Upload & Sell: Off
| p.1 #1 · Buyer BEWARE: 5D Mark III on eBay Scam |
Some of you may have been following a thread about a "deal" I found on eBay. And after 10+ years of buying on eBay, I thought I knew all the signs of a scam. Although the seller may be legit, and his story true, I think it's important you read about how everything unfolded. I purchased the item along with 8 others, via PayPal.com, the way I have always done. Called the number I found associated with the business (sultanadrivedotnet) and left a voicemail. Within 5 minutes I received a call back from Keith (Madera, CA-sale was out of WY-red flag) It was the same Keith who I had been corresponding with via eBay. Explained that I was a little nervous about the purchase. He was very friendly and said he'd be sending tracking info, and he did. Via eBay again. All was good, until I started to check the tracking status. Nothing changed from late Thursday to Monday afternoon. I contacted Keith via eBay and he said that the person he was selling the cameras for (Trading Assistant Item) didn't have them in stock and he'd be sending a eBay transaction cancelation, via eBay. At this point I'm ok. He's ready to issue a refund, I'm ready to get money back and learn my lesson. I receive the cancelation email via eBay and just before clicking "confirm" I decide to read the details link. It says, only cancel transaction IF you have been ISSUED A REFUND already or IF you have NOT PAID. The seller was requesting that I do the cancelation before the refund took place and after I paid. After taking a big gulp, I immediately called Keith and he answered. I said, "what the hell is going on?" Again, he was very calm, apologized for the confusion, blamed it on "trading assistant item vendor" and within minutes my iPhone (that I was talking on received an email that I had been credited $3,100 to my PayPal account. I've check PayPal and have indeed been REFUNDED. I exchanged "pleasantries" with Keith, and that was it. What worries me is the other 8 people and what happens if they click cancel transaction before their refund showed up? BOTTOM LINE: IF IT SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, IT IS! Sure, Keith could be 100% telling the truth and a legit seller with some bad luck and bizarre circumstances. However, I see a serious loop hole here and if he is a thief, he's a professional.