A British teen recently dropped $735 on what he thought was an Xbox One Day One special edition on eBay. Unfortunately, he chose to ignore the item description specifying the auction was for a photo of the console, not the actual console. He was upset when the photo, and not a console, arrived in the mail.
That teen will be getting his money back thanks to eBay stepping in and calling the auction misleading. What the seller did was scammy, though plenty of people have called the teen out for not heeding the warning signs and plunking down his money anyway.
It just goes to show how the semi-anonymous world of online auctions can occasionally contain money-eating traps. Some can be avoided by reading the details and asking questions before problems arise, but that won't stop some sellers from trying to sell photos of hot products for big bucks.
My own eBay scam story is pretty mild. I purchased a snazzy-looking red pirate jacket for a Halloween costume years ago, long before eBay's safeguards became more stringent. The seller's excuses on failing to deliver added up over time, until I was well past the dispute period and the seller was long gone from eBay.
I never got the jacket, but it wasn't much money. Still, the experience made me warier about online auctions. I now pore over auction descriptions, rigorously examine feedback, and ask questions before bidding.
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