AVOID FRAUD AND SCAMS ON EBAY

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WHEN BIDDING ON AN ITEM, YOU MUST BE VERY CAREFUL, AS THERE ARE MANY CASES OF FRAUD ON EBAY EVERY DAY.

FIRST OF ALL, ALWAYS READ THE ITEM DESCRIPITION PROPERLY, AS OFTEN, EVERYTHING YOU SHOULD KNOW IS THERE, AND MANY PEOPLE GET SCAMMED THROUGH NOT READING IT PROPERLY, FOR EXAMPLE, THERE ARE SELLERS WHO SELL EMPTY BOXES, E.G X-BOX BOX, AND PEOPLE BID HIGH, THINKING THEY ARE BUYING AN XBOX IN THE BOX. THEY PAY LARGE AMOUNTS OF MONEY, AND ARE DISAPPOINTED WHEN THEY RECIEVE AN EMPTY BOX IN THE POST. HOWEVER, THERE IS NOTHING THAT CAN BE DONE, AS THE ITEM IS EXACTLY AS DESCRIBED.

THIS IS NOT CLASSED AS FRAUD, AS LONG AS YOUR ITEM IS AS DESCRIBED, IT IS NOT BREAKING ANY EBAY POLICIES.

ALSO, BE WARY OF LISTINGS WITH NO PICTURES. OF COURSE, IT COULD BE THAT THE SELLER HAS NO DIGITAL CAMERA OR OTHER MEANS OF PHOTOGRAPHY, BUT ALWAYS BE WARY OF IT. CHECK THE SELLERS FEEDBACK RATINGS, AND ASK THE SELLER QUESTIONS IF STILL IN DOUBT. IF THE SELLER HAS RECIEVED NEGATIVE FEEDBACK, CONTACT THE AUTHOR OF THIS FEEDBACK AND ASK THEM WHAT THE PROBLEMS WITH THEIR ITEMS WERE.

YOU SHOULD ALSO BE CAREFUL WHEN BIDDING ON ITEMS WITH PICTURES TAKEN OUT OF CATALOGUES, AS THESE SELLERS OBVIOUSLY HAVE A CAMERA TO TAKE THIS PHOTO, SO WHY DIDN'T THEY JUST PHOTOGRAPH THE ITEM ITSELF? ASK QUESTIONS, AND AGAIN, CHECK FEEDBACK.

ALSO, ITEMS SUCH AS CLOTHES AND HANDBAGS, LISTED AS DESIGNER WITH LOW STARTING PRICES COULD BE FAKE, BUT REMEMBER, WHEN LISTING AN ITEM, EBAY ADVISES THE SELLER TO USE A LOW STARTING PRICE IN ORDER TO GENERATE MORE BIDS. MANY SELLERS DO TAKE THIS INTO ACCOUNT, ESPECIALLY IF IT IS A HIGHLY DESIRABLE ITEM, AS THEY KNOW IT IS ALMOST GUARANTEED TO SELL AT A GOOD PRICE. ONCE AGAIN, ASK QUESTIONS, CHECK FEEDBACK.  

IF YOU SUSPECT THAT AN ITEM YOU ARE WANTING TO BID ON IS FAKE, FRAUDULENT OR COUNTERFEIT, YOU SHOULD ASK THE SELLER QUESTIONS, SUCH AS:

  • IS THE ITEM AUTHENTIC?
  • DO YOU HAVE THE ORIGINAL RECIEPT?
  • ARE THE BUTTONS STAMPED WITH THE BRAND NAME?
  • DOES IT HAVE A SERIAL NUMBER?
  • IS IT HALLMARKED?
  • DOES IT HAVE A HOLOGRAM?

THE QUESTION YOU SHOULD ASK DEPEND ON THE TYPE OF ITEM YOU ARE ASKING ABOUT.

IF THE ANSWER TO ANY OF THESE QUESTIONS IS "NO", "I DON'T KNOW", "I'M NOT SURE" OR YOU SIMPLY RECIEVE NO REPLY AT ALL, DO NOT BID, AND IMMEDIATELY REPORT THE ITEM TO EBAY, GIVING THE REASON FOR REPORTING AS "ITEM IS COUNTERFEIT OR FRAUDULENT".

IF IN DOUBT, DO NOT BID!

 

 

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