Since I didn’t have too much luck selling my laptop (Z71V) on a notebook forum that I am a member at, I decided to try my luck at selling it on eBay. I had heard the horror stories about bogus buyers and Nigerian princes, but I figured if I limited it to North America and PayPal-only users, I’d be safe. Apparently not. My laptop somehow sold for $7,000 USD. As a result, I’ve wracked up over $130 in eBay final value fees.
This is a load of bull. There is way too much fraud on eBay – and what’s worse than that, there’s no way to protect yourself from it. I thought I was doing a good job limiting the exposure to potential scammers, but apparently not. I’ve sent eBay a terse email about the unreasonable bids (I’m certain the buyer has no intention of actually purchasing it for that price) and hopefully things get cleared up. I know for sure I do not plan on paying that final value fee.
Seriously, why can people get a fucking life and stop messing around in legitimate business! It seems like where there’s money, there will be scumbags. Fuck, I’m so goddamned frustrated.
Update: Well, I got a nice, fake PayPal email from a Nigerian scammer – I’m not sure which part of Canada and United States only he didn’t understand. Last I checked, Nigeria wasn’t the 51st state of America. Having sent in my complaint to eBay, they at least promptly voided the entire auction, so I’m back in square one, with laptop still unsold. There were actually legitimate buyers, but no… the scammers had to ruin it for all of us.