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Cheated on eBay

I found out I was cheated out of over US$1000 today. I was buying a new laptop to replace my aging Dell monster. I bid on a new Apple 12" Powerbook over eBay and won it for a good price. Too good, it would turn out.

The seller said he shipped the laptop using a slow shipping method. It didn't arrive after a few weeks. I emailed the seller and he reassured me it would arrive very soon. After a few more weeks I email the guy again but he didn't respond.

Now, I check the eBay website and the guy's account has been cancelled. A whole bunch of people have posted negative feedback saying how they too have been ripped off. It seems he spent one year setting up his account, auctioning off a few items, building his ebay reputation (he had 100% positive feedback) and then set up a whole load of fraud auctions, took people's money and ran. It is past ebay's buyer protection/complaints deadline (45 days after the sale), so no way for me to get the money back. Nothing I can do. Just spent over $1000 learning a lesson.

Lessons learnt:

Material nature tempts you with a attractive looking promises: "do this and you'll be happy", "buy this, it's cheap", "this is for you to enjoy". However, things rarely turn out as one expects. You get cheated and exploited. A horrible feeling. Better to practice Krishna consciousness and escape the cruel, merciless grip of the material world.

Conclusions and advice:

  • Never buy anything over $1000 on eBay
  • Don't trust anyone
  • Be extremely careful with anyone that has less than 1000 positive feedbacks
  • If the item doesn't arrive in 30 days, never wait, file a fraud claim immediately

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  • candidas das 18/09/2005 1:15pm (12 years ago)

    (<strong>ebay/paypal's response</strong>)

    Thank you for taking the time to contact us with your concerns. I am happy to assist you further.

    While we appreciate your position we are only able to pursue claims filed within the legally agreed period under our User Agreement. You can still file your claim and there may be a possibility for this to be pursued at a later date should the seller have further account issues however this can not be guaranteed.

    Exercise caution when purchasing items with a significantly delayed delivery date. Delivery dates more than 20 days after your payment involve more risk. Please note, PayPal sellers are not allowed to sell goods with delivery dates delayed more than 20 days from the date of payment.

    Per our User Agreement, claims must be filed no later than 45 days from the date of payment. Only one claim may be filed per PayPal transaction. PayPal will seek to resolve the claim within 30 days of the date the claim is filed, though such time frame may be extended, if appropriate, to accommodate the investigation.

    Please let me know if you need further assistance.

    Sincerely,
    Sean
    PayPal Resolution Services

  • Nanda Sunu dasa 18/09/2005 9:34am (12 years ago)

    ouch!!

  • ekendra 18/09/2005 3:38am (12 years ago)

    ouch!!! ouch! ouch!!!

    (I FEEL FOR YOU BROTHER. THAT'S GOTTA HURT!!)

    (I'VE DONE STUPIDER THINGS - IF IT MAKES YOU FEEL BETTER TO KNOW)

  • bakari 17/09/2005 8:47pm (12 years ago)

    Hi, just discovered your blog through Technorati. Sorry to hear about you being ripped off. I just won an auction the other day for an out of the box new OS X Tiger software for $74. I'm not sure if that was the best deal, but hey I saved at least sixty bucks. It was my first win.

    But I was wondering did you check the seller's profile and history before you bid? I've read that a reliable seller especially for someone selling expensive items should have at least a 98% approval rating. The guy I purchased had a lot of positive comments, and I'll be sure to ad mine if the software turns out legit.

    I'm weary about buying any hardware over the internet, especially used items for you just don't know what you're getting in the end.

    So did you contact eBay? If so, what did they say?

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