They don’t just scam buyers on ebay

They don't just scam buyers on ebay
This scam also scams the sellers

Here’s how it works:

Con-artists advertise on a classified ad site. They’re looking for people who already sell items on ebay and have high positive feedback. They want these sellers to be "sales managers" and sell third-party merchandise.

The scammers offer high-ticket items like televisions to their "sales managers." Since the prices are low – in many cases below wholesale – there will many buyers.

And because the sellers they’ve recruited already have good ebay ratings, customers feel confident about buying products from them.

The con-artists sell as many products as they can as quickly as possible.

But there is no product to sell. After fees are collected, the scammers ship empty boxes to fool everyone into thinking the product has been shipped, and rip off both the buyer and the seller.

Unhappy Christmas: $1120 for an empty box through eBay, The Sydney Morning Herald>>

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One thought on “They don’t just scam buyers on ebay

  1. Just pay with a credit card. That way, if eBay and PayPal buyer protection fails you, you can just do a charge back with your credit card.

    These types of scams are more the exception rather than the rule, I buy stuff on eBay relatively often and have never had a problem.

    As far as saving when buying on eBay goes:

    Use a site like to set up saved searches. You get an e-mail whenever a matching item is listed. Especially good for "Buy It Now"s that are priced right.

    Try a misspelling search site like to hopefully find some deals with items that have main keywords misspelled in the title. Other interested buyers might not ever see them.

    If you see an auction that you want to bid on, use a sniping service such as to bid for you. It’ll bid in the last few seconds, helping you to save money and avoid shill bidding.

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