Scam or mistake?
I was watching a lathe a lathe on ebay because it is the same model as my CNC that I am rebuilding. I even put in a token bid for $1001, knowing that I would be outbid. It is all stripped of its original electronics, guards, and accessories, but fitted with a new Ajax control and spindle drive inverter.
The cool part is that it went for $7800. That makes me feel justified for putting money into mine.
The weird part is that I got a second chance offer on it. There were 29 bids after mine from 9 different bidders. Even if the winner backed out the seller would not have had time to contact the other 8 bidders ahead of me. I can only assume it is a mistake since the seller has 100% pos feedback.
It is a total scam. There are many ebay bidders getting that same scam handed to them lately, and all they are trying to do is con you out of either your paypal pwd, account #, etc.
Don't fall for it. I was told there is a large group over in China now scamming US Ebay users and in many cases succeeding.
Hope that helps.
I have saw items "pumped up to sell" Even if it don't actually sell it sets a precent for future sales.
the seller will sell the item at a much higher price if "past history" showes it to sell for a high price. Buyer who researches past auctions estimates price from that.
NOW, how do they make money off that? I don't have a clue. Ebay makes money.
Kwik switch collets are the one item I noticed that happening to. Pump the price up.
There's no way I would have bitten on that offer.
I just realized that it probably was not sent by the seller via ebay but rather a totally scam email.
It is a scam from other than the seller. Forward it to email@example.com.
Most likely a Scam. The best way to protect yourself from being entangled with things like this when selling a item is to make it a Private Auction. By selecting this option when listing it... none of the bidding ID info is available to scammers. Just a thought.
Wow... where did the time go. I could of swore I was only out there for an hour.
Email the seller! Ask HIM if he made the 2nd chance offer. (He most likely didn't)
P.S. Ebay isn't evil, evil people who try to rip you off are evil!
I dont like private auctions...they are too easily shilled, and you can't research a sellers past history to see if it's always the same bidder running up the prices.
but then i dont bid til the last five minutes anyway
Report it to E-bay as JCHannum has noted,
I received the same 'second chance' offer from 3 difference e-mail entities. E-bay acted immediately after I reported and took action against those that they could.