Trying to sell my iPhone 6 Plus on ebay turned ugly

I moved to Spain from NYC and purchased the Iphone 6 Plus, but realized that wifi is such a joke in Barcelona that it wasnt gonna be worth it. I put the iPhone 6 plus on Ebay and was immediately scammed by a guy in Nigeria who had hacked into a guy in UKs seller site who had the greatest ratings ever. He sent perfect emails, with all the Ebay and PayPal logos but no money showed so i didnt send. I reported him and Ebay stepped in and had an investigation and didnt allow me to sell the phone for two weeks while they discovered i was indeed the victim.

So i was unable to access that money for two weeks and in the time the Iphones that were selling for $850 dropped to $500 due to more factory releases. Eventually i continued to get scammed. Buyers threatened to sue me, they swore at me, they told me to get off Ebay. Since i had no phone and Ebay will not allow you to email them i bought a pre paid 30 Euro phone card and made the call from an internet cafe type place. I was on hold for so long that the card expired. In the meantime i had been scammed a bunch of times and buyers were telling me that if i didnt send they would report me, which some actually did. The PayPal account has NO Ebay transactions within a year of these supposed buys. I have the PayPal records and the linked bank records.

I ended up selling the phone on CraigsList and now Ebay says they are reporting me for not paying over $200 in sellers fees which never happened. You would think if PayPal and Ebay are the same company they could just handle this internally and leave me the hell alone. Done with both and i dont use companies without email customer service anymore. Shows they want you to give up.

Posted: December 23, 2014 at 7:52 pm


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3 Responses to Trying to sell my iPhone 6 Plus on ebay turned ugly

  1. kari says:

    Ebay and PayPal are machines ands foreign people who don’t care about costumer service I’m sorry you had to go through that. I’ve been robbed several times by PayPal as well. My suggestions to selling those items get to know people and selll stuff to people you know. I sell more stuff on Garage sales than eBay.

  2. Kevin says:

    I don’t understand how you are claiming you got “scammed.” Tried to scam you I can see, but sending an email isn’t “scamming” you. It’s pretty common for people in Africa to send out an email that looks like it is coming from PayPal saying that they are holding the money and you should just ship the item. Sounds to me like the only thing you had to do was file a claim for the payment not being received, get your final value fees back and move on with life. If you didn’t do that, then the only person to blame for your problem is you. I’m not trying to offend you, but if you are so thin skinned that you can’t handle pissed off emails from people in Africa that aren’t happy their scam isn’t working, then maybe eBay isn’t for you.

  3. Charles says:

    eBay has its advantages and disadvantages. Sometimes you get lucky and other times it can turn into a nightmare. Using Craigslist is good if you want to sell your phone for the most money, but you sometimes deal with some questionable individuals. Stumbled on this article comparing iPhone 6 trade in services versus eBay http://www.isellmyiphone.com/iphone-6-trade-in-vs-ebay/. Might be of help to others who are trying to sell their iPhone.

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