AM I BEING SCAMMED HERE?

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  1. sinjans

    sinjans TPF Noob!

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    So here's the deal. I just sold an item on ebay. CANON EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM Lens +HOOD+FILTER+BAG - eBay (item 320468863458 end time Jan-06-10 08:02:58 PST)

    I send the invoice to the buyer who is Italy. This is my first sale on ebay/paypal. I then get an email from paypal telling me that this payment has been received and will be held for up to 21 days until the buyer receives the product. This sounds awfully fishy. I need some wisdom here so fire away. I will post the original email later.
     
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    Well, for one - I never use paypal. It's just too easy to get ripped off with it, and their ToS is not exactly good.

    Sounds fishy to me. Sounds like he isn't going to pay you until the product is in his hands. Will he pay you then? Who knows...? Will you be able to do anything about it if he doesn't pay you? No.

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    I would pass on that deal.
     
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    Even if he did pay you, and then you shipped the item... All he has to do is say that he never got it, and PayPal will refund his money, taking it from your account, and seizing your personal bank account if necessary.

    Read the ToS.
     
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    never sell to italy .. i have had scammers from italy try it on me twice.
     
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    So how do i get out of it?
     
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    Don't send it.

    I don't know what kind of obligations you may heve agreed to by putting the item up for sale on eBay, but there has to be a way out... Worst case, just don't send it and you might get some bad "rep points" or whatever they call it...

    You may have entered into a legal agreement though, and if you have, read it - I know there is a way out buried in there somewhere.
     
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    use the cancelation form and just say you damaged whatever it was you were going to sell.

    to find the cancel sale form just search it in the help section..

    you will notice a lot of power sellers will not ship to italy because of the scammers...
     
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    Thanks guys. Now this guys emailing me asking me to avoid customs by labling it as a gift. If anyone has gotten rid of a buyer like this in th epast i would like to know how you did it. i know that i will never sell outside canada and the us again.
     
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    all i can say is good luck! there is definitely a way out though. contact ebay if it gets too weird, and id say, its gotten there with the "avoid customs" BS
     
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    My work email is down right now but i will post them as soon as i can. I just put in a cancel request but the buy has to agree to cancel
     
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    do a second chance offer to the next highest bidder also
     

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