Stranger e-Bay question...

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Eric Perry, Nov 22, 2005.

  1. Hey guys,
    Out of boredom at work recently, I've been browsing e-Bay quite a bit recently. I was checking out some laptops (mine is a few years old now).

    I noticed quite a few people selling laptops at ridiculously low prices (a few pennies up to a few bucks) with just a few hours or even minutes left, yet no bidders. Feedback seems good for the seller. Several (but not all) of the ads instruct the potential buyer to e-mail them before bidding.

    It's obvious these can't be real, but what is the purpose. What could they possibly be fishing for? I don't get it.

    Any ideas?
  2. Ívar Þórólfsson

    Ívar Þórólfsson Mmmmmm...

    Apr 9, 2001
    Kopavogur, Iceland
    Rule of thumb:

    If it looks to good to be true, it probably is.
  3. I totally agree, but who sets up an e-Bay scam just to earn a few dishonest bucks? Is it worth the trouble?
  4. maybe they hope that if they start the bids low than more people will bid on them?
  5. Phil Mastro

    Phil Mastro

    Nov 18, 2004
    To be honest, if it's just a couple of bucks or cents, then take a chance. Worse case scenario, you lose a few bucks.
  6. I'd think there would be a reserve then, no?
  7. DigMe


    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    Do you have a link? I didn't spend too much time but I'm not seeing them.

    brad cook
  8. Sure, here's one. Here's another.
  9. RLT


    Jul 10, 2004
    South Central OH
    Well the second one has been pulled already. So something is going on. I don't know what the hook is, but my feeling is run fast and far.
  10. Yeah, and the first one's seller has 12 pages of everything from laps to bikes for 11 cents. RUN, FOREST! RUN! :scowl:
  11. Sonorous


    Oct 1, 2003
    Denton, TX
    Maybe that one guy just has an OCD that causes him to be incredibly infatuated with the number 11.
  12. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    There was an organised gang from Romania who were convicted recently in the UK, who were using eBay for massive fraud - big money!!

    So what they would do was, as you say set up auctions (they never actually had the goods) for things which were huge bargains for very short times, but advertise that you could email them - then when contacted they would say : sorry you were just too late, but wire me the money and I'll send the (laptop or whatever) to you!! :meh:

  13. beaglesandbass

    beaglesandbass Think first, then post? Staff Member Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
    the first one as been pulled too.

    another possibility is that the laptop is missing a key component. ex. hard drive, cd-rom drive. things of that nature.

    i wouldn't pay much for a laptop that didn't run right.
  14. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    I think it's far more likely that this is another scam where the seller(s) doesn't actually have the goods, but are just tempting people to send them money - unfortunately there are many people in the world, who are gullible enough to fall for this!! :(