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Buying from eBay members with no feedback?

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8y, 6m agoPosted 8 years, 6 months ago
Hey guys,

I'm interested in an item on eBay. It's quite expensive, there's no "proper" photo and the seller has no feedback, so I'm a little wary.

That said, I'm willing to go ahead... but if I *did* get scammed (paying via PayPal), what are the chances that I would be able to be refunded?

Has anyone had any similar experiences?

Thanks. =)
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8y, 6m agoPosted 8 years, 6 months ago
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#1
They might refund some of your money. Pay via PayPal and credit card - I bought a projector a few months ago and did that just to be safe. It arrived the next day and is excellent - not all 0 feedback are scammers!
#2
the refund would depend on weather the seller had funds in there paypal acct or not if they withdrew right away then youd be screwed.

but saying that everyone starts somewhere so could be genuine, unless the price seems to good to be true then be careful
#3
I would be careful if I were you ... if something bad happened & the seller didn't have any funds in their account you wouldn't get a refund as far as I know.
#4
everyone has to start somewhere
#5
i suppose everybody has to start somewhere but i wouldn't risk it given what you said and as for paypal well its kind of a lottery if you got refunded going by some of the tales on here.

maybe you could post the item number and someone here could offer more detailed advice wether or not to go for it.
#6
Ask a question through e-bay, ask him/her for a photo, ask about the condition of the item, age etc. get a reply then make a decision. Ask the location of the item so you can view it if it is local.
#7
everyone starts with 0 feedback, how long has member been registered?I always sellr questions before I before anything and then take it from there
#8
The Fox
Ask a question through e-bay, ask him/her for a photo, ask about the condition of the item, age etc. get a reply then make a decision.


Agreed, wise advise.....do as The Fox says here, and ensure that if you do buy after that make sure the seller accepts paypal and that you have a confirmed address paypal account, Paypal can be funny over claims made on unconfirmed paypal accounts.
#9
as you say you will spend a lot of money

wouldnt chance it - heres the latest loser - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/beds/bucks/herts/7390335.stm
why anyone in their right mind would pay by western union beggars belief!!
its a shame as people who have only just started selling really have to proove themselves
#10
What these guys said... we all start somewhere, so your best bet is to have a lot of contact with the seller before you bid and that should help you to figure out if he's legit
banned 1 Like #11
OP,

The fact that you are wary, should be enough for you to walk away from the intended transaction. First instincts are usually spot on. As it's an expensive item, you can't see what you're buying, walk away. If the seller can't be bothered to take time listing an item correctly, or with insufficient pics of the goods, then they don't deserve your custom anyway. A good lesson for the buyer and seller.
#12
All depends on your overall feeling. I buy from zero and low rated sellers, I get a good price due to the wariness of others :p
#13
I would contact the seller and ask questions, i have done so in the past to ask if certain items are genuine and not fakes, as the prices are quite low compared to genuine articles, most of the time they dont reply so i assume they are fake and i dont buy. Check how long he/she has been registered, it is a bit of a risk!
#14
Link to said item!
#15
TGB
Link to said item!


Where? You got my hopes up there :lol:
1 Like #16
aScottishBloke
OP,

The fact that you are wary, should be enough for you to walk away from the intended transaction. First instincts are usually spot on. As it's an expensive item, you can't see what you're buying, walk away. If the seller can't be bothered to take time listing an item correctly, or with insufficient pics of the goods, then they don't deserve your custom anyway. A good lesson for the buyer and seller.


Got to agree with this:

I don't know many people that would make their 1st sale on Ebay a high priced one.

Ebay is so complicated would you list a high value item as your 1st sale, and end up selling it for pennies because you were unaware of what you were doing?
#17
I was looking for an expensive item on ebay and was exactly in a similar situation as you with a product on for a good price from a seller with 0 feedback and no pics ... i just ignored at the end, agree with Scottishbloke - rightly said 1st instincts are always right .. i would possibly ignore if its an expensive item ...
#18
What is the item? If it's electricals, I would be more wary than if it was something like furniture... give us some clues?
1 Like #19
You could check how long they have had their account for. If they have had there account for a while then it could mean that they are scammers getting no where or that they are genuine sellers. If their account is new then it could mean that they are genuine and are just getting started (seeing as everyone starts at zero) or it could mean that they are new scammers waiting to strike. The possibilities are endless!!! Ask him questions, you can tell if someone is genuine by how they speak with you.
#20
badmanmeow
You could check how long they have had their account for. If they have had there account for a while then it could mean that they are scammers getting no where or that they are genuine sellers. If their account is new then it could mean that they are genuine and are just getting started (seeing as everyone starts at zero) or it could mean that they are new scammers waiting to strike.


So if they're old they're either genuine or a scammer, but if they're new they're either genuine or a scammer.

Priceless, you should work in government, you'll go a long way :lol:;-)
#21
If you buy with paypal you should be covered - through their buyer protection scheme (upto £250, i think?) - as long as you have a confirmed verified paypal account - they will pay you back as long as theu seller can't prove you wrong.

If seller has no money in his/her account, paypal can still refund you because that part of the buyer protection scheme - as far as I know.
banned#22
Shengis
So if they're old they're either genuine or a scammer, but if they're new they're either genuine or a scammer.

Priceless, you should work in government, you'll go a long way :lol:;-)


I think they meant that you just can't be sure, further dialogue is usually required.

But then again, mibbee he meant something completely different :)
#23
redondo5
If you buy with paypal you should be covered - through their buyer protection scheme (upto £250, i think?) - as long as you have a confirmed verified paypal account - they will pay you back as long as theu seller can't prove you wrong.

If seller has no money in his/her account, paypal can still refund you because that part of the buyer protection scheme - [COLOR="Red"]as far as I know[/COLOR].


Nuff said. :)

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