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Possible Ebay Seller Scam - Your Opinion Please

 
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 Posted 05/28/2020  12:57 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add westernsky to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Situation -

Found a Seller selling a product I happen to like that had good prices. Bought the product and paid with an eBay gift card.

Product arrives a few days later. The shipping box (shipped from the product manufacturer, not the Seller) actually contained additional product that was not ordered. (Kinda of a red flag in my opinion and picked my curiosity)

I think all is well and good until I look at the packing slip. The packing slip shipping address was my address. The billing address was with my name but the street, town, state and zip were not mine. The packing slip shows billing to my name but to a credit card number that is not mine.

The kicker? The actual packing slip showed that the product I paid 30$ for (with an eBay gift card) actually cost the Seller (or somebody!) almost 60$!

I called eBay, explained the situation to them and they told me "as long as you got the product you ordered don't worry about it".

Really!?

Your thoughts please. Thanks!
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 Posted 05/28/2020  01:03 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add howell1018 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
You did the honest thing. Sleep well tonight.
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 Posted 05/28/2020  10:23 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add fplagge to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Are we talking about anything even remotely related to numismatics?? Just wondering.
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 Posted 05/28/2020  11:08 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add westernsky to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Are we talking about anything even remotely related to numismatics?? Just wondering


No... just a general situation that could happen to anyone, buying anything on eBay (or using any e-commerce website).
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 Posted 05/28/2020  1:20 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add BStrauss3 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
There was a story - maybe in wired - about 8 months back on this kind of reseller fraud with coffee pods.
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 Posted 05/28/2020  2:04 pm  Show Profile   Check edweather's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add edweather to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Maybe someone else got your package. Sounds like a mix up, but you did the right thing.
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 Posted 05/28/2020  2:34 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Blind Squirrel to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
See it all the time in my line of work. Watch your credit card bill. Might also want to check your big 3 credit rating companies if you don't have your credit/ID locked. Might look at USA.GOV/Identity-theft web site. It tells about several of the different kinds of frauds and scams, as well as how to report.

And, it could simply be that someone put the data in wrong.
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 Posted 05/28/2020  3:07 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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The shipping box (shipped from the product manufacturer, not the Seller)
Drop shipping. We do it all the time. It is how we went from having three warehouses to one.
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 Posted 05/28/2020  3:13 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add bobby131313 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yeah, nothing shady about drop shipping at all.
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 Posted 05/28/2020  3:26 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
One of our vendors even puts our logo and return address on the boxes and paperwork. You would never know it came from them unless you tracked it.
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 Posted 05/28/2020  3:56 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add westernsky to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I see and understand the concept of drop shipping and the advantages of doing it.

Nothing strange has shown up on my credit reports.

I just think it looks kinda "funny" when the packing slip that came with the product shows the eBay Seller paid the manufacturer/shipper 2x what I paid him for it. The billing address on the packing slip was in my name, but not my address. The credit card used was not mine. (I paid the eBay Seller with an eBay gift card). When I contacted the Seller he said it was an employee of his "mistake". When I contacted eBay they said "....don't worry about it!" (Pretty much eBay's CS response was ....'you got what you ordered, please just go away'.)

It all just looks kinda fishy and makes no sense at all.
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 Posted 05/28/2020  4:01 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I wonder if the CC number belonged to the seller. They bought two for two different orders, but somehow it was combined into one (maybe caused by an error by either party).
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 Posted 05/28/2020  4:24 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add westernsky to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Jbuck...

The Seller shows to be registered in Canada. The product I bought shows to be in Phoenix. The product I bought was actually shipped from LA.

I just went in and looked at the Sellers recent feedback and WHOA nelly!

He's had 122 negs piled on him in the last 30 days .... all for shipping issues, delivery issues and the like. A lot of references to "fake" tracking numbers and stuff being delivered to different addresses within the buyers ZipCode. He's had a few Positives along with a few neutrals, so I don't think he's incapacitated.

He no longer has anything listed. His sales history shows all his listings were ended earlier this week. I'm guessing eBay put the brakes on him till they can figure out what's going on.
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 Posted 05/28/2020  5:15 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Whoa Nelly indeed!

Seems you were not wrong to feel suspect.
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