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Mar 19, 2011 11:14 |  #211

some people here act like they are Paypal's agents - so if we have a sticky giving a warning about Paypal gift and I have issues with regular paypal then what?

This website is not here to tell you what you should do outside and what not.


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Mar 19, 2011 11:15 |  #212

Maybe TeamSpeed can add a section to his Thread (which is already a Sticky in this Section) which can address the possible concerns and limitations of using PayPal gift.

The Thread is here:

https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=292688

Adding a paragraph to the first post that explains the differences between regular PayPal and PayPal gift would be keeping with the theme of his original thread (How to be better informed during online purchases).

Just a suggestion.


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Mar 19, 2011 11:17 |  #213

smacatl wrote in post #12049882 (external link)
Maybe TeamSpeed can add a section to his Thread (which is already a Sticky in this Section) which can address the possible concerns and limitations of using PayPal gift.

The Thread is here:

https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=292688

Adding a paragraph to the first post that explains the differences between regular PayPal and PayPal gift would be keeping with the theme of his original thread (How to be better informed during online purchases).

Just a suggestion.

See that is a much better idea. I suggest you send it to TeamSpeed.


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Mar 19, 2011 11:33 |  #214

Haha - A fool and his money will soon part

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Mar 19, 2011 11:43 |  #215

ThePwnyExpress wrote in post #12032692 (external link)
That's my point exactly. I've tried to appeal the case about 6 times with PayPal and they are completely unwilling to even listen. But you can see why I'm very gunshy of PayPal.

I can confirm that paypal does screw very legit sellers in situations like this. A situation somewhat similar to this happened to me a few years back where I did everything by the book as a seller and the buyer(scammer) was able to screw me out of both the money and the item. I have over 300 perfect feedbacks on ebay and paypal still did not side with me despite the fact that i followed all of their guidelines.... It was a small amount of money, but I can assure you that paypal is ALL about profit and much less interested in the happiness of their customers.

That being said, although no one deserves to be scammed the OP probably should have done a lot more research before sending the money, and paypal gift should only be used with people you know(from real life) or when the money is a legitimate gift.

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Mar 19, 2011 12:00 |  #216

midnight_rider wrote in post #12049847 (external link)
At last check they will not help with any transactions unless they are through Ebay.


Paypal reimbursed me for $980 bucks when a former member attempted to scam me in a transaction right here on POTN a couple years ago.

I was covered because I had the seller send me a money request through Paypal for the amount of the item. I also had the seller include a full description of what he was selling me and when/how it would ship in the "Comments" section of this money request. When I didn't receive the item after a couple weeks, and the seller did not respond to my repeated E-mails, I contacted Paypal. It took a week or two if I remember correctly but Paypal reimbursed me $980 of the $1000 bucks I paid for the item. Paypal has also reimbursed me in two E-bay transactions where the sellers sent me merchandise that was not exactly as described in the listing.



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Mar 19, 2011 12:06 |  #217

midnight_rider wrote in post #12049847 (external link)
I have not dealt with paypal in a while because of a few bad experiences with them.

At last check they will not help with any transactions unless they are through Ebay.

I lost all $600 on e-bay when seller decided to go south. If seller really wants to cheat and paypal has to make an effort to recover money - they never do and just send you some sorry e-mails as they did in my case.


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Mar 19, 2011 12:13 |  #218

alpha_1976 wrote in post #12050161 (external link)
I lost all $600 on e-bay when seller decided to go south. If seller really wants to cheat and paypal has to make an effort to recover money - they never do and just send you some sorry e-mails as they did in my case.


Sorry you had a bad experience but to say they "Never" recover money is simply not true, several people including myself have had good experiences with Paypal.



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Mar 19, 2011 12:15 |  #219

@echo that is an interesting idea. Like having to show proof-of-life to sell.

Good tip for a buyer here.


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Mar 19, 2011 12:43 |  #220

Just saw this thread now as well... I had this Eastwood character email me with that same email adress responding to my wtb post for a 70-200. He offered me a 70-200 2.8 IS for 1050 shipped to me.
I asked for photos which he promptly offered and he offered up a eBay account with about 69 feedback all 100%. He got pretty impatient at my many questions and when I said I wouldn't proceed until I got a picture of the lens with a paper with my username written on it I wouldn't buy anything. He never responded after that. I wanted to report it here as well but of course wasn't sure 100% it was a scam but this thread proves it is...
Really sorry to hear you got scammed by this guy OP :(




  
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Mar 19, 2011 12:53 |  #221

https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1012439

I bet this thread was also a similar scam involving the same guy that contacted me and the OP




  
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Mar 19, 2011 12:55 |  #222

moose10101 wrote in post #12049048 (external link)
Why would a web site have a forum that's dangerous to post to?

You misinterpret Moose. I said I think using the WTB forum is dangerous. I also think riding sport bikes is dangerous.It is up to the individual to asses the level of risk he is willing to accept.

I also do not use PayPal. I assume the cost and the risk buy using postal money order only. Since I rarely sell and mainly buy here the risk is mine. It is up to me to assure the seller that I do not expect shipment until he has his cash securely in hand. Like another member said, the seller only need to go to a full service post office and redeem the USPS Money Order for cold hard cash (for what that is worth these days).

Such a transaction does carry risks. I must be more diligent in my research of the seller, but it is a risk I am willing to take because I do not have a PayPal account and do not intend to start one.


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Mar 19, 2011 13:09 |  #223

i don't get all the uproar about the sticky...why is there a sticky about a "new type of scam on ebay"?...does everybody read that?...probably not...did it stop me from buying a cheap CF card off of ebay...yes


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Mar 19, 2011 13:10 |  #224

bfinta wrote in post #12050445 (external link)
https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1012439

I bet this thread was also a similar scam involving the same guy that contacted me and the OP

i don't see the connection


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Mar 19, 2011 13:22 |  #225

It was a guy on craiglist selling the 70-200 2.8 for 1050... Same price as was offered to me by the guy who contacted me through my wtb post... Somehow I doubt this scammer was limiting himself to going after wtb posts on potn.




  
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