I was SCAMMED on eBay and SURVIVED to TELL about IT ....

United States
June 13, 2007 4:11pm CST
So as many of my friends know I am a struggling eBay Seller, I have been selling on eBay, off and on, more on as of lately, for the past two years, I love it and I hate it. Recently I presented with an opportunity to sell some things for another individual that I found via the internet, one of the items he had me sell recently was a Sony (sealed in the box) notebook computer, retails for $899, I was selling and the bids were going well up to $900 and then 2 minutes before the bid was over a $3,000 bid came in and then another $3,050 won the auction. I was flabbergasted, but thrilled thinking of my commission, then the email came, first from eBay telling me that it was scammed, then the second highest bidder at $3,000 wanting to send the computer to Russia for the poor orphan children, right away my boss said "no way" this is a scam, I then proceeded to offer it to the third highest bidder at $900, which they accepted and then never paid. So, in the end, after all the drama, all the phone calls, all the highs and lows of one sale, it was relisted on eBay again in hopes that I will sell it. Still can't believe I got scammed ... anybody been scammed?
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26 responses
• United States
13 Jun 07
I have a woman who claimed I hadn't paid and unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, I paid with a money order. The cost and effort of tracing the money order isn't worth the $45 it was worth so I just left it go but then the dork had the gull to actually put a BAD check against me!!!! I've only had one instance where I won something and didn't pay for it and that was because I had asked the guy to cancel and he wouldn't. It's tuff when you have a bad experience on e-bay because it tends to leave you with a bitter taste. I usually will use my paypal money that I make here for ebay but the $45 one was something special that I needed to get immediately. Unfortunately it never happened.
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• United States
13 Jun 07
In the past two years I have had so many good to have this one truly bad makes me miss all the good .. thanks for responding, it is truly appreciated.
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• United States
14 Jun 07
I haven't been scammed, but I almost was! I'm trying to sell my Nokia 6680 (which I guess I'll put up in eBay soon) so I put it up on craigslist.org for $150. I get an email of someone wanting to purchase it for $300. I thought it was way weird they would ask for more, but hey, more money for me! The person then asks if I could send the phone to Nigeria for her husband. My alarm bells go off, I ask around and sure enough I was being scammed. Thankfully I didn't send my phone...I would've been so crushed had I fallen for that.
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• United States
14 Jun 07
You will get more money for your camera if you put it on eBay than craigslist, the only difference is you will have a listing and closing fee to pay on eBay, but if you make more money it all works out for the best. Thanks for responding, it is truly appreciated.
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• United States
14 Jun 07
I just put it up last night. I'm so nervous! Ha! Here's hoping it goes well. Thanks!
• United States
13 Jun 07
Did I get this right .. Did you have the computer in your site? If so you can always relist it. You did not lose any fees on the sale. Or am I missing something. I get these losers on ebay as well. I can't believe they always get in my account to list cars and such on my acct.
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• United States
13 Jun 07
I did relist it, but when they sent me the first email that said that my relisting fees would be recouped due to the scam, although when I relisted it they stated no relisting fees would be reimbursed. It not the relisting, it is the mere fact of all the drama just to sell a computer, something that should be a easy item to sell, in fact, most things are easy to sell on there, without this much drama. Sorry to go off, I get passionate about this eBay thing ... thanks for responding, it is truly appreciated.
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• United States
13 Jun 07
try to feel better about things soon. Ebay seems to have all sorts of losers these days. I hope you do better soon. :)
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@easy888 (10406)
• Australia
13 Jun 07
Hello,texasclassygal,i am an ebay user but i seldom trade on ebay,that is why i have never been scammed at ebay before. Before I think ebay is a very safe place,but i have read alot of discussions about someone being scammed in the ebay,either someone have suffered from money loss or they have not received their goods.It raises me the doubt about the safety of ebay,it seems that no matter how good a site is ,scammers still exist and we have to be awared in any situations. Take care.
• United States
13 Jun 07
Feel fortunate, I got sucked in with the auctions, I love them and can't wait to win them or have them sold, this has been my living for the past 2 years I can't imagine going back to a law office to make money these days. Thanks for answering Easy, it is always appreciated.
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@mirage108 (3403)
• United States
13 Jun 07
I too am an ebay seller also, mostly off for a while now. I have been lucky I have never been scammed
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• United States
13 Jun 07
I think it has to do with the computers, I have been a Seller on there for 2 years, no problems, and now all of sudden I want to sell a new computer and I get a ton of spam email to my eBay mail of people wanting to sell me computers and then I sell the dern thing and I get this garbage.
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@SheliaLee (2738)
• United States
14 Jun 07
Hi There! Since you have brought this discussion up I am a little bit concerned about something and I wanted to ask you about it? You remember I started a discussion this morning about making my first sale on e-bay. Well, I had four items listed. One lady bought two of the items and has already paid for it by PayPal so I put it in the mail to her today. The other two items are showing being sold to another lady. Still learning about this I first sent her an invoice that only had one item on it. The other item she bid on still had less than a minute so they didn't have it listed on the invoice. I sent the message that tell you to to give specific instructions about payment and shipping. I put on there that if she didn't have a PayPal account she could pay me by money order and I gave my mailing address. I don't feel comfortable taking a personal check from someone I have never met so I felt like this was the best option. She sent me an e-mail saying "Hi...I just received invoice and it states..If paying by paypal 26.00/Money order 36.00...Is this correct? Thanks" This is the reply that I sent back to her: I'm sorry about that, the invoice I sent just had one product. I should have waited until both products showed up that you bought. For the two beautisets that you bought the total is $36.00, You had a bid on one set for $11.50 and the other for $24.50 for a total of $36.00. When I had not heard anything from her this morning and no notification of a payment to my PayPal account I sent her this e-mail. This is after I had sent her the revised invoice which showed both items she had bought: I just wondered if you received the updated invoice that I sent you that had both items listed that you purchased? If you don't mind letting me know and if you need to ask me anything else please let me know. :) Thank you very much and have a wonderful day! Shelia McCrary I still haven't heard anything else from her. I don't know if she is sending me a money order or if she has decided not to purchase the BeautiControl. I haven't seen or been notified that she has cancelled the sale either. We are leaving Monday going out of town and I'm not sure exactly how to handle this. Do you have any suggestions to help me out? I don't mean to bother you but I want to do the right thing. SheliaLee
• United States
14 Jun 07
Understandable what you did, she should not have balked at the first invoice, cause how did you know she was going to win the second auction, some people ... Your only recourse at this point is a 7 day wait, you wait for 7 days, if you have not heard anything you can go on to your auction and there is a link for "Report an Unpaid Item" this is where eBay will send them a message that they have a alert that this item has not been paid, usually that will prompt the buyer to write to you (angry in most instances) since they seem to think that this alert will affect their eBay standings (it does, if they get 2 or more, but not with one). Then just wait, unsure if you put in your auction how soon you expect payment, but I have had many dealings with unpaid bidders. If they do not paid in the specified time that you have allowed, I file alerts and do leave negative feedback and then when you relist your item you can recoup your listing fees from the first auction. Good luck with this, if you need more assistance send me a message, I am sure I can help you out, I have been doing this eBay thing for over 2 years now, gotta love it to hate it.
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@angelface23 (2502)
• United States
14 Jun 07
When I first started out selling things were going really well and then I sold a few items which I shipped at the same time at the post office. I started getting emails asking me where the items were. I think I shipped three things to three different people and only one ended up getting her items. I know this is more of the post offices' fault but these people were really mad and they gave me bad feedback. I don't really think it's my fault. I mean I took the items and had them shipped. I paid for the shipping costs. Once I drop it off at the post office it should no longer be my responsibility.
• United States
14 Jun 07
It is NOT responsibility and if they had purchased insurance for your items they would have been covered, if they didn't it is NOT your responsibility for the shipment of these items, it is the post office job. I feel bad that you were left negative feedback for something that was out of your control, I hope you wrote negative on their feedback also claiming your liability.
• United States
14 Jun 07
It is YOUR responsibility, insurance protects the seller not the buyer...if you ordered something and didn't get it would you be happy if they said oh well sorry but too bad, we are still keeping your money and your not getting what you paid for thanks for the money...thats called mail fraud It is the Sellers responsibilty to get the item to their buyer, you contract with the shipper(usps,ups, fedex) to get the item to them so again it is your responsibilty. If you take Paypal and the person doesn't get the item or it comes broken, they are protected...just file either Item not received or significatly not as described and Paypal will refund them. Just put the cost of ins. into your shipping price or UPS covers up to $100 with no extra charge.
• Philippines
14 Jun 07
hi there, i already scammed in ebay not already once but twice,,,, and the most stupid is the scammer is just one person.... that is why im not using ebay right now... and i hate myself for that..
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• United States
26 Jun 07
yes i have been scammed i was tring to sell this beautiful diamond ring for my aunt for 3,000 some one bid on it and wanted to pay threw a escrow service but they wanted to go threw one they found but all along they built the website so im glad i dint go threw with
• Canada
22 Jun 07
Thats horrible , did you find out if it ever sold ??? If so , how much did it go for ??? Did youstill get your Commission ??? Good luck and be careful in the future ...
@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
15 Jun 07
I've never sold anything on eBay so haven't been scammed but what a mess it looks like you went through - it seems they would have some sort of protection to stop outragous bids or something. Of course it is good they caught it before the computer was shipped or anything.
@Sir_bobby88 (8245)
• Singapore
15 Jun 07
well at least you never anything but time yea .... but i do think that you had earn a lot of money from ebay already . or else you won't continue to sell things in ebay yea
• Australia
15 Jun 07
yeah i had a girl contact me once to aske if we could do buisness together, she said i would list her item "louis vuitton" etc and they pay me and shell ship, and we would split profits, i thought that sounded good and figured i would hold the money till customer recieved item first time incase i needed to give a refund, well i listed the first couple of items and they kept dissapering so i gave up figuring it was a scam as ebay was deleting the listings!
@ahgong (10086)
• Singapore
15 Jun 07
hmm... you still have the computer in your possession, why would you consider this a scam? Just relist the item and let someone else buy it. I guess it is one of the things one has to endure to get something of higher value sold on e-bay. As long as you did not lose anything, there is no scam. Just a failed transaction. That is all. There are others who paid for stuff... money successfully transfered but no good delivered! Those are scams. And these scammers are everywhere! I hope that they meet up with someone who will hang them by their balls for cheating people of their hard-earned money! :(
• United States
14 Jun 07
I belive that all the things on the computer is scams i odnt trust being paid including my lot or giving out information it can hurt you in the future and your credit be affected because the first time youg ive iut personal info it can and all.
• United States
14 Jun 07
I've been fortunate on eBay. Over the years I've done hundreds of transactions but yes I have been cheated a couple of times. The first time was right after 9/11 and I had only been on eBay for about a month. My best friend worked as a bartender at the local VFW and they were looking for some small flags for people to put up wherever they wished. So I told her I'd look around on eBay and see what I could find. I found a guy who was selling miniature flags on a wooden stick and I thought the price was ok. When I got them they weren't on wooden sticks but plastic straws and were so poorly made I wouldn't put them on my dog house. Not to mention I was outrageously overcharged on the shipping. I wrote to the guy and he refused to take them back or give me my money back. I had no recourse so I gave him a negative feedback and he did the same to me in retaliation. It was not pleasant. The other time was as a seller. I had a gorgeous necklace up for sale and the winning bid was good, $127. They paid quickly, I shipped it and we gave each other positive feedback. A month later I get into my Paypal account to find $127 missing. I won't say how she did it because I don't want anyone else to go thru this but I lost the necklace and the money and because of a specific Paypal rule that I didn't follow, I had no way to get my money back. They've changed that rule since then thank goodness. Fortunately those have been the only 2 problems I've ever had on eBay so I've done pretty well. But I'll tell you one thing, I am extremely careful when I buy to ask a lot of questions and check feeback. If I don't get my questions answered to my satisfaction I don't bid. I've learned how to spot a rip off pretty quickly.
@derek_a (10903)
14 Jun 07
What a terrible thing to have happened! Fortunately I have not been scammed on ebay. I have sold and bought loads of stuff. I have had emails demanding that I send an item I didn't even put on ebay - with a link to show me what I was supposed to have sold. The link would take me to a site that looked exactly like ebay, but was a fraudulent one that would get my password from me. I only ever go to ebay from the browser, then sign in and check "my ebay" page. We got to be so careful on the internet these days. I hope you get better luck in the future :-)
@Marie2473 (8523)
• Sweden
14 Jun 07
I was scammed.i paid for an item in full and a few days later got an email from ebay saying that this seller was a scammer and that I should not paid. If I had I should contact paypal. I did and after 10 days or so theyrefunded my money, so it was a happy ending to a scamstory =)
@jtexas (527)
• United States
14 Jun 07
When I sell an item I always use pay pal. This way I know I get my money no matter what.
@jillmalitz (5132)
• United States
14 Jun 07
Oh that would make me so mad. I have been hearing a lot lately about scams on eBay. Now apparently eBay is saying they are trying to tighten up things. I hope they do. This is scarey. I've seen stories about bogus high end handbags and other high dollar things that turn out to be scams. I think this is going to be a continuing problem for eBay. I hope they can figure out a way to cut down on this. I know my husband keeps looking at laptops on eBay but I am very skeptical about buying something that expensive. Too many unscrupulous people out there will make us wary. Hopefully you will have better luck next time. You just never know.