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#315738 - 12/31/17 07:46 AM Anyone else getting odd questions on eBay sales?
kindacowboy Offline
Elf VP

Registered: 02/20/08
Posts: 2259
Loc: The belly button of Illinois
Is there a large Enesco collector base in China?
I have an enesco music box listed on ebay. It is one of the ones with a transformer. So far I have gotten three separate questions regarding the item. The questions are odd to me as they are answered in the description. And one then asks about shipping to China. When I sent my zip code they responded with Who pays freight? The other two are asking for a video of the item. I don't think I can send a video through eBay messages so I am not going to try to get one as I would have to either send it via text or email. Plus it is a bit more trouble for a non mint item.
My spidey sense is tingling about these questions but I would hate for them to be legitimate and not respond. Thoughts?


Edited by kindacowboy (12/31/17 07:53 AM)

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#315739 - 12/31/17 08:07 AM Re: Anyone else getting odd questions on eBay sales? [Re: kindacowboy]
beaglebabes Offline
YuleLoggers Club Co-coordinator
Santa's Helper

Registered: 03/19/14
Posts: 2695
Loc: WI
It sounds odd to me. Why would someone ask about shipping as it is posted. And a video, give me a break. I wouldn't send through email either. It could be hackers. Usually I take it as buyer beware, but this time I think it should be seller beware.

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#315740 - 12/31/17 11:20 AM Re: Anyone else getting odd questions on eBay sales? [Re: kindacowboy]
88eggs Online   content
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Santa's Helper

Registered: 08/09/09
Posts: 2594
Loc: Illinois
I buy and sell on eBay all the time, and it sounds fishy to me too. Unless the music box has a Chinese scene? Otherwise, THREE is two too many. I solve problems like this by indicating no sales outside the USA (if it is a small item, sometimes I will sell to the UK or Canada). The reason I do that--the customs forms are too much of a hassle. There are two different forms, and every time I have one filled out, the post office almost always wants the other one! And often the buyer will be upset that they have to pay the customs fees. (I can't pay them, as the amount is not known until the item arrives at the customs office there.)

Ted

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#315741 - 12/31/17 01:47 PM Re: Anyone else getting odd questions on eBay sales? [Re: kindacowboy]
susan in florida Offline
YuleLoggers Vice President
Santa's Helper

Registered: 02/13/01
Posts: 8166
Loc: Clearwater, Florida
Too many scammers out there.

I get people out of country asking to get information about my Hallmark STORE.

Has to be from a for sale ad on Yule log or face book.

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#315749 - 12/31/17 04:45 PM Re: Anyone else getting odd questions on eBay sales? [Re: kindacowboy]
kindacowboy Offline
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Registered: 02/20/08
Posts: 2259
Loc: The belly button of Illinois
I have sold on eBay for almost 20 years. Ten of those semi-full time. These questions just baffle me.

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#315750 - 12/31/17 04:47 PM Re: Anyone else getting odd questions on eBay sales? [Re: kindacowboy]
kindacowboy Offline
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Registered: 02/20/08
Posts: 2259
Loc: The belly button of Illinois
Granted the description is brief but I have 5 or maybe 6 good quality pictures. So I think these people are fishing for email or PayPal addresses.

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#315794 - 01/02/18 01:36 PM Re: Anyone else getting odd questions on eBay sales? [Re: kindacowboy]
kindacowboy Offline
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Registered: 02/20/08
Posts: 2259
Loc: The belly button of Illinois
Um it sold to Italy......

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#316196 - 01/09/18 07:44 PM Re: Anyone else getting odd questions on eBay sales? [Re: kindacowboy]
kindacowboy Offline
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Registered: 02/20/08
Posts: 2259
Loc: The belly button of Illinois
And finally was paid and shipped to Rome today ($60.00). Weird. Doesn't seem like there would be such an international collector base.

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#316199 - 01/09/18 09:19 PM Re: Anyone else getting odd questions on eBay sales? [Re: kindacowboy]
susan in florida Offline
YuleLoggers Vice President
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Registered: 02/13/01
Posts: 8166
Loc: Clearwater, Florida
glad it was a sale for you and not any kind of scam!!

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