Are you one of the people who buys the 1p items such as headphones and all sorts from China?
Well, I have been thinking about this a lot lately, and have read a lot about the critizism it recieves and also the customers that are genuinely happy, and not just putting Good feedback to get positive feedback in return.
People who are scammers can open 100 of these auctions for around £10. They would then have a good reputation on eBay within a week or so of listing every 10 mins or so. (Usually by an illegal script to save money on Scheduled listings).
They then use this reputation to sell things such as phones that are refurbished to look better than they are, and sell them for over £100 with a good reputation.
I knew one guy. He sold a bunch of items. Got 134 Positive feedback, 100%. He waited 30 days for the new user icon to disappear, and then he did something pretty crazy. He made around 20 auctions selling the new Nokia N96. However, all of these were refurbished second hand N81 devices, and made to look like the N96. If you look at the 2 phones on Google images, you will see how it can easily be done with some crafty skills.
So, whats the moral and point of this?
Well, when you are buying your 1p items, and thinking you have got a good deal and some bonus feedback. Just remember that you could be helping a user to gain a reputation to swindle hundreds of £££ from innocent users. That user could even be you if you are stupid enough to add him to your favourite sellers to buy more 1p items from him, see his new N96 on offer, and think youve hit the jackpot bonus. Trust me, it happens to a lot of people.
So be careful, and think a bit differently about those "good deal guys". A lot of them are doing it for a reason..to be a criminal and create a bad experience for innocent eBay users!
PLEASE CLICK YES FOR A HELPFULNESS VOTE TO MAKE SURE OTHER PEOPLE ARE AWARE OF THIS AND TO HELP STOP CRIMINAL ACTIVITY ON EBAY! EVERY VOTE YOU MAKE HELPS!
READ THIS TO HELP EBAY FROM SCAMS!
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9 August 2008
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