03-07-2004, 09:47 AM #1noirluispherGuest(HOAX on EBAY) Selling a POWERBOOK - Box
So yesterday I was trolling Ebay checking out the deals on Powerbooks. And low and behold, I see one for $550. Thats right the ad said this:
New Apple 17" G4 Powerbook Box, 1Ghz, 60GB, 512MB
Now keep in mind that 12 people have bid on this. So I continue to read the auction and he clearly states that you will be bidding on a Brand New Powerbook BOX.
I just had to email him to be sure, This is how that went: (Start at the bottom)
My follow up statement: You are a genius!
From: Dennis Climent [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Sat 3/6/2004 3:43 PM
Subject: Re: Question for seller -- Item #2791126862
His reply: It is just a box...
On 3/6/04 3:36 PM, "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com>
> "You are bidding on a brand new 17" G4 Powerbook Box only "
My question: > Let me get this straight, are you SELLING an EMPTY box?
Yesterday, when I emailed him the question the auction was at $550 but someone must have retracted their bid because it is only $455 now.
People need to read. It wasn't even in fine print!!!!
03-07-2004, 11:16 AM #2
- Member Since
- Dec 28, 2003
- Long Island, NY
- 15" MacBook Pro & 23" ACD
Seems to me that it isn't a hoax, just someone who knows that people don't read much and applies it to make profit!
03-07-2004, 11:31 AM #3noirluispherGuest
That is very true.
It is a hoax from the NON-READING Ebayers perspective.
That LUCKY-UNLUCKY winner sure won't have a leg to stand on when he tries to get his money back.
03-10-2004, 10:22 PM #4tonedoggGuest
I keep looking for a feedback from either one but nothing has come up.
03-11-2004, 03:15 AM #5StarMantaGuest
I have a 15" TITANIUM POWERBOOK 1.0GHZ box in my garage.....
03-11-2004, 02:25 PM #6
- Member Since
- Mar 10, 2004
how much for it?
03-16-2004, 04:24 AM #7trenolletGuest
I'll sell you my iBook G4 933 box for a bargian price of $300.00 with freel shipping!! :-) That's $260.00 savings :p
03-16-2004, 01:09 PM #8
He even shows a picture of the box empty. That's crazy!!! I wonder if the winning bidder is actually going to pay for it.. or what he/she will do when they get an empty box.
lol, that's insane, makes me want to do that with my G5 box, yet, I don't think I could part with it. I love that box, it's so purrty, now I want to bid on the box he's selling hhmmm
03-17-2004, 01:27 PM #9kjellquistGuest
cripes....I have my iBook, iPod, Airport Extreme boxes just collecting dust...I may try this
03-17-2004, 10:28 PM #10WilliSGuest
wow.... pure genius... of course it is taking advantage of "less than intelligent" people out there on the internet... but oh well, their loss
a fool and his money is soon parted
03-19-2004, 01:34 AM #11
Well that is kinda funny, a bit like the other scams there are. BTW the buyer has not -continued- the buy part of it as of tonight... Imagine that... but I feel kinda bad for him... but reading!! :p kinda his own fault... I rarely bother to look at ebay, I know I can easily make a grand off my Amazon parrot if I wanted!
03-20-2004, 06:53 AM #12ViolenceGuest
03-21-2004, 10:21 PM #13RootGuest
to state my ebayer's opinion, it isnt a hoax. if they buyer gets what the description said, it is perfectly within ebay rules. In fact, i might even try it myself.
03-22-2004, 06:12 PM #14s3pt1kGuest
I have a friend that was burned on a G5 purchase by a gent who is crating multiple accounts, fake acutions, and giving himself feedback. My friend lost $2000 on a "presale" of G5s from a "reputable seller". The seller is VERY slippery, appears legit, and is currently under investigation not only be eBay's Safe Harbor, but the FTC and the FBI.
Also note: I have talked with my local Apple store and a local authorized Apple agent. It has been estimated that over 50% of all Apple auctions on eBay are fraudulent or involve stolen equipment. IMVHO, the ONLY way to go when it comes to Apple's on eBay is using escrow.com.
03-30-2004, 08:40 PM #15noirluispherGuest
50%!? That seems a little high. Do you really think, that Apple's security is so "SLACK" that it allows so many computers to be stolen? I don't. I believe that percentage is considerably lower, like maybe 10%. All you have to do is check out the sellers history - Feebacks, and then check out the peoples Feedbacks who left them. That should, along, tell you that it's nothing more than an authorized reseller. More than likely, a reseller that's connect to Apple.
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