Advice - am i being paranoid?

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Ebay, Auctions, Car Boot & Jumble Sales
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I've just sold an ipod on ebay, and the buyer has been rushing me loads. They've just paid by paypal, although their address is unverified. Their feedback stands at 8, but the items they've bought are a bit strange in themselves. Does anyone think this buyer - ran4m - could be dodgy?

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  • kels12kels12 Forumite
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    I'd be very very careful. To me it looks like they've been buying stuff just to get feedback. Also an unverified address could cause problems.

    If you do decide to send them the iPod I'd make sure you use an online trackable courier (recorded/registered post isn't good enough) - if you don't and something goes wrong, paypal will probably rule against you if there's any fraud.

    Personally I'd not sell to them and take the negative than possilby lose the money and the ipod

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  • black-saturnblack-saturn
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    Perhaps I'm too trusting but to me it looks like a car brochure collector who is just looking for ways to pay an extra buck. But if you have doubts don't sell. If you do sell make sure you send it by recorded delivery and make sure the payment has cleared before you post.
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  • soolinsoolin Forumite, Board Guide
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    Sorry to disagree a little with the earlier answers but if you send this item, and assuming it is over £30 then you must send it by special delivery and retain the SD slip for a few months even after arrival.

    Recorded delivery only covers you up to £30 and couriers are likely to be more expensive.

    However, I wouldn't rush to send it, just delay a couple of days as paypal only require goods to be sent in a timely manner which is usually taken to mean a week. Check the buyers address through the RM, even special delivery won't pay out if the address and post code aren't in the RM database regardless of whether the address exists. I found that out to my cost when a letter sent to one of the largest UK universities didn't arrive and RM refused compensation as the post code did not exist!

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  • jaffa30jaffa30 Forumite
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    Hi
    As said if you do send the item make sure its by a trackable ie special del , so you are cover if anything does go wrong.

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  • masonicmasonic Forumite
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    Do you have a basic or premier paypal account? Is the transaction covered by Paypal seller protection? The first question may seem daft, but if you only have a basic account, you will know that the buyer did not fund their payment with a credit card. If the buyer funds their payment by credit card, then they will be able to do a credit card chargeback on you and if you are not protected by paypal seller protection, you will lose your money. The fact that the buyer has only been registered a couple of months would probably lead me to walk away from this, or at least insist on an alternative payment method.
  • skylightskylight Forumite
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    Er??

    If the buyer is not verified, I thought that you were not covered by Paypal regardless of how you sent the goods???????
  • masonicmasonic Forumite
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    Er??

    If the buyer is not verified, I thought that you were not covered by Paypal regardless of how you sent the goods???????
    Not every address can be verified (according to paypal), so some unconfirmed addresses can still leave you eligible for seller protection.

    Also, as long as you send to the address supplied by paypal, you are covered within the paypal chargeback system.
  • Gillby1Gillby1 Forumite
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    Paypal says that the address is unconfirmed and that i'd be ineligable for payment protection. An email the buyer sent me has also been flagged by Hotmail with the following message:

    'The sender of this message, [email protected] hotmail.com, could not be verified by Sender ID.'

    I just have a bad feeling about this for somereason.

    Thanks for your advice guys!
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  • shellyshelly Forumite
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    IMO if you have a bad feeling I would go with the feeling. The account looks to me like they have been buying things just to get feedback rating. 3 car brochures and the rest are get rich quick schemes. Ok so they aren't 99p e-books but as bas as IMO.
  • bleughbleugh Forumite
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    RUN AWAY, RUN AWAY

    file an NPB alert, you can claim back your final value fees

    if they really want it that quickly, ask them to bung cash in an envelope by special delivery and offer them a nice discount (i.e. free postage or something)

    - the free postage is made up of the fees it'd have cost you on paypal anyway, so you've not lost any money, AND if they're genuine, they'll do it

    personally i refuse outright anything above £30 for paypal, it costs too much and there are few benefits for the seller

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