Is it wrong to use someone else's Argos Reservation number?

There are some ebayers who sell on Argos reservation numbers for Wii Fits. Some are charging up to £4.99 which they acquire for free.

As the reservation numbers are usually consecutive (e.g. ******43, ******44).

Do you think it would it be wrong of me if I purchased a code from ebay for £4.99 and then pass on the next consecutive reservation number to a friend, without actually purchasing it from the ebayer?

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yeh but you wouldnt neccesarily be reserving a wii fit

reservation numbers expire after a couple of days so if you just wait until an auction has finished and unsold you could just reserve it yourself for free

Even better to just reserve something in the same store then just go in store on the self service machines and use your reserve code and count back to you find said wii-fit :thumbsup:

Yes, you could end up with someones paddling pool. :w00t:

roadrunner1;3037683

Even better to just reserve something in the same store then just go in … Even better to just reserve something in the same store then just go in store on the self service machines and use your reserve code and count back to you find said wii-fit :thumbsup:




Eh?

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dandoc2;3037636

yeh but you wouldnt neccesarily be reserving a wii fitreservation … yeh but you wouldnt neccesarily be reserving a wii fitreservation numbers expire after a couple of days so if you just wait until an auction has finished and unsold you could just reserve it yourself for free



If the ebayer is selling a quantity of 3, then the chance of them being consecutive is very high. Currently the Wii Fit's are in such demand that there are some ebayers who just sell on Argos reservation numbers. As there is no binding contract when they reserve them, I take it that there's nothing illegal about 'taking' the codes from them. The problem is, if another ebayer buys the code from them, it won't be available to buy, as my friend would of used that reservation code already.

Am I correct in thinking that?

Jumpingphil;3037690

Yes, you could end up with someones paddling pool. :w00t:



The reserved item is shown on screen before paying :roll:

deek72;3037694

Eh?



Not explaining again its simple.

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roadrunner1;3037683

Even better to just reserve something in the same store then just go in … Even better to just reserve something in the same store then just go in store on the self service machines and use your reserve code and count back to you find said wii-fit :thumbsup:



I like that idea :thumbsup:

roadrunner1;3037703

The reserved item is shown on screen before paying :roll:Not explaining … The reserved item is shown on screen before paying :roll:Not explaining again its simple.



You mean just keep changing backwards the number you input and cancelling until you find the WF?

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deek72;3037721

You mean just keep changing backwards the number you input and cancelling … You mean just keep changing backwards the number you input and cancelling until you find the WF?



Yeh, I think that's what they mean

robot1000;3037728

Yeh, I think that's what they mean



Sounds a bit hair-brained to me if that's the case. Suppose there have been 150 reservations made between Mr ebay reserving the WF and you reserving whatever it is that you reserve? Could take hours.

deek72;3037721

You mean just keep changing backwards the number you input and cancelling … You mean just keep changing backwards the number you input and cancelling until you find the WF?



Bingo

deek72;3037747

Sounds a bit hair-brained to me if that's the case. Suppose there have … Sounds a bit hair-brained to me if that's the case. Suppose there have been 150 reservations made between Mr ebay reserving the WF and you reserving whatever it is that you reserve? Could take hours.



Pay £5 then? Take your choice. Better hope nobody has got their first though

BTW If the item has been listed for nearly a day and your res number is 5000 would be wise not to start counting back from 4999 lol

deek72;3037721

You mean just keep changing backwards the number you input and cancelling … You mean just keep changing backwards the number you input and cancelling until you find the WF?



Or anything else you may fancy if you are feeling really evil.:roll:

To answer the OP, check their feedback and if they've sold a lot and got positive feedback then you'll probably be OK. It's not fair on people looking for themselves, but YOU haven't deprived them, those reservations have already been taken by Mr ebay.

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deek72;3037747

Sounds a bit hair-brained to me if that's the case. Suppose there have … Sounds a bit hair-brained to me if that's the case. Suppose there have been 150 reservations made between Mr ebay reserving the WF and you reserving whatever it is that you reserve? Could take hours.



More like 15.

It wouldn't take that long

And why are we all bothering discussing this when OP appears to have gone?:x

Oops! Wrong again! Sorry Robot but your original post shows you as being offline!

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deek72;3037768

To answer the OP, check their feedback and if they've sold a lot and got … To answer the OP, check their feedback and if they've sold a lot and got positive feedback then you'll probably be OK. It's not fair on people looking for themselves, but YOU haven't deprived them, those reservations have already been taken by Mr ebay.



I'll probably go with the backward suggestion.

Why should those ebayers be making £5 per reservation, when all they do is click 2 buttons on their computer at the right time?!

Isn't it against ebay rules for them to sell those reservations on?

robot1000;3037794

I'll probably go with the backward suggestion.Why should those ebayers be … I'll probably go with the backward suggestion.Why should those ebayers be making £5 per reservation, when all they do is click 2 buttons on their computer at the right time?!Isn't it against ebay rules for them to sell those reservations on?



Probably not, or else I think they would probably have been stopped by ebay.
They only make money because people buy them. Some people just can't be bothered to search for them themselves, so a fiver to save the hassle? It's worth it to some people I suppose.

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deek72;3037813

Probably not, or else I think they would probably have been stopped by … Probably not, or else I think they would probably have been stopped by ebay. They only make money because people buy them. Some people just can't be bothered to search for them themselves, so a fiver to save the hassle? It's worth it to some people I suppose.



It's not that they can't be bothered to search themselves, is that the ebayers reserve the items before anyone can reserve it for themselves. So the only way for them to get it for £69.99 is to fork out a fiver to an ebayer (for what should be a free) argos reservation code

robot1000;3037839

It's not that they can't be bothered to search themselves, is that the … It's not that they can't be bothered to search themselves, is that the ebayers reserve the items before anyone can reserve it for themselves. So the only way for them to get it for £69.99 is to fork out a fiver to an ebayer (for what should be a free) argos reservation code



Point taken. But that's how it is. Supply and demand. If you want one you'll have to do what they do and spend ages trawling and putting postcdes in and all the ball-ache that entails.

trouble is that then the next person who bought the res number you just used will be out of pocket, just sounds a bit mean to me - good thinking but a bit mean all the same!!!!!

why not call argos and they tell you which stores have them in stock and reserve on the phone??

i think you should ring Argos up and ask if they have any in stock. My sister did this, they said no but took her details and said they'd call as soon as they have a delivery and she got a cal 4 hours later saying some had come and she bought one there and then over the phone and paid delivery charge to have it sent to her house, it arrived the next day.

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helcatamy1;3038157

trouble is that then the next person who bought the res number you just … trouble is that then the next person who bought the res number you just used will be out of pocket, just sounds a bit mean to me - good thinking but a bit mean all the same!!!!!


I know that. That's why I think it's against ebay policy to list such items, as it's not a physical item and cannot be proven to work.

It would be much better if ebay banned these argos codes online, which would mean it would be available for legitimate buyers
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