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Ridiculous eBay Auctions

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  • Jackad7Jackad7 Wisconsin Member Posts: 486
    The random letters at the end are usually a giveaway it's a scam. 

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/252795538886

    The current seller copies a legitimate looking auction except adds those random letters to (I'm assuming) bypass some sort of filter. Most people figure it's sketchy but it's an amount they are willing to risk. It's much easier than convincing one person to pay a couple thousand for a big set. The account is most likely hacked and you may receive a shipping notification but after the "Picked up by carrier" it will never move. File for your money back immediately before they can move it out of their current account.
    MaffyDmonstblitzGlacierfalls265stluxcatwranglerjosekalel
  • MaffyDMaffyD West YorkshireMember Posts: 2,431
    ^ Those letters had me curious, so thanks for explaining. I assumed it had something to do with the flakiness of the ad, but not exactly what...
  • monstblitzmonstblitz Alexandria, VAMember Posts: 591
    Thanks for doing the sleuthing on that!  Knew it had to be a scam going in, but just like when I know I'm beat in poker, I call to see it play out. 

    I reported it to Ebay, they said I should file for my money back on March 17th and they are going to investigate.

    The only thing I don't get about it is how does the seller have perfect feedback?  Did the scammer hijack another account?  Build up good feedback over time for a huge payday of a few $12 scam sales?  I'm sure there is a logical explanation of how it happened just curious.  I think I saw something like this on an iphone before, but first time seeing it with Lego.  He sure picked a good somewhat random set and listing to try it with. 
  • sid3windrsid3windr BelgiumMember Posts: 1,319
    Yes, often they hijack an account in good standing to make a quick buck. $12 is absurdly low though...
  • Jackad7Jackad7 Wisconsin Member Posts: 486
    Yeah they usually highjack an account that has been inactive for a couple of months. The low price point is ment to entice more buyers. This one seemed rather unproductive but from what I've observed the lego community on eBay is a lot more observant when it comes to scams/counterfeits than other corners of ebay. I fell for this with a 3ds but I was able to file a case the day I purchased it and got my money back. However that sale has over 180 people buy a $12 3ds. Considering it cost the scammer nothing that's a lot of profit on their end assuming they don't get caught. 
    If anything ever looks too good to be true check the sellers other listings, message the seller, and look for irregularities. Usually they seller 1. Will not have other listings (or they will all be of the same scam nature) 2. Will not respond or be able to give descriptive about the item and 3. The listing will be littered with out of place errors (like you guys mentioned the international shipping, the fact that shipping the product alone would cost more than their selling price, having a picture of one item with multiple quantities listed for sale under buy it now or have a stock photo). Hope this helps.
    monstblitzkiki180703Glacierfalls265
  • LuLegoLuLego UKMember Posts: 869
    Just a heads up about the crappy Chinese fakes on eBay UK, specifically the Lego Batman Movie:
    There seems to be a grammar loophole on eBay UK that is allowing these fakes to use the word Lego in their title as the film is called 'the Lego batman movie.' 

    Basically, they are allowed to use the word Lego as they are copies of that movie rather than copies of the brand.

    Custom Lego = x
    Custom of the Lego movie = listing allowed

    The fakes i reported are all still on there. I hate these fakes and I hate it even more when sellers are deliberately misleading buyers.

    I've seen a few fakes selling at a high price - around the same as real Lego. People are still bidding on a Poison Ivy, which remains despite me reporting.

    Be careful!

    Jackad7kiki180703catwrangler
  • bovaretrantbovaretrant UKMember Posts: 2
    What do you all make of this? I'm sure the seasoned vets among you can figure out the scam here

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lego-DC-Super-Heroes-76023-Batman-Tumbler-Hot-/182483904442?

  • samiam391samiam391 A Log Cabin in KY, United StatesMember Posts: 4,248
    What do you all make of this? I'm sure the seasoned vets among you can figure out the scam here

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lego-DC-Super-Heroes-76023-Batman-Tumbler-Hot-/182483904442?

    I make of that listing as something that is simply not worth my time.

    Buy it = PayPal claim. Life is too short for those types of silly things.
    Jackad7kiki180703ShibGlacierfalls265
  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,718
    What do you all make of this? I'm sure the seasoned vets among you can figure out the scam here

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lego-DC-Super-Heroes-76023-Batman-Tumbler-Hot-/182483904442?

    Let me take a picture of that with my Scamra...
  • bovaretrantbovaretrant UKMember Posts: 2
    Do these sorts of listings come up all the time? Like, say it IS a scam (most likely), what's the endgame for the seller? They'll lose every penny they make.
  • samiam391samiam391 A Log Cabin in KY, United StatesMember Posts: 4,248
    Do these sorts of listings come up all the time? Like, say it IS a scam (most likely), what's the endgame for the seller? They'll lose every penny they make.
    No, it IS a scam (definitely).

    Generally, they try to withdraw the money and scram or they use it as a type of "quick loan". I'm proud to say that as someone who lives with integrity, I don't know all the ins and outs of it or why they even do it in the first place. It's just plain stupid to me why someone would try to take advantage of another... but such is life :)
    Jackad7kiki180703bandit778Glacierfalls265
  • ricecakericecake Maryland, USAMember Posts: 879
    My favorite part of the description:
    The LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes the Tumbler is a set containing parts and pieces. It will prove to be a good source of entertainment for Star Wars fans, including children and adults.
    I heard another thing is that once you send payment, they now have some more personal information on you that they may use for identity theft purposes.

    CaptainLego
  • BillyBricks84BillyBricks84 United StatesMember Posts: 341
    I feel confident making a purchase when there is a question mark in the listing title.  http://www.ebay.com/itm/LEGO-Star-Wars-Battle-on-Sad-/292055009917?hash=item43ffd5ca7d:g:Dx0AAOSwImRYdQU~

    Also, apparently Scarif was renamed after the devastating events there in Rogue One. 
    davetheoxygenmanSprinkleOtterJackad7Bumblepantsstluxkiki180703Glacierfalls265
  • elspankdogelspankdog TexasMember Posts: 403
    Thanks for doing the sleuthing on that!  Knew it had to be a scam going in, but just like when I know I'm beat in poker, I call to see it play out. 

    I reported it to Ebay, they said I should file for my money back on March 17th and they are going to investigate.

    The only thing I don't get about it is how does the seller have perfect feedback?  Did the scammer hijack another account?  Build up good feedback over time for a huge payday of a few $12 scam sales?  I'm sure there is a logical explanation of how it happened just curious.  I think I saw something like this on an iphone before, but first time seeing it with Lego.  He sure picked a good somewhat random set and listing to try it with. 
    Also notice that zero of the feedback is as a seller.  All as a buyer.
  • LuLegoLuLego UKMember Posts: 869
    Those fake Lego batman movie figures (the ones I was grumbling about a few posts ago) are just ending on eBay. The winning bid on a few of them is already higher than the price I sold the same genuine figures for recently.

    It frustrates me as inevitably these will get passed on, as time goes by, by unwitting parents selling their kids 'Lego.'

    ebay is a minefield.
    Jackad7catwranglerVorpalRyu
  • Jackad7Jackad7 Wisconsin Member Posts: 486
    LuLego said:
    Those fake Lego batman movie figures (the ones I was grumbling about a few posts ago) are just ending on eBay. The winning bid on a few of them is already higher than the price I sold the same genuine figures for recently.

    It frustrates me as inevitably these will get passed on, as time goes by, by unwitting parents selling their kids 'Lego.'

    ebay is a minefield.
    I feel the same way. It is so frustrating they get away with it and it is slowly poisoning the market. Eventually these will start appearing in people selling off their kids stuff and if I buy something from someone who genuinely doesn't have a clue that they are selling fake stuff I can't be mad at them. 
    catwranglerkiki180703
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,584
    'Happy Ball Battle' would be a much more memorable description for the 'Battle of Yavin'.
    Pitfall69VorpalRyuGlacierfalls265Jackad7kiki180703
  • rd1899rd1899 U.S.A.Member Posts: 141
    There's copying a listing, and then there's copying a listing...

    Also, bonus points for starting the listings, while the genuine one is still active?
    BumblepantsSprinkleOtterJackad7sid3windrstluxkiki180703CaptainLegowhisperwill28
  • Jackad7Jackad7 Wisconsin Member Posts: 486
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/322453220435

    $7.00 for a random figure that may not have all the correct parts. If I wanted to gamble on odds this bad I would find a sketchy, illegal casino in the back room of a gas station.
    VorpalRyuBumblepantsTh1nDieselkiki180703
  • oldtodd33oldtodd33 Denver 4800 miles to BillundMember Posts: 2,391
    ^ And if you hurry up and buy now I'm sure you would stand a good chance of getting the Queen Amidala fig for that price. Right. 
    VorpalRyuJackad7kiki180703
  • Jackad7Jackad7 Wisconsin Member Posts: 486
    So being the naïve individual I am, I purchased a lego minifigure torso (x1) which weighs less than an ounce without a doubt. I noticed the seller had another auction for two torsos that weren't high on my priority list of things to get, with the shipping they were not a good price but I figured three torso's would be no big deal to ship together, the net weight of the package is still going to be under three ounces so the shipping isn't going to change and they all fit in the smallest bubble mailers that I've used. Being a smaller purchase I didn't think to message the seller about combined shipping because it's three friggin torso's. I bought the second lot and asked the seller if he could combine shipping since the price of shipping wouldn't increase by adding two more torso's that weight next to nothing. He told me because they aren't big auctions he can't combine the shipping. Now poo on me for not messaging the seller and no $2.67 is not in any way going to break the bank, but I'm just annoyed that he said he couldn't combine the shipping on two auctions that weigh less than an ounce each. Rant over.
  • LuLegoLuLego UKMember Posts: 869
    If he doesn't combine shipping, you should expect each item to be posted individually! 
    If he hadn't posted yet, request to cancel.
    Jackad7kiki180703MattDawson
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,388
    And if he insists on not cancelling and not giving a discount, then pay for each one individually, a couple of days apart. Maximise his paypal fees and postage costs.
    LuLegoJackad7kiki180703
  • LuLegoLuLego UKMember Posts: 869
    I hadn't thought of that!!! Very cunning.
  • dspigeldspigel HonoluluMember Posts: 427
    At-Te? I'm sure a mystery box is included. 
    snowhitie
  • BillyBricks84BillyBricks84 United StatesMember Posts: 341
    ^Give it a shot. He's not sure if it is an AT-TE. Could be a UCS Falcon with the wrong image. Plus, it will be shipped for free. 
    SumoLegoJackad7kiki180703snowhitie
  • datsunrobbiedatsunrobbie West Haven , CTMember Posts: 1,430
    ^^I decided to take a chance on it - worst case, Paypal has to send me back $12.63 in a week or two. 
    I did the same.  I'm guessing both of us aren't getting it, unless the guy had a whole stockpile that all got smashed in the same corner.  Fat chance.  Curiosity forced me to pull the trigger.  I've heard of cases where sometimes scammers hijack a legit account with positive reviews and post something ridiculously cheap. Then they take the money and run. 
    As expected, no deal on #10177. Got my refund processed this morning.
    Jackad7
  • IstokgIstokg MichiganMember Posts: 2,085
    The #500 LEGO wooden blocks set was made in the 1940s.  Then 50 or 60 years later (can't find my notes on it).... TLG recreated this old classic as a remake of the original set.  Well folks all seem to think that they are all originals to the 1940s now (70 year old sets are NOT that perfect 70 years later).....   So everyone who has the remake seems to think they have a goldmine..... wrongo!!

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/LEGO-DENMARK-VINTAGE-1940S-WOOD-BLOCKS-KLODSER/162432641964?_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851&_trkparms=aid=222007&algo=SIC.MBE&ao=2&asc=20131003132420&meid=360e5b41fbc3423da1eec0bbdd6807f8&pid=100005&rk=2&rkt=6&sd=162438627270
  • oldtodd33oldtodd33 Denver 4800 miles to BillundMember Posts: 2,391
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,388
    ^ Yeah, but this one comes with the rare box!
    Jackad7Glacierfalls265
  • dspigeldspigel HonoluluMember Posts: 427
    So yeah, this is a thing.
    stluxYodalicious
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,584
    ^ $199.99 shipping?

    Hand delivery by the Queen of England??
    stluxMaffyDSprinkleOtter
  • Jackad7Jackad7 Wisconsin Member Posts: 486
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/201893253322

    I haven't exactly been browsing eBay lately but I am pretty sure at least some of these figures are fake.
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,584
    edited April 2017
    Jackad7 said:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/201893253322
    I haven't exactly been browsing eBay lately but I am pretty sure at least some of these figures are fake.

    I must have missed the Watchman sets.  

    prevere
  • FauchFauch FranceMember Posts: 2,243
    by little cherub, he means an animal? or can a child mouth do that much damage?
    SprinkleOtter
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,584
    edited April 2017
    Fauch said:
    by little cherub, he means an animal? or can a child mouth do that much damage?

    I'm sure he means this:

    And that little bugger can do some damage.  (Although he has a similar 'lack of tongue' issue like the kid from the back of Lego instruction booklets.)
    catwranglerYodalicious
  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,084
  • FauchFauch FranceMember Posts: 2,243

    SumoLego said:

    Fauch said:
    by little cherub, he means an animal? or can a child mouth do that much damage?


    I'm sure he means this:

    And that little bugger can do some damage.  (Although he has a similar 'lack of tongue' issue like the kid from the back of Lego instruction booklets.)


    or maybe this one ?



    it's from supernatural, if you wonder.
    SumoLegoJackad7
  • MAGNINOMINISUMBRAMAGNINOMINISUMBRA Member Posts: 976
    No - it's SLIGHTLY better than a clone - the item doesn't actually exist - it's a scam.
    josekalelJackad7
  • GoogiGoogi AustraliaMember Posts: 3
    edited May 2017
    I screwed up.

    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/172669535472?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

    My greed got the better of me and I bought it. The price is way too low and free shipping to boot? Yea, no idea what my brain was doing. And if you haven't noticed, the brand name under item specifics is "AAALEGO"...what the heck is AAALEGO!?

    Anyway, the seller is way too efficient...a box was shipped to me 30 minutes after receiving my requests for refund.

    Not sure what I can do at this point apart from waiting it out, will keep you all posted on what kind of 'Lego' I will get!

    SumoLego
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,584
    'LEGO' only appears ten times in the description.  Not that the seller is trying to give you the impression that you are purchasing something other than LEGO...
    josekalel
  • sid3windrsid3windr BelgiumMember Posts: 1,319
    Assuming you paid with paypal you'll end up with an AAALEGO set and your money back... :-)
  • GoogiGoogi AustraliaMember Posts: 3

    sid3windr said:

    Assuming you paid with paypal you'll end up with an AAALEGO set and your money back... :-)


    Yea...I didn't....I know that I am paying to the seller's paypal account though. Regardless, gonna try for a refund through Ebay money back guarantee.

    A good lesson, now I know my control of impulse buying is much weaker than I would like it to be.
  • monkeyhangermonkeyhanger Member Posts: 2,778
    Give negative feedback and then open a dispute. Ebay seem a bit poor at chasing infringements of copyright though.

    I opened a case after I ordered the wife a "you are here" Las Vegas Starbucks mug (she had one from a visit to Vegas and chipped it in the sink - we have no plans to go back in the near future for a replacement). As the mugs are made in China, and the price being around RRP, I thought that it was possibly a "factory shop" job, but when it has arrived it is obviously counterfeit (the physical "blank" mug looks identical), but the print density, a few design errors and the fact that the "print" is from a bonded transfer rather than printed on.

    I left negative feedback and raised a case with ebay. All they have done is ask me to discuss with the seller, who has offered me money back in exchange for replacing my bad feedback with good feedback. Not good enough - I want them to stop selling snides on ebay.
    Googi
  • oldtodd33oldtodd33 Denver 4800 miles to BillundMember Posts: 2,391
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