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    Just sold iPhone 4 on eBay. How to prevent scam?
    Hi, I just sold my iPhone 4 on eBay really quickly. Based on my selling experience, I sold it suspiciously too quickly. <.<

    So I just want to ask you guys, how can I protect myself from getting scammed? Like what measures should I take during the shipping process? I'm going to be shipping by USPS Flat Rate.

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    Ship to the seller so that they have to sign for the item. UPS maintains a tracking log but has a bad habit of leaving an item on the front door step. A good excuse for a scammer to use and say they didn't receive it.

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    Alright, will do. You know if the post office can add signature confirmation at the register?
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    Quote Originally Posted by markusaurileus View Post
    Hi, I just sold my iPhone 4 on eBay really quickly. Based on my selling experience, I sold it suspiciously too quickly. <.<
    It may have sold quickly if the price ("Buy It Now" price I'm assuming)...was set below (or well below) what other similarly configured iPhone 4's were/are selling for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    It may have sold quickly if the price ("Buy It Now" price I'm assuming)...was set below (or well below) what other similarly configured iPhone 4's were/are selling for.

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    Buy it now: $130

    I just based it according to what eBay told me others had sold the same phone for ($120-$140).
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    a. How did the buyer pay?
    b. Where is the buyer located (shipping address)?
    c. Looking up that address on a map program, does it seem like a legitimate address?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chas_m View Post
    a. How did the buyer pay?
    b. Where is the buyer located (shipping address)?
    c. Looking up that address on a map program, does it seem like a legitimate address?
    Paypal, US, and legit address, I actually recognize the neighborhood. I think I'll just use eBay's Print Label option and add on signature confirmation with their discount. Otherwise, I don't think there are any more fees to use their label option...
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    Hate to be negative here, but the potential scammer could claim that you sent to him a box of rocks, file a claim with PP and he would eventually win, almost a 100% certainty; you are powerless in this scenario.

    On the other hand, I sold an item worth $1000, too much $ and too quickly, thinking surely this was a scammer (too good to be true, you know?), but it ended up to be legitimate.

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    Have UPS pack it for you, and ask them to request a signature upon delivery. That works the same way as US registered mail, only less expensive. I have done that several times from a UPS store and it works well. The recipient can say whatever they want, but the proof is yours.

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    And $130 does seem too cheap. Here down under bringing closer to $300.
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    Not here in the US Harry. Some carriers are actually giving the iPhone 4 away for free if you sign a 2 year contract. His selling price is about right.

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    Hi guys, I ended up printing express mail labels and dropping it off at USPS (on campus). I called PayPal to ask about what I should do, and the lady told me for my situation I should be protected as a seller as long as there is a tracking number. If the buyer claims he got nothing, it isn't my fault, as long as the tracking is recorded. If the buyer claims I sent nothing, they can work with USPS to check for package consistencies across shipping.

    In the future, if I ever sell something over $250, I'm definitely going to do signature confirmation, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    Not here in the US Harry. Some carriers are actually giving the iPhone 4 away for free if you sign a 2 year contract. His selling price is about right.
    That's becoming more common. I think my iPhone 4 was /$0.99 with contract last Spring.
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    Hi guys, everything is fine with the transaction. Just wanted to give an update and say thanks for the input.
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    I was hoping all the concerns were nothing. The majority of e-Bay transactions go smoothly.

    Thanks for the update.

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