Archive for January, 2010
I am an eBay user from Japan, but I have a contract with network transferring company in US. Can I bid on your item?”
In this case, I have left positive feedback for all my buyers…and I'm still waiting. Is there a tactful reminder that I can send through email without sounding pushy?
Dear eBay Queen;
I am trying to buy a used car. After searching, I found the car I wanted on Craig’s List. I contacted the seller, and he sent me this email.
“The 2007 Toyota Camry LE is in a perfect working condition. My experienced tech has fully checked out the car, and gives it a special high rating. It has a CLEAR and CLEAN TITLE, a great it’s never had any mechanical problems, safety check and pre-delivery inspection along with a fresh servicing before I ship or deliver the car. It has 9,747 miles and the VIN# is 4T1BE46K57U621002. I have the pictures of the car hosted at the following address:
As I know that my current situation is pretty special, I want the deal closed only through eBay's Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it, (for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway, I am sure that if you will be satisfied with the car. If not, I will surely find another buyer in your area, and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.
I am located in London, and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between USA and United Kingdom. One month ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can't register it here. Iit has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take forever. My final price on it is US $2,970. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo, so it will not cost me anything. It will be flown to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 3 days. Please get back to me as soon as possible if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped, so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.”
Does this sound right? I am worried it might be a scam. I don’t understand how it works if it is one though. I really want this car, and it’s a great price!
LL, Ottawa; KS
You know when something sounds too good to be true? This is one of those times. This is a classic Craigslist/eBay scam. Deals on eBay are between the seller and the buyer. Payments are not made to eBay, and no one at eBay Motors will be contacting you about this. It is a scam, and needs to be reported. For more information about scams like this go here: http://cgi3.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewUserPage&userid=red-flags
This type of scam usually has a member of the armed services needing to sell his or her car, at an extremely low price. Your seller has said he is willing to ship this car for free using, the United States Military Cargo plane. I’ve never heard of the US Military shipping cargo for free.
The seller will then lull the buyer into thinking it’s all on the up and up by saying “the only way they will sell this is if they use eBay’s Buyer Protection Plan”, but eBay’s Buyer protection plan is for PayPal payments, NOT Western Union.
For more information about this type of scam from eBay go here http://answercenter.ebay.com/forum.jspa?forumID=6
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