roofus: (RoofusRL)
I found a scammer on eBay. Looking at his small feedback number, I suspect he just closed his previous account and started a new one (a common practice for scammers who get too many negs).

He charges $5.99 for an ink cartridge (starting bid, or $9.99 buy-it-now), but charges $9.99 for shipping, when a $2.50 stamp is what it actually costs. When I asked him to recalculate the shipping, he replied this:

[quote]
IN ORDER TO KEEP OUR PRICE LOW WE HAVE TO COVER ALL EXPENSES INCLUDING E BAY FEES IN SHIPPING AND HANDLING
THE ONLY THING I CAN DO YOU GIVE YOU A DISCOUNT OF $ 3.00 IF YOU BUY THE ITEM ON BUY IT NOW AND I WILL DISCOUNT YOU IN INVOICE

THANKS
[unquote]

(his offer sucks because it's still $1.00 more than placing a $5.99 bid and paying $9.99 shipping.)

So this scumbag attracts buyers with low prices then rips them off with inflated shipping fees. The biggest losers here are eBay, because they get a commission only on the item price, not the shipping fees. This way, the seller saves on commission fees. As a buyer, I can decide to look at this as an item starting at $11.99 with a $3.99 shipping fee. If it would say that, I would have already placed a bid. But I'd feel like I'm supporting a scam artist. On the other hand, it's the cheapest cartridge ATM on eBay.

options:
1) take it or leave it. See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.
2) report this seller to eBay. (But is it worth reporting?)
3) forget the whole thing and move on.

What would you do?

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