New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

 
Start a Discussion
 

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
Schweb's Lounge Forum for general conversation, chit chat, or most topics that don't fit in another forum.

Do you guys think I should go with this deal?


Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

 
Thread Tools
PhantomOSX
Guest
 
Posts: n/a

I was looking around to buy a cheap but good mac, when I found a nice new 1Ghz eMac on Yahoo Auctions. So I bid on it and win the bid for $368.

The shipping is free and it's brand new in the box according to description. But I don't like the seller's responses to my emails. No matter how many questions I ask him, he only seems to respond to one or two questions, and usually with one word.

For example:

I say:
"Hello,

I have just won the eMac you had auctioned at Yahoo.

I've noticed that you state it's free shipping.

Could you tell me more details about the eMac?

Specific specs, video card, how new is it, etc?

Could I also have your phone number?

Do you take PayPal instead of the listed payment types?

I will send the money as soon as the above is met.

Thank you for the auction and I look forward to the product."

He Says:
"I also use directpaycash.com for payments to: XXXXX@aol.com . if
this is good let me know
thanks"

--Typical, going straight to talking about money rather than answering my questions.

I say:
"May you tell me more about the eMac (full specs),"

He says:
"its new in the box."

I ask:
"May I have your phone number as well, incase needed?

Also, when did you buy it? Why did you plan to sell it? It does
include 1 GB of RAM like stated correct? Do you have any pics of it?"

--He then gives his phone number, and his last name in another email. Completely avoiding to answer the full question about the Gig of RAM and pics, etc.

What do you guys think? Should I go with the deal or what? Is there any specific precautions I should take? I already searched for this guy's contact info on Google and have only found other auction sites where he posted stuff, both on Yahoo and the other one I found he has no feedback. This is a heck of a deal if it's true but I don't know. Any help will be appreciated.

Thanks
QUOTE Thanks
Padawan

 
Padawan's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jul 21, 2003
Location: Coruscant, Galactic Republic
Posts: 1,185
Padawan has a spectacular aura about
Mac Specs: 14" iBook G3 900/640/40 _ _ Power Macintosh G3 All-In-One 315/768/20 _ _ 20 GB iPod

Padawan is offline
Well, a decent rule of thumb is that if a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is. I've had a bad experience buying a Mac from an auction site, and have dealt with numerous bad sellers, so I'd take a cautious approach here. First, call him and ask him to answer all of your questions, and definitely have him send you photos. Also look into Yahoo's fraud policy, and try to insist on Paypal (although even Paypal's protection policies aren't the greatest). Out of curiosity, do you have a link to the auction?

~ Support the LANCE ARMSTRONG FOUNDATION -- LAF.org ~

Do you drive a Civic, Del Sol, or Integra & want more power & tighter steering feel? Click here for my inexpensive DIY Power-Steering Removal Kits.
QUOTE Thanks
PhantomOSX
Guest
 
Posts: n/a

Yes, here's the link, though I think you have to log into Yahoo to see it:

http://page.auctions.shopping.yahoo....9?aucview=0x70
QUOTE Thanks
IanCT

 
IanCT's Avatar
 
Member Since: Aug 25, 2004
Location: California
Posts: 497
IanCT will become famous soon enough
Mac Specs: iMac 24" 2.66 C2D, 13" MacBook i7 2.9GHz, iPad 3, iPhone 4

IanCT is offline
Generally, if someone is selling a tangible item, he/she posts pictures of the item. I don't bid on anything that doesn't have any pictures. Not only is it helpful for frame of reference when you receive the item (screen cracked, but the picture shows new) it's nice to see that the item actually exists.

Even a Buy Now price of $500 seems low. He posted pictures of a Compaq 7400 laptop, why couldn't he post the pictures of the eMac?

Don't waste your money on this one.
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


« MacAddict Looking For Mac Addict | The whole Bluetooth Thingy!?!?!?! »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
check this out guys.... Joeytpg Schweb's Lounge 2 07-27-2004 04:17 PM
Hi guys CFX Switcher Hangout 16 07-25-2004 10:22 AM
plz help me out guys? doubledvideo Schweb's Lounge 4 04-20-2004 10:15 PM
Hey guys, few questions regarding gaming CaptainStandish Switcher Hangout 4 02-26-2004 12:18 AM
thanks guys drakester Apple Notebooks 1 02-15-2004 10:53 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:28 PM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
X

Welcome to Mac-Forums.com

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!


(4 digit year)

Already a member?