too good to be true? help

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  1. JohnZ

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    I just won an auction of a pair of Dynaudio Audience 80 speakers (brand new) for only 255$. I haven't paid yet because I am highly suspicious of this deal.
    First, he is new and has no credit at all. He only accepts money order.
    Second, I think these speakers are worth about 1000$ in the US.
    Third, he is in Romania. He said the shipping was free through UPS express worldwide. I think the shipping alone is more than $255 for a pair of speakers weighing 100lbs.
    I am almost sure this is a fraud. What should I do?
     
  2. PatrickM

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    John,
    It sounds wayyyyy too good to be true. I think you should have thought of that before you became the winning bid. I don't think I'd ever send a money order to Romania. Keep your money in the bank and look for other deals.
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  3. John Miles

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    Do not, under any conditions, send money to anyone in Romania if you are the slightest bit suspicious. There appear to be a number of scam rings running from that country. Do a search on Google Groups for "romania" and "ebay".... lots of PO'ed buyers.
     
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    I don't mean to be a prick, but shouldn't you have considered who was holding the auction BEFORE bidding on it? Why did you bid in the first place if you knew the guy only took money orders and was in Romania, and if that wasn't stated in the auction, then why didn't you inquire if you were bidding to win?
    What are the terms of the sale? were any posted? By bidding you have contracted to complete the sale, whether or not you think it is legitimate on the other end. If you don't send payment, the seller has every right to leave negative feedback , if you do and get ripped off that isn't great either.
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    Yup, demand escrow. Problem solved.
    And why give the guy shit for bidding on them? If you go through Escrow you have nothing to lose. The deal is probably too good to be true, but there is a chance that it isn't... I would have bid. If the seller refuses to use escrow, you know you're being scammed, so don't send him a penny.
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  8. Eric Scott

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    I would email ebay CS right away and tell them the same story, and just explain that it didn't occure to you at first that it has the makings of a scam.
    Ask their advice, maybe they have a solution.
     
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    Interesting story, Alf! The buyer should beware, but folks should know that most auctions are legit. I have been a lot of successful wins, (about 60) with only one for $25 "not shipped" from some loony
     
  11. Craig Chatterton

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    Excellent ideas on the escrow service. But if you do decide not to honor this deal (and I definitely suggest you think hard about that), then document everything. Get screen prints of the auction, his Emails, your Emails, maybe some articles (copies, not links since the links might become invalid over time). If he leaves negative feedback, Ebay allows you to respond to any feedback under your ID and at least you'll have good solid information you can put there. The best thing to do would be put up a web page explaining your position (with all the documentation too). That way you could just leave the URL in your feedback response.
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    I am of those who think you should have thought about that before bidding in the first place. You could have emailed and asked info or something before you bid. YOUR BID IS A CONTRACT. I don't agree with retracting it on the suspicion that something might be up, since all the info was there already in the first place. I guess at this point you don't have a choice (it DOES look fishy) but that does not invalidate the fact that you should NOT have placed a bid in the first place.
    For all we know, the guy is straight and you are becoming a deadbeat bidder.
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  13. NathanP

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    Unless this guy has no feedback rating or is new to ebay,
    (If he's new he'll have sunglasses by his name)
    I don't think its a scam..
    I bought a $1000 computer part brand new on ebay for $5..
    Ebay is just a great place to get cheap stuff.
    Can I get the URL of the auction?
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  14. alan halvorson

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    Just curious Nathan - what sort of computer part did you get for $5? One thousand dollars sounds like the kind of price IBM and Unisys (as well as others) charge for rinky-dink little parts for their mainframes.
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    Your only problem is, Buzz, is that Ebay allows a seller to mark a box refusing escrow when entering an auction. Furthermore, demanding escrow and threatening to leave negative feedback if a seller does not allow escrow is a violation of Ebay rules and could subject you to suspension. Maybe you don't care, but the seller was well within his rights. You should have asked before you bid - I would have refused also, I would have left negative feedback, and I would have reported you to Ebay and maybe have gotten any retalitory feedback removed.
    It's just this: there are rules that you should know and then there is common sense. If I have a question, I always ask. If I bid and win, I comply with the sellers options and live with the results. I send a lot of e-mails.
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    There are good reasons why reputable sellers may not wish to use escrow, first is the cost, as this isn't a free service, the second being delay of payment. If a seller is either losing money or making a minimum margin, they shouldn't be expected to incur more costs for the sale than they have stipulated in their auction. It is not up to buyers to determine the rules of the transaction after they have won an item, Ebay makes it easy for the seller to state the terms they will sell under, and if they don't choose to use escrow, it is up to them to decide. Noone is forced to bid on an item, and it is because of people backing out after commiting to a purchase that many people are fed up with selling on Ebay, as they have to pay fees regardless of deadbeats.
    You bid, you buy. If you don't like the terms, don't bid!
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    I hate to admit it, but the seller is entitled to his money. When you put something up for sale on ebay, there's a specific option to deny escrow, among other things. If you won the auction in good faith, bad faith or whatever, you've made a contract with him.
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