I've just put a smart watch on ebay, and had a strong offer - £20 above
the going rate (£140). The German buyer has 2 positive feedbacks, over a
year old. No transactions at all for 12 months or more.
If they're paying with Paypal, is there a higher than usual risk here?
Much more likely he doesn’t realise what the usual price for it is.
No real point in hacking an account like that just so it gets
bad feedback when it isnt paid for or the buy is cancelled.
Or just a kid of the account holder buying something it shouldn’t.
There are lots of different scams and there's no certainty that you
won't get stung whatever you do.
You say the German buyer is offering over the odds but is it over the
odds in Germany? Maybe twenty quid over the odds here is a bargain over
There are national differences: last night I almost won a camera from
ebay USA. It finally sold for about 60% of the typical ebay UK price
because that's what it goes for over there. Muggins here only offered
50% which is why I lost it.
On 24/05/2019 20:52, email@example.com wrote:
That provides evidence it was delivered, but it's easy to change eBay
and PayPal addresses online. The PayPal transaction can still be
reversed if fraud has taken place.
I might be tempted to ask PayPal if they could verify the account
details and indemnify the transaction.
Selling or buying small expensive items on Ebay are both high risk
occupations. Watches and Mobile phones in particular. A buyer
wanting to pay/buy outside of the eBay platform and pay a bit over the
odds and you are talking of disinfecting and barge poles.
It is worth remembering that in any transaction dispute Ebay and
Paypal tend to favour the buyer over the seller.
Possible scenario (as reported regularly by others) Overseas Buyer
buys watch paying by Paypal. Seller sends it and buyer receives watch
signing as having done so.
Two days late buyer contacts seller to say watch is not working and
arranges return with seller. So far so good.
Buyer sends package and even gives seller return tracking number.
Seller receives and signs for package. Shortly afterwards Seller
opens package and finds it contains a bit of scrap plastic to make up
to correct postage weight for watch but no watch.
Seller contacts buyer who says they sent the watch and seller is
trying to scam them.
Buyer demands money back and contacts Paypal. Seller says buyer sent
Buyer wails to Paypal. Paypal find package returned by tracked
method to right address and signed for. Paypal support Buyer who has
proof of delivery and remove money from Sellers account and return to
Buyer who now has both the watch and the money.
Ebay accounts which have been silent for some time are often targeted
by thieves who use them to defraud others.
is Paypals seller protection page, there are other scams to watch out
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