eBay shenanigans

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by Mellow, Aug 30, 2012.

  1. Mellow

    Mellow Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 27, 2010
    Florida or Idaho
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    Very odd thing happened this evening. Saw an item listed on eBay: "Panasonic GF5 two lens kit", from a seller in Thailand. Describes the GF5, the kit 14-42mm, and also the 14mm pancake. Described as "used", no further explanation. Has a single image . . . of a Nikon lens. Starting bid of $34, including free shipping.

    The guy's got ZERO feedback as a seller, only a few as a buyer.

    So I figure what the heck, and put in the minimum bid to see what happens. Lo and behold I actually win the bid. $34! Including shipping! I mean, if it's really a GF5 with two lenses it's got to cost more than $34 to ship it from Thailand to the US.

    I look in my inbox and see I've won the item. I pay immediately, like I always do, with PayPal.

    Two minutes later I get a "request to cancel" request from the seller, with no reason given. I decline, and I get an automatic reply from eBay saying the case is now "closed".

    So . . . what did I just do? If I were a betting man I'm guessing I just threw away $34, which I can eventually recover using eBay's Buyer Protection process. Won't know until darn near October, since the expected arrival of the item is in 4 weeks (must be sending by mule or something).

    Or maybe I bought a pile of broken glass and pieces of plastic ("used", remember?!).

    Who knows!
  2. Grinch

    Grinch Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 9, 2011
    If it seems to be to good to be true, it normally is. I hope you thebest, but I think you just opened a can of worms.
  3. zapatista

    zapatista Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 19, 2012
    Denver, Colorado, USA
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    You'll get your money from eBay and the seller will eat the commission.
  4. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
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    Well, you certainly have a sense of adventure - you should get your money back, though. :biggrin: