for sale either.

 

Thegonagle

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Originally posted by: badluck
Did you look at his auction today? eBay removed the auction.....Pretty funny!! He isn't selling this or the other 4 Plasma's that he had for sale.

Originally, I thought, what are all those 200+ positive feedbacks for? That's what I would check first. If the guy clearly wasn't in the plasma screen business before this auction, I would forget I even saw it.

Badluck took a look for us. Badluck, when I read your earlier post, I thought, you're right! This thing screams SCAM! Possibly from a stolen password. Next thing you know, they'd be asking for a wire-transfer of the money to a "nephew" in Singapore, "because it's his birthday."
 

McMadman

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You know how it goes, "If it seems too good to be true...."

Hopefully no one sent money to this guy.