Interesting eBay seller



#5

He offers hundreds of items and provides NO DESCRIPTION. He requires you to contact him to find out what he is actually selling. Could this be a scam or is he just selling outside of eBay?

I only mention this because he also had a couple of CURTA calculators that have $2000 price. But you can't actually get a description until you contact him.


Curta for sale


#6

Umm,

He could be OK and just a bit too lazy to post full description/pics on EBay listing entry screen, and finds it easier to mail a canned description to buyer. But if he's a volume EBay seller there are low-cost (and perhaps freeware) tools to help you "blast" in your items in bulk and not have to go thru screens onesey-twosey for each item - perhaps he's not aware of these.

However - and I don't know EBay rules for such arrangements - I am not sure such EBay deals have any protection (other than outright fraud with buyer not receiving item) since the terms of agreement, item description/condition, etc. are conveyed outside of EBay.
I know that when an EBay auction ends early (other than via their Buy-It-Now feature) and a transaction still occurs by mutual agreement, such a deal is outside of EBay and has no EBay protection, sanction, etc. (Essentially, the auction ended with no bidder, and a non-EBay private sale ensued.)

Bill Wiese
San Jose, CA

#7

Well the 'Item has ended' and the list for all his other items for sale is empty. Did ebay catch up with him after a notification???

Buying from a listing with no description is not likely to have even the minimal protection ebay gives.

#8

I have seen him list those Curtas around a dozen times (or so it seems). Nobody has ever bid on them... gee, I wonder why?


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