Is it just my eyes, or is Fungus the Bogey Man lurking about on ebay?
Topic by Kiteman | last reply
My brother and I recently made an eBay account, and we were just browsing through everything and we came across many LEDs. Most of the LEDs in bulk that I saw were from China or Hong Kong. I am just curious if anyone knows how reliable, safe, and if I would be getting my money's worth. I did buy some from besthongkong.com, and those came, but I am a little skeptical about these guys on eBay. Any suggestions?
Topic by Brennn10 | last reply
Is ebay a reliable source of LEDs? I bought a 3 watt LED off there once (http://cgi.ebay.com.au/3-X-POCKET-LUXEON-3-WATT-LED-TORCH-FLASHLIGHT-LIGHT-3W-/320514643442) and it had kinda poor performance...but I don't know whether it was because the torch itself was poor or if the fact that buying it from ebay was what made it bad. Any how, I'm looking for a 1 - 3 watt LED, and a (narrow beam) lens for it, and was wondering where I could get it all for under $10 (AU). WOuld ebay be a reliable choice?
Question by .Unknown. | last reply
I just Found One on Ebay To 20 Bucks, LinkAs I read the Description it seemed legit...But when i saw where it came from, fraud alarms rang on my head(hong kong)...It seems a good deal...Compared to the secondcheapest one i could find at sparkfun...I would Just get the One from Sparkfun just to be safe...But i don't have allot of money, and i will save some money every time i have a chance to do so...So what do you think?
Question by ReCreate | last reply
It has been legal for some time now for UK law enforcement agencies to confiscate "the proceeds of crime" - the stuff that crooks buy with their ill-gotten gains.Not the stolen goods, but stuff legitimately bought with cash earned by illegitimate means.Leicestershire police have gone a step further, and are trialling selling said goods on ebay.Looking at their list, I'm not surprised to see heavy gold chains, TVs and game systems, but a flute?Leicestershire police ebay listBBC Story
Topic by Kiteman
Well, this is big news for cavemen! There are caves for sale on ebay! Click HereCave owner Steve Rush, 49, is auctioning off the Mystic Caverns in the hills of Ozark Mountains on eBay. The 28-acre property in Arkansas includes a gift shop and three caves, two of which are safe enough for visitors.The bidding starts at $899,900 (Â£568,000), cut from Rush's original asking price of $1.2 million.Rush bought the property near Harrison in 1988 and began giving tours in 1992 to the two accessible caves, Mystic cavern and the Crystal Dome cavern.I found all of this information on metro here: Cave for sale, one careful ownerThis is really amazing, I wonder who is going to win the auction?
Topic by Plasmana | last reply
Question by james4 | last reply
There is a quite concerning trend happening with mostly Chinese sellers on Ebay.Before you panik: Ebay is happy to help in these cases and will refund you if the seller does not cooperate.Here is how the "scam" works:You buy an item that is of least some value.For my cases it was always items above the $50US mark.In the listing you will spot a hint that for some festivities, specail day in the calendar or just for good luck you will receive an additional and free gift with your purchase.Usually these gifts are of little to no use and included in the actual item delivery as they are tiny.Now some dodgy seller realised that with the free shipping options available in China it is quite easy to provide tracking information for free as well.As a result you GIFT is used to provide the Ebay tracking for the item you bought.Some days after ordering yu wil then find a small evelop in your letterbox...No obvious connections to ANY order you made ANYWHERE on the envelop so you open it.Then you find the meaningless gift and a crappy note informing you that your actual item was sent using a different service.A non-working tracking number for services like track17 is provided as well.Only hint you find it is Ebay related is the seller name at the bottom of the note.Checking your purchase history in Ebay will then show your item has been delivered and that you shall leave feedback now.The seller won't respond to any messages with your concerns.Here is how the solution works:Contact the seller and clearly state that Ebay selling rules have been violated by providing false tracking information for the item you bought.Demand a full refund based on that breach.If no response within 24 hours contact Ebay.This contacting however is now quite complicated due to the fact that the seller fooled Ebay into thinking you already have your item.There are two ways that still work.a) Call them or click the button to be called.State the breach, seller name and item number in question.b) Use the resolution center.For this you need to click a bit through the options to see all you transactions and from there select the item in question.A) will be the fastest way, B) works fine too if you prefer all in writing instead of a call.The whole issue can be as meaningless as your item arriving a day or two later.But if the trend catches on then it is no problem for a seller to close business and do so with one big win before closing doors.It is never just a single "mistake" of this kind, it is either a test to see how trusting people are to be fooled later or a direct attempt to scam you.Being a clear violation of Ebay's selling policies for once the buyer is actually secure here, just out of pocket from the day paid till the refund arrives.The refund usually is issued within 3 days after the seller did not respond the correct way to EBAY.Once you informed Ebay the whole case will also be added to your resolution center where you can see updates and have the option to react to what the seller answers.You can also leave negative feedback for such transactions and the seller won't be allowed to give you a negative feedback for it.Just be careful not to click on any of the stars!You CAN leave feedback without any star rating in any category listed!
Topic by Downunder35m | last reply
OK, I was bored. Remembering Trebuchet's artwork, I wondered if anybody was selling the products of their ibling. I also wondered if anybody was having another go at selling plans from this site (somebody tried to claim the plans for this project as their own).Guess what?There's one seller marketing via Instructables (they've posted the instructions for their product as a project here), but several others are selling things and mentioning Instructables in an offhand way ("I bought .... to do a project I found at ... but I never got round to it").I wonder, dear reader, did you find this site via ebay?Have you sold your own projects after publishing them?Or have you even bought an ible?
Topic by Kiteman | last reply
Suppose i sell something for so and so dollars. and at the end of the auction time, there isn't a buyer. do i still have to pay anything?
Question by lutziepv08 | last reply
Like or not Ebay is now the number one online market place.Since they do their best to keep it that way a few tips might be of use to someone.Unlike some other guides this one is not about how to find the best bargain.It is about showing some things you should be aware of, especially if you are new Ebay.1. New, unused, refurbished....These three can literally mean anything if you find them in a listing title.Unless you read the full description you simply don't know.Assuming the listing goes along with the title.New should mean exacty that: Same condition as you would find in any retail store.Unused can be the same but could also mean it was opened, like to check it or take the pictures.Refurbished is something to take with caution.Unless it clearly states Manufacturer refurbished you just don't know if the refurbishing is done to specs.For a phone it could mean a badly glued screen, a no name battery, non matching serial numbers...Unless an item is factory sealed you should expect detailed pictures.In a lot of categories you will only find generic pictures though - buyer beware!2. Warranties....Ebay does have a buyer protection but Ebay does not deal with Manufacturer warranties in any way!In some countries a seller is legally required to provide a warranty and return statement.Sadly that is not the case in all countries Ebay serves.When it comes to brand new devices you might experience problems with your warranty.As more and more companies go against online selling platforms they do not support they simply exclude them from a warranty.Let me give you an example for this one:You see your favourite smartphone at your local retailer for the bargain of just under $1600, while on Ebay you find the exact same model for $1200.Easy choice? Depends...If the manufacturer does not support this then only the seller can provide you with some sort or warranty.The good one claim to do so but don't expcet this from someone only selling a handful of items per year.In the worst case it could mean your new gadget develops a fault over time that would be fully covered by a manufacturer warranty but you would totally miss out.The money is gone and you have to fix it at your own cost.If the item in question is also of value then please check the warraty and return conditions the manufacturer allows before buying.4. Pricing....Especially when it comes to things that somehow could be bundled or used with something else you can get screwed.The culprit i question is the multi-item-listing.You might look for a battery pack to keep your phone charged when on long hiking trips.But the first 50 or so listings are all in the lowest imaginable price range.The listing title shows what you are looking for, the image does too....Then you dare to check and it is a listing where you can select multipl items.The price shown in the search result is only for the lowest crap listed there, like a "waterproof usb plug"....The actual thing you need is usually overpriced.You are forced to either ignore suspiciously low priced listings or check them all to compare prices.5. Postage costs....A lot of things these days come with free shipping, all good.If they don't then again: Buyer beware!Sometimes there are exclusions, like certain post code areas.Or the free shipping is not for international customers.If it is clear you have to pay shipping and you buy only a single item then again the case is quite obvious.Combined shipping however does not always mean single costs!Check the psotage options for multi items carefully!Often additionalitems are free if they are small.But if a seller already charges you a high postage fee than chance are you pay the exact same price again for the second - even if the arrive in a single $2 prepaid envelope.6. Faked locations....It seems to be common with Chinese sellers to avoid import taxes by faking a local item a selling address.In some cases (often after Ebay got too many buyer complaints) they list the real shipping time of 2-3 weeks.More often however they don't.Once you have the problem the best option is to open a "item not received" claim 3 days after it was due.On the due date contact the seller and ask when to expect it.There is a way to spot these fakes and tax frauds:If a local seller, with a locally listed item gives you a Chinese Paypal account with an address in China than you got a fraudster.Problem is that once you committed to buying and can see the sellers account details it is already too late.To cancel such a transaction you need to do it the official way and if the seller won't agree then don't expect Ebay to accept that you don't want to suppport tax evasion and fraud.Either way, I report each and every single one seller showing a local item with a local selling addrees but using a Chinese Paypal account.7. Fraudulent listings and sellers....Let me give you a slightly overstated example on what I mean:Seller has only sold a very few items, usually of low value.Suddenly you spot y nice and this years model laptop at a bargain price.You check the listing closer and find just 2 or 3 pics.Further down you read something along the lines "Unwanted gift, comes with car charger only."If it is this years model then it is still under warranty and no one would lose all the additional hardware like the wall charger. ;)Again it is up to the buyer to decide....Ebay does not check where an item comes from or if the seller is the legitimate owner of it.8. Exclusions to make...Be it price, auction only, distance and so on.You can make certain limitation and selections to narrow your search results.Some make sense and work, like just showing items to auction.Distance no longer really works as sellers are no longer required to state a town or post(zip) code anymore.Price is relative too.If you know the ting you need definately costs between $100 and $130 then the search still won't filer anything out that is a multi item listing and within the price range.And in some cases it just totally fails.A very vital exclusion was removed around 2014: by country.Now all that is left is to limit to all within your home country.You can't select for example Japan only if you are located in Europe and would like to avoid the rediculous postage costs from the US.And you could not exclude China either...All or local is what you can play with.For the rest that is available: use it whenever it make sense and is possible.9. You buy it - your problem!No I don't mean faulty items or wrong ones.I mean simple things that can happen to anyone distracted, unconcentrated or too full of exitement.You buy something and think you are the happiest guy in the world until you double check the listing to confirm your luck.Missed the over $300 in postage ocsts?Did not see further down that it states "replica" or "scale model"?Or hints that the massive sized Opal in fact is just a resin with a thin and cheap layer of Opal flakes on a black background?As said, your problem alone.I know a lot of people who started having fun on Ebay until they got their gib bargain surprice - one way or the other.Don't become one of them and read and check listing you might want to buy with great care!10. Feedback...You might have noticed that it is next to impossible to find a seller with a feedback rating below 90%.The reason is quite simple: The lower your ratings as a seller the further down the search results you appear.And of course you don't make any business anymore once so low...But feedback you leave is as important as feedback you get!So if you spot a deal where the seller has a rating below the magic 99.5% positive rating you should check his feedback.Quite often it is clear that some angry customer left it.Most obvious if the seller left a reply stating otherwise.But in some case you more than one buyer left a negative feedback for the same reason as other buyers - this is where you should be careful.The reason to actually check the feedback is quite simple: It is heavily manipulated by Ebay.A seller won't get and negative feedback if he agreed to replace the item in question or if he offers a refund.Same for simply stating that a negative feedback was not justified.The later can be anything from the words used to just wanting a clean sleeve.And if a seller is highly active than business rules and the feedback is corrected by Ebay.You might have noticed that for some sellers now now new negative feedback show up that would be of any real concern for a potential buyer...11. Retractions :(Be it a seller not wanting to sell something that auctioned off below his expectations or a buyer who simply failed to pay attention to the price and all details : A retraction is possible.If you try a lot of auctions you might have had the "second chance offer".After you lost an auction you might get notified that the winning bid was retracted and that you are next in line.In almost all cases your last bid will be accepted but some sellers offer you the item for what the rectracted bid was - so pay attention to details!Now you might think that if happens so often you could make good use of it.Like for example participating in several autions to try to win the device one way or the other.Set some sutomatic bids and go to bed.If lucky you got one, if too lucky you won all auctions.Retracting your bid on those you now no longer need is possible but I strongly advise against it!Firstly you can negative feedback from the seller for it and secondly Ebay will keep you under watch if it happens too often.An honest mistake and all is fine but ask for a retraction a few times a month and you will have a hard time on Ebay.In the worst case Ebay can even suspend your account or exclude you from auctions.So, is it still worth signing up and trying to find a bargain?IMHO it all depends on WHAT you are looking for.Someone in a remote area of Brazil will certainly value it differently than someone living downtown L.A. with access to all sorts of shops, retailers and outlets onevery corner.Same for spare parts, electronic parts or stuff that is made in China anyways.But times have changed for sure.What started free for everyone became a paid platform for those who sell.Later those buying also had to pay extra as still all transactions come with fees on the side of Paypal.Not much to be fair but still...And from a platform with a few scammers and frudsters that always got and kept your money we came to something flooded by sellers that should not even be allowed to have a Paypal account.The buyer protection helps in some way but it can take weeks to get your money back and if it something expensive than this money makes interest for someone else while you don't have to buy what you wanted to buy.While, in a real shop you just go back and return your item to get your money back - plus you get a real warranty.Do your homework and be aware of what could go wrong.If it looks like it could go wrong somewhere than you might want to consider a deffierent option for this item.
Topic by Downunder35m | last reply
I was browsing eBay for Aquariums, and came across this:eBay Aquarium And it is plans for a coffee table aquarium. I remembered the instructable, and asked to see a sample, and it's a direct copy.I find this disgraceful. I might report this to eBay.
Topic by Josho | last reply
I thought hey, mabye some people could build Knex guns and sell them on ebay. Because first of all it is kind of hard to build some. What if they were premade for a simple price. I sure would buy one. Well it was just a thought. Also i dont know if you have to get something special to sell guns on ebay. But if you could it may be a good idea.
Topic by TeacherOfTheWays | last reply
So i have an 1998 dodge ram 1500 i purchase with no power options at all so i got power window regulators and replaced the door panels and bam I've got power windows. and since the door panels had lock buttons i bought some cheap 12v actuators off eBay and wired them up and bam. power locks.. THEN in all my creativity i was like i'll just buy an RF 4 channel kit and make it key-less. so i ordered this kit not realizing what type it was http://www.ebay.com/itm/320783435624?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649#ht_2920wt_1185 to summarize this kit requires you press one button to activate the a channel and press a second button to disable the active channel.. not at all what i was looking for. Is there any way i can convert the kit i've already paid for into a momentary style. so as long as i'm holding the channel button down its active. ???? here are all the chip/ component numbers. 4x SRA-12VDC-CL 1x SC2272-L4 - BD25D5D1 1x 9530FH~~~~~~ unreadable some residue on the chip a few caps a few resistors and an LED.. anyone think this is doable or should i just shelf it and get a diff kit?
Topic by jgosselin | last reply
I need a picture along with the answer.
Question by Bert99 | last reply
I ask this question because I bought a dog off Craigslist, which was the weirdest thing I have ever bought online. Post yours.
Topic by Thornburg | last reply
Well..... yes, im selling my knex. i just dont have enough time or ideas for projects. im also in my 2nd last year of school and i will be getting alot of homework taking up most of my spare time. ive also moved on to airsoft, and i am planning to buy an AEG. for now, ive put advertisments in some irish ad sites. if they dont sell, i will most likely put them up for bid on ebay. ive just over 5800 parts and they are all in great condition. ive also thrown in a big bag of rubberbands and 3 rolls of 20m tape (each). i was just wondering what people would bid if they were to if it goes up on ebay. i will stay active on my account until they are sold. after they are sold, i will not be active on instructables. i may come back every once in a while just to see hows things are going. on a final note, thank you to everyone who has supported me during my time on instructables and i enjoyed talking to you all! (my account may be handed over to someone, im not sure yet, ill decide that in the future) -picture 1: all of the parts.......... -picture 2: big / tiny parts / instruction booklets etc.......... picture 3: another view. picture 4: another view. picture 5: another view. picture 6: another view. -picture 7: gears / wheels / chain links etc.......... picture 8: another view. picture 9: another view. -picture 10: connectors.......... picture 11: another view. picture 12: another view. -picture 13: rods.......... picture 14: another view. picture 15: another view.
Topic by ~KGB~ | last reply
Im 13 and somewhat a good instructable "crafter" and i need some money i can do it off of ebay but i dont like the buy-n-sell stuff suggestions?
Question by mrelement | last reply
Hey, I was looking for a way to build my own trolling motor on google the other day. The only real contender I found was a guy on ebay selling $4 guide on how to turn a whipper-snipper into one. My dad just bought a new electric one, so we have one sitting in the shed awaiting a new spark plug. I plan to take this, stick blades on the end and stick it in the water to see if it runs (the idea of which I took from the ebay auction) The problem here is that I was considering instructabling my progress. I havn't purchased the guide, so I wouldn't be copying his work, however I would be giving my own 2 cents on how to do something he thought of, and would be possibly denying him of his money. In a sense, I would be stealing copyrighted material and giving it for free, which I was going to do until I realised no one else mentions it on the net and he has seemingly actually invented this (which I'm not going to take from him). As of now, I'm not planning to make the 'ible, i was jsut wondering what you guys thought of this.
Question by McDouche | last reply
I was wondering if anyone though that people would buy this if I sold it on EBAY. https://www.instructables.com/id/LED-Light-Module-for-Your-PC/ I would be selling the completed product. I am doing this to try to earn some money by building small electronics projects and selling them through EBAY. I am not trying to advertise I just wondered what people thought.
Question by nurdee1 | last reply
Hello people latley i have just put up modified nerf gun listing on ebay i can't seem to sell them but my friend can sell them way easier i asked him what he does diffrent but he said he does the same so if someone would help me sell them i would greatly appreciate it and another problem im having is i can't find the option to leave your listing up till cancelled or 30 day only 10. Im offering a reward to who's tip helps me sell my first 2 guns. The reward is a spray painted and modded nitefinder that has a coupler and can shoot up to 90ft
Topic by techman26 | last reply
I recently decided to try out mystoremaps on Ebay. It is pretty easy to use, but I don't like that the free version only includes a map of North America. I have quite a bit of international sales, so I want something that shows all of them. I would rather have something that can be updated easily too. Is there a free map tool that works in a similar fashion? I really just want a map with a lot of red dots on it to mark where each sale has taken place. I think mystoremaps has a pretty easy system set up for this task. I just do not want to pay a monthly fee to show other continents. Here is one of my auctions so you can see what it looks like. The map is at the bottom of the item description. Like I said in the title, the first good answer will get a code to upgrade to a Pro Member on Instructables.
Question by skittlespider
I am planning on getting a tablet on EBAY I was wondering what people thought of this idea. The reason for this is that my MP3 player that I use a lot is dying. Also, I would like toplay around with a tablet and see what they are like. I was hopng to get a slightly older new or used tablet on EBAY. I don't want to pay any more then maybe 25 or 30 dollars. I know that sounds kind of low for a tablet, but I have seen some go for very low on EBAY. Thanks for any sugestions.
Question by nurdee1 | last reply
Bets place to buy cheap LEDS in volume quantities. Also selling IC's, CAPS, DIODES, RESISTORS,CONNECTORS, CABLES, ECT.http://stores.ebay.com/Select-TechnologyThe #1 seller of Electronic Components on Ebay.Just ask t3h_muffinator. He visited us last week and walked out with 3 huge bags of components.
Topic by umo88
Hello everyone i have a question for the collective minds of the instructables community i recently went to a garage sale and purchased the device you see below my questions are what is it and how much can i sell it for thank you, fidgety 2
Topic by fidgety2 | last reply
Hey im about to sell my PSP with Socam, ATV offroad fury, and UMD movie lords of dog town. i am also going yo sell my PS2 with like about 35 games: Guitar hero 2 Star wars battlefront 1&2 MANY MORE!!!!!!!!!!!! i also have a rumble wheel and 2 FPS controllers. im wondering how much should i be expecting for these items?
Topic by Azn Hitman | last reply
That is right, on ebay, you can bid Woolworths last bag of pic n mix candy for Â£360!!!Personally, I think the people that is bidding the last bag of candy for that kind of price is CRAZY! UPDATEThe auction is over! And the winner got it for an hefty Â£14,500 ($21,000)!!!!That must be the most expensive bag of sweets ever sold...?
Topic by Plasmana | last reply
Here are some parts I would like to sell on eBay: 2 AMD Athalon 64 X2 Processors 2 1GB DDR2 RAM Chips 1 Intel Mobile Pentium III Processor 1 Cartridge Type Intel Pentium III Processor 12 Various Old Working RAM Could you guys give me a good selling price for one of each item? The last item you can just give me a price for all 12. Thanks! -Shadow Ops P.S. If you are interested in any of these items, PM me and I'll give you a link to eBay, once I've posted it.
Question by Arbitror | last reply
hello! I am looking for around 5,000 pieces of knex, preferably on sale on ebay, and am looking for it cheap (maybe $20 dollars a kilo?). I don't mind haggling a bit either. if you are interested, or know some people who might have some for sale, please leave a comment, and I will reply as soon as possible. thanks! -Matt.
Question by ~Aeronous~ | last reply
I've been looking at different instructables to make LED's pulse to music, but many of them are very vague and before i buy materials I want to make sure that i'm doing it right. I've included a basic schematic of what i want to do, but I want to know exactly what type of transistor to buy, exactly how to know which terminals on it to connect everything to, how much power i can put through the led's, etc. ALSO i'm thinking of buying the supplies for this off of ebay (you can get 100 LED's for 6 bucks!) but i want to know if the stuff on ebay is quality stuff or not. basically, i have a limited understanding of what i'm doing (I can solder wires, strip wires, and i kind of understand watts, amps, volts) but if you have more electronics experience than me it would be really helpful if you could jump in and tell me how to figure out exactly what to buy.
Question by Jessinator | last reply
Hello all. I am looking for a cheap cnc controller, and came across this on ebay. It comes from china, but it looks like it is a good controller. Now before you suggest I look on Instructables, let me tell you I already have. I've also built a cnc controller from an instructable with no luck, which is why I'm going to buy one now. So do you think this is a good deal? Do you think it is not a piece of junk? Please let me know, I don't wan't to spend $188.09 on something that won't work. Your input would be appreciated. Thanks.
Topic by gimmelotsarobots | last reply
Okay I live in Poland and I took part in swagbucks.com and earned 749 swagbucks...but then I found out that only US residents can buy stuff from those swagbucks...so I decided to do this! Okay now all you need to do is send me a message with an ebay gift card code (Make sure they gift card code is worth 5$ or more) Then as soon as I receive that I will then message the password and username of the swagbucks account and use the swagbucks to buy something! I have 749 swagbucks...which means with it wou will be able to buy : Amazon 5$ gift cards : 450 swagbucks each Paypal 5$ cash : 700 swagbucks Many other 5 - 20 dollar gift cards You can even buy other stuff and not just gift cards! But they only ship to the US or UK or Canada, but the good thing is that shipping is free! Here is the link to the website : http://swagbucks.com/p/category/17/Gift-Rewards-Cards So go there now and have a look at what all you can get for 700 swagbucks, and if you like it then just send me the gift card code for a 5$ or more ebay gift card and then I will send you the username and password for the account! Thanks in advance!
Topic by vishalapr | last reply
Recently the spam activities increased for my inbox and with that the amount of phishing Emails and direct scams.Today I will only focus on the big two: Paypal and Ebay.1. General Paypal scams and phishing mails....Most of these are really easy to spot.Genuine Emails coming from Paypal always address you with your full name!Scam or other bad Paypal Emails will use your Email address or just your first name.There is a problem with some users here, but I will go into these details a bit further down.In most cases the scammer will spoof areal looking Paypal Email or server address.This means in your Email client the sender appears as "Paypal" and not some cryptic server address you can find in the source code of the offending mail.The simple scams use links to malware or phishing sites - often trying to look like the original so be aware of this.2. The latest and for some hard to spot Paypal scam.You are more likely to become a target if the Email looks genuine enough to fool you to click on some link in it.A lot of users do a quick check with the mouse on some links offered and check in the bottom left corner for the link that appears.Sadly in the latest scam mails the scammer uses genuine graphics and links.In some case directly from the Paypal servers, like logos and backgrounds.Only one link is in there that will fool you.If the scam informs you about a payment you supposedly made than it will be the link directing you to your account to cancel the payment for a refund.If the scam mail is about a refund you got then it is the same link - the one making it easy for you to get to your account settings.In one scam mail I landed on a really good looking copy of Paypal's login portal.The address bar however did not contain the usual secure HTTPS and neither a genuine address going to paypal.Problems with these new scam mails happen if you follow the suggestions or free will for naming your Email account.If your Email is for example email@example.com then you will spot this quite easy in the scam mail when you are addressed as tommy19726 instead of Tommy Hilfinger.It seems to be a favour now to have a real looking Email, so Tommy might have used Tommy.Hilfinger@mymail.com.And then in the scam mail he would be addressed as "Tommy.Hilfinger" - only the DOT is then different to a real Paypal mail!!!If you have one of these Email addresses with no numbers and just your first and last name then pay specail attention when checking Paypal mails!!!3. The latest Ebay scam from China :(Lately I had to order quite a few things that I could only get through Ebay for a reasanable price.Shipping costs were the major problem with other sources as I don't see the point in paying much more for postage than for what I bought.Anyways, the scam goes like this:You order something with a value above about $50.You get the usual payment confirmation and a few days later a tracking number.Problem is that this tracking number won't get any updates at all.It usually only states "Shipping information received".This means someone in China requested a shippment but never actually lodge an item or had one picked up.You can't do anything through Ebay until the max delivery time is over.Trying to get a working tracking number from those seller only gives you excuses but nothing of use.In many cases the answer you get has no relation to your request!Once the last date to get the shippment is over the seller keeps stalling and asks you to wait a few days more.No attempt to explain that the tracking shows that nothing at all was sent on the way gets any useful answer.It is like talking to your digital assistent set to a language you don't speak.Once you start a claim through Ebay the case and refund is handled quite quickly.Does not mean you are left alone by the seller, especially if you did the right thing and left negative feedback.And no surprise, suddenly the seller is then even able to uderstand your language LOLBiggest thing is that these dodgy seller are adjusting quickly.Once you state in your responses that you will open a calim they usually "offer" a refund.Even if you clearly state you want the item and not the refund you will get a nice thank note back and then a refund that makes a claim impossible.You are left with no item and can wait another 3 or 4 weeks if you find trustworthy seller that is.Only chance is to open a "Item not received" claim right after the last due date.But even if Ebay agrees and provides you with a refund, as they have no interest to do more, you need be quick!The item in question will end in the hidden section of your purchase history.Only if enable to show your hidden items you can then select it to rate at least the transaction for a negative feedback.If you act quick enough you can even leave negative feedback in the usual way, but only through activating your hidden items.What can you do to stay secure?The easiest way for Paypal is to simply ignore all content in any Email you get that seems to be from Paypal!Whatever you do or feel you need to check: Go directly into your Paypal account through the app or with your browser but DO NOT use any links provided in any Email.If you think an Email is suspicious then just forward the Email to "firstname.lastname@example.org" - or .com.au for Australia, .de for Germany and so on.In case the Email is genuine you will get a corresponding response.If the Email is indeed fishy then Paypal will notify you to delete the Email in question.For Ebay the problem is not s easy - at least if you don't buy locally.From my end I can only state it is the Chinese sellers, Hong Kong and mainland.And a few years back the recommendation was not to buy from a seller with less than 95% of positive feedback.You can try it yourself and mess up one sale if you are private and see how badly your feedback goes down - just kidding, please don't try!!!With the introduction of "power Sellers" and Ebay stores however this guide was rendered totally useless.A power seller with 99.7% positive feedback can still literally have hundrets of negative feedback comments for the past few months.Quite often you see it spiked a month or 6 ago - a clear indicator the seller is going to new account and tries to make as much quick money as possible before Ebay closes him down for good.If in doubt you really need to check the negative feedback in detail before buying.Some really dodgy sellers make all sales "private".This not only removes the item from the feedback but also the sale price.Intended only for special uses, Ebay sees no need to stop this misuse.If you can't see detailed feedback for a seller then just don't trust the seller!If you see way too many negative feedback comments during the past 6 months then stay away!Click on other listing showing identical listing images and you can be almost certain that even if the seller name is different it will be the same scammer.You can usually confirm this by seeing a similar pile up of negative feedback with that seller.Why do I stress so much about Ebay scammers if you get a refund anyways?Interest...No really, I mean interest in getting it for the money in your account.Firstly, if you wasted about 100 bucks and waited a few weeks for finally getting a refund, then you were out of pocket twice.Once by paying for something you never got and then again for the money you lost in interest.Sure on your end only a few cents worth...But see it from the other side:Have just hundred transactions of $50 going into your Paypal account where you never actually bother to send anything.Add a longer than usual shipping time and make it free.Means you have $5000 in your account collecting interest rates for 4 to 6 weeks.Do it on an even bigger scale and you can invest 10.000 or more on a regular base.With up to 10% of interest on foreign currency Chinese banks are only too happy to take it.Or did you never wonder why an item sold in Greece needs to be paid for in US Dollar, UK Pound or Canadian Dollar? ;)A good Ebay scammer can make over $25.000US in interest rate payouts this way before Ebay even decides to limit or monitor his sales.And once Ebay or the feedback rating goes to negative on him it continues on another account with the same items and availbilities.Quite often you can find a seller has let's say 5 items sold and 12 still available.Isn't it then funny and of course pure coincidence that another seller has the same, hard to find item, with the exact same 5 items sold and 12 available?Ebay has no interest to actually stopping this in any way, Paypal also prefers to look away if the same account is used for multiple Ebay accounts.Not even the need to provide the Paypal details of the seller in plain english is a requirement anymore.You need to use a translator to figure out what "company" is behind the Paypal account and it never matches the Ebay account in any way....I did some checks on the few suspicious sellers that still had at least item prices listed with their negative feedback.There are some out there having a vlue of well over $12.000US in "not received" claims over the last 12 months.About a year ago I tried to start a little (ad sponsored) reporting service online.Scammed Ebay users were asked to provide the details about the item, Paypal address of the seller and the amount/time until refunded.Within 3 days of going online and with only having two users that reported a scammer my provider gave me a shut down notice - effective immediately.A few days later I got an Email stating my website was shut after both Ebay and Paypal stated I would violate their privacy terms and break US law.Needless to say this notice also included a note informing me that if I attempt to conitnue to provide such service I will be taken to court for legal action.So what was the fuzz all about you might wonder?It was planned that users can provide the required data, without this data actually showing up anywhere.Once the databse was full enough a user could enter a seller or shop name or even a Paypal account to have it checked for negative things.You either get "unknown" or a list that states when and how many users reported this seller.With no deatils about any transactions, item numbers or user names linked.Did I mention how supportive Ebay and Paypal were when I contacted them about the take down notice? ROFLRules and regulations...I pointed these flaws out to Ebay and Paypal more times than I can count over the past 3 or four years.But as always, money is all that matters and those scammers won't be stopped.If you get a refund then the seller will be punished by more than your feedback, only if the Paypal account he used was unable to provide the required funds.In the rare case the Paypal account disappears with the seller you will notice the refund comes from Ebay or Paypal but not from the seller's account.This is the only real buyer protection Ebay has on offer.The rest is just following the pressure of local laws, especially in terms of refund and warranties.Does not mean though a warranty for an Ebay item will be honored by a company....If you start selling on Ebay then one big requirement is to have a validated Paypal account.Also a real physical address - although this is only too often just taken as granted once you had a delivery to your nominated address.Either way you Paypal account's address and name must match what you used for Ebay.Means if things go really south both Ebay and Payl will have enough details to surrender you to the local law.In China however things are different, starting with space.An export business is highly subsidised as it brings in foreign currency.So you can just hire a dummy letter box in some office building for company purposes.All mail however will be directed to whatever real address you specified for your "company".Same for actual company grounds.A n awful lot of producing factories/companies over there get additional support by the government for supporting small export businesses.That means you, as a little Chinese Ebay power seller forward your orders to whatever factory produces or stores these thing in huge amounts.This company then does all the shipping for you.Becomes really clear once you try to figure out from where you Ebay shippment really came.There won't be any Ebay seller name on the address, same for whatever you found in the Paypal invoice.The guy can just sit in his lounge room and never actually touches any shippment at all.In mayn cases those sellers have good discounts and since small items ship for free out of China, no one complains about the extra work.Both Ebay and Paypal are well aware of those loop holes in China!But as with multiple accounts they look away and prefer not to act as long as the money keeps flowing.
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So, I found this half-green gold fish in my box of whole-grain goldfish today. Looks to me like something I could sell on ebay as a religious symbol. I'm thinking of it as an ichthys (The fish that say Jesus inside them). What should I call it?What kind of story should I write about it? (What can I claim it is?)Which category on ebay should I put it in?Thanks!
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I love re-using vintage metal/enamel flower earrings or pins in my own jewelry creations and I scoop them up at thrift stores and on ebay whenever I find a good deal. Lately I've discovered a few other inspiring artists (pictured) who use A LOT of vintage flower pins/earrings in their pieces and it's made me wonder if they are actually scavenging like I am or they are making their own somehow. Is it possible to make your own "vintage style" enamel looking flower pieces? If so how? If not, is there a better/cheaper alternative to finding them besides on ebay?
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The cheap bare metal power supplies from ebay or other sides have been reviewed many times on youtube and people have found that they are actually decent. But I cannot find any reviews of the sealed plastic kind of power supplies. The "bare metal" ones I am talking about look like this, and the "sealed plastic" ones look like this and this. Edit: None of your replies answer my question. I am not asking which one I should choose, I am asking if the plastic ones are just as decent as the metal ones. There are a few reviews of the metal ones, and people have found that they are actually quite decent. Here are some: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwFrP7uK5lM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71NWT5vrbk8 But I cannot find any reviews of the plastic ones, so I don't know if they are just as good. I am asking if anyone has gotten any of these and made a review with some tests, or knows of a review of these.
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Hello, Starting November 14, I will auction off three sonic screwdrivers machined out of aluminum (three different auctions). The sonics are made the same way as the two I made in my Dr Who Sonic Screwdriver with Arduino instructables. People have just been messaging me that they do not have the means to create sonic screwdrivers the way the instructables show and if I I can make them one instead. Well as people have asked, I made three and will be up for grabs on Ebay the evening of November 14. Sorry, I only had enough material and time for 3 sonics. I have started the auction. Auction link for one of the sonic screwdrivers is here: http://www.ebay.com/itm/121218867272?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 thanks.
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