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Faking the Feedback

Submitted by Jonathan Smith on Sun, 2006-08-06 07:14. in: eBay Buying Tips

So, you're super interested in snapping up this rare collectible Steiff teddy bear you've just spotted. You see that the buy it now option is there still, the price is great, and the pictures show it's in awesome condition. You take a quick glance and see that the seller has a 98% satisfaction rating out of 57 transactions. Not bad, let's snap this puppy (teddy, actually) up before someone else does! Wait !!!

A simple way that scammers are tricking buyers into trusting them is to create an account and buy up a ton of cheap items, pay instantly, and leave great feedback for the sellers; who in turn will quickly leave great feedback for the scammers, and before you know it the seller of your $652.00 stuffed bear (you know it's easily worth $1,200.00) looks like he has a steller reputation at a glance all for the price of about $57.00 (for those 57 $1.00 items he or she bought). Chances are they can easily scam 5 people in the course of a few days and make 100 times their $57.00 investment.

So, always remember to check out their feedback in depth. Not only should you just say "hmm, I guess this guy is just a safe buyer, not necessarily a safe seller", you should really be thinking that this person is LIKELY to be up to no good. Look out for lots of buys for super cheap items. In our opinion that's almost always a sign to walk away!

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Comments on "Faking the Feedback"
How prevalent is this? I

How prevalent is this? I heard people have gotten arrested for similar reasons. Is that true? How DO I know who to trust?

Stephen Wen - Aug 9, 2006, 6:33 pm MDT
Start a Conversation with the Seller

Ask questions. It's really the single best thing to do, of course also follow the advice in this post.

Questions are great because besides just getting or not getting suspicious based on the answers... you can also tell whether or not the person is easy to work with most of the time.

Jonathan Smith - Aug 16, 2006, 10:10 pm MDT
nice site

i like it!

green - Aug 25, 2006, 5:11 am MDT
Very interesting

Hmmm...this is a very good point and definitely something to watch for!

Heather - Oct 17, 2006, 2:48 am MDT
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