A&P How would you guys react to this PM?

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  1. Jcolman

    Jcolman OT Supporter

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    Last night I was over at POTN I see an ad for a "factory new Canon 5D" for sale along with a 4GB card for $1900. I sent the guy a PM offering to buy, listing my two emails (business and home). He sends me this PM

    It sure sounds like a scam to me. I replied to the guy with this:
    He then replies with this:

    He did send an email to my business email addy (on a Sunday night) offering to sell via paypal, my preferred method.

    What does OT think?
     
  2. GregFarz78

    GregFarz78 New Member

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    Something that cost that much I would either buy it from a store or use paypal, paypal favors the buyer so if anything went wrong you'll probably get your money back
     
  3. Jcolman

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    I hope your right seeing as the camera I bought three weeks ago via paypal still hasn't arrived. The seller is out of the country until the 19th so I can't contact him to find out why my camera isn't here.

    I did file a notice with Paypal just in case.
     
  4. Spurious

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    That sounds shady.
     
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    jared_IRL OT Supporter

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    I understand your reaction, based on your other experience, but if I was him and received your PM, I would have reacted the exact same way.
     
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    That just scared me out of buying the 40d through ebay or something via paypal

    I'll go with bhphotovideo then :o
     
  7. mojito

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    i bought my 1d2 on FM and deposited the money into tis account at my local branch, and bought a 16-35L from a FM by sending a western union to france

    both turned ut just fine, but my heart can't take it anymore :o
     
  8. Keiphus

    Keiphus my dog eats bears

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    Sounds like you shot yourself in the foot there buddy.
     
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    I would have called him a dirty Nigerian scammer.

    I don't deal with people who don't speak English adequately.
     
  10. OneTwo

    OneTwo me>you OT Supporter

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    that's why if I use paypal, I require a tracking number the next day.

    No tracking number, I'll file a complaint with paypal and your money is locked. You can't transfer the money and/or close your account in 24 hours , so this has always been my way of doing things.
     
  11. Jcolman

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    I don't give a shit about this guy or his camera. I can always find another one. However, after reading this on Ken Rockwell's site then reading the guys first PM to me, you'll understand why I was hesitant.

    and this is his first PM to me after I had expressed an interest in buying his camera via paypal.

    I may have "shot myself in the foot" as you say but you have to admit that his PM had all the classic "scammer" attributes.
     
  12. JordanClarkson

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    the proper way to avoid a scam by a newbie is to wait 10 days for the funds to clear in paypal. no need to resort to expensive wire transfers or escrow services
     
  13. GregFarz78

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    :werd: I'll pay more for peace of mind and a warranty its just not worth it to save a few bucks sometimes
     
  14. Jcolman

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    While I'm all for saving a buck or two I'm starting to believe this. Everything else I bought with the exception of two lenses and a battery grip, I've purchased new.
     
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    you know... it could be a guy that is indeed scamming people, but in order to keep himself around he replies to people that call him out in that fashion. Everyone else who just ships off a check gets scammed.

    I would have called his ass out on that first email too.
     
  16. Keiphus

    Keiphus my dog eats bears

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    I see where you are coming from.

    Personally I would have approached it a bit differently. Sending, "Sorry, but this has scam written all over it" isn't the best way to handle the situation.

    Ask more questions, look up user feedback, find more information.
    If you DON'T feel like doing that, don't respond at all.

    Put yourself in that situation. I bet if some :08: offered to buy your stuff in yardsale and you asked for a variety of payment methods, they called you a scammer, etc., you'd be reluctant to sell them anything.

    You can always ask more questions, jumping to conclusions doesn't get anyone anywhere.
     

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