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How to avoid getting scammed on eBay!

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by scurvy, Oct 15, 2016.

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    Its hard to get completely scammed on ebay these days due to its top-notch Buyer Protection Plans. However you can save yourself some time and money and stress by knowing how to spot a scam seller a mile away. Follow these simple rules.
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    1) Try and buy from a Top rated Seller- these sellers have high reputations and will never even dream of doing anything to hurt their reputation.

    2) Even new sellers without much or zero feedback don't always automatically mean they are con artists. Just make sure you message them and ask for details and see how they respond etc. However if the seller has zero feedback and the item price is too good to be true its 99% certain to be a fake listing. Remember if its too good to be true it usually is.

    3) eBay will show some sellers with lots of 100% positive feedback trying to sell something real cheap. Always make sure the feedback is as a Seller and not as a Buyer. You can do this by clicking on the feedback number enclosed in brackets next to the seller's user name. If seller does not have any Seller feedback always be wary of buying something that's going for real cheap. Most likely it'll be fake.

    4) Recent scam I got caught to involved hackers getting control of long unused eBay accounts with lots of good feedback to create their fake listings. I bought an iPhone they had listed for an unusually low price- but since the seller had lots of good Seller feedback I thought it was the real deal.

    Later eBay contacted and informed me the Sellers account has been hacked and to immediately request a refund, which I did. Seller did not respond and after a week eBay refunded me fully- however the currency coversion fees were not refunded and I lost about $20 beacuse of it.

    So always the top rule of the book is "If its too good to be true, it usually is".
    Buy Safe.
     
    scurvy, Oct 15, 2016 IP
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    i been scam by ebay hosting seller . the package is include a whm account but it not come with it , i try to asking about the whm account but it would reply what a shame on the seller.
     
    fokerss, Oct 16, 2016 IP
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    A good way to win your disputes is to make sure your shipping address matches the address on your Ebay and Paypal accounts. This may be a problem if you happen to be ordering through a mail forwarding service. I found this out from personal experience.
     
    LilibethSantos, Oct 23, 2016 IP
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    Ouch! #4 is rough, and that loss Ebay made you take in the currency conversion would be something I take to their corporate contacts, and speak to their legal department regarding - not a smart move on their part.
     
    wco, Oct 24, 2016 IP
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    Zirkon Kalti Well-Known Member

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    it is best to always check the seller feedback to see if it has 99% positive rating or higher when you want to buy something on eBay.
     
    Zirkon Kalti, Oct 26, 2016 IP
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    wco Well-Known Member

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    Ya, definitely. But the OP points out how hijacked accounts were used to steal money from customers that saw and trusted what they perceived to the the original account owners reputation points. Yet after the fact, although EBay refunded user's funds, it allowed - as a corporation - the refund to be incomplete on the account of a 'money conversion' which is both appalling and disappointing. Definitely will think twice in the future about doing business with EBay if these are their business practices - not impressive. International Amazon Shipping and Lazada - here I come!
     
    wco, Oct 26, 2016 IP
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    Are you sure Lazada is the kind of place you want to shop at? I've heard that they always deliver the wrong items to customers. Do you know that it is especially dangerous to buy phones from eBay because many of the phones listed are fake and pirated even when they advertise it as being branded in the description.
     
    Zirkon Kalti, Oct 26, 2016 IP
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    Nope, definitely not at the top of my picks. If I have to do business with Ebay, I prefer to do international, and not only will I choose best-rated sellers, but I will also specifically target sellers that are in states locale to my state or residence as I am most familiar with the people there, local law enforcement agencies, and can much easier conduct a background check into the seller, or have someone else do it as a remedy to ensure I get back any due funds from a bad deal.

    As for Lazada, no, I wouldn't trust a seller on there as far as shipping goes for as far as I could throw the seller. However, local meet-ups, I'd try. But, as far as safety, and this is a trend I noticed both on Ebay and sometimes Lazada is that it'll be an actual local business or shop, so you can go purchase or pickup the product directly that way - in a safe, controller environment in comparison to the other options. I don't even think there's a trust or review system in place at Lazada, not sure, as I haven't resorted to using it yet. I did seriously try once, for Nicotine gum but the seller seemed to be set on us doing is on a 'trust' transaction. If you won't send me the product up-front then I won't make the payment up front without some way to hold you accountable.
     
    wco, Oct 26, 2016 IP