With the Sony Ericsson k800i so hard to get hold of the perfect place to look for one is eBay.
However, while browsing the Sony Ericsson k800i listings I noticed an alarming amount of auctions simply selling a wholesale list or web link where you will have to pay to enter into a pyramid/matrix scheme or worse still an 18 Month contract that you will be billed for Monthly. Obviously there are going to be some very disappointed people who think they are buying the actual mobile phone and this will only damage eBay's reputation. However, most of the the listings clearly state what the item is and some would say if you are stupid enough not to read the item description properly there is no wrong doing. I would have to disagree as the titles and descriptions are misleading and it is a scam.
So what can I do to avoid being scammed?
- First of all make sure you read the item description carefully, especially the title.
- Check the seller’s feedback, if they have made their feedback private this is a sure sign of a scam. Also a low rating should be approached with caution.
- If the eBay account is new be suspicious.
- Check the sellers other items for sale. Most sellers will only have one Sony Ericsson k800i for sale. More than one could be a sign of a scam. Unless the seller is registered as a business seller.
- Use the 'ask seller a question' feature. A genuine seller will respond.
- Use PayPal for payment. This protects you as a buyer.
- Use common sense. If it looks to good to be true it probably is.
As long as you are careful you should have no problems and you will get that Sony Ericsson k800i you have been after.