Thinking about buying an electronic kit? Me too. How about a nice Roland outfit?
BE CAREFUL! This advice for UK based ebayers....
I have seen several auctions for top of the range kits with a starting price of £100.....these kits are worth thousands. As usual if it looks too good to be true then it probably isn't.
Some things to look for.....
High value item, TD20 or similar, with low start price....why would anyone potentially lose a lot of money?
1 day auction - hook the punter then disappear quickly, also tempts people to do a deal if they think they have to buy quickly.
'Do not contact me through ebay - use this email' - a dead giveaway, usually a yahoo address that looks like it could belong to the seller (similar name). Only use the ebay address. Anyone can set up a yahoo address in minutes. A mobile phone number is just as anonymous, impossible to trace.
'Contact me before bidding' - an invitation to do a deal off ebay with no control (I'm no big fan of ebay/Paypal charges but at least you have some protection).
Seller registered outside the UK - gives limited opportunity to contact the real ebayer. When I have been able to do this on three occasions the true ebayer confirms that their id has been hi-jacked and they know nothing about the listing. (See below for update on this hi-jacking.)
'Seller' is away on business - I have contacted a couple of these so-called sellers using the email or phone number provided and get a uniform response that they are working abroad so cannot arrange for item to be viewed.
Money requested up front - on contacting the 'seller' they (reluctantly - ha ha) agree to sell you the kit for half it's true value if you send the money by transfer there and then. Then they will arrange delivery, yeah right! Offers of cash on delivery or personal pick up with a cash deal are refused. Money Transfer?? - don't do it!!!! you might as well start tearing up fivers. If you can't use Paypal or other secure method then be prepared to lose your money.
Other give-aways, listing has spelling mistakes, geographical mistakes, (listed as Liverpool, London), amounts are stated at UKP or UK Pounds, some foreign keyboards do not have '£' sign, spec is taken from a catalogue or website as is picture.
All in all I repeat the age-old saying....if it looks too good to be true then it probably isn't.
All above relates to any high value item; computers, motorbikes, boats, cars, you name it.
Finally, 99.9999% of ebayers are decent, honest people, don't get caught by a scammer.
Update 30/8/06- Just had the following from another ebayer (thanks Anne) .......
Hi,I noticed your review and noticed thatyou did not know how scammers hi-jack accounts. They send you an email that looks like it is from ebay telling you that you have bought something and your payment is late,click here for details. When click on it it asks you to log in on a page that is identical to ebays log in page. Once you put in your user name and password and log in you send the name and password to the scammer who quickly logs in and changes your password.They can then use your accountuntilyou contact ebay, by then its too late. They also do the samewith Paypal,saying you have sent £300 to .... click here for details....log in....done.
So, the lesson for today is be suspicious of everything, never use any 'click here' options, always go through the main site or the link stored in your favourites. If you ever see a request to log in think very carefully if you should or not.