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Thread: (HOAX on EBAY) Selling a POWERBOOK - Box

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    (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 []
    Sent: Sat 3/6/2004 3:43 PM
    To: noirluispher
    Subject: Re: Question for seller -- Item #2791126862

    His reply: It is just a box...

    On 3/6/04 3:36 PM, "" <>

    > "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!!!!

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    Member Since
    Dec 28, 2003
    Long Island, NY
    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!

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    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.

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    I keep looking for a feedback from either one but nothing has come up.

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    I have a 15" TITANIUM POWERBOOK 1.0GHZ box in my garage.....

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    Member Since
    Mar 10, 2004
    how much for it?

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    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

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    Sep 05, 2003

    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

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    cripes....I have my iBook, iPod, Airport Extreme boxes just collecting dust...I may try this

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    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

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    witeshark's Avatar
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    Mar 09, 2004
    Miami FL
    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!

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    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.

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    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

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    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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