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#1 Lisa

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Posted 12 November 2004 - 05:20 PM

With the holiday season approaching yet again just wanted to remind everyone to keep their guard up and watch out for any eBay sellers that may be wanting to make a quick buck off collectors.

Be especially careful of bidders with 0 feedbacks bidding up auctions for the seller or sellers with 0 or only a couple of feedbacks selling expensive items. wink.gif

#2 Sandra

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Posted 12 November 2004 - 06:23 PM

Hear, hear!!

It was exactly this time last year that things went horribly wrong for at least 4 of us collectors on here!!

Thanks Lisa for the reminder - had almost forgotten about nasty Ebay people . . . .

#3 Lisa

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Posted 12 November 2004 - 06:51 PM

Yeah,

Just had an incident of my own and it's just not fair. sad.gif

Another thing to look for in ebay listings:

If there is a photo included in the auction please look at it carefully, make sure the seller is consistant with all their photos if offering other items for sale. A lot of the time the photos are stolen.
Also, if a solid is pictured with the box make sure the box design goes with the year the solid was issued and also if auction says MIB but no box is pictured ask for more photos!


If not sure please ask here.

#4 Sylvia Ray

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Posted 12 November 2004 - 07:54 PM

I agree

Check feedbacks of seller and the date they joined ebay. I bid on a MIB solid and got a solid in a dented, dirty, scratched gold box, no white box as stated in the auction.

#5 greyhound

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Posted 12 November 2004 - 08:59 PM

I like to buy from people who I can identify as a collector and/or solid seller. Remember that some of them don't necessarily sell their stuff regularly. And, aren't "big fish" that you see often.

There's something about the holiday season. It's suppose to be a happy giving time. However, so many crooks come out of the woodwork! mad.gif

This is unrelated, but I come across the nastiest people during X-mas time. I get scared shopping at the malls. I'm suppose to live in the "friendly state".

#6 mostlyminis

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Posted 13 November 2004 - 04:09 PM

Ack! I'll put a thread in the solids for sale, with my seller name and what I'm selling this week and will put in in the next few weeks. I try my best to describe my solids accurately. I hadn't posted any of them, since they are for sale on e-bay, I was trying to keep to the site rules.

#7 Don and Margaret

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Posted 13 November 2004 - 10:58 PM

Ok, according to Lisa's criteria for crooked sellers, what does everyone think about this sellers auctions? ph34r.gif
Be sure to look at this sellers other auctions also.

Roulette wheel


#8 Sylvia Ray

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Posted 13 November 2004 - 11:37 PM

Am I wrong in saying this is not the correct box top for the Roulette wheel?? ph34r.gif

#9 Lisa

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Posted 13 November 2004 - 11:48 PM

OK, here is another good one:

First the photo of the solid on the black background is stolen because it is my photo (below) and second I hope the original packaging is not the plastic baggie
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http://cgi.ebay.com/...2284669901&rd=1


My photo:user posted image

I really don't understand. This seller has photos of all their other EL solid auction but this one sticks out like a sore thumb because of the inconsistency of this one auction. If the seller actually has the product than why steal a photo? Also, if a seller claims they have original packaging why isn't it shown in a photo, doesn't make sense???

Always ask for additional photos and ask questions. If the sellers are legit they will be able to provide the information.

Again be careful!

#10 greyhound

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Posted 14 November 2004 - 02:35 AM

I'm not very alert lately. I hadn't noticed any of these auctions.

Not sure what to say about the Roulette Wheel. The seller listed some rare solids. They have different backgrounds (2 are similar).

You have good photos Lisa. That's why so many people want to steal them. Sellers who can't (or won't) take photos should simply describe the solid, be honest, and offer a money back guarantee. Stealing photos makes a seller appear untrustworthy and possibly scammy.

It's getting harder to buy solids. About this time 2 years ago, ebay was a goldmine when it came to buying excellent solids at good buy it now prices from trustworthy sellers.

#11 Karin

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Posted 14 November 2004 - 04:28 AM

About the Roulette Wheel: The seller clearly states that it is Mint in Shipping Box. wink.gif This is indeed a new one. I am a bit impressed of how you can be totally honest and yet open up for profitable misunderstandings. Does anyone recognize which solid the box belongs to? My bet is that it is the Coffe Cup.

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Posted 14 November 2004 - 07:12 AM

Wrote before, but computer cut out. So am just writing this one question now!

Instead of MIB should we now use MIOB? That way if the box is incorrect, we have a comeback!?

You are really sharp out there! Thanks!

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#13 Denise

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Posted 14 November 2004 - 08:08 AM

Hi all,

Thanks for the warning about Ebay. First of all, the Top Box of the Roulette Wheel is the WRONG Box. It's not the shiny Estee Box, the correct box has the Gold Estee Square on it.

Secondly, I tend to look at both sides of a situation as there are plenty of Sellers on this site, including myself, and to watch out for Buyers with 0 Feedback. I have cancelled plenty of bids in the past because I would e-mail these Buyers and they never wrote me back. blink.gif blink.gif

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#14 Lisa

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Posted 14 November 2004 - 10:37 AM

The auction I was referring to above was ended early by the seller and they relisted without my photo. That was nice of this seller to do because most sellers just ignore my requests of removing stolen photos.

The auction itself is now relisted and as you can see in the description this seller does think the plastic baggie is the original packaging. I don't think this seller is trying to defraud anyone, I think they just don't know what the original packaging should be because they themselves are not collectors and in unfamiliar waters. On the other hand if they don't know what they are talking about it should be stated in the auction that they are unsure.

http://cgi.ebay.com/...ssPageName=WDVW

ask questions, ask questions, request more photos!

#15 Michele

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Posted 14 November 2004 - 01:11 PM

I emailed the Roulette Wheel's seller regarding the shipping (mine came to $40.00 using his calculations). Here is his response:

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I was going to use bubble wrap and a properly sized box-while it may come to less than $10- I would rather estimate high and pass the discount on if there is a savings to be had- Additionally, shipping is not a fixed cost as you know and the zip i used as an example was from a query in N.Y.- Of course I would accommodate any requests that a buyer may have, and if you would like yours shipped in a brown paper bag to save a couple of bucks I would oblige.


Note that he only has 2 feedback...I'd be real careful on this guy...not your average "collector/seller." ph34r.gif



laugh.gif OMG...he actually posted his reply to me on eBay! laugh.gif

Unfortunately, there are lots of bad eggs out there lately. As a buyer AND a seller, it's hard to keep up. We just have to keep looking out for each other...that's the bottom line. Plus, there are lots of new sellers...most I've never seen or heard of but they've been moving in to solidperfume land pretty heavy. It's a jungle out there! blink.gif





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