I have had a rash of PM's and Emails from the forums here asking if one of the Zaurus SL-6000L's that is on Ebay right now are mine. I DO NOT HAVE A SL-6000 (of any kind) LISTED ON EBAY RIGHT NOW. THE ONE LISTED IS NOT MINE! The reason I'm posting is that four of you have recognized that the pictures that the Seller is using are the ones I took for the SL-6000L I sold recently. The seller is also using the IDENTICAL title wording that I used in mine. I do NOT have any clue why someone would do that when there are plenty of stock images to select from for free from Ebay (not to mention that my pictures were crappy and supremely amatuerish). However I can say EXPLICITELY that they are not actual pictures of any Z that he is selling.
I'm not sure if there is any major call for alarm or not. The person has over a Thousand Positive Feedback as well as having a 100% Feedback rating, but other than that I know NOTHING of the person nor can I vouch for him in any way.
However, personally I'm concerned that this Seller with an awesome track record has somehow been infected with key sequence logging Virus and someone has stolen his Account access.
The reasons I think this are:
This SHOULD be a SUPER experienced and skilled ebayer, (1080 positive feedback.)
However in his listing he says:
"THIS UNIT CAN BE SOLD RIGHT NOW FOR US$300, THE MINIMUM ORDER IS FOR 2 UNITS."
Yet the auction is for a single item only. The only way you could get 2 units and remain within Ebays rules would be to either list the auction with multiple units for sale, or offer a "Lot" of 2 etc. This just doesn't strike me as a top notch seller. It's sloppy at the very least.
He then also says:
"FOR BUY IT NOW ORDERS AND ANY OTHER QUESTIONS E-MAIL AT URSLATAVA@YAHOO.COM"
Ebays auction rules clearly prohibit/discourage the Seller encouraging any buyer to contact a potential bidder outside of Ebays framework. It further prohibits/discourages posting your actual email address in the listing description. The fact that he wants ppl to contact him via email and not by "Ebay message" is not encouraging. Also it is SO easy to list a "Buy it Now" auction he should have had NO problems clicking on the box and entering an amount. After all he was slick enough to grab photo's and a link or so- it doesn't take much brainpower to do that, yet he wants you to email him so he can then cancel that auction and make another "Buy it Now" auction? Wierd.
He also does not state a shipping policy of any kind. The seller is registered in the UK, yet he advertises on the US ebay site, has a Feedback score of over 1080 but doesn't know that the FIRST question any bidder is going to have is how much and what kind of shipping is going to be used. Doesn't seem quite right.
He has also not stated a return policy. EVERYBODY with a FB score of over 100 posts a return policy for EVERYONE to see because eventually you inevitably get a winning bidder who raises a fuss etc. with ebay because he didn't like the return policy you didn't state. Plus this Seller has gone so far as to open an Ebay STORE. I've never seen an Ebay Store seller who did NOT state a return policy. Still not consistent of what we'd expect of this caliber of a seller.
Then of course is the pictures that he borrowed of mine. NOW PLEASE UNDERSTAND, I don't have a problem with someone borrowing my pictures and using them in his auction- just so long as they state that the pictures are for demonstration purposes only to give the user an idea of what items are included in the auction etc. But not stating that in the auction leaves the bidder to believe that what he is seeing is the actual item he is bidding on.
Plus in my experience I have found that Sellers with this much experience either use professional quality pics that they take themselves, Stock pictures that ebay offers for free, or simply no pictures at all. The pro's are after all, um...the pro's.
Finally I'm curious as to why the Auction states he is in London, UK but he is a registered user in Germany. Maybe there is a logical reason and this is common in Europe, but it still strikes me as kinda funny.
I feel it all adds up to a picture COMPLETELY inconsistent with the data about the seller that we currently have.
I went to all the trouble to make this post simply because I hate the fact that EVERY YEAR around Christmas one of us on this forum (sometimes more) get stung by jerks that try to scam us. I have all too vivid members of the Amazon seller last year that took nearly a dozen of us down the scam alley before we busted him. This MAY be a perfectly innocent posting that was just unskillfully listed. The Seller may simply be a GREAT seller that was in a rush, or just having a bad day! (We've all been there!) Please do NOT go on a witch hunt on this guy just because I am raising a caution flag. However if you are interested in BIDDING I'm writing this for YOU in the hopes that you will practice good "Due Diligence" and double and triple check him out before you bid.
If one of the "old gaurd" crowd around here can vouch for this seller then PLEASE DO so that everyone will know that all is well and he's above the board with this auction!
My hunch is that some poor seller has had a Virus steal his Ebay login info and the criminal involved has hijacked his account. (Ya gotta wonder about a 1 day listing...) I'm betting that he's hoping that the owner of the Account will be distracted and go nowhere near Ebay for the Thanksgiving weekend- (with over a 1000 feedback the Ebay member MUST do this for a living and none of us want to even THINK about jobs during holidays!) So he may be making it a one day listing so that he can be finished and done with it, having run off with the cash in his pocket before the Ebay Member notices anything has happened.
So---If anyone KNOWS this Ebay member or has dealt with him before and knows how to get up with him, do us all a favor and contact him and let him know we are concerned on his behalf!! Likewise if someone who's been a member on the board for more than 90 days can vouch for the integrity of this particular Auction- PLEASE DO. I don't want a legitimate seller to become the victim, but I don't want to start out the Christmas season with Forum members being victims either.
If anyone can dig up anything else productive feel free to add to this. Again thanks to smooth, Xer, and the others who brought this to my attention.
God Bless all and Happy Thanksgiving,
For anyone who is concerned here are the appropriate links:
The Zaurus I Ebayed:
It was a 5 day auction ending this past Tuesday.
Item number: 5831722636
The Zaurus someone else listed using my pictures etc.:
Item number: 8237310479
It is a 1 day auction.
PS I have the worst luck with links, if these don't work for you just goto ebay and use the item numbers to search for the Auctions in question.