5 eBay Scams To Be Aware Of

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ebay scamsBeing scammed sucks, especially on eBay. You invest all of that time into selling a particular product or you spend a lot of time researching the perfect item, complete the transaction, and then… nothing. The buyer never pays up. The seller never ships your item. Some Ebay scams are obvious, but others are subtle and manipulative. Do you know when you’re being scammed?

The nature of a scam is seated in deception. People who are being deceived don’t know they’re being deceived – after all, that’s the definition of the word. So the only way to protect yourself from being scammed is to catch the deception before it catches you. This can be tough on eBay because you don’t have face-to-face interactions.

But there’s still hope. Read up on the following 5 scams that are common on eBay. Learn them, memorize them, and always keep an eye out for them. Once you can spot these from a mile away, you’ll never fall prey to them again.

The Overpaying Buyer

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The Scam: When you’re selling an item, the buyer actually offers to pay you more money than the agreed price. At the time of transaction, they’ll send a cashier’s check (a real one) that has no monetary value tied to it. Or they’ll send a faked Paypal email that requires you to show a “shipping/tracking number” before the funds are transferred. By the time you’ve sent the item, it’s too late.

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How It Gets You: Honestly, greed. You put up your old iPhone 4S on Ebay for $200 but a buyer says he wants to give you $350 for it. That promise of extra money is extremely enticing, which automatically shuts off the reasoning centers of the brain in favor of “I’m going to be rich!”

How to Avoid It: Never, never, never, ever send out any items until you have the cold hard cash in your hands. Once you lose possession of the item, you no longer have any leverage with the buyer. Always wait until payments are cleared first.

The Let’s-Finish-This-Elsewhere

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The Scam: A potential buyer will contact you and offer to make an immediate payment if you settle the transaction outside of eBay. The transaction will go smoothly, until they contact you afterwards and complain of a defective product / false advertisement / dishonest eBay listing. They’ll blackmail you into paying them or else they’ll contact eBay and get you banned.

How It Gets You: The promise of guaranteed money, as opposed to potential money from an auction, can sweep you off your guard. Plus, these people are going out of their way to pay real money and make this transaction happen. They couldn’t possibly be con artists, right? Wrong.

How to Avoid It: The reason scammers want to settle outside of eBay is because eBay won’t help you if you do that. eBay is only responsible for transactions that occur entirely through their system. Therefore, if you want eBay’s protection, never agree to settle elsewhere.

The Bait-and-Switch Refund

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The Scam: In this Ebay scam, everything goes according to plan. You put up an item for sale, a buyer bids on it (or Buys It Now if you allowed it), you receive payment, you send the item, done! However, before he bought your item, he also bought a broken version of the same exact item. They use this to blackmail you into giving them a full refund or else they’ll report you to eBay.

How It Gets You: When something like this happens, it’s easy to feel helpless. You feel like they outsmarted you, you have no evidence that your item was functional, you can’t prove that they’re lying. In order to mitigate your losses, you agree to the full refund and move on while the scammer just got a free item from you.

How to Avoid It: Sadly, this scam is a little harder to avoid. You have two options. One, you can require your buyers to purchase shipping insurance to protect yourself against this kind of thing. Two, you can state on your eBay listings that there are NO REFUNDS on your items.

The Vanishing Cash

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The Scam: The scammer sets up an eBay listing that looks entirely legitimate. The deal is finalized and you send in your payment… and receive nothing. They basically run away with your money. This scam occurs most often with vehicle sales and real estate sales on eBay.

How It Gets You: Normally, this sort of scam is prevented by eBay’s Buyer Protection Policy. In that case, if the seller doesn’t ship their listed item, eBay helps to resolve the dispute. However, items in the Vehicle and Real Estate sections of eBay are excluded from the Buyer Protection Policy.

How to Avoid It: The best preventative measure is to avoid buying vehicles and real estate on eBay. Go through more reputable and more secure channels for those kind of transactions.

The eBay Phishing Email

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The Scam: Scammers send you emails disguised as official eBay notices. The email will contain a link to eBay and will often ask you to click on the link to log into your account, secure your passwords, review payment details, or whatever else. What they really want is for you to click that link, which takes you to an imitation eBay website where you enter your login details. Next thing you know, they have your login info and steal your eBay account.

How It Gets You: Because eBay emails are automated, it’s easy to deconstruct them and replicate them. Counterfeit eBay notices are therefore easy to make and send out en masse. The level of detail is usually so high that only a trained eye can spot a fake email from the real deal.

How to Avoid It: Never, ever click on links in emails, whether they claim to come from a trusted source or not. This applies to services other than eBay, too. Never, ever click email links! Always type the address into your browser and log in manually.

Conclusion

Even if you don’t use eBay, knowing about these scam tactics can help protect you against scammers in other areas of life. However, if you do use eBay, then you should be aware of these Ebay scams and always keep your eyes peeled for shady people. Being scammed is never fun so be diligent and stay safe.

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Sashritha Peiris

Although I do not use ebay thanks for the tip. Especially the last one.

ebay seller x

Their another big scam ebay is aware of buyer pays for items then files case did not receive right item they keep item seller out money . also crashes sellers dashboard they work so hard to keep you can tell if a seller is established or not . The new ebay buyer scammer we talk about it at the coffee shops and at the donut shops but ebay just want you to report buyer and nothing else is done .many have turned to other sites to sell and craiglist list for free and still able to take paypal or other card payment . Will ebay really do something about these rotten people . or will ebay just keep losing sellers .

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druv vb

Its good to know that these scams exist. And am sure everybody will read this article and will take note. But these scammers are really good at thier job that most people end up being trapped.
As a general rule for me, I always contact the seller or client to ask them lots of details about the items listed. And to always check for feedback about them.
The only rule is to log on Ebay manually and double check your PayPal manually.
If something is wrong, cancel that credit card.

Joel Lee

Asking a lot of questions can be a lot of work if you buy a lot of stuff but it’s a good habit to get into. It’s not a guarantee that you won’t be scammed but it does help to establish a rapport with the seller and you can pick up clues as to whether or not they’re trying to scam you. Nice!

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Sean Ang

This is informative. Have to really be aware of some of these tactics….

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AP

Never knew that such varied scams happens, last one is very common and frequent happening .

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Andy Liu

I found that the best method for shopping on ebay is to buy from reputable sellers with loads of stars!

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Anonymous

I’ve had more trouble with Craigslist and the fake pay-pal is the most common. Don’t ship anything on Craigslist.

Anonymous Guy

Never had any problems on Craigslist, and I’ve done hundreds of Craigslist transactions (as a buyer and seller) for the past 15 years. You just have to use common sense, and not be an idiot. ie: Cash only in-person transactions. Test and inspect product before paying.

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Venkateswara Swamy Swarna

I buy on the Indian site of eBay (www.ebay.in) and did not face any problems so far as a buyer as far as non-receipt of items. I did face some problem with a seller when the emergency lamp that he sent me became defective in a few days. After complaints, he did send me a replacement.

I bought another item, not very expensive where the seller’s description was found to be at variance when the product (some software loaded on a usb drive) came. I did complain to him but did not pursue it further considering the rather small amount involved.

I am not a seller anyway.

I did not face any issues with clicking on the links from the genuine emails that I get from eBay.

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Noy Sobu

Everyone who wants to transact on Ebay should read this first. Very informative.

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Marc Couture

I often buy/sell on eBay, and the worse thing is when someone buys your item and then tries to wiggle out of paying, or tries to have you ship your item to some far away land, etc. Very annoying.

Darth

worst*

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Daniel Dorilas

Thanks a lot for this great information, i would like to read a post about when ask you to sell item for them on ebay.

thanks

Daniel Dorilas @iJailbreakphone.com

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Florin Ardelian

The “Vanishing Cash” always happens when they ask for payment in advance, but sometimes if they can’t get you to pay all the amount they’ll be happy even with a few hundred bucks. It’s usually done by asking for cash using Western Union, MoneyGram or similar services.

In the “Over Paying Buyer” you also said that the seller shouldn’t ship the item until he sees the money. I’m not an expert, but I know there’s a service called COD (“Cash On Delivery”) so if you agree with the buy that he should pay cash, I don’t see why this isn’t a viable option (**please correct me if I’m wrong!**)

Joel Lee

I’m not entirely familiar with the Cash On Delivery service so I can’t endorse it, though I can’t exactly condemn it either. However, I think eBay’s terms of service require all buyers and sellers to make their transactions through the site ONLY. Does eBay offer a COD option? If not, I would avoid it.

Darth

I think you took the comment “cash in hand” a little too literally.

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Chris Flinn

The best way to avoid the bait and switch is to get the buyer to acknowledge you are sending them a working device but unless they purchase insurance you are not responsible for shipping damage. Then DO NOT seal the box prior to dropping it off. Have the people at the shipping office sign a notice of working order and drop it in the box.

I sold a phone on ebay a few years back and did this. Most of the time it the shipping companies have no problem saying yes we seen it working when he dropped it off to us as long as they know they will not be responsible if no insurance is purchased.

Joel Lee

Most people will just ignore your advice because it adds more work, but I think it’s good. Thanks for sharing!

Darth

saw it working*

Julie

That’s VERY good advise. Thank you!!

Julie

I’m in a situation right now where I got notice that a buyer is claiming he didn’t receive his item & paypal put a hold on my account for the amount he initially paid. When I looked at the tracking on the listing, it says it was delivered 7 days ago. The buyer is stating that the package is on its way back to me, but I can’t find anything that reflects that. He sent me a message with his personal email address & asked me to contact him thru email to “figure it out”. The item was only about $30 & I’m wondering if he’s thinking I’ll just refund him since it’s not a lot, but I honestly don’t know what to think anymore with some of these eBay buyers!! Any advise?? It’s always appreciated:)

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Gideon Pioneer

In regards to bait and switch: the no refunds comment in your listing is useless. Buyers are covered by eBay’s Buyer Protection Policy regardless of what you put in the listing, and saying no refunds does not weasel a seller out of any responsibility. Otherwise you could do the opposite, send out a ton of broken items out and get money.

eBay and PayPal are very buyer-friendly to the point where I’m afraid to list things and always try to sell locally through Craigslist first.

For example, I’m very OCD with electronics and need them to be in perfect condition. Often times when I used to still play video games in the past I would go on eBay to buy PS2 games or whatever and would send the buyer a message asking “is the box and CD absolutely scratch proof and in brand new condition? I’m a collector and need it to be 100% like new”. They would most often times say yes, and I’d buy. Then the item would arrive and the box would have poorly peeled off stickers, and a scratched up CD. I’d be pretty upset and contact eBay (after sellers always telling me to ship it back to him on my own expense…) and state that I want a refund and it’s ridiculous that the seller expects me to pay to ship it back to him due to his lies. And eBay would promptly take the money away from the seller and refund me the money without me needing to ship the item back or provide any sort of proof.

This happened quite a few times with video games and electronics for me in the past and I just avoid eBay now as a seller as much as possible out of fear somebody will do the same to me with something expensive

Shane Fromaggio

“the box would have poorly peeled off stickers.”

“And eBay would promptly take the money away from the seller and refund me the money without me needing to ship the item back or provide any sort of proof.”

So, basically, you are saying you are/were one of the scammers the article is referring to…

Darth

Sounds more like a scam to get free games and rip off the seller.

andy

boxes with sticker marks are not ‘as new’. Sellers should not blatantly lie in descriptions of items.

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Scott Macmillan

I don’t use Ebay much but I really appreciate the info.

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David Maxwell

There are more interesting scams going, which eBay refused to tell me how it is done. We purchased an item for $800 from a perfectly reputable individual. We then received an email, ostensibly from the seller, asking us to send payment by Western Union rather than Paypal. We didn’t. But my question is how the scammers got ahold of the record of the transaction to permit their creating scam emails.

Joel Lee

Any time a buyer or seller wants to make a transaction outside of eBay using other methods, that should be an immediate red flag. You were correct in not sending any money. I’m not sure how that particular scam would work, but you surely dodged a bullet there.

Tony

“Any time a buyer or seller wants to make a transaction outside of eBay using other methods, that should be an immediate red flag.”
That’s not true if it’s the seller who wants to do that. Reasons include fees and own protection against scammers who abuse Buyer Protection.
“I’m not sure how that particular scam would work”
If you don’t, that probably means you are being paranoid. I try my best to charge extra from paranoid buyers like you as insurance from Buyer Protection abuse and recoupment of extra ebay costs. You gotta pay for all your insecurities in life!

Tony

David > Western Union (international transfer?) sounds fishy and might be originating from a third party.
If you can establish the authenticity of the email and the seller is reputable (and didn’t receive most of his feedback within the last 30 days) there isn’t much that can go wrong.
I understand your concern given the purchase price though.

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Krist Bussart

on the The Bait-and-Switch Refund scam, another way to beat this scam and get law enforcement involved is to take a picture of the device and one of any serial number or other identification number (such as cell phone IMEI number.) Then if the buyer tries this scam ask them to confirm the number before replacement/refund. If it does not match call law enforcement, it is now fraud and (at least in the states if across state lines) a federal offense.

Joel Lee

Ha, good idea. That’ll catch them with their pants down! I love it. :D

Tony

Good idea.
Here in Australia, I wouldn’t count on the cops to investigate ebay fraudsters though. They would be either too busy issuing traffic tickets or wouldn’t be bothered.

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Nermal

Most of these ar SO obvious that they are easy to not get caught in.

Anyone getting caught in them is a moron and has set themselves up for the scam.

The “switch” one and the plain “no item” one are the two exceptions – it’s almost impossible not to get slapped with them and no amount of self-control and common sense will prevent them.

The others – the “overpay”, the “elsewhere”, and the “email” scams are just the greedy seller being an arse and catching themselves in the scam, hence they are morons!

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Dee Wheat

I have had only one problem on Ebay, and that was a seller who did not ship the item. That, however, happened years ago and I think Ebay has made many, many changes since then because they have realized that their buyers are their true lifeblood. Without buyers, a seller will take their goods, and seller fees, elsewhere. I do know they’re much more responsive to issues now than they were in their early days, which is nice.

Joel Lee

Yeah, I do believe that eBay is more buyer-friendly than they were years ago. You are absolutely correct: without buyers, sellers will disappear, too. It’s in eBay’s best interest to be as helpful to buyers as possible, so hopefully these scams will disappear in the future.

Dee Wheat

Sadly, as soon as they do someone will think up another one! The irony is that if these folks spent as much time and energy on a job as they do on their scams, they wouldn’t need to scam people!

Matt

How is a buyer more important than the seller? Without one you cannot have the other. They are equally important; it’s a symbiotic relationship.

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Sara Camarillo

As a new seller I find this list daunting and helpful. I’ll definitely keep my eyes out for scammers.

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Keith Swartz

eBay buyers BEWARE!

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Philip Cohen

And the ugly reality for consumers dealing with the clunky, unscrupulous eBay/PayPal complex …
“Shill Bidding Fraud on eBay: Case Study #5″ … http://bit.ly/11F2eas

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harley bellwood

I haven’t used eBay a lot but I still get nervous when I do use it. Any shopping on line scares me.

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Ryan G.

Another possible scam that I’m currently trying to deal with: item pre-sales. Ebay will allow listing of pre-sale items, say: a new game console that comes out next month, a designer dress that won’t be released for 5 weeks. I used to like to use eBay to lock in prices for some things that I expect will get hyped after it hits the market.

The problem is that the buyer protection only extends 45 days from the date of PAYMENT, not SHIPMENT. That means that once those 45 days have passed, the seller can just walk away with your money and give you the finger. This isn’t just academic: I had eBay turn down a claim against a fraudulent seller where everything in the transaction was perfect: communications through eBay, payment through PayPal, listing was shown as protected, etc…

I guess the only way to protect yourself from that is to either avoid pre-sale auctions altogether or to file prophylactic buyer protection claims in advance of the shipping date and keep it open until the item actually ships. But wow, I wish eBay had made this clear before I lost a lot of money on this.

OA

As a buyer I got scammed like this with magazine subscriptions years ago. Because it said wil take 5-8 weeks for subscriptions to start, I could not complain when I did not receive anything by 30th day, by week 8 I even forgot about my subscriptions. eBay really needs to change rules for items that do not ship within a week, either ban these sales or give buyer an extention.

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TJ Clayton

How about when EBay/PayPal scams the purchaser? I’ve had a PayPal account linked to one of my credit cards since 2005 and now I can’t use it anymore cause I’ve hit a “sending limit”. Mind you I’ve spent over $4000 with no problems what so ever and have a100% positive feedback rating on EBay. The only option given me by PayPal is to link MY personal bank account number to PayPal or to apply for THEIR credit card – NOW WHO IS BEING SCAMMED?

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Nisar

Hi Everyone,

I am selling on ebay, and Mr. Lee is 100% right about fraud and theft involved on ebay.

Tip: The best way to find out about fake ebay emails is;
1. open the email (but don’t click the links in it)
2. Click Reply (as we reply common emails to friends or families)
3. check if the sender’s email is 100% from ebay (ebay@ebay.co.uk OR ebay@ebay.com)
4. carefully check the spelling of email, migt be something different (ebye@ebye.co.uk or something like that)
5. Never ever send emails to buyers from your yahoo/gmail/hotmail etc..
6. communicate with your byers/sellers through ebay messaging or Resolution center.

Best of Luck

Joel Lee

Nice advice, Nisar! Communicating through Ebay ONLY is very important. Ebay won’t help you at all if you perform any transactions or communications outside of their system (since only Ebay messages are tracked on their system).

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Nisar

Keep in mind!
ebay gives buyers the highest priority, making a very tiny mistake will put the seller in a big trouble

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madhatter

You might avoid the swich scam by marking high value items with a UV pen before you send them. Make it clear the item us marked with one in the decription and that you will prosecute scamers.

Also report scams if you have been a victim to the police. There is a special UK site just for reporting fraud: http://actionfraud.org.uk/

I was a victim of fraud where I sold a high vaule item through ebay, sent it off no problems recived payment; then the buyer informed her credit card company that her card was used without her autherisation. Paypal took back my money and even though I proved the item had been delivered to the address, I lost my ÂŁ200 and teh xbox. I have reported this to the police but I hold out little hope of getting my money back.

Mart Jones

A similar story:
I sold a very nice cellphone on ebay. Buyer made payment to my paypal account and i Shipped the phone out to the buyer. Well the package went there and came half way back. Then tracking showed that it was delivered to a mailbox in a wrong city. Package seemed to be lost…. Then the buyer asked ebay for a refund cuz they never received their item and ebay refunded their money.
In the meantime I opened a case with the United states postal service on a lost package. Two days later the package was delivered to my buyers address but he already got his money back. When an item is delivered the tracking information stops right there even if it’s delivered to the wrong address and no matter what happens after that the ebay record shows no more activity of that item. So I went to the post office and got proof of the item being delivered to my buyer and mailed it to ebay resolution center and i am now awaiting the outcome. Wow!!!

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neguiga

has anyone heard of 3747electronic.com

Mart Jones

I dealt with a similar name. They offered in their listing an item for a cheap price, then that took you to their private website with cheap items… I purchased item thru paypal, never heard another thing. Still want my money back.

steve

Stay away from that 3747electronics or whatever it is..i shouldve known better but tried anyway..got scammed by them by purchasing a ps4 cheap and in turn received an old fake U.S. Coin..filed paypal claim and they offered me half my money back..accepted because they answered a message in the paypal claim that if item was lost in return shipping they were not responsible and no refund woukd be given..knew they were gonna say thry didnt receive it even if they did so just accepted half money back and done with it..stay away!!!

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mj

Be careful with craiglist car sellers. There is a scam going on with a seller who advertising cars bellow market values and then they say they do payment with ebay. They give you a sad story why they are selling the car. They tell you to pay with green dot cards and they will ship you the car free of charge. They tell you that you have 10 days to return the car back to the seller free of charge. If you don’t like the car they will refund the money. The problem is you never get the car. You never talk to the seller, its all done by email. Don’t fall for this scam.

Tammy

I have had 2 people email sad stories of loved ones dying in the past 2 days when my husband told me this was to good to be true I backed off the first one. Then I seen a different vehical that was cheap we played into it for a few minutes then I let them hear what I thought about sick people and what they were doing. I’m so glad I didn’t get scammed. It’s sad what people will say or do or both for money. It makes me sick.

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chet

I purchaced a elec piano on ebay and its located in south africa and the seller is taking a long time to ship the item. It looks like he has no intention of shipping it. I should be protected with buyer protection but this could be a scam because even if i get my money back they keep the keyboard and the money as well.

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Christina

Hi there, I have been scammed several times on eBay. When I was thinking of deactivating my account, I came across an interesting online service – ebuyersreviewed. com. I like this site and I use it every day. You can screen a buyer before you ship any item to him/her or report one so other sellers can benefit from your experience. I think this is the only protection that I can get at this time.

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hgh

Is there any scams that the buyer does not collect a paid for item that requires a signature and ignores any emails sent since the post but was communicative previously? has good feedback as a buyer but is not collecting an expensive parcel and I do not know why. any ideas?

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sean

I have been scammed by payandpack
I ordered a fire place fan, after I received it I realized it is wrong side so I spent another $20 to shipped back,
months passed by I contacted ebay, paypal and NO Fan NO refund
scammed big time by payandpack watch out

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Anonymous Guy

eBay is great for buyers (if you use PayPal), but generally not for sellers.

The best way to not get scammed on eBay (as a seller), is not to use eBay at all. eBay/PayPal will almost always favor the buyer in a dispute, even if you ship to a confirmed address. All the buyer has to say is that the “box was empty” or the item received was “not as described” ie: was shipped a brick. Guess who is going to be on the hook? Yup, the seller. As a seller, you have no way to defend against this scam.

Bruno

I believe i’m about to go through this. Sold two items on ebay to a guy, both arrived broken, i offered a full refund upon receiving the item, buyer has been stalling all week, we traded about 80 emails and he’s trying to shake me down, like keeping the items (300us worth) and getting a 175US refund.

A 10 year account, 100% feedback above average about to go down the drain .. all thanks to a system that favours buyers blindly.

Plain awful

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vl20

I bought an htc eone m8 from ebay.in… sinz price ws low compared to others we made a total payment thru credit card and ordered fone….. they fone reached us after 20days … n instead of usually being double sim ,it turned out to b single sim… apart frm tht the fone is sprint locked … wich cn b operated in US…in india we need to pay 4000 to 5000 rs to unlock. On complaing to ebay… they r only askg us to talk to seller who is from US And seller is askg us to call cust care!! We r jacked!!

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vl20

Font know how to ge
t our money back…. everytime we call ebay they say they will call in 72hrs … but its all in vain…. no solution still … my bank has already started sendg me emis for the credit cared payment i made……. we r tensed what to do n whom to contact now

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Kevin

Sold a gold coin worth $2000 and buyer said item was not as described and sent me a chocolate coin upon return. Ebay did nothing except refund the guy and now I am out $2000

Anonymous

Plan your next vacation to teach that guy a lesson!

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KG

eBay has the Help and Contact page which is very useful if you have question or concerns.
Knowledge is very powerful, takes a lot of reading but it’s really going to help you avoid problems .

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Sarah

Any info on how a transaction went perfectly on ebay motors? How do you pay? Get title? I feel I am about to get scammed.

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R4AVITEJA

I HAVE BUYED A GUN PRICE 500 AFTER DELIVERY I HAVE WENT TO MY NEARBY STORES AND AND I SAW THAT GUNS,THERE IS PRICE 200

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ragonarf

you are right ebay has digressed. However, it is not just the buyers. Many sellers are misrepresenting products. pictured items do not match auction descriptions, auction descriptions contain stock material and seller information that conflict, resellers pretend to users selling their personal p.c., p.c.’s are listed as used that have been modified, incompetently by resellers and on and on. I now put more weight on who I am buying from than the item and I still come across sellers I wish I never heard of. I now do everything possible to avoid anything listed refurbished and the the stuff still shows up at my door modified. I do not like wasting time with ebay cases either. I have won every one I have filed but its opportunity wasted because I usually miss a good deal from a legit seller while waiting for the case to settle. anyway, ebay should open a vip auction house for legitimate sellers and they are still out there and legitimate buyers.

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Anonymous

Ticket sales scams: There is a scammer selling concert tickets on eBay called “ticketroo”. I have been an eBay customer for years, and this guy had 100% good feedback. Purchased two Linkin Park tickets for a Calgary February 12 2015 concert for my daughter which was cancelled. Ticketroo has a guarantee on his website to “fully refund tickets if the concert is cancelled and not rescheduled”. I have written him over 7 times and not one reply. We found out his user account and wrote him as well. Nothing. When I called eBay and PayPal they said there was nothing they could do because I bought the tickets in November for a February concert which was over 90 days ago. Beware of this seller! I have reported him to the RCMP for fraud. Will be reporting him to the OPP and HaltonPolice now as well as the Canadian anti-fraud system. How can I recommend using eBay ever again? ?

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todo

i’m trying to sell my engagement ring on ebay and i have a buyer who says that he can’t pay through paypal without my paypal email. scam or legit? any feedback would be appreciated.
thanks

Tony

He could just be ignorant. Has he not bidded/bought the item on ebay yet? If he is going to pay through paypal but out of ebay, then what he says is true (I believe). Anyway, be careful selling something valuable on ebay/paypal. Look at what has happened to Kevin, about 10 posts above.

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anonymous

thought I sold my playstation on *ebay* and was told to give shipping number and I would get payment, seeing those emails and thinking they looked so real almost cost me my playstation and all my games! I paid for the postage to NIGERIA. and only realised a few hours later, I was so fortunate to get my parcel back before it even left my town! this scammer went by the name of Larry skesh, or Richard moore. my best piece of advice to buyers or sellers is to run everything via eBay customer service and PayPal customer service and do. not trust emails at all. my other piece of advice is if anyone lives in one country and wants it sent to another then don’t do it and immediately alert eBay etc. make sure you do not send ANYTHING without having the money. and don’t be greedy, I just thought I’m getting a wicked deal and will get loads of money, even the guy at the post office said it was a silly idea and I didn’t listen until it was almost to late. let’s help stop this buy alerting everybody of who these people are (names, emails, addresses, etc) and stop fraud and scams.

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dylan

i got scammed for buying a razor naga mom gaming mouse :( sad life

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dylan

MMO

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sara

Please help me :(
I bought a bag . I found on ebay but the seller wanted me to pay by Paypal. She sent me an invoice. I paid and she emailed me that she received the money and sent the item. She also gave me a tracking number from Portugal. The number was possible to track in Portugal, now I can’t track it when it’s out of Portugal. It hase been already 14 days since she shipped. But it never arrived. She doesn’t reply to my emails and her phone number doesn’t even exist. Do you think Paypal will refund my money back? She said it was the safest to pay vie Paypal. that I could ask my money back, if something goes wrong. I really think I got robbed. I paid so much money :( I should have paid through ebay. Please give me advice. How can I get my money back?

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4n0nym0u5

Sara.. don’t worry you have 45 days after your payment to start a dispute with paypal and claim a refund from the seller. For all my buy on eBay, when at 44 days after my payment I do not have my item, I start a dispute explaining that I don’t get the item and I want to be sure that I will be refunded or that I will get my item.

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Bruno

I always STRONGLY recommend every seller to AVOID ebay like a plague! Buyers always get their way, scammer or not, they know that even weak positive feedback can hurt largely sellers trying to make a name. So please avoid putting yourself in the hands of this evil enterprise, soon enough you’ll find yourself in the middle of a distressful, unfair, money consuming situation.

eBay feedback from seller standpoint: garbage

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H de Vries

f*** me, I have just shipped a pair of shoes to someone and the buyer used the exact same text as in the example of the ‘overpaying buyer’…

I feel so stupid now, wish I had read this article earlier….

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cj

My niece ordered a pair of shoes. She got a package with a tracking number from the US Post Office. Inside the box was an ink pen. She tried to get her money back and they said the package was delivered and tracking number verified delivery.

I ordered a collectible toy tractor and it was shipped with a tracking number thru the US Post Office. The tracking number showed delivery to our local post office. Package was never delivered to our PO Box. Post office said “it was delivered to your box” It wasn’t. Either delivered to someone else’s box, or employee stole it. I lost my money.

I ordered something that took a while to come and there were several emails between me and seller documenting the difficulty. However, by the time it played out, it was too late to file a dispute. ALWAYS FILE A DISPUTE AS SOON AS THERE IS A POSSIBLE QUESTION.

In the beginning I ordered a box of upholstery fabric samples and didn’t read the shipping costs before agreeing to the sale. It turned out to be $50. WATCH THOSE SHIPPING CHARGES.

Otherwise, I’ve found eBay to be satisfactory. Just beware.

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