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got duped on ebay... macbook pro is NOT an i7.. now what?


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So I thought I was getting a heck of a deal, albeit a risky one. I bought a macbook pro off of someone with 0 ebay feedback (i know), and ended winning a 17" macbook pro with i7 processor, 4gb RAM, 500gb 7200 rpm hard drive... for $1500. I was happy

Then I received the laptop, and it turned out to be different... it's a 17" macbook pro with a intel C2D 3.06ghz, 4gb ram, and 500gb 7200 rpm. it also has apple care... still seems like a fair deal at $1500, but I feel slighted, since I know how much better the i7 is over a c2d.

The seller has been terrible at communicating, but I would like to ask for a partial refund, I was thinking $300 would be fair? $1200 for my current set up seems more reasonable.

What would you do? Keep this late model macbook pro, or return it and keep hunting for a deal on an i5 or i7?

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How did you pay for it? If you used PayPal, lodge a complaint and ask for a refund since the advertised product is not what you received. Be sure to lodge a complaint with eBay also.

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Like "chscag" said...if you paid via Paypal...then open a dispute if you cannot communicate or find some sort of resolution with the seller.

If you feel $1500 is a decent price for what you actually got...then maybe working out some sort of refund would be easier. But if the seller is unreasonable...then just return it for a full refund.

Let's be positive...maybe the seller had multiple laptops for sale...and sent you the wrong one.

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I make a living on eBay and refuse to let zero feedback bidders buy anything from me they're so unreliable. I don't like your chances of seeing a dime back, especially since he's been so bad at communicating. Just feel lucky he didn't ship you an actual brick and then drain his Paypal account.
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The suggested resale value for that computer is 1400.00, according to Mac2sale.

I would definitely try contacting the seller first. If he doesn't reply then maybe dispute it through paypal.

Even though you paid close to what the product's value is.. He still advertised it as something else... which is wrong.

Do you mind posting up the ebay link, I'm curious to see the the description and information.

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I Think if you recieve a 200-350 refund that the product that was shipped is a heck of a deal i bought a simial macbook for a freinf on his birthday, for 1800$ cash :/

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thanks for all the feedback guys..

here is the original ebay listing:

Apple MacBook Pro - eBay (item 130412085955 end time Jul-22-10 15:02:01 PDT)

i know it's a little shady, but i took a gamble and i guess i got what i deserved! I've also ran the serial number on apple support and its not stolen and apple care is good for another 3 years.

A couple of things that tipped me off that it may not have been a i7 was the old model power adapter, and the listing of the processor at 3.06ghz. at the time i did not know the i7 did not come in 3.06ghz... but i confirmed with the seller that it was an i7 before i paid.

I have filed a dispute with eBay and Paypal, and have not heard anything back from this guy. hopefully ebay buyer protection will help me out.
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thanks for all the feedback guys..

here is the original ebay listing:

Apple MacBook Pro - eBay (item 130412085955 end time Jul-22-10 15:02:01 PDT)

i know it's a little shady, but i took a gamble and i guess i got what i deserved!

I have filed a dispute with eBay and Paypal, and have not heard anything back from this guy. hopefully ebay buyer protection will help me out.
Thanks for posting the e-Bay auction info...that really helps in understanding what's going on. Here are some "clues" that this e-Bay seller is somebody to watch out for:

1. Very little feedback...in fact...right now the sellers feedback total is -1!

2. If you see the comment the person left in the sellers feedback page..."seller added $300.to bill and said it didnt sell for enuf look out 4 this guy"...definitely a "red flag"!

I do realize that when your auction ended...this feedback info wasn't available...it could have helped if it was available.

3. The seller included the statement below in the auction description of your auction:

"Don't ask why I'm selling because I won't ask why you are buying.

If your offer is high enough, I will close the auction early for you."


This is just an argumentative statement (not good salesmanship)...and you're not supposed to end an auction early if someone "offers enough".

The good thing is you paid via Paypal...so that should give you a VERY good chance of getting this corrected. The other good thing is...at least the seller sent you something that is close in value to what you actually paid. They could have sent you a "brick" or a "2 x 4"!

The downside is...Paypal disputes can take a long time to resolve...especially if the seller is not communicating. In fact...I'm not 100% sure how Paypal will handle this. You most likely will get a refund...but since the seller is not communicating..part of the process if you get a refund is you ship the computer back to the seller. But if the seller is not communicating...it would seem a little risky to just ship the computer back to the address it came from originally (that's if you still have the sellers address).

Good luck. Please keep us up to date on what happens. I for one would be VERY interested how things turn out.

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Don't hold your breath on getting any money back unless you're prepared to engage an attorney.

In your own words, you took a gamble ... and you lost. That's usually how gambles work out. By all means you should raise the roof about the false advertising, but I think you just spent $300 or so on tuition in the School of Hard Experience (and got away cheap imho).
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yeah, i'm optimistic that paypal will help me out. you're absolutely right about me being lucky that i actually received something close to the value... i think it might take a while, but i am also curious as to how it will come out. I've seen these same model MBP's going for $2K+ on ebay, so I do not feel so bad. also, this computer is so much better than what im used to (which is a 5 year old windows ultra portable laptop) that im actually happy i bought it.

and chas_m, it just so happens that i am an attorney

ill update as things move forward.
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I make a living on eBay and refuse to let zero feedback bidders buy anything from me they're so unreliable. I don't like your chances of seeing a dime back, especially since he's been so bad at communicating. Just feel lucky he didn't ship you an actual brick and then drain his Paypal account.
How can I or anyone else buy anything at all on ebay if everyone felt the same as you do.

To get the rep...good or bad I have to be able to start somewhere.

I'll spread the word not to buy from you since you don't trust anyone.

Cya
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and chas_m, it just so happens that i am an attorney
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