eBay is a pretty safe market place to buy and sell items. Unfortunately,
like most online shopping place, it is vulnerable to fraud. eBay tries to keep instances of fraud occurring, but with more than 100 million members,
and approximately $40 million moving through the site on a daily basis, this can be a hard to keep it a scam free place. Sometimes, fraud occur.
If you got scammed out of your hard earned money , there are steps you can take to report the incident, and to try to come to a resolution. If you paid for the item through Paypal, the first step is to login to your Paypal account and open up a dispute for the payment.
If you did not pay through Paypal, contact
your credit card company. In most cases, if you have used one of these two cases, you will recover your money.
You could also use Ebay's report to dispute the seller. This is specifically for items that you didn't get in the mail, or items that were significantly different than what was described in the auction. (For example, people claiming to sell cell phones but instead they sell pictures of it) eBay also has a purchase protection program to further protect buyers.
If a settlement cannot be
reached with the buyer, the next step is to make an eBay buyer purchase protection claim.
But don't let this scare you. I've done hundreds and hundreds of transaction on Ebay and it went pretty smoothly.
Yes, you got the scam artist out there but that's part of life, online or offline. The best thing to do is if the person seems shady, go with your gut instinct and buy it from another seller. Because we know Ebay is the biggest marketplace on the Internet.
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