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Ridiculous eBay Auctions

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  • roxioroxio UKMember Posts: 1,329
    ^^ I agree its a terrible listing, but it is clear that its a converted keyring. It's not worth £7, its only worth what a buyer will pay. Immoral seller + gullible buyers = easy $$$
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,303
    "Sort" "incluids" "hipps"??? Is this guy from Newcastle? Lol
  • BumblepantsBumblepants Sofia BG/Dallas TXMember Posts: 5,551
    I never buy from someone who can't take the time to spell correctly. I assume they have cared for what they are selling just as poorly. It is good for a chuckle though, I really enjoy this thread.
  • mountebankmountebank Member Posts: 1,236
    I just buy cheap stuff so long as I get a sense from the listing that the seller isn't obviously a crook.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,303
    Oh man.
  • IronManIronMan Member Posts: 20
    Line me up for 5 at that price! That's what I like to call a sweeeet deal!
  • samiam391samiam391 A Log Cabin in KY, United StatesMember Posts: 4,239
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,303
    Has anyone really called out these goofballs on ebay? One guy was selling Cloud City Boba Fett and the one pictured wasn't him. I sent him a message asking him if he is trying to defraud people or are you a complete moron?
  • monkeyhangermonkeyhanger Member Posts: 2,774
    There are a few people who seem to sell mainly instruction manuals for daft prices. I'm not talking huge hulking manuals from retired sets, more like £3 for the Endor Battlepack instructions etc. Do they manage to sell any to gullible punters? Surely they must, otherwise they wouldn't bother trying.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,315
    ^ I've seen this where it is clear you are buying instructions if you read the description, but they often use a picture of the cover showing the complete set. Last minute bidders see the picture and then bid without reading. And so unhappiness begins when they receive what they bid on.
  • RennyRenny USAMember Posts: 1,137
    ^wow
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,315
    ^^ Item location: England. Shipping locations: excludes UK.

    What a shame.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,303
    Wow, so what is the purpose for this listing? If the Item is located in England, why is this person not going to ship to the UK?
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    Wow, so what is the purpose for this listing? If the Item is located in England, why is this person not going to ship to the UK?
    :). It takes all kinds to make the world go round...
  • luckyrussluckyruss UKMember Posts: 871
    ^^ it could be mechanism to transfer money internationally, for any number of reasons which could be legit or otherwise (eg getting it out of a particular jurisdiction, payment for some sort of "services", money laundering, etc).
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    ^^ it could be mechanism to transfer money internationally, for any number of reasons which could be legit or otherwise (eg getting it out of a particular jurisdiction, payment for some sort of "services", money laundering, etc).
    Perhaps, but it raises a heck of a red flag.

    Why not put up a listing that is more properly priced, it wouldn't stick out that way. Anyone from law enforcement doing research would catch this if they are worth half a salt, and it would stick out to a jury like a sore thumb, and of course if they are serious criminals or terrorists, they don't even need a jury to decide to kill them.
  • prevereprevere North of Bellville, East of Heartlake, South of Bricksburg, West of Ninjago City Member Posts: 2,874
    Wowsers.

    LEGO Star Wars Camo Scout Kashyyyk Trooper Custom mini Figure Rare
    Sold For: US $9,999.00

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/LEGO-Star-Wars-Camo-Scout-Kashyyyk-Trooper-Custom-mini-Figure-Rare-/320923548874?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4ab888bcca
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,303
    Ok. Yeah. Something is going on here.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,303
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,303
    Yes, people are indeed using Ebay to launder money. Wow. I guess I'm new to this concept.
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    Yes, people are indeed using Ebay to launder money. Wow. I guess I'm new to this concept.
    There are many ways to move money around. The more governments try to take people's money, the more people will figure out ways to not give it to them.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,303
    @LegoFanTexas

    Don't worry. I'm not going to start another discussion ;)
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,315
    This one is not so much a ridiculous one, but more of a beware. Opened boxes of CMF - opened for "checking amounts". Do you trust a seller not to remove the more popular figures and replace them with the less popular ones?


    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Waterproof-Lego-Olympic-GB-Team-Minifigures-series-Box-set-of-60-sealed-limited-/200792109795?pt=UK_Construction_Toys_Kits&hash=item2ec02472e3#ht_911wt_1068
  • LegobrandonCPLegobrandonCP CanadaMember Posts: 1,908
    ^ Holy crap, that is a lot of minifigs.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,315
    ^ Yeah, they have a lot, that is nto my problem. It is the use of the word sealed. Then the description says opened to check contents, then selaed in waterproof packaging. This is often a scam. Open, remove best ones, replace with less popular ones, reseal. Then sell as sealed, with the disclaimer that they were opened just to check. So when you get the package, and you have less than expected of a particular figure, they refer you to the "only approximate numbers of each figure" line in their auction.
  • Gavin83Gavin83 Member Posts: 251
    I can appreciate why people use bricklink over eBay now. I ordered a green grocer on eBay which was advertised as being 100% complete, with a damaged box, near mint (light wear and tear instructions) and 100% complete mint condition Lego. My first problem was that it took over 3 weeks to arrive. I received an email 4 days after the auction ended saying that they'd checked the package and Lego was missing so they've ordered the parts. I did wonder why they couldn't have checked the contents first but I let it go.

    The box has arrived badly packaged with some damage (as expected) but instead of instructions I've received a printed sheet with a URL to the instructions online, also helpfully telling me not to print in color as it's too expensive. To say I'm a little upset would be an understatement, more because of the dishonesty as they were well aware the instructions weren't included but failed to mention it. Haven't even checked the Lego yet. Anyway I'll give them the chance to rectify it or I'll be sending it back for a full refund along with the refund of the return postage costs.

    The only reason I bought it was because it was so cheap but I can see why now.

    They're also a business seller so the negative feedback I'll almost certainly be leaving will most likely not do them any favours.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,315

    They're also a business seller so the negative feedback I'll almost certainly be leaving will most likely not do them any favours.
    I'm not so sure. Feedback is only useful if people read it and act on it. Too many people don't even read the description, let alone look at feedback scores, and even less look at the actual feedback left.
    momvontom
  • EricEric Queensland, AustraliaMember Posts: 376
    I do now, I've had a few bad experiences, so when I make a big purchase I always check beforehand, regardless if it's Lego or not. But most often times, the bad is far out weighed by the good. Most people are honest, and are just trying to make a buck or two.
  • AFFOL_Shellz_BellzAFFOL_Shellz_Bellz Member Posts: 1,263
    @CCC, I alwas check the sellers feedback. If there are negatives in the last six months I take time to read them. I would hope others do so, but know it isn't true for most.
  • Gavin83Gavin83 Member Posts: 251
    I'm planning on checking the actual Lego contents as well. Except for the actual piece count does anyone have any suggestions for rare pieces in the green grocer set I should be checking haven't been substituted?
  • mountebankmountebank Member Posts: 1,236
    If I'd been sold a pig in a poke like that I'd do my damnedest to return it and get my money back. There are plenty of Green Grocers on ebay.uk although the going price for a used one is now around £300.
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 9,188
    @CCC, I alwas check the sellers feedback. If there are negatives in the last six months I take time to read them. I would hope others do so, but know it isn't true for most.
    I always look at feedback.. Feedback also needs to be taken with a grain of salt because some buyers tend to 'shoot first and ask questions later' I find it informative, as well as the response from the seller.
    For example if a guy leaves a negative feedback saying no instructions, but this was mentioned in the auction and by the seller response with that (if there is an auction link) then I do not really accept that neg feedback as valid (even though eBay thinks it is somehow as it stays).
    Just like a guy that bought something from me who lives in Hawaii and the auction stated it was 'parcel post' so it would take 2-3 weeks, he left me a negative feedback after one week and never even contacted me.. It was ridiculous! THEN he went to paypal and asked for an investigation, to which I had to wait 3-4 weeks to get the money unlocked. Basically I had to wait until the darn thing showed up at his home (Thank the maker for Delivery confirmation) -it was still late, (but blame the PO for slow transit, not me) THEN had to wait for this goomba to go and confirm he received it and then had to play nice to get HIM to remove the feedback... Nevermind it was a completely false feedback that, in all that time it was up, could have cost me bidders thinking I was taking money and running.

    So while feedback can be informative you also need to check what the feedback was about and ensure it is not just some guy spouting off without first trying to resolve with the seller...
    What they should do is force a communication between seller and buyer and if that does not work then allow Neg feedback to be left... While there are some sellers that are horrible people many are legit and eBay really handcuffs sellers because of these bad apples.
  • y2joshy2josh Member Posts: 2,002
    @CCC, I alwas check the sellers feedback. If there are negatives in the last six months I take time to read them. I would hope others do so, but know it isn't true for most.
    I always look at feedback.. Feedback also needs to be taken with a grain of salt because some buyers tend to 'shoot first and ask questions later' I find it informative, as well as the response from the seller.
    For example if a guy leaves a negative feedback saying no instructions, but this was mentioned in the auction and by the seller response with that (if there is an auction link) then I do not really accept that neg feedback as valid (even though eBay thinks it is somehow as it stays).
    Just like a guy that bought something from me who lives in Hawaii and the auction stated it was 'parcel post' so it would take 2-3 weeks, he left me a negative feedback after one week and never even contacted me.. It was ridiculous! THEN he went to paypal and asked for an investigation, to which I had to wait 3-4 weeks to get the money unlocked. Basically I had to wait until the darn thing showed up at his home (Thank the maker for Delivery confirmation) -it was still late, (but blame the PO for slow transit, not me) THEN had to wait for this goomba to go and confirm he received it and then had to play nice to get HIM to remove the feedback... Nevermind it was a completely false feedback that, in all that time it was up, could have cost me bidders thinking I was taking money and running.

    So while feedback can be informative you also need to check what the feedback was about and ensure it is not just some guy spouting off without first trying to resolve with the seller...
    What they should do is force a communication between seller and buyer and if that does not work then allow Neg feedback to be left... While there are some sellers that are horrible people many are legit and eBay really handcuffs sellers because of these bad apples.
    They've supposedly set it up now so that a buyer can't leave you negative feedback until they've contacted you first, but I'm not sure if this actually 'works,' per se, as many other 'features' of their spring seller update don't seem to be in place yet. Pretty much anything that hinders the seller (higher fees, forcing a 1-day handling time and 14-day minimum return policy) has already gone into effect, while the tools that help us still seem to be missing.
  • The_Brick_BuilderThe_Brick_Builder Member Posts: 658
    You really need to be able to leave buyers bad feedback. There are SO MANY unresponsive, non-paying buyers.
  • Gavin83Gavin83 Member Posts: 251
    At no point did they mention that the original instructions weren't included. They actually stated in the auction that everything was 100% complete and the instructions were near mint but had some very slight wear and tear!

    I would have likely asked for a refund long ago but I got it at such a good price I wasn't too keen to do this. However I might have to accept it now.

    Anyway I think it's only fair I give them a chance. I shall be asking for either the instructions, the money for instructions or a full refund including return postage costs. If they ignore me or fail to provide any of these in full I shall be bypassing paypal completely and be issuing them with a notice of a court summons, of which I'll serve if they don't become more helpful.

    I would go via paypal but I'm pretty sure they won't refund my return postage costs. Hopefully it won't come to this but we'll see!
  • mountebankmountebank Member Posts: 1,236
    edited July 2012
    If they were keen to sort things out, there would be nothing to stop them getting hold of a set of instructions for you:

    http://www.bricklink.com/search.asp?pg=1&q=10185&sz=10&searchSort=P

    Available for around £30.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,303
    I feel Bricklink is the better way to go to buy Legos, but if you are selling in Bricklink, you tend to sit on your product a lot longer than if you were to sell it on Ebay. I have a Bricklink store, but I am in no hurry to sell anything I have, so if I don't sell anything for months, I don't mind.
  • Gavin83Gavin83 Member Posts: 251
    If they were keen to sort things out, there would be nothing to stop them getting hold of a set of instructions for you:

    http://www.bricklink.com/search.asp?pg=1&q=10185&sz=10&searchSort=P

    Available for around £30.
    I'm hoping they'll just send me £30 and be done with it. I was considering ringing lego and checking if they still have the instructions but I think the chances are extremely slim.

    However they're well aware the instructions weren't in there as they included a sheet with a URL to the instructions on it so I feel they might be stubborn about it. Still, everyone deserves a chance, I'll email them and see what they say.

    The problem is the cheapest sets sell for £350 on bricklink and to be honest I can't justify the price. If I get a refund I'll just keep the money and concentrate on the other modulars.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,303
    Buying used sets are a gamble, but if this is a "business" they should do everything they can to make this transaction right. Customer service is paramount in my book. I'm willing to pay more for good customer service.
  • AFFOL_Shellz_BellzAFFOL_Shellz_Bellz Member Posts: 1,263
    It looks to me like he's trying to get away with bypassing the ebay system, and he may well get away with it if he isn't reported. I would not hesitate to report him.
  • AFFOL_Shellz_BellzAFFOL_Shellz_Bellz Member Posts: 1,263
    I just reported him. If he's reported more than once maybe they will pay attention! He's apparently broken more than one rule, I reported him for including his phone number which is illegal.
  • khmellymelkhmellymel United KingdomMember Posts: 1,224
    ^ Me too, reported for outside eBay sales.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,315
    I reported him for including his phone number which is illegal.
    It might be against their rules, but it is not illegal.
  • dutchlegofan50dutchlegofan50 Zwolle, NetherlandsMember Posts: 180
    Have you seen this? The UCS Millennium Falcon 10179 at a start price of € 2.500?!
    http://cgi.ebay.nl/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=221072668062&clk_rvr_id=364885998353&item=221072668062&lgeo=1&vectorid=229557
  • AFFOL_Shellz_BellzAFFOL_Shellz_Bellz Member Posts: 1,263
    edited July 2012
    @CCC , You're right illegal was an inappropriate use of words to describe not following ebay policy.
  • Brick_ObsessionBrick_Obsession in a "Brick" house - Calgary, AlbertaMember Posts: 654
    This item may not be on Ebay, but can someone explain to me what the heck is with the pricing.

    http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=alyoshaak&itemID=33671938
  • khmellymelkhmellymel United KingdomMember Posts: 1,224
    ^ o.O
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