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Xbox 360 on Fleabay ????

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1d, 2w agoPosted 1 decade, 2 weeks ago
what does this mean when someone is selling a brand new Xbox 360 for £100

is say this:

Note: This listing is restricted to pre-approved bidders or buyers only.

xbox 360 premium brand new in box.

i got this item free but already have one.

grab yourself a bargain.

(wireless controller, headset, xbox 360 + 20GB Hard drive, xbox live silver subscription trial).

pre approved bidders only send a message [U now to be put on the list .

does it mean you dont know if you have bought it yet and have to wait??
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1d, 2w agoPosted 1 decade, 2 weeks ago
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#1
anyone ? haha
#2
Think it just means the buyer wants to approve the potential bidders in terms of feedback and if your 'acceptable' he will let you bid on it.

Thats my thinking on it.
#3
will mainly he will send you an e-mail that the Xbox has been sold :x , but will tell you how to get it free like him :) , he will refer to website like http://freexbox360.com you need to complete an offer, then refer friends... you are one of his friends..:giggle:
#4
Indeed, just another eBay scam....you email him to ask to be put on the approved bidders list, he replys and tells you sorry, he already sold the xbox but he knows where you can get one for free, gives you his referral URL, you sign up in the hopes of getting yourself a free xbox and help him a long the way to getting his (probably 100th one).

Quite clever really, since no one really gets hurt.
#5
just a scam then really
#6
[SIZE=2]Yes, just a scam, they wil ask for payment to be sent via another method etc etc, which is why they want you to contact them. Normally they like western union. [/SIZE]

[SIZE=2]Don't touch it at all, not even with a bargepole.[/SIZE]
#7
ok thanks everyone, its what they say "if its too good to be true" lol
1 Like #8
grdesign
[SIZE=2]Yes, just a scam, they wil ask for payment to be sent via another method etc etc, which is why they want you to contact them. Normally they like western union. [/SIZE]

[SIZE=2]Don't touch it at all, not even with a bargepole.[/SIZE]


You seem to be describing a completely different type of scam to what this likely is.
#9
No. The scam is, they get you to contact them. They then ask you to pay for the item via a method where your not covered for anything, usually western union. They then say they will send the item, you never hear from them again.

Because you need to pre-approve yourself, they are dealing outside of ebay and paypal, your not buying through ebay, therefore your not covered. They have your money, you never get the xbox.

Have a look for cars, they do the same thing.

Why you think it's £100? Its simply so that they can get £100 off you and all the others who 'buy' it. The £100 is simply to tempt you because you think 'ooo, cheap xbox'.

Normally, scams like this are undertaken on a real users account, i.e they have got their details through phishing e-mails and the like. You know the ones, where they ask you to sign in and get your details.

This in turn makes you think 'oh I can trust this bidder'.

Do I need to explain myself any more or am I still wrong?
#10
My colleague was just scammed. He placed an auction for a mobile phone and was contacted by someone wanting to 'buy it now'. The money was (in principle) transferred via Paypal and he duly took the phone to the post office to send by recorded delivery.

About an hour later the payment was pulled! Luckily the phone hadn't left the depot but it took a huge amount of admin to get them to pull it off delivery as they claimed it was now their property.

Once again it was a someone scamming using a reputable Ebay member as a cover up. The police are investigating.
#11
Yes your right in saying its there property, i tried to stop a letter going somewhere but the lady at thepost office said rightfully as soon as you hand it over or into a postbox it becomes royal mails property.
#12
grdesign
No. The scam is, they get you to contact them. They then ask you to pay for the item via a method where your not covered for anything, usually western union. They then say they will send the item, you never hear from them again.

Because you need to pre-approve yourself, they are dealing outside of ebay and paypal, your not buying through ebay, therefore your not covered. They have your money, you never get the xbox.

Have a look for cars, they do the same thing.

Why you think it's £100? Its simply so that they can get £100 off you and all the others who 'buy' it. The £100 is simply to tempt you because you think 'ooo, cheap xbox'.

Normally, scams like this are undertaken on a real users account, i.e they have got their details through phishing e-mails and the like. You know the ones, where they ask you to sign in and get your details.

This in turn makes you think 'oh I can trust this bidder'.

Do I need to explain myself any more or am I still wrong?


I understood you the first time and my comment still stands.

Also "pre-approval" is 'not' outside of Ebay.
#13
The 'deal' will be done outside of ebay though. Thats the whole point of the pre-approving, so they got your details and they just sell it to you direct.

Whats your problem!?!?
#14
Hmmmmmmmm

do they just message you once they have your username them?

I've bought a couple of things off ebay via pre approved list and I was FULLY COVERED by ebay and paypal.

So I'm assuming any scammer (tiny minority of pre approved sellers, don't tar everyone with the same brush...) messages interested buyers with seperate payment details or even a dodgy website etc?
#15
:pirate: Hi guys,

Think some of you are getting confused a bit.

This eBay listing is normally from someone trying to get a 360 forfree from website such as ********** as mentioned earlier.

What will happen is that the seller will email you again advising you that the item been sold but send you a link with a unique code on which marks as a referral for them when you register your email address on the site.

Dont think they will request a payment but they do it this way so that the listing doesnt get cancelled cos fleabay dont like you advertising where u can buy something which doesnt involve them making money.

All you do then is register with the website from the link and take up one of the offers, i.e lovefilm free trial.

Once you do this, your part of it is done, all you have to do then is persuade x amount of people to do the same. I tried it and u need 10 fora 360, i got 3 in total.

see: ********** for more info.

I couldnt honestly tell you if it works cos i not got mine, i had to pay for it :x

Anyways, hope this info has helped.

Seb

MOD EDIT - referral links not allowed in forums
#16
You cant use referral links here. Plus, your better off going through Quidco and just buying whatever you like.
#17
When selling something that is 'scammable' such as Mobiles, Laptops, PSP etc, using pre-approved bidders will stop most scammers/Auction wreckers from bidding on your item. I have sold very expensive Laptops on ebay and I used that option.
It can be a scam as mentioned above but NOT very often.
#18
Sorry, was onlyposting link for info for pepole.

Not bothered about the site now anyway. Already bought one.

Dont know if admin want to remove the link or not. Don't want to ruffle any feathers on here.
#19
grdesign
The 'deal' will be done outside of ebay though. Thats the whole point of the pre-approving, so they got your details and they just sell it to you direct.

Whats your problem!?!?


The fact that you're just making stuff up with no evidence whatsoever. There's nothing, not the slightest jot, of evidence in the op to even 'hint' at the kind of scam you are describing. (there's not a lot to hint at the scam the posters who replied first mentioned).

There are numerous reasons for having pre-approved bidders only.

Was it you who didn't understand Ebay the last time there was a thread on it? I'd much rather people had no advice rather than bad advice.
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grdesign
You cant use referral links here. Plus, your better off going through Quidco and just buying whatever you like.


You're better off going through Quidco and buying a 360 rather than getting one for free through a pyramid scheme? What?
1 Like #21
My god, do I need to explain everything in at the very lowest level of english?

Why are you picking me up on everything I say for a start?

Secondly, I'll explain it.

Go through Quidco, do the same trials, you will end up with TWICE the amount of money of an xbox. Therefore, you could, instead of signing up and making the xbox scheme money, make yourself the money, but the xbox and have some money spare for games.

Or, you could do less trials / sign up's and still get enough money for an xbox (or whatever rocks your boat as its plain and simple cash).

You don't need to worry about your referrals signing up either.

So....what you going to pick up on now? Maybe a spelling mistake I made? Just incase..... heres a spoleling mistake...
#22
Artemis
The fact that you're just making stuff up with no evidence whatsoever. There's nothing, not the slightest jot, of evidence in the op to even 'hint' at the kind of scam you are describing. (there's not a lot to hint at the scam the posters who replied first mentioned).

There are numerous reasons for having pre-approved bidders only.

Was it you who didn't understand Ebay the last time there was a thread on it? I'd much rather people had no advice rather than bad advice.


Right. Used to be a powerseller on ebay. Used to use the powerseller forums. Used to read all about the scams. Have been scammed.

But of course, I'm just making it all up :roll:
#23
grdesign
Right. Used to be a powerseller on ebay. Used to use the powerseller forums. Used to read all about the scams. Have been scammed.

But of course, I'm just making it all up :roll:


Wow, a powerseller! :|

Yes, you're still making it up. As evidence I offer...nothing, because there is no evidence. That's why you're making it up. Please leave the Ebay advice to the competent.
#24
grdesign
Why are you picking me up on everything I say for a start?


Not everything, just the incorrect, misleading or plain stupid stuff.

(Some might think that 'if' you can earn enough money through Quidco to buy an Xbox 'and' you can earn a free xbox by being lucky enough to be in the top tiers of a pyramid scheme that the obvious thing to do is ... both.)
#25
[SIZE=2]Dunno about you Artemis, but I'm quite enjoying this. Making yourself look like a right idiot. I can't help but feed the troll! [/SIZE]
[SIZE=2][/SIZE]
[SIZE=2][/SIZE]
#26
grdesign
[SIZE=2]Dunno about you Artemis, but I'm quite enjoying this. Making yourself look like a right idiot. I can't help but feed the troll! [/SIZE]

[SIZE=2][/SIZE]


Excellent argument.

As long as you don't continue with the terrible advice then I'm fine with you attempting to insult me all day long.
#27
Your doing a grand job of that on yer own mate
#28
I'm going to put a stop to this guys. Any more argumentative comments and this thread is getting locked.

We need to respect each other's opinions here. If you don't agree, try to make a valid, plausible and polite argument to the contrary.
#29
I am a Power Seller and I've not since this 'scam' posted on the PS board this year.
Why are you saying it's a scam? I don't understand your logic. Some people have been scammed by Paypal users, does that mean everybody that uses Paypal is a scammer?
#30
saxo_appeal
Yes your right in saying its there property, i tried to stop a letter going somewhere but the lady at thepost office said rightfully as soon as you hand it over or into a postbox it becomes royal mails property.


Yeah quite literally sometimes, ive had loads of parcels dissapear. Royal mail taking what is rightfully theirs???? :x

And the scam, yeah if you PM him on ebay he will probably say its sold and give you a website link. I did the same thing for a PSP or something. If things are cheaper than usual on ebay, steer clear. There are bargains, and BARGAINs and some you just dont go near.
#31
emmajk42
I'm going to put a stop to this guys. Any more argumentative comments and this thread is getting locked.

We need to respect each other's opinions here. If you don't agree, try to make a valid, plausible and polite argument to the contrary.


I did, more than once. If someone else was giving me bad advice I'd want to know about it.
#32
Ok, plausable argument.

Tell me why it's bad advice, and why the other posters are wrong saying it's a scam? Also, tell me where I have advised, other than telling the poster to steer clear from it? Which I'm sure he would thank me, and all the others who have said the same should he go ahead.

You haven't put an argument across, just picked and said it's wrong.
#33
Will you all stop this bickering, it's so unnecessary.
Without seeing the item number and having a look at the seller you are just guessing.
Don't tar everybody with the same brush.
#34
grdesign
Ok, plausable argument.

Tell me why it's bad advice, and why the other posters are wrong saying it's a scam? Also, tell me where I have advised, other than telling the poster to steer clear from it? Which I'm sure he would thank me, and all the others who have said the same should he go ahead.

You haven't put an argument across, just picked and said it's wrong.


Firstly, I never said the others were wrong. The scam they are describing is 'far' more likely than the one you decided to randomly describe for no reason, as theirs fits the op much better.

Your post just describes a random scam with no evidence to back it up whatsoever. You have essentially slandered some ebayer to try and look clever and repeat something you once read on a powerseller board.

There is 'nothing' in the OP that suggests it's a scam but if it 'is' a scam then the pyramid scheme one is essentially harmless and can easily be ignored. Anyone who wants to bid on something which has a pre approved list might read your scaremongering crap and not bother when there is nothing inherently wrong with pre approved bidder lists at all.

You don't know what you're talking about so stop giving Ebay advice.
#35
I think it's time for dino to intervene!!!..how we miss him in these situations.....however this is all very entertaining ...only wish I could join in but I know absolutely nowt about ebay.....but have seen the schemes where you get a free xbox by signing up for trials and getting others to do likewise... which I gladly avoid.
#36
Yikes, sorry - Wrong room *sneaks out*

Not the kind of heat I was looking for today :)
#37
to summarise from my experience in Ebay, pre-approved auction is one of four:
1: scam - referral as mentioned before
2: complete deal outside ebay, they say they want to save the ebay and paypal fees but this is not safe.
3: 1p auctions (e-books), you get instant approval and transferred to the seller's shop, and so they save alot on the fees, no problem for the buyers (this is a good way to get positive feedback, you can buy 100 1p e-book for £1 and get 100 positive feedback, make sure not to buy from the same seller, and don't wait for the e-book as you interested in the feedback)
4: sellers of expensive items like laptops and PDAs, to stop 'timewasters' and international bidders, they will not approve people with negative or zero feedback...
hope this help...
#38
Right to clarify,

I did send an email to 2 of the sellers that had that listing !
I got the same reply from both of them, it was a link to a site saying reccomend 10 friends and get an Xbox 360 free

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There were loads more, so in my eyes this is a scam !
#39
matar
to summarise from my experience in Ebay, pre-approved auction is one of four:
1: scam - referral as mentioned before
2: complete deal outside ebay, they say they want to save the ebay and paypal fees but this is not safe.
3: 1p auctions (e-books), you get instant approval and transferred to the seller's shop, and so they save alot on the fees, no problem for the buyers (this is a good way to get positive feedback, you can buy 100 1p e-book for £1 and get 100 positive feedback, make sure not to buy from the same seller, and don't wait for the e-book as you interested in the feedback)
4: sellers of expensive items like laptops and PDAs, to stop 'timewasters' and international bidders, they will not approve people with negative or zero feedback...
hope this help...


5. People who only want members of a certian community to bid on their auction, for example friends from a message board or collegues.


I've sold websites and ad space on eBay before, but only to members of a Webdev board I post at!
#40
Artemis
Firstly, I never said the others were wrong. The scam they are describing is 'far' more likely than the one you decided to randomly describe for no reason, as theirs fits the op much better.

Your post just describes a random scam with no evidence to back it up whatsoever. You have essentially slandered some ebayer to try and look clever and repeat something you once read on a powerseller board.

There is 'nothing' in the OP that suggests it's a scam but if it 'is' a scam then the pyramid scheme one is essentially harmless and can easily be ignored. Anyone who wants to bid on something which has a pre approved list might read your scaremongering crap and not bother when there is nothing inherently wrong with pre approved bidder lists at all.

You don't know what you're talking about so stop giving Ebay advice.


Go read www.paypalsucks.com then come back here and say nobody had been scammed in the way I suggested from a pre-approved bidder list on cars, PS2s, Xbox's, and Plasma/LCD TV's.

Also, tell me that non of them look identical to the post above.

Sure, we have now found out that this was referring for a pyramid scheme. But it could have gone either way where they ask for you to deal outside of ebay.

Your right though, I know absolutely nothing about anything.

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