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super7800:
possibly a scam? (or just a really really good deal?) https://www.ebay.com/itm/364127073324?autorefresh=true

did tinyeye and google reverse image search. Showed nothing (doesn't always mean anything though). bought it. sent them message asking for additional pictures (which i find to be a very good way of detecting scams). So far i have had 100% success on eBay (and almost 100% with PayPal) with fraudulent vendors, So i don't think ill be out any money if my hunch is correct, that this stinks of a scam. But i've wanted a friend for my tds7104 for awhile now, and the price was right ;)

i asked for more pictures and they sent them. However they could just be from the same source. At this point i wasn't even going to post this, however they did mention something about a "gift" and to "wait". seller is speaking in broken English. (2/2/2023)

but then today the plot thickens (2/3/2023). they contacted me with a "suspicious" message saying the tracking number was incorrect, and that this is the right one. 1ZE3R0490308469377. this says it was created a day before i even placed my order (placed 2/2/2022 afternoon). the one they gave eBay, 1ZX102890338173395, says it was already delivered! (and shows no record of being dropped off). They also did the classic scammer move (that i've seen before) which is to buy really cheap items to get positive feedback on their account. the shadows are also all in the same spot, despite the pics supposedly being taken at different times.

Edit 2/5/2023 it now says (removed item) in my purchase history. Now I'm starting to get concerned. The "new" tracking I was given says it will be delivered tomorrow. I guess I will have to wait and see...

Plot gets even thicker (2/5/2023). Item is in category not protected by ebay money back guerentee (this is a thing? Why?). Item is deleted, and I can't contact the seller. Just filed a complaint with PayPal. I really hope they can help. Seems it won't be resolved until the end of the month though. Turns out when something is screeming at you that it's a scam, it probably is.

2/14/2023 PayPal denied my case since there was tracking. Obviously never even read my response. I reopened the case as recieved but open box, but im not hopeful. Looks like there in greece, so contacting the police won't be helpful. Suggestions?

2/24/2023 PayPal decided in my favor! I knew PayPal would pull thru when ebay didn't. Imagine if I had paid using card tho... psa: ebay has categories with no protection but PayPal can still issue a refund.

what do ya think, am i being scammed? or is it just ups being terrible and a language barrier? Can you fake a UPS label?
Definitely probably scam.
Definitely Definitely A Scam. Dang.

MrMobodies:
Looking for a laptop battery tp replace a dead one and not easy to find at the moment. It only has to hold about 10 - 20 minutes charge  forif the DC plug falls out.

I remember reading about this old scam with sellers selling used batteries called theg "untested battery scam" with them mentioning 100% charge but not how much capacity it can hold and sold as untested.

I understand when sellers have hundreds batteries to sell and they may have no means to test them. I have seen them in the past £5 to £10 with returns and some even guaranteed for about 30 minutes which I brought and many of them were fine.

I found something similar just now but I don't think it is a scam more like way overpriced and not worth touching considering no returns for the price.

I think this seller is selling them way overpriced without a warranty.
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/304798093201?


--- Quote ---Genuine DELL E5420 E5430 E6420 E6430 E6520 Battery T54FJ
Condition: Used
£21.59
“Condition Untested - Our Product may have been previously used. We have tried to show as best we can ”.

Genuine DELL E5420 E5430 E6420 E6430 E6520 Battery T54FJ

Price: 26.99 I see it is reduced to £21.59 on listing

30 day return | Seller pays for return postage | See details- for more information about returns

Our Product may have been previously used. The item has signs of cosmetic wear. **We have tried to show as best we can on the photos. The photos are of the actual item being sold. Photos may slightly vary as the product images developed in a highly illuminated surrounding.

THIS PRODUCT CONDITION: UNTESTED
**Guaranteed photos. There is no time and clue to make the test. Sold as seen, 50% chance of it not working or working properly but you're also getting the chance of a bargain if it does work

We have tried to show as best we can on the photos. Photos are of the actual item being sold. Photos may slightly vary as the product images developed in a highly illuminated surrounding.

Be Aware of these products, We can’t take responsibility and have no returns!

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Come in brown box
--- End quote ---
At least they mention above.

I wouldn't say that is a bargain more like a gamble if they can't guarantee that it holds at least some charge and no returns.

Do you think that is a bit overpriced for what it is?

Okay no time to test but:
*"Guaranteed photos" "We have tried to show you the best we can.."  like that is going to tell me anything useful whether it works or not.


--- Quote ---Shop with confidence eBay Money Back Guarantee
Get the item you ordered or get your money back.
--- End quote ---

Should the condition be described as "untested?" or "for parts not working?" in a category with no money back guarantee?

I think the seller might be putting themselves at risk for forced returns and refunds in that they have also selected 30 day returns in the listing despite intending for none as in description.

kermitfrog:
FYI Dave did a recent video on his Youtube channel about fraudulent sellers on Ebay selling test equipment. Very informative and well worth watching

jsantoro:
There also people trolling here for the WTB ads. I was contacted by a member, who only just joined a few days ago point to a "friend" of his that had what I wanted. I inquired and got back pictures from an Ebay listing that was not his. He has since disappears but the member is still here. If you want a name PM me.

gmb42:

--- Quote from: jsantoro on August 17, 2023, 04:40:06 pm ---There also people trolling here for the WTB ads. I was contacted by a member, who only just joined a few days ago point to a "friend" of his that had what I wanted. I inquired and got back pictures from an Ebay listing that was not his. He has since disappears but the member is still here. If you want a name PM me.

--- End quote ---

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